Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Palestinians

Countdown to Rebirth's release: 6 weeks!

Rebirth will show readers how the Palestinians of 1948 arrived in the predicament they're in today.

Most of you know the Palestinian leadership will ask the UN Security Council for recognition of a Palestinian state on the basis of 1967 borders which are entirely indefensible for the State of Israel.

Britain supports a Palestinian state. So does the U.S. So does the EU. In fact, so does Israel. But there is one party that most emphatically does not support a Palestinian state, if that means long-term acceptance of the State of Israel: the Palestinians themselves. Opinion polls have consistently shown that the Palestinians only support the idea of a Palestinian state sitting side-by-side with Israel as a stepping stone to a future one-state solution in which they rule over the Jews.

In other words, the Israelis have always been in the near impossible situation of being asked to negotiate with people who plainly don't want any long-term peace involving the acceptance of Israel as a legitimate state with a secure future, whatever their leaders say about recognizing Israel to gullible Western media.

The writer is Director of International Affairs at the Henry Jackson Society. 
(Robin Shepherd - Commentator-UK)

Originally posted by Israel Alert.

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