Having so absorbed Arab propaganda that Judea and Samaria is Arab land, and that the Falacstinians are a "people," Barak believes Israel faces dark alternatives if she does not negotiate a settlement with the parties that have sworn to destroy her: a bi-national state, or the unilateral declaration of an independent Falacstinian state in Yesha.
The defense minister said that the fact that Israel was controlling another people for 42 years was at the root of "weakening international support for Israel and phenomena like the Goldstone Report." Barak stated that "it is our responsibility to end this. We have vital interests and nothing needs to happen at any price or by running amok, but we must not be confused regarding our responsibility to reach an agreement with the Palestinians."
Yet another prominent Israeli politician publicly accepting the myth of "occupation," while dismissing the genocidal aims of the Arabs. Reaching an agreement with those who have sworn to kill you is not being responsible. It is being stupid. The Goldstone Report did not happen because Israel is "controlling another people." International support for Israel is not weakening because Israel is "controlling another people."
These things are happening because there has never been much in the way of support, or love of Israel by the international community. Barak is blind to his own nation's history. What was the problem in 1929? What was the problem in the 30's? What was the problem in 1948? What was the problem in the 50's and 60's? There were no "settlements." There was no "occupation," unless you define it the Arab way: the presence of a single Jew anywhere between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean.
Yes, Israel has been irresponsible. Not because it is "controlling another people," but because it has failed to eliminate its enemies. The PLO/Hamas are not parties to be negotiated with. They are parties to be destroyed. No sovereign nation would tolerate a genocidal force in its midst as long as Israel has. And why does this happen? Because Israeli politicians are, for the most part, still guided by the false Zionist notion that if Jews will just act like everyone else, and do what the world tells them to, the world will suddenly stop trying to kill us. This was a false premise in the early 20th century, and it is just as false now.
There is only one guarantee of survival for a Jewish state: the removal of its enemies from her midst, in conjunction with the establishment of real Jewish leadership in Israel that believes enemies are eliminated, not negotiated with and given Jewish land, period.
So while blind, stupid idiots like Ehud Barak and Shaul Mofaz think inside the box of death that the world has been desperately trying to put Israel in for the past 61 years, at least there are some voices that are speaking something resembling sense.
Addressing the Saban Forum in Jerusalem, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman addressed the elephant in the room, reportedly saying that establishing a Palestinian state will not end the conflict. He also reportedly stated that Israeli Arabs would demand the creation of autonomous zones in the Galilee and Negev, while strengthening ties with the PA. Now, this was supposed to be a closed door forum, but Lieberman's comments were immediately reported by Israeli news outlets. So, when do you think the retraction and backspin from Lieberman will happen? I'm guessing no later than Monday, if it hasn't happened already.
Uzi Landau said that any unilateral actions toward declaring independence should be met with an accompanying Israeli annexation of territories in Yehuda and Shomron. Allowing things to go that far with a hostile enemy is ludicrous. If Hamas/PLO were eliminated, if the Israeli body politic was led by those who have the conviction to remove the enemy from their midst, none of this would be an issue. What's the difference between taking that initiative now, or waiting for this dueling unilateral action that Landau describes, which would no doubt lead to bloodshed, perhaps on an even larger and more anarchic scale? Why is decisiveness so elusive for Israeli politicians?
There is only one way to achieve peace with a political/terrorist body that is dedicated to your genocide: Victory.
In a related story that can only be characterized as "news of the weird," DEBKAfile is reporting that Marack Pajama is sending Bill Clinton to lead emmisaries to the PA to put the kaibosh on the Arabs unilaterally declaring an independent state in Yesha. If this is true then it can only be about one thing: Marack, who lost control of the Middle East diplomatic front faster than a contestant in a greased pig catching contest, would only become more unpopular in the region than he is now, and would have no peace settlement for his 2012 resume. This is what happens when you elect a narcissist with daddy issues to the presidency. Way to go America!