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. Jon

    LG DOUCHEBAG,

    I won't even comment re: GWU versus Oxford...lol

    as for whose business it is, its the whole world business you ignoramus. The crumbling US is shaming and endangering us to the north and all across the sea. Your pres is an angry man who sees things only through a racial lense. He is dangerous, and so are morons like you. The only thing you have proven on here is how isolationists like you who probably support ron paul are intellectual midgets. You know nothing about the Middle East and less about geopolitics. You only shame yourself with your obvious anti semitic tendencies.

    later you neanderthal.

    May 30, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
    • Lisa

      Hey Jon, what are you waitiing! Israel needs you!
      If you don't like US if you don't appreciate our help....just leave!

      May 30, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
      • Jon

        Lisa,

        I never said israel doesnt appreciate your help. What it doesn't appreciate is your angry, ill informed muslim sympathizing president. The man is making things worse in the middle east, not better. He has pissed off more allies than george bush ever did. He is friends with really suspect people who have long had it in for israel. Do your due diligence, unlike in 2008, when you morons elected a novice, an angry novice whose angry wife doesnt and didnt appreciate her own country! I love America, love americans...but I dont think you guys have the foggiest as to whom you elected. If you have been following this thread, you will notice I am rebutting LG and some other neo nazis who are a blight on your country. Go up and read some of the links I posted and EDUCATE yourself.

        Obama is not helping matters, he is making them worse. The saudi's hate him, along with most of the middle east, the poles despise him(lech walesa wouldn't even meet with him), the czhecs loathe him, sarkozy despises him...all in all, he is NOT the bridge builder you thought he was...and tell me, what in the hell is his logic in asking the head of NASA to make muslim outreach that agency's number one priority? what of bill ayers? farahkhan? wright? khalidi? all his friends..tony rezko? how about the racist agenda your justice dept now has? I mean, it just goes on and on...and watchiung it as your close neighbour, I am sickened by America's slide into irrelevancy. You should ONLY be so lucky to have a true friend like Israel.

        May 30, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
      • hamza

        israelis are bloodsuckers.i never understood what they do to be american ally.spending billions?anyone can be such ally.

        May 30, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
    • LG

      @Jon "its the whole world business you ignoramus."

      How is a conflict between the President of the United States of America and BIBI, about the whole world's business.

      Dude, I bet I could have went to Oxford and majored in Middle Eastern Studies in my sleep. Try majoring in a real academic discipline sometime. And oh ya, as far as higher education my man, schools in the UK and Canada can't compete. That is why the best and brightest come to this country, not the UK or Canada. Don't believe everything you read pal!

      And if you majored in Middle Eastern Studies and are so intelligent and concerned, how come you don't live in the Middle East. Are you even employed in any sort of profession that is related to this.

      May 30, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
      • Jon

        LG DOUCHEBAG,

        I dont have the time or will to educate you as to how geopolitics works and the interconnectivity between nations in this global village. Anyhow, according to both bibi and bambi, the relationship is fine and "unshakeablke"! Its ok for friends to disagree LG... of course, you wouldn't understand that....you just hate jews and so rational conversation is impossible for you brown shirters. LOL....

        America she go down with obummer....hahahahahaha.....gitmo? still open! military trials? still happening! bin laden? dead because of bush's policies and enhanced interrogation! World trade mosque? Nowhere! but hey, now you have a president who want to big brother your internet(liberals should be screaming, they're not because they're hypocrites), he is continuing wiretapping, he is continuing rendition ...hmmmm....what else is your wonderful pres up to? slandering a boston cop because a black harvard professor became hostile to a white cop? laughable....muslim outreach to iran..sending birthday wishes to ahmedinejad...warming up to chavez....inviting cop killer proponents to the WH....hmmmmmm...lmao!

        anyhow, listen, he's your problem....we have Harper who is a stand up guy! a truly honest and magnificent PM.

        May 30, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
    • Merlin

      Jon you're the douchebag.
      Respect our help and stop giving us finger.

      May 30, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
    • LG

      And oh ya Jon, I lived in the middle east for 8 years of my life, have you ever lived there?

      May 30, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  2. Lisa

    If each religion clean and eliminate it's own extremists, the earth will be in peace.
    Zionism is not better than muslims extremists and christian extremists etc...

    May 30, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
    • Jon

      Lisa, I have yet to see a zionist strap on a suicide vest to their body.

      zionists simply believe israel has a right to exist. Does that make them extremist? If a zionist fly's an f-16, its only to defend their country. Same as Americans fly F-16's

      too many dumb ron paul people on here....such simpletons..

      May 30, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
      • Lisa

        Jon, Yes, Israel has a right to exist.
        But slowly and surely they're stilling the land of the palestinians, killing them, putting them in the worst situation.
        When there's no hope and pushed to the extrem you're ready to die. We didn't see any human bomb before the occupation right?. Please stop talking about it like it was a cultural thing

        May 30, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
      • LG

        O Canada!
        Our home and native land!
        True patriot love in all thy sons command.
        With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
        The True North strong and free!
        From far and wide,
        O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
        God keep our land glorious and free!
        O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
        O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

        Jon is a Canadian, and just like BIBI, who is also not an American...he thinks he has the right to tell us what to do. It seems like you are both the same type of people.

        May 30, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  3. mer44

    Surely Bibi by now must recognize that he alone is the motivating force behind a Palestinian request for Statehood in the UN. Many more nations will recognize a Palestinian State because they are tired of Bibi's and by extension Israel's intransigence. Defensible borders in that region are now about as meaningful as the Maginot Line was in France, and the rest of the world understands this. The Scuds that came from Iraq proved this. Stop expropriating new Palestinian lands and make peace!

    May 30, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  4. Jeff

    Because Fareed didn't agree with bibi this make him an anti semitic?
    What a classic and disgusting reaction!

    May 30, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
    • Peikovian

      Let's have you sitting on John Demjanjuk's lap when they electrocute him.

      May 31, 2011 at 11:27 am |
  5. j

    The Classic reaction is that he Didn't Agree with an Israeli Leader. Fareed means Unique, its a common muslim name. Ironic how his views are Not unique but quite Common

    May 30, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  6. mlwells

    I support neither Israel or the Palestinian people. BOTH have a "right to exist". BOTH have a right to have a "country" to call their own. NEITHER has a right to cause injury to the other. If I were forced to live decades behind a stone wall with no chance at a better quality of life because of militants with whom I share no idealogy, I would likely become bitter and enraged towards my captors – the Israelis. Personally, it is time that Israel stood on its own .. without aid – be it financial or military – from the U.S. It may well be that it would be more willing to "negotiate peace" if it understood that, if it continues to imprison the Palestinian people unlawfully and without just cause, it will suffer the consequences of battling ALL the Arab nations. The plight of the Palestinians is only ONE reason for the hatred of Jews by Arabs. Eliminate that reason and it MAY be that there will be peace for Israel. As long as it demands to retain its status as the region's bully, there will be those that wish it harm. Far too many innocents have died – including those that died in the U.S. on 9/11 – for the sake of land.

    May 30, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  7. Fareed Zakaria Jazeera

    Fareed Zakaria may be a temp-'journalistic'-loan from el jazeera.

    May 30, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
    • Lisa

      And you a extreme righ israeli ?

      May 30, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  8. Bob

    LG the current administration would like to make this country a socialist state, put us in big debt, by doing this the secure their nomination simply when people are out of work or not growing financially they will end up on social programs so though they my be republican at heart they have no choice due to the situation and will go for Obama and this is the simple trick that is being played on the middle class and I can assure you this Zakaria is a wealthy man

    May 30, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
    • Lisa

      If we're in this shit hole thanks to the 8 republicans years and to the lobbies.

      May 30, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
    • LG

      Bob, if we hadn't had those stimulus packages we would be in a great depression right now. Trust me, any non partisan economist will tell you this.

      None the less I want to apologize to you, particularly on a day like this, for any offense I may have caused. It was an honor to converse with a veteran on Memorial Day and I am sure your service record was nothing short of heroic my man!

      May 30, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  9. Jon

    oh lisa...how ignorant can you be....before the so called occupation, pre 1967, the PLO was established in 1964 as a terrorist LIBERATION group and yes, they did kill innocent law abiding israelis BEFORE there was any occupation as you call it. So tell me Lisa, what were they trying to liberate in 1964? As you know, Israel was officially recognized by the UN.

    STUPID IDIOTS ON HERE....

    Jew haters will never get it because they cant...they just cant see rationally because they dont want to. Its like a defective gene

    May 30, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
    • LG

      Jon you are off topic again, talking about issues that American DON'T CARE ABOUT ANYMORE. Why don't you and the Palestinians go scream at each other somewhere else. We are talking about how your boy BIBI came over to the greatest nation in the world and insulted the President of the United States.

      Nobody wants to talk about the history of that dirt hovel that you and the Palestinians are so irrational about, and nobody wants to talk to a Canadian about US foreign policy. Why don't you emigrate to the US since you are so enamored with our country.

      May 30, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
    • Lisa

      Perhaps, but the UN are condemning Israel occupation, why?

      May 30, 2011 at 8:48 pm |
      • Peikovian

        Because while you're dealing with The Jewish Question the world is really being run by Big Oil. Sucker.

        June 2, 2011 at 3:32 am |
  10. 2Cents

    Fareed Zakaria, blogs like these don't help none neither. Get in the PM's shoes then talk.

    May 30, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  11. MikeBell

    Netanyahu just wants peace. From all the failed 'deals' it is painfully obvious that deals don't bring peace. Especially when those deals further the objective and reward the tactics of those that seek the destruction of Israel.

    May 30, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  12. Dana

    The only way there will ever be peace will only be achieved if Israel gives up all of it.If Mexico kept bombing us because we displaced them and they want their land back what do you people with all of your infinite wisdom do ?

    May 30, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  13. j

    Lisa your grammar sucks, please post something intelligible. thanks

    May 30, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
    • Lisa

      Sorry if my grammar sucks, I'm from france living in the US and contributing to this country.
      Try to speak my langage.
      For sure your state of mind sucks.

      May 30, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
      • Peikovian

        Yes, France. Germany's collaborator and the center of an Arab and African trading empire that shames the world.

        June 2, 2011 at 3:34 am |
  14. Samuel Prime

    If Natanyahu doesn't want a deal, as Fareed claims, then why is it that the Palestinians were the ones who have rejected peace deal after peace deal since 1948? Indeed, Bill Clinton noted this in his book "My Life" where he characterized the Palestinian leadership as "never missing an opportunity to miss an opportunity" (a phrase that Palestinians have become known for). That's from a man who had first hand experience dealing with Palestinian leaders, so I'll take his word over Fareed's oversimplified perspective. Sorry Fareed.

    May 30, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  15. South Africa Solution

    The Nero thinking of Americans is that the Democratic Jews are Human and Undemocratic Palestinian people are not human.Democratic Jews to allow License to kill and Bombardment on Undemocratic Palestinian children,women and men because they are not human.
    Palestinian people are son of the soil of now called after 1948 Israel.Israelis are new comers and they are occupied the Historical land of Palestinian People by help of European and American countries.
    Arabs are not antisemitic because they were also Semitic Orion.Arabs and Jews are genetically same DNA.before 1948 they are living together peacefully and there is no major Beatles and genocide between Jews and Arabs.Hate is created Zionists by there own secret agenda.The Best Solution of Problem is Jews And Palestinian Arabs are Living Single Country Name PalestinoIsrael or IsraeloPalestin.All Jews and Palestinian Refugees are stile in this Country. Country is govern by Democratically.The best Example of this solution is South Africa.If genetically different DNA People are live together in one country then genetically same DNA Palestinian and Jews are why not !?

    May 30, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  16. LG

    @Jon

    Alright I think I have schooled you enough for a lifetime kid. And to everybody else who may come into contact with Jon, remember this:

    "Never argue with an Idiot because they will bring you down to their level and win with experience!"

    May 30, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  17. Notislam

    A "religion" should, at the very least, promote peace and goodwill among people. islam fails this basic test. islam is not a religion. islam is a crime against humanity. All moslems should leave islam to rot on the stinking heap of humanity's worst memories along with nazism. Encourage all moslems to leave islam.

    May 30, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
    • Jen

      What are you thinking, in Israel they're doing the same thing with women jews who had a relationship with men from other religions?
      They're forcing them to get abortion!
      Google this fact if you don't believe me.
      The fact is all the extremist has to be wiped out. Torah, Islam, Christian.....

      May 30, 2011 at 7:54 pm |
  18. third_eye1969

    Fareed, another big genius. Making large assumptions on the goodwill of Hamas and the Palestinian Authority. The Gaza withdrawal did not work out to well, neither did South Lebanon. Educate yourselves people.

    May 30, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
  19. Lauremce C. Little

    There is plenty of blame to go around for the ongoing Palestinian/Israeli conflict. All Palestinians must understand and recognize the right of Israel's existance; the Israelis must understand and recognize the right for a full, viable nation of Palestine.

    Mr Netanyahu's assertion that the 1967 borders would be, in his word, "indefensible' is absurd. The 1967 "six day war" was, in fact, a successful defense of those very borders. Certainly the Israeli military machine has not become less competent than it was then.

    The random acts of violence perpetrated by Palestinian extremists must be condemned by the majority of Palestinian people; the Palestinians themselves must work to put an end to these acts. Hamas must be brought to the table or marginalized to the point of irrelevancy. Israel can aid in this effort by providing real educational and economic assistance to the Palestinians.

    It is time for Israel to stop thinking of itself as a fledgling state; it is time for Israel to become the mature, confident nation/state that is its potential. It is time for the adults, both Israeli and Palestinian, to come to the table. It's time for statesmen, not mere politicians, to do the hard work; no more excuses; no more rationalizations.

    May 30, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
    • Notislam

      The Israelis always recognized the palestinian state of Jordan. Israel's palestinians should go back to their home country of Jordan.

      May 30, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
    • Notislam

      There is not blame to go around. The blame rests solely on the islamic terrorist pals. Israel has the right and obligation to protect itself from the islamic scum.

      May 30, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
      • myway

        That's genius! Maybe the State Dept will sponsor a trip to the Middle East so you can explain that to everyone there. Very helpful...

        May 30, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
  20. myway

    Surprise, surprise, Netanyahu doesn't want a deal. Why would he? He was elected on the no deal platform. Of course that remained unsaid but anyone who knows what Netanyahu stands for wouldn't have expected much else. Lately things have been a little more quiet in Israel. Should Netanyahu or the "wall" get credit for that? Or maybe the Palestinian-Israeli problem just got drowned out by other events in the region. It's time for the Israeli propoganda machine to wake up and do something about that. Israel off the American front page? Unacceptable. This was obviously the first round of their new PR attack.

    May 30, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
  21. Jake

    There is plenty of blame to go around. Netanyahu has not provided many trust building gestures toward the Palestinians throughout his political career, but Palestinian leadership has also been flawed and corrupt, capitalizing on the conflict to stay in power and to manage the unity of their people. Neither side has consistently shown genuine gestures of a desire for peace based on mutual compromise.

    What many intelligent analysts like Fareed Zakaria leave out of their analysis of the conflict is that the Jewish people's connection to Israel isn't merely religious or historical. The Jewish people's connection to this landed is at the core of our culture and has been so for two millenia. Of all groups of people in the world, no other group has made the love of this land the central discourse of their dinner conversations, the recurring hope of their prayers, the core of their hopes. Yes, we all know of the historical roots of the Jewish people in Israel, even Christ, a well documented historical figure of Jewish roots lived in the heart of Israel. The legitimate rights of any group of people to a land are often arbitrary and determined through the doctrine of "might is right". European-descended settlers in the New World claimed Native Americans' land as their rightful territory, that America was their "manifest destiny". Israel could easily state they have legitimate right to their land through military outcome, much as America has over it's north american territory. But Israel's claim is STRONGER. The Jewish people have historical, cultural and religious ties, Jewish people have always lived as a notable portion of the population of this land long before it was the modern state of Israel, the united nations gave Israel legal recognition on top of the Jewish people's existing ties, and then Israel acquired more territories when neighboring countries attacked.
    Israel has every right to defend, protect, cherish, and not take-lightly to giving away a square foot of the land that is now theirs.

    I do believe that sacrifices must be made by the Palestinians AND the Israelis for peace to exist, but the very legitimate rights and concerns of the Jewish people is often dismissed in the analysis. I think part of this is due to the economic and military success of modern Israel. 3rd party spectators will often root for the underdog, while dismisses or trivializing the concerns of the party perceived to be "winning".

    May 30, 2011 at 7:07 pm |
  22. Steven Solberg

    Tell it like it is! And the US continues to support this bully!

    May 30, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
    • Peikovian

      The 47 Muslim nations, the 22 Arab League nations, the 8 out of 12 OPEC nations, the hundreds of millions of Arabs bullied by six million Israel Jews who have no oil. Don't you think you should go in fear of their supernatural powers? They sound like the greatest bullies since the Mongols swept Eurasia.

      June 2, 2011 at 3:39 am |
  23. benfeinstein

    Netanyahu is a Judeo fundamentalist and he thinks he can steal Palestinian homes, kill them at will because "God says Israel was given to the Jews".

    I mean talk about the height of racism and religious fundamentalism, this can not be surpassed. If you say a land belongs to you because 4000+ years ago your ancestors lived there and because your religious book says so, then you really are anti humanism and anti secular and anti human rights!!!!!

    Netanyahu and his gang still need to tried for War Crimes and Crimes against humanity for the Gaza incident that took place last year.

    May 30, 2011 at 7:51 pm |
    • Jen

      Thank you!

      May 30, 2011 at 7:57 pm |
    • Samuel Prime

      Exactly the same criticisms apply to the Palestinians and Muslims. Only difference us that for them it is a 1400 years claim, not "4000".

      May 30, 2011 at 9:19 pm |
  24. Peace

    Fareed must have missed this part of Bibi's speach:

    “President Abbas must do what I have done. I stood before my people, and I told you it wasn’t easy for me, and I said… "I will accept a Palestinian state." It is time for President Abbas to stand before his people and say… "I will accept a Jewish state." Those six words will change history. They will make clear to the Palestinians that this conflict must come to an end. That they are not building a state to continue the conflict with Israel, but to end it. They will convince the people of Israel that they have a true partner for peace. With such a partner, the people of Israel will be prepared to make a far reaching compromise. I will be prepared to make a far reaching compromise.” [Netanyahu’s Speech to Congress, 24 May 2011]

    “You see, our conflict has never been about the establishment of a Palestinian state. It has always been about the existence of the Jewish state. This is what this conflict is about… In recent years, the Palestinians twice refused generous offers by Israeli Prime Ministers, to establish a Palestinian state on virtually all the territory won by Israel in the Six Day War.” [Netanyahu’s Speech to Congress, 24 May 2011]

    “So I say to President Abbas: Tear up your pact with Hamas! Sit down and negotiate! Make peace with the Jewish state! And if you do, I promise you this. Israel will not be the last country to welcome a Palestinian state as a new member of the United Nations. It will be the first to do so.” [Netanyahu’s Speech to Congress, 24 May 2011]

    May 30, 2011 at 7:51 pm |
    • john

      Just because the media that feed you, or the israelis called hamas a terrorist group doesn't necessarily make them one. As a matter of truth, this conflict has been going on for decades with no end in sight, and all the excuses we hear is that the Palestinians need to recognize Israel. Open your eyes, it's Israel that exists with their people, an economy, an education system, a infrastructural society while Palestine is being shrinken every day, no economy, no school for their children as a matter of fact. You can fool a foolable number of people for a certain time, but YOU'LL NEVER FOOL EVERYBODY EVERYTIME, bear that in mind 'cause the HISTORY OF HUMANITY is too damn long.

      May 30, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
      • Peace

        ...actually the U.S. and Europe (since 2003) both agree that Hamas is a terrorist group. Hamas also protested against the U.S. killing of Osams Bin Laden.

        I think most Americans and Israelis are for a 2 state solution. The parties need to come to the table and negotiate face to face over how to make this happen.

        May 30, 2011 at 9:14 pm |
  25. Peace

    Israel recognizes that a Palestinian state should be independent and viable.

    “We recognize that a Palestinian state must be big enough to be viable, independent and prosperous.” [Netanyahu’s Speech to Congress, 24 May 2011]
    “We will be very generous on the size of a future Palestinian state.” [Netanyahu’s Speech to Congress, 24 May 2011]

    May 30, 2011 at 7:54 pm |
  26. Peace

    “Peace cannot be imposed. It must be negotiated. But it can only be negotiated with partners committed to peace. And Hamas is not a partner for peace. Hamas remains committed to Israel's destruction and to terrorism. They have a charter. That charter not only calls for the obliteration of Israel, but says ‘kill the Jews wherever you find them’.” [Netanyahu’s Speech to Congress, 24 May 2011]

    “Those who wish to obliterate us are no partners for peace. A Palestinian government with half its members declaring daily that they plan to annihilate the Jewish state is not a partner for peace. Those who say – and I am familiar with the saying – that "peace is made with enemies" must add a small but important qualifier: peace is made with an enemy, but with an enemy who has decided to make peace.” [Netanyahu Address to the Knesset, 16 May 2011]

    May 30, 2011 at 8:01 pm |
    • Alex T

      Wow, what a generous and soft hearted man Mr Netanyahu is, I am sure half of the world is crying and the other laughing at his hypocrisy. It is way beyond belief the systematic lying, coverup, sinicysm and hypocrisy that goes on and on and on. Mr Netanyahu, no one believes your lies anymore, not even your own people.....

      May 31, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
      • Peace

        I take Netanyahu at his word. The parties must sit face to face and negotiate. The Palestinians may not get everything they want, but neither will Israel. Hopefully that will happen sooner than later.

        May 31, 2011 at 7:28 pm |
  27. Newyorker

    Thank you Mr Zakaria. Your views and analyses are infinitely more insightful, level-headed and a heck of a lot more reliable than the ignorant, superficial and one-sided viewpoints usually posted in the comments section.

    May 30, 2011 at 8:14 pm |
  28. Steven

    This story will never end.
    It's so easy to blame each other.
    Nobody is clean.
    We have to stop to interfere. We're losing money an credibility.

    May 30, 2011 at 8:17 pm |
  29. john

    May God bless Zakaria for daring to dig for the truth, nothing but the truth. It's the truth that will show the true faces of HYPOCRITES.

    May 30, 2011 at 8:20 pm |
    • Joel

      Amen!

      May 30, 2011 at 8:41 pm |
    • Peikovian

      God answers all prayers. Your answer is no.

      May 31, 2011 at 4:40 am |
  30. Ray Hanania

    Netanyahu does not want a deal with the Palestinians ... he likes the status quo, where the future is in limbo. He feels he can risk that because he doesn't think the Palestinians can become a threat again, but I disagree. I think that if there is no peace soon, the Palestiniabn moderates who are willing to compromise will be replaced by those whor efuse to compromise (like Netanyahu) and we will be back to a conflict ... and I also think the Arab Spring will create an environment where the Arab people in Jordan and Egypt will demand that either Israel make a genuine peace or they will break their agreements with Israel and push back the clock ... Netanyahu only knows one thing, conflict, and usually he is the one pulling the trigger tragically
    Ray Hanania
    http://www.hanania.com

    May 30, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
    • Joel

      Thanks Ray,
      Perfectly described.

      May 30, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
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