The Influence, and Views of Netanyahu On The Middle East Peace Plan


The middle east has many problems trying to achieve peace between Israel
and the Palestinians. The peace process started about four years ago with the
Middle East countries. Through the process many people have had major influence
on it. One person who might have one of the greatest influences of the peace
agreement is Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu. The peace agreement is
the biggest topic in the Middle East and he is at the head of one end. At the
other end is another strong figure. The leader of the PLO (Palestinian
Liberation Organization) is Yasir Arafat. In this report I will explain Benjamin
Netanyahu's position in Israel and how he has affected the peace plan. I will
tell about his views on what is going on.

Benjamin Netanyahu lived in the United States for a few years. Netanyahu
was a graduate of M.I.T. in 1975. Then he claimed duel citizenship with the
United States and Israel. Netanyahu did so because his mother was born in the
United States. He was a well-paid analyst with the Boston Consulting group. He
left working there and went back to Israel in 1978. When he went back to Israel,
he was there for about six years when he became the embassador to the united
states for Israel. Later when he was an Israeli diplomat he renounced his
American citizenship. In 1996 he became the Prime Minister of Israel. He now has
the most influence from the Israeli side of things. Benjamin Netanyahu has done
many interviews and addresses with the American people. One such interview he
did to express his views was with Time Magazine. Time asked him if he were a
Palestinian, how he would regard toward Netanyahu? He replies, "If I read the
controlled Palestinian media, I would think that, as they call me, I am worse
than Hitler."(Beyer, 1996, p.38) They then asked him if a Palestinian could see
you for what you really are what they would see. He replied to that by saying,
"I think they would regard me as a person who believes deeply in the necessity
of peace and that we don't have an anther partner other than the Palestinian
Authority. I think that any Palestinian mother reading this should understand
that I am as deeply conscious of her pain of losing her child as I am of a
Jewish mothers."(Beyer, 1996, p.38) Netanyahu goes on telling Time that he does
not hate the man Arafat, but the two represent different perspectives and
interests. Time asked him if he would say Arafat is a nice guy and Netanyahu
simply replied, "If he would say it about me I would say it to him."(Beyer, 1996,
p.38) In the interview he shows he does not dislike the Palestinians and does
not wish harm to them, but does not think the way they do. Benjamin Netanyahu
did many interviews and speeches during the past few years.

One vital speech made by Benjamin Netanyahu was made on May sixth, 1996
to the twenty-sixth Washington Conference, "Council of the Americas," Washington,
D.C. In his speech he says, " I am fortunate to be the first of among Israelis
prime minister to be born after the establishment of the new state. This is a
turning point in our history. During more than two thousand years of exile,
generations of Jews fought and struggled to get back the homeland we lost. Now
after the founding of the state, our main task is too secure, reestablish, and
develop the homeland we got back." (U.S. Department of State Dispatch, Netanyahu,
1996, speech), Netanyahu wants to get peace between the feuding countries. His
only interest is to make sure Israel stays the same at any way possible without
war. He went on and said, "We want a stable and lasting peace, not a temporary,
fleeting agreement. We want peace that will last for our children and our
grandchildren, not just for tomorrow's newspapers."(U.S. Department of State
Dispatch, Netanyahu, 1996, speech), Netanyahu does not want the quick fix
agreement. He does not want a cheap peace plan that might last until the next
terrorist attack and then be back where the countries were before. He wants
something that will please both sides and will last for a long time with peace.
Netanyahu said, "Security is essential if we are to make progress toward real
peace arrangements with our neighbors." (U.S. Department of Dispatch, Netanyahu,
1996) Netanyahu believes if they're is any terrorist type acts that peace will
be impossible to