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.


soundoff (1,396 Responses)
  1. Charles

    Just because you dont agree with netanyahu does not mean he doesnt want a deal. Not everyone agrees with each others point of view. because one person does not get his/her way doesnt give them the right to say someone else is being fair.

    May 30, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
  2. Isreali

    Thanks again CNN for giving us non biased news based on facts! ofcourse i am being sarcastic here.
    I won't you just give the stage to few torrorists so they can show their view on the americans and the jews.
    you know what i don't even ask someone who is in any way fond of the jews i just want someone who can give non-bias news, and not cut out facts and manipulate them the way he wants.

    May 30, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
    • Steph

      You can apply all what you said to your disgusting ideology!

      May 30, 2011 at 9:03 pm |
  3. Johnny

    AIPAC is the power behind Netanyahu.
    It's important to emphasize what AIPAC – and the source of all this Middle East horror – actually IS.
    - AIPAC is the combined will of millions of people among us who see themselves gaining personally from official “Jewish” supremacy in a Palestine that’s being stolen from its population. “AIPAC” is just the bullhorn. What AIPAC does to break our laws and ruin our country is what these millions of people WANT it to do, for the sake of their openly-declared special ethnic privileges.
    - It's also essential to keep in mind that the majority of these people go through life posing as liberals and progressives, acting very much like the rest of us – though we do sense that we should be "discreet" and avoid "upsetting" them with talk about Palestine: a most-crucial community issue. They are crypto-Nazis. They don’t even care about Israel, except as a tool for their own perceived gain. By the egalitarian values they espouse, the first thing a truly "pro-Israel" person would do is try to help Israel break its addiction to racist violence and ethnic-supremacy, but most Zionists are just opportunists, riding a historic potential. They simply want to help steal as much as they can, where a glitch in the rule of law and decent standards allows them to get away with it.
    - They know this isn’t "good for Israel," much less for “peace.” They know it must lead to disaster, as state-racism always does, but they prefer not to think about the wrongs they and their families have been doing for decades now. It's too late for honesty: they're too deep in denial. They are organized very well and they're as energetic as one would expect a special interest group to be, when collectively they have untold billions to gain from a massive theft of vast and priceless real-estate.
    - They are soccer-moms and nice dentists and many of them are very active in the "peace movement" – making sure it fails to understand that all these wars are simply based on a large group of PEOPLE, who have simply found a way to rob a vulnerable ethnic-group, and to commit as much murder and mayhem as that requires.
    - And, therefore, all that's required to end this global war-climate is for enough people to OPPOSE the gory racist special interests that have been the sole source of energetic political influence on all Middle East related issues for decades. When a significant portion of ordinary Americans – who do NOT gain anything from all these horrors and the loss of our Constitution – wake up and realize what's going on, we will easily overpower the Zionist crypto-Nazis with our own votes and organized donating-power.

    May 30, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
    • Concerned citizen

      Why don't you crawl back into the cave of LIES and terrorism where you belong. You obviously no NOTHING about Jews, Israel, let alone Zionism. Zionism is the nationalist movement that achieved its goal of a Jewish nation independent in its own ancient homeland, just like any other nationalist movement in the past century. How is that wrong at all? Those Arabs have no claim to it whatsoever, whatever lies they have brainwashed you with. Shut your damn mouth about stuff you have no idea what you're talking about.

      May 30, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
    • clearick

      Explain to me how the Palestinians should actually be entitled to a state of their own, regardless of the other side's position. Name one place in the world where there was a conflict and the country that won the territory had to give it up so the losers could have a country of their own. You can't because it has never happened. You can't because it's such an unreasonable position that no country would agree to it, yet you think it is entirely reasonable for Israel to give enemies a country of their own!

      May 30, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  4. Concerned citizen

    STOP LYING FAREED! Netanyahu, like ALL THE OTHER ISRAELI LEADERS, wanted to make a deal with the "Philistines" – (Look it up!), the Arabs always were NO NO NO. Why are you even quoting Bibi from a tv show in the late 70's? He already stated over and over since he became PM again that he is willing to recognize a (illegal) "Palestinian" Arab state. Stop spreading the BIG LIE about the illegal Arab occupation of the core of the Jewish homeland in Judea and Samaria (not the "West Bank". They are not settlements, they are towns, communities of Jews living in the ancestral land. Those Arabs do not have any tie to the land whatsoever, coming and stealing empty land that did not belong to them. Expel the hostile Arabs and WIPE OUT Fatah, Hamas, etc. they are all criminal terrorist organizations (Zakaria I am damn sure sympathizes with, TRAITOR) that need to be eliminated

    May 30, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
    • Steph

      Well! Your ideology isn't better!

      May 30, 2011 at 9:05 pm |
  5. Concerned citizen

    No the Arabs are stupid and gullible, their so called "brothers" in the rest of the 22 Arab states treat them like garbage and won't even grant them citizenship and equal rights. Israel absorbed over 900,000 Jews who have lived for over 2000 years WAY BEFORE ISLAM who were EXPELLED by the Arabs. They have full rights and are citizens. Why don't the Arabs take in their own, instead of using them as political pawns? Where is the right of return and compensation for the Mizrahi Jews who were unjustly kicked out of their homes?

    May 30, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  6. barbara

    fareed is another liberal that will always find excuses why the muslims are killing innocent peopel around the world

    May 30, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  7. Mark

    I'm not sure what to make of the lot of you. Half of you read as if you wish the Final Solution succeeded, while a quarter of you read like Helen Thomas. Two of the most defining attributes of liberalism are objectiveness and tolerance. I'm observing precious little of either.

    May 30, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
    • LG

      LOL you thought you were going to sneak that one in again Mark. Here is my reply again!

      Yes Mark, anyone that is upset by BIBI coming to America and insulting our president thinks "it is a shame that the Final Solution didn't succeed."

      Tell BIBI to apologize to our president and we will consider sending you your foreign aid of $3 billion next year

      May 30, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  8. KP

    I am from Mumbai that has been subject to terrorist attackes many times (and I am not muslim). However, I feel like the Israeli apologists on these comments are totally brainwashed on this issue and do a disservice to the Israeli cause. Calling people who voice a different opinions, people like Obama, Jimmy Carter, Fareed Zakaria anti-semitic is disrespectful to our intelligence. Or asking the Palestinians to move over to other countries in the middle east shows lack of basic fairness. Having been subject to holocast does not justify treating someone unfairly. In fact, it puts a greater burden on Israeli's to be fair to others. Unfortunately, Israeli's have been very succesful at making this about terrorism rather than about basic human right as well. When Israel, keeps taking more and more land away to build settlements, it belies any notion of their willingness to make peace. From my neutral vantage point, the Israeli side is looking more and more unreasonable and it offends me to see the US rubber stamping that. I applaud Obama for taking a stand (and I am a republican).

    For Palestinians, their cause will be better served by a peaceful independent movement (like an anti-apartheid movement). Even though it will take decades (e.g. Tibet), you will at least be on higher moral ground.

    May 30, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
    • anon

      If the Palestinians had adopted non-violent resistance early on they would have had a state decades ago (just ask India how this can work). Unfortunately, the Palestinians and the surrounding Arab states attempted to military destroy Israel multiple times. When this failed the Palestinians turned to a campaign of violent resistance. This has been failing the Palestinians, and they've backed off it somewhat – but not fully. Now the Palestinians are trying to engage in a propaganda campaign to get international backing for a unilateral declaration of statehood.

      But honestly, the road to peace is quite simple. Reject violence, recognize Israel, and sit down for serious talks *with no preconditions*. Painful concessions will have to be made, but once the Palestinians do this the Israel will have no choice but to make a deal (not that I'm implying Israel doesn't want a deal – they do). And it is only when both sides are on board with an agreement that we can truly have peace.

      May 30, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
      • KP

        and until then Israel will keep taking more and more land away so it is more difficult to make peace. That has not made sense to even their closest allies. But they will ignore it. I would argue that when peace was established under the Oslo peace accors, Israelis were not willing to make "painful" concessions necessary to make peace. Taking a loaf of bread and giving a few crumbs make not concesssions.

        May 30, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • Alan Kamal Wood

      KP I appreciate your perspective. I would just like to ask you to consider that it is difficult to work for the implementation of another's human rights when that person is trying to kill you. Terrorism is a violation of human rights too. I believe that non-violent resistance would lead to the creation of a Palestinian state in around 18 months, not a decade. The problem is that the Palestinians protest that they want peace and a two state solution when what they really want is a war of extermination to take control of all the land. Wanting both sides to be operating in good faith does not mean that they do.

      May 30, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
      • KP

        As difficult as negotiating with someone who is taking your land away! You have a chicken and an egg story. So someone has to start. Netanyhu's position of continuing to build while negotiations are ongoing is completely untenable. So I agree with the conclusion, he does not want peace (at least not a fair one0. The sad part is, so many americans just consume the story fed by Israeli lobby and regurgitate here. I think, they are in the best position to influence the peace process by taking a more neutral stance (we are americans, remember) and stop trying to influence the American polocy on this issue. When I was in India, I was ready to blame all the troubles on Pakistan. when I came here and was able to detach myself a bit, I realized how brainwashed I was by the media and politicians.

        May 30, 2011 at 7:36 pm |
  9. Lance

    Concerned Citizen's irredendist rhetoric is exactly the thing I wrote about in my long post. Unfortunately, it runs deep and broad in the in Jewish-Israeli mindset. A Likud politician cannot reject those notions any more than an American Democrat can urge reigning in the labor unions or a Republican can support public assistance for abortion clinics. This is the attitude Netenyahu is placating.

    May 30, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  10. Notislam

    The palestinians recently fired an anti-tank missile at an Israeli school bus. No one can "make" peace with such animals. islam is the problem. The problem with islam is islam. All moslems should leave islam to rot on the stinking heap of humanity's worst memories along with nazism. islam is vile. Jordan is the palestinian state.

    May 30, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
    • Steph

      Apply that to your stupid and disgusting ideology. Moron!

      May 30, 2011 at 9:07 pm |
  11. Jason Malone

    Fareed is biased. Anything he writes should be prefaced with a warning that he will twist any event that he is writing on with a bias towards the Arab position. We already know that he has offered guidance to the great deceiver (Obama) so it should come as no surprise that everything he writes is an opinion piece being passed off as honest reporting. For example saying that the 1967 borders would not be a threat to Israel because they have the strongest economy and military in the region. That is a bold faced lie. As it is Hamas launches thousands of rockets each year into Israel killing and injuring women, children and old people. If Israel went back to the 1967 borders it would be open season on all Jews. Everybody knows that including and especially Fareed. Him saying that is like saying that Bin Laden posed no threat to the US before or after 911. Clearly the US had a better economy and was more powerful than Bin Laden, however that didn't stop him from killing thousands of innocent Americans and others. His actions also cost this country trillions of dollars. While I like the format of CNN.com I find the majority of articles and writers to take positions that are anti-American. Israel is the only democratic country in the region and needs to be supported unconditionally. It is in the best interest of the the United States that Israel continues to be the strongest country in the region. They are fighting the battle every day that the weak in our country don't have the courage to fight. If I were president, there would be no Palestinians anywhere in Israel. They could go to Jordan, Egypt or Syria. The Dome of the rock would be dismantled and a new Jewish temple would be built in it's place. This is going to happen anyway, it is only a matter of time.

    May 30, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
    • LG

      Jason you said "It is in the best interest of the the United States that Israel continues to be the strongest country in the region."

      Can you explain why in a coherent logical fashion? And please don't invoke any references to pixies in the sky, 9/11 or the holocaust. Do you have a logical argument for why it is in our best interest, or is this just empty rhetoric based on what you want!

      May 30, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
    • clearick

      No country should be supported unconditional including Israel. But the US should not have a position that favors the Arab viewpoint which has been promoted by the UN, to force Israel to give land back that it won in a war it didn't start to give the co-conspirators Jordanians and Egyptians a new independent nation called Palestine! Anyone who thinks this is a good idea is a complete ASSHOLE with no understanding of how the world works! There are consequences to actions, like attacking a country like loosing territory. Jordan and Egypt need to take back their people that would be just as good a solution and one that is more in keeping with historical precedent! Maybe when the UN puts up for a vote whether Palestine should become a state Israel can put out it's own proposal.

      May 30, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
    • Steph

      And God will be angry again at you and will curse you like he did century ago!

      May 30, 2011 at 9:10 pm |
  12. Bob

    I wish the Federal Govt would investigate this guy Faared Zackaria, he was interviewing the head of the arab league the other day and were smirking with each other when talking about Hamas. I would not want to find out things years down.

    May 30, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
    • LG

      Bob, Freedom of Speech is a respected and enshrined right in this country. We do not want our country to devolve into the oppressed, lawless and irrational types of societies that you Israelis and Palestinians create. You and BIBI can't tell us how to think or feel, we don't need to make peace with Hamas because we don't interact with Hamas. Go make peace with Hamas and tell us how it went afterwards, Fareed is a free AMERICAN that can say whatever he wants.

      May 30, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  13. Javv Car

    To be pro or not to be pro democracy is not the real issue here..We in this time of age as most people DO NOT WANT TO ACCEPT TRUTH about the lands in the middle east.There is no country with the name PALESTINE until the death of their previous Egyptian leader" Yasser Arafat" typing the word Palestine would only get his Picture.Because of the blend of people involved in this most persons don't know or have the facts correctly on all of this.Rome blended in many people to this land to further change the nationality and sovereignty of this once established country and so these arab people were also brought in to disperse any connection to it's legitimacy of a once true nation.These people were offered, after the war which redeemed israel as a nation, payment such as the american indians were offered ,to returned to their lands in the arabic countries.This was met with resistance by the same arb countries.Thus this conflict continues to this day.Any one with doubts can research this with total satisfaction once of having the same conclusion.Also many countries have emerged as countries after wining wars also many examples of this in many history books.Please read and confirm if not totally convinced.

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

      So if another powerful country defeats Israel, takes away their land and disperses all the Israelis all over the world and offers them compensation, it would be OK with you? We can then call the Israelis who resist it terrorists as well. Sounds pretty dumb. Just shows how morally bankrupt this idea is. I am out of here.

      May 30, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  14. Jake in Iowa

    Couldn't agree more with this article. I was thinking the same thing when I saw the news of Netanyahu lecturing Obama. The israelis need to vote this bum out and get someone who wants a deal. This stupid religious real estate dispute has been causing the US far more trouble than it's worth. If i were president I'd remind Mr. Netanyahu who wears the pants in this relationship, and threaten to cut aid if he doesn't grow up and start offering some real options for peace.

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

      I would agree as long as we stop giving and forgiving debt to egypt, africa and everywhere else keep it fair

      May 30, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
      • 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 2:35 pm |
      • Alan Kamal Wood

        Sorry Bob that was meant for someone else.

        May 30, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
      • LG

        No that wouldn't be fair at all or logical for that matter Bob.

        For example, if I adopt three orphans and one of them turns out be an in-grateful, spiteful bad seed...why does that mean I should be mad with the other two orphans?

        May 30, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  15. lisa rosen

    Shame on CNN, Fareed Zakaria and Tom Friedman for dominating yesterday's GPS without disclosure that Zakaria and Friedman consulted with the White House on its policy speech on the "Arab Spring" and the mideast conflict and therefore are shrills for Obama's anti-Israel policies?. Zakaria represented himself as an impartial journalist when in fact he and Friedman are deeply involved in working with this Administration on its ill-advised mideast policy. The absence of disclosure to the GPS audience of a policy role is a new low in broadcast "journalism" and should result in suspension.

    Shame too on Zakaria's nonsensical conclusions to the effect that Netanyahu is not serious about peace because when he was 18 years old he opposed the idea of a Palestinian state. Why didn't Zakaria mention that Fatah leader Abbas met with Hitler and vigorously opposed (and continues in Arabic to oppose) a Jewish State? Why didn't he mention that Hamas, with whom Fatah has inked an unity deal, is committed t the destruction of the State of Israel and the killing of Jews?

    I have never seen such biased "reporting" under the guise of a news program.

    May 30, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
    • Descarado

      Doe this come as a surprise? The media, (Zakaria and Friedman and the usual boob tube babbling, bobble heads), have been painting Obama's toenails for him and throwing their wet underwear at him ever since this clueless, unqualified, unaccomplished bone head poked his head above the barnyard ether.

      May 30, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
    • myway

      You can say whatever you like about Fareed, but the fact remains, he has done more than anyone before him educating Americans about the issues of the Middle East. At the very least you have a place for your posts where people will actually find and read them. Something to be thankful for.

      May 30, 2011 at 7:18 pm |
  16. clearick

    Netanyahu has a point. Whether it's a UN approved idea or not, it makes no sense for Israel to give up land it won in a war to allow co-conspirators of that war a place to live! Prior to '67 the West Bank belonged to Jordan and the Gaza strip to Egypt. They gave up the land, but didn't take their people back- which is what Israel should have insisted on.

    Land that a country has won in a war should be theirs, it was paid for in blood. If the Palestinians want land for a state of their own, it's not something they are entitled to on the basis of their actions! And the world shouldn't have an opinion that they are. Obama repeating such nonsense doesn't make is reasonable.

    Incidentally none of the Arab/Muslim states surrounding Israel are stable, they aren't an easy people to govern and none of them seem particularly good at governing themselves. For Israel it's a great risk- what happens if the Palestinian government fails, what happens to their agreements? The only reason for Israel to grant Palestinians a state of their own out of some of the territory is so that they can live in peace and not have to worry about terror attacks. Unless and until the Palestinians can guarantee that, there is no point in trying to move forward. There's no point in making a separate country and then ending up in a war 10 years later!

    Considering this has gone on for over 45 years with the Palestinians now utterly dependent on foreign aid, conditional on their continued antagonism towards Israel, makes a real peace deal unlikely. It is far easier for Palestinians to blame all their problems on Israel, rather than to take responsibility for themselves and build a modern functioning Democracy. As it is right now Fatah has tried to make peace with Hamas, with which it has had a blood feud- fighting over the money they get from others and the power. Hamas doesn't even acknowledge that Israel exists, and it's clear that what they really want is to get all the territory back, something that Israel will never accept.

    May 30, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
    • Anon

      I think what Clearick posted carries a lot of logic. Let's see some stability and goodwill from the Arab/Muslim states surrounding Israel before we ask Israel to give up the high ground it had to fight (in a war of defense) to get. Also, What is Zakaria's deal with Mr. Netanyahu? I don't think it is proper for any journalist, with the exposure of as broad of an audience as CNN has, to call the leader of a developed nation "Bibi." This report is so slanted.

      May 30, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  17. Bob

    If I had to interview Faared, I would ask him if he would be willing to take on a uniform for this country to combat Islamic terrorist and 2. If he is on any foriegn countries payroll

    May 30, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
    • LG

      Bob, I got a better question for you. Would you be willing to take on a uniform for this country to combat Israel if we ever had to go to war with them. I doubt it, you ain't no real American!

      May 30, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  18. Bob

    LG, FYI freedom of speech has a limitation when the person is inciting violence

    May 30, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
    • LG

      Bob, can you explain how the leader of the arab league and Fareed smirking at each other = inciting violence!

      May 30, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    The disparity between responses on this forum is appalling. Why can no one discuss this conflict civilly, without name-calling and hatred? The sweeping generalizations and overarching comments are representative of an ignorant, spiteful, isolated American public. Few of the people commenting here have been to Israel, few have seen the consequences of a nation under constant war, few have seen the symbols of a people isolated from the rest of the world. This article and many of its comments are a blatant attack against the people of Israel and Palestine, and are an insult to the American public.

    What democratic leader wants war? I challenge anyone to name a single American President who sent American troops into battle without weighing the consequences beforehand. Israel is a democratic state, with a legislature as divisive as the American Congress and a leadership as criticized as the American President Obama. To think that Prime Minister Netanyahu wants to reject peace, to isolate millions of people and invite terrorists to wage war against his people, is tantamount to delegitimizing an entire nation. Furthermore, citing Netanyahu 33 years ago is a clear attack against his character and a shameful example of ignorance. Name a leader whose mind has remained unchanged over 33 years. I can–Muammar al-Gaddafi. And look where that got him.

    Accusing Netanyahu of pandering to his fragile base is a baseless attack against his character and a slam against the government of the only stable democratic state in the Middle East. According to you, Prime Minister Netanyahu acts to undermine the citizens of his country by aggressively pressing for more discrimination, more division, more violence. By accusing Netanyahu of disinterest in peace, you call the integrity of a nation into question, as the Israeli people voted this alleged tyrannical madman and his brutish party into power. You, Mr. Zakaria, call into question the entire State of Israel by attacking its legitimate civilian government and the system by which it rules. While the Israeli government has numerous flaws, the thought of its perpetuation by means of power-hungry, manipulative despots is blatantly wrong.

    As the chief representative of the Israeli people, Prime Minister Netanyahu has the responsibility to represent his people abroad and to protect their interests no matter what. A unconditional return to the 1967 borders would undermine Israel's security and jeopardize its position as a beacon of democracy and Western ideals in the Middle East. However, President Obama did not say nor did he mean withdrawal to the 1967 lines. The media constantly ignores this crucial fact. Obama vowed to bolster Israel's security while ensuring a path to Palestinian statehood, two goals beneficial to Israel, Palestine, and the United States. There would be no debate if both parties, Israel and the Palestinians, could come to the negotiating table without one sworn to the destruction of the other. But since Fatah reunited with Hamas, an organization that mourned Osama bin Laden, this sole precondition will become an impregnable barrier. Peace will never come to Israel and the Palestinian territories so long as the walls of ignorance remain unscathed and the gates of dialogue remain firmly shut.

    Mr. Zakaria–I urge you to support your viewpoint with legitimate research and unbiased sources. You clearly have a predisposition against the Israelis, and your prominent article on CNN (without the usual "The views expressed in this article are solely those of ____") display a network bias against the Israelis. On behalf of the youth of the world (including myself) who regularly read CNN, I demand an explanation into this blatant attempt to incite hatred and sway the American public against the Israelis. The appalling quantity of misinformation present throughout CNN's stories on the Middle East represents an insult to the name of unbiased reporting, and it must be redressed.

    -An anonymous high-school student

    May 30, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  20. Jon

    lots of brown shirts on here...ron paulers too...its no wonder america is going to the dumps. You cant compete in your schools bc their filled with idiots like LG on here.... once again, the facts- israel is legit in history and in the present, per the UN...israel did not arbitrarily take the west bank and gaza, they defended themselves in a war and won those areas from which it was attacked by jordan and egypt. It was offered back many times and each time, the pals said no deal. Ask yourselves this. Why was the PLO established as a terrorist LIBERATION group in 1964? in 1964, there were NO occupied territories, nor were there any disputed territories. ergo; this aint about the "poor" pals in the WB or gaza...its about israel inside the green line. Anyone who disputes this is a liar.

    Now, what does israel do for the US? Lots...why not look up how many israeli Nobel prize winners have contributed to the US ....israel is a bullwark for freedom and liberty in a land that you the US NEEDS to be in...we give you a stake. We share values, we share democracy. We are your front line in a war that preceedes anything to do with israel. When the muslims oalong the barbary coast in the 1700's were attacking american shipping and killing your sailors, it was islamists that were at your throat. That had NOTHING to do with Israel. Israel has been your check on islmaism running rampant in the region. Were it not for israel, you would have a monolithic arab islamist caliphate in the region which would have come at you 5 times as viciously as they already have. Its amazing how many on here are so willing to believe fake websites and false propaganda to satisfy your own personal jew hate even if it means allowing muslims to ruin your own country. what is it about you people that you hate jews so much? were the same as any other immigrant population that made you a better country...like the irish, italians, greeks, portuguese..etc...jews have fought in your armies and helped you succeed. You jew haters are just low lifes...irrational, insecure, jealous. I think most of you got it from your twisted mommy and daddy, who were probably klan members, or just of the blue blood kennedy stripe..or was it ford....lol....you jew haters are a bunch of small minded cowards...yes, cowards...who run the first second they are actually challenged....you hide behind computers in your little jew hating alcoholic haze. brown shirts...

    fact is...hitler was a fag, and funny enough, so was arafat! yes, arafat died from aids...from his little romanian lover boys he had brought to him....

    Not one of you cowards has one tenth the courage of any Israeli who has to defend its country each and every other day. All the arabs and pals have done for 60 yrs is hijack planes, murder olympic athletes, murder old men in wheelchairs on ships, slam jets into office towers, blow up americans in army barracks, stab little children in their beds, strap on bombs to their children and fire missiles into civilian neighbourhooods.All in all? a very ugly people who you simply dont get and all because you just hate jew so much that it doesnt matter what they do as long as jews are killed...you people are TRULY PATHETIC. You should THANK israel for being so MERCIFUL~! If we had the mentality of the arabs we would have erased them decades ago...you ought to be thankful we are a nation of humanity and mercy!

    Israel is an oasis in a sea of lunatics.

    Strong national defence, a doctrine of preemptive strikes when used as a last resort, and a moral army, which any real expert will tell you israel's is. The rest is immaterial. Who cares what narrative the world has concocted/swallowed from the arabs...Israel knows the truth, honest people know the truth.

    The settlements will be dealt with in any peace agreement. Israel did it before and will again.

    Sadly, not one idiotic leftist has the courage to admit that the PLO was created as a terrorist liberation in 1964. Do any of you know the significance of that date? Well, let me make it simple for you simpletons. In 1964, there were NO occupied territories, NO settlements. So tell me, what was a terrorist LIBERATION group established to liberate in 1964? Further, why were 5 arab armies massed and ready to attack Israel in 1967 before there were any occupied territories? It doesn’t make it right that Israel populated this land, but they sure had the right to keep it for buffer zones until the pals recognized the legitimacy of the Jewish state inside or outside 1967 armistice lines.

    the fact is, Bibi froze the building for 10 ling months and the palestinians deceitfully chose to stay away, and yet, OBAMA who loves to be "fair", said nothing and applied ZERO pressure to the pals. Why? He doesn't want to anger the pals or be seen to have a bias. Since when is telling the truth a bias? Maybe a little tough love would have yielded results? nope...not obama...he is ideological and wants a left wing gov’t in Israel. Well guess what barry, IT’S NOT YOUR BUSINESS!

    Israel will make peace and will swap land to do it. Curiously Abbas says no land swaps, but isn't that one of the basis' for a peace deal? If the pals want peace for their kids, they need to SIT DOWN AND NEGOTIATE. Israel will never sacrifice its security for a fantasy peace of the EU and Obama. It just won't happen. You can censure all you want, it won't change a thing.

    May 30, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  21. LG

    Hey Jon, do you really need me to keep educating you. You said "You cant compete in your schools bc their filled with idiots like LG on here."

    I went to the University of Virginia for my undergraduate studies, possibly the best public school in the country. I also have a MS from GWU. In addition, I am a licensed CPA. Dean's list, honor roll, national merit scholarship semi finalist, and on and on...What is your educational background.

    Also, Jon let me ask you what I asked Bob....Would you be willing to take on a uniform for this country to combat Israel if we ever had to go to war with them. I doubt it, you ain't no real American!

    May 30, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
    • Jon

      LG DOUCHEBAG,

      You are right..I would not put on an american uniform to fight israel. I would not not only because I am not american, but also because I believe that if it ever came to that, I would side with israel because their history and story are legitimate, true, honorable and moral. As a CANADIAN, I AM DAMN PROUD OF MY AWESOME GOVERNMENT AND PRIME MINISTER, WHO PUTS YOUIR CANDY ASS MUSLIM LOVING PRES TO SHAME.

      May 30, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
      • LG

        @Jon

        So the truth comes out huh John? Why should Americans listen to a Canadian concerning their foreign policy? These matters don't concern you.

        Also I can't believe you went to Oxford and studied middle eastern studies and turned out as stupid as you did. Perhaps you should have majored in something a little more intellectually rigorous. I am engaging in my hobby and easily outwitting you, while you majored in this.

        Go post something about Canada somewhere, leave the grown men to discuss world affairs. Or better yet why don't you convince your government to send Israel $3 billion every year in foreign aid, then maybe you can have a say in this discussion.

        May 30, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
    • Jon

      fyi, I went to Mcgill undergrad and oxford for my phd in middle eastern studies.

      now piss off small brain.

      May 30, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
      • LG

        Oh ya, and McGill was one of my safety schools when I was applying to college!

        May 30, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  22. Eric

    There is blatant flaw in Fareed's case for why Bibi does not want a deal. I don't know whether is blatant lie lie or disregard for facts or just weakness in analytical abilities. The comment that Obama speech was nothing new is not true. Obama basically stating that 67 borders are a pre-condition basically gives palestinians everything they want and leaves Israel in a position that they have nothing to bargain with. After that Israel will have to negotiate on how many palestinian refugees to allow into Israel proper. And Obama failed to state that it should be final agreement, leaving opening for palestinians to pester Israel with follow-up endless demands. Why would any sane non-corrupt Israeli leader want a deal like that? The truth is Bib wants negotiations without preconditions and palestiniansdo not. And Obama sided with pal-islamists.

    May 30, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  23. Liberal87

    To 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...

    And Zakaria is right. One has to be BLIND to not see that Netanyahu doesn't want peace, at all. This guy is running out of excuses... First he didn't want to negotiate with Abbas because "He doesn't represent all Palestinians", then he didn't want to negotiate with Palestinians because "they are divided", and now he's making up some more BS excuses. Shame on you, Netanyahu.

    May 30, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
    • Jon

      Palestinian refugees were not kicked out- they left voluntarily at the behest of the grand mufti..haj amin al huessini, (confidant of hitlewho spent the war yrs in berlin) and prmised the arabs they would return once the jews were annihilated and thrown into the sea. They lost, they cant come back. Its that simple..but to say they were kicked out is a lie..they left VOLUNTARILY...and how they live now in syria jordan and lebanon is the shame of those countries, their so called "brothers" , but its not israels doing...so get your facts straight ninny brain.

      by the way, the term palestinian is actually a misnomer as palestine historically always was a reference to the land of the jews, as given to the jews by the roman...early 20th century, palestine STILL refrred to the land of the JEWS.

      period.

      May 30, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
      • LG

        Jon why are you still posting on this forum, you are not even an American. We don't care about your opinions concerning our foreign policy, or BIBI's opinion for that matter.

        Canada is like our ugly step child dude!

        May 30, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
      • Liberal87

        No, what you're saying is a lie. They didn't leave voluntarily, this is the biggest Zionist lie ever made. And I don't care about what some 2000 year old book written by desert dwellers says: this is their land, not the land of some european thieves.

        May 30, 2011 at 7:05 pm |
      • Peikovian

        When your Palestinian boyfriend asks you to take his luggage to the plane, you'll realize what a mistake this has all been.

        June 2, 2011 at 3:29 am |
  24. Brian Michaels

    Take a look at whats going in the Arab world right now. Is there an Arab state that isnt either failed or failing? Israel gave Gaza back and what did it get? Rockets and Hamas. The world doesnt need another failed Arab state.

    May 30, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  25. Mike in Vancouver BC

    I agree, Netanyahu is playing to his base but it's so short-sighted. I understand no leader of Israel wants to be the one that sets giving up part of their land into motion but it's inevitable. He needs to start think about what is right for both sides not just his side.

    May 30, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  26. j

    Please people< this is NOT a liberal or conservative issue. Lets not forget who the father of socialism is "Marx" a JEW!! Right wing facism not a big popular movement amongst Jews. This is about PEACE. Who stands to Loose if there is peace in the Middle East? The ruling Kingdoms of the Arabian Penninsula. If you don't have the jews to Blame then the streets of Jordan, Saudi Arabia etc will look for someone else to blame

    May 30, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  27. Bob

    LG the answer is Yes I would be willing to put on a uniform again for any threat to the peaceful freedom ways of america.

    May 30, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
    • LG

      It sure doesn't sound like it by the way you talk. Thanks for the service to our country, but you seem to be putting the interests of Israel ahead of America.

      May 30, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  28. espero

    Personally, I fail to see the umbilical relationship the US has with Israel – closer than the political/ethnic relationship we have with Canada. What is that all about? If our constitution forbids the support or suppression of any religious group, what's with the billions we sent to Israel annually? I've nothing personally against either Israeli's or Arabs – only their respective political representations.

    Netanyahu's utter refusal to negotiate any consideration is at least as inflexible as the stance typical to the Palestinian representation – whomever it happens to be at any given point in time. Netanyahu's dictation of terms of settlement while here in the US, and while in Canada, is an inexcusable example of diplomatic vacuousness. He could have just as easily said "these are the terms, there is nothing to negotiate. I know what my response would be.

    The West Bank and Gaza have both been the focus of 'ownership' confrontations between the Palestinians and the Israelis for decades. Anticipating a settlement of this issue will actually occur at some time in the future, the building of 'settlements' in the West Bank and Gaza is a tactical coup. When/if the time comes, an excellent argument can be made that these widespread 'settlements' should remain in Israeli hands – effectively eliminating the possibly of a contiguous Palestine. President Obama did everything in his political and diplomatic powers to suggest a reasonable course of action to achieve a peaceful settlement – or at the very least, realistic negotiations – only to have it fall upon the ears of a career intractable Head of State.

    May 30, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  29. Joel

    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 when HAPPEN IN ARAB STATES, WESTERN CALL/ 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 30, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
    • Notislam

      That "condition" is known as "islam." islam is a mental disorder. islam is a crime against humanity and expecially against moslems. islam doesn't even qualify as a religion.

      May 30, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
      • Lisa

        You're saying the same things nazzis said about you. Shame on you!

        May 30, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  30. j

    JOEL, what conditions did the perpetrators of the 911 attacks live in? none were palestinian. They were Saudi Arabian .In the madrasas of pakystan were they learn to become terrorists they dont live under Israeli occupation. Folks we are loosing this war. Joel please go to New Mexico or Oklahoma and see the plight of our Native peoples, yet they dont strap explosives to their bodies

    May 30, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
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