Netanyahu disappoints, the ball is in our court
Posted by rabbibrian on June 14, 2009
Prime Mininster Netanyahu in his much anticipated speech:
“I call on you, our Palestinian neighbors, and to the leadership of the Palestinian Authority: Let us begin peace negotiations immediately, without preconditions,” he said. “Israel is committed to international agreements and expects all the other parties to fulfill their obligations as well.”
Peace negotiations without preconditions?
Isn’t Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel, a precondition?
And what about his demand that the Palestinians not only agree to live in peace with Israel, but that they must affirm that Israel is a Jewish state?
And it goes on: the Palestinian state must be demilitarized, must relinquish the right of return and of course it must accept his refusal to freeze all settlement activity because of the excuse of facilitating “normal growth”
And then he mentions Israel’s acceptance of it’s international obligations. What is he thinking of? The illegal building of settlements, the demolition of homes, the denial of freedom of movement?
Netanyahu’s speech was the same speech offered by so many Israeli leaders professing their deep desire for peace while continuing to establish “facts on the ground”
Yesterday I received a copy of the annual report of B’tselem, the Israeli human rights organization, which detailed the systematic discrimination against Palestinians in the Occupied Territory. I urge you to read it. Click this link and then search for annual report.
I know there are those who say that he came a long way by mentioning a Palestinian state and by his assertion that he would no longer expand settlements. In my mind, much too little and way too late!
The ball is in our court as Americans. It is the support of our government, and it’s failure to vigorously challenge Israel’s policies, that has enabled Israel to get away with it for so long. Obama must insist that the Israeli government end all settlements, affirm the right of the Palestinian people to a state and enter into negotiation.