CHARLOTTE, NC, March 22, 2015 – Benjamin Netanyahu did not, repeat did not, flip-flop on the two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine dispute.
Those who are decrying the Israeli prime minister for his statement about a two-state solution on the eve of Israel’s election are either hearing only what they want to hear or have no clue about the truth of the situation.
Benjamin Netanyahu is many things, including a politician who wanted to be re-elected. He couched his words very carefully about Palestine in an effort to overcome what was reported by the media as a deficit in the polls. Netanyahu knew exactly what he was saying, but it is what he did not say that is more important.
What Bibi did not say was that there would be no two-state solution between Israel and Palestine no matter who was elected. Why? Because to settle the argument would end dissension between the two and without a dispute there is no way to play the “victim card” which is pulled directly out of the Islamic playbook.
As Ben Shapiro of Breibart News reported, Netanyahu never said that a Palestinian state would never exist. What Netanyahu did say, and what has been misquoted and misinterpreted by the media, is, “I think anyone who is going to build a Palestinian state today will be freeing up space to give an attack area to radical Islam against Israel. This is the reality created here in recent years. Anyone who ignores this sticks his head in the sand. The left does this, burying its head in the sand again and again. We are realistic and understand…”
Anyone who paid an ounce of attention to the Netanyahu interview with Megyn Kelly of FOX News could see the sincerity in his eyes and hear it in his voice when he spoke, as he has done time and again, about the dedication he has to protecting the people of the country he loves. In the process, Benjamin Netanyahu demonstrated more compassion for his people in ten seconds than Barack Obama has in 6 ½ years.
Both Israel and Palestine have been fighting over this situation since the creation of Israel after World War II. If a solution was in sight we would have heard about it before the Jewish elections. Netanyahu understands that giving up land to Palestine in the present environment by returning to the 1967 borders, would both divide Jerusalem and yield territory to Islamic extremists. Would the United States, or any other country for that matter, do that?
“To read that as a wholesale rejection of a Palestinian state is to lie. And the entire lazy and ridiculous world media followed. Netanyahu never flip-flopped, because Netanyahu never flipped,” writes Ben Shapiro.
Adding emphasis and context, Shapiro continues, “Netanyahu’s policy is the exact same as the policy of the man who created the Oslo Accords, Yitzchak Rabin, who said just one month before his assassination in 1995, “We view a permanent solution (involving) a Palestinian entity which is less than a state… We will not return to the June 4, 1967 lines… We committed ourselves before the Knesset not to uproot a single settlement in the framework of the interim agreement, and not to hinder building for natural growth… And first and foremost in our concerns is a united Jerusalem, as the capital of Israel, under Israeli sovereignty.”
Even if Barack Obama was intellectually astute about the Middle East, which he has demonstrated time and again he is not, his animus toward Israel combined with his pandering to Islamists has made the world far more dangerous than it was before he took office. That is true despite any failings he may have inherited from the Bush administration.
Meanwhile, in the wake of Netanyahu’s landslide victory, which the White House directly attempted to influence, and which resulted in a rebuke of Obama’s international policies, the American president responded like the spoiled brat that he is. After waiting several days to call the prime minister, when Obama grudgingly capitulated to make the call, he informed Mr. Netanyahu that the U.S. was reassessing its thinking about the peace process with Palestine.
Fortunately Netanyahu now knows he will still be in office after Obama is gone and whoever follows cannot possibly be as anti-Israel as the sitting president. The primary question is how much greater can the instability in the Middle East become given that the rest of region also knows that Obama’s follower will most likely be tougher.
And just for the sake of argument, even if Bibi did flip-flop, as so many other American politicians have done for their own political reasons, at the very least Netanyahu has not done what Barack Obama has done which is to “flop” completely.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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