What Is Palestinian Plan for Statehood?
Rabbi David Wolpe weighs in on U.N. bid
- Duration 4:14
- Date Sep 26, 2011
Rabbi David Wolpe weighs in on U.N. bid
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Thanks Alison -- Americans have long sided with Israel in its fight to maintain their holy land but this week the president is asking both sides to sit down and talk peace.
Is that a slap in the face with a high holidays just a few days away.
Rabbi rabbi David won't be one of them was well known rabbis in this country joins us now from Los Angeles -- nice to see this morning welcome to FOX & Friends.
Thank you pleasure to be here are you struck by the timing of all of this why did President Mahmoud Abbas decided to do this now.
Well I do think that the timing is at least a little bit suspicious it's not as though.
The Arab nations are -- aware of the Jewish calendar since you were called 1973.
They launched a war.
When you -- for to have their holiest day of the Jewish year.
But I think more important than this specifics of the timing.
-- the specifics of the action.
That is to go to the UN to try to get that which they are unwilling or unable to do with the negotiating table.
To try to make an end run around the sort of commitments that Israel has asked again and again right on the Palestinian people.
Let's specifically play this sound bite from Mahmoud Abbas the other day asking for statehood and we'll hear.
Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu responding take a listen.
I'm Newton this Odyssey is possible floor -- -- That repeated failure of success of the international attempts to stop at the east.
That's the truth is.
That Israel wants peace with a Palestinian state.
By the Palestinians want want to state without peace.
And the truth is.
You shouldn't let that happen.
The Israeli ambassadors the United States Michael -- writing in the Wall Street Journal yesterday an opinion piece saying that until palace until Palestine.
The State of Israel.
There's no discussion to be -- We'll remember you have to.
States in Palestine are two governments rather in Palestine you have -- which is run by Hamas which explicitly calls for the destruction of Israel.
And then you have the West Bank run by the PA which says that it will recognize.
Israel but not as a Jewish state.
So imagine if you have a dispute with somebody are you willing to sit down with them before they recognize who you are.
It seems to me that a prerequisite for negotiations is to say I acknowledge you and I actually think that you have a right to exist.
Ask Israel to give.
To control that.
Territory with out.
Allowing them without asking the Palestinians to ensure that they'll treat Israel as an equal partner in in peace right.
That's not only unrealistic -- it's dangerous.
And rabbi there's been a lot of criticism heaped on the Obama administration in this regard as well.
Yesterday ambassador Bolton on our air saying that we knew about this we knew that.
The President Abbas was going to do this we knew this a year ago so do you why did it have to come to this do you agree with those sentiments.
I think that it was a very difficult thing to head off in the sense that there wasn't internal drive in the Palestinian.
To do this and also the world in doorstep.
Where there are more effective diplomatic means could have been to hold it off I'm not sure that anybody really knows.
What I am certain is that this increases the international pressure on Israel.
In a wave it encourages Israel to make concessions that right now it can't afford.
Ehud Olmert who was the prime minister effectively offered the Palestinian people virtually everything they're asking for it -- The promise to flood Israel right with.
Palestinians that would effectively and Israel as a Jewish state and all they -- -- -- -- -- the -- of the Israeli state that was of that -- concession on the recognition right recognition and peace.
That's our demand recognition -- rabbi great to see this morning and great expertise sharing it with our audience is when we appreciate it.