Tuesday, April 27, 2010

So National Security Advisor James L. Jones Walks Into The Ritz-Carlton And...

Just One Minute suggests forgetting about the joke National Security Advisor James L. Jones told, and focusing instead on what he said:
In our pursuit of a two-state solution, we recognize that peace must be made by the parties and cannot be imposed from the outside. At the same time, we understand that the status quo is not sustainable. It is not sustainable for Israel’s identity as a secure, Jewish, and democratic state, because the demographic clock keeps ticking and will not be reversed. The status quo is not sustainable for Palestinians who have legitimate aspirations for sovereignty and statehood. And the status quo is not sustainable for the region because there is a struggle between those who reject Israel’s existence and those who are prepared to coexist with Israel — and the status quo strengthens the rejectionists and weakens those who would live in peace.
The demographic issue, based in part on the data provided by the Palestinian Arabs themselves has already been debunked, thank you. But even if we assume that Israel's days are numbered till Arabs become the majority--there is a flaw in Jones's logic.

Just One Minute writes:
If the status quo is working for the rejectionists, why are we so sure that a peace deal will command vast popular support?
Indeed, if the US insists on saying publicly that it is crucial to Israel's survival to create a second Palestinian state, what if the Arabs listen and act accordingly--stay away from the table and just let nature take its course.

In which case the joke is on the Obama administration.

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NormanF said...

The Arabs act like they have all the time in the world. They are certainly in no great hurry to make a peace deal now. The joke is on the Obama Administration, indeed.

Daled Amos said...

And if the rumors are true that Bibi has agreed to a freeze, the joke is on us too.