Opinion  Nahum Barnea
Netanyahu's headache
Nahum Barnea
Published: 30.12.13, 20:22
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1. There is one flaw
Italian for Israel ,   Italy   (12.30.13)
I don't understand why these commentors, usually brilliant, seem so blind when it comes to Israeli arabs. Abbas rules out a swap involving those areas not because out of concern for their wealthy, but for a dfferent reason. They are the next step in the war against Israel. If people believe that, in a future peace agreement with palestinians, there could be their agreement toward that definition, they cleary didn'understand a jota. It isn't only an ideologic matter. It is a political one too.The day before the agreement, people like Zoabi, Tibi, Baradekh, Zahalka, Sarsour would start an international boycotting campaign, crying their favourite reason: "reason". At least 91 % of Israeli arabs are a perfect fifth column, devoted to the enemy cause. And don't forget the "civil organizations", Adalah, Mossawa, Higher Committee eg. So why should Abbas give up to this precious weapon?? He surely didn't forget the precious lesson of Hitler. Yesterday Sudeten Germans, today Israeli arabs.
2. Positive
Adam ,   London, UK   (12.30.13)
Nice to see such a well-balanced article on this site. Useful to see pros and cons spelled out in stark black & white terms. Lets hope Bibi is not Golda in trousers.
3. No signed deal will emerge. ICC, UNSC, and Obama will decide
Steve Benassi ,   Silver Bay, MN USA   (12.30.13)
...on '67 borders, settlers allowed to stay in place in Palestinian State, NATO in West Bank, future right of return, and war reparations, effectively creating 2 States, 1 Country, Palestine Israel.
4. Looks like the US has our "Family Jewels" in a vice,so it is
tom ,   tel aviv   (12.30.13)
only a question of how many turns of the screw Kerry (may his name be cursed for Eternity) will deem necessary to apply.
5. What headache? What has Abbas agreed to?
Rachel ,   US   (12.30.13)
6. That's crap...most of the public doesn't want this
Scott ,   Haifa   (12.30.13)
Enough is enough of this stupidity being shoved down our throats by Kerry and Obama!
7. I hope for Bibi to be a fox and for the surrender
Chris Rettenmoser ,   Bayerisch Gmain Germ   (12.30.13)
to FAIL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
8. HaShem will crush Bibl
Devorah   (12.31.13)
He will crush Bibi, Livni, the relevant Knesset members, Obama, Kerry, Clinton, Ashton, Blair, Lavrov, et al, if so much as one millimeter of Jerusalem is divided. He will make boycotts and rockets look like a walk in the park by the time He is finished. So it is written, so it will be.
9. Tom, Tel Aviv #4
Steve   (12.31.13)
I am sorry. I don't understand your point. What is the "vice" Kerry and Obama have our "family jewels" in? What can Obama do to us if we do not capitulate to his and Kerry's immoral demands? What can be worse than having a Palestinian-enemy state at Israel's collective throat, arming to the teeth for a mass-slaughter of Jews when the conditions are ripe? Obama knows what he is doing. Many Americans have come to see Obama for the charlatan that he is. Why don't you see him for what he is?
10. iran next to Tel Aviv, why?
michael Pielet ,   israel   (12.31.13)
This article is the most ignorant, arrogant article I have ever read in my entire life. Question, the author makes no mention of the word iran. Perhaps he is hiding something from the israeli public.
11. A contemptible article.
Chaim ,   Israel   (12.31.13)
Barnea is one of the infallibly wrong leftists who supported every disastrous Israeli policy. His blaming Golda Meir for the 1967 War is beyond contemptible.
12. Why Devorah, you wild-eyed fanatic you
Cameron ,   USA   (12.31.13)
Yes, when the heat & pressure are on, that special ME quality always comes to the fore. Every time.
13. The article doesn't offer any solutions!
Michael Redbourn ,   Lisbon Portugal   (12.31.13)
Who would be removed and to where? The Arab right of return? No Jews in the WB when the 500,000 that are there can't be removed? Jerusalem? Recognition of Israel as a Jewish State? A very lame article that is just waffle!
14. Dear Mr. Kerry,
Albrecht Klein ,   Germany   (12.31.13)
first solve the Iran problem (that does not mean surrender to radical Shia Islam), then we can talk again.
15. lesson from history
israeli-loving goyim ,   italy   (12.31.13)
@Devorah: these are the same arguments the Zaelots used to justify resistance to the bitter end during Jerusalem siege by Tito emperor... and look how it ended: a carnage, the destruction of the Temple and Diaspora. Read Joseph Flavium's Bellum Judaicum learn from history and make a deal, for God's sake if you want to save Israel!
16. Yes he may be worried but
Sams ,   Lagos   (12.31.13)
Netanyahu has a clear path he is toeing. Past PMs have made mistakes and they paid for it. Rabin, Sharon... Netanyahu doesn't want to make mistakes. There may be pressures from world leaders and groups but the Netanyahu I see today will only soak up the pressure and will serve out his time and avoid to go against God. Don't forget, He is a bible student...God will give him the wisdom to lead Israel aright...
17. #12 They can't all be stupid Yanks, can they?
18. #3 Not mine
Steve Benassi ,   Silver Bay, MN   (12.31.13)
19. How much courage does it take to commit suicide?????????
Sick leftists in ,   Israel   (12.31.13)
No much, according to the author. He is all for Israel jumping to its death. Sooner the better.
20. Netanyahu's headache
Harold ,   USA   (12.31.13)
Netanyahu should stop reading his father's extreme Zionist books that states Israel's borders are from the Nile to the Euphrates. The world never believes and recognizes these statements. Obama and Kerry will create the State of Palestine next year (2014) and it's going to be their legacy.
21. Jordan lost NO territory in 1967
Ian ,   Newcastle upon Tyne   (12.31.13)
There is a very large dollop of amnesia and historical revision in this article.Jordan didn't lose ANY territory in 1967;it was forced to withdraw from territory that it had been occupying illegally since 1948.The State of Jordan remained whole within its legal borders. Not only that,the Jordan regime made no attempt in those 19 years to set up the Arab Palestinian State in the 'territories' now demanded of Israel and,as far as I recall,was never pressured by the rest of the world to do so...in 19 years. The only UN recognised International Law allots Judea and Samaria to Jewish settlement and a Jewish homeland along with the rest of Mandate Palestine.There is no law that allots Judea and Samaria to any Arab state,existing or to be founded.I challenge anyone to produce one. THREE CHEERS FOR ISRAEL!!!
22. Baseball is American's favourite sport?!??
Jersey Jew ,   New Jersey, USA   (12.31.13)
Clearly, this author knows not Americans, hence knows not much ...
23. To N 8, Devorah
Luiz F Haddad ,   Niteroi, Brazil   (01.01.14)
Dear lady, peace depends on Arab Palestines. Since I was a teenager, I know Israel has struggled for it. She was attacked several times and won the wars. If Ramallah's leaders agree about new frontiers, a demilitarized State, and limited autonomy over some Jerusalem's quarters (because it is the eternal capital of Israel), I think the conflict can be ended. But if they don.t, be sure that we, friends of yours, will endorse the defensive necessary acts. Good New Year. Shalom.
24. To N 11, Chaim
Luiz F Haddad ,   Niteroi, Brazil   (01.01.14)
My brother, I hope you are not angry with me. You know I love and support Israel, and, just for that, I endorse a secure and honourable peace. But it depends, verily, on the other side. Your State has wanted it, even before 1948. God bless you and all Israeli brothers and sisters. Happy New Year. Shalom.
25. #8 Devorah
Moshe ,   Tiberias, Israel   (01.01.14)
Madam, please use some logic in your counter arguments. Here is not the place for fire and brimstone
26. #11 Thank you. Your criticism of this
On the Balcony   (01.01.14)
article is a seal of approval by right thinking Jews and Israelis. We will jst have to wait and see. And the wait will not be long.
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