According to the ‘New York Times’, the White House press secretary, Robert Gibbs, says that Obama views Netanyahu’s speech in Jerusalem, on a “two-state solution” as an “important step forward”.(1) This really has got to be some sick joke. What has Bibi actually said; well if the Palestinians accept Israel as a Jewish state and if they are prepared to forgoe their legal rights, most importantly, the right of return, and if they, and Obama, accept that the building of settlements on the occupied West Bank will continue, and, and, and, and, and then they can live in their demilitarised “Bantustans” and they can even call it a state. This is an “important step forward” for the “hype” man and you flick on the tele text on the television here in Germany and you are confronted with codswallop such as, “Netanjahu erlaubt Palästinenserstaat” (Netanyahu allows Palastinian state). Of course, what will happen now is the western media will portray Bibi as someone who is ready to compromise. This, of course, is absolutely absurd and as Saeb Erekat, the chief PA negotiator has rightly said, “he announced a series of conditions and qualifications that render a viable, independent and sovereign Palestinian state impossible.”(2) If anyone is deluded enough to think other wise then I would like to remind them of David Ben Gurion when he said, “Why should the arabs make peace? If I was an arab leader I would never make terms with Israel. That is natural: We have taken their country. They may perhaps forget in one or two generations time.” However, I would also add that two generations down the road they have not forgotten and that for all Palestinians remaining faithful to their collective memory, to the injustice that has been imposed upon them, is far more worthwhile than the irrevocable life in slavery that the Zionists are proposing for them.
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