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Solution was a Non-Starter - Even in the Bush Era - As Evidenced by Gaza

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Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), Jun 8, 2011 at 15:57

Last month, the American audience was treated to what can only be described as an appeal to understand how an Israeli leader must lead his nation in the face of the obstacles and enmity being thrusted upon his people. Even as international pressure to force Israel into a compromise that even the most amicable of critics infer will be the undoing of the status quo for the entirety of the Middle East, PM Netanyahu attempts to relieve a little of that pressure by still offering to negotiate, ostensibly for a bi-part state, but in any event, some solution that could conceivably allow a 'Palestinian' entity to function peacefully alongside Israel. For a number of reasons, this is seemingly untenable as we hear from the other side of the table, the purported recipients of the negotiations.

First, the 'Palestinian' parties to any deal have refused unequivocally to relent on their stance that Israel has any rights, at all. Many have said so, but Erekat in Arabic represents the political faction of Fatah's position, does explicitly so.

Second, even PM Netanyahu has indicated that the success of any negotiation must have a tangible recipe and executable format for a peaceful co-existence. Not in anything that has been proffered by the 'Palestinian' interests or international agents for the Middle East peace process has any form of such guarantees. Israel would be foolish to think that under any current plan that they might get a fair deal. But, PM Netanyahu is not a fool.

Third, the international community has yet to offer any truly equitable and operable solution for solving the 'Palestinian' issues, choosing instead to resort to the decade's old methodology of forcing Israel to concessions incorrectly thought to be a means of obtaining resolution to the issues at hand. The 'Palestinians' and their agents of influence worldwide continue in this pandering to the global community to force the issue, and in September, the world will evidently witness the next attempt.

Fourth, look at Gaza - if this responsibility could not be handled - how much less if more is condemned to suffer Gaza's plight.

Fifth, an irrepressible thought, that the neighboring political situation may force the Israeli's into a different defensive posture that will mean a completely different and necessary tactical response than seen before. And the international community's complicity will have been the critical reason for it all. All of this is to say: that the 'Two State Solution' was a formula for disaster for all concerned from its very inception, in and of itself a deception. Too bad the game had to be played out: next, the price for playing is requested and too few have any ability to pay.

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