by Moshe Dann
Let there be no mistake: President Obama's attack on
No other prominent politician sought to impose the "two-state solution," based on 60-year-old cease-fire lines with
Obama's obsession with the establishment of a second Arab Palestinian state might be understandable if it were based on a realistic appraisal of conditions as they are, instead of what they might be. The warning signals are there.
Two dramatic shifts have made the "two-state solution" irrelevant: the stand-off victory of Hezbollah in Lebanon and the hegemony of Hamas in Gaza and many areas of the West Bank, nominally under the Palestinian Authority, controlled by Fatah. One has to be ignorant, and/or blind not to appreciate what these situations mean – especially given the threats from
The developments have led to the widespread recognition, especially among Israelis, that the so-called "
Today, unilateral withdrawal from Yehuda and Shomron ("the West Bank") and the creation of a sovereign Palestinian state is a "clear and present danger," not only to
Refusing to consider any alternatives to the "two-state" model, however, the
During the last 40 years, Israeli leaders conveyed the message that "the Palestinian problem" is ours and we can fix it. This was the motivation behind various proposals: Labor's offers to exchange "land for peace," Likud's autonomy plan, confederation with Jordan, the First Lebanese War against the PLO, Rabin's recognition of the PLO and the establishment of a Palestinian state, Barak's offers at Camp David, Sharon's unilateral withdrawal from Gaza and Northern Shomron, and the current government's failures in Lebanon and Gaza.
All of these policies failed because they were not reality-based, but clung to a desperate Israeli desire for an end to the conflict. Each time
The "two-state" proposal based on
(1) Palestinians' opposition to any solution; their refusal to recognize authentic Jewish rights and claims and their refusal to accept
(2) A negotiating process confounded by terrorism.
(3) Political/demographic reality is that
(4) UNRWA continues to support the "Palestinian right-of-return;" it is part of the problem, not a solution.
(5) Even if all of the above could be resolved, a stable Palestinian state is unlikely.
Rather than abandon vital national interests, the only practical and rational policy for
In comparison, issues such as definitions of
At the least, the Obama administration must present not only a realistic, coherent policy, but an explanation of how and why it will work. Slamming
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