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. Kevin

    As always, an intelligent take on the Middle East. Thanks for spreading the truth, Fareed!

    May 29, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  2. operation OBF

    Netanyahu was talking down to president Obama during his recent visit he thinks he is some big shot, it’s ok Mr. president we will arrest that dictator very soon, his days has a dictator are numbered!!!
    Israel is a bunch of racist people, who depend on us tax payers in the US to keep them afloat, lets see how they will survive when Obama cuts their aide. Netanyahu needs to humble himself and respect President Obama.

    May 29, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
    • Albert

      Netanyahu was talking down to Obama because Obama is a community organizer and has no clue what foreign policy is. Netanyahu on the other hand has fought a war, has been a Prime Minister, Foreign Minister, and a Finance Minister. He's extremely popular in Israel AND the United States. Not only did Netanyahu explain nicely to Obama that his ideas are insane, but the liberals also blasted Obama for saying "1967"... so did most of America. We do not support Obama's foreign policy and we do not support Fareed "the Arab" Zakaria's views.

      May 29, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
    • Jim

      .....and the entire Congress of the US kissed his butt the whole time.

      May 29, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
    • John

      Well said operation OBF, I think we're a lot to think the same way.
      Why America is hated around the globe? because our support to this criminal state.
      We need this money for our own problems and God knows they're numerous.

      May 29, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
      • Peikovian

        We could start by deporting you. There has to be at least one Arab monarchy that needs a new Queen.

        June 2, 2011 at 3:04 am |
  3. Jon

    The pals are good at begging, so they should get on their KNEES and BEG for a state and Israel will decide what they get.

    The people on here who deny israel her ancient historical rights in the region are the same people who have no real clue about the facts involving 19th and 20 th century middle east history. All of you racist pigs should be THANKFUL that israel is as MERCIFUL as it is....had israel had leaders like the muslims of the past 60 yrs, they would have wiped out all of their enemies long ago. We could have nuked all of their butts long ago....but we dont. We are legitimate, moral, smart, successful, and you jew haters just cant stand that...you're jealous losers...losers in life who have nothing better to do...what was it? did yo daddy come into your room at night to whisper lovely jew hate in your ear? was it your priest? your teacher? did a jew take your girlfriend because she saw someone better and smarter than you? LOL....

    you people are complete wastes of space....if the pals (which is an invention anyhow), wanted a state, they would have accepted 1947. The PLO was formed in 1964, 3 full yrs BEFORE there was ANY occupied land...they were formed as a violent terrorist LIBERATION group. So tell me any of you jew hatiing brainiacs, what were they established to liberate in 1964? The FACT is, the pals cannot deal with having a jewish state in the middle east or as their neighbours...and the american president, whose a complete pussy, has no clue how to help things to get better- he only knows how to demonize and make things harder. Enlisiting pseudo journalists like fareed does nobody any good. and by the way, in ancient history and the early 20th century history, palestine was the name used to refer to the land of the jews...do your homework....its all there ..documented so you racist pigs can always be caught lying.

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

      This is how you thank our President for saving and supporting your ass?
      you JUDAS! the history is repeating again and again.
      You're the pussy, why are you asking the help of the US?

      May 29, 2011 at 11:01 pm |
    • Jim

      Why is it that anyone who disagrees with Israel is a Jew hater? People are people and will disagree.....but when one raises questions or even implies something less than "unwavering support," they are accused of being antisemitic. This is getting old and certainly doesn't reflect intellect or morality. By the way, the early Israeli armies left no one behind.....men, women or children Selective and/or revisionist history serves no one's best interest.....and believe it or not, I have always been a supporter of Israel, just not blind support.

      May 29, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
      • Jon

        MLK said it best over 40 yrs ago...he said that anti zionism was going to become the new anti semitism.

        He was spot on. Anyone with half a brain who looks at all of the real facts surrounding the conflict would clearly see that Israel is morally in the right and quite justified in how they defend themselves. I am no fan of the settlers per se, but you need to ask yourselves, how did the settlements come into beibng in the first place and why was there anti israel terrorism before then anyhow? The UN made israel legit in 1948....get over it.

        May 29, 2011 at 11:29 pm |
  4. Sixback

    For the last 10 years the only unconditional ally Israel has in its corner is Canada.
    Just this past week, Canada sabotaged a US-EU concocted end of G8 summit poo poo statement on Israel.
    Canada's full support for Israel is really pissing off the rest of the western world. Given Canada's current confidence and resiliency in itself, I don't think it really gives a crap what the others think. It actually has a separate agenda from it's big southern brother in this respect.
    It's domestic spook agency CSIS's No1 task these days is suppressing any Hamas support in the Canada not chasing vague Al Qheda threats
    Given Canada's full participation in Libya, I don't think it would think twice about dropping a few on Hamas targets if Israel was threatened again.

    May 29, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
    • Albert

      I agree. Someone had to clean up the mess after Obama decided to take a dump on Israel. Obama will pay the price in 2012 for pissing on his allies.

      May 29, 2011 at 11:03 pm |
      • Adam

        Albert, you clearly admit than Obama will lose in 2012?
        Why are you so sure?
        Because you know that the lobbies here are powerful, that's why.
        Sorry to disappoint you, this will never happened.

        May 29, 2011 at 11:16 pm |
  5. reACTIONary

    ...and the american president, whose a complete pussy, has no clue how to help things to get better-

    What Obama proposed is what has been known to be the solution to this problem for the last 20 years. I'm pretty disgusted by the disrespect and arrogance shown towards the American President and the American people by the likes of you. We don't need Israel, Israel needs us, and we are getting pretty sick and tired of this situation. Other than being given the finger, I don't see what we get out of this "relationship". Let's just cut off aid to Israel, let them negotiate what they can on their own, and get the whole thing over with.

    May 29, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  6. operation OBF

    I like you guys coming giving history lesson, fucking right wing racist fools, that know nothing about the world, keep watching FOX news, LOL that’s a real educational channel. You fucking racist are a joke, God will deal with that racist country Israel just watch, just wait and see, what will happen to Netanyahu. President Obama is just buying time, Netanyahu is a big pussy, I have no respect for him. The Chinese hates him, he is disliked just about everywhere he goes except oh let me guess, the racist republicans, no surprise there, Israel will get what’s coming to them.

    May 29, 2011 at 11:00 pm |
    • MZ

      I prefer a history lesson rather than a completely useless and mindless cussing lesson.

      May 29, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
  7. congrats fareed

    on perpetuating discord. Perhaps pulling in clips from the past makes you feel justified in your statements, but they simply reveal your prejudice. Every clip from the past you pulled might bolster your agenda, but they were pulled in out of context and their message distorted.

    Your conclusion about Netanyahu is based upon bigoted and out-of-context samplings from the distant past. I conclude from your report that YOU Zakaria are NOT interested in PEACE.

    May 29, 2011 at 11:01 pm |
  8. John

    Amen operation OBF, Once again you nail it!

    May 29, 2011 at 11:02 pm |
  9. Zakaria Go Broadcast Among Your Brethren

    You have no sympathy with me.

    May 29, 2011 at 11:04 pm |
  10. Jon

    Hey reactionary moron....

    your president is an islamist who is ruining your country dude. Wake up.

    Israel pays in blood and treasure for you you sanctimonious boob. We test your weapons, we develop products for you in real life conditions, we help you with security training in iraq and afghanistan, we are the front line of a much larger war with islam which predates your relationship with israel...so stop with your crap. you sound like a wacky ron/rand paul'er....

    obama has made several GLARING errors in the peace process that have in fact made it harder to get a deal done...HIS FAULT! You tell me; how is it possible that this wonderful, brilliant, extremely measured president whose speciality is COMMUNICATION manages to twice makes COMMUNICATION ERRORS,according to george mitchell. Its NOT possible...it was not a mistake...this is very calculating and deliberate. But hey, what do you care if your presidents FRIENDS included reverand wright, louis farakhan, edward said, rashid khalidi, james baker, zbigniew brzezhinski, jimmy carter, tony rezko, bill ayers and many more,,,ARE YOU PROUD ??????? IS THIS WHAT AMERICA THOUGHT "CHANGE" MEANT??????

    Get stuffed buddy.

    May 29, 2011 at 11:06 pm |
    • Jim

      You are as brainwashed or as much of a Philistine as the radical Islamists. Too bad we can't sendall of you morons to one place and let you fight it out among yourselves. What a benefit to mankind and intelligent people everywhere.....

      May 29, 2011 at 11:19 pm |
  11. MBW

    Thank you Fareed for stating what most people have long understood. Netanyahu does not want peace. If Israelis want a peace deal, he is the WRONG leader for them. If they continue to elect them, they will reveal themselves as a people who do not want peace any more than the Palestinians do.

    May 29, 2011 at 11:06 pm |
    • reACTIONary

      Right on! Wish they had a "LIKE" button!

      May 29, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
  12. willard

    The fact that someones property is appropriated for settlements and not a thought given to their rights says it all. 'Think of the uproar if mexicans started pushing settlements into this country and appropriating our citiizens property. Can you imagine the uproar. I can remember recently where Israel stopped its settlement building but began again even when asked to wait. Sounds like someone interested in peace to me. The truth is there is no interest in peace but only in further settlement building on palestinian land.

    May 29, 2011 at 11:07 pm |
  13. Bob

    I wish the Federal Government would investigate this Zakaria to see if he has any links to these terrorists he interviewed this guy from the middle east the other day with a big smirk when they spoke about Hamas in the Government, I would hate to find out something years down the road

    May 29, 2011 at 11:14 pm |
    • Steven

      To Bob:

      Fareed is more clean than you.

      May 29, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
    • reACTIONary

      Gee, Bob, what are you, a "liberal pussy"? Why waste time investigating? Why not just "disappear" him?

      May 29, 2011 at 11:41 pm |
  14. world

    Two wrongs don't make a right. It's that simple. The Israeli right wingers are losing the very people who symphatized with Israeli. There are not "Zionist" or "pro-Israel" but just normal reasonable people across the world. But regardless the senselessness and abhoration of Islamic terrrorism, these same people are not buying the Israel right wing stance either. These people are looking for reason on both sides – and especially from the one side of this with the cannons. So far, the Israeli right wingers are losing them fast.

    May 29, 2011 at 11:24 pm |
    • reACTIONary

      You have captured my own attitude toward this situation. I'm not pro-this or anti-that, I'm fed up. We have basically understood the way forward for the last 20 years, and, as you say, since Israel is in the position of power, it is their responsibility to show progress. Isreal's position of power is the result of America's support. As an American who is pissed off about this situation, I think we should consider withholding that support to even up the power balance. If they had to negotiate from a position that is more equal, they might cut a deal all the quicker.

      May 29, 2011 at 11:39 pm |
  15. the patriot

    The Israel's have never had any real intention of peace w/ the Palestinains. They oppress them, the Palestanians strike out, and the IDF oppresses harder. It's the perfect circle for Israel. THEIR ACTIONS CREATE RE-ACTIONS, THAT THEY THEN USE TO JUSTIFY THEIR ACTIONS!

    It is a violation of international law to take, occupy and then populate land gained in conflict. Israel knows this and has been in violation of international law for 40+ years.

    May 29, 2011 at 11:25 pm |
  16. Bob

    Thanks for the comment, goes to enforce my conclusions about his followers making a profound comment "Fareed is more clean than you"

    May 29, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
  17. the patriot

    Israel's action, BY DEFINITION, is "ethnic cleansing". See for yourself.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethnic_cleansing

    May 29, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
  18. GE in MD

    All sides and participants in this little mess will have to recognize that eventually there will be peace and with that peace, there will be a one-state solution between the Jordon and the Mediterranean. Anything else is not economically viable as a separate state. Now is the time for all parties involved in the negotiations to recognize this and start figuring out how to accomplish this with a mimimum of bloodshed and disruption.

    May 29, 2011 at 11:27 pm |
  19. Steven A.

    Sir, you know nothing of the conflict. Palestinians and their Arab neighbors have been making war on Israel for 60 years. Israel has tried to make peace and has been refused. Anyone who thinks they can advance the peace process by bullying Israel and siding with the terror organization Hamas had better think again. Just a few weeks ago Hamas fired an anti-tank missile at an Israeli SCHOOL bus and killed a child. These are not people to negotiate with. If they won't live in peace, then Israel should drop a hammer on them without mercy.

    May 29, 2011 at 11:28 pm |
    • the patriot

      Nothing could be farther from the truth.

      May 29, 2011 at 11:28 pm |
    • the patriot

      Suicide bombing is barbaric. Yes. And it is indefensible under ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. But you must understand that it is also the last, desperate, act of rebellion an individual can make. The Palestinians are denied food, water, electricity, jobs, education, medical facilities, etc. All things that are BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS!

      May 29, 2011 at 11:31 pm |
      • Steven A.

        You are an apologist for terrorists.

        May 29, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
  20. Richard Dale

    Why don't the poort Muslims in all of these countries see that it is their own leaders that are causing their grief. Arafat died a multi-millionaire. Why? Because the funds meant for the poverty stricken people ended up in his pockets. Gaddafi is another one, as is Assad, and Mubarak. Monies to help these poor people lined the pockets of their "saviours". Why don't the Muslims wake up and see that it is not Israel who is causing their problems. And you too, Mr. Osama, I mean Obama.

    May 29, 2011 at 11:28 pm |
  21. Bob

    Zacharia would be pleased if we all followed Islam

    May 29, 2011 at 11:29 pm |
    • the patriot

      You moron! He does not give 1,2,3 turds what faith we follow.

      May 29, 2011 at 11:32 pm |
  22. the patriot

    Suicide bombing is barbaric. Yes. And it is indefensible under ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. But you must understand that it is also the last, desperate, act of rebellion an individual can make. The Palestinians are denied food, water, electricity, jobs, education, medical facilities, etc. All things that are BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS!

    May 29, 2011 at 11:31 pm |
    • Richard Dale

      I agree these are basic human rights. The Muslims are their own worst enemy. Wake up people and remove the monies meant for you out of your leaders Swiss accounts so you can live humanely

      May 29, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
  23. OKJack™Group™

    We think that Mr. Zakaria should broadcast a brief history of what has transpired in Palestine since the fall of the Ottoman Turk Empire subsequent to World War I. That's as good a starting point as any in our view. He should touch as much as possible on such historical events as the Balfour Statement of 1917; the 1936-39 Great Arab Revolt (in Palestine) against British rule and Jewish immigration; the Peel Commission (1937) and the Woodhead Commission (1938) partition plan, i.e., Jewish & Arab sovereign states (3 variations). In other words, the idea of a sovereign Israel and a sovereign Palestine did not suddenly fall out of the woodwork for consideration by the United Nations in 1947.

    We conclude that NOBODY in the tiny but strategic corners of SW Asia and NE Africa really "wants a deal" that would create a sovereign Palestine "next door" to a sovereign Israel. In other words, it's not just the Israelis who have been dragging their feet. EVERYBODY has been dragging their feet, and that's why the ongoing Israeli counterinsurgency v. Palestinian insurgency has drug on for more than 60 years...longer than all of the U.S. counterinsurgencies combined (i.e., Vietnam, Afghanistan & Iraq). Issues bearing on "making a deal" were considered by the British, the Arabs and the Jews for decades prior to the beginning of the present insurgency in 1947. Likewise, the British also had an insurgency on their hands during the 1930's and 1940's.

    Interestingly (and as we understand it), one of the primary footdraggers as to the Israel-Palestine borders drawn up and approved by the U.N. General Assembly in 1947 was the present Jordanian king's great-grandfather, i.e., a sovereign Palestine would have muddied the latter's plan to become "king of SW Asia" (our term), with a Hashemite dynasty throne in Damascus (present day Syria). It is rumored that he may have been planning to "make a deal" whereby the bulk of post-British (Mandate of) Palestine would would not be Jewish, and would be annexed to Jordan upon the British departure in 1948. Of course, all hell broke loose in the meantime.

    One can argue from now to doomsday about whether or not the Jews are entitled to a homeland at the expense of the Palestinians, i.e., whether or not the Jews have a right (e.g., a 4,000-year old biblical claim) to displace those who were the majority of the inhabitants of the land when the British pulled out of the League of Nations mandate in 1948. One can also argue that the British had no right to be there in the first place. But then, the British were never averse to having a colonial empire (which at one time included the eastern seaboard of the present United States).

    Still arguing about the preceding in the 21st Century is counterproductive in our view. As to the former, the Jews are simply never going to turn around and leave, and the United States is never going to stop politically, economically and militarily supporting the Israeli Jewish democracy-theocracy. After all, Israel has engaged in unrecognized "military defensive border expansions" and "colonial settlement border expansions" (both phrases are ours) since 1947...while consistently ignoring U.N. Security Council resolutions with the direct support of the United States' U.N.S.C. veto. Israel has a very strong political lobby in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere.

    Everybody (to include the Israeli prime minister) likes to sing the old refrain that the Arabs did not recognize Israel in 1947. We've thought about this for some period of time now, and have decided to step back far enough to get the big picture in the frame...and to look at the "recognition issue" from a different perspective.

    We preface our alternate perspective with this comment: For just a brief moment in time, a post-British Palestine sovereign nation of Palestine existed within more or less contiguous borders drawn up by the U.N. General Assembly in its 1947 partition resolution (roughly 50% of the land to Palestine...and the other roughly 50% to a more or less contiguous Israel). Thirty-three U.N. member nations recognized BOTH Israel and Palestine (including the United States).

    Unfortunately, thirteen (13) U.N. member nations did not recognize Israel...and in so doing, did not recognize Palestine either. One might even argue that the Palestinians didn't recognize Palestine as well, i.e., the Palestinians didn't "recognize themselves" within the context of the painstakingly detailed resolution passed by the U.N. General Assembly in 1947.

    We have a couple of final comments. We think that President Obama's lobbying against a super-majority general assembly vote to admit a sovereign Palestine to the U.N. is not diplomatic in nature, but rather political in nature. Also, we're not sure how "painstakingly detailed" the upcoming resolution will be, but it will be very interesting to see whether borders are mentioned, and if so, where those borders will be.

    OKJack™Group™
    Middle and Working Class Disabled American Veterans™
    We Paid the Dues that Aren't Required!™

    May 29, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
  24. Bob

    The patriot: I guess according to you the 9/11 hijackers were lacking electric,food etc. Stop lying to true american citizens

    May 29, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
    • the patriot

      No. I don't know anything about them. Not all suicide attackers stem from oppression. I'm just saying that the oppressions delivered by the IDF on the civilian Palestinian population does not help. You can hear it from the mouths of ex-IDF soldiers.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiiNTo_vmrE

      May 29, 2011 at 11:40 pm |
      • Mark

        Israel should have the right to defend itself. The Jewish people have the right to Jeruselum.
        However, for there to be peace. Both the Palestian and Jewsih people will have to make equally
        painful sacrifices

        May 31, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
    • LG

      Bob, isn't this one getting a little old. The hijackers were Saudi Arabian, not Palestinian! Stop trying to confuse Americans into thinking that 9/11 was executed by Palestinians so that we will help you with YOUR problems.

      May 30, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
  25. dave

    come on Fareed Zakaria. I see that your view of this is very narrow minded and muslim like. open your eyes..open your ears... which country is the only democratic one in middle east? definately not the country that you are from. anyone should defend themselves. anyone should have a right to exists. how can you listen to muslims/Islam when their goal is to wipe out a nation/religion? Muslims come to our country to live in peace and democracy, and I've seen too many of them that took advantage of us and resourses and then bad mouth us and our allies.
    it's sad to see how some people are so narrow minded and full of hatred.
    really sad.

    May 29, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
    • the patriot

      Did you know the Torah and Talmud prevent Jews from treating any non-Jew as an equal. Every holy scripture has text like this! It's only the radicals, ON BOTH SIDES, that take it too far.

      Fareed's view is "muslim like"? Hmm... Sounds like a firmly established and researched view point there. Keep up the good work. <>

      May 29, 2011 at 11:45 pm |
  26. TC Williams

    No body is innocent on either side when it comes to political leaders and decision-makers. Unfortunately, it's the civilians who must suffer on both sides as a result. Israelis say the Palestinians don't want peace and will not rest until the Israelis are gone, and the Palestinians charge back with the same accusation. The reality is that they are all the same. In fact, they are RELATED to one another, which makes this whole situation even more sad.

    May 29, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
    • Steven A.

      It's easy for someone with no real knowledge to say "both sides are guilty" or even worse, "why can't they just get along?" Maybe you were born yesterday or don't speak English well enough to understand what "war on terror means." The Palestinians are raising their children to be human bombs. Is that the kind of neighbor you would want? Frankly, I could care less for their motives. Life sucks, just like it sucks for the Jewish refugees that came to Israel in 1948. The Arabs have been trying to kill Israelis from day one. I personally think it's time for Israel to take the gloves off. Remove Hamas from Gaza. Period.

      May 29, 2011 at 11:48 pm |
  27. JW

    You're a douche, FZ

    May 29, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
  28. GunnerGA

    COuntries do not focus on only those threats that exist today. They must always be vigilant about those threats from the past as well as what could be. Israel knows all too well that the Arab world can change on a dime. So for Israel to forget and ignore previous Arab wars leveraging the armistice lines (not "borders" Fareed) as a tactical advantage is to commit suicide. Fareed, your view of the region is with tunnel vision. You see only what things are today and not what could be if and when new leadership appears in Egypt, Syria, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere. In the blink of an eye, pan-Arabism could again take hold of the region at the expense of Israel. Israel, and Netanyahu as her leader, is correct to lecture those (and clearly you, Fareed), of the history of how we are where we are in this conflict. She must continually teach those who choose to forget. While the Arabs have lost all the wars of agreesiona against Israel (48,56,67,73,82 etc...), Israel can not afford to lose any. For any loss would be her last. Netanyahu WILL negotiate. However, IF the rightful party (Jordan) chooses to wash their hands of responsibilty for the territory they lost in a war of agressiona against Israel, then Israel has every right to set the ground rules for how she will negotiate and with whom. It is the Palestinians who have to build trust. They have nothing to offer Israel BUT trust. Israel could unilaterally draw the lines and leave the Paelstinians to fend for themselves with closed borders to Israel. Instead, Netanyahu has made it clear. If Paelstinians are willing to negotiate in good faith, without Hamas or with a Hamas willing to accept Israel's right to exist, with theunderstanding that Palestinian refugees wishing to return will do so ONLY in a Palestinian state and not Israel, and if they are willing to except the fact that a final agreement will end any and all claims the Arab world has on the Jewish state... only then, will Israel and Netanyahu as her leader negotiate a final agreement with land swaps, water rights, and more for the Palestinians. But for Fareed to lay blame on Netanyahu is a reflection of either ignorance to history, stupidity, or bias. Take your pick. I wouldn't vote for Netanyahu myself, but he is dead on correct as to how this conflict needs to be addressed and the terms under which he will be willing to be give any more to the Palestinians.

    When Israel gave up Gaza WITHOUT negotiating as a sign of good faith, Israel got back in return Hamas. So Israel isn't going to give more... especially in the Jewish people's ancestral home of Judea and Samaria with good, legitimate and verifiable reasons.

    May 29, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
  29. Nik

    Just more anti US and Israel rhetoric from another American Hater. Give it a rest already.

    May 29, 2011 at 11:35 pm |
  30. Gordon Green

    Let me make one final comment as a reality and a warning: The muslims will "never" make peace with Israel. The Koran forbids them from accepting either Christians or Judaism or the Jewish people. The State Dept has declared that 10% of the muslim population are considered terrorist in nature. Great! That is only about 150 million people. This war between the Muslims and the Israelis will not stop. It will not go away. You cannot appease it. You cannot negotiate with it. Land for peace is not an option. As a warning if you try to legislate and take away land from Israel to make a 'state' and capitol for Palestine which includes East Jerusalem as its capital it will be the end of the world as we know it. You can mark it on your calendar: The world will suffer such a horrific series of judgements that all the world wars will seem like a 'picnic' compared to what is to come. I warn you. Do not let this happen. If you want to live, if you want to see your children grow up and have grandchildren bouncing on your knees ...then do not let Israel become isolated, do not take away from her what is hers by right and by law. History, as much as the world has attempted to rewrite what has happened, shows that this land belongs to Israel. No other country can make this claim. Whoever denies this claim and tries to take away what belongs to Israel will find themselves in direct opposition to whom gave it: God. One person on the side of God is an absolute majority. I would rather side with God than oppose him...because he knows who is his. He knows you. In the final analysis you will have to answer for what you have done with him and with Israel. I pray that you make the right decision. Otherwise, you will find yourself in a "hell" that you made yourself and you will not be able to say that you were not warned.

    May 29, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
    • the patriot

      Did you know the Torah and Talmud prevent Jews from treating any non-Jew as an equal. Every holy scripture has text like this! It's only the radicals, ON BOTH SIDES, that take it too far.

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

      It's a total lie, Islam recognizes Jesus not Torah.
      Islam didn't betrayed Jesus, it was he's own people.
      Don't try to rewrite history and religions.

      May 29, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
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