Straight Talk From Moshe Yaalon

Moshe (Boogie) Yaalon gave an interview to the Jersualem Post in honor of Yom HaAtzmaut (Israel Independence Day).  One money quote:

“Does the US not see in Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s refusal to accept Ehud Olmert’s generous offer in 2008 as a lack of willingness on the Palestinian side to come to an agreement?

Apparently not. From the dawn of Zionism there has not been a Palestinian leadership willing to recognize Israel’s right to exist as the national home of the Jewish people. This is the source of the problem, and not what is called the occupied territories since ’67. The opposition to Zionism began before we liberated Judea, Samaria and Gaza; before we established a state.

In order for there to a proper prognosis, you need a proper diagnosis. We are arguing, and not only with them, but with the Israeli Left, about what is the root of the problem. Part of the issue, which influences the US and European positions, is our internal confusion.

I also used to think the solution was land for peace, until I became the head of military intelligence, saw things from up close and my thinking underwent an evolution.”

Read the whole thing.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mrZ
    Apr 22, 2010 @ 07:41:54

    Hmmm… there is a joint consensus of Israelis and Palestinians that it is in their common interest to end the conflict with two states for the two peoples, right? Now, if the Obama administration makes the Israeli leadership understand that this is for Israel’s sake that will be great. If not, the suffering on both sides will go on.

  2. Susan
    Apr 23, 2010 @ 15:49:03

    Why is it the Obama administration’s job to “make the Israeli leasdership understand”? Israel is a democracy. It’s up to the people of Israel to make their country’s leadership understand what they want. It is up to Israelis to determine what is best for Israel.

    The trouble, I suspect, is the difficulty that the Palestinians are having in making their leadership understnad what they want. They have been offered a two state solution 3 times, and have turned it down each time.

  3. mrZ
    Apr 24, 2010 @ 15:01:08

    Why is it the Obama administration’s job? Obviously because Israel can not understand it on its own. Israeli leadership is saying they want peace but act in different way. The U.S. is their only real friend. American presidents have been supporting Israel and giving it money and arms for many many decades. Tell me, Susan: What do United States taxpayers gain by having this Middle East conflict? Israel for instance gets time to grab land and force the Palestinians out of lands they wish to seize. The settlements seem to be just another effort by the Israeli government to eliminate the possibility of a viable Palestinian state. Obama realized that current situation is NOT in american interest and needs to be solved. The point is that if Israel is truly made to feel that the U.S. administration is genuinely serious about insisting on a settlement freeze, especially in East Jerusalem, the Israelis will implement it. That’s how I see things.

  4. Shimshonit
    Apr 26, 2010 @ 07:19:54

    This was a fabulous interview with Ya’alon. I address the issue of the settlements too in my post today.

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