By Schmoel Yitzhak
Bill Clinton is not a simpleton but he sure is a master of the simplistic.
Proof that he's not a simpleton may be found in the $500,000 speaking fee he received for attending the Shimon Peres' 90th birthday cavalcade of stars,
As for the simplistic part, Hillary's husband delivered a speech that for sheer fantasy -- or stupidity -- leaps right out of the pages of Alice in Wonderland.
Listening to the former president you'd get the impression that his reading list consists only of Lewis Carroll and Grimm's Fairy Tales.
According to the Arkansas Dreamer, Israel should make peace with the Palestinians in order to survive as a Jewish and democratic state. That's what we get for 500 grand.
Well, well, well; it seems to me I heard that song before but not from an American hustler who just pocketed a ton of dough as a self-made advisor to Israel.
Peace? Sure, we'd love it but it takes two to tango and two to talk.
Israel was ready for it in 1948 when the British Mandate ended and the Jewish State was proclaimed. The Arabs said no, no and NO -- and then went to war just to prove their point.
Israel made another attempt at securing peace with the Arabs in 1956. The Jews got another Muslim version of nix to that.
Is Arkansas Bill so thick from the neck up that he forgot the innumerable other Israeli attempts to shake hands once and for all and make permanent peace with the Islamic militants. Viz and to wit:
* Oslo Accords (1993).
* Wye River Memorandum (1998).
* Camp David (2000).
* Taba Summit (2001).
* Road Map For Peace (2003).
* Sharm el-Sheikh Summit (2005).
* Two-State Solution (2006).
* Annapolis Conference (2007).
What was the result in each case?
The Arabs refused all proposed peace deals and instead responded with terror.
From Yassir Arafat to Mahmoud Abbas, the reaction inevitably has been the same: the Arabs are unwilling to accept a Jewish state of any kind.
Therefore, Clinton should know that "Land for Peace" will never work.
Because, for one thing, Abbas is virtually powerless. Even Bang Bang Bill must know that peace is impossible as long as Hamas controls Gaza not to mention significant portions of the West Bank.
And in case Hillary's husband hasn't heard, Hamas is dedicated to the extinction of Israel. Excuse me, Bill, but how is peace possible under those circumstances?
Israelis know better. Been-there-done-that. Peace proposals from the likes of Clinton make no impression whatsoever in Tel Aviv, Haifa, Eilat and other points East and West.
As one Israeli politician so aptly puts it, "Debating the peace process to most Israelis is the equivalent of debating the color of the shirt you will wear when landing on Mars."
The reason for that is as obvious as John Kerry asserting that participants in Arab-Israeli peace negotiations enter "without pre-conditions" after which Abbas lists all his pre-conditions.
By the way, you know what happened when Israel did accede to pre-conditions, don't you?
Remember the not-so-distant ten-month freeze on settlement construction in Judea and Samaria in 2010. It was specifically designed to woo Abbas, Inc. back to the negotiating table. So, almost a year went by and then Abbas turned his back on Benjamin Netanyahu.
Bibi is too much the gentleman to tell off a President's Award-winner such as Clinton so we'll do it for him right here and now in the words of a friend from Bnai Elim in Brooklyn:
"The Arabs are unwilling to accept a Jewish state of any kind."
As we bid Clinton au revoir and respectfully thank him for his interest in peace, we also point out that his simplistic statements reek of a very simple word that also describes Arab thinking.-- chutzpuh!