May 29th, 2011
01:59 PM ET

Fareed's Take: Netanyahu doesn't want a deal

We've just gone through an arcane debate about whether Barack Obama said anything new when he called for an Israeli-Palestinian settlement based on 1967 borders with mutually agreed upon land swaps. In fact, that has been the working assumption of all negotiating parties - America, Israel and the Palestinian Authority - for over 20 years. It is what the Camp David talks of 2000 were based on; it's what former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's talks with the Palestinians was based on.

The newsworthy and real shift in U.S. policy was President Obama publicly condemning the Palestinian strategy to seek recognition as a state from the U.N. General Assembly in September.

Instead of thanking Obama for this, Prime Minister Netanyahu chose to stage, in the words of the former Israeli diplomat Alon Pinkas, "Nothing less than a bizarre tirade at the White House on Friday, educating the president about the plight and the pogroms of Jews throughout history."

So why did Netanyahu do this? Does it help Israel's security or strengthen it otherwise to stoke tensions with its strongest ally and largest benefactor, Washington? Does such behavior further the resolution of Israel's problems?

No, but it helps Netanyahu stir up support at home and maintain his fragile coalition.

The real revelation, which has been picked up by many in the Israeli press, is that it shows finally that Netanyahu simply doesn't want a deal. He always has a new objection, a new problem, a new delaying tactic because, at core, he has never believed that the Palestinians should have a state.

Here is the young Bibi, 33 years ago, at a forum in Cambridge, Massachusetts:

"I think the United States should oppose the creation of a Palestinian state for several reasons, the first one being that it is unjust to demand the creation of a 22nd Arab state and a second Palestinian state at the expense of the only Jewish state. There is no right to establish the second one on my doorstep, which will threaten my existence. There is no right whatsoever."

Prime Minister Netanyahu's references to the indefensible borders of 1967 last week also reveal him to be mired in a world that has really gone away. The chief threat to Israel today is not from a Palestinian army. Israel has the region's strongest economy and military by far, complete with an arsenal of nuclear weapons.

The chief threats to Israel are from new technologies - rockets and biological weapons - and from demography. Its physical existence is less in doubt than its democratic existence as it continues to rule millions of Palestinians who are entitled to neither a vote nor a country.

Ironically, the young Bibi understood that it was impossible to keep the Palestinians in such serf-like conditions forever. Listen to him advocating that Palestinians should be given citizenship, either in Jordan or in Israel:

"In the event that this negotiation process will continue, I am sure that what we're talking about is, in fact, eventual citizenship of some kind, either Jordanian or Israeli or in any other arrangement."

If the Palestinians were smart, they'd take Prime Minister Netanyahu up on that offer of citizenship in Israel, and then Bibi would wish he had been for a two-state solution all along.


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  1. Alan Kamal Wood

    I am a non-jewish American with close ties to Israel. I have a home not far from Gaza and four days ago the air raid sirens went off. My nine year old step-daughter was at her drama class and came home sobbing and terrorized because she wasn't able to get into an air raid shelter. I doubt very much that if you and your family were subject to constant ongoing missile attack from your neighbors you would take a such a sanguine view of your security as you do of mine.
    On your show this morning you took a naive view of Israel's security. Yes Israel's military is capable of repulsing invasion. This doesn't mean we are secure. You indicated that Israel is remiss by not handing the West Bank over to the "responsible" Palestinian Authority. Let me remind you that several years ago Israel removed it's settlers from Gaza and handed control over to the Palestinian authority there. Our reward was a take over by Islamic militants and thousands and thousands of missiles rained down upon our civilian population. A rain that is ongoing and never makes the news on your oh so unbiased network.
    Was Israel rewarded for this withdrawal by international recognition and goodwill? Was the backfiring of this withdrawal ever acknowledged by the world at large? Was the unilateral freezing of settlements by Israel in the past two years rewarded with love on the college campuses of America or the "Arab Street" or honest negotiations from the Palestinians? The answers to these questions are an obvious no. Instead you and your guest and so many other biased and nominally educated commentators berate the Israelis for not making further concessions.
    An Israeli military withdrawal from the Westbank would be the height of irresponsibility. Instead of just the North and South being subject to missile attack the entire nation would be vulnerable. The demographic and economic heartland would be in range of daily attack. I, and the vast majority of Israelis, yearn constantly for peace. You who have known nothing but peace at home in your life can have no understanding of how deep that yearning is. The Palestinians do not want peace. They want us gone and are largely willing to exterminate us to make that happen. You may wish to ignore that truth but a truth it remains. Peace with a people who wish your extermination is not possible, and anyone who insists that the Israelis are remiss for not doing more to make peace under these circumstances is either hopelessly naive or ignorant or operating in bad faith. Which are you?

    May 29, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
    • Romy Schnebel

      At least your daughter did not have her skin burned off her with white phosporous, and watch as her parents and siblings bled to death, as countless Palestinian and Lebanese children have as a result of Israeli bombs.

      May 29, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
      • Alfred

        i concur with romy, israel is the bully nation.

        May 29, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
      • John

        Yeah, but your OK when suicide bombers with bombs made with nails and rat poision and blow up on buses, or when an entire family is murdered in their sleep including the beheading of an infant. Give me a break! Nothing but a an bleeding heart lib, who can jsutify the Palastiniens/Hamas as anything ut terrorist

        May 29, 2011 at 7:10 pm |
      • BOB

        Did your daughter??? Nooooo...

        May 29, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
      • BOB

        Im outa here to many morons

        May 29, 2011 at 7:20 pm |
      • sambo

        Hey Romy, John is right. Arabs just luv to kill people. Hamas is your problem. Jettison them. chase them from your lands and Isreal will help you. Embrace Hamas and suffer as you have

        May 29, 2011 at 7:25 pm |
      • DB

        I am not justifying HAMAS or terrorism. But think about it people!!! what kinda condition you must be living in to want to strap yourself an commit suicide? Here in the US, we call it depression. But other places, we call it terrorism...You folks cannot imagine how it is out there. All I hear people saying is "I've visited Israel", so they justify Israel's security, but no one says they've been in Palestine to see their plight, and see what is driving them to such levels...

        May 29, 2011 at 7:30 pm |
      • hawaiiduude

        and I hate bullies!

        May 29, 2011 at 7:33 pm |
      • Steve

        Regarding does poverty promote suicide attacks, many of those involved in the 9/11 attacks came from financially secure families. Osama Bin Laden was the favored son of a billionare. Hatred and ignorance is the source of suicide attacks.

        May 29, 2011 at 7:52 pm |
      • DB

        And greed brings about oppression and abuse!

        May 29, 2011 at 8:03 pm |
      • AHMAD777

        NOT ENOUGH!

        May 29, 2011 at 9:29 pm |
      • Mike

        DB, you are absolutely right. Most people who go to Israel/Palestine only see the "holy sites." I was on a "fact-finding" mission to both, heard and spoke with a number of Israeli and Palestinian ngo leaders opposed to the occupation, and saw, first-hand, the desolation and intimidation of the Palestinians, especially in the West Bank (not to mention Gaza which we weren't allowed to visit). Zakaria is right on it his analysis. The Zionist government has never inteded to allow a Palestinian state. Everything is aimed at dragging it out until the world, and even the Palestinians, give up and go away. Some of their leaders have clearly stated their intention to eventually have all of Palestine. If there were a two state solution and Israel treated the Palestinians fairly afterwards, I'm convinced they would have very few problems with the Palestinians in the West Bank. Even Hamas has moved toward recognition of Israel as a condition for peace. It is the Israeli government whose feet need to be held to the fire, for the sake of all Israelis as well as Palestinians. The US must begin to withhold our unquestioned support, both in the billions of dollars we give them every year and in our political support in the UN. The Zionists have had things their way for over 60 years. They are the fanatics, not the Paelstinians.

        May 29, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
      • barbara

        ur exactly describing what these muslim animals are doing burning people with acid beheading innocent peopel how dare you say that israel kills innocent people whne you know that the muslims are the ones that are commiting these svage crimes

        May 29, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
      • Kurt

        @John

        Screw Hamas. You totally evaded the point on Israel though. Israel creates more radicals. I'd be pissed off too. But I'd blame both Hamas for cynically provoking, and Israel for disproportionate response and war crimes (giving them just what they wanted). A pox on ALL hardliners.

        May 29, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
      • S1N

        @barbara – Maybe because both Israel and Palestine are guilty of similar atrocities. Sucks for your daughter, but guess what. Palestinian children have the same problem. So shut up and move to a less dangerous environment, or use that voice of yours on your government. There has already been too much bloodshed due to political pissing contests. Get over yourself and do something about it before your little girl comes home in a body bag due to YOUR country's (and Palestine's) idiocy.

        May 29, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
      • wlitchford

        In response to the Lebanese and the Arabs in Gaza firing thousands of missiles into Israel!

        May 29, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
      • Shouki

        "He did...You did...he did..." – Just the facts: In 1947 the UN voted to create two states, one Jewish, the other Arab, in pretty much the same geography as today's Israel and Gaza+West Bank. The Jews accepted, the Arabs rejected it and waged war after war to "erase it in rivers of blood." (Sec. of the Arab League, UN session, Nov. 29, 1947).

        Now they want what they rejected– and with their own conditions, to boot? Did Germany and Japan dictate terms of peace in 1945? The losing aggressor must pay the price of his aggression. Period.

        P.S.: Mr. Zakariah is not a know-it-all, despite his self-image...

        May 29, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
      • Joe

        Whose people were handing out candy in the streets when our towers went down? Palestinians. Just let the Jews finish them off and be done with those rats.

        May 29, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
      • Rsting

        Romy, lets look at history, that entire region was ruled by the jewish people for how many thousands of years? That entire region is know for its birth of Christianity, not islam. I am sorry if Palestinian children had to ordeal such terrible trauma from war and I do not acknowledge that what happened was ok, however, in war things happen things that most people don't want to happen but its a bit hard to fight a "by the book" military action, will never happen and there will be casualties. But I do look back at Isreal being given their land back and Palestine claiming it was taken from them, thats like a stranger coming along and throwing you out of your house because they do not like you then getting mad when they come back to reclaim their property. Who cast the first stone? Was it not Palestine that "poked the bear" and cast the first stone along with other countries such as egypt and syria? Was not the last advancement of Isreali troops due to Hezbollah firing mortars and rockets into isreal. Sorry but if my neighbor kept throwing firecrackers into my yard and hurting my kids, i'm going over there and kicking someones but rather than sitting there and taking it. I am telling you all DO NOT push Isreal they are like a wolf that has been cornered and keep in mind what has happened whenever the U.S. sticks our nose into their business, last time we did and pushed Katrina, this time we pushed 2nd largest outbreak of tornados, coincidence? maybe.

        May 29, 2011 at 11:53 pm |
      • Roger

        Did yours? Or are you just another armchair international peace expert?

        May 30, 2011 at 12:51 am |
      • joe

        and the 6000 rockets the arabs have sent Israels way... tsk tsk...

        May 30, 2011 at 12:54 am |
      • Karen G.

        Tell me, Romy, did yours? My mother didn't have a childhood because she was a Jew. Talk about what you know, personally. And educate yourself as to who the bullies are.

        An interesting article of a strategy by The Arab League " In 1959, the Arab League passed Resolution 1457, which states as follows: “The Arab countries will not grant citizenship to applicants of Palestinian origin in order to prevent their assimilation into the host countries.” That is a stunning resolution, which was diametrically opposed to international norms in everything pertaining to refugees in those years,

        May 30, 2011 at 1:14 am |
      • Desert Eagle

        @Mike: "Even Hamas has moved toward recognition of Israel as a condition for peace." Really??? You must be smoking crack. Have you even been following the development of recent events? Immediately after Netanyahu spoke to congress, Hamas responded by declaring that it will NEVER recognize the right of Israel to exist. That's right, NEVER. This is not surprising though, since the Hamas Charter calls for the destruction of Israel, and the murder of Jews everywhere. How can Israel hope to have peace with the Palestinians as long as Hamas is part of the Palestinian government? How can any country be expected to negotiate peace with a party that refuses, under any circumstance, to recognize that country's right to exist? You're right though; let's withdraw our aid to Israel in punishment for its failure to engage in the impossible. In fact, let’s divert that aid to the Palestinians, Hamas and all, as a reward for continuing to call for and engage in terrorism in support of its ultimate objective- the complete and utter destruction of Israel, and the murder of all Jews. Give me a break.

        Let's not forget, Israel was attacked by several Arab countries in 1967, with the aim of total and complete destruction. Israel fended off that attack, and captured more land in so doing. Israel stopped advancing once it captured enough territory to help strengthen its defensive capability. Having just successfully defended a multi-front, multi-national attack, you now call on Israel to return that land? When in world history has the victor in a war that it did not start been forced to return land it captured in defending its self? By your logic, the US should be returned to Mexico and the American Indians. Are you prepared to make that sacrifice? The simple fact is that, had the 1967 war not occurred, Israel would not have acquired the territory that it has today.

        @Shouki: You are right on. The facts and true history speak for themselves. Try as they might, neither Fareed Zakaria nor the rest of the revisionists can change that.

        May 30, 2011 at 1:16 am |
      • Bill in Ocala

        An epic fail Romy. You have fallen for the elite lefts rewrite of history to present Israel as the aggressor in this debate. Israel has NEVER attacked anybody in it's entire history as a nation. Every single instance has been in response to an attack on their homeland. The post 1967 borders actually came about from just such a skirmish. Let's also clarify that there is no such race of people called Palestine, this is a misnomer perpetuated for years. These are a nomadic collection of Arab gypsy's. The most encouraging video in Fareeds' propaganda piece is the obvious steadfastness of Netanyahu's position that has never change even from his youth. As long as "Palestine" continues to align itself with the terrorists known as the PLO, it should never be acknowledged as legitimate. How do you even negotiate with an organization whose first demand is the complete annihilation of your race? The answer is you can't. The only side in this matter that has had to make any concessions has been Israel. That ladies and gentlemen is absurd.

        May 30, 2011 at 2:03 am |
      • demforlife

        and how would you know that? How many Israelis and Jews have been murdered by your "heroic" terrorists!?

        May 30, 2011 at 2:35 am |
      • Alex T

        Romy,
        You are absolutely right and so much more to be said. The ignorance that dominates our country via a Jewish dominated media is unreal. We are in-fact the only western country that cannot see and does not understand the reality of the Jewish deception. As noted by most other 'western countries peoples' Israel is the ONLY terrorist state that actually gets away with scores of 'state terrorism'. Several former Israely Prime ministers are well reconized terrorists and are acknowledged as such by the rest of the world except us here, our average American can't even tell you where on the map Israel is located.......should we say more.

        May 30, 2011 at 10:49 am |
      • Gisabun

        Look on the other side of the coin: You have the Hamas who say Israel doesn't exist and would be happy if Israel was nuked. The same Hamas who use civilians as shield. The same Hamas who send off missiles into Israel but came from the roof [or inside] a civilian home [i.e. Israel hits the launcher and civilians will die]. The same Hamas who cut off heads of kidnapped victims or torture them. The same Hamas who have suicide bombers.

        Israel has defended itself. It is [primarily] Hamas who instigated the problems.

        If Mexico's drug cartel fired missiles into the US, you think the US would sit down and do nothing?

        May 30, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
      • Gisabun

        @Alex T: You just showed your true colors. You are a right wing racist.

        Saying basically that the media is controlled by Jews is the same crap we hear from the Aryan, KKK, facist, etc. I wouldn't mind seeing the proof on who and how they are controlled. Yup. CBS president Jim Lanzone sounds like a Jewish name. Not.

        May 30, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
      • Concerned citizen

        Romy is a terrorist supporting traitor. Israel never used white phosphorus deliberately, what an idiot.

        May 30, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
      • Alan Kamal Wood

        You are right Romy. At least there is that. But what is your point? Am I supposed to form my world view based on my daughter's good fortune that the missile landed elsewhere? Am I supposed to decide that it would be a good thing to give someone that is trying to kill me another platform from which to attack me because he missed?

        You should take a hard look at the premise underlying your retort. Apparently you think that because some Palestinian children have been killed in past military actions the Gazans are justified in targeting Israeli civilians. Or perhaps you think that the Jews have no right to be on this land and that exterminating them all is justified. In either case your point of view is not one that supports an atmosphere in which peace is likely to flourish. Neither is it a point of view that is likely to make me or any Israeli feel that it is safe to give up control of territory that can be used to attack us. And further, your retort completely ignores the fact that the Israelis make more effort to avoid civilian death in this conflict than any people in history while the other side directly targets Israeli civilians. There is no moral equivalence here and the fact that you can't or won't acknowledge this says volumes about your bias. By your lights, my step-daughter is a criminal worthy of death by the accident of her birth. Hmmm, where have I heard someone claim that about the Jews before?

        Romy, let's look at the horrible phosphorus covered death of civilians in Gaza. I know that most of you won't believe me but it is true that I am deeply sorry for their plight. Anyone that truly wants peace will feel the same for the suffering of any human being. It is not true however,that every time a civilian dies in war a crime has been committed. I do not know the facts surrounding the deaths of the Gazans and despite your passion, neither do you. Perhaps crimes were committed by Israelis. I cannot judge this without facts but let us, for the sake of argument, say that they were. Anyone who deliberately targets a civilian should be tried for a war crime. Now, what I do know is that the official targets of the Israeli assault over two years ago were the militants who were daily, deliberately targeting Israeli civilians. Targeting civilians is most definitely a crime. Are you or any Palestinian partisan shouting for the criminal trial of those who daily target me and my family? I also know that the militants who are shooting at my family are doing so while hiding behind their women and children. This is also a crime, and those who do so are more directly responsible for the horrible deaths of the Gazan civilians than are the Israelis. If it is your position that the Israelis are not allowed to target the militants who are attacking my women and children while hiding behind theirs then you are saying I have no right to defend myself. And if that is your position then please don't self-righteously attack me or anyone else for not wanting peace. You have no interest in peace yourself. What you want is my extermination.

        The rest of this is not really directed at you Romy but at the hate and ignorance and dishonesty that is so rampant in so many of the replies that followed.

        First, to the Israeli partisans in this debate. You only do yourself and our cause harm by descending to the hatred expressed by the other side. And, one can be a leftist and still love Israel and believe strongly in its right to defend itself. I am one.

        Honesty is in short supply in these debates and double standards rampant, so I will try to be as clear as I can. If you view Israel as illegitimate that is fine. It is your right to form whatever opinion you like. But if you hold this position then please do not pretend that you wish for peace. What you want is to erase me and mine. You have no credibility if you sit on one side of this debate and berate the Israelis for not doing more to make peace if you are unwilling to make peace with the Israelis.

        There is some true grievance on the Palestinian side of this conflict but much that is untenable. If Arafat and the Palestinians had accepted the peace plan that Rabin and the Israelis accepted most of the settlements would have been abandoned and Palestine would be a UN recognized state today. But instead they chose to launch a massive campaign of suicide bombing and are now complaining about the wall that was erected in desperate self defense.

        If you take an honest view of this history you will know that almost 100% of the land held by the Jews in the late 1940's was purchased. Most of it was previously uninhabited and fallow. These are facts of record for anyone honest enough to do the research. In 1947 the Jews accepted the UN's partition plan and the Arabs rejected it. This plan gave control of the land occupied by Jews to the Jews and land occupied by the Arabs and Druze to the Arabs and Druze. In 1948 the Jews proclaimed the State of Israel based on the partition plan. The next day all the Arab neighbors invaded and the Arabs of Palestine joined happily in the attempted extermination of the Jews of Israel. The Arabs lost this war that they started and were pushed from some of the land they had occupied when they tried to exterminate the Jews. Many Jews were also pushed from land that they legally owned and occupied when the war began.

        It is rather pathetic to think that you can start a war of extermination and then complain that your land was stolen from you when you lose that war. But that is exactly the starting premise of the majority of the Palestinian complaint. Forgive me if I'm not too sympathetic. All of the Palestinian protestations to the contrary, most of them do not want peace. They want the land and they want my death.

        To poorly paraphrase Golda Meir: When the Palestinians are more horrified by the conditions under which their children live and die than they are by their humiliation at the hands of the Jews there will be peace; not before. En Sha'ala that day will come soon. I'm not holding my breath.

        May 30, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
      • Larry

        I agree: Over the years, Israel has become the bully in the Middle East. The IDF uniform doesn't legitimize the atrocities committed over the years. It's unfortunate that a people who suffered the holocaust have now become the bully.

        May 30, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
      • Habibi

        There will always be people on both sides who will either against the existance of Israel or against a Palestinian state. I believe Israel has a right to exist and defend itself. But not at the expense of preventing Palestinian to also have a rights to freedom, liberty and government and self-determination. I dont agree wiith suicide bombing and also bombing of civilians, ON BOTH SIDES. Bottom line, every Jew cant leave in Israel and all the Palestinian cant return to their home land, BUT NEW SETTLEMENT BUILDING MUST STOP. ALLOWING PALESTINIANS TO ALSO HAVE EQUAL RIGHTS OVER THE LAND, BUT BEGAN. Once this happens, terror may still exist, but now there will be more Palestinians and Israelis standing up again it. YOU CANT TAKE AWAY ALL INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS AND NOT EXPECT WAR TO EXIST. NOT STATING KILLING AND TERROR IT IS RIGHT, JUST STATING THROUGHTOUT HISTORY THIS HAS BEEN THE WAY OF WAR. For peace to exist like Fakaria stated, is a two state solution, BOTH, BOTH SIDES CAN agree upon (AN OVER WELLING NUMBER ON BOTH SIDES) . The racist comments about Arabs arre just as bad and doesn't help just as Anti-Semetic comments toward Jews. Because if we start to believe in them, there is A LONG, LONG LIST about Jews and Europeans. Hateful word playing is not the way to move towards peace!

        May 30, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
      • Faiz

        John:
        The family that was murdered was so by their Asian immigrant servant who wasnt paid for a while. He has since been absconding. Of course the israeli media hypes this as palestinian terrorism and when the truth comes out doesnt talk about it anymore, so ill-informed people like you keep ratting out the same lines. Look it up.

        In any case family vs a thousand, it is no justification for murder, but again isnt for continued aggression and suppression of the palestinians

        May 30, 2011 at 11:15 pm |
      • Steve

        Israel is right and the Palestinians can go to hell like the animals they are. If they don't like living in the West Bank then they can move. Hamas and their terrorist allies who call themselves Palestinians are no better than Osama bin Laden and should be hunted down and terminated for the atrocities they have perpetrated against Israel.

        May 30, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
      • Alex T

        @ concerned citizen.....
        You just proved my point.....the ignorance that prevails in our country compared to rest of the world is beyond belief.
        UNBELIEVABLE.......How can the 'whole world' see what we can't ..........have to give credit to US media and Israeli propaganda machine......same thing!

        May 30, 2011 at 11:55 pm |
      • Lee

        Bill in Ocala To say that Israel has never attacked anyone in it's history as a nation is nothing more than an outright lie. The 1967 borders that are constantly referred to are the borders that existed AFTER Israel attacked Egypt in 1967. Get that, Israel attacked, not the other way around. I am so tired of the constant falsehoods that people spread about Israel and it's "peaceful" intentions. Israel does not want peace yet. It will at some point after it has expanded it's settlements sufficiently.

        As far as the rest talking about the "thousands and thousands" of rockets rained down on Israel, just how many people particularly civilians, have actually been killed by those rockets. Now compare that to the number of civilian deaths caused by Israel in it's incursions into Palestine. And nothing even begins to compare with the Sabra and Shatila massacres by the Lebanese Christians with the assistance of the IDF, or the burning of children and other innocent with white phosphorous. Yes, Hamas has a lot of account for but so does Israel.

        May 31, 2011 at 12:01 am |
      • Ariel

        As an Israeli-Canadian who grew up in Canada, I do not live with the daily fear both sides do. But Im going to go ahead and guess that you're American. The day I see Obama or any future President of the United States sit down with Al Qaeda leaders and negotiate a truce, I'll admit Israel should sit down with the Hamas leaders. Instead, Obama orders the execution of Bin Laden (I fully support that by the way). I agree with Alan; the world only sees the bad in Israels actions, not the good. What did the world do when Israel assassinated Rantisi and Sheikh Yassin? They said its tantamount to war crimes, but when the US kills Bin Laden in Pakistan (a war crime in itself), the world cheers. At this point, if you dont know who those 2 are (Yassin and Rantisi), not only are you ignorant, but the fact you even commented on this topic shows that the internet gives a voice to people who shouldnt be heard. If you DO know who they are, then you should do some soul-searching and realize that EVERY country has a right to defend itself. Having better guns doesnt make you the aggressor, it just makes you the victor. Learn the difference.

        And as for pulling out the white phosphorus headline... good job. That is the exception, not the rule. Israel does everything possible to minimize civilian casualties, but Hamas and other militant groups (liek Hezbollah) put civilians and UN workers in the line of fire (look up why the Gaza UN school was bombed or read the letter the Canadian UN peacekeeper sent to his wife a few days before he was killed by an Israeli rocket). If things were reversed, do you think Palestinians would show any regard for Israeli civilians? Oh no, wait... they fire rockets aimed at TOWNS, hoping to kill anyone – civilian, military or otherwise. I mean, look at the regimes all around Israel: Syria is brutally murdering their OWN PEOPLE, Hezbollah assassinated the Prime Minister of Lebanon (Hariri), and Egypt saw a brutal crackdown on their people.

        You live in a fairytale world, and I envy you for it. If many of the events and people I mentioned here dont ring a bell, go look them up. You might learn something... for once.

        May 31, 2011 at 2:02 am |
      • GrandMaster

        You guys are wasting your time. There are people that genuinely believe that the Jewish people are suppose to maintain their "greater" Israel for Jesus' second coming (the jews are still waiting). This is why the Israel lobby exists and some hardcore religious zealots in congress and power, help maintain the support of Israel. The founding fathers of Israel introduced terrorism in the Middle East, when they bombed a bus in 1938.

        The Palestinians are there because they were the last ones to conquer it.

        What I am trying to say is that we should burn all religious books.

        May 31, 2011 at 8:38 am |
      • Enough

        well lets see if they would stop attacking Israel then we will stop defending ourselves. 1st of all most of the killings of women and children would be from the Palestine, Lebonon because they use them as human shields. We dont We protect. What kind of country would give up there land for Peace NO ONE. You see not even arab countries wont the Palestinian because they are nothing more then Terrorist who want to kill even there own kind. Nobody wants them and Israel ends up getting stuck with them. So Israel is willing to give them land for peace but they dont even know what peace means. So we give them Gaza for return a missile that his a children school bus and killed just like a bomb killed a 15 year old boy which he was bleeding to death. So know your history before you bring your 2 cents comments. This is only your defense is that Israel bombs Palestine and Lebonon but nothing else that goes around you dont see. Wake up and make sense

        May 31, 2011 at 9:45 am |
      • Zionist Forever

        This post is a complete friggin lie .. when have you seen any image of a kid burned with phorphous and their parents killed as a result of israel ... NEVER .. this allegation is just a lie made up to sell the palestinian narrative of israeli war crimes. Anyone who looks will see that it is the arabs who incite the confrontations and refuse to accept israel as a jewish nation. Well its too bad for them and you and the sooner you accept israel as a nation in the middle east the faster we can move onto peace. But that won't occur because fools like you want to aid and abet hamas and the other terrorists who simply want to kill jews and couldn't care less about peace.

        Those of us that support israel have learned to ignore the stupidity of your remarks as well as the fools at the UN. We know that israel is the most moral army in the world and that all the noise about war crimes results from the fact that there are 35 arab countires and 1.5 billion muslims. By the way look at what those enlighten countires do .. hang homosexuals, oppress women and kill catholics // what have they done to give people their human rights, turned it into a joke. So how come you don't write about all those arab attocities ... its because the truth doesn't matter to a hater ..

        So go and post garbage like this story line because nothing anyone says will change the mind of a hater and anti semite which is what your statement reveals. If not you would have put some balance in and not made up something that sounds good for the all the other haters to support.

        There will be no peace in themiddle east ot the world until the arab learn to accpet israel or get nuked rejecting it.

        Want to have some fun, get ready to see the next flotilla get sunk. I can hardly wait.

        May 31, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
      • Hgw

        If your daughter's parents support errorism; then you can expect things like this to happen. Israel should annex the west bank, Gaza and Golen Heights as part of Israel and then the Palestinians can be part of the stat of Israel. By the way, these same Palestinians should sign an oath of allegience to Israel; that is assuming that the word of a Palestinian can be given any credence.

        May 31, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
      • Infidel

        I'm sure those bombs you reference were dropped for no reason...merely as a measure of hatred towards palestinians. .

        May 31, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
    • ei8htx

      Thank you, Alan. CNN's bias is more and more obvious. Fareed Zakariah, a born and raised muslim taking a stance against Israel's PM... not surprising at all.

      May 29, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
      • Mike

        My thoughts exactly. I am surprised CNN would even allow this trash to be published. The premise of the article – that Obama's comments weren't new or newsworthy – is patently silly. What Obama said was in complete disregard to the stated position of the United States Congress. That seems newsworthy – and insulting towards Israel.

        May 29, 2011 at 7:46 pm |
      • Dina K

        Fareed Zakaria is indeed a leftist Israel-hater. Of course he doesn't acknowledge Israel's pull-out of Gaza and the increased violence upon their nation as the reward. Zakaria, Cooper, Client #9, and all the rest of CNN's hosts are far-left libs. It's a disgusting network.

        May 29, 2011 at 8:13 pm |
      • Jorge

        Zakaria, as most of the people of CNN, ignore reality on the ground in Israel, as most of the Israeli and Jew hating comments, that name tiny Israel as a bully nation, when a nation of seven million, faces of 1.2 billion Muslims, that most of them, blindly, openly and everyday say that their goal is to destroy Israel, and say that they will never recognize Israel as a Jewish State. Israel in 47 accepted the U.N. mandated partition of the British Mandate of the Holy Land, The Arabs did not, and attacked Israel with the Voiced goal to dump all Jews into the sea, THey lost the War, initiated by them, since then, When no so called occupation existed, they have been attacking Israel on a daily basis, in 67, again all Arab and Muslim forces surrounded tiny Israel. and Nasser, their leader, said in his speeches that they were going to burn and skin the Jews, in Six days they lost the war, that is when, after an Arab war of intended extermination, The so called , ocuppation started, but, with occupation or not, Arab agression haS BEEN CEASESLESS, Israel has used its Legal and Just rigth of self defense, since then. IT IS A KNOWN FACT, that if Israel had lost any of its wars against Arabs, it would have been destroyed, obliterated, and all Jews living there, would have joined its brothers in a new HOLOCAUST.
        IT IS ALSO A FACT, that when an Arab state wants peace, real peace, as is the case of Sadats Egypt, all of Sinai was returned GLADLY by Israel. ISRAEL HAS NEVER BEEN THE PROBLEM, ARABS WANTING TO DESTROY ISRAEL ARE THE PROBLEM, IT is a shame Israel also has to deal with a biased press, that puts a radical Muslim as Zakariah to give biased and bended opinions

        May 29, 2011 at 8:26 pm |
      • Idiocracy

        You lose creditibility when you start attacking the reporter rather than simply making your point and engaging in a debate. If you have a point, make it. The reader will decide who has a valid point.

        May 29, 2011 at 9:08 pm |
      • Roger

        Google search Gaza sir. wait here you go
        http://images.google.com/search?tbm=isch&hl=en&source=hp&biw=1024&bih=655&q=gaza&gbv=2&aq=f&aqi=g10&aql=&oq=

        May 29, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
      • elias sabat

        CNN's Zakaria is biased but Fox's brown nozed Hanity is fair and balanced.

        May 29, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
      • Rsting

        Who really gives a crap what Fareed has to say about Isreal you darn well know they are funneling funds to Lebanon, which eventually makes it into the hands of Hamas "terrorists". Did anyone ever wonder how such a small country kicked the crap out of two countries 10 times their size in the 1960's was it pure luck, strategy, or something else. It was well known that CNN reporters and photographers were staging scenes in palestine during the isreali army's retalatory movement in 2009, to make it look like isreali soldiers were blood thirsty and unsympathetic. welcome to CNN closest thing to "state television" you can get.

        May 30, 2011 at 12:00 am |
      • Eitan

        You can't compare Israel's military to the palistinian suicide bombers. Israel is the most ethical military in the world. Rather than blowing up the entire Gaza strip to prevent thousand of missiles from raining down on innocent civillians, they send troops in by foot in order to minimize civillian casualties. We risk our own soldier's lives by sending them in by foot and tank. If we wanted to, we could conduct all of our battles from israeli fighter planes and missiles and completely destroy the enemy. Instead, we carefully target terrorists and militants. of course, there is no way to avoid all civillian casualties– especially when Hammas terrorists use women and children as shields– they fire missiles from schools and hospitals! And when the terrorists go into israel, they load themselves up with explosives and nails and rat poison and they try to find the most crowded civillian centers (city buses, markets, pizzarias) and they try to kill as many non-combatants as possible.

        May 30, 2011 at 2:30 am |
    • Dustie

      Mr. Zakaria, this is your typical distorted view, and you obviously know the history of the conflict and the region, so you know better. I am certainly not anti-Palestinian, far from it, but the Palestinian leadership and the extremists have never wanted peace with Israel and do not want it now. They have had numerous opportunities. I was visiting Israel when the Israelis left every square inch from Gaza in a goodwill move as a first step to peace. What Israel immediately got in return were terrorist attacks and a refusal to compromise from Hamas. Hamas is a terrorist group, and the Palestinian Authority continues to name their streets and buildings after terrorists... not exactly a peaceful group. Those of us who have friends who speak and read Arabic know that Hamas wants not only Israel destroyed but every Jewish man, woman and child killed. The mainstream media knows this too, but it is rarely reported, if ever. Peaceful people do not attack children with rockets daily, thousands of rockets into Israel over the past few years. Not military targets but kindergartens, homes, and people just trying to live their lives. Mr. Zakaria, stop your lies.

      May 29, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
      • DB

        why didn't you visit Palestine?, maybe you'll get a certain view of why people are terrorizing Israel...

        May 29, 2011 at 7:25 pm |
      • Nightowl4272

        @ DB – So you support terrorism? It sure sounds like it. Nah you just understand it...I see. It makes sense to you. It sickens me to think that I unknowingly rub shoulders with anonymous slime like you every day.

        May 29, 2011 at 7:38 pm |
      • DB

        Nightowl4272, I don't support terrism, ofcourse not. But only slimes like you would just look at whole race of people and say they should shut stand there and let people grab their land and everyone else in the world ignores them. I bet you got bullied, and never stood up for yourself...I get you!

        May 29, 2011 at 7:50 pm |
      • zack

        @ Dustie, if the woman and children are the targets of Palestian groups like Hamas and their stated goal is the killing of Israelis rather than the liberation of their people then why are the death tolls of 3 year olds and under (Since 2000) so lopsided? Of all the deaths of infants in this conflict since 2000, 88% were Palestinian. That leaves 12% from the Israeli side, which is 12% too much, but nowhere near the devastation experienced by the Palestinians. The Israelis can keep expanding their territories, collecting Foreign Aid checks larger than any other recipient of the U.S, and continue to thumb their noses at anyone trying to intervene. The truth about this conflict will come out and when it does people will be shocked.

        May 29, 2011 at 11:25 pm |
      • world

        If the victorious Allies in WWII were heavily punitive to Germany and Japan even though they vowed to exterminate USA, will we be in WWIII already ? That was what happened after WW1 that caused WW2. The victors must be generous to believe in a future together.

        May 29, 2011 at 11:32 pm |
    • endora

      Alan Kamal Wood, thank you for this post. As with anything that involves the Israeli-Palestinian dialogue, I'm sure it will evoke emotional responses of all sorts (in fact, I see that it already has). Agree or not, it was refreshing to read your thoughtful perspective. Thanks for taking the time.

      May 29, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
    • Sam

      So, does anyone even bother to consider that maybe, just maybe, the primary threat to Israel is the non-state occupational status of Palestine? The primary motivational factor these past decades towards anti-US sentiments the world over is the blind support to Israel, support and more importantly ignoring of acts we condemn other nations for. This blind support costs us billions, with nothing to show for it. Israels only real strategy is to delay delay delay in order to gobble up more land at the cost of lives, both US, Israeli, and Palestinian. Enough is enough, it is about time the US puts out an ultimatum. Either Israel elect a government that is serious about resolving this issue in a 2-3 year time frame, or come 3 years from now Israel needs to find a new sugar daddy. Enough of this biblical whack job beliefs that the land has to be all Jewish in order for little baby Jesus to return. Enough of this B.S. that Israel is a friend to the U.S. The UK is a friend, not Israel. Last time I remember UK does not take billions in US taxpayer money and then thumb their noses at us. UK does not bomb our ships, kill our citizens, and most importantly make it a policy to spy on us and then pass on secrets to the enemy of our state. This is a dysfunctional relationship made only worse by the naive and rabid zealots on both sides of the ocean. Only solution to the best interests of all involved...get rid of Netanyahu.

      May 29, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
      • Adam

        You clearly have some twisted opinions. GFU!

        May 29, 2011 at 7:20 pm |
      • hawaiiduude

        AMEN! The Jesus hating ZIONISTS must GO!

        May 29, 2011 at 7:35 pm |
      • Nightowl4272

        Have you read Mein Kampf? I have a feeling it would resonate with someone like you. Yup...probably right up your alley.

        May 29, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
      • Gia

        Yes. More and more people are considering this.

        May 29, 2011 at 8:19 pm |
      • Brian McLaren

        You are correct, Sam. Israel's strategy for decades has been to pretend to want "peace" and then always find some way to avoid it.

        Israel NEEDS terrorism. It is their political capital to continue land theft and to continue denying the Palestinians their basic human rights.

        May 29, 2011 at 8:20 pm |
      • Pete

        Finally, some sane comments...The jew trolls are out here again in full force making sure the the conflict never gets resolved and they can freeload on our aid forever.

        May 29, 2011 at 8:24 pm |
      • bigboxes

        Sam, I agree with you for the most part. Hamas is a terrorist organization. The problem is that there are many bigots on both sides. I've been in Israel and in the West Bank. I get the same feeling when I am in the deep south. Everyone says you can't trust the others. I'd like to make my own mind up on an individual basis. Neytanyahu is the problem. He doesn't want to give up anything. It's in his best interest to keep stalling and continue building. I never understood how you can keep on building in the territories and say you want a Palestinian state. Where will they live? Of course the Palestinians have to agree that Israel has the right to exist. But equally Israel has to recognize the Palestinians right for self-determination and stop building settlements in the West Bank. There are times when I do see Israel as a bully and wish we could cut off funds. If the Palestinians would disavow violence and agree that Israel has a right to exist I think that the Israelis should move the settlers out of the West Bank.

        May 29, 2011 at 9:17 pm |
      • MT

        Thank you, Sam. It seems very obvious that Netanyahu does not want to allow many rights to the Palestinians. I think desperation is what caused the Palestinians to partner w/ Hamas. I do not think this is a great idea, but I can certainly understand their desperation after all of these years of oppression. I visited Israel and stayed w/ a Palestinian family and witnessed first hand the oppression they experience every day. It is very sad. I wish something could be done, but it does not look likely. Listening to Netanyahu, it truly does not seem that he is very compassionate to the Palestinian plight.

        May 29, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
      • Bill M

        Three times the "Palestinians" had offers that gave them 90% of what they said they wanted and walked away every time. Israel is NOT the problem.

        May 29, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
      • ASC

        Sam, I agree with you that Netanyahu has to go. Having once lived in Israel for more than 14 years, I always considered myself slightly left of center and never would have voted for the Likud party. That said, you started out talking about the Israeli occupation of Palistine. My question to you and many other folks on this post is simply... outside of the days of the Roman Empire, when was there a Palistine to gove back? If there was a Palistine prior to 1967 or 1948 (or pick any date int eh past two millenia), who was their president or PM? What was their form of government? What was their currency or their exchange rate at any point in time for that matter? You can google any of these questions and you will not find an answer because there was no Palistine. I'm not saying that Israel doesn't need to negotiate a Palistine living side by side in peace with Israel, but let's not fool ourselves about the truth of occupation. If anything, the Palestineans, as they call themselves, are occupying Jordan's land.

        May 29, 2011 at 11:58 pm |
      • CHRIS

        SAM what youn fail nto realize is that since partition 1948 and even before partition, see 1926 when Arabs attacked and killed hundreds if not more jews throughout the area when 3 jewish men decided to sit and pray some distance from the western wall wich they were not allowed to approach, Jewish control of these areas started in 1969 well after 1948. These areas west bank, gaza and e jerusalem, were under Jordanian and Egyptian control.Even under Arab control of these areas the Arabs consistently attacked and tried to exterminate Israel. Of course succeeding leaders of Israel would take a dim veiw of Palestinian promises when all of there promises are broken or not followed thru. PLO charter was published in 1964 well before 1967 and when Arabs controlled the land they want for statehood. Actions speak louder then words. Seems to me all actions have been Israeli withdrawel from Gaza, Israeli giving control to PA in west bank. When are Arabs going to come out publicly in the ARAB press and say Israel has a right to exist? When? the answer is not any time soon.

        May 30, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
      • Alan Kamal Wood

        Well Sam I agree about getting rid of Netanyahu but probably for different reasons. The lack of a state is certainly a root of Palestinian grievance. It is not, however, the lack of one state out of two. When the Palestinians were given self-rule under Fatah they increased their attacks on Israel. When the Palestinians were granted exclusive control over Gaza they drastically increased their attacks on Israel. If Israel removes it's military from the Westbank that will lead directly to war. The attacks on the Israeli heartland will instantly increase and at an ever increasing pace until the Israelis are forced to go in and put a stop to it. I'd love for the Palestinians to have a state. Everyone deserves self-determination(though in this case it would lead to a disgusting kleptocracy no doubt). I'm not willing to give a people dedicated to my extermination a platform from which they can reach every inch of Israel. Peace won't come from two states. It will come from an Arab acceptance of the legitimacy and permanence of Israel. Nothing else.

        May 30, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
      • talia

        I agree with you Sam. Americans have been blindly supporting Israel for much too long. I watched a documentary on the Discovery Channel in regards to both Israel and Palestine which, to say the least, is heartbreaking. The Israeli's live in LUXURY as compared to the people of Palestine. I saw the people of Israel in beautiful pools, hotels, plenty of food-while a palestine woman had to walk miles to fill up her small bucket of water, just a pebble throw away from the Israeli border! Suppression, Opression, hunger, thirst, and poverty will cause ANY nation to rise up. Lets stop throwing away US money that could benefit "our" poor, and demand Israel give back the settlements they stole, and unite for a "better" way of life for "all" parties involved.

        May 31, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
    • Nick San Diego

      Whatever or whoever you are makes no difference. You're wrong. Period.

      May 29, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
      • Roger

        google search gaza.
        http://images.google.com/search?tbm=isch&hl=en&source=hp&biw=1024&bih=655&q=gaza&gbv=2&aq=f&aqi=g10&aql=&oq=

        May 29, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
    • BMS

      I was born there and I am an American, But I can not build a home there. My daughter hats to go there because of the harassment of the soldiers. After spending 12 hours at the border with questions and answers and wait tactics. You should be ashamed of your self. You are stealing other people lands and building your home on it. Would you allow anybody to build on your land In America. No that the exactly the problem, The hypocrisy of the America, and racism against all Palestinians.

      May 29, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
      • sambo

        to the victor go the spoils. Arabs thought thet could kick Isreals butt in the past wars. They were wrong and the result was loss of enough land to protect the country of Isreal.

        May 29, 2011 at 7:30 pm |
      • hawaiiduude

        sambo.. israel is a state not a country know your facts before you spew venom.

        May 29, 2011 at 7:36 pm |
      • Nightowl4272

        @ Hawaiiandude – The Geographical region that the State of Israel occupies is considered and recognized as a the Country of Israel by all of Western Civilization. Don't be stupid...just because it was originally founded as a state. The whole country thing is what this whole mess is all about. Muslims believe that the State of Israel doesn't deserve a country...anywhere...on Earth.

        May 29, 2011 at 7:50 pm |
      • Dan

        Y'all need to look up the definition of "state." LOL.

        May 29, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
      • Alan Kamal Wood

        Hawaiidude

        A state in this context is a country. Know your facts before you correct others....dude. And sambo wasn't spewing venom. If one group attacks another group with the intention of exterminating them and loses that war they are pretty lucky to be alive actually. To whine about losing your land when you started the war is pretty pathetic. Its a bit like being offended that you are sitting in jail after getting busted stealing someone else's car.

        May 30, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
      • Cliff

        BMS, get your facts straight here. Israel did not 'steal' the land. Several Arab countries tried to destroy Israel and exterminate their population. Israel won and took enough of those countries' land to make its borders defensible. If you try to destroy me and take all of my land, and I respond by repelling you and making my borders defensible enough to eliminate the threat the next time you wipe me out, that does not constitute 'stealing your land'. If those Arab countries had their way at the time, they would have 'stolen all of Israel's land'. And in that case it COULD have been called a theft, since it was those other lands trying to invade Israel rather than the other way around. Please get your facts straight before posting.

        May 31, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
    • Shannon

      Alan, very well said. Palestanian do not want peace. Do not listen to the media and the leadership of this world. They are full of lies.

      May 29, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
    • Nightowl4272

      Well said. Full of facts and truth. But it takes a lot more than that to convince these antisemitic America haters...this is, after all, CNN.

      May 29, 2011 at 7:33 pm |
      • hawaiiduude

        Semites include ARABS fool! look it up it refers to desendants of SHEM only jews have hijacked the word to represent themselves. get a clue get informed with the facts not zionist propoganda

        May 29, 2011 at 7:38 pm |
      • Nightowl4272

        Nicely done...nitpick over semantics to distort my point. You know what I meant...anti-semite.

        May 29, 2011 at 7:52 pm |
      • Nightowl4272

        @ Hawaiidude – I looked it up. I see that that the term "Anti-Semitism" is being disputed by Arabs. Fine, you win. I guess I'll just call people like you Jew hating slime from now on. Thanks for the tip.

        May 29, 2011 at 8:02 pm |
      • Truth

        Israel hates the USA.

        Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have arrested and beaten or killed U.S. citizens. Look up the names Paul Larudee, Ken O'Keefe and Rachel Corrie to name a few.

        May 29, 2011 at 9:47 pm |
      • Bill M

        What a name, Truth. They were useful idiots. Rachel Corrie picked a fight with a bulldozer and lost.

        May 29, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
      • patrick A.

        You sir,is an IDIOT.
        do you even know what the word SEMITIC means.
        if anything Arabs are even more Semite then then the ZIONIST PIGS running Ishrahelll today.

        May 30, 2011 at 2:41 am |
    • DB

      I am not justifying HAMAS or terrorism, I think it's the wrong tactic to get your point across. But think about it people!!! what kinda condition you must be living in to want to strap yourself an commit suicide? Here in the US, we call it depression. But other places, we call it terrorism...You folks cannot imagine how it is out there. All I hear people saying is "I've visited Israel", so they justify Israel's security, but no one says they've been in Palestine to see their plight, and see what is driving them to such levels.

      May 29, 2011 at 7:35 pm |
      • Vladi

        What I don't understand is this. Palestinians portray themselves as people who have been deprived of a chance to make better life for themselves... 60 years after Israel's founding you have refugee camps full of Palestinians... Why is that? The Jews have been driven out of their homes, thrown out of countries for thousands of years due to the fact they were looked upon as outsiders. They found new homes and rebuilt their lives, and were successful in educating themselves and their children to be contributing members of the societies the lived in. Why have the Palestinians NOT try to do that... Have they tried to make better life for themselves? Have they sat down, and create a plan of how to make their society flourish, promote business, educate their children...All I have seen in the last 30 years, is their bombs, rockets, suicide bombers and their unwillingness to adapt...Have the Jews that lived in other countries under deplorable conditions, and experienced persecution, have not tried to make the best out of it and flourished? Ask yourself this?
        My opinion, Palestinians do NOT want peace, they want to destroy Israel. They are there for proxy war set up by Iran, Syria and the Saudi's... If this was not the case, they would have made the best out of the situation at hand... Every time the Palestinians and surrounding Arab states attacked Israel, they made their own situation worse. Why not realize, that peace is the way out. Not to be standoffish, but to accept that they can have Israel as a peaceful neighbor. Build up your towns and cities, create a society, and not create hateful propaganda to kill Jews and blame Jews for all the wrongs... Ask yourself that...

        May 29, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
      • Zamedo1

        Vladi, your argument has to be one of the most moronic ones ever. The reason the palestians cannot developed is because of the obvious blockaed israel has very strategically placed around the palestian terrirories that stymes the inflow of crucial resources ranging from everything from cement, to cars, to food. It was only last year that this blockade was partially lifted. Throught international pressure, this blockade is being lifted more slowly allowing the palestians to develop further. This is so basic. Obviously if you are Israel and you want the strategical advantage you would impose a blockade to ensure the enemy does not increase in strength.
        Israel on the other hand was only able to develop quickly from scratch because of the powerful backing it had from America throughout its early years and continuing onwards to today. Without america, the situation you see israel in today would not be the same.

        Comon, read the news pal.

        May 30, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
      • Alan Kamal Wood

        @Zamedo1
        Then why haven't the Arab states that lack oil developed? They aren't blockaded. Stop blaming Jews for the internal corruption of your own society

        May 30, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
      • Zamedo1

        @Alan

        That's a very good question. Unfortunately it is not germaine to the topic at hand. There are facts that are known.
        1) Israel has placed a blockade around Palestine. This inconceivably undeniable and you can find anywhere in the news. Infact Israel has no problem denying this. We know that gas, oil, electricity, cement, steel- anything necessary to produce a viable infrastructure and to support a developing economy is being heavily checked and limited by the blockade.
        2) You cannot develop without these necessary supplies.
        While corruption may exist- in this particular situation, it is not the primary source that is hampering development. As Netnyahu has already admitted in his speech- the Palestians are now developing with malls, and shopping centers, and schools flourishing in Gaza. For anyone who has been following the news- this is not coincidential. It is highly aligned with easing of the blockade on behalf of Israel (that is partially a result of international pressure, including pressure from the US)

        On this very evident premise- you cannot tell me that a nation can develop without necessary resources. If you are truly approaching this matter from an unbiased approach- then this should be an easy matter to concede.

        May 30, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
      • Alan Kamal Wood

        Zmedo, if you need a concession you have mine. Materiel is one of the components necessary to development. It is only one however. The Westbank is not blockaded and yet fails to develop. One of the main reasons is clearly because the Palestinian Authority is so corrupt. Further, as with large swaths of Arab culture, the society is corrupt as well. Those at the bottom complain loudly about the injustice perpetrated from above but almost inevitably when one rises from below that person becomes just as corrupt as the formerly hated oppressor. I say it again, before blaming the Jews for the failures of Palestinian society get your own house in order. This obsession with the blockade is understandable but misplaced. Prior to the blockade the missiles being fired in my direction were coming at a pace at least 10 times what they are now. If the people of Gaza want the blockade lifted they should recognize Israel's right to exist and renounce violence. The blockade will be lifted in short order. You can't honestly expect a people who has taken relentless attack from Gaza over the years since we unilaterally gave back control to the Gazans to allow a free flow of weapons into that territory. If the Gazans were shooting at you and your family you wouldn't let them have access to weapons either.

        May 30, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
      • talia

        So True....most Americans hate Muslims at this point, so to to even suggest helping a non-Jew in that region has meant political suicide in the past. I'm glad that at least the President is bringing this issue to the table to try to find a solution to the problem, instead of blindly giving away American Taxpayer's money to Israel year after year. What to balance a budget? Help the American Taxpayers? Look at ALL the aide your giving overseas, INCLUDING ISRAEL!!!

        May 31, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
    • suneil

      fareedi will never even try to understand islam(ic terror)its goals, maybe he is one of the stealth jihadist like obama

      May 29, 2011 at 7:44 pm |
      • Fade

        You are a certified ass to call Obama a jihadist. Maybe the seals should pay a visit to you and your family to prove the point.

        May 30, 2011 at 9:26 am |
      • Alan Kamal Wood

        @Fade

        Man I want to sit on the board that certifies a person as an ass. What a great gig!

        May 30, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
      • benfeinstein

        Not really Mr. suneil.
        He is not a fundamentalist like you are Mr. hindu racist.

        Fareed is right, Netanyahu is all about the racist ideology of supremacy of the "chosen people".

        I'm sick and tired of the US backing up Israel even when they are breaking all international laws.
        Go Obama, the only US Prez who has had any guts to challlenge the status quo on Israel.

        May 30, 2011 at 7:46 pm |
      • talia

        You are clearly an idiot. "Our" President a Jihadist? After he has taken a stand "against" Terror and executed Osama bin Laden! You must have been one of the KKK that was in Joplin the other day. What IGNORANCE!

        May 31, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
      • AA

        one of the worst comment came from Suniel. Sounds an Indian name!

        June 1, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
    • Brian McLaren

      As someone who participates in and approves of Israel's apartheid, you have zero sympathy from me. Palestine has a right to defend itself.

      Israel was founded on terrorism. The first five prime ministers of Israel had all been members of Jewish terrorist groups who killed not only British soldiers and civilians but also Arab civilians. Of those, four of them had been actual triggermen in Jewish terrorist groups.

      Until Israel stops its apartheid, I have absolutely no sympathy for you. You chose to live next to a concentration camp. It was your choice to be part of what Israel is doing. Don't pretend you are a "victim." Gaza is an exact reproduction of The Warsaw Ghetto.

      So is the West Bank with it's Apartheid Wall. The chief characteristic of the Warsaw Ghetto was "a very high wall."

      May 29, 2011 at 8:18 pm |
      • YS

        Wow Brian. Your deep hatred, mixed with wrong facts is simply blinding you. While criticism is fair, using all the Nazi comparison is just wrong. Just so you know, the 'wall' is but 10% of the fence that was put up as a temporary border following the waves of suicide bombers in early 2001 (Israel had more than 1000 casualties from suicide bombings during the 2 years prior to the fence being put up). For the media, which cares more about exposure than the Truth (e.g., Fareed's piece here) the wall is a better photo-op than the fence, so everyone thinks that it is all a wall.
        Every country has the right for a border, and Israel announced that it considers the fence to be a temporary one that will be moved once negotiations are finalized. The Warsaw Ghetto which you so easily compare to this fence, was a temporary holding camp before sending out the Jews for extermination in death camps. The Nazis put up a wall to make sure that the suffering on the other side would not be observed.
        Brian, learn your facts, and stop with the hatred. You are not any better than the people you so gingerly criticize without even understanding the situation accurately.

        May 30, 2011 at 1:04 am |
      • patrick A.

        1947: A Year of Terror
        Jan. 12—Four killed by Irgun terrorist bombing of British headquarters.
        Jan. 13—Arab kidnapped and castrated by Jewish terrorists.
        March 1—Sixteen Britons killed by Jewish terrorists/Britain invokes martial law
        March 10—Jewish informer killed by Jewish terrorists.
        March 11—Two British soldiers killed by Jewish terrorists.
        April 8—British constable killed by Jewish terrorists.
        April 8—Jewish boy killed by British troops.
        April 8—Jew beaten to death by Arabs.
        April 22—Eight killed in Jewish terrorist bombing of the Cairo-Haifa train.
        April 25—Five killed in Jewish terrorist bombing of British camp.
        April 26—British police official killed by Jewish terrorist.
        May 8—Three Jewish shops in Tel Aviv whose owners refused to contribute to Jewish terrorist groups burned down by Jewish terrorists.
        May 8—Jew killed near Tel Aviv by Arab terrorists.
        May 12—Two British policemen killed in Jewish Jerusalem.
        May 15—British policeman killed in terrorist ambush.
        May 15—Two British soldiers killed in terrorist Stern Gang attack.
        May 16—Two British police officers killed by terrorists.
        May 18—One Jew killed, one wounded by Arab terrorists.
        June 5—Jewish terrorists introduce letter bombs in Middle East.
        June 28—Four British soldiers killed in Jewish terrorist raids.
        July 3—“Anti-terrorist” Jewish families beaten up by Irgunists.
        July 18—British soldier killed by Jewish terrorists.
        July 19—Another British soldier killed by Jewish terrorists.
        July 20—Yet another British soldier killed by Jewish terrorists.
        July 23—65 Jews killed when Haganah sinks immigration ship.
        July 26—Two British soldiers killed in booby trap.
        July 29—Three Jews executed by hanging. Jewish terrorists retaliate

        May 30, 2011 at 2:50 am |
      • Alan Kamal Wood

        The chief characteristic of the Warsaw Ghetto was that everyone inside was exterminated. Do you have any sympathy for my step-daughter? She didn't choose where to live. Talk to Fade, he has a certificate for you.

        May 30, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
    • mdamone

      Criticism of Israel here is pure ignorance and naive. Imagine you are Israel. You had 6 million of your people systematically exterminated by starvation, ovens, firing squads and "scientific" experiment. You have been invaded by your Arab neighbors again and again. You are threatened by Iran who claims that once it has nuclear weapons it will blow you into the sea. You have already GIVEN land to the Palestinians with hope that it would pacify them. They then lauch rockets as far into your country as they can. They blow up nightclubs, shopping districts and public buses, specifically targeting your citizens. They launch rockets and strike your school buses. They refuse to recognize your country as a legitimate nation.

      What do you do?

      What kind of profound ignorance would lead anyone to call Israel a "bully" under these circumstances? A bully would not show restraint. A bully would wipe its constant and persistent enemies from the earth, which Israel has the power to easily do.

      Yet Israel shows constraint, attacking only after being attacked again and again and again. Would those posting here have the same restraint? If someone constantly attacked you and your family in your home, destroying your property, killing your family and continuing to threaten you, would you be the "bully"?

      Funny how the same politicallly ignorant fools who criticize Israel here were also cheering the US on as we defended OURSELVES against terrorism. Their signs say "Bin Laden is dead!" on one side but "Israel is a bully" on the other. Hypocritical idiots.

      Those crying "bully" about Israel are irrelevant to that nation. Once you have lived in that country and seen everyday people blown to bloody messes while shopping or eating at a cafe, you understand. It is easy to sit thousands of miles away in the US where it's safe and whine the liberal "bully" cry.

      If Palestine wants to no longer suffer retaliation, it only has to do one simple thing. Stop attacking Israel. That's it. It really is as simple as that. It is commmon sense and the best self-defense Palestine could possibly exercise. But it doesn't look like the Palestinians are anywhere smart or rational enough to understand. So let them continue to commit suicide until they learn. If Obama supports their cause so much, why has he not visited Palestine? Too dangerous? But we thought they are a "peace-loving people"?

      Israel will watch the next election and contine to treat Obama for what he is. Another irrelevant fool.

      May 29, 2011 at 8:20 pm |
      • Brian McLaren

        If I imagined I am Israel, as you suggest, I would hang my head in shame for my crimes against humanity. Israel operates on the idea that they will NEVER have to answer for what they have done to the Palestinians.

        Supporters of Israel tend to focus on legal evasions and bring up minor details of some "agreement" the Palestinians "violated" ten years ago or some such nonsense or they resort to oogie-boogie tribalism "GOD GAVE IT TO US!!!"

        Not once, EVER, have I heard one Israel supporter or American Jew ask anything about the morality, ethics or fairness of displacing natives from their homeland and stealing their land by planing "Settlements" on land legally owned by someone else.

        85% of the racially exclusive "Jews only" settlements are built on land legally owned by individual Palestinians who live in The Palestinian Territories.

        May 29, 2011 at 8:25 pm |
      • dan samson

        Israel has never given land to the Palestinians only taken. It amazes how the Israeli's can not see the similarites on how they treat the Palestinians on how they have been treated. It is the "abused' turning into the new 'abuser.' How sad – imagine what this area might look if the Israeli's had acted differently. And don't go talking about how their survival has been constantly under threat.

        The two country option is now more often being seen as a non starter. Greater Israel is likely to happen but with a large Arab miniority and this will mean that eventully Israel will become a non secular country.

        May 29, 2011 at 9:16 pm |
      • frank burton

        Hey Brian,with logic like yours,maybe you should give your house,property back to what ever native tribe had it 500 hundred years ago.

        May 29, 2011 at 9:32 pm |
      • Ya Ya

        IMAGIN IF I WAS ISRAEL: Hummm, I am sorry, i just can not imagine that. Its way too much shame and guilt to imagine. I wish the world would turn around one day and see the Palestinians suing the Israelis for all the crimes they have done to them in my life time.

        May 31, 2011 at 8:16 am |
      • Marseph

        The problem with this topic is that to many forget history of these peoples. The world watches and judges, on the left you have people saying "make the boarders like they were in 1967 and we'll have peace" but how can you assure that this will happen? On the right you have people who like the status quo of keeping things as is because the arabs have attacked before and they will attack again (and their logic isn't unfounded either).

        I personally would tell Mr Obama to demand that the Palastinians/Jordan/Syria/Lebenon all remove Hamas or any other terrorist group from their own country and declare in public that Israel has a right to be an independent country then move the boarders...but only after the arab states make a gesture in good faith, just like Israel will have to in returning the lands they won in the 6 day war.

        Don't just give these arab states what they want, make them earn it and make them assure Israel that it will be safe.

        May 31, 2011 at 7:44 pm |
    • Todd Burke

      Tell that story to the thousands of Palestinian children that have grown up in refuge camps and know nothing about freedom. Truth be told, your tired excuse for why you do the things you do to peaceful Palestinians is just that..........tiresome and antiquated. People like you are the reason why there is no peace in the mideast.............

      May 29, 2011 at 8:34 pm |
      • barbara

        tell this to thousands of jews that where thrown out of every country in the middles east and where absorbed into israeli society as opposed to muslims palestinians sitting in camps and complaining just like the african americans in the usa are still complaing as opposed to the jews that did somthing with their lifes here in the us and in israel

        May 29, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
    • naji

      he solution is simple and possible. One state for Arabs, Israelis , Christian, Jews and Muslims. that is if you want peace?!you see you have to want. You and Netanyahu Do not.

      May 29, 2011 at 9:06 pm |
    • rs1201

      Mr Wood, you're asking Fareed, an egyptian, to be fair? you must be joking. I was watching his program this morning and I had to turn it off...between listening to him and to Friedman from the NY Times...I was ready to regurgitate my breakfast. Netanyahu is the best thing that could have happened for Israel. He will stand up to Obama, the moronic anti-semite, and protect Israel and its citizens. May G-d bless you and keep you and your family safe!

      May 29, 2011 at 9:33 pm |
      • SayWhaaa!!

        He is Indian idiot.

        May 30, 2011 at 12:23 am |
      • David

        As one reads through all the various vitrolic postings from both sides of the aisle, one thing becomes very clear, religion is the final frontier to overcome in man's quest for rationality and knowledge. It is religious irrationality that is the source of the thousands of years of progroms against Jews by Christians. To be exact Christians have killed many many millions more Jews than Arabs or muslims have ever done. Because the Jews killed Christ. The Abrahimic faiths that hold themselves superior to other religions are the biggest source of inter-religious tension in the world. Fanatical muslims who want to wipe the Jews off the face of the earth are the other side of the coin. One cannot blame the Jews for not trusting anyone after the history thay have gone through. Maybe when man has progressed beyond the need for religious fairy tales will this problem finally be solved. Until then let the insults and dimishing of each other in the name of "God" continue

        June 3, 2011 at 9:47 am |
    • JL

      This is a very compelling piece by Mr. Wood using his daughter's fear to articulate his desire for security. But I also think of the Palestine doctor, whose 3 daughters and a niece, not only feared, but DIED of the Israeli shelling. I am sure Mr. Wood would not want his daughter injured in any way at any time. Does Mr. Wood believe the Palestinian girls should have the same rights ?

      May 29, 2011 at 9:47 pm |
      • Leonard

        When we look to great civilizations, those that excel leave behind their aggressions based on antiquity and move forward to build and develop their cultures. The truth is that the Palestinians are refugees not from Israel from from other Arab states that expelled them once upon a time. They need to leave behind their outdated and old world perspectives and move forward into the 21st century. There is so much to be gained by becoming a great people. For reference...YouTube Hans Rosling 200 Years 200 Countries. Despite despots such as Hitler, Mao, Lenin, and so many others, the spirit of the individual has won out and created greatness across the vast globe. Those who are left behind, such as those who declare the elimination of Israel and are singularly distracted cannot and will not advance until their primary preoccupation is set aside and becomes the humanity in their own country and the creativity of its people. Then, and only then, will Palestine become a recognized country and evolve into a great people.

        May 29, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
      • Alan Kamal Wood

        The Palestinian girls certainly have the same rights. I mourn for all who suffer in this endless agony. However, if their male relatives didn't hide behind them while attacking my children the little girls would be alive today. I will say it again: There is no moral equivalence between the accidental killing of civilians by a professional military that does everything it can to avoid these deaths despite the lack of respect for these innocents by their own relatives, and the intentional targeting of non-combatants by a group of self-righteous criminals.

        May 30, 2011 at 7:54 pm |
      • Alan Kamal Wood

        I would like to add that my response to Mr Zakaria was less about my own desire for secuirty and more an effort to articulate my frustration at the pervasive double standard that is applied to this conflict. I want peace and prosperity for the Palestinians. I believe that the majority of Israelis want the same. The far larger majority of Palestinians want nothing of the sort for Israel. Until the Palestinian people are able to reconcile themselves to the permanency and legitimacy of Israel further concessions by Israel will be counterproductive. Peace is only possible when both sides are willing to coexist and that is not currently the case.

        May 30, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
      • humanist

        To Mr. Kamal Wood,
        In response to your statement "There is no moral equivalence between the accidental killing of civilians by a professional military that does everything it can to avoid these deaths" I live in New York City. I am friends with and have discussed the conflict with many young Israelis that have recently fulfilled their required service in the Isareli army. I can assure you I heard from these former soldiers that there are atrocities and injustice being committed by the more powerful and well-equipped Israeli army, in some cases, simply because they can. You don't need to look any further than some of the inhumane, indiscriminate killings of innocent civilians in Iraq by our own US army. This is the nature of war, and unfortunately human beings,when one party overpowers another, injustice occurs. The goal for all of us must be to achieve peace. It does not sound like Mr. Netanyahu wants this. It's sad but there is hope. As human beings we can speak out that our main desire is peace. Any politicians around the world not workign towards this objective should be voted out of office. Any man or woman who chooses war with their vote or their actions is against peace, and, therefore, humanity itself. I wish us all the best, especially, those suffering in this conflict. I hope it ends soon. I highly recommend a documentary named "Precious Life" which does a beautiful job of revealing the personal side of this conflict which is often lost the violence and placing of blame.

        May 31, 2011 at 7:15 pm |
    • Rhonda

      Thank you for a comment that comes from a different perspective than most. You are absolutely correct on all points. I don't understand why more people don't get it..

      May 29, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
    • Leonard

      One word sums it up..."Naive". Fareed is part of the left wing establishment that is both pompous and presumptious.

      Your response hits the nail on the head.

      May 29, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
    • Mark Bernadiner

      Fareed is a liar. Israel offered Arafat and later Abbas peace and land. Both denied negotiation because their ultimate objective is stealing entire land of Israel and killing entire Israel population. They proclaimed this many times in Arabic. UN and EU support this also. Fareed knows this.

      May 29, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
      • Insight

        Natenayhu is a fox

        May 29, 2011 at 11:32 pm |
    • Steve T

      Well said our liberal politicians and the supporting media live in dream land not the real world. They have the same view of our open borders and they smear anybody that suggests the folly of such policies. Thank you for your response there is nothing to add.

      May 29, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
    • Jeannie

      Its hard to feel sorry for you, when considering most Palestinian children do not have access to clean water, nutritious food,and good medical care. Least she does not endure collective punishment inflicted on her for the actions of some. Atleast she hasnt had her skin burned off with phosphurus.

      May 29, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
    • iw

      Why the f@ck do we need eighter of them?

      May 29, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
    • Wilson

      Faared is either an idiotic or are at service of somebody else and can NOT being taken seriously!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!~

      May 29, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
      • Insight

        Why are you getting so upset when someone tells the truth?

        May 29, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
    • Beno

      Fareed quotes a young Netanyahu to "prove" that he really doesn't want a Palestinian state. But what Zakaria doesn't do is discuss the validity of Netanyau's points (they are ALL valid). You see a Palestinian people is a myth. There IS NO Palestinian people. One hundred years ago they were "Syrians", part of the Ottoman empire (and not to many of them at that). Hardly anyone was interested in that backwater wasteland known as Palestine, except for the Jews. Palestine was a merely a "county" of Syria. The Palestinians have no more "right" to a state of their own than do the residents of Cobb County, Georgia. It is true, that they shouldn't be treated like serfs (where in Israel they are least treated like serfs than the Palestinian "refugees" in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Egypt). So they need to move to THE Palestinian State...Jordan (sorry, Abdullah) which is 90% Palestinian.

      Of course one wouldn't expect Fareed Zakaria to recognize nor admit to this....consider the source. You can take an Arab out of the desert, but you can't take the desert out of the Arab.

      May 29, 2011 at 11:06 pm |
      • A D

        Beno, your comments are racist. Stick to an objective discussion instead of hitting below the belt.

        Fareed Zakaria is not an Arab. He is an Indian and a very rational individual (and in case you thought I am also an Arab – I am a hindu and a US citizen).

        May 30, 2011 at 7:45 pm |
    • Al-Quds

      The two-state solution is dead, the breaking point has passed with Israel's settlements and Palestinians bitterness developed after 60 years of military occupation. I think construction of the separation wall, reminiscent Berlin wall in many ways should fall. If Israel touts itself as the truest democratic nation in the region, it should not hesitate to end the occupation and give back basic human rights its denied the average arab to live normally. Losing the "jewish identity," or ignoring the demographic data revealing Palestinians(muslim and christian) outnumbering Jews; will just reveal Israel as a racist/segregated nation which is shameful. The world is becoming increasingly diverse, why shouldn't there be one united, peaceful state where Israelis and Palestinians are neighbors sharing equal opportunities. Jerusalem has long been a city before any nation called Israel or Palestine, where the world's three major faiths share a common history. The viability of two-state solution existing twenty years ago is dean and gone. All parties have failed at proving their cause to be superior to the others, and should realize they have much more in common than they have in difference. Anyone else down to unite Palestine and Israel for the good of the world, and all the newspaper and print wasted on such ignorance coming from both sides?

      May 29, 2011 at 11:16 pm |
      • clearick

        Israel was created of by and for Jews, not everyone in the world. Least of all for people who tried to destroy them! It's not racist to want to maintain your identity. Israel doesn't want to be the USA, just a homeland for Jews. Just because the Arabs there don't work and fuck like rabbits doesn't mean they are entitled to anything from the people they are at war with, much less allow them to breed themselves into a larger population. These people should go live in Jordan or Egypt and worry about making a living. Not wasting their time trying to get a new country out of people they hate!

        May 30, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
    • Amy

      Why do you think that is happening? Do you think that Palestinians have fun killing Jews? I seriously doubt that, but desperate people do desperate things. A lot of their land is occupied by Israel, they even build houses on not their soil. Obama is right, the talks should be serious. Give the land back to Palestinians, have 2 states, make them sign agreement that they recognize Jewish state and move on! Building houses is not going to bring peace to that region, never ever. As long as Jews will settle in Gaza, West Bank etc. there will not be peace. Everybody is tired of this situation.

      May 29, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
    • David A

      I don't believe one word you wrote neither should anyone else...

      May 30, 2011 at 12:15 am |
    • Mkat2

      Fareed is as naive as Obama! NOTHING will satisfy the Arab world when it pertains to Israel. Israel could give 90% of their land to the Palestinians & the remaining 10% would have missles lobbed at them! No, I'm not Jewish but, the facts speak for themselves!

      May 30, 2011 at 12:17 am |
    • Jon Rhodes

      Why do we continue to support a nation that continues to demand all conditions for their continued existence to conform to their specific demands. If they aren't willing to negotiate with conditions that are not favorable to their position, there will never be pieace there. They are suck bullies.

      May 30, 2011 at 12:27 am |
    • S Marko

      Well written Mr. Wood. Sometimes it is dissicult to believe we live in a world with so little common sense. Isreal never asked to be attacked on 1967, they were thrust into a war. The Arab nations made an unprovoked attack with the stated goal of chasing the Jews into the sea. They Arabs' failed and now they want to act as if they have a "reset" button and things will go back to the status quo. Mr Zakaria misses the point in his article. Of course Netenyahu wants peace- just not an emplty promise of peace. Where is this alledged peace coming from? Hamas? a terrorist orginization! In 1967, the Arabs had everything, yet they attacked Israel, what has changed? they have the same ideology now as they had then- that Israel must be be detroyed.
      True, Israel has the strongest army in the middle east, but as we have seen that won't stop the daily rocket attacks, or sucide bombers, or stabbings of sleeping children. Mr. Zakaria may not be aware of these daily attrocities. His source of information, CNN, has shown their bais media coverage. Mr. Zakaria, your lack of understanding of the issue is difficult to belieive for such an educated man as yourself. It was NEVER America's policy that negotiatons begin with the 1967 lines. Rather, America's policy was that there would be some sort of land exchnage. I'm sure you were aware of that, its just a shame you would misinform your readers of such a crucial fact. Although your article has many more misstatements of fact, I will not address them herein.
      To the readers that dicuss who caused more harm to the otherside; it is irrelevent! Israel cannot survive living under daily rocket attacks and the word of Hamas, a terrorist orginization that calls for the destruction of Israel cannot be trusted! How can anyone expect Israel to return land that was capture in war after they were attacked only be put ALL their cities and communities in the reach of Palestinain rockets?

      May 30, 2011 at 12:29 am |
    • James Baker

      Whether you support Israel, support the Palestinians, or are indifferent, the fact is that there will be no lasting peace until a two-state solution is reached, where each country recognizes the other's right to exist. That has yet to happen and what have we seen in its place? Multiple wars, continued terrorism, the spread of nuclear weapons, and constant turmoil. As a 22-year veteran of the US armed forces, I quite understand the distrust of hamas and other terrorist organizations, but the Israelis also used terror tactics when it suited their purposes in attaining statehood. Terrorism will not go away until the Palestinian people have a state. Simple. The question is not whether it will happen, but how.

      May 30, 2011 at 12:38 am |
      • Brian B

        Finally, a voice of reason. Hatred begets hatred. Also as a veteran I stress the need to look at a situation objectively; leave your biases at home, and find a solution to a problem. It's easy to discount or scoff at inconvenient elements of the problem, but that doesn't mean they don't exist. Will a two-state solution ever come about? Time will tell, but if the last 60 years tells us anything, it's that the current strategy is not working. Only through civil dialogue and honest introspection can a resolution ever come about.

        May 30, 2011 at 8:29 pm |
    • Mar

      If you are so desperate about Israel giving back what has been theirs since day one why dont the US gives back California to Mexico ??? Or how about Hawaii or Puerto Rico
      Look at your actions before pointing a finger at Israel
      poor Palestinians they dont have food or shelter but they have misiles !! Give me a break when Isreael returned Gaza what happend ? Instead of becoming greatfull they started to shower israel with missiles
      I love Israel and would give my life to protect it from ignorants like some of you

      May 30, 2011 at 12:55 am |
      • jeff berez

        Zekaria has completely lost his credibility. He has shown his true colors and only examined what he called Netanyahu's unwillingness for peace. How can a government even contemplate negotiating with a people which includes Hamas who are a bunch of animals who preach death and destruction of Israel? Pleae. Give me a break. The world hates Israel, the only beacon of hope and freedom in the entire Middle East!! The entire world has gone insane

        May 31, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
    • Diane

      Apparently Mr. Wood has conveniently forgotten Israel's longstanding violation of United Nations Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338, not to mention countless others since the 1967 Six Day War. Israel has and continues to build those settlements he said they had stopped building for two years. That's not much when you consider a record of settlement building for over 40 years. I am afraid for Mr. Wood, Mr. Netanyahu's record on the Palestinian question speaks for itself, and it speaks of countless roadblocks thrown in the path of peace by Israel. The Pelstinian people have a right to statehood regardless of Mr. Wood's or Mr. Netanyahu's objection, for whatever reasons. The Palestinians don't need a reason. No more so than Israel did in 1948.

      May 30, 2011 at 1:16 am |
    • Damie

      Is it not the case that Zionists insisted on the creation of a Jewish state and that Palestinians had their homes stolen from them in order for Zionists to get what they wanted? The fact is that the creation of Israel was a terrible mistake that has added nothing but pain and stress to the world. Peace cannot be built on a rotten base, and lest you disagree allow me to refer you to the history of modern day Israel. Helen Thomas was right albeit politically incorrect: the Israelis need to pack up and make their homes in countries where they will be welcomed and can actually live in peace. That brings me to a personal question, Alan: if you want peace for your daughter, why are you still there? The handwriting is on the wall: as long as Israel insists on occupying Palestinian land, there will be no peace.

      May 30, 2011 at 1:38 am |
    • billyfromcali

      Alan, your RANT is pretty lame, and can't be taken seriously, because you do not have the patience to speak logically and with an understanding of the issue from both points of view. First of all, what does it mean to be a "non-Jew with close ties to Israel?" That sounds completely fishy to me. What are you hiding? And the belief that one can only understand a situation by living it has no merit. I don't even have to explain that because it's so obvious. And "Palestinians do not want peace"? And they "largely want to exterminate us"? Silly. You show no ability to make a good argument.

      May 30, 2011 at 1:52 am |
    • patrick A.

      Sure JEW Thief,when you go around stealing from others ,you deserved no SECURITY.I hope that more Rockets would have fallen on you.

      May 30, 2011 at 2:15 am |
      • Ben

        unfortunately, this is just a less articulate way of saying what Mr. Zakarias editorialized and to a drgree what the president is saying when he claims that the 1967 lines have been in any way in play for the last two decades. Its just untrue. And, no, I am not Jewish as if it mattered.

        May 31, 2011 at 11:23 am |
    • demforlife

      Thank you Alan for expressing yourself so thoughtfully and intelligently. I am so glad that you said what I have been saying for so long. What it comes down to is a double standard. One for Israel and another one for all the Arab states and most of all Palestinians.

      May 30, 2011 at 2:33 am |
    • TampaMel

      Alan, I am an American Jew and your argument, to me, is wrong. World War 2 caused the mass migration of Jews to Palestine. Hitler show the world how bigoted they are and he presented the horrors of the death camps creating a collective guilt. That guilt did 2 things. It caused the world to recognize Israel on land previously owned by Palestinians and create an open air jail for those Palestinians where they have sat as captives for the last 60 years. All these captives can see is a continuation of this situation because Israel cries and the US and the world are afraid to be seen as anti-Jewish (I don't say Anti-Semetic because Palestinians are Semites and the world is definitely against them). As to the anti-Semites (translation Anti-Arab) people making comments here, if you and your family were in the same position as the Palestinians with no prospects any greater than the jail you are in now, what would you do? When a person or a people lose hope and see the prospects for their children to be no greater then the prison they are in now, a gun or a bomb, however terrible these things are, might not seem so bad. How much worse are you if you are dead while seeking revenge for a situation force on you by an unfeeling world.

      May 30, 2011 at 3:32 am |
    • Parker

      What has Israel done for the USA lately? What has Israel EVER done for the USA? They got what they wanted in 1948 thanks to the USA. They have the means to go it alone, and the USA should get out of there. As far as I know, we aren't even getting oil form Israel. Both sides there have done atrocious and criminal things. How do you mediate between "criminals"? You can't. There are more important things to do with our own problems here in our own country instead of trying to resolve conflicts between badly behaving neightbors.

      May 30, 2011 at 10:40 am |
      • Stan Willmann

        Agree! Israel and Palestine have to solve their own problems themselves. No one can impose peace and prosperity.
        It is time for us to come home and rebuild our own country, everything is falling apart!

        June 1, 2011 at 8:29 am |
    • johnrj08

      Peace in that region is in the hands of the greater power, which has been Israel for the last 40 years. Israel knows full well that there are people who do not want a peaceful solution and who keep sabotaging any progress in pursuing peace. For that reason, more courage will be required of Israel to press for a solution that resolves the problem. In some ways, the state of Israel has allowed itself to become that which it loathes in its need for security. It is now a militarized state whose first response to any assault is counterattack, even though that is exactly what the original attackers wanted. I have spoken to many Israeli citizens visiting the US who are very angry with the Likud government and feel that it is helping to perpetuate the violence with its handling of the settlements and its over-reaction to every incursion or rocket attack. I think most Israelis are tired of the constant state of threat and ready to make the necessary compromises to move the peace process forward. The point of Zakaria's article is that Netanyahu, being a political creature, is refusing to do that, to the point of trying to make it look like US support of Israel is weakening when exactly the opposite is the case.

      May 30, 2011 at 11:48 am |
    • Notislam

      Fareed is an islamic terrorist sympathizer. The problem is that islam is unable to accept anything non-islamic. islam is a crime against humanity and must be opposed wherever it festers. islam is vile.

      May 30, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
      • Rumi

        One thing I see in the blog, many supporters of Israel attacking the bloggers who are trying to understand why is Israel disobeying what the whole world sets as limit for example not making settlements in occupied territories, killing palestinian civilians sheltered under UN shelters in hospitals in Gaza, trying to starve the Palestinian population in Gaza. Regardless of our political differences, these inhuman behavior is universally condemnable.

        May 31, 2011 at 12:19 am |
      • steven harnack

        Without Islam how would you justify your existence?

        May 31, 2011 at 12:04 pm |
      • AlienShark

        you clearly have the balls on your face here. It is not legit for you to diss an entire religion.

        May 31, 2011 at 9:13 pm |
    • Liberal87

      If the Israelis want peace, why do they keep electing the wrong party (Likud) and def. the wrong GUY for it (Netanyahu). This guy has made over 1000 excuses over why he doesn't want to negotiate with Palestinians. Face it: if you don't give the Palestinians a sufficient amount of territory, there will never be peace. Oh and, they also need to talk about the Palestinian refugee's right of return.

      May 30, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
    • Liberal87

      By the way, for all the cowards that keep defending Israel and demonizing the Palestinian people, I want to know your take on Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, Syria and Jordan... Do you even know how they're living over there? What did they do to deserve to get kicked out of their land and live as refugees? Please explain this to me...

      May 30, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
    • Sam

      “They want us gone and are largely willing to exterminate us to make that happen. … Peace with a people who wish your extermination is not possible.” This is what Israeli leaders often say to justify harsh and inhuman policies towards Palestinians. The fact is Israel has expanded its territory with wars such as the Six-Day War in 1967, by killing tens of thousands of Palestinians and destroying their homes. Israel is not a victim but an aggressor. It has a strong military and nuclear bombs that threaten the safety of other nations in the region, but its propaganda continues to portray itself a victim of aggression. It is true that there have been attacks on Israel by hopeless Palestinian guys and girls who strap bombs on themselves to blow up as many Israelis as possible. It is sad to see human beings being driven to such desperation.

      May 30, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
    • NOTFOR OBAMA

      I am not a supporter of President Obama. I think he is nothing more than a puppet like Bush was and like any other American president who takes office in our great nation.

      With that said, If we had a Netanyahu as a president, we wouldn't have half the stupidity that goes on in our political landscape that we have now. It would go through a vary painful clean up and there would be lawsuits out the ying yang. Primarily from our dysfunctional and very socialist limp wristed, liberal democratic party. I would love to see a political firestorm in our nation just to see the idiotic mindless brainwashed liberal mentally psychotic left go into a hissy fit. HEHEHE the crapper hitting the fan would be worth the pain and the suffering they would go through.. I VOTE FOR NETANYAHU For PRESIDENT.. (...I am aware he is not an American National and that would be impossible, but hey we can dream right? )

      May 30, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
      • Sam

        @Notfor Obama
        Why don't you move to Israel?

        May 30, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
    • Sam

      As an American, I hate the fact that our taxes are being used to support Israel’s aggression. What do we get in return? We are being hated by the Arab world, nothing more. Israeli leaders should take American safety and interest into consideration. When our president speak Netanyahu and his kind should listen, the only words that come out of their mouth should be “yes sir.”

      May 30, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
    • Larry

      I, unlike many other posters who wave the Palestinian "victim card" agree with you completely. I wonder how many left wingers here would want our country to respond with force if our population centers were being shot at with missiles–as a yellow school bus was shot at and killed an Israeli teenager–and missiles growing more powerful and accurate via Iran and Syria? Would we Americans not expect our country to protect us as all countries do? Israel is not the aggressor nor is it an occupier in any sense. Israel kept just enough land after being attacked in the '67 war to create a buffer zone with which to protect itself. It also gave back the Sinai Peninsula to Egypt to make peace and did the same with Gaza leaving unilaterally to be rewarded with more attacks from the Gaza Strip. Israel does not hide behind women and children when they must fight as the Palestinians do and then show the world pictures of dead and injured civilians. Israel reacts to being attacked, it does not begin any violence. Children of Israel are not taught to be suicide bombers as the Palestinians do. It also is more careful to avoid harming civilians during conflicts than any other country on earth. Mr. Wood is right on the money with his assessment. Everyone who has castigated him should put themselves in the Israelis shoes and realize Israel can not possibly coexist with terrorists who will stop at nothing to kill and maim innocents. Where are all the protests aimed at Hamas who along with other hateful acts has held a young soldier, Gilad Schalit for nearly 5 years with no visits allowed, not even from the Red Cross. Real decent people these Hamas "leaders" in Gaza. NOT. Israel's prisoners are able to get a college degree while incarcerated for killing innocent Jews. And they can get frequent visits in prison.

      May 30, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
    • hamza

      what are you doing on palestinian property?

      May 30, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
    • Newfieforever

      Sooner or later Palistinians have to be treated better than Rats is a sewer. Now that Egypt has seen the light , If I were Isreal I would make an effort to do this. My old grannies told me that some day Isreal would-be the focus of the next world war. Pakistan is a heartbeat from saying F–k it all. Syria and Iran are a team. If this ever gets out of control god help us all.

      May 30, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
    • shas

      http://www.ifamericansknew.org/
      according to israel
      if someone punches you, you cut their arms off.

      May 30, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
    • Alan

      Well said...The Arabs have a long track record of making and the immediately breaking peace deals....they tend to start bombing cafes, buses, murder citizens, abductions, and rocket attacks. Hamas recently sent men to cut the throats of sleeping Israelis...even a 2 month old baby girl!....How can one make peace with animals...dogs who would deliberately murder babies?....If the Arab world is so concerned, then the Arabs should get together and find a solution that works, including the right of Israel to exist....The Palestinians are too corrupt and divided to solve anything

      May 30, 2011 at 8:44 pm |
      • sam

        I can bet your source of information is either CNN or fox. trust me dude world is not what they have forced you o believe...

        May 31, 2011 at 1:43 am |
    • Phil Newton

      The Palestinians aren't going to exterminate anyone. Like it or not, Israel is going to have to cut a deal with them, Bibi is just angling for the best deal he can get. But he'd better hurry: the Arab world is changing around him.

      May 30, 2011 at 10:03 pm |
    • John Lemon

      My sympathies. But I think neither side wants anything other than for the other side to just vanish – poof! – and no matter what they say, no negotiation is anything other than a tactical ploy. So I would rather have my President spend his valuable time working with people who are not just jerking the world around. Call us when you finally want to work something out. We're in the book. Until then, just suck it up. We get the Palestinian whining in the other ear too.

      May 30, 2011 at 11:51 pm |
    • Dhasan

      Hamas is not a partner to peace but Prime Minister Netanyahu has shown his intentions are not in the best interest of the Isreali people. There must be a better way. Your inability to find a track to peace is radicalising even the liberal minded muslims in distant lands. Grow up peops

      May 31, 2011 at 12:19 am |
    • boo

      Fareed Zakaria, the son of an Islamic scholar!!! what do you expect....

      May 31, 2011 at 1:09 am |
    • sam

      You are full of shitt...that's all I can Say..?.

      May 31, 2011 at 1:37 am |
    • Haider

      Amal,

      I say this with the utmost sincerity, but it must be nice having the luxury of taking your daughter to drama class when just a few miles away.. you have your neighbors who are denied such everyday necessities as food, water, etc (think the Israeli attack on the Flotilla in mid 2010) and are being herded as animals.

      I weep the loss of innocent lives.. whether jewish or muslim.. but the standard of living between citizens of Israel and Palestinians need to be somewhat comparable.

      Just my 2 cents..

      May 31, 2011 at 1:54 am |
    • RedSerpent

      If It Is so terrible and dangerous, why do you submit your family to this "Horror"? Is it more important to you to be an honorable/Loyal Israeli beyond safety and sanity at the expense of your little girl? Is her life or sanity worth any excuse to cry "Injustice, Look how Horrible are those @#$%$ on the other side? If you answer yes, then deal with it that is your commtment as incomprehensible as it is, if not....move to a safer country like people all over the world have done over millenia.

      May 31, 2011 at 3:18 am |
    • LomaxRobert

      Stop whining. Israel kills literally 10 times more children than Hamas/Palestinians do. Look it up at the non partisan rememberthesechildren dot org site. Unless Israel changes its ways, it will suffer the same fate as that other nation 70 years ago in Europe which also claimed it was "the chosen people", that also drove poor people into ghettoes and annexed neighboring lands, that also used collective punishmenht on civilian populations...

      May 31, 2011 at 7:06 am |
    • The Zionist

      DEATH TO ARABS!!!!

      May 31, 2011 at 7:16 am |
    • Ya Ya

      None Jewish American!!!, what gives you the right to dictate anything about the natives of that land and what are you doing there anyway and why your granddaughter is living there? Who said that your granddaughter who is originally from Russia, Poland or the U.S is entitle to have a normal life there, while the Palestinians who were born and been there since the creation of this earth are living under your family's oppression, submission and occupation.

      May 31, 2011 at 8:05 am |
    • shawn

      Atleast your daughter is not killed if she wandered off near Jewish check post or denied basic human rights . There is law of nature or God the great empire proctecting Israel will looose its lustre and some other country will rise as per history and and they will have to respect others. You can not enslave people's will for long. Hope Israel understands this before it's too late.

      May 31, 2011 at 8:20 am |
    • Avatar

      I not only sympathize with the terror of the fear that many israelis must live with, but want to see it not be so. Unfortunately this entire matter is by design. If you go in the middle of the United States and bring in millions of people, displacing the local population, then the displaced population is going to be pissed off, they are going to attack you and they are going to try to get you to allow them to return to what use to be their home until you came along. This is the problem that is the area now called israel and populated starting in 1948. The idea was poorly conceived (or deliberately conceived by British for long-term antagonish...who knows?). Should persons escaping hitler have been provided with a safe place? (absolutely yes!). Should the people who provided the safe place have had a say in their willingness to do so? (absolutely yes....and here lies the problem: palestine was british territory at the time and the residents were not given a say). That is the crux of the conflict (i am sure there is more). What should have been done is the palestinians should have been the deciders of whether or not they would offer up part of the lands they were living on to europe's jews. At a minimum if britain as colonizer would have been more responsible to SIMULTANEOUSLY (with UN support) declare that 2-states were created (one called Israel and the other called palestine). Now we are in 2011 and none of that happen....what should be done?. Answer: retrace and do as much of what should have been done as possible, but not futilely attempt to undo all that has been done. Now i think Netanyahu does have a very ligitimate concern about not wanting to go back to the 1967 borders....look at an actual map of the 1967 and see how israel is surrounded and you really get an idea that those borders are not defensible. Now that we are WHERE WE ARE (not where we wish we were), i believe there are 2 plausible solutions:
      (1) defensible borders for israel and defensible borders for palestine with shared/split capital of both in jerusalem
      (2) establish a single multi-ethnic state (as most countries are today) that encompasses BOTH populations. Both populations would be full and equal citizens, with equal voting rights, freedom of religion and equal access to opportunity. To appease both it could be called the United Democratic Republic of Israel & Palestine.

      May 31, 2011 at 10:14 am |
      • Carl

        Two states WERE created from the British Mandate of Transjordan – the Palestinian Arab state of Jordan on 78% of the land and the Jewish state of Israel on the remaining 22%. Problem is the Arabs were not satisfied with their 78% and wanted the rest. The 1947 partition gave Arabs a share of Israel's assigned territory, but that wasn't sufficient either, hence they attacked the nascent Israel.

        May 31, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
    • dmode

      Bibi doesn't want any peace at all, while we are writing in this blog his government continue to get a piece of Palestinian land, they are building and getting more Palestinian land by the minute. I think we need to STOP our aid $$ to Israel.The average American can't care less about Israel, let's be honest: I rather will prefer helping the Mexican economy than the Jew state! The only ones that care are the corporations own by JEWS, so I will say to our government ENOUGH is ENOUGH with Israel!

      May 31, 2011 at 11:09 am |
      • Stan Willmann

        Well stated! Time to stop all this foolishness!

        June 1, 2011 at 8:22 am |
    • steven harnack

      Two year freeze on settlements? When was that? I remember a so-called 6 month freeze while building continued. Have you ever considered that the best way to stop the rockets could be to let the Palestinians have a country and their dignity back? Have you forgotten about the Jewish Irgun and the Stern Gang who bombed and terrorized until Jews had a state?

      May 31, 2011 at 11:52 am |
    • Big Bob

      Well said, Alan!

      We share your culture here in the West. The muslim culture is certainly not friendly with the West. Never, never have been.
      All that haters seem to think that once Hamas and Hezbolla have wiped out Israel, that they'll just dust off their hands and go back to growing olives. Not so. All of the West is a target for them. Isreal is just the front lines.

      May 31, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
    • EZRA

      I am a non-jewish American with close ties to Israel. I have a home not far from Gaza..
      -----
      If Israel is not safe for your family, why sayt there then?

      May 31, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
    • KING KOCHI

      Does the jewish have a state??, why?? do they have nuke weapons?? why?? 1 jewish death is = to 1000 palestinian death.. why?? is becos the jewish thinks they r even better humans than the americans itself.. funny..they should know their god n understand to do good. not to ptretend. in isreal n all over the world , we all know the jews r the same hyprocrites n racial segregated. GOD IS POWERFUL not men.

      May 31, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
      • Al Neuman

        Pathetic antiSemitic moron–like the other bigots who flock to stories like this concoction of Arab propaganda lies spouted by Fareed el Bullshit, it represents nothing more than jealousy of the brilliant and industrious successful Israelis–none of which can be said for their goat-humping Ayrab neighbors!

        (and BTW, I'm a Christian who like all right-thinking Christians, admires and supports ISRAEL!))

        June 4, 2011 at 8:16 pm |
    • MCR

      Move

      May 31, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
    • Tyrone, NY

      Mr. Wood, I must say is it people with Jewish ties like yourself that make the Jewish struggle so over blown! Your arguments are always one sided. Whenever I look at the news on the BBC I see Israelis with armor and weapons while Palestinians are throwing rocks!!!!! At some point the Palestinians need to be fairly represented as a victim also, and your folks are objecting that tooth to nail. Being a person known as African American struggles are abundant for my kind we also were persecuted for just being black , and it was even upheld by the laws of this country. We fought through the struggles and to this day still have some issues, but change has been dramatic. Israel does not want to make life better for Palestine as it would cause yuo to give up land and power. Being an American what you are doing to Palestine is TERRIBLE. I could never see VA deciding to take back KY or North Carolina to take back Tenn. I am so tired of the crying Woe IS ME when you are the most powerful nation in the area with America allowing you to sit on our lap. Your arrogance is unbecoming when it comes to the settlements regardless of the U.S. requesting you to back off! Israel has Israel to blame for it's issues you have to give to get. you are no longer the chosen folk that ended when you turned to the calf while Moses was in the mountains. Now give the land back and live in peace. Yes it is that simple it worked in America we are free to do what we like as a full man not 3/5 like it used to be.

      May 31, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
      • Al Neuman

        Tyrone, you"re just showing your ignorance of the situation. Israel is in fact the only peace-seeking democracy in the region, constantly fending off relentless aggression by their Arab neighbors–they've never initiated 1 of the many conflicts started by theArabs, but have won every one once attacked. How would you imagine the U.S., or any other sovereign country, would respond to SEVEN AYEARS of rocket attacks on their people?
        I've been to Israel, and they're the most progressive, tolerant and peace=loving people I've ever encountered–none of which can be said for their Arab neighbors who are very jealous of Israel's progress. And why aren't you instead concerned with a truly brutal country like Syria Iran, or Libya all of which have recently been slaughtering their own people in the streets?
        No you like the notorious antiSemitic BBC can only desperately try to yux around history and facts to denigrate courageous little Israel, a beacon of democracy and civility in a very bad neighborhood.

        Get a life.

        June 4, 2011 at 8:12 pm |
    • Mark

      The ones responsible for the palestinains plight are the surrounding arab states who manipulate them both as shields and as bludgeons. When Isreal gave them land it was used against them as nothing but a lauching pad. How long will the palestinians allow themselves to be manipulated this way before the finally see who their real enemy is...the arab states who use them as pawns. Don't beleive this? Here is your test. Imagine that Isreal and the occupied territory were surrounded by Korea, Poland and Italy or any countries you wish, then ask yourself if this would still be going on...it would not adn we all know it.

      May 31, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
      • Al Neuman

        Outstanding post Mark–and oh so true!

        June 4, 2011 at 8:17 pm |
    • Marseph

      Hello all you angry ppl on both sides 🙂 I just want to say one thing, Who would you rather have in this world, a country like Israel that is westerized like our own country or a Palastinian nation that allows terrorists to influence greatly their politics? I know a lot of you demonize Israel but I gotta say that if they give back that land and Palastine is made into a country then I could see Israel invaded by missiles as its neighbors (Syria, Iran, etc...) hate the country and want it destroyed (could you live next to a neighbor like that?)

      I am for the country who'd democracy is more western and that is Israel. Palastinian society forces women to have huge families and doesn't allow abortions, they oppress their people and their politicians live very luxurious lives. Further, we backed Mubarak for so long and he was horrible to his people, why would we want another regime like that over a country who neighbors one of our strongest allies?

      This 1967 policy is not smart, if Israel was the size of Eygpt then maybe there would be justification for this "Boarder Movement" but Israel is a tiny country and the loss of the Golan Heights and other lands is a big difference for this small western country...wow, I guess I had more to say then just 1 thing huh? haha

      May 31, 2011 at 7:34 pm |
      • Al Neuman

        Marseph: I'm not Jewish but I don't see how any intelligent Westerner who cares about freedom and democracy could disagree with you, all thepro- Islamist (including Zakarai) propaganda notwithstanding. Israel is the Mideast's only democracy, the U.S.' only reliable ally there, and an amazing example of progressive forward-looking country totally respectful of other religions and cultures–none of which can be said about the brutal Islamofascist theocracies which surround them.
        And I'm not even Jewish!

        June 4, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
    • Stan Willmann

      As an American citizen who has no "commitment" to either side in this debate, I invite you to look carefully at what we have accomplished in the name of "freedom, democracy, and justices for all" Nothing!
      Viet Nam = none of our lofty goals accomplished. Once we left, the country recovered and is now thriving.
      Iraq = none of our lofty goals accomplished. Time to get out and let them live as they choose.
      Afghanistan = none of our lofty goals accomplished. Our goals are not their goals and never will be.
      Pakistan = we chose to get in bed with a back stabbing people. Time to leave.
      Israel = ???? Established by the UN, not the US. Major mistakes from the beginning which cannot be undone
      Palestine = ???? Nothing will ever change
      Solution: Stop all this forced change on people who don't want it. It never works. Bring home our troops and all our misguided "foreign aid" that has never solved anything! This includes all the troops we have stationed in Europe and Asia.

      June 1, 2011 at 8:12 am |
    • Danny

      Alan Wood is 100% right and thank you Alan for your brave and true words! We can not make peace with people that want us dead! Hamas vows to destroy Israel and is now a "partner" with the PA. Israel must remain strong and not give in! We saw what giving in accomplishes! It brings rockets and destruction! The arabs have no real desire to build a city with schools and services. They just want to destroy Israel! The majority of Americans agree that the problem is Hamas who does not want peace! Israel is a light on to the nations! We Love Israel!! America Loves Israel!

      June 1, 2011 at 9:41 am |
    • Max

      Do you know what the problem is? American are so ignorant. They do not know that this is a palestinian LAND and Israel are the occupiers. Its so simple.

      Its ok for them to kill palestinians because they are fighting for their land, but its not ok to kill Israelies "Idiots"

      But they are so blind, or they do not want to admit Israel is wrong.

      Ask youself smart man/women?
      What would you do if I come and take your house from you and kill your kids?
      Who is Israel to claims the palestinians land to be there land?
      Did you ever read about an Israel state in any history book?

      Stop claimsing to be smart, because you are idiot...

      June 1, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
      • Al Neuman

        More Islamofascist obvious nonsense–Israel has every right to their historical homeland, and the Arabs just can't stand how successfully and brilliantly they've developed their tiny little country. While the Jews are giving us numerous Nobel prize winners, numerous technologic innovations, and great humanitarianism, the Islamofascists can only think in terms of terrorism, hate and murder of innocents not just in democratic Israel but around the world.

        It's why nearly all educated people worldwide admire and support Israel, and are disgusted by the primitive regressive savagery of the Islamofascists, who do nothing but brutalize women, execute gays, and murder all "non-believers". Instead of their pathetic excuses of blaming Israel and the U.S. for their own lack of progress, they should look inward and reform their medieval societies and get some leaders who aren't brutal demagogues.

        June 4, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
    • Shameonyouzakaria

      I couldn't agree more with @Alan Kamal Wood. What an excellent response to an ignoramus. I am extremely disappointed in Fahreed zakaria’s intellect. Apparently you are a jack of all trades but master on none. Your venomous comments on Netanyahu will boomerang and haunt you forever. Obviously your entire brain, integrity and judgment have been paid for by cnn so I’m not exactly surprised that you are completely incapable of objectively looking at a relatively simple situation. But get this through your head; this conflict is rooted in hatred and a desire to exterminate Israel at all cost and nothing more. It a shame that USA and the rest of the world is buying into the treachery of these wicked scoundrels. They can all go to hell if they want to, but PALESTANIANS DO NOT DESERVE A STATE AT ALL. THEY ARE ARABS AND BELONG IN EGYPT, LEBANON, JORDAN, SYRIA AND THE REST OF MIDDLE EAST. Go and look at the map, and tell me why in the universe there needs to be a Palestinian state. This conflict was manufactured by the Muslim Arabs after Israel proved insurmountable in all their attempts to destroy it. Now they want a state for only one reason: proximity to Israel heartland to facilitate its destruction. Shame on you zakaria. All my respect for you is completed wiped out by YOUR extremely tainted and absurd judgment. Go and look at the map. The facts speak for itself.

      June 4, 2011 at 2:29 am |
    • Al Neuman

      This screed by Fareed el-Whoever is just another example of how the leftist media is in bed with the Islamofascists and continues to try bashing democratic little Israel. Zakaria manages to mouth virtually every propaganda claim by the Palestinians, none of which have any relation to truth or reality. And he couples this absurdly positional diatribe with a vicious ad hominem attack on Netanyahu, who showed clearly on his recent U.S. visit how much more of a distinguished leader he is than the weak and constantly flip-floping disaster who is the American President.

      This Zakaria piece is so obviously agenda-driven to remove it from the realm of credible reporting by any stretch of the imagination. He manages in his zeal to support the Islamists to totally twist and distort the facts. Truth of the matter is that 1.the Arabs have never accepted Israel or their right to exist and have continued to attack them since the day Independence was declared 2. It's the Palestinians who have repeatedly refused the most generous Israeli concessions for peace and responded with "intifadas" and 3. There's not 1 thing that Netanyahu has said which isn't true and which doesn't clearly demonstrate how much he and the Israelis desire peace–they just don't have a peaace partner in the intractable Arabs.

      Perhaps this outrageously distorted and slanted piece by Zakaria shouldn't be that surprising, given his background (father was a "well knows Muslim scholar"!), but it's a miserable excuse for journalism. He has no business promoting his bigotry on a major news outlet and should be removed from this position immediately by CNN for this horrible dishonest and antisemitic rant.

      June 4, 2011 at 7:58 pm |
    • Allen Zed

      Dear Fareed...are you kidding me..?..the palestinians are not a threat to Israel with daily rockets coming in from Gaza..?..you are supposed to be a serious journalist sir.....?!? ...please tell me you just miss-spoke..that I would understand...
      ..sincerely..
      Flabergasted from Canada...

      June 5, 2011 at 2:33 am |
    • John Home-Douglas

      Arabs and Jews(Sabra's) have lived together in Palestine for thousands of years,with no major wars,that is until the Americans decided to once again stick their noses in foreign policy and back the Jewish terrorist after the second world war,I know I was their as a R.N. seal fighting them from 1946 to 1947. If the U.S. would stay in their own country,the world would be a better place . They screw up every where they go.

      June 6, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
  2. zb

    Fareed Zakaria GPS is probably the most intelligent news show analysis on TV. Thank you.

    As to Israel: Netanyahu is quite correct that the 1967 boarders are in defendable. Unfortunately, the fact is that it really is no more defendable even with the West Bank. We face a world where extremists would be pleased to set off three nuclear device – which is all it would take to destroy Israel. They don't care the consequences or any retaliation; they don't care how many Palestinians died.

    The Security of Israel can not be had with land or even with a peace settlement – it can only happen when a new way of thinking spreads across the Arab World. When will we know such thinking has occurred? Easy. When the woman of the Arab world are no longer slaves in the name of a religion.

    May 29, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
    • Dustie

      Your facts are incorrect. Research it. The IDF tries to alert people away from any areas where they are targeting militarily, and they do everything that they can to warn them (phone, radio alerts in Arabic, leaflets, etc.). The Palestinian terrorists target civilians without warning, using suicide bombers and rockets into civilian areas. Research your facts, please.

      May 29, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
      • BMS

        Ok Dusty, Tell that to the 3 Families that were bombed to in an apartment building and killed every man women and child in that building. for what , in order to assassinate one person who live in that building. or the 22 member families who were killed in house that the most moral army told them to go there. Or the family at the beach that they were enjoying a sunny day. Killed every one except for one daughter. you are entitled to you belief and opinion but you are not entitled lto you own facts.

        May 29, 2011 at 7:20 pm |
    • Brian McLaren

      Even if the 1967 borders (which are actually the 1949 borders) are not "defensible" (which is nonsense) then how is that the Palestinian's problem?

      What Israel is saying is "Just so we can improve our defenses a little bit, we are going to confiscate more of your land and continue our illegal Occupation, but you're OK with that, right?"

      May 29, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
      • Mike

        Brian, I'm a little unclear on you statement that the 1967 borders are actually the 1949 borders. Are you saying they're the same as the original UN mandate? Actually, the 1967 borders have given Israel over 77% of Palestine, whereas the UN mandate gave them approximately 50%, even though their population was significantly smaller than the Palestinian at the time.

        May 29, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
      • Big Bob

        Surrounded by huge Arab/Muslim countries who share the same religion, values, culture and they simply won't allow a piece of land, smaller than Delaware, historically Israeli to exist?

        You got it wrong, they just want Jews dead. Israel and everywhere else. Try and listen to what they say.

        May 31, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
  3. Gregg

    I'm incredibly disappointed in Fareed Zakaria. Didn't realize he was anti-semetic. He does hide it well

    May 29, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
    • Matt1234

      I agree with the above. CNN is becoming to the terrorist what Fox news is to the Republicans. I propaganda platform. Israel did a test they gave up Gaza and it became a terrorist firing platform. Israel does have a powerful military but the coward terrorist inside Gaza hide inside hospitals and behind children and schools. CNN be more honest tell the full story not years old video and please tell both sides of the story. If I want propaganda I'll go to Fox.

      May 29, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
    • Erik

      It doesn't mean if he doesn't agree with Israel or Netanyahu he is anti-semitic. Maybe before making such a statement please elaborate which statements you feel are anti-semitic.

      May 29, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
      • Donnie

        hmmm...last time I checked there were tons and tons of goods coming into Gaza via Israel. If you want to know how many Palestinians were killed in Gaza, you just have to count the number of Palestinians that were firing rockets at Israeli civilian settlements. Kids,schools, and hospitals being used as shields by the Palestinians may get your support but i decided long ago not to fall for it.

        May 29, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
      • j. von hettlingen

        @Erik. I agree with Fareed, that it was not wise for Nethanyahu to educate the world about the Jewish pogroms. I think it's time for the Israelis and the Palestinians to let bygones be bygones. Imagine if the Armenians would still hate the Turks for the genocide during World War One, the Chinese and the Koreans don't forgive the Japanese for the atrocities in the 1930s to 40s, the Tutsis want to settle a score with the Hutus in Rwanda etc...there will be no peace in the world. Nethanyahu didn't have to unleash a tirade of hatred towards the Palestinians and capitalise on the plight of the Jews throughout history in order to win votes at home!

        May 29, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
    • Donnie

      I have to agree with you at this point. He completely ignores the return of Gaza having been met with missile attacks. Israel must do whatever it has to do to protect their security, because they can not depend on irrational commentators like Mr. Zakaria for any kind of support.

      May 29, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
      • Erik

        hmmmm...I thought Gaza is under an Israeli embargo. They block all goods including food and medicine. Great test Israel. How many Palestinians have been killed in Gaza by Israel under the guise of being terrorists? I guess the hundreds of Palestinian kids killed by Israeli tanks and missiles are launching the rockets into Israel.

        May 29, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
      • Brian McLaren

        Gaza was not "returned" - it is still a ghetto. It is the Warsaw Ghetto all over again. The violent Uprising of the Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto is viewed as heroic and noble.

        The people of Gaza have a right to defend themselves and to try to break out of the Ghetto Israel has placed them in. I don't much care if anyone "approves" of their methods or not - they have a right to freedom and their human rights.

        Israel was founded with massive terrorism. Do we "approve" of the Jewish terrorism at Deir Yassin, Tantura, the King David Hotel, etc???

        May 29, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
      • steven harnack

        Did they "return" Gaza or just turn it into the world's largest prison camp?

        May 31, 2011 at 11:57 am |
    • Alexander Coret

      I agree with Gregg. !!! FZ is distorting the facts to the point that only an antisemitic can do.

      Back to the only questions that should be asked. It is not about Israel recognizing a Palestinian State, they are willing to do so for years, is about the Palestinians that never agreed to a Jewish State. FZ is a clever journalist, is hard to believe he is missing this fundamental point –

      May 29, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
      • Dustie

        I agree. Zakaria has a history of being anti-Israel, distorting the facts to make his case. CNN is not exactly pro-Israel!

        May 29, 2011 at 8:14 pm |
      • James Baker

        Alexander, you and your like-minded friends do a great disservice to an important debate when you accuse people who think different from you of being anti-semetic. Why not just label them Nazis? You would be better off to concentrate on facts and persuasion if you want to do something other than insult people whose views must be considered, if not agreed with.

        May 30, 2011 at 12:45 am |
      • Max

        Do you know what the problem is? American are so ignorant. They do not know that this is a palestinian LAND and Israel are the occupiers. Its so simple.

        Its ok for them to kill palestinians because they are fighting for their land, but its not ok to kill Israelies "Idiots"

        But they are so blind, or they do not want to admit Israel is wrong.

        Ask youself smart man/women?
        What would you do if I come and take your house from you and kill your kids?
        Who is Israel to claims the palestinians land to be there land?
        Did you ever read about an Israel state in any history book?

        Stop claimsing to be smart, because you are idiot...

        Soon Palestine will be back to its people...

        June 1, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
      • Max

        Do you know what the problem is?

        Americans are so ignorant. They do not know "HISTORY" that this is a palestinian LAND and Israel are the occupiers. Its so simple.

        Its ok for them to kill palestinians because they are fighting for their land, but its not ok to kill Israelies "Idiots"

        But they are so blind, or they do not want to admit Israel is wrong, and they keep supporting a criminal state.

        Ask youself smart men/women:

        What would you do if some come and take your house from you and kill your kids?

        Who is Israel to claims the palestinians land to be there land on 1948 "NOT LONG AGO"?

        Did you ever read about an Israel state in any history book?

        Stop claimsing to be smart, because you are idiot...

        Soon Palestine will be back to its people...

        June 1, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
      • Jorge

        I think it is more than time for the free world to stand with israel against militant islam and finish it off once and for all. islam is the most irrational, ultra-violent, inhuman, imbecile driven force ever that has caused and keeps causing massive poverty, massive destruction, braindead opression and strangulation of science, politics, modernity, human rights . islam has caused the eradication of entire civilizations, cultures,identities, progress and the retun to the dark ages. if our polititians don't fight it and call it for what it is-OURE EVIL- things will go pretty bad for them too, I am positive about that.it's only as matter of time but for the time being pro-islamic submission to totalitarian supremacist islamofascism is their false god, under the pretext of money and favours coming from the currupt, decadent and repulsive muslim world.

        June 4, 2011 at 8:59 am |
    • Unabashed

      Netanyahu is an extremely right-wing Israeli politician who has put into power some incredibly racist and militant individuals like Avigdor Lieberman, whose racist tirades and calls for violent retribution would make the worst of the Fundamentalist Muslims envious. Unsurprisingly, the majority of Netanyahu's supporters are themselves quite racist and prone to proclamations of violence.

      May 29, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
      • Brian McLaren

        Unfortunately, Netanyahu is NOT in the middle.

        One of the most shocking things I have read in a long time was a news article last week that explained that Netanyahu is actually about in the middle in Israeli politics.

        His coalition partners are far more extreme than him. Some Israeli political parties are dedicated to the idea that there must NEVER be a nation of Palestine. Some Israeli politicians want to annex the entire West Bank and some extremists still want to carry out Jabotinsky's original Zionist dream of complete ethnic cleansing of every single Palestinian out of Palestine.

        Watch even here in this forum how many times Jewish supporters of Israel say things like "Palestinians have a country. It is called Jordan." I have even read that in the editorial page of the New York Times (Abe Rosenthal used to be the editorial page editor of the times and he was a Jabotinsky Zionist).

        What do they mean by this? They mean that every single Palestinian should be uprooted from their homes and farms and deported to a foreign country - Jordan. Think about it, what they are really saying is "Palestinians out of Palestine!!!" Unbelievably racist and fascist. Pure and simple ethnic cleansing. Gush Emunim (the main organization of the Settlers Movement) has even said plainly that all Palestinians will be transported out of Palestine and those who refuse to go voluntarily will be "dealt with." This is an EXACT re-creation of what Hitler did in Poland.

        Mass ethnic cleansing like Hitler did in Poland. Now that is extreme. And these people are part of the ruling coalition of Israel. They have actual political power in Israel. Does anyone think people like this are going to allow a peace deal to happen? Not in a million years.

        Whne Americans really come to know how intensely racist and fascist the ruling Israeli right wing actually is, support for Israel in America will plunge dramatically.

        I think that the internet is what is eventually going to put a stop to Israel's apartheid and land theft.

        To read Jabotinksy's original plan for Zionism to eliminate every single Palestinian from Palestine, google pro/canthos

        Former National Security Advisor McGeorge Bundy said "All I know is that before Israel we had nothing but friends in the Middle East. After Israel, we have nothing but enemies in the Middle East."

        May 29, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
      • Bill M

        Yeah Brian, keep pushing that Israeli apartheid meme. They aren't South Africa. Tell us, how many jews live in Saudi Arabia or Gaza or Iran or Yemen or the UAE or any other Arab country. They are burning churches and murdering Christians in Egypt and Nigeria. Look at the Sudan. Yet, Israelis are the ones practising genocide and apartheid. Keep up the propaganda. At least it keeps you off the street.

        May 29, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
      • Mark

        What would you expect of an israeli leader after more than 50 years of this much terror imposed by the arab world? Tea and crumpets? No one else but a stong man is fit to lead when the lives of your people are on the line. The palestinians could have peace and prosperity tomorrow...but their handlers in the arab world don't want peace for them...they want them to die, so they can blame it all on Israel.

        May 31, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
    • Romy Schnebel

      You are the anti-semite – making a racial attack solely on the (Arabic sounding) name of the author and his stated viewpoint. Go back under the rock you were under, or better yet, back to Israel..

      May 29, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
      • Matt1234

        By your reply your no better. BTW it should be slanted viewpoint. Both sides need to compromise Israel isn't going away.

        Israel is wrong many times such as settlements but so are the Palestinians like killing kids in school buses intentionally.

        May 29, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
      • frank burton

        WOW! Fox is on the right,msnbc on the left.I thought CNN was appealing to the middle.Judging from some of the post here it looks like they are appealing to the Nazi,Klan and terrorist apologist wing.

        May 29, 2011 at 9:42 pm |
      • ei8htx

        Why don't you go google Fareed Zakaria? He is in fact an Indian (that is, from India) who was born and raised a Konkani Muslim. His "arabic sounding" name (even though it's clearly Indian) has nothing to do with it.

        May 29, 2011 at 9:55 pm |
    • peace ppl

      you are insane....if you state the truth you are somehow antsemitic....that ship has sailed...its 2011.....the antisemite panic button is off forever....no more covering up israeli state racism and terror

      May 29, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
    • Nick San Diego

      When everything makes sense and one cannot argue the "point", just throw out anti semitism. Thats wearing pretty thin and people are waking up to it.

      May 29, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
    • BMS

      Her we go again. anybody say anything about Israel is antisemitic. Grow up and the world is sick of this,

      May 29, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
    • james

      It is incredibly that anytime somebody tries to defend the Palestinians or criticize the Israelis they are labeled as anti-semetic. Throwing labels around only tends to hide that person's ignorance behind the subject. The bottom line is that people cannot objectively criticize anything that the Israel does without getting labeled as anti-semite despite their harsh treatment of an occupied people. They are subjecting the Palestinians to the same harsh realities that they have had to deal with for centuries.

      May 29, 2011 at 7:15 pm |
    • Barbara

      Since when is telling the truth being anti-semitic? Perhaps you should read the history of the area and the conflict and be as well-informed as Fareed.

      May 29, 2011 at 7:27 pm |
    • mike

      I strongly suggest you do research before making stupid comments. Both Israelis and Palestinians are Semetic people, the only difference is in their religious beliefs.

      May 29, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
    • sambo

      he's a muslim like your president

      May 29, 2011 at 7:38 pm |
    • MAngeline

      God help anyone who disagrees with Israel. We are so pro-Israel in this country that we shut ourselves off to the suffering of the Palestinian people. Jews have a very strong lobby here, and it means VOTES so politicians automatically go along with whatever Israel wants.

      May 29, 2011 at 8:43 pm |
    • John Lemon

      No one can ever criticize Israel without being accused of being anti-semitic? Does that make you a racist for criticizing and Indian-born man? You fool.

      May 30, 2011 at 11:53 pm |
    • Tyrone, NY

      Gregg, you really need to stop it! Anyone that does not agree with the dominant Jewish way of thinking is Anti-Jewish! You guys are worse than blacks with the N word. Should we still fight for our 40 acres? Like you don't want to give back taken land. Heck even the Indians got reservations in America!!!!!!!!!! Come on you were given land work with what you have and KEEP IT MOVING.

      May 31, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  4. Matt

    There is no peace process, not anymore, even if talks had resumed it would have been a charade, Netanyahu does not believe in living in peace with his neighbors and thus the peace process and congress supports that view. Someone should have told us all that 40 years ago, I am sure all the administrations could have found other things to do with the wasted time.

    The message sent by Congress to the Muslim world is that if you want a Palestinian State on 1967 with swaps which the moderate Arabs agree too or the more radical elements in the Muslim world that want to Israel to cease to exist is that you have to destroy the US. The first WTC, 9/11 all coincide with a new Administration and the failure to secure a peace agreement, in 2008 Mumbia was a pretext to create a confrontation between Pakistan and India to remove a Pakistani nuclear warhead out of secure storage so that time line fits with the last two attacks and we would have been hit in 2009.

    So we find ourselves being bleed and bankrupt in Afghanistan like the USSR for 14 years. In a war on terror that will never end. Netanyahu actions have a lot of implications for a lot of countries from Europe to Asia all that rely on the US alliance for security. Will the enemy succeed in doing to the US what happened to the USSR, it is possible and allies like Australia with their Defense Whitepaper are not taking the risk with a large military build up.

    The fact is if Netanyahu did what Obama had told him this vote would never ended up at the UN, that has implications to since 2007 and the election of the Rudd Government the Australian's have wanted to get on the security council and they have spent a lot of money, now with no peace talks and a resolution on a Palestinian State which they support. If they vote for it the Jewish Lobby will threaten the Government in relation to the next election, if they don't they will not get on the UNSC and blow millions of dollars. Bob Gates is right all they do is take, take, take and give nothing in return.

    May 29, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
    • CT

      It is not the fault of Israel. They will continue to take what others give. It is the countries who continue to give that need to put a halt to the support.

      May 29, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  5. danny

    Someone needs to remove this arab terrorist off our tv station cnn. Fareed however you pronounce your name change it lol you dont even know the history, you are indian muslim who hates indians and israelis because its simialar stories, get off the topic or you will be fired lol.

    you antisemitic son of a &^&^$%*()(& F*(&((()****k as$hho0&*(^^&((((Le

    May 29, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
    • Erik

      I am sure Israel is proud to have you represent them. If you even know where is Israel is on the map!

      May 29, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
      • Voiceinthewind

        Israhell should not be on the map to begin with. It is very clear they are nothing but self centered terrorists who don't deserve a place of thier own in civilized society. Send the Zionists Jews packing off to wander in the desert on the moon they don't belong on this planet.

        May 29, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
    • Scott

      Hey Fareed!
      Your MUSL!M Background is showing.. Keep talking you are doing a smashing job at making CNN loose supporters like a rock in water.

      May 29, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
    • Baba OG

      danny, pls see my reply to "rm" below; & BTW Zakaria is not an Arab which are also Semites; plus your language gives a good image of your intelligence or in your case the lack thereof.

      May 29, 2011 at 7:04 pm |
    • Baba OG

      It's sad to see such a thing as the mind being wasted as you seem to be doing with yours danny, pls see my reply to "rm" below; & BTW Zakaria is not an Arab which are also Semites; plus your language gives a good image of your intelligence or in your case the lack thereof.

      May 29, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
    • Nick San Diego

      Oh Danny boy soooooooooooooo much hate towards Muslims and one talks about anti semitism

      May 29, 2011 at 7:11 pm |
    • Dana Depew

      He hasn't said anything even remotely anti semetic. His views on the political nature of Israel are in no way representative of his views on the Jewish religion.

      May 29, 2011 at 7:11 pm |
    • John Lemon

      Suck it up, Danny. Netanyahu is incapable of error? Like the Pope? Fool.

      May 30, 2011 at 11:56 pm |
    • Peikovian

      No doubt that "voice" is gas escaping. Blame the dog.

      May 31, 2011 at 4:08 am |
  6. Chris

    Hey Danny, Just because you don't like what Fareed is saying doesn't make him antisemite. A Kapo like you should know better.

    May 29, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  7. Donnie

    Fareed, I don't know what planet you are living on, but it's the Palestinians who don't want a deal. Not only do they turn everything down, but they offer no compromise on any issue. They simply proceed with blinders on as they have for the past 63 years, and likely will for the next 63. I used to respect you but it's pretty obvious you are wearing the same blinders. Than goodness for leaders like Netanyahu! By the way Mr. Zakaria, showing clips from 1976 make you look even more rediculous.

    May 29, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
    • John Lemon

      Both sides say the same thing. Note from the rest of the world: we are sick of your stupid fight. Both sides are dorks.

      May 30, 2011 at 11:58 pm |
  8. deserteagle/ sicari

    Victory for obama, Obama finds a way to peace, these are the headlines the host and Freidman so wish to hear. Well folks it would be a pyrrhic victory for if Israel is pushed into a false peace it will mean we will have boots on the ground before long. Israel needs one party to deal with not 1 plus 4 shady groups proxy to Iran , the hamas fatah coalition are tenuous at best and when the 4 shady proxy groups refuse to accept terms just watch them side for the destruction of Israel. We need a soundbite hear I propose 1 peace one party to negotiate with. Yes there are extemeists in Israel too but the difference is Israel keeps them in line , the mosaic of terrorists on the other side are encouraged by Iran and others. Pyrrhic victory indeed.

    May 29, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  9. Rich

    I came away from today's gps show believing that zakariah is profoundly biased against Israel. His use of a speech that Netanyahu spoke over 30 years ago to support Zaharias assertion that Netanyahu would never make a deal is so overtly unfair and misleading. A lot has happened since Netanyahu made that speech and like everyone else his views have evolved. Netanhayu has expressed many times including most recently during his speech to congress that he would on the contrary to what zakariah claims he would cede much of the west bank for the palestnian state. Netanyahu stated he would be generous but that there would have to be security measures which is understandable since there is a significant segment of the Palestinian side for which the very existence of a Jewish state is an anathema.

    May 29, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
    • Matt1234

      This Zakariah has as much credibility as Beck.

      For there to be peace both sides have to want it and be willing to compromise. BOTH.

      May 29, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  10. MZ

    Mr Zakaria,
    Before you go off and claim Prime Minister Netanyahu doesn't want a peace deal please have a look at his recent speeches. Quoting PM Netanyahu from a forum 33 years ago is perhaps the worst piece of evidence from a reporting network I have ever witnessed. The demographics and region has changed over completely since that era. Netanyahu has consistently said that a peace deal with a terrorist organization which denies the existence of a jewish state is unacceptable. Unfortunately the relevancy of this has been strengthened due to the recent Hamas-Fatah pact in the Palestinian government. Instead of claiming that Netanyahu doesn't want peace (which is obviously false) why not report how much support the Palestinian government has for a peace with any conditions that they favor. They have remained silent on this issue for a simple reason, the 1967 lines are not viable conditions, rather they would like the lines to extend to the Mediterranean Sea. The only correct piece of 'unbiased' information written in this article is that the chief threat to Israel is from unconventional weapons. However, constant raining of rocket barrages from the Gaza strip is also problematic. Perhaps this news network should spend a day reporting from the southern towns bordering Gaza and experience the daily struggle and life threatening situations these citizens face. Why has the Palestinian government not worked to stop these rockets let alone condemn them? Well instead they join forces with the group responsible for these attacks. Bottom line is that CNN and MSNBC that are so called 'unbiased' should first of all gather enough information to claim such definitive statements and secondly report from both perspectives.

    May 29, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
    • CT

      Netanyahu is a Wolf in Sheep's clothing. His words are of peace and generosity but his actions and his intentions are of war. Nothing more then a stall tactic while he takes more land. He does not want a two state solution. He wants one state of Israel but he wants to make sure the arabs have no claim to the land they were born on so he wants to leave them with nothing more than settlements equivalent to the indian reservations in the U.S.

      May 29, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  11. Tarek

    This is good journalism. Thanks for exposing real intention of the Israeli leader. The clips from the past does in fact tell a lot of the mind-set of this leader. The educated people would surely understand the deception of this leader.

    May 29, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  12. rm

    Today I seen your program on the Obama Netanyahu meeting. Although I am not Jewish I have lived in Israel for some years. I know for sure Israelis want peace and it is the political factions from the PA that always prevents peace. Before you give such slanted opinions you should let your viewers know that you advise the Obama administration on Mid-East affairs. This time you lost us with this intelliectual dishonesty..

    May 29, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
    • Baba OG

      I start in the name of the Beneficent God of Abraham!
      This response is "rm" only, because it would be useless, apparently, to try to reason with most of the uneducated persons and Zionists and Zionist sympathizers that rant and rave, on this and other sites, whenever anyone says anything about a "Jew"; usually charging antisemitism as if "Jews" are the only Semites. But, hey, you are truly ignorant of history, so I'm not surprised at your convoluted "reasoning" But to keep this short, I ask you; if the erroneousness named "Native American" were to replicate the Zionists and reclaimed, violently, these 48 mainland states or the original people of Hawaii were to do the same, would you also think that would be right based on the same concept that the Zionists use? Huh? Would you? huh? huh?( just thought I would add the extra "huh"s for exclamation.

      May 29, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
      • Peikovian

        Someday you will die in the brothel of an insane asylum at a military barracks. Until then, you almost have the power to amuse.

        May 31, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  13. Anwar

    Mr. Fareed Zakaria, now that you have spoken the truth but the words that are anathema to AIPAC, you can count they will be after you. I am afraid your days in CNN may be numbered.

    May 29, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
    • Steve

      That is so sadly the truth.

      Had Israel wanted equitable peace. it would have been. But the leadership insists the peace will be on the terms of the Greater Israel, there is no place for non -Jewis in its state or rule or borders.. Which BTW, includes Gaza, and the West Bank.. all of the Palestine lands. They ask, as do these pro-zionists here.. why don't they just get out? That has been said from the leadership of Israel even prior to their inception.
      That is the goal of Zionism. Israel is the ZIonist state.

      May 29, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
      • Mycology

        "Israel, there is no place for non -Jewis in its state or rule or borders"

        Tell that to the 1 in 4 Israeli CITIZENS that are not jews, including (from Israel's total population) 1 in 5 Israeli Citizens that are ARAB MUSLIMS.

        They all have the same rights and responsibilities and privledges, except they get 1 extra priveledge and 1 less responsibility – They can go to the Temple Mount (Jews cannot , even though it is their holiest site) , and they do not HAVE to (but still can) serve in the Israeli military for 3 years when they turn 18.

        May 29, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
  14. Unabashed

    Unabashed

    Netanyahu is an extremely right-wing Israeli politician who has put into power some incredibly racist and militant individuals like Avigdor Lieberman, whose racist tirades and calls for violent retribution would make the worst of the Fundamentalist Muslims envious. Unsurprisingly, the majority of Netanyahu's supporters are themselves quite racist and prone to proclamations of violence.

    May 29, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  15. Michael

    You are so very naive! What Obama and Netanyahu are doing is a kabuki dance to push the Palestinians to go to the UN and request statehood. That's exactly what is planned, a master plan. This way Palestinians slowly will be pushed into accepting a half-ass, half-size, half-sovereign, half-everything state. While Israel has completely rid itself of accepting any Palestinian citizens which would be the end of Israel in no time. If you think the think tanks of US and Israel are going to allow anything else from a bunch of helpless Palestinians with a majority of traitors, you are very naive!

    May 29, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  16. Sam

    II am lost, how exactly are his comments anti semetic? Why is it that anyone who portrays any side that is not pro israeli, its anti semetic? He did not mention anything racial about israelis and for that fact he didn't say anything in bad taste about netanyahu. Come on everyone, if you understood the point of his piece, you would understand that he is saying that this is the position of the pm to protect the coalition of parties at home. Get your heads out of the gutter, not everything is a racial attack against israelis.

    May 29, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
    • Sprinkle

      What Sam said.

      The whole anti-Semitic line is getting old. There was a lot of useful information on the show that should be heard not rejected because you don't like what it said.

      May 29, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
    • Donnie

      I believe the anti-semitic comments may be due to Fareed taking 100% of the Palestinian side even though it is mostly irrational, and completely ignoring the Israeli side even though it is backed up with facts, proof and history. There may be other reasons for Mr. Zakaria's point of view, but they can not be based on logic.

      May 29, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  17. CT

    What Sam said is listen to truth and reason and make your own opinion. But that will only lead to not supporting Israel so their only defense is to throw the anti-Semitic card out to deflect truth and reason.

    May 29, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  18. NathanEl Barbosa

    It is easy to blame Israel. I'm really disappointed in Fareed. First of all MR. Fareed, they are NOT palestinians but Arabs. There has NEVER been such a nation. As i remember, Natanyahu made a long time ago the "palestinias" a good offer and they declined it because they dont want to live peacefully and just want the whole country. Besides,as the US president says, we dont make any agreement with terrorists either. That's what they are as far as i am concerned. Has Fareed Zakaria already forgotten what Hamas and Fatah do over and over again? have you North Americans already forgotten what these terrorists are able to? that they worked together with Al Qaida and attacked the US in 9/11? i wonder why Fareed Zakaria doesnt tell the other side of the story and show the Arabs(palestinians) throwing rocks at the israeli soldiers or firing rockets at israel to kill civilians or even braking into houses and shooting at children. Why dont the Arab world help the "poor palestinians" financially? i realized that Fareed in fact is biased and anti-semitic. As a Brazilian Jew i dont understand how Fareed Zakaria as a CNN reporter influences people's opinion one way or the other. shouldnt he be unbiased or shut his trap up? it is easy to talk when one is not living there.

    May 29, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
    • Sam

      Nathan, Palestinians are not arab, they are semites just like the jewish and christian people from the area are. FYI, the palestinians were not behind 9/11. Please dont be ignorant, say logical points.

      May 29, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
    • Sam

      FYI, wikipedia:
      "The palestinian people are an Arabic-speaking Levantine people with origins in Palestine ... Closely related to Jews, Palestinians represent "descendants of a core population that lived in the area since prehistoric times'"

      May 29, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
      • Tarek

        Thanks Sam for clarifying this.

        May 29, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
      • Adam

        Great job Sam. You pulled out such a "reliable source". Just have just showed everybody how uneducated you are and where your information comes from. You would fail a college level class.

        May 29, 2011 at 7:26 pm |
  19. iv

    For all the people calling FZ a antisemitic.
    Its very unfortunate that the world has come to this...I am sure if some Jew is walking down the street with a wrong pair of shoes and some average Joe would actually come up to him a point it out..I am sure the poor Mr Joe would get beaten to death in the name of antisemitism... It seems like any thing that anyone says in the context of Israel or about Jews in general and if its not in their favour gets being branded as antisemitic.

    The problem here is about peace, peace of middle east, peace and security not only for the people of Israel but also the people of Palestine. If only we would understand that peace in middle east could actually mean peace in the whole world.
    Also to some people always talking about rockets coming from Gaza towards the so called peace loving people in Israel..I wonder if the people in Gaza just wake up one fine morning and say " honey its a Monday...what do you think we should do today...Oh I know its been a while ...let go and shoot some rockets towards Israel...that would be fun". I wonder if for once we actually focus on the root cause of the problem rather than just calling every other person an Antisemitic.

    May 29, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
    • Alan Kamal Wood

      I'm not interested in applying labels such as anti-Semite to anyone. It doesn't get us anywhere.

      The root cause is simple, two disparate peoples want the same land. But if you think that focusing on that will get us closer to peace you are fooling yourself. Both sides in this conflict are fully capable of marshaling endless justifications for the righteousness of their cause. The only solution that does not include the extermination of 6 million Jews is an Arab acceptance of the permanence and legitimacy of Israel. If the Palestinians are unwilling to accept the Jewish state, and they largely are not, then peace is not possible. Anyone that argues that all Israel needs to do is withdraw from the Westbank and the Arabs will settle down into neighborly coexistence is fooling themselves or trying to fool you. Until the Palestinians are ready to truly accommodate themselves to the permanence of the Jewish state there will be no peace. Peace is immensely desirable but that does not make it possible.

      Because peace at this time is not possible, whatever motivates a Gazan to shoot at my family doesn't concern me much. My primary concern is making sure that the Gazan doesn't get a shot off, or if he does he only does it once.

      May 29, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
      • Damie

        Again I ask, "Why are you still there?" Any Israeli citizen who truly yearns for peace would leave and establish a home in a country that welcomes them with open arms. Your insistence that it is up to Arabs to accept an Israeli state is ludicrous. It is incumbent on the Israelis to connect the dots and see the the Zionist experiment was doomed from the beginning because the ground on which it was built had been stolen from individual Palestinians. You cannot force people who have been wronged by you to accept you. This is not a difficult concept.

        May 30, 2011 at 1:47 am |
      • clearick

        @Dami It's Israeli land, that's what happens when your country attacks and loses. These were Jordanian citizens and they should go live in Jordan, not on land Jordan lost in a war! Why should it be Israel's problem? Would you give land to an enemy so he could live next door to you? What justifies Israel giving back land that it won? Arguing that is like arguing the US should give back all the land to the Indians or the Spanish. Anyone who believes in a two state solution and thinks it's reasonable or fair is living in fantasy land.

        May 30, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
    • A D

      Excellent points IV. Very objective and unbiased. The way to peace begins with a desire for peace, which is exactly what Fareed has brought to the surface.

      May 30, 2011 at 8:02 pm |
  20. matkins

    who are you defending obama or yourself for giving such bad advise

    May 29, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  21. matkins

    can you say BYE BYE fareed with a small 'F"

    May 29, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  22. AB

    I really like and respect Fareed and do not for one momet believe he is anti semitic, a very overused phrase.
    However today his views on Obama and Netanayu really disappointed me. I won't reiterate most of which has already been said before me, but the worst was Fareed showing a 33 year old clip of Netanayu. How biased and frankly ridiculous was that! I would like to see what some of the arab leaders said not 33 years ago but 3 months ago to their public and school childern in Arabic. Netanyau clearly stated in his speech to AIPAC, not only would he make generous concessions, freely admitting that despite how difficult this was for him, He completely accepts and looks forward to the 2 states living in peace side by side to everyone's advantage. And Tom Friedman, instead of saying the college campuses of today don't want to know of this mess,why doesn't he contribute by educating the next generation on the true history of the region and not just the same old anti Israeli, politically correct rhetoric. I never miss your show Fareed but today I was so disappointed at you lack of vision

    May 29, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
    • CT

      Netanyahu is a Wolf in Sheep's clothing. His words are of peace and generosity but his actions and his intentions are of Actions speak louder than words. His pretense of peace is nothing more then a stall tactic while he takes more land. He does not want a two state solution. He wants one state of Israel but he also wants to make sure the arabs have no claim to the land they were born on so he wants to leave them with nothing more than settlements equivalent to the indian reservations in the U.S.

      May 29, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  23. diakiw

    What book did he recommend today?

    May 29, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  24. Desperate for truth (teegee)

    I am a bif fan of Fareed that why I get so fustrated whenever he soeaks to an Arab guest. This morning you spoke to another rich arab (Saudi) prince...where once again your journalistci skills, integrity & inntellect all tanked.

    Anyway, I MUST ask you, why do you never have so far asked your rich well selected Arab friends why it is that in their different coutries they practice a system of racial heirarchy where Indians & Africans from all the different African countries are systematicall placed at the bottom of the totum pole????

    Thanks for any reply

    May 29, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
    • Sam

      I thought the reason why Americans such as myself love Israel is because they supposedly dont act in that manner. You are digressing from the point, which is a brokered peace deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

      May 29, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
  25. TapaDingDong

    Why would Netanyahu give anything back?! The U.S. is behind him 100%. Have you seen the rounds of applause he received in the congress!!! I bet you he would have received the same support have he read the phone book as well!!!
    Israel will not withdraw or give anything back unless the U.S. pulls the plug on them .. Then and only then it will be a different story!!!!

    May 29, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  26. Shaysite

    Why does the United States continue to write blank checks to support Israel? Why do we allow Israelis to hold high positions in our government? How is it in the national interest of the United States to allow the Israelis to dictate so much of American foreign policy in the middle east. Where do Israel's interests begin and those of the United States end? What do we owe Israel?

    May 29, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  27. Star Fox

    Hi all. Though I do commend all Americans who are emotionally involved in this problem, they have to understand that this is NOT their fight. This is a Muslims vs. Jews fight and it needs one nasty showdown to be resolved. I'm a western educated practicing Muslim. I love peace because I tried war. In IR I'm a staunch believer in the Liberal Paradigm because nothing matches the value of human dignity as a cause. However, when I heard BiBi's religious speech and his public explicit assertions of Jewish this and Jewish that, I knew that things have taken the route of religious fanaticism and in the Middle East two can play that game. Christians of the west this is not your fight. I'm calling it a fight because all indicators point towards a nasty showdown. It won't be one of the 1960's or 70's when well organized socialist Israelis were confronted with fragmented socialist Arabs, rather this nasty show down will be one of Jews against Muslims. And everyone will bring all their hate to the battle field. May God have mercy.

    May 29, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
  28. Duque Duke

    It is so naive from Fareed just to talk about the Israeli side and not to mention why the palestinians are not interested in getting to a peace agreement neither. This is obviously a bias article. Even president Obama mentioned during his unpopular speech, what palestinians should do to get us closer to peace times. My advice Fareed: always analyze both sides. Don't choose a team like choosing between The Red-socks or The Yankees. Reality is not a baseball game.

    May 29, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
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