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Time To Talk? from page 18

are about the saving of life, of
perpetuating peace. It's the perfect
time for the Israeli government
to offer a really, really generous
peace proposal to the Palestinians
as long as it doesn't, in any way,
compromise security"
Couple that generosity with
the U.S. strangely compelling
Israel to submit to four stages of
Palestinian prisoner releases since
peace talks reconvened in July.
Dershowitz continued, "For me,
it's not about land. It's about free-
dom and autonomy. Israel does
not need more land. It has enough
to support whatever its population
is going to be. Israel is going to
make it on the basis of intellectual
resources and hard work"
I wish Dershowitz had ham-
mered on the Palestinian
Authority's ceaseless nurturing of
a culture of hate among its people
toward Zionism and Jews.

At The Table
Dershowitz claims Netanyahu
would like "to be the conser-
vative who brought peace to
the Palestinians and created a
Palestinian state" Despite a hard
line with a so-called peace partner
more comfortable martyring ter-
rorists than acknowledging Israel's
right to sovereignty as a Jewish
state, Netanyahu is on record
favoring, under the right condi-
tions, a two-state solution to the
Israeli-Palestinian standoff.
The JN holds a similar position,
hoping Abbas sheds his chame-
leon cloak, defies the odds and
invites real progress by envision-
ing two states, one Jewish and
one Palestinian, each with some
minority citizens, living side-by-
side, in peace.
Dershowitz sent a buzz through
the B'nai Israel sanctuary when he
shared that Abbas would accept
the Olmert offer were it offered
today.
Asked if Abbas is a viable peace
partner, Dershowitz said: "The
real is question is, 'Is he a partner
for negotiations — yes; is he a
partner for an agreement — pos-
sibly; and would he be a true
partner with peace — it's certainly
worth a try"
Abbas told Dershowitz he would
go to the International Court of
Justice to seek standing as a state
only if the Kerry-brokered talks
fail. Abbas also has at his disposal
the United Nations, some non-
governmental organizations and
the BDS campaign to strengthen
his hand.

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The latest round of Israeli-
Palestinian talks is slated to wind
down by April.

At The Core
Dershowitz hit squarely on the
toughest task confronting the
conflict, recounting how the
Palestinians repeatedly have
snubbed legitimate peace bids,
pre-statehood and after, begin-
ning at least as far back as 1937
with the Arab League's outright
rejection of the British Peel
Commission plan to divide
Mandate Palestine.
"So the fault lies mostly with
the Palestinians" Dershowitz said,
while echoing his insistence that
Israel's military occupation of the
West Bank must end if the Zionist
spirit of Herzl and Ben-Gurion is
to be realized.
As for beleaguered Gaza City,
Dershowitz believes a thriv-
ing West Bank would entice the
Gazans toward liberty just as a
thriving West Berlin drew in the
East Berliners.
As he put it: "I think the
people of Gaza will see that the
West Bank is thriving as a state
and they will want to go against
Hamas. And there will be a civil
war"
It should only be that simple.
Alan Dershowitz, at 75, is a
global leader on behalf of civil and
human rights. His impassioned
defense of Israel against all corn-
ers is heartfelt and profound. He
proudly proclaims no country has
contributed more to the world in
65 years of existence than Israel.
Rabbi Robert
Silvers, who
moderated the
B'nai Israel con-
versation with
the Brooklyn
native, admir-
ingly quipped:
Rabbi Silvers
At Yeshiva
University High
School, you were voted a skeptic
and a doubter, but you just shared
one of the most optimistic and
hopeful scenarios involving Israel."
The problem is that Dershowitz
is far too trusting of the Palestin-
ian leadership.
While the time may be ripe for
Jerusalem to yet again reach out
to Ramallah in search of a peace
treaty, it still takes two to tangle.
And time is running out on
Chairman Abbas to prove he holds
the power, the skill and the heart
to actually strike a deal.
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