September 19, 2011

SUCH AN ISRAEL WOULDN'T BE WORTH SAVING ANYWAY:

Israel's epic chess game (STEVEN M. GOLDBERG, 07/24/2011, Jerusalem Post)

Israel is engaged in a war for survival that started even before its declaration of independence and continues to this very day. [...]

[T]he Palestinian Authority, knowing that its leadership status is failing and that the clock is about to run out, has announced its intention to seek recognition as a state from the United Nations. This desperate gambit flatly abrogates both the Oslo Accords and UN Resolution 242, providing Israel with the legal justification to cancel both agreements and simply annex portions of Judea and Samaria.

TO WIN this chess game, Israel must correct the lifethreatening mistake it made by agreeing to a Palestinian state. The land west of the Jordan River can hold a Jewish state or another Arab state; it can't hold both.

Israel's leaders, including Yitzhak Rabin, recognized this truth before weakening in the face of international pressure. It's time to declare categorically that there will never be a Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria.

The Arabs who live there may continue to be residents of Israel with full civil and religious rights and local autonomy, but any national or political rights must be exercised in affiliation with Jordan - the already existing Palestinian state.

Taking advantage of the Palestinian blunder by terminating all discussions of Palestinian statehood won't be easy.


As Mr. Goldberg accidentally makes clear, the only existential struggle here is Palestine's. But it too has already won. All that remains is crossing the t's and dotting the i's.


Posted by at September 19, 2011 5:34 AM
  

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