“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” George Orwell.
Several of Israel’s most important politicians experienced dyspepsia when Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon gave an interview in which he plainly stated that there is no majority in Israel’s government in support of the “two state solution.”
Danon indicated that Prime Minister Netanyahu’s professed support for the creation of a Palestinian state is for public consumption only, as the Prime Minister knows the Palestinian Authority will never agree to accept a demilitarized state, an Israeli military presence in the Jordan Valley, Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel, no right of return, or even recognition of Israel as the Jewish state.
Further, Danon explained that, in the unlikely event that a tentative agreement with the Palestinian Authority is negotiated by the Prime Minister, most of the government would vote to quash it.
What audacity! How dare Danon expose the truth about the futility of negotiating with the Palestinian Authority?
Danon’s coldly accurate statements caused the Prime Minister’s Office great consternation, so much so that it issued a statement to the media to the effect that Danon was wrong about Israel’s official policy. Howls of outrage and even demands that Danon be summarily fired could be heard from the likes of Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, Environmental Protection Minister Amir Peretz, and Knesset Members Amram Mitzna , Nachman Shai and Isaac Herzog. Even the sober-minded and realistic Defense Minister, Moshe “Bogie” Yaalon, was reportedly upset by Danon’s public comments.
What are the reasons for the outrage?
For leftist ideologues like Livni and Peretz, it is because Danon is so dismissive of the delusion to which they have been clinging so desperately for years. His comments render them irrelevant.
For the Prime Minister, such a blunt statement makes it difficult to continue playing charades with those forces in the international community, including the Obama Administration and the European Union, that insist on pursuing a “peace process’ that goes nowhere. After all, Secretary of State John Kerry is frenetically flying to and from the Middle East and pressing the parties for the resumption of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, and clarifying that such efforts are wasted might be seen as insulting to the imperious, sanctimonious Kerry. So Prime MInister Netanyahu prefers the politically correct lie that he is eager to negotiate with Mahmoud Abbas to the uncomfortable truth that the “two state solution” is dead.
The unalterable reality is that the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs, which is more accurately described as the one-sided and unremitting Arab war against Israel, is a zero-sum game. a member of the Executive Board of the World Likud, a member of Ariel University’s International Board of Governors.