Opinion  Nahum Barnea
Kerry’s failure, Netanyahu’s liberation
Nahum Barnea
Published: 02.01.17, 11:54
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1. Kerry lashing out
tiki ,   belgium   (01.02.17)
Looks like a schmuck, talks like schmuck, behaves like a schmuck...........99.9% likely that he is a schmuck.

If not understanding that, after the zilch time that Israel is refusing this 'grand plan of 2 States for 2 people living side by side in 'peace & democracy', maybe this genius should have come to the simple conclusion that it might be a bad plan.....as bad as the Iran plan he constructed.

2. Having a vision
Jacob Edelman ,   NYC-NY   (01.02.17)
In the current debate it is obvious that a large majority of Israelis, and Diaspora jews, are taking their anger against Secretary John Kerry to new heights. However, people are forgetting that they are dealing with a long term view and vision of the future. Mahatma Gandhi has said: "The future depends on what you do to-day". Does Israel have alternatives? Yes, if it wants to get out of the vicious circle of war, destruction and International isolation. But it needs vision which the current Israeli leadership does not have. Look at what Bennett is saying and gaining traction about hard line Israelis.
3. cynical self destructive barnea
joe   (01.02.17)
any half wit knows that kerry's plan is not defensible borders nor do the arabs want peace. only a fool like barnea or lapid would believe that. barnea's world came crashing down with the loss of a family membeer. his grief has blinded him to reaity. what do you mean the whole world wants this. what does israel want as an independent country. bibi has been too scared to put his ideas right on the table. the arabs are not afraid. the media and leftists don't dare to offend their neighbours. that alone disqalifies them from having a country.

barnea-look in he mirror. you are a cynical john kerry.
4. Kerry came in and went out like the gas bag he is.
JVC ,   LA, USA   (01.03.17)
5. The Israeli Settlements Are 100% Legal
Marjorie S Rosenfeld ,   Plano, TX, USA   (01.03.17)
The 1922 League of Nations Mandate for Palestine reserved all of Western Palestine (actually only a tiny strip) for World Jewry. Article 6 of this Mandate stipulates:

"The Administration of Palestine, while ensuring that the rights and position of other sections of the population are not prejudiced, shall facilitate Jewish immigration under suitable conditions and shall encourage, in co-operation with the Jewish agency referred to in Article 4, close settlement by Jews on the land, including State lands and waste lands not required for public purposes."

The Mandate for Palestine has never been amended, abrogated, or superseded, and the Jews have done exactly what they were instructed to do. They have settled closely on the land. Most of the settlements have been built on State land previously belonging to the Ottoman Turks, who were on the losing side in World War I and thus had their Empire dismantled by the victors of that war. Any time an Israeli settlement has been found to impinge on private Arab land, that settlement has been ordered moved. One such case was that of Migron. A recent case is that of Amona.

As for the idea that Israel can't be both a democracy and a Jewish state, read up on Yoram Ettinger's ideas about the "demographic time bomb." That whole idea has been exploded.
6. Barnea, at this point has nothing to lose!
7. Build Judea/Samaria and let fictional "Palestine" fall
Chaim ,   Israel   (01.05.17)
Israel is totally capable of solving the problem of "Palestine". Between 1967 and 1993, Israel was not nearly as rich and strong as today. Yet we governed our heartland of Judea and Samaria well, and terror was virtually nonexistent.

The answer is very simple. Israel needs to massively build Judea and Samaria, while ending the mad flow of Israel food, money, work permits, electricity etc. to evil fictional "Palestine" and letting it fall.
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