“I believe the window for a two-state solution is shutting,” US secretary of state tells House Foreign Affairs Committee.John Kerry is an intellectual lemming. There is no "window" for the two-state solution. The two-state solution can be achieved, however long it takes, so long as the parties involved want a two-state solution.
US Secretary of State John Kerry warned on Wednesday that the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict could be dead within two years.
“I believe the window for a two-state solution is shutting,” Kerry told the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee. “I think we have some period of time, a year, a year-and-a-half, or two years or it’s over.”
The secretary of state’s comments come amid a renewed US drive to rekindle direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, which have been largely frozen since late 2008.
US President Barack Obama – along with Kerry – visited Israel last month to speak with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. Kerry returned again last week for further meetings, and promised to come back shortly.
He is scheduled to unveil a plan soon to improve the Palestinian economy in hopes that it would help the Palestinians return to the table.
Kerry's notion that we have only about two years is entirely arbitrary. And the very idea that the Arab settlers need to be bribed in order to accept sovereignty on Jewish land is absolutely ridiculous. I thought that these people were oppressed? What kind of oppression is it when those who suffer under the boot of that oppression refuse their own freedom unless Israel and the west offers them financial incentives to do so?
You guys are being taken for a ride, but at least the people who read here and who participate here tend to know that.
If Kerry and Obama want to make history by concluding a peace deal between the Arab colonists and the indigenous Jews they could do so, but it will require pressuring the Arabs, not the Jews, for the simple reason that the Jews have already agreed to two states for two peoples going all the way back to 1937. Yet against all reason the Obama administration still thinks that pressuring the Jews to accept what we've always accepted, while throwing money at the local Arabs, who have never accepted a state for themselves in peace next to Israel, is a good idea.
And that's the point.
The only thing that's killing the two-state solution is Arab racism against Jews. Were it not for the fact that the Arabs refuse to allow Jews to live in any future state in Judea and Samaria they could have come to a negotiated conclusion of hostilities long ago. The fact that local Arab dictator Mahmoud Abbas uses the presence of Jews in Judea and Samaria as his excuse not to negotiate should awaken us all to the malicious anti-Jewish racism at the very core of the Arab political movement in opposition to social justice for the Jews in the Middle East.
The Arab colonial movement is anti-Semitic, anti-Zionist, anti-American, anti-women, anti-gay, anti-liberal, and anti-democratic, yet we continue to play games with these people as if they are serious about peace. They aren't.
What they want is victory and the sooner that we understand that - the sooner that Barack Obama figures that out - the better off we will all be.