In an essay in this newspaper on April 24, Ayalon and two colleagues argued that Israel should first declare its willingness to return to negotiations anytime and that it has no claims of sovereignty on any West Bank lands east of its security barrier. It should then end all settlement construction east of that barrier and in Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem and establish an attractive housing and relocation plan to help the 100,000 Jewish settlers who live east of the barrier to relocate within Israel’s recognized borders. The Israeli Army would remain in the West Bank until the conflict was resolved with a final-status agreement. And Israel would not physically force any citizens to leave until an agreement was reached, even though relocations could begin well before then. Such an initiative would radically change Israel’s image in the world, dramatically increase Palestinian incentives to negotiate and create a pathway for securing Israel as a Jewish democracy. And Bibi could initiate it tomorrow.Sounds like a plan to me. An idiotic plan that makes no allowance for Arab rejectionism--as always, the largest pothole along the road to peace--but a plan nonetheless.
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Thomas L. Friedman Says It's Easy-Peasy for Bibi to Make Peace
What follows reminds me of all the smartypantses (TLF among them) who claimed that once Israel made Gaza Judenrein everything would be okey-dokey: