Sunday, 14 June 2009

Bibi's Joke and Expert's Glasses

"If we receive this guarantee regarding demilitarisation and Israel's security needs, and if the Palestinians recognise Israel as the state of the Jewish people, then we will be ready in a future peace agreement to reach a solution where a demilitarised Palestinian state exists alongside the Jewish state," Netanyahu said at Bar Ilan University near Tel Aviv.

"If (Obama) looks at the glass as half-full, this should be sufficient," Israeli political scientist Eitan Gilboa said of the speech as a whole. "But if he is looking for confrontation with Israel, he would say the glass is half-empty."

Reuters - 14/06/2009

As the expert in glasses suggested, this is a remarkable step towards mutual recognition between Israel and Palestine - as equal partners, the first one heavily militarized and the other one demilitarized. Cheers, Eitan! To peace.

Picture: Ramattan - International Middle-East Media Centre