After suffering an enormous amount of pressure from the Obama administration, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has suggested the creation of a limited Palestinian state. The conditions would be as follows: a Palestinian disarmament and the Palestinian recognition of Israel as the Jewish state.
Those are the best preconditions suggested to date. Those are the two key issues that need to be dealt with before the Palestinian state can be realized. I'm sure Netanyahu is doing this with some hesitation and is only doing it because if not, he risks losing the United States as an ally.
If Palestine cannot accept disarmament or recognize Israel, there can be no arguing that Palestine wants peace.
And in honor of Flag Day:
If anyone, then, asks me the meaning of our flag, I say to him - it means just what Concord and Lexington meant; what Bunker Hill meant; which was, in short, the rising up of a valiant young people against an old tyranny to establish the most momentous doctrine that the world had ever known - the right of men to their own selves and to their liberties.
~Henry Ward Beecher
That piece of red, white and blue bunting means five thousand years of struggle upwards. It is the full-grown flower of ages of fighting for liberty. It is the century plant of human hope in bloom.
You're the emblem of The land I love. The home of the free and the brave.
~George M. Cohan
God Bless America!
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