Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Natanyahu made a fantastic speech that succinctly addressed the history and realities of the Arab-Israeli conflict and provided a framework for a settlement with the Palestinians. A copy can be found here
This speech was remarkable in what was conveyed, namely that:
- The conflict is about the constant Arab rejection of self determination for the Jewish people in their historic homeland.
- Exploding the popular media myth that the main Arab gripe is about the territories captured by Israel in 1967 following the 6-day war, when in fact Arab hostility against Jews in Mandatory Palestine began in 1920, long before the modern state of Israel was established.
- Exposed the folly of the belief that unilateral withdrawals bring peace, by recounting the aftermath of the complete Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, resulting in the Islamic terrorist group Hamas taking power and launching missiles against Israel.
- Israel accepts the realisation of an Arab Palestinian state provided that the Arabs accept the reality of the Jewish state.
To Prime Minster Netanyahu, I say Bravo!