Prime Minister Netanyahu's speechFor those who are interested, a full English-language transcript of Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech on Sunday night may be found here (Hat Tip: Memeorandum).
Here's the full speech in Hebrew with simultaneous translation. Let's go to the videotape.
It goes without saying that the 'Palestinians' were not pleased with Netanyahu's speech and accused him of 'burying' the 'peace process.'
Palestinian Authority officials in Ramallah expressed outrage and shock on Sunday over Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's call for the establishment of a demilitarized Palestinian state and his demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state.The criticisms of Netanyahu read like a who's who of 'Palestinian' politics. Read the whole thing.
The officials said that the speech that Netanyahu delivered at Bar-Ilan University was much worse than they had expected.
They also warned that Netanyahu's policies would trigger a new intifada.
Some of PA President Mahmoud Abbas's top advisers accused Netanyahu of "burying the peace process" and said the ball was now in the court of US President Barack Obama.
"Netanyahu's speech is a blow to Obama before it's a blow to the Palestinians and Arabs," an Abbas aide said. "It's obvious, in the aftermath of this speech, that we are headed toward another round of violence and bloodshed."
I don't know what the 'Palestinians' were expecting. The demand that they recognize Israel as a Jewish state is not new, nor is the expectation that Jerusalem would remain undivided even if the 'Palestinian' capitol were to be located there. As to demilitarization, which I believe is what really angered them more than anything else, even Ehud Barak in 2000 spoke of a demilitarized state.
As to the threats of violence, all that proves is that the 'Palestinians' were never willing to compromise in the first place and were never willing to accept anything other than their own dictated, maximalist demands. They need to be reminded that they have lost every war that they have started.
I doubt most Israelis will be concerned by 'Palestinian' threats of violence. We are used to them. Like spoiled children, the 'Palestinians' react with threats and temper tantrums every time they don't get what they want. And unlike 2000, this time Israel is in an advantageous military position because it is still in and around the 'Palestinian' cities.
The speech was not designed for the 'Palestinians' - it was to satisfy President Obama. Whether it did remains to be seen.