President Obama’s Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, warned Israel that their “moment of truth” has arrived. Israel must accept Emanuel’s Two State Solution demand with Palestine or forfeit U.S. help in dismantling Iran’s nuclear program. See photos and a video below.
Speaking at the annual Washington conference of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), Ynet quoted Emanuel as insisting that the ability to confront Iran and reach a diplomatic solution over its defiant nuclear program was solely dependent on progress toward the birth of “Palestine.
Emanuel said that with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu scheduled to meet with U.S. President Barack Obama later this month, Israel now faces a moment of truth – it can either acquiesce to international demands and in return have its most serious threats dealt with, or maintain the status quo and have those threats persist.
So our White House is telling Israel to accept the two state solution demand: Palestine as an official state without acknowledging the right of Israel to exist. That position has been untenable to Israel in the past, and recognizing Israel has been untenable to the Palestinians. The call for the destruction of Israel is written into the Palestinian Charters and Constitution. The elephant in the room is Israel’s right to exist, not, as the mainstream media would have us believe – Israel’s presence in the West Bank and so-called Palestinian “refugees.”
There is the argument that Israel is “occupying” Palestine, but that is not an honest argument – it is a politically correct argument. For some background on how Israel was granted their homeland, and how much of that homeland was taken from them, and how they fought to keep terrorism off their soil, read The Angst of Supporting Israel.
Today is a new day, so I’ll grant that there is the possibility that Hamas and the PLO might actually accept Israel to gain a homeland through the two state solution, but history has proven over and over that this is not a scenario on the radar. Nothing is impossible but this might be the closest thing to it.
The White House, with Rahm Emanuel at the wheel, seems to think they can triumph over the roiling anger in the region. The history of the various peace processes, peace quartets, peace road maps, etc., has been a winding, endless highway, filled with insurmountable potholes. After all these many years, if the United States will not protect Israel’s right to exist…then what? What happens to our allied relationship with Israel? Hamas and the PLO continue showing up at the negotiating table as faux participants, and that’s why the peace talks of the past last about as long as the short-lived cease fires in the area.
Israel’s new Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, says a three-track approach is needed to address Palestine’s political positions, economic conditions and security. He has acknowledged the need to greatly improve the quality of life for Palestinians, but has made no promise to negotiate a dual state solution, and probably will not until Israel is recognized as humans with a right to live in their homeland.
One of the finest Jewish bloggers, and columnists, Sultan Knish has a penetrating essay posted. If you are interested in the region and this staggering new development, read Obama’s Plan to Destroy Israel.
On the campaign trail, Barack Obama expressed frustration with Palestine for their continual obstruction of all peace talks, and he promised to take that position to the White House. Hear his comments in the video below. But something has changed. Emanuel and the White House plan to drag Israel into the bargain, and short of that, the U.S. abandons Israel. The beginning of an agreement is simple: Palestine recognizes Israel, loudly and clearly. Everything else can be worked out and Israel has said they will honor all the commitments to peace agreed to from past Israeli governments. The two state solution demand can work. The ball is in Palestine’s court.
Israel Two State Solution (Video)
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