Sunday at 10am and 1pm EST on CNN's GPS, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak discusses a range of issues including the possibility of an Israeli strike on Iran.
In the excerpt below, Barak addresses the issue of Israel's settlement building.
Fareed Zakaria: The Palestinians are sending you a letter, though, arguing that if negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis must resume, Israel must stop building settlements - creating facts on the ground that will make it more and more difficult to create a two-state solution. Is there any prospect of that happening?
Ehud Barak: Fareed, I hope that it will happen. I think that most of the burden for the inability to move in the last three years happens to be on the Palestinians' shoulders, not on ours.
But I can tell you honestly, I was the prime minister 12 years ago. I negotiated a very generous proposals with previous Chairman Arafat, together with President Clinton. It put far reaching proposals on the table that was rejected by Arafat. And he turned deliberately to terror. And that during that time, we were building four times the pace of construction that Israel executed now.
I was the defense minister in Ehud Olmert's government for five years ago when he proposed an extremely generous proposal to Abu Mazen. We were building about twice the pace that we are building now.
So this government of Netanyahu is not the most aggressive in building. We are listening very carefully to the needs of our citizens, on the one hand, and to the needs of the Palestinian future state, as well as the demands from the world. And we are not going over any hill or valley and establishing new settlements. Not a single new settlement has been built in the last three years since this government is in power.
Be sure to catch the full interview Sunday at 10am and 1pm EST on CNN's GPS.
Mr. Barak, what do you say about the E.U. report on "the systematic increase in settlement activity" in East Jerusalem? The European Commission had been urged in January this year to consider drafting legislation to ensure that financial transactions by E.U. member states do not support Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem, as it would
undermine a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
east Jerusalem was annexed by israel,so technically those are not settlements,just regular neighborhoods. it is like saying america builds settlements in Texas. not that i deny your statement that it does not encourage the palestinians to negotiate.
Stopping or removing settlements (or building in Jerusalem) in response to terrorism will prove (correctly) that terrorism works and that more terrorism will world even better. Therefore, stopping the settlements will encourage terrorism and NOT Palestinian will to negotiate.
why did abbas deny Olmert's proposal? didn't it meet all of his requests (save for the refugees)?
Reply? It does not work...
I just watched this segment ,...very lame. FZ just lobbed one soft ball after another at Barak.
Let me help him along. "Mr. Barak,..considering that Iran has not invaded another country for hundreds of years and Israel is in a constant state of conflict and war with it's neighbors why should we trust Israel with nuclear weapons , and Iran can not have any?"
"Considering that Iran has been repeatedly attacked by it's neighbors and manipulated by Britain and the US for it's oil , doesn't it make sense for Iran to want to defend itself with a weapon that will guarantee it's safety,..precisely as Israel has done?"
Let me help YOU, my friend... "Considering that Israel did not invade any other country throughout it's entire history and offered peace to all it's enemies since the first day of its independence why should we NOT trust Iranian leaders promising to destroy Israel when Iran will have nukes to do it?
Thinker23, your whole permise is a lie. The zionist invaded Palestine, Go back and take Germany, HITLER is gone.
Regarding Israel offer of peace to all its enemies since its founding: I was told that in Hebrew school and believed it. Subsequently, I found it not to be true when I read/verified the Deir Yassin massacre against a Palestinian village that was not belligerent (and later led to the Palestinian exodus) in which atrocities were committed by the Irgun and Leti military irregulars. This was the equivalent of pogrom. The Palestinians may have had stupid leaders, but what is stopping Israel from doing the 'right thing' for the Deir Yassin victims? Sophie Scholl of The White Rose bravely told the Nazis that 'Each life is precious.' Does Israel believe that? That is the problem.
H Thoreau: Are you this obtuse or are you simply a self-hating Jew? Maybe were sleeping during Hebrew school or or at least willfully overlooking history. Long before the so-called Deir Yassin massacre, which by the way it's peacefulness is still debated, the Arabs had perpetrated many massacres against Jewish civilians. There was a bloody pogrom against Jews by Arabs in 1920. There was a massacre of Jews by Arabs committed in 1924. The Arabs ethnically cleansed the 3000 year old Jewish population of Hebron during the 1948 War - a population long predating Mohammed and his conquering Arabs. A bus convoy of Jewish civilians on its way to the Hebrew University campus on Mt Scopus was ambushed and the teachers and others on the bus were butchered. The Arab Legion ethnically cleansed the millennia old Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem. They then uprooted centuries old Jewish gravestones, desecrated the graves and used the gravestones to build latrines and sidewalks. And by the way, Lehi and Irgun were not the mainstream Zionist forces - the Haganah was. And the Haganah needed to clamp down on Lehi/Irgun activities if there was to be a unified Israel, which they did when Ben Gurion ordered the seizure of the latters' weapons from a ship called the Altalena causing a shootout in which a number of Jewish fighters were killed. Compare this to Arafat never reigning in Hamas. So you have two different Palestinian governments each ready to cut each others' throats when the time comes. Ben Gurion was a state-builder. Arafat's main skill set was making speeches, hijacking aircraft and order the murders of Olympic athletes.
A weak interview, agreed. I would like to know what Israel means by all these other countries threatened by a nuclear Iran. How? BUT Iran HAS been aggressively arming Hamas and Hezbollah with ever more powerful rockets to Israel. AND it has created a great deal of damage supplying the Syrian government with arms against the revolution. I should think the Arab world should be WARY of Persians wanting too strong a foothold in this region. The settlements are a moot point at the moment. I see Barak and wonder about his bitterness when he offered Arafat everything the Palestinians had asked for, all that is now sought, and Arafat turned it down at the last minute. If the Palestinians were more interested in peace that in propaganda, they should have jumped at the chance for their own state, territory, etc.
thanks God someone is thinking in this discussion
I totally agree with your comment my brother. Almost all are allowing the zionist to get away with this so called "Two
State Solution", Nuclear Weapons issue,and their illegal immigration policies. From president Obama, all those
inbetween and down to Mr. Zakaria. The jig is up!!! stop the deception and lies!!! If the Zionist can have nuclear
weapons, why can't Iran? , Who are they, (Zionist) to say who can or can't have nuclear weapons when they (Zionist)
themselves are in violations of having them! Yet all are quiet. What's up with that????????????
I love the last statements by Barak, "No Mercey For The Weak" and then a few sentences later "We Extend Our Hand In Peace" sums up everything for peace, the problem will never be solved!
I am not able to find where Mr. Ehud Barak made the statement "no mercy for the weak".
Patrick... Love is blind in most cases. Glen "loves" the statements only he can see.
The video above is not complete, you would have to see the full segment. It was in his final statement at the end of the piece.
Mr. Zakaria, Greetings!!
Why are you, the United Nations, USA and others giving the zionist government a pass on the so called "Two State
Solution"? This is a violation of international law, undemocractic and nothing more than a smoke screen to say the
least . It's shame and disgrace that the league of nations along with other nations to allow the zionist to
systematically exterminate the palestinian people from their land. Those of us who are aware know that a
"one man "one vote" is the just and righteous solution. What the United States an other governments did to force the
racist aparthied government in South Afrika must do the same to the racist zionist government in Palestine. " FREE
ELECTIONS" WITH ONE MAN, ONE VOTE. AND ALLOW THOSE PALESTINIANS WHO WERE FORCED OUT TO
RETURN. I BET YOU MR. BARAK WON'T AGREE WITH THAT!!!!!
There alternative to the two-state solution is the ONE state solution where the Palestinian Arabs would have to look for a home elsewhere. There is already one state in Palestine, Israel, and it is not going anywhere. The Palestinian Arabs have a choice, to live in peace in their own state or to die at wars trying to destroy the state of the Jews.
why don't you occupier leave the land to its original owner n find other place to live?
Members of the Jewish faith are the original owners of the land.
By the way, the "one man one vote" system is already implemented in Israel where ALL CITIZENS have the very same equal rights regardless of their race, religion, ethnicity or gender.
Why are you spreading false information and telling lies. If that is the case where is the West Bank and Gaza located?
Are you telling me and the world that the palestinians in those areas and those displaced vote in the israeli knesset?
Then you have the nerve and gaul to say the Palestinians should leave their land altogether and go elsewhere!! Why
don't the zionist go back to Germany, HITLER is dead. You safe now!!
Ledwell: It's you who are spreading lies. The Land of Israel is the historic homeland of the Jewish People. They were expelled by the Roman Legions after years of bloodshed trying to defend their land. The Jews are by no means Europeans colonizing a territory that they have no historical ties to. Furthermore, at least half of Israelis are not even descended from European Jews. Rather they are Jews who fled Arab countries after persecution stemming from the 1948 War (so much for no relationship between anti-Zionism and antisemitism). They families suffered murder, humiliation and property confiscation at the hands of Arabs in North Africa through Mesopotamia. In fact, the number of "Oriental" Jewish refugees fleeing Muslim countries equals the number of Palestinian Arabs fleeing "Palestine" during the 1948 war. Of course, the plight of 600,000 Jewish refugees from Arab countries doesn't get the PR that Arab Palestinian refugees get. And considering the state of your grammar in your blog response, either you are uneducated or perhaps a German with English as a second language. If the former, go back to school. If the later, considering the millions of Jewish dead on Germany's hands - Jews who died because they stayed in Europe rather than immigrate to Palestine, a German has no right to lecture the Jewish People about anything.
HALAL MEAT..HA HA
The caller ID on Eman al-Obeidi's smart phone says private number. She guesses the call is from a fellow Libyan and promptly silences the ringer.
"I think the halal meat seller gave out my number," she says, picking up another piece of sizzling beef fajita. "That's why I don't buy halal meat anymore."
MMMMMMMMMMMM HALAL MEAT, U EAT SO MANY FK CO KS IN LIBYA
WHATS THAT GOT TO DO WITH STUPID MUSLIM WHO GAVE YOUR PHONE!!! HALAL IS BETWEEN U AND GOD
Mr. Zakaria I believe you are doing the world injustices by discussing Iranian Nuclear program without discussing Israeli program because as an American I am more worried about Israel using Nuclear weapon than the Iranian so we must be very honest when we discussion nuclear program. The idea that for some country the discussion of their program is of topic when they demand others to open up for international inspection and transfer their program to other country is clearly double standard and this is one of the main reason we are not making any head way on nuclear non proliferation.
Farheed, ou are too polite .Ehud defintely showed Schizoid personality disorder on his appearance. He actually made no definitive statement..each had a caveat " But " or "IF." Thank you for showing us the mixed up leadership of our ally?
As usual, the question F Z should have asked is when is Israel going to open up their nuclear sites to the IAEA for inspections? These Zionist need to follow the rule of international law for the safety of the entire world. F Z has his hands tied from asking the real question.
Fareed ,why you lie about Iran n Israel?.why do you let yahud barak has the chance to look at the people face n lies
about Iran n israel?
don't you know facts about middle east?don't you know that governement of israel (not jewish n not people of Israel)
is the only enemy that America has? then why you talk to this bad guy???
Can you provide any facts to back your allegations?
If not, then you are propagating hate mongering against Israel.
What is the excuse for Israel to attack Iran. The Soviets said in the UN, "We will burry You." We did not bomb them.Someone hating you is not an excuse to attack. Israel wants to project itself as a giant and can attack at will.The only reason Israel is blowing hot air is divert attention from the real problem, the Palestinian issue, period.
What garbage! Krushchev made that famous statement in the context of predicting the Soviet communist system would prove itself superior to America's capitalist system. At the time the Soviet Union had full diplomatic relations with the United States. At no time did the Soviet Union question the right of the United States to exist. At no time did the Soviet Union call for the United States to be wiped off the map.
Everyone should mind their own business and let the middle east settle their own scores! The United States should butt out and leave every nation they occupy and worry about their own problems at home, don't worry you can suck up all of Canada's oil and natural resources!
Glen, why dont you mind you own business.
Don't give me that crap that GOD promised Palestine to the jews! Even your bible, the Torah you stole from ancient Egypt and claimed as your own. First you wanted to be African, now you want to be Euopean, which are you?
Tell me why the gentiles hate the so called jews so much? Tell me why no one wanted the jews when HITLER was doing his thing? With no where to go Palestine is given to you!! The war of 1948 is the result of that.
We know your history and we also know who the original jews are so stop the lies!!!
Regarding my grammer, you get my message!!
Yes, we do get your message.
Thank you for sharing.
You're welcome patrick. The truth shall set us all free
ONE MAN ONE VOTE AND MAJORITY RULES!!
The current Israeli parliament has 12 Arab members (out of 120):
Ayoob Kara (Likud)
Hamad Amar (Israel Beitenu)
Afou Agbaria, Mohammad Barakeh, Hanna Swaid (Hadash)
Talab El-Sana, Masud Ganaim, Ahmad Tibi, Ibrahim Sarsur (Ra'am -Ta'al)
Hanin Zoabi, Jamal Zahalka, Said Naffaa (Balad)
Sure, every resident of Israel can vote, there's many Arab parties, even ones that don't recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
But, you did not need me to tell you this, it is a fact.
Check it out.
ALL Israeli citizens can vote. Muslim women who are not allowed to vote in Muslim countries such as Iran and Saudi-Arabia, but they can vote in Israel.
In fact, Israel's parliament is made up of Jews and non-Jews. No Arab/Muslim country can say the same!
Here is what a Muslim has to say about the treatment he received in Israel:
Israel is one of the most open societies in the world. Out of a population of 6.7 million, about 1.3 million — 20 percent of the population — are non-Jews (approximately 1.1 million Muslims, 130,000 Christians and 100,000 Druze).1
Arabs in Israel have equal voting rights; in fact, it is one of the few places in the Middle East where Arab women may vote. Arabs currently hold 8 seats in the 120-seat Knesset. Israeli Arabs have also held various government posts, including one who served as Israel's ambassador to Finland and the current deputy mayor of Tel Aviv. Oscar Abu Razaq was appointed Director General of the Ministry of Interior, the first Arab citizen to become chief executive of a key government ministry. Ariel Sharon's original cabinet included the first Arab minister, Salah Tarif, a Druze who served as a minister without portfolio. An Arab is also a Supreme Court justice.
Arabic, like Hebrew, is an official language in Israel. More than 300,000 Arab children attend Israeli schools. At the time of Israel's founding, there was one Arab high school in the country. Today, there are hundreds of Arab schools.2
In 2002, the Israeli Supreme Court also ruled that the government cannot allocate land based on religion or ethnicity, and may not prevent Arab citizens from living wherever they choose.2a
The sole legal distinction between Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel is that the latter are not required to serve in the Israeli army. This is to spare Arab citizens the need to take up arms against their brethren. Nevertheless, Bedouins have served in paratroop units and other Arabs have volunteered for military duty. Compulsory military service is applied to the Druze and Circassian communities at their own request.
Some economic and social gaps between Israeli Jews and Arabs result from the latter not serving in the military. Veterans qualify for many benefits not available to non-veterans. Moreover, the army aids in the socialization process.
On the other hand, Arabs do have an advantage in obtaining some jobs during the years Israelis are in the military. In addition, industries like construction and trucking have come to be dominated by Israeli Arabs.
Although Israeli Arabs have occasionally been involved in terrorist activities, they have generally behaved as loyal citizens. During the 1967, 1973 and 1982 wars, none engaged in any acts of sabotage or disloyalty. Sometimes, in fact, Arabs volunteered to take over civilian functions for reservists. During the outbreak of violence in the territories that began in September 2000, Israeli Arabs for the first time engaged in widespread protests with some violence.
The United States has been independent for almost 230 years and still has not integrated all of its diverse communities. Even today, 60 years after civil rights legislation was adopted, discrimination has not been eradicated. It should not be surprising that Israel has not solved all of its social problems in only 57 years.
If Israel is the most open society in the world, what are the Palestinians fighting for? Why are the Zionist so anxious now to have two separate but unequal States? If Israel is such a model democracy why have the Zionist put the Palestinians on concentration camps? West bank and Gaza. And surely the Zionist with one of the most open society in the world would welcomes the return of all those displaced refugees with open arms. Right! Stop the lies!!
Let all the uninformed people know how small Palestine really is. It's the size of the state of New Jersey.Then show the concentration camps where the Palestinians are forced to live in the West Bank and Gaza . The only way the Zionist can legally and morally have majority rule is to cone up with this so called "Two State Solution". Which is the same smoke screen the racist Afrikanns attempted to do in South Afrika. Obama shame on you and other world leaders for sanctioning this lie!! " One of the most open and democratic societies". SURE!! My grammer may be bad but I know when I smell a rat.
Just do what the gentiles did here in the United States, take the land and be done with it, but please STOP the lies.
Because the Qu'ran tells muslims to hate Jews.
So much for a religious book on love and humanity.
Here are a few examples, there are hundreds more:
Qur'an 2:61 "Humiliation and wretchedness were stamped on the Jews and they were visited with Allah's wrath."
Qur'an 4:44 "Have you not considered those to whom a portion of the Book has been given? They traffic in error and desire that you should go astray. But Allah has full knowledge of your enemies. Of the Jews there are those who displace words from their (right) places, saying, 'We hear and we disobey' with a twist of their tongues they slander Faith.... Allah has cursed them for disbelief."
Qur'an 4:47 "O you People of the Book to whom the Scripture has been given, believe in what We have (now) revealed, confirming and verifying what was possessed by you, before We destroy your faces beyond all recognition, turning you on your backs, and curse you as We cursed the Sabbath-breakers, for the decision of Allah Must be executed."
Qur'an 4:160 "For the iniquity of the Jews We made unlawful for them certain (foods) in that they hindered many from Allah's Way, that they took usury, though they were forbidden, and that they devoured men's wealth on false pretenses, We have prepared for those among them who reject [Islamic] Faith a painful doom."
Qur'an 5:59 "Say: 'People of the Book! Do you disapprove of us for no other reason than that we believe in Allah, and the revelation that has come to us and that which came before?' Say: 'Shall I point out to you something much worse than this by the treatment it received from Allah? Those who incurred the curse of Allah and His wrath, those of whom He transformed into apes and swine."
Qur'an 2:64 "But you [Jews] went back on your word and were lost losers. So become apes, despised and hated. We made an example out of you."
Ishaq:240 "The Jews are a nation of liars.... The Jews are a treacherous, lying, and evil people."
Qur'an 33:26 "Allah made the Jews leave their homes by terrorizing them so that you killed some and made many captive. And He made you inherit their lands, their homes, and their wealth. He gave you a country you had not traversed before."
Ishaq:250 "The bestial transformation occurred when Allah turned Jews into apes, despised."
Qur'an 59:14 "The Jews are devoid of sense. There is a grievous punishment awaiting them. Satan tells them not to believe so they will end up in Hell."
Qur'an 2:96 "We will not remove a Jew from the punishment. They know the shameful thing that awaits them."
Qur'an 4:55 "Sufficient for the Jew is the Flaming Fire!"
Qur'an 88:1 "Has the narration reached you of the overwhelming (calamity)? Some faces (all disbelievers, Jews and Christians) that Day, will be humiliated, downcast, scorched by the burning fire, while they are made to drink from a boiling hot spring."
Tabari VIII:116 "After his return from Hudaybiyah, Allah's Messenger marched against Khaybar. He halted with his army in a valley between the people of Khaybar and the Ghatafan tribe to prevent the latter from assisting the Jews."
Ishaq:264 "A notable Jew spoke to the Apostle, twisting his tongue. He attacked Islam and reviled it, so Allah sent down, 'Allah knows best about your enemies. Some of the Jews change words from their contexts and say: "We hear and disobey," twisting their tongues and attacking the religion so Allah cursed them.'"
Tabari VIII:121 "Ali struck the Jew with a swift blow that split his helmet, neck protector, and head, landing in his rear teeth. And the Muslims entered the city. Muhammad conquered the [Jewish] neighborhood. Safiyah was brought to him, and another woman with her. Bilal led them past some of the Jews we had slain including the woman's dead husband. When she saw them, the woman with Safiyah cried out, slapped her face, and poured dust on her head. When Allah's Prophet saw her, he said, 'Take this she-devil away from me!'"
Bukhari:V4B53N380 "Umar expelled all the Jews and Christians from Arabia. Allah's Apostle after conquering Khaybar thought of expelling the Jews from the land which, after he conquered it, belonged to Allah, Allah's Apostle and the Muslims. But the Jews requested Allah's Apostle to leave them there on the condition that they would do the labor and get half of the fruits (the land would yield). Allah's Apostle said, 'We shall keep you on these terms as long as we wish.' Thus they stayed till the time of Umar's Caliphate when he expelled them."
Tabari VIII:130 "The Messenger said during his final illness, 'Two religions cannot coexist in the Arabian Peninsula.' Umar investigated the matter, then sent to the Jews, saying: 'Allah has given permission for you to be expelled; for I have received word that the Prophet said that two religions cannot coexist in Arabia."
Ishaq:517 "Khaybar was stormed by the Apostle's squadron, fully armed, powerful, and strong. It brought certain humiliation with Muslim men in its midst. We attacked and they met their doom. Muhammad conquered the Jews in fighting that day as they opened their eyes to our dust."
Ishaq:524 "We cannot accept the oaths of Jews. Their infidelity is so great they swear falsely."
Qur'an 59:14 "They [Jews] will not fight against you save in fortified townships. Their hostility and hatred amongst themselves is strong: you would think they were united, but their hearts they are divided. That is because these [Jews] are a people devoid of sense."
Ishaq:245 "Do you love Jews and their religion, you liver-hearted ass, and not Muhammad? Their religion will never march with ours.... Jews make false professions about Islam. So Allah sent down: 'Satan wishes to lead them astray."
Ishaq:248 "Allah increases their sickness. A tormented doom awaits the Jews. Allah said, 'They are mischief makers. They are fools. The Jews deny the truth and contradict what the Apostle has brought. I will mock them and let them continue to wander blindly.'"
Tabari VII:158 "The Messenger of Allah besieged the Nadir Jews for fifteen days. In the end they made peace with him on the condition that the Prophet would not shed their blood and that their property and possessions would be his."
Qur'an 5:13 "But because of their breach of their covenant We cursed the Jews, and made their hearts grow hard. They change the words from their (right) places [the illiterate prophet pronounced] and forget and abandon a good part of the message that was sent them. Nor will you cease to find deceit in them. And because of their breaking their covenant We have cursed them. They altered words from their context and they neglected a portion of the message they were reminded of."
I'M JEWISH!! SO WHAT DOE'S QURAN HAVE TO DO WITH ME AND THE TRUTH OF WHAT'S HAPPENNING IN PALESTINE? STOP PUTTING UP SMOKE SCREENS AND TRYING DISTRACT ONE FROM JUST SOLUTION. ONE STATE FOR ALL, ONE MAN ONE VOTE AND MOJORITY RULES. STOP THE LIES AND THIS SO CALLED "TWO STATE SOLUTION" CRAP THAT YOU AND I KNOW WILL NEVER WORK.
GOD BLESS ALL OF US!!
I'M JEWISH!! SO WHAT DOE'S QURAN HAVE TO DO WITH ME AND THE TRUTH OF WHAT'S HAPPENNING IN PALESTINE? STOP PUTTING UP SMOKE SCREENS AND TRYING DISTRACT ONE FROM THE JUST SOLUTION. ONE STATE FOR ALL, ONE MAN ONE VOTE AND MOJORITY RULES. STOP THE LIES AND THIS SO CALLED "TWO STATE SOLUTION" CRAP THAT YOU AND I KNOW WILL NEVER WORK.
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