by Ted Belman
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Some Israelis argue that Israel should nevertheless accept it, providing agreement could be reached on mutual exchanges of land and the number of refugees to be repatriated to
But most Israelis disagree. If the Arabs are not willing to negotiate or to make reasonable compromises, how can anyone have confidence in their peaceful intentions?
As to whether
The duty of the jihad exists as long as the universal domination of Islam has not been attained. Peace with non-Muslim nations is, therefore, a provisional state of affairs only; the chance of circumstances alone can justify it temporarily. Furthermore there can be no question of genuine peace treaties with these nations; only truces, whose duration ought not, in principle, to exceed ten years, are authorized. But even such truces are precarious, inasmuch as they can, before they expire, be repudiated unilaterally should it appear more profitable for Islam to resume the conflict.
Of course she can't. Why trade tangible security for a temporary peace.
Besides the Arabs have presented it as a take it or leave it offer.
When Netanyahu met with Sen. Mitchell, he told him, "
A decision has been made in
Under this plan, Arab states will proceed with normalization of their ties to
Although a "regional " solution is an advance over just dealing with the PA, Israel will be adverse to discussing final status issues at this time, will not want to cede the Golan, uproot 100,000 Israelis, return to the pre '67 borders or permit the return of some refugees all of which are required by the Arab Peace Initiative. And she certainly will not want to accept "international security guarantees". There is a long history of international security forces not doing their job in Sinai and in
How so? The Arab Peace Initiative weakens
This week the
If that is not enough, recent polls among Israelis  and Palestinians  have shown that both are strongly against a two-state solution.
Some suggest that the alternative to the Two-State Solution should be a bi-national single state. For Zionists, this is a non-starter. After all, the San Remo Conference in 1920,  awarded all of the Ottoman
This decision is binding in international law and thus the matter of who is entitled to Judea and
Whereas recognition has thereby been given to the historical connection of the Jewish people with
Not only did the
On June 30, 1922, a joint resolution of both Houses of Congress of the United States unanimously endorsed the "Mandate for Palestine," confirming the irrevocable right of Jews to settle in the area of Palestine — anywhere between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. . Thus it lies ill in the mouth for the
In 1947 the General Assembly of the United Nations, the successor to the failed League of Nations, passed the Partition Plan which proposed that two states, one Arab and one Jewish, be established. The General Assembly was thus violating the Mandate which had granted political rights only to Jews.
Nevertheless the Jews accepted it and formed their state,
Netanyahu has been clear. He won't commit to a two-state solution and he doesn't want to rule over the Palestinians. He wants to give them autonomy or limited sovereignty. .He is fully within his rights to do so. He deserves our full support.
The sooner we abandon the Arab Peace Initiative the better.
Ted Belman is a Canadian lawyer.
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