Peace is the only path to true security for Israel and the Palestinians

In an exclusive article for Haaretz's Israel Conference on Peace, Barack Obama says that the only solution is a democratic, Jewish state living side-by-side in peace and security with a viable, independent Palestinian state.

U.S. President Barack Obama on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, June 13, 2014.
U.S. President Barack Obama on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, June 13, 2014. / Photo by AP
By Barack Obama
Published 04:00 08.07.14

As Air Force One prepared to touch down in the Holy Land last year, I looked out my window and was once again struck by the fact that Israel’s security can be measured in a matter of minutes and miles. I’ve seen what security means to those who live near the Blue Line, to children in Sderot who just want to grow up without fear, to families who’ve lost their homes and everything they have to Hezbollah’s and Hamas’s rockets.

And as a father myself, I cannot imagine the pain endured by the parents of Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach, who were tragically kidnapped and murdered in June.  I am also heartbroken by the senseless abduction and murder of Mohammed Hussein Abu Khdeir, whose life was stolen from him and his family.  At this dangerous moment, all parties must protect the innocent and act with reasonableness and restraint, not vengeance and retribution.

From Harry Truman through today, the United States has always been Israel’s greatest friend. As I’ve said time and again, neither I nor the United States will ever waver in our commitment to the security of Israel and the Israeli people, and our support for peace will always remain a bedrock foundation of that commitment.

Over the past five years, we’ve expanded our cooperation and today, as Israel’s leaders have affirmed, the security relationship between Israel and the United States is stronger than ever. Our militaries conduct more exercises together.

Our intelligence cooperation is at an all-time high. Together, we’re developing new defense technologies, such as remote IED-sensing equipment and lightweight protective armor that will protect our troops.

Budgets in Washington are tight, but our commitment to Israel’s security remains ironclad. The United States is committed to providing more than $3 billion each year to help finance Israel’s security through 2018. Across the board, our unprecedented security cooperation is making Israel safer, and American investments in Israel’s cutting-edge defense systems like the Arrow interceptor system and Iron Dome are saving lives.

Our commitment to Israel’s security also extends to our engagement throughout the Middle East. Last month, under American leadership, the international community successfully removed the last of Bashar al-Assad’s declared chemical weapons from Syria. Eliminating this stockpile reduces the ability of a brutal dictator to use weapons of mass destruction to threaten not just the Syrian people but Syria’s neighbors, including Israel. And we will continue working with our partners in Europe and the Arab world to support the moderate opposition and to press for a political solution that resolves a conflict that is feeding a humanitarian crisis and regional instability.

We are also working to ensure that Iran does not ever possess a nuclear weapon. Through tough international negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program, we are attempting to peacefully address a major threat to global and regional security, including the security of Israel. We have been clear that any agreement must provide concrete, verifiable assurances that Iran’s nuclear program is exclusively peaceful, and we have consulted closely with Israel throughout this process. As we draw near to the deadline for negotiations, we do not yet know if these talks will succeed, but our bottom line has not changed. We are determined to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, and we are keeping every option on the table to accomplish that goal.

The United States has also demonstrated our commitment to Israel’s security through our enduring commitment to a lasting peace in the Middle East. We have always been clear-eyed that resolving the decades-old conflict between Israelis and Palestinians would take enormous effort and require difficult decisions by the parties. So while we were disappointed that the tough decisions weren’t made by both parties to keep moving the peace process forward, the United States will never give up on the hope of a lasting peace, which is the only path to true security for Israel.

As I said last year in Jerusalem, peace is necessary, just, and possible. I believed it then. I believe it now. Peace is necessary because it’s the only way to ensure a secure and democratic future for the Jewish state of Israel. While walls and missile defense systems can help protect against some threats, true safety will only come with a comprehensive negotiated settlement. Reaching a peace agreement with the Palestinians would also help turn the tide of international sentiment and sideline violent extremists, further bolstering Israel’s security.

Peace is also, undeniably, just. Just as the Israeli people have the right to live in the historic homeland of the Jewish people, the Palestinian people deserve the right to self-determination. Palestinian children have hopes and dreams for their future and deserve to live with the dignity that can only come with a state of their own. And, in President Abbas, Israel has a counterpart committed to a two-state solution and security cooperation with Israel. The United States has repeatedly made clear that any Palestinian government must uphold these long-standing principles: a commitment to non-violence, adherence to past agreements, and the recognition of Israel. With negotiations on hiatus, these principles are more important than ever. All parties must exercise restraint and work together to maintain stability on the ground.

Finally, peace is possible. This is one of the most important things to remember during setbacks and moments of frustration. It will take political will to make the difficult choices that are necessary and support from the Israeli and Palestinian people and civil society. Both parties must be willing to take risks for peace. But at the end of the day, we know where negotiations must lead—two states for two peoples. Refusing to compromise or cooperate with one another won’t do anything to increase security for either the Israeli or the Palestinian people. The only solution is a democratic, Jewish state living side-by-side in peace and security with a viable, independent Palestinian state. That’s why Secretary Kerry and I remain determined to work with both Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas to pursue a two-state solution. When the political will exists to recommit to serious negotiations, the United States will be there, ready to do our part.

A few weeks ago, I met with President Peres at the White House as he prepares to end his term. As always, it was an honor to sit and talk with a man who has given so much of his life to building the State of Israel and who has so much hope for his country. Shimon Peres has been a dauntless advocate for Israel’s security, and last month, in his historic meeting with President Abbas and Pope Francis at the Vatican, he put it simply: “Without peace,” he said, “we are not complete.”

For all that Israel has accomplished, for all that Israel will achieve, Israel cannot be complete and it cannot be secure without peace. It is never too late to seed the ground for peace—a true and living peace that exists not just in the plans of leaders, but in the hearts of all Israelis and Palestinians. That is the future the United States remains committed to, as Israel’s first friend, Israel’s oldest friend, and Israel’s strongest friend.

Barack Obama is president of the United States of America.

This article was written for Haaretz's Israel Conference on Peace before June 30, 2014.

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  • 63.
    BO is captive or hypocrite
    When it comes to the U.S. foreign policy regarding Israel, Barack Obama is a captive of the Israel Lobby or an outright hypocrite.
  • 62.
    Palestinians ask for their legal rights. Israel's demands have absolutely no no legal basis what so ever.
  • 61.
    Peace and security will exist after the Psalm 83 war.
  • 60.
    US recognized Israel within its self chosen and declared borders in 1948. Everyone else has an interest in sanctity of borders. Does US?
  • 59.
    Obama's recommendation
    The US supports Israel, but Obama doesn't. Obama is no friend of Israel!
  • 58.
    A president who knows Israel is guilty has to do a song and dance to kiss the Israeli feet for tiny justuce to the Palestinians . Sad .
    I see no hope while the world protects a colonising regime that controls the USG .
  • 57.
    When they cry "peace and safety" then comes sudden destruction.
    Wow Obama what a novel idea, talk about peace when there isn't any and there never will be, while he is in charge. He urges "restraint" while the Palestinians shoot rockets at innocents on a daily basis. Would you urge the same if rockets were fired at the White House? I think not.
  • 56.
    How's that Palestinian Arab commitment to non-violence working out, President Obama?
    http://www.idfblog.com/facts-figures/rocket-attacks-toward-israel/
  • 55.
    ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Hamas and Hisbollah are in agrement with you
    They just differ on their methods for achieving the peace. They prefer beheadings, executions, rape, torture and seek a lasting peace through Islamic world domination and the ever just set of laws in Sharia. They are nicely on their way in Europe, UK and other peacefull nations like syria, iraq, afganistan etc. Everyone is for peace Mr Presdante....We are all for peace. We just speak different languages and have different methods. I think after reading your many words here they are sold on the idea. Keep the speeches coming they are really working.
  • 54.
    Sure, Bam. Just as peace was the only way for security in Europe and Asia in 1939. But a couple of things had to happen first.
  • 53.
    Obama says versus what Obama does
    It is imprudent not to take at face value anything that Obama has to say. Time and again he says one thing only to revise his position or disavow his promise later. What counts is his actual behavior and in that regard, his record is terrible. The Middle East in flames and while Obama is not totally responsible, his confused policies and feckless behavior have contributed considerably to the conflagration.
  • 52.
    Sure - Obama's words are more important than 80 rockets on Israeli civilians
    Obama's essay was top on today's paper while the 80 rockets last night from Gaza were second. This describes the attitude of Haaretz and Obama precisely. Although widely quoted, Haaretz represents (luckily) a tiny fraction of the Israelis. The majority understands that words won't put an end to Palestinian efforts to kill civilians.
  • 51.
    Oh no, again this senseless talk. The oppressor needs security? No, time to think of the dispossesed and occupied people. They need help.
    The US support a brutal military regime. It is not the first time. This is not the way you obtain peace. Mr. President, if you don't support human rights and UN resolutions, then stay away . You have so far only encouraged an occupation army to settle on other people's land and to subject these people to a humiliatingn control by a the foreign and occupying power. Can't you see that?
  • The West supports Jewish and Palestinian states.So long as Palestinians can't accept that they shouldn't expect much.
  • The West doesn't like the settlements
  • ALL the Arab states offered Israel land to the Green LIne.
    That's two states. What was Israel's counter offer?
  • Where is NEW Arab League proposal after Israel rejected their offer to accept a return to the indefensible 1967 lines and the ROR,Melissa?
  • 50.
    Israel
    Obama is preaching to the choir. Israel is thinking about a way to exterminate the Palestinians and take all their land. That is the Israeli mentality in all of this.
  • 49.
    Dear Mr. Obama,
    I don't think you are pandering to Netanyahu & friends quite enough. A bit more stonewalling and lack of any constructive thought next time perhaps?
  • 48.
    Appeasement to HMV (His Master's Voice)
    Through out the oped, I did not find a single word about Israel's responsibility. He even timid to say America's stated policy that settlement is illegal. He is hipocrite, minnow in front of Bibi. What a spineless creature.
  • 47.
    america
    and who is the lsrgest arms supplier in the world????? Americans talk about peace and sell weapons to all. War and peace is a business people...money is all
  • and let's also mention
    That production and export of arms is at the very heart of Israel's economy. $9 billion in exports, with ambitions to increase that. The industry employs 6,800 Israelis. Israel refuses to disclose who it sells these deadly armaments to. And even your own watchdog organizations found 178 violations of Israel's own arms export regulations.
  • 46.
    Shelly Dadon was an Israeli Jew killed by an Arab, how come it is not in the news?
    when the Arabs killed those 3 Israelis last week it was in the news but it did not receive anything close to the media coverage compared to that Arab who was killed by an Israeli, well it was just found out that Shelly Dadon who was an Israeli who was found dead last month was killed by an Arab in Israel, how come none of the mainstream media is going to report it and is Obama and the US Government going to give a quick condemnation like they did to the Israeli who killed that Arab?
  • 45.
    Whilst the Obama Administration states in its Foreign Policy
    That settlements are illegal it does nothing to physically stop them. It still supplies Israel with weapons and military equipment that Israel uses to maintain the Occupation and kill innocent Palestinian civilians. America still keeps giving financial aid in phenomenal sums to a blatant International Law breaker. The Obama Administration does nothing to stop American citizens from building and living illegally in Occupied territory and it does nothing to stop American business people supplying money to fund settlement buildings. Unsurprising that with friends like Israel ,Americas status falls dramatically also.
  • 44.
    Not in my Name
    We Americans can't impose peace in the midst of so much hatred. However, we should not be part of the evil perpetuated by either side. It is time to ban the export, import or any technology transfers that are military or police related into the area. This of course means Israel. Sad to watch this downward spiral. All we can do is get out of the way.
  • It's the only solution.
  • 43.
    peace is the only option
  • 42.
    Asking Israel not to act with vengeance and retribution is like asking a scorpion not to sting.
    Is he not familiar with the Old Testament? Israel, like Judaism, has always worshiped and venerated revenge. Indeed the differences between the Old Testament/Judaism and the New Testament/Christianity can be put down to two aspects: one's emphasis on revenge and the other's on forgiveness.
  • 41.
    Omaba on Israel conference on peace.
    President Obama conciliatory words towards Israel has not advanced the peace process in the past nor it will this time. What Obama needs to do is exhibit the same concern for the plight of the Palestinians and folllow words with action. If Obama is genuinely interested in peace the U.S must start to flex its muscles before AIPAC and start behaving like the super power that it is. Nothing else will bring Israel faster to the peace table.
  • 40.
    Piece for peace has never worked
    The settlers solution is a far more viable way to bring peace to Israel. I don't say the Middle East because there is no way you will ever bring piece to the barbarians that find pleasure in hacking off people's heads. But the settlers should take as much of the land as the can and when the fakeistians are driven from the land then there will be peace. Barry can't even make sound common sense decisions on any subject. He is trying to lead the Israeli people to death. Don't be fooled. He is all about his agenda. Not Israel's. He's probably looking for another Nobel. He speaks about compromise but won't work with anyone back in the US to solve the problems there. Want to use executive power to get his own way.
  • obama
    The settlements are ILLEGAL. Obama should say to Israel " Peace or no more money . The world is fed up with israel's stubborness to be against Peace . 2 people=2STATES
  • 39.
    Mr President it is time to do the walk
    Mr. President, sorry to tell you but the two state solution is dead and very much decomposed. Knowing what we know now we should step back and seriously think about the British solution that should have been made in 1920 to created an ethnic integrated democracy, non religious and with full equal rights and security for all existing residents and diaspora new comers. It is time to disassemble the failed social experiment and start anew with a natural coexistent constitutional state. You must now do the walk on your statement: "When the political will exists to recommit to serious negotiations, the United States will be there, ready to do our part," I wish you good speed !!!
  • 38.
    Why is this placing the onus on Israel?
    The op-ed places the onus of making peace on Israel. And yet, it is Hamas whose charter demands Israel's destruction. Not any of the Oslo accords have ever been met by the Arabs. So who is to blame? It's very simple Mr. Obama. Who attempted to drive the Jews into the sea in '48? Who teaches their children to kill Jews? Where does the hatred begin? Too bad I never faced you in moot court in Harvard. You are either willfully blind or a very bad thinker. Well, given the state of the American economy, and your failure in Iraq and Afghanistan (actually, pretty much everything you've put your hand to) the answer is probably "both".
  • Why is this placing the onus on Israel?
    Because John Kerry, Martin Indyck, the entire American diplomatic team and even head Israeli negotiator concluded that Jewish Home Housing Minister Uri Ariel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are primarily responsible for torpedoing the last round of peace talks.
  • 37.
    Mr. President: Any comments on the beaten American kid by IDF?
    At least have the courage to state that "it was unacceptable, immoral, and criminal of your army to brutally beat a defenseless American kid who happened to be visiting relatives in your country". You are already the weakest president in the history of this United States. But to go ramble at length commending the acts of this apartheid state and its sick army, but not to defend the right of your own citizens (because you DON'T dare when the perpetrator is Israel) earns you a medal in cowardice. Would this be your response to any other country if they treated an American kid like this? Aren't you elected to defend ALL Americans? Pathetic and coward..
  • 36.
    President Obama & The Middle East
    Since this gentleman has appeared on the scene, he has managed to set the entire Middle East in flames with his naïve foreign policy!
  • 35.
    do not negotiate with terrorist
    we tried peace way too many times.. we ripped apart the jewish people out of their house and gave it to terrorist and here is the result.. not security but terror.. you do not negotiate with terrorist neither should israel. kill the terrorist and wipe them off the face of the earth. Israel should start ignoring the world image and start doing what is right for it. USA will not save us our god and action will and beside him we have no one else.
  • do not negotiate with terrorists
    you are right and the Jewish people should never have been pressured into giving G-d,s land for peace! period. When will Israel wake up and realise that the nations offer no help, they are aginst Israel but remember this, it is written in His word, "As you do to My people, I will do to you. Judgement is comming. Israel do not listen to worldly godless leaders, seek the G-d of Israel Abraham and Isaac, He will never fail you. Shalom
  • Where was He during the 1930s?
  • 34.
    Thank you President Obama.
    Our President is a great human being and hope one day both sides get it done. Well said President Obama.
  • 33.
    if we are such good friends, why can't we get green cards easily???
  • Because no-one trusts you. Next question.
  • We're not friends. You are a dependent/
  • 32.
    What Garbage!
    Barak Obama, the Liar In Chief, is the sole leader responsible for the changing international tide against Israel. He wants Israel to disappear. Thankfully he'll be out of office in two years!
  • Nope! ISrael's behavior is the problem. It's all over YouTube.
  • 31.
    Obama can not learn anything from the
    result of his actions (or inactions) in the Middle East
  • 30.
    Big talker - did you make peace with the Taliban?
    Big talker - did you make peace with the Taliban?
  • 29.
    no peace
    There will never be peace as long as there is Zionism in the world
  • 28.
    Obama's Promises
    The only unwaivering commitment Hussein Obama bin Laden has is to the left-wing ideology of governmental control no matter the means and the ethics and the lack of adherence to his Constitutional responsibilities. Obama's idea of peace is the sound of the Muslim call to prayer throughout Israel. His assurances to Israel are about as reliable as his assurances to the American people to uphold the Constitution and if we like our health plan and our doctor, we can keep them. Israel should bide its time until this Kenyan born Muslim (patrilineal descent) gives up the reigns of the Presidency to someone who, along with his wife, doesn't hate the ideological foundations of America as espoused by the founding fathers.
  • 27.
    You're playing a worn out record, Mr. President
    Obama is doing what he does best, speaking with gravity and lofty vocabulary with no connection to reality. He talks as if the subject is two equal parties when, in fact one party has steadily lost what it had over six decades while the other party has continually gained without interruption and does so as I write with never ending settlement expansion. To ask that the party with nothing come together with the party that holds all the cards is the request of either a fool, or a person who is determined not to upset anyone. If Obama were serious with this essay, $3 billion in aid to Israel would have stopped the day he entered office. As it is there are no consequences coming to Israel from the United States. It can do as it pleases. Forgive me while I doze off Mr. President.
  • 26.
    Israel isn't interested in peace
    Never has never will.. Israel is systematically trying to ethnically cleanse the Palestinians from their land. Media pundits are all calling for calm.. This will suit Israel's interest in its continued aggression, oppression, and occupation of the Palestinians. Decades of occupation has resulted in this violence and until the occupation ends, Israel abides by international laws, innocence will be victimized. Time to take this apartheid state to The Hague for its continuos war crimes, land theft.. Third intifada is just around the corner., I suggest Israelis interested in peace to force out this settlement govt and live side by side with Palestinians according to international law, 67 borders. If not, we can go back to the 1948 borders..
  • 25.
    Please Mr. President you cant have and there never was such a thing as Jewish Democracy
    Their next door neighbors Lebanon tried having a Christian Democracy and it failed miserably. You cant have a democracy that favors one religion.
  • True! Theocracies cannot be democracies.
  • 24.
    What he meant to say:
    Please remain hiding in bomb-shelters and do not respond to the life-threatening attacks of an organization I myself have labelled 'terrorist.'
  • 23.
    We don't need him
    Obama is an idiot and we don't need his shallow propaganda
  • Let me tell you what you will need, Frank:
    You're going to need a big hole in the ocean to dump all that crap the world used to buy from Israel. You're going to need to learn how to beg for business you used to take for granted.You're going to need honor because yours is lost. You're going to need the self-dicipline to finally honor Oslo and the Road Map. You're going to need to learn respect for international law and for universal human rights stipulated by Geneva Conventions.
  • 22.
    It takes two to tango
    Please write a similar letter to the Palestinians. Both sides need to make sacrifices but the US refuses to speak to the Palestinian public in the way he does the Israeli.
  • 21.
    Well said
    He is a good man.
  • 20.
    Oh
    Oh no “neither I nor the United States will ever waver in our commitment to the security of Israel and its illegal settlements, we’ll provide money, vetoes and weapons.
  • 19.
    Palestinians ignore the part about the Jewish state.They want Obama to impose a Palestinian state only.
    The US and EU both support a Jewish state but the Palestinians think they can overcome that and get the West to boycott Israel to death. That's what they mean by peace. That's why peace talks always go nowhere.
  • 18.
    Enough with empty words, Mr. Failed President. You should have taken a stick to Israel in your first 100 days.
    Maybe if you had done that, the peace agreement would be done, two states would exist in peace, America would not be politically gridlocked (a symptom of Zionist manipulation), and you wouldn't be a failed president. But nooooooo, you wasted your entire first term (most of us think not by accident) coddling Israel while it refused to engage in real and credible negotiations and continued expanding settlements. Worse, you used a veto at the UN Security Council to block a democratic resolution condemning Israel's continued settlement construction, and you attempted to block the Palestinians from upgrading their UN status to "non-member observer state". That vote in the General Assembly (138 in favor to 9 against -with 41 abstentions) is a permanent black mark upon the reputation of America, and you gave that to us. You are a liar and a poser who betrayed the Americans who voted for change.
  • 17.
    Simple solution. Stop blabbering and withdraw the US UNSC veto vote. The frog will soon jump out of its illegal facts on the ground pot!
  • America is a dead loss when it comes to International Law
    It was quick to invade Iraq when they defied 16 Resolutions but apparently it is okay to support Israel violating 69 plus Resolutions. What is wrong with that picture Mr Obama?
  • 16.
    There they go
    Now all the Jews are going Repubican.
  • 15.
    Spoken by a man who will go down as one of the great foreign policy geniuses of all time, second only to Neville Chamberlain
  • 14.
    Don't you think it's time to acknowledge that Islam is out to crush Israel?
    ISIS have just declared an Islamic state. Hamas and Hizbollah and Iran openly declare their goal of destroying Israel. The Jihadists, both Suni and Shi, want Jerusalem to be entirely Muslim. The Islamic world will not allow the Palestinians to share with Israel and the Jewish people. It's about time you think about your Cairo2 speech Mr. President. The problem is not with Israel. Israel wants peace. The Arabs and Muslims want Israel in pieces.
  • The Arabs aren inside of their borders. Israel is invading the entire region.
  • 13.
    peace
    There are somethings that words alone cannot do. Israel and the Palestinians will NEVER have peace through the spoken word. Obama is clueless he knows nothing about the situation his forte is to talk. Well obama talk will NOT solve the problem here. Since 1948 after WW2 the animosity between the Jews and Palestinians has been on going. Are you mr. obama prepared to help your allys in Israel or not.? My guess is you will not help the Jews.
  • Israel is a dependent, not an ally. We would be most helpful to Israel y cutting off our aid.
  • 12.
    How about the beaten American kid by your first friends
    At least have the courage to state that "it was unacceptable, immoral, and criminal of your army to brutally beat a defenseless American kid who happened to be visiting relatives in your country". You already are the weakest president in the history of this United States. But to ramble at length commending the acts of this apartheid state, yet not to defend the right of your own citizens (ONLY because the perpetrator is Israel) earns you a medal in cowardice. Would this be your response to any other country on earth if they treated an American kid like this? Aren't you elected to defend ALL Americans? Pathetic and coward..
  • 11.
    Aliya
    I am committed to visiting Israel end of August and making Aliya by the end of the year. If I can be there sooner I will.
  • aliya
    wait for me, I,m comming too, besy place on earth
  • If you are moving from the USA
    let me help you with expenses!
  • 10.
    And this is why there won't be peace.
    >"Peace is also, undeniably, just. Just as the Israeli people have the right to live in the historic homeland of the Jewish people, the Palestinian people deserve the right to self-determination." So the naritive is that the Jews have always lived there and the Palestinians just stumbled by one day and their home land can be any where. Nice. I would be dreaming about 2016 if Hilz wasn't farther to the right than Netanyahu.
  • 9.
    Except that...
    by awarding israel $ 3 billions annually, it allows it to finance, subsidize and maintain the settlement and occupation regime. It is that simple.
  • 8.
    Peace is Possible
    America's lies regarding indigenous peoples stretch from Jamestown to Jerusalem. The Bible, greed, and racism unite our tribes.
  • 7.
    President Obama's Article on Peace
    My Dear President Obama, You are a very smart man...but you are an ignoramus when it comes to the Middle East. I suggest you keep your mouth shut and stop writing such stupidity. Why don't you comment on things that you understand? Shame on you for embarrassing yourself and your country. Irwin N. Graulich
  • 6.
    Mr. President you have patience of Job
    I don't know how you do it. Bibi and his ilk vilify you at every turn and treat you with terrible disrespect and a shocking lack of gratitude. Your maturity and wisdom and patience puts them to shame.
  • 5.
    Obama is a deaf, illiterate dreamer
    Hamas said it--it wants war, it wants to see the Jewish people annihilated and for certain it does not want to have to work for anything, much less food. They want war, it is high time we rid the place of them, lets settle from Egypt to Jordan. The Pals can go feel helpless and sorry for themselves anywhere. Kadima!!!
  • Mr. Goldstein-- Do you hate the natve people because you are
    Eastern European? Thus non-indigenous?
  • 4.
    peace
    Woh wonderful article. Peace through more investment in military, conducting more military exercises, developing cutting edge WMD and imposing sanctions on others basic rights. All just to protect Israel, and they call it peace. Bull shit.
  • 3.
    Your days are numbered
    One only has to look at the last UN vote , how long do you think the American people will keep giving the jewish state 8.5 million dollars a day ? Pakistan has the bomb and there no stopping IRAN
  • 2.
    Peace in the Middle East
    Hurrah for peace in the Middle East!
  • 1.
    What a hypocrite
    Yet to see an American leader who dares to stand up to Israel and say: stop stealing other people's land or we will stop paying you. Imagine how prosperous the US could have been by saving those billions every year on its own people.