23 November '16..
When Israeli media personality Yair Lapid established the Yesh Atid (There is a Future) party back in 2012, the U.S. State Department and Jewish peace activists were ecstatic, figuring Lapid would draw votes away from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party. They were delighted with Lapid again earlier this year, when he refused to join Netanyahu's governing coalition, briefly giving the Israeli left hope of preventing a Likud-led government.
Let's see what they think of Lapid now that, as a leader of one of Israel’s opposition parties, he has publicly acknowledged that there is no "occupation" of the Palestinians and that the Palestinian Authority (PA) is the obstacle to peace.
Speaking at a diplomatic conference hosted this week by the Jerusalem Post newspaper, Lapid "pointed out that the PA has existed for over 20 years and Israelis do not have a presence in Palestinian cities except when there are security needs," according to the Jerusalem Post.
Lapid was referring to way back in 1995, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin withdrew Israel's troops from the cities where 98 percent of the Palestinian Arabs reside. The only circumstances under which Israeli soldiers go into these cities is "when there are security needs," as Lapid put it—meaning, when they are chasing terrorists whom the PA refuses to arrest. The Israelis go in, catch the killers and then withdraw a few hours later.
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Stephen M. Flatow, a vice president of the Religious Zionists of America, is an attorney in New Jersey. He is the father of Alisa Flatow, who was murdered in an Iranian-sponsored Palestinian terrorist attack in 1995.
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