2:02 PM, Apr 4, 2014 • By ARYEH TEPPER
So the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are, predictably, collapsing. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry responded to the frustration of his manic peacemaking efforts by quoting an ancient complaint, "There’s an old saying, you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink. Now it's time to drink and the leaders need to know that."
To which one might respond with the words of Psalms: "Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding."
The secretary of state's hubris is cause for wonder. What is the metaphorical water to which Kerry refers? A two-state solution. In Kerry's view, the two-state solution is clearly in the interest of both parties: the Palestinians get their state and Israel gets to preserve its democratic character. And he cannot understand why in the world Netanyahu and Abbas just don't get it.
But Netanyahu gets it. Netanyahu gets that Palestinian violence against Jewish settlement in the land of Israel dates back to the 1920's, well before the West Bank was "occupied" and the state of Israel even existed. Netanyahu gets that the Palestinian "right of return" is a thinly veiled attempt to reverse the results of 1948. Netanyahu gets it that the root of the conflict lies in the principled refusal to recognize the legitimacy of a Jewish nation-state in the "Arab Middle East."
The present administration will stubbornly cling to its intellectual prejudices. One can only hope that subsequent administrations will be sufficiently tough-minded to see Palestinian rejectionism for what it is. After all, viewed in light of Palestinian rejectionism the sad history of Middle East peacemaking makes perfect sense.
Mar 17, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 26 • By LEE SMITH
From his place on the podium at AIPAC’s annual policy conference last week, Benjamin Netanyahu surveyed the Middle East. “On the one side stands Israel, animated by the values we cherish,” said the Israeli prime minister. And on the other side are Iran, Bashar al-Assad, and Hezbollah—“the forces of terror . . . steeped in blood and savagery.” There’s a “moral divide,” said Netanyahu, “that separates Israel from its enemies.”
Does Obama Care?10:53 AM, Mar 3, 2014 • By ARYEH TEPPER
In President Obama's blindside of an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg, finely timed for Prime Minister Netanyahu's arrival in Washington and the opening of the AIPAC conference, Obama made the following, revealing remark, "I believe that President Abbas is sincere about his willingness to recognize Israel and its right to exist."
9:44 AM, Feb 25, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
German chancellor Angela Merkel is in Israel visiting Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. This photo, apparently taken by photographer Marc Israel Sellem of the Jerusalem Post is making waves:
As Jerusalem Post report Ben Hartman notes on Twitter:
Netanyahu at an IDF base on the Golan Heights treating Syrian civilians attacked by Assad.9:04 AM, Feb 19, 2014 • By LEE SMITH
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited an IDF base on the Golan Heights that treats wounded Syrian civilians who safely made their way across the border. Netanyahu visited the wounded and then later, surrounded by IDF doctors, nurses and soldiers, addressed the press in this Youtube video:
12:00 PM, Dec 16, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid Secretary of State John Kerry a backhanded compliment in a recent speech to the Union for Reform Judaism.
12:17 PM, Nov 10, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu says that the reported U.S.-Iran nuclear deal favors Iran. "Iran gives practically nothing and it gets a hell of a lot," Netanyahu said on CBS this morning. "That's not a good deal."
7:51 AM, Nov 8, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
A very unusual statement from the Israel prime minister on the eve of a possible nuclear detail between the U.S. and Iran:
"If Israel is forced to stand alone, Israel will stand alone."7:49 PM, Oct 1, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The text of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech today at the United Nations (via Haaretz):
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: Thank you, Mr. President.
12:37 PM, Jul 19, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Barack Obama slighted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel in recorded remarks for the opening of the Maccabiah games in Israel. (Obama's remarks begin at 2:27:24 in the video below.)
2:02 PM, Mar 24, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
On Friday, President Barack Obama left Israel, after spending a couple days with the leaders of America's closest ally in the region.
12:15 PM, Mar 21, 2013 • By ELLIOTT ABRAMS
President Obama spoke to the Israeli people today, at the Jerusalem Convention Center. His remarks moved his administration toward the pre-Obama consensus views of the Clinton and Bush administrations, indeed at several points echoing Bush’s 2008 speech to the Knesset. But he presented a view of the chances for peace with the Palestinians that was far rosier than reality permits—or than he may really believe.