It couldn't be clearer. As far as Israeli prime minister Netanyahu is concerned, the occupied Palestinian territories are Israel's homeland. That much was obvious when he proclaimed that Israel was willing to "cede parts of our homeland, " for true peace with the Palestinians.
Netanyahu said he believed that most Israeli people would stand behind a foreign policy based on the following points:
The demand that Palestinians recognize Israel as the national homeland of the Jewish people; a commitment to end the conflict; a solution to the Palestinian refugee issue that did not require absorption within Israel's borders; the establishment of a Palestinian state only in accordance with a peace deal that did not infringe on Israel's security; that said Palestinian state be demilitarized; the preservation of large settlement blocs within the West Bank; and the insistence that Jerusalem remain the undivided capital of Israel.
What Netanyahu failed to mention is that his hardline conditions for lifting the occupation of the Palestinian homeland are unacceptable to the world community and afoul of international law.
Netanyahu has been roundly criticized by opposition leader Tzipi Livni for being too weak to prevent the United Nations vote on a Palestinian state scheduled for September. With the vote widely expected to be passed, nations will then be free to establish diplomatic relations with the Palestinians and enter into alliances with the P.A.
"Unity to protect your leadership, prime minister, is not a worthy unity," Livni said.
"Today we are united to protect Israel against those who are working against our existence as a Jewish State ," Livni said "But this unity is not enough. We need a vision. If only Herzl could shout out anti-Semitism! But he was a visionary because he understood that it is not enough to shout out, he has to implement policies to fulfill his vision. He understood that he needs the world's support of a Jewish State in order to fulfill his vision ."
"I don’t know what is worse, the fact that you [Netanyahu] know what will save Israel and are afraid to make the decision, or that you are clueless ," she said.
Livni went on to criticize Netanyahu for travelling next week to the United States without a prepared peace initiative, and said that it was "unacceptable that Israelis have to pay the price for Netanyahu's weakness ."