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    • Daryl
    • 07.10.13 | 08:04 (IDT)

    Any successful negotiation requires that the parties to it recognize and accept that each side has legitimate interests, and that they need to compromise on everything except their most vital, core interests. In the case of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, it's as plain as day that if neither side thinks the other has a valid interest in the Land, than neither of them will take any agreement seriously - if they even get to sign one. Under Rabin, Israel recognized that the Palestinians have a legitimate right to a state in the West Bank. But the Palestinians haven't recgongized the Jewish People's legitimate rights in the Land of Israel as the basis for Israel's raison de'tere. Until that happens they will view ANY agreement as valid ONLY as long as they perceive themselves too weak to break it and to try and destroy what they believe is an evil, colonial, interloping Jewish populaton. A peace without this Palestinian recognition will NOT be a "PEACE OF THE BRAVE." It will be a PEACE OF THE FOOLHARDY. THAT'S WHY PM NETANYAHU MADE HIS SPEECH. It's time his demands became a centerpiece of Palestinian-Israeli negotiations.

    from the article: Four years on, Netanyahu returns to Bar Ilan more hawkish than ever
    First published 00:42 07.10.13 | Last updated 00:23 07.10.13
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