Two issues: (1) Does it strike anyone else in the blogosphere how absolutely ridiculous the term “Arab Spring” is – in fact, how very vile it is? Such a pretty sounding thing, an…Arab Spring, which in reality is nothing but the quashed opposition of the oppression of millions of Muslims. If the “Arab Spring” stands for the quest for Democracy in Islamic countries, then it is absurd that our president would use the words publicly, at any time, as he does in a press conference with Israel’s BenjaminNetanyahu – because there is NO DEMOCRACY. The Arab Spring is not in bloom. People are dying, while their oppressors gain more power. If the oppressors lose, other oppressors just move into their seats of power. It is the way of Arabs. There is no democracy for any Muslim living in any Arab country. Opposition movements are a joke in the Middle East. (2) Benjamin Netanyahu was granted a press conference with Obama this time, after being thoroughly dissed last time. In this video, Netanyahu says there will be no going back to 1967 borders – emphatically he says, “it’s not going to happen.” How shameful is Barack Obama?
[NETANYAHU Response] For there to be peace, the Palestinians will have to accept some basic reality…Israel cannot go back to the 1967 lines, because these lines are indefensible, because they do not take into account certain changes that have taken place on the ground, demographic changes that have taken place over the last 44 years. Remember that before 1967 Israel was all of nine miles wide, half the width of the Washington Beltway, and these were not the boundaries of peace. They were the boundaries of repeated wars, because the attack on Israel was so attractive for them.
So, we can’t go back to those indefensible lines and we are going to have to have a long-term military presence along the Jordan. I discussed this with the President. I think we understand that Israel has there are certain security that will hav to come into place in any deal that we make.
The second is that…Israel cannot negotiate with a Palestinian government that is backed by Hamas. Hamas is a terrorist organization committed to Israel’s destruction, that has fired thousands of rockets on our cities, on our children. It has recently fired an anti-tank rocket at a yellow school bus, killing a 16-year-old boy. Hamas has just attacked you Mr. President, and the United States, for ridding the world of bin Laden, so Israel, obviously cannot be asked to negotiate with a government that is backed by the Palestinian version of al-Qaeda. I think President Abbas has a simple choice. He has to decide if he negotiates or keeps his pact with Hamas or makes peace with Israel…I hope he makes the right choice of peace with Israel.
The third reality is that the Palestinian refugee problem will have to be resolved in the context of a Palestinian state, but certainly not in the borders of Israels. The Arab attack in 1948 on Israel resulted in two refugee problems: a Palestinian refugee problem and Jewish refugees, of roughly the same numbers, who were expelled from Arab lands. The tiny nation of Israel absorbed the Jewish refugees, but the vast Arab world refused to absorb the Palestinian refugees.
Now 63 years later, the Palestinians come to us and they say to Israel, accept the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of these refugees, thereby wiping out Israel’s future of a Jewish state, so it’s not going to happen. Everyone knows it is not going to happen, and I think it is time to tell the Palestinians forthrightly, it is not going to happen. The Palestinian refugee problem has to be resolved…it will be resolved if the Palestinians choose to do so…but it’s not going to be resolved within a Jewish state. (There is much more in the video below)
Netanyahu says we don’t have a margin for error. History will not give the Jewish people another chance.
More than just a tad late to the war is Barack Obamam who opines (according to this:)
Obama says the announcement that Hamas will be part of a unity government with the Fatah organization “raises profound and legitimate questions for Israel” because of Hamas’ refusal to recognize Israel’s right to exist. The U.S. has also designated Hamas a terrorist organization.
The truth is, this is THE issue – Hamas is a terrorist organization, and is an ELECTED part of the Palestinian “government. Nothing more needs to be said, other than to tell Palestinians there will be NO SUPPORT for a Palestinian state from the Free World, until and unless they become a legitimate and civilized population.
Netanyahu is the embodiment of a true and great leader. How sad and embarrassing that he has to work with the smug and demeaning man who is the present leader of the Free World. See the video at Fox News. For information on the history of Israel’s borders, with maps, see The Angst of Supporting Israel. Hot Air has more. Was Netanyahu surprised about Obama’s call for moving back to 1967 borders? Probably not. After all, Bush called for the Two-State solution, without finding a way to work around Hamas – just a lot of talk cloaked in nonsense, and Condi Rice backed him all the way. Doug Ross is asking why Progressive Jews in Congress don’t seem to notice anything odd about expecting Israel to give up protection.