Caroline Glick, senior contributing editor of The Jerusalem Post, wrote a piece in response that appeared in The New York Times. She pointed out that Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven’s statement that a two-state solution requires mutual recognition and a will to peaceful coexistence “inadvertently gave the game away” since the Palestinians will do neither:
“Lofven, Straw and their colleagues throughout Europe aren’t stupid. They know what they’re doing. They know that Gaza, which Israel vacated nine years ago, is a terror state run by the jihadists of Hamas.
“They know that if Israel succumbs to their political and economic warfare and cedes its capital city and historic heartland to its enemies, it will be unable to defend its remaining territory. And they know that like Gaza, those areas will quickly be taken over by Hamas, which will use them to launch a war of annihilation against Israel in conjunction with its jihadist brethren in surrounding states.
“In other words, they know that in recognizing ‘Palestine’ they are not helping the cause of peace. They are advancing Israel’s ruin. If they were even remotely interested in freedom and peace, the Europeans would be doing the opposite. They would be working to strengthen and expand Israel, the only stable zone of freedom and peace in the region. They would abandon the phony two-state solution, which as Straw and Lofven revealed, is merely doublespeak for seeking Israel’s destruction and its replacement with a terror state.
“With strategic blindness and moral depravity now serving as the twin guideposts for European policy toward Israel, Israel and its supporters must tell the truth about the push to recognize ‘Palestine.’ It isn’t about peace or justice. It’s about hating Israel and assisting those who most actively seek its obliteration” (“There Should Be No Palestinian State,” Oct. 17, 2014).