Post Pope, Israel may support 2-state solution – UPDATED

The AP is reporting thusly:

On the eve of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s crucial visit to Washington, his defense minister suggested Saturday the Israeli leader might be ready to endorse a Palestinian state when he meets President Barack Obama.

That would be a significant shift for Netanyahu, who has made clear in the past that he does not think the Palestinians are ready to rule themselves. But that position has put him at odds with long-standing U.S. policy that supports Palestinian statehood as the cornerstone of Mideast peace efforts.

You got that? Netanyahu may be willing to support a 2-state solution, and it’s because he’ll soon be meeting with President Barack Obama. The Pope’s recent meeting with Netanyahu, and the papal support for a Palestinian State? Not even mentioned.

Such gigantic news could not come, of course, “on the heels of a meeting with Pope Benedict XVI.”

It can only come “on the eve of [a] crucial visit to Washington.”

Yeah, that’s the ticket.
Because only Obama, who did very little before taking on the Oval Office, has the wisdom and the gravitas to bring Netanyahu to such a position. You can’t expect the 83 year-old professor who lived through Nazism and Statism and understands that the greatest evils of the 20th century began with people disrespecting the personhood of the guy standing next to them, to have had any impact on Israel’s thinking.

You can’t expect an old intellectual who has been talking about the battle between truth and relativism from his teenage years in a POW camp, through his elevation to the papacy, to have contributed anything of value to the decades-long acrimonies of the Middle Eastern Nations can you?

Of course not. If there is anything good that happens in the world, right now, it is an Obamian-good at its root.

That does seem to be the way things are trending, anyway.

Even committed secularists need their godlings.

Wall Street Journal: Yechiel Eckstein says the world desperately needs Benedict’s model of reconciliation.

UPDATE Bookworm has some thoughts on the “two-state” solution:

There is already a two state solution. It’s called Jordan, and has been Jordan since the 1920s. What the loopy-loo wackos on the Left (and, increasingly, in the middle) don’t understand, is that the Arabs have never wanted and will never want a two state solution. They want a Judenrein world, and they’re patient.

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  • DonnaC

    I think this is kind of humorous; because if there’s one other person on planet Earth, besides Benedict XVI, who will not feel a “thrill running up his leg” while standing with Obama, it will be Netanyahu.

    Look at all the money we funneled to the Palestinians, via the UN, during Arrafat’s reign; and what difference did it make–na da. Why not? Because the Arab world made sure it never reached the desperately poor Palestinians. Of course the Arabs they don’t want a Palestinians state, otherwise, they wouldn’t have their straw man, Israel, to blame for the abject poverty that exists there.

  • Hantchu

    I’m skeptical of the so-called two state solution AT THIS POINT IN TIME for several reasons. The first and foremost is, look at what the Palestinian “leadership” has wrought in Gaza. Billions of dollars in foreign aid, fertile land, beautiful coastline, and they still act as though the main purpose of their sovreignty is the destruction of Israel. What about their own citizens? What about building hospitals and schools, improving public health, putting in traffic lights, and running a relatively uncorrupt government? A state cannot be maintained on hatred and cronyism alone.

    From my many encounters, primarily with very ordinary, un-priviledged Palestinians whom we have treated at Hadassah Hospital here in Jerusalem, I believe they deserve better. Bill Buckley once said that he would rather be governed by the first 1000 names in the Cambridge phone book than by the faculty of Harvard. If only an analogous situation could be achieved in Gaza!

    This is not the fault of Israel, nor would it be responsible for the government of Israel to have continued to abandon the fate of citizens of the Negev region to Palestinian bombing. As soon as the Palestinian Authority shows any sign of seriousness about peace (as in not bombing or dispatching terrorists to Israel), Israel will compromise to the maximum degree possible. After the last several years, it is the Palestinians who have some confidence-building to do.

    Having said that, I think Pope Benedict has done what he can, as a religious, and not a political leader, to try to effect change and improvement. Take note–the young Benedict had every opportunity to seek his vocation in politics and steadfastly chose to work in the spiritual realm. Again, at this point in time, that may be the best venue in which to work for Middle East peace.

    And pray for the Palestinians. They are more misled, oppressed, and enmired than the Germans among whom Ratzinger grew up.

  • jtm

    Isn’t this the kind of thing that irked St. Augustine? In The City of God, the good doctor sneered at the Romans who — when things were cool — mocked Christians for praying to God and not the State. But then when things got heated during the barbarian invasions, the secularists ran to inside the Churches for protection because they recognized the enemy which didn’t fear the Roman Army feared something much greater. Of course, when the danger had passed, they came back out and resumed ridiculing Christians for their backward superstitions.

    Yes, the secret of the secular State has always been to siphon values and wisdom from the real faith, but to call it their own intellectual achievement, and then take credit for the Good it brings. It’s the story of modern history.

  • Mimsy

    I agree with Bookworm. Jordan has been the Palestinian state for nearly 60 years or so. How’s that working for them? Why does it seem that Muslim-run countries wind up like a garden with salt poured all over? In any case, the world is always willing to make Israel compromise, but not the Muslim countries. It sort of parallels the situation of when Democrats have the majority, they can do whatever they want, but when Republicans have the majority, everyone wants them to be bipartisan. I would not be against another Palestinian state if it would really work, but I think what really will happen is that we will continue to stack the deck against Israel.