Gary Fine

Gary Fine is a biblical researcher and writer, specializing in topics specific to ancient Israel. He is a retired Air Force captain, a lifelong Minneapolis resident and a graduate of the University of Minnesota. Fine is an individual advocate for a strong America, a secure Israel, and a strong American-Israel partnership.

Peace Potholes

Posted by: Gary Fine Updated: July 18, 2011 - 6:44 AM

President Obama‘s recent initiative for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict recently received a “slamming” vote of no-confidence in a recent survey of Palestinian Arabs. This, despite the fact that the Presidents peace proposal effectually pressures Israel to self-destruct by collaborating in dismantling its own defensive capability.

In his recent public address, Pres. Obama stated that “there should be two states: Palestine as the homeland for the Palestinian people and Israel as the homeland for the Jewish people.” As in the past, this initiative is likely destined for the garbage bin as a result of Arab and not Israeli intransigence. In a July 2011 face to face survey, by American pollster S. Greenberg conducted in Arabic to Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank (Judea/Samaria), the results were not encouraging for the Presidents peace plan. Fully 60% rejected a 2-state solution. 66% said the “Palestinian’s real goal should be to start with a two-state solution but then move to it all being one Palestinian state {effectively ending Israel’s existence}.” Further, 73% of Palestinian Arabs “agree with ‘hadith’ quoted in the Hamas charter {covenant} about the need to kill Jews hiding behind stones and trees.”-G. Hoffman JPost 7/15/11.  In other results, 62% supported kidnapping Israeli soldiers as hostages and 53% favored teaching hate songs {about Israel} in Palestinian schools. The poll was coordinated between the Beit Sahour-based Palestinian Center for Public Opinion and the international nonprofit Israel Project.

Contrasting the Obama Administrations often contentious disputations undermining Israel’s positions vs. the Palestinian Arabs, there is clearly no ambiguity about Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann’s pro-Israel views on the same subject:

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RWYFWpMp-o

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