I am confident that my readers are familiar with the seismic upheaval last week when the United States failed to veto a United Nations Security Council resolution making all Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank illegal.
I won’t rehash all that has been said about this event. However, a reader (HP) forwarded a short video by Prime Minister Netanyahu regarding his perspective on the settlements. I found it quite interesting and believe you will as well.
Ethnic cleansing: the expulsion, imprisonment, or killing of an ethnic minority by a dominant majority in order to achieve ethnic homogeneity.
The reaction from critics was swift. Later the same day, the State Department strongly disagreed with Netanyahu’s characterization of the Palestinian position, calling his remarks “inappropriate and unhelpful.” On Wednesday, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the analogy “unacceptable and outrageous.” And Palestinian leaders have said that Netanyahu’s accusation is false.
So who’s right? Palestinian leaders have indeed insisted their state, if it were to become reality, be free of Jewish settlers.
Israel withdrew its army from Gaza and dismantled all Israeli settlements in the Gaza Strip in 2005. Four settlements in the northern West Bank were also evacuated. What subsequently transpired. Hamas rode to victory in the January 2006 parliamentary elections. Since Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005, terrorists have fired more than 11,000 rockets into Israel. Over 5 million Israelis are currently living under threat of rocket attacks. More than half a million Israelis have less than 60 seconds to find shelter after a rocket is launched from Gaza into Israel.
When Israel was created, it extended citizenship to the Muslim and Christian Arabs living within its territory. Today there are approximately 2 million Arab Muslim, Christian and Druze citizens of Israel.
The Two State Solution is an interesting political morass. If Hamas had an army that could wipe out the State of Israel, what do you think they would do? Israel has an army that could wipe out the Palestinians. What have they done?