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Netanyahu tells U.S. Congress Israel ready for painful compromises

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he was willing to make “painful compromises”

Har! As opposed to the "peaceful compromises" Israel has been making for 20 years...

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Yes I'm sure Hamas was making the compromises go "peacefully" as well right Dent?

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Whatever... after seeing the blind support he still has there he won't concede anything at all except for maybe scrapping one settlement plan for a year or so.

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Yes I'm sure Hamas was making the compromises go "peacefully" as well right Dent?

Really? I am not so sure.

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The Palestinians need to put down the guns, and start doing something with their lives. When the Israelis see that, only then should they help them out.

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Both sides are being stupid. Palestinian politicians labeling declaration of war is overcooking it. Netanyahu softened up a bit, as Obama toughed out his position, and Netanyahu could afford to soften up after getting applause from the largest pro-Israel lobby group AIPAC (BTW, there is also the 2nd largest pro-Israel lobby group, but that group is also known to criticize Israel at times, unlike AIPAC, so it's never invited). And of course Congressmen would appeal to their Jewish constituents, the same way Obama appealed to Irish-American voters.

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smithinjapan:"Whatever... after seeing the blind support he still has there he won't concede anything at all except for maybe scrapping one settlement plan for a year or so."

Support for Israel is indeed at a 17-year high.

I suspect that goes for all of North America.The Canadian government refuses to endorse Obama's plans to make the 67 borders official.The "carte blanche" business will continue.

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Netanyahu ready for "painful compromises"? What a joke. This guy has done everything in his might to undermine even the smallest progress in the negotiations with the Palestinians. But what I really find embarrassing is the way he got applause in Congress.

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Palestinians should ONLY accept the UN 1947 proposal, Although it was so biased. In 1947 the population of Palestine was 33% jewish and 67% non. But the minority 33% got 53% of the land. Go figure. The zionists didnt accept it because they beilieve the whole of palestine should b cleansed and only jewish. And the thieving started. 67 boarder is a great compromise by the Palis. If i were them, i wouldnt accept that. I would only compromise on the 47 proposed division. It would be great to give back all stolen land by the zionests but.. Simple google search would reveal all this info on UN sites or wikip

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I doubt that a compromise will be easily reached.

Simple answer: Water rights. The area is not very water-rich and who controls the springs, etc controls a lot and has a lot of power.

Like with nearly all conflicts it is more about resources than anything else.

But lets see how things will develop, Israel is feeling the pressure from many sides now.

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The Palestinians will be happy only when all of the Jews are dead or driven out. Making an agreement with them is like making an agreement with Russia, worthless. Watch and learn, Egypt and Jordan will be foes again and soon. Israel is between the rock and the hard place but appeasement will not give them peace only death.

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smithinjapan:"Whatever... after seeing the blind support he still has there he won't concede anything at all except for maybe scrapping one settlement plan for a year or so."

Lets consider. What have that Pals given up? As far as I can tell, nothing. They're still pushing to get East Jerusalem, all of the west Bank and they're still attacking Israel. What has Israel given up? Can you say Gaza? Israel has already given a sign of good faith, the Pals though can't be bothered. I see no reason why Israel should even consider negotiations until the Pals demonstrate an actual willingness to seek peace.

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