According to the headlines P.M. wannabe the present Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid doesn’t like the “Leftist” label.
Speaking at a meeting of his Yesh Atid party Monday, Lapid said that he had very clear ideas about Israel’s relations with the PA, and that his views should not come as a surprise to anyone. “Whoever thinks that a diplomatic solution will not entail two states for two peoples is mistaken. Any idea of a bi-national state, whether on the left or the right, would mean the end of Zionism, and I am a Zionist,” Lapid said.
With that, he added that “I do not plan on falling into the classic trap of the left, which at the beginning of negotiations reveals immediately what it plans to give away – a situation that turns what is supposed to be the end of the negotiation process into the beginning. You don’t come to negotiations with just an olive branch in your hand,” Lapid added. “We are looking for a fair divorce from the Palestinians.” (Arutz Sheva).
I don’t think that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would accept it for himself too. Livni once was comfortably in the more right-wing Likud with Bibi. Only Shimon Peres isn’t shy about calling himself Left.
The big problem with what all of them, Lapid, Livni, Peres and Netanyahu preach, whether they call themselves, Right, Left or Center is that it’s all the same. They all believe two dangerous things can and should be done: (1) negotiate with the Arabs for peace; (2) give the Arabs a state they’ll call “Palestine.”
Both of those things will seriously endanger the very existence of the State of Israel. At the event memorializing Emanuel (Manny) Winston, Caroline Glick and other speakers spoke about the terrible mistakes the State of Israel has been making. One of them is that we, the State of Israel, demand security rather than sovereignty. With true sovereignty comes security. The late Manny Winston understood it. And unfortunately the Arabs do, too.
True peace is not the result of negotiations. True peace is something that evolves when neither side aims to destroy the other one. It takes time. Whenever people claim that if we don’t hurry we’ll miss the “window of opportunity” they are not referring to true peace.
What they, the Left-no matter which label they use for themselves, propose is like a cake or bread quickly baked with too high heat. On the surface, at least for the first few minutes it may look fully baked, but it will quickly fall, collapse, all wet and soft inside.
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