Netanyahu’s perspective on “the settlements.”


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 cleansingthe 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?

Roy Filly

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5 Responses to Netanyahu’s perspective on “the settlements.”

  1. Flayer says:

    Facts! Facts! Bah. Your facts are Islamophobic and racist and “not helpful” (Obama’s favorite accusation).

  2. David L. Wood says:

    Flayer is short-sightedly biased. Is spite of all the attempts to achieve a peaceful agreement between Israel and the “Palestinians,” the leaders of Hamas (the Palestinian spokesman and leader of Hamas continues to proclaim that under no circumstances will the Palestinians recognize the Israelis’ right to exist and have pledged annihilation of Israel. Is it any wonder that there can be no agreement between the two sides? It is undeniable that from the ‘Palestinian’ Gaza Strip since 2005, more than 11,000 rockets have been fired at Israel. That sure sounds like a “fact ” to insure peaceful negotiations.

  3. Starchild says:

    My impression has been that settlements are widely called an obstacle to peace not because “no Jews in the Palestinian areas” has been a negotiating condition on the Palestinian side, but because the more Jewish settlers there are in the West Bank (aka Judea & Samaria), the more pressure there will be on Israeli leaders not to allow those areas to become part of a Palestinian state in any peace deal, thus effectively vetoing the apparent path to a deal.

    But if it is true that “no Jews in any future Palestinian state” really is the position of Palestinian leaders (not just Hamas, who have never been negotiating partners, but the Palestinian Authority government of the Fatah party), then Prime Minister Netanyahu has a very legitimate point that deserves wider circulation.

    • Roy Filly says:

      You make some good points. However, I’m not sure how one takes Hamas out of the equation. They are very much in the equation and predictions are that if the Palestinian Authority government of the Fatah party ever allows another election they will be roundly defeated by Hamas.

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