Israel is not to blame

With Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, if peace depended solely on Israel, it would have been attained long ago.

September 22, 2011 23:30
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Netanyahu and Obama meet in New York

Netanyahu Obama 311. (photo credit: Reuters)


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There has been a tendency by some to blame the Netanyahu government for Israel’s growing diplomatic difficulties, in particular over the Palestinian statehood bid in the UN. If only the architects of Israeli foreign policy had put forward some sort of peace initiative, these critics claim, the Palestinians would have aborted their campaign to be recognized by the UN as a state along the 1967 lines.

Opposition leader MK Tzipi Livni said in response to US President Barack Obama’s exceptionally pro- Israel speech before the UN General Assembly Wednesday that “[Prime Minister Binyamin] Netanyahu must initiate the peace process, not as a favor to the Palestinians but for our own welfare...Only the renewal of negotiations will block unilateral measures in the UN and prevent Israel’s isolation.”


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