Even as President Obama’s envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell, was expressing the American government’s commitment an independent Palestinian state, Israel ministers were arguing for the exact opposite position. Interior Minister Eli Yishai openly stated: “the preferable course of diplomatic action at this time is two economies for two peoples, not two states for two peoples.” He spoke in support for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu/s idea for economic development in lieu of creation of a Palestinian state. Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz rejected the two state solution and claimed “the Annapolis outline has failed and is no longer binding.”
Labor MP Yuli Tamir, expressed a touch of reality by noting: “it is rapidly emerging that the government has no understanding of our international context and is putting us on a collision course with Europe and the US. The entire world supports Annapolis while Israel alone singles itself out as a dissenter.”
On which planet are the people of Israel living? Perhaps, remaining in a bunker makes one feel secure but eventually, one must go up into reality. What are the people of Israel thinking?