Sunday, June 14, 2009
Netanyahu Accepts Palestinian State Concept
In a departure from his previously stated policy, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today that he accepts the concept of a Palestinian state. And while he says negotiations should begin immediately without preconditions, he places two preconditions right at the outset.
First, he says the Palestinians must recognize the state of Israel. Fair enough. But, secondly, he says that a Palestinian state must be disarmed. That's certainly a non-starter for the Palestinians.
As I suggested last week, if the Palestinians form their own nation they will be responsible both for its security, and, perhaps more importantly from Israel's point-of-view, they will be responsible for stopping terrorists from using the new country as a launch pad for attacks on the Israelis. How, reasonably, can they do that if they are demilitarized?