NY Times in dreamland about the Palestinians

New York Times columnist Tom Friedman has come up with a new brainstorm to resolve  the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  To allay Israeli security concerns, the Palestinians, he writes, must couple non-violent resistance with their own map for a two-state solution.  "Just calling for an 'end to occupation' won't cut it," he advises  The map, he explains, would demonstrate that Palestinians are ready to settle for 95 percent of the West Bank and all Arab neighborhoods of East Jerusalem ("A Middle East Twofer," page A19, April 4). However, Friedman seems to overlook the fact that he's merely recycling the two-state map that Bill Clinton and then-Prime Minister Ehud Barak offered Yasser Arafat in 2000 and 2001 -- a map immediately rejected by Yasser Arafat.  Friedman also seems to have forgotten that such a map again was offered to the Palestinians more recently, in 2008, by then-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert - again a map immediately repudiated by Mahmoud...(Read Full Post)