Bill Clinton: Netanyahu killed the peace process
Who's to blame for the continued failure of the Middle East peace process? Former President Bill Clinton said today that it is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu -- whose government moved the goalposts upon taking power, and whose rise represents a key reason there has been no Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.Go ahead and read it all, I have the following comments to make:
"The most pro-peace Israelis are the Arabs; second the Sabras, the Jewish Israelis that were born there; third, the Ashkenazi of long-standing, the European Jews who came there around the time of Israel's founding," Clinton said. "The most anti-peace are the ultra-religious, who believe they're supposed to keep Judea and Samaria, and the settler groups, and what you might call the territorialists, the people who just showed up lately and they're not encumbered by the historical record." ...
Clinton omits several key facts. First one is that Abbas rejected a better deal offered to him by Olmert. It wasn't Sharon's stroke that caused Arabs to repeat refusing to sign any deal. Second, it is not demographic that shifted, it was Israelis that awoke to the nightmare that is the consequences of the peace process: Israel gives, and gives, Arabs never agree to full peace agreements and always reciprocate with terror and violence. Israelis are fed up and have wised up and abandoned the peacenick hallucinatory utopian lie. Third - even countries that have signed peace with Israel, and those who were in good relations, have let the crazy Muslims take over and have shown the value of a peace treaty and an ally in the Middle East. Israelis no longer trust any such treaty, or such allies. Having lost Sha's Iran in Carter era (and Carter was to blame), having bringing over the terror group of Arafat and his suicide bombing war into the heart of Israel over the Clinton years, Having one sided withdrawl in Lebanon lead to more death and wars and danger to civilians, Having the Bush years provide Israelis a glimpse into the future of West Bank withdrawal simliar to the catastrophe of Hamastan Gaza, having the Obama years yield loss of both Turkey and Egypt as allies and peace partners and Iran pretty much allowed to develop nukes without interruption - having all these things happen to Israeli civilians - Israelis don't trust Arabs, the US, its presidents or the world - and certainly not the Arab world - to sign a peace treaty and stand by it.
It's not Bibi, it's not demographics - it's reality. It's Kassam, It's Hezbollah, It's rockets, It's war, It's Al-Qaeda, It's the facts that Clinton chose to ignore because it was inconvenient to his argument. Israelis don't want a treaty which will lead to a second holocaust just so an American president could win a Nobel peace prize, and perhaps win a second term.
Peace isn't possible, because Arabs refuse to abide by any commitment to Israel. Refuse to recognize Jews' right to live, or right to self determination. Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state. No - Arabs want Israel to disappear, now or tomorrow, in stages or all at once. They say it every day. Some choose to lie to us and make Israel, Israelis, and our leaders the guilty side for their own agenda.
PS. Who moved the posts? Obama made demands that Israel stop construction in Jerusalem and agree to 67 borders - that was not an Arab demand to START negotiations before Obama made those statements! How is Netanyahu or Israelis to blame for that particular MISERABLE DEMONSTRATION OF INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMACY FAILURE?!