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Sundown: Palestinians Receive Speech Coldly

Plus internal Hamas dissent, Jews of the subcontinent, and more

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A last Jew of Delhi.(Reuters/B. Mathur)

• “Netanyahu’s speech will not lead to peace,” and indeed created “more obstacles,” said the Palestinian Authority spokesperson. [Reuters/Haaretz]

• Bibi’s seven talking points. [Ben Smith]

• Trouble in paradise: A Hamas strongman in Gaza is pissed at the group’s leadership for its Fatah alliance and therefore its implicit backing of talks with Israel. [AP/WP]

• Frequent Scroll contributor Dan Klein has a great profile Center for Jewish History founder Bruce Slovin. [JTA]

• Excellent Christopher Caldwell essay on BHL. [Bookforum]

• The last Jews … of Delhi! [Reuters/JI Daily]

Well I mean what else?

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Jehudah Ben-Israel says:

The secretary of Israel’s cabinet, in a Voice of Israel radio interview has just stated the following: If the Palestinians accepted the legitimacy of Israel existence as the nation-state of the Jewish people now, 90% of the conflict will be resolved and the rest can easily be resolved in no time. But, if they refuse to do so, there is little chance to ever reaching peace. The ball is in the Palestinian court.

Thus, one wonders, why not accept Israel’s right to be, to exist as the nation-state of the Jewish people?

After all, this would be a declarative statement which would both show good will, without taking any risks, while relying on historic rights of the Jewish people and its connection to the Land of Israel; on ethical rights of accepting the right of the Jewish people to naitonal self-determination and independence; and, on legal rights, accepting the concept set up by the San Remo Conference, 1920, Leauge of Naitons, 1922, and the United Nations, 1947.

Not accepting Israel’s legitimacy as the naiton-state of the Jewish people, on the other hand, provides a very clear clue as to the real thoughts, feelings and plans of those refusing to accept it as such…!!

Jehudah Ben-Israel says:

First, Obama placed an unethical and unrealistic demand of Jews: Refrain from residing in certain villages, towns and city neighborhoods, only because you are Jewish, which clearly is a racist demand; and do so in your ancestral homeland, which is an added insult.

Then Obama placed an unethical and unrealistic demand of Jews: Go back to the lines from which you can’t defend yourselves, and do so contrary to UN Security Council Resolution, 242, which has been the basic term of reference in all peace talks.

In placing these demands, Obama has caused the Palestinian Arabs to refuse to compromise since even the President of the US, a long-term, close and mutually loyal ally of Israel places such demands, why should they ask for less?

Thus, the question is: Does Obama want to see peace or rather Israel’s demise, derived from a deeply rooted hostility towards it, its people and its leaders….??


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