...I gave a speech to AIPAC about why the two-state solution is in Israel’s interest. Forget the Palestinians and the Arabs; why is it in Israel’s interest? And just very briefly, there are three big reasons: demography, ideology, and technology.
If Israel is to remain a democratic Jewish state, then they have to come to grips with their own Arab citizens as well. And if they’re going to remain a secure, democratic Jewish state, they’ve got to come to grips with the technology that is advancing as we speak that will make every part of Israel less secure unless they have some kind of resolution. And if they have any long-term view about how to live with their neighbors, then they’ve got to deal with the ideology that is rejectionist, that is bred and exacerbated by the failure to come to grips with the two-state solution.
So that may not be the way Israeli Government sees it. But it’s only through those kinds of in-depth conversations, really centered around core issues like responsibility, that can be tied into a nation’s self-interest that you can actually make any progress.
Well, Madame Secretary, the real core issue is the Arab recognition, acceptance and willingness to coexist with a Jewish national polity, to give it geographical space to view that reality as non-threatening.
I think that if Israel follows your thinking, while the tensions rise in relation to short-term difficulties, Israel can better deal with the long-term problems.
In the pre-1967 era, Israel was no "occupier" nor were there any "settlements" but today, those are the main issues. But is the communities are dismantled and Israel is forced to withdraw from areas it knows belongs to the Jewish national home and moreover are essential for its security, what problems is solved that brought about the 1967 war?
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