Under the Olmert-Livni Israeli leadership over two years ago, there was an honest, good faith effort to negotiate a two state agreement. Both Israel and Palestine were close, and there were many similarities to the Saudi 2002 Peace Plan for the Middle East. Since Netanyahu assembled his coalition including Lieberman and the Ultra-Orthodox, there has been regression and intransigence. Good faith and honesty has been replaced by deceit and propaganda. Israeli leadership has been pandering to the Jewish settlers. Self-interest and greed for land replaced truth and justice. Netanyahu-Lieberman have caused Israeli relations with its Arab neighbors to regress. Iran poses the greatest threat to the Middle East. When Israel should have been building partnerships with its Arab neighbors in jointly controlling the Iranian threat, Israel was instead insulting its Arab neighbors. Israel cannot survive as a fortress state. It must reconcile with the Palestinians using justice as the foundation, and then it can go on to reconciliation with the Arab nations. The ninety day settlement freeze needs to include East Jerusalem. Then it needs to see a return to the tentative agreements proposed by Olmert-Livni. Within that ninety days, a clearly defined agreement must be reached on borders, right of return, IDF withdrawal, settlement evacuation, reparations and total independence without qualification. If Netanyahu fails to negotiate in good faith and progress as described, then it is time for the UN Security Council and the Quartet (USA, EU, Russia, UN) to declare an independent Palestine. It is also time for the USA to begin disengagement from an ally such as Israel that treats the USA with disdain.
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