Conservatives have a little slogan that they repeat quite often.
The Palestinians don't want peace.
Of course this is a ridiculous statement when you think about it.
Not ridiculous at all. All they are doing is telling the truth.
Of course the people in Palestine want peace.
If the Palestinians want peace, why do they refuse to negotiate? And when negotiations actually happen, why do Palestinians run around trying to murder children?
The issue is the terms being offered.
No, the issue is that the Palestinians refuse to negotiate. And when they do end up at the negotiating table, all the Palestinians do is try to murder children.
This simplistic slogan means you don't have to negotiate.
Note that the ONLY
reason that there are no negotiations, is because the Palestinians are refusing to negotiate.
It gives you an excuse to stop working on the complicated issues.
No excuse is needed. The outrageous accusations that Israel has never made an honest peace offer, are full justification for never attempting another.
So far Israel has been generous and has remained willing to negotiate despite the horrible lies.
But when Israel finally loses patience and walks away from negotiations for good, there will not be any need for excuses. They already have every right to do so.
If you convince yourself that your negotiating partners aren't human, then a hard-line stance that gives nothing and makes no attempt at peace becomes defensible.
That works if you are a conservative pundit talking to a conservative crowd. But Romney has a problem.
Romney is going to now have to defend this hard-line, no negotiation stance in front of a national audience. As someone who wants to be leader of the free world, arguing that we shouldn't address a difficult problem in an important region is a really uncomfortable position.
I'm comfortable with it.
That said, what is the difficult problem? Just make the separation fence the new national border, and that'll be the end of it.