It's fear of "capitulation to diplomacy"... - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Smadar
    • 24.10.11 | 05:41 (IST)

    I could be wrong, but it seems to me that with Likud leaders such as PM Netanyahu, and many others, a diversion from use of force to resolve issues such as dealing with its adversaries, is interpreted as a sign of meekness, vulnerability and a defeat. Amongst some of Israel's adversaries they also think like this. But any smart individual has many times over stated that the Middle East conflict will only be resolved diplomatically. Perhaps Netanyahu's thinking hasn't changed since I asked him 21 years ago if he didn't think Israel was doing something wrong without negotiating with its adversaries. His facial expression to my question made him flinch with being surprised to having been asked the question. They'll argue that only (force) is what they (the Arabs) understand. Hasn't it made things worse over the decades? And can one really attribute the last two wars any advancement for Israel? The threat from Iran has become a regional concern and one cannot say that (to Israel) it is not highly connected to the conflict with the Palestinians as it evidently arose only 20 - 22 years ago. Let's put it simply this way, there can only be a Palestinian state alongside Israel so long that there's an existing Jewish State as the U.N. declaration stipulated 63 years ago. It doesn't have to be complicated if you just talk about it!

    from the article: Netanyahu is holding Israel hostage
    First published 03:06 24.10.11 | Last updated 03:06 24.10.11
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