“Israel’s Right to Exist”

Off the top of your head, can you tell me the last time you heard a top official in the Israeli or U.S. governments recognize Iran’s right to exist?  How about Syria’s?  The Sudan’s?  Or for that matter Palestine’s — whether within its pre-1948 borders, its pre-1967 borders, or its mangled and entirely unsettled post-Madrid, post-Oslo, and post-Road Map boundaries?


Yet, here is Israel’s Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, as profiled last July by the New York Times‘s Roger Cohen, explaining what "Her Jewish State" requires: "The West," Cohen relayed, "needs to tell Hamas, the Islamist movement battling Fatah for control of a Palestinian movement now split between Gaza and the West Bank, that it must not only recognize Israel’s right to exist but also ‘the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state, which is not that obvious anymore’."


And here White House National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley, commenting to ABC – TV on the former American President Jimmy Carter’s imminent ten-day mission to the Middle East to meet with leaders of Hamas and hear what t

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