By Simon Fischler
Obama and Kerry want to push peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
This American administration must back Israel, for it is essential that the Palestinians recognize Israel as the Jewish State in order for negotiations to resume.
The Palestinians have been caught in the act of lying too many times for any Israeli leader to continue negotiations without certain guarantees.
At this juncture is it necessary YET AGAIN to remind the world that this is a recognized democracy that was clearly the victor in repeated major skirmishes with combinations and permutations of Arab/Muslim forces?
Yet they have to make concession after concession, just to get to the bargaining table?
Imagine Allied forces treating Germany and its Axis allies as less than a vanquished foe in 1946?
Can you imagine Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin conceding their victories to the Axis powers in order to achieve “peace?”
Is it necessary to reiterate that after repeated concessions and proposed compromises, this victorious democratic nation of Israel -- which wants only to exist with secure boundaries for its people -- has to negotiate with a vanquished people who have been ejected from every neighboring Arab so-called “ally?”
Is there another nation that has had to undergo such humiliation, and has done so with relative grace and generosity? Never.
Sadly, there are those -- even at home -- who seek to appease the American government, no matter how dangerous it is to Israel.
These people are incapable of understanding that no matter how much we might want peace, no matter what we might be willing to compromise, on it makes no difference: the Palestinians won't.
What the Palestinians are really recognizing is the acceptance that there will not be a GREATER PALESTINE; that is they won't destroy Israel.
After all that is also the concept behind the settlement freeze; Israel accepting that there will not be a GREATER ISRAEL.
If this Palestinian leadership is not strong enough, or willing enough to tell the Palestinian nation there won’t be a Right of Return, then there is no point in discussing PEACE.
Of course they must recognize Israel as the Jewish State, just as Israel recognizes the Palestinians as an Arab nation/state.
Israel has already ripped up settlements, evacuated more than TEN THOUSAND ISRAELIS FROM THEIR homes, and in return received more than eight thousand rockets.
There has been no condemnation from the Israeli peace camp against the PA and other Palestinian organizations who are behind the delegitimization movements against Israel.
For this alone Netanyahu is right to demand a Palestinian recognition of Israel as the Jewish State.
The peace mongers have no problem overlooking Palestinian incitement against Israel: we just need to understand them, right?
Well I say no peace without the recognition of the Jewish Nation State!
It’s about time an Israeli leader made this demand.