Some plain talk from Benjamin Netanyahu.
My best attempt to take down some of what he said:
For there to be peace, the Palestinians have to accept some basic realities. ……Israel will not go back to 1967 lines. That is indefensible.
My favorite parts went something like this.
Netanyahu basically says, let me explain something to you, you little upstart:
Israel cannot negotiate with a Palestinian government backed by Hamas. Hamas, Mr. President, is a terrorist organization. They have just attacked you, Mr. President, and the United States, for ridding the world of bin Laden. Israel cannot be asked to negotiate with a government that is the Palestinian version of al Qaeda. Their only choice is their pact with Hamas or peace with Israel.
The Palestinian refugee problem will have to be resolved in the context of a Palestinian state but certainly not in the borders of Israel. The Arab attack in 1948 on Israel resulted in two refugee problems, Palestinian refugee problem and Jewish refugees, roughly the same number, who were expelled from Arab lands. Now tiny Israel absorbed the Jewish refugees, but the vast Arab world refused to absorb the Palestinian refugees.
Now, 63 years later, the Palestinians come to us and they say to Israel: accept the grandchildren, really, and the great-grandchildren of these refugees, thereby wiping out Israel’s future as a Jewish state.
So that’s not going to happen. Everybody knows it’s not going to happen. And I think it’s time to tell the Palestinians forthrightly it’s not going to happen.
And so there you have it.
I wonder if we could arrange for Netanyahu to be born in Hawaii. He’d make a heck of a republican candidate for president.
Posted: 05.20.11 @ 3:48 p.m.