The Operative Word is Demilitarized Zone
In the clip below, Pepe Escobar opines that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [the Ahmadi] has assumed the Presidency through a combination of voter fraud, guile and manipulation. In voter districts traditionally in the firm grasp of various opposition candidates, the Ahmadi won handily. He moved his troops before the election outcome was declared, as if he was expecting turmoil the moment he announced victory. He disabled Internet communications so demonstrators could not organize their opposition forces.
All indications point to a renewed cycle of threat-counter-threat this time possibly at a nuclear level. If Israel must engage in nuclear war, it would be preferable if she removed the impediments to her missiles and planes before the strike.
To answer President Obama's objections, Netanyahu's remarks at Bar-Ilan University on Sunday included a two-state solution. In his endorsement, Netanyahu said that he would accept the creation of such a state only if the international community could guarantee that it remain demilitarized. The Ahmadi's victory last week forces a major change in Israeli policy. She cannot permit nuclear delivery systems on her borders.
It is no longer relevant if the Iranian was clean or dirty.
A speech in which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared support for limited Palestinian statehood created new obstacles to peace, former United States president Jimmy Carter told Israeli lawmakers on Monday.
"In my opinion, Netanyahu brought up several obstacles to peace in his speech that others before him have not placed," Carter told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.
"He insists on settlement expansion, demands that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state even though 20% of Israel's citizens are not Jews," the former US president said. It is no longer crucial alone that the settlements cease growing.
The White House on Sunday hailed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech at Bar-Ilan University, in which he endorsed a limited Palestinian state, calling the speech 'an important step forward.'
(Click here for the full text of Netanyahu's speech.)
"The President welcomes the important step forward in Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech. The President is committed to two states, a Jewish state of Israel and an independent Palestine, in the historic homeland of both peoples," said White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.
He said Obama believes this solution can and must ensure both Israel's security and the fulfillment of the Palestinians' aspirations for a viable state, and that the U.S. leader welcomes Netanyahu's endorsement of that goal.
"The President will continue working with all parties - Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Arab states, and our Quartet partners - to see that they fulfill their obligations and responsibilities necessary to achieve a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and a comprehensive regional peace," Gibbs added.
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