Thursday, May 9, 2013 | 2 a.m.
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is right! This past week, regarding Arab and Palestinian refusal to seek true peace with Israel, he said: “The root of the conflict isn’t territorial. It began way before 1967. The Palestinians’ failure to accept the state of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people is the root of the conflict.” I agree.
The present peace talks that involve Secretary of State John Kerry are based on the 2002 Arab Initiative that offered a comprehensive peace between Israel and the Arab world. To wit: Peace with the Muslim world only if Israel withdrew from all territories Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast War — which Israel won.
Palestinians have rejected Netanyahu’s request to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. Netanyahu further says that for the peace talks to succeed, the Palestinians must guarantee solid security arrangements: “We’re prepared to discuss many things, but I will never compromise on Israel’s security.” I agree with Netanyahu.
Herein is the crux: the Muslim world not only failing to recognize Israel as a sovereign state but the inflammatory rhetoric of its leaders calling for Israel’s destruction. Such threats are not indicative of those who truly seek peace. Any Mideast peace talks backed by President Barack Obama must insist that the Arab world recognize Israel as a sovereign state that has a right to exist. The world has already witnessed the horrific, horrendous Holocaust. This is why in the mind and heart of every Jew throughout the world are these words: “Never again!”