by MainStreet, Mon Nov 30, 2009 at 05:25:26 PM EST
...and the two state solution.
This diary features an article by Alan Hart concerning Israel's current strategy in dealing with the Obama administration's intent to bring an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict via the long awaited two state solution. Such a solution is obviously unwanted by Israel's present Likud government in spite of claims to the contrary, as it was in the past with other Israeli governments, save for a short period under Labor PM Rabin in the early 90s.
Netanyahu's peace avoidance strategy is not new.
This is Yitzhak Shamir, a Likud party leader, talking about his tactics negotiating peace with the Palestinians when he was the Israeli PM:
"I could have carried on autonomy talks for ten years and meanwhile we would have reached a half million people in Judea and Samaria."
And here is the former head of IDF intelligence IDF Gen Yehoshafat Harkabi's explanation of Israeli negotiating strategy in Maariv (2 November 1973):
"We must define our position and lay down basic principles for a settlement. Our demands should be moderate and balanced, and appear to be reasonable. But in fact they must involve such conditions as to ensure that the enemy rejects them. Then we should manoeuvre and allow him to define his own position, and reject a settlement on the basis of a compromise position. We should then publish his demands as embodying unreasonable extremism".