Monday, May 18, 2009

C'mon, people. Is anybody listening?

Yom sheni, 24 Iyar 5769. 

"With the two-state solution, in my opinion, Israel will collapse, because if they get out of Jerusalem, what will become of all the talk about the Promised Land and the Chosen People? What will become of all the sacrifices they made - just to be told to leave? They consider Jerusalem to have a spiritual status. The Jews consider Judea and Samaria to be their historic dream. If the Jews leave those places, the Zionist idea will begin to collapse. It will regress of its own accord. Then we will move forward."

This quote comes from those hard-working translators at Memri.org, from an Arabic News Broadcasting interview with Abbas Zaki, the Palestinian Ambassador to Lebanon.

I feel a little naive having to ask this; but is this the way ambassadors are supposed to talk?  And what kind of mental gymnastics does it take for Jews anywhere in the world to keep believing that the "two-state solution" means anything other than Israel's destruction?  And that people who demand such a final solution of us are our friends?

For more detailed coverage of Zaki's remarks, in this interview and others, see the Memri.org article here.  The original ANB clip can be viewed here.
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