Ehud Barak: war criminal or savior of Middle East peace?

In an article which appeared yesterday in the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, Ehud Barak, Israel's minister of defense, and condemned war criminal for his leadership in the Gaza atrocities of a year ago, announced that “peace process failures (are a) greater threat than Iran nukes,” to paraphrase the article title.

Interestingly, it was five years ago that Barak made a proposal concerning peace on the Charlie Rose Show. In this interview, he acknowledged that Israel must set its eastern border and pull tens of thousands of settlers behind it. (Aside, he also finally acknowledged the hoax of Camp David, the “generous offer.”)

It was January 25, 2005 and called: A conversation with Israel's former Prime Minister Ehud Barak about the possibility of negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians.

In a report by Haaretz dated yesterday, January 26, 2010, Barak publically reiterated his view concerning Israel's borders, that unresolved borders are more dangerous to Israel than Iran's nuclear program. Curiously, Hillary Clinton likewise proposed that renewed negotiations begin with the settling Israel borders, which bypassed Netanyahu continuing colonialism, something he is hardly interested in, given his public claims to considerable territory belonging to the Palestinians.

"Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Tuesday said that Israel's failure to strike a peace deal with the Palestinians was a greater threat to the country than a nuclear Iran, Army Radio reported.

"The lack of a solution to the problem of border demarcation within the historic Land of Israel - and not an Iranian bomb - is the most serious threat to Israel's future," Barak told a Tel Aviv conference.

Barak called on the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, to return to the negotiating table. Abbas has so far refused to restart talks until Israel freezes settlement building in the West bank, including in east Jerusalem. Abbas recently complained to Saudi King Abdullah over heavy pressure on him, particularly from Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, to renew talks with Israel, the London-based Arabic newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported on Tuesday."

Are we being snookered again or is this a legitimate offer that Barak is peddling? At the same time, it is clear that what Netanyahu seems to be proposing is an Apartheid state for the Palestinians, lacking independent borders, Jerusalem, the Jordan Valley, encirclement by Israeli forces, in short, bantustans.

What are we to believe?



Tags: Israel, Palestine, Gaza, Ehud Barak (all tags)


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