April 1, 2014 - New York – The AJC weekly radio messages are broadcast on the CBS radio network, before The Osgood File. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at www.ajc.org/radiocommentary.
The full text of this week's commentary follows:
Is history repeating itself again and again?
In 1947, the UN proposed to create two states – one Jewish,
The Jews said yes, the Arabs no.
A year later, Israel was created.
Meanwhile, the West Bank and Gaza were in the Arab world’s
A Palestinian state could have been declared at any time, but
In 1967, in a war of self-defense, Israel took these lands
and offered to talk peace.
The Arab world refused.
In 2000 and 2001, Israel tried again to strike a deal for a
The answer? No.
Same thing in 2008. That Israeli offer, too, was rebuffed.
And now, Israel is trying yet again, releasing convicted
Palestinian terrorists as a goodwill gesture.
But as yet no sign of Palestinian flexibility.
So many opportunities lost because of so many Palestinian
“no’s”!Isn’t it high time for a
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This is David Harris of AJC.