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March 3, 2013 3:38 pm

A.B. Yehoshua Tells BBC Correspondent: I Hope Israel Flourishes in the Future and is Recognized by You (VIDEO)

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A.B. Yehoshua on BBC's "Hardtalk." Photo: BBC

Acclaimed Israeli author A.B Yehoshua appeared on BBC’s “Hardtalk” recently to ostensibly discuss his new book, The Retrospective. The interview soon metamorphosed into a discussion of the larger issues of Israel and the Arabs as well as Israel and its identity.

The interview, which became contentious at times, was conducted by Tim Franks, the BBC’s former Middle East correspondent. At its conclusion it became apparent how exasperated Yehoshua had become, when he answered a question from Franks on whether or not he remained optimistic about Israel by saying, “This is what I’m doing with my friends in Israel, to work very hard that our Israeli state, the Jewish totality state will be functioning in peace with its environment, and I would say flourishing in the future,” then hesitated, adding “and recognized by you.”

Watch a video of the encounter below:

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  • Joseph E

    Part 2.
    Example: When we read news that Obama plans to extract timetable for Israeli pullout from West Bank, Then the Obama Administration, The U.S Dep’t of States,,,
    [ That are commiting treason by aiding the enemy, that shout death to America, and reframe such treason by calling it foreign aid, that is nothing less than the policy of Dhimmitude & Jizzya payment on a macro scale, that without such ‘foreign aid’ & ‘Islamic polcy’; the Stae Dep’t manipulate & argue, it would otherwise ‘seriously impair’ the State’ Dep’t ability to execute it missions of security, diplomacy & development’,,,]
    & The lefties manipulations & pressures, brought not peace closer with the same previous policies of withdrawal, compromise etc…
    But also that in light of the Syria events, & the Jihadists roaming the Golan Israeli border with Syria;
    Then Good thing Israel did not surrender to the local leftist manipulations and to the international pressure and kept the Golan in Israel.
    A Israel policy that blocked the left collaboration with the ruthless Islam colonialism, imperialism, occupation, expansion.
    Given the massive amount of deceits, manipulations & pressures applied against Israel, It is nothing less than a unseen miracle that Israel didn’t succomb to such local & foreign assault.
    Thus A correct Israel policy that works, A winning Israel policy that should also be applied to the West Bank issue against the criminals of the OIC mercenaries i.e the Despots Jihadists PLO-PA that are nothing less than a Islamic ‘camel trojan’ exploited, in the Israel front, for the said Islam expansion, planetarian agenda.
    The same as Hamas is now under Egypt Muslim brotherhood claws, so should pirates Abbas & co. be brought under the Hashemite Kingdom claws.

  • Joseph E

    Part 1. When Islam is viewed as the religion of peace, & when Islam is taken out of the Israel-Arab conflict equation, & into that equation are inserted the foreign notions of compromise, withdrawal, compassion to the enemy; Then any proposed policy to resolve the conflict is missing the correct frame to solve the conflict. Cause Islam is not about peace but about a militant poltical colonialist, imperialist ideology that would also use deceit, such as the notions mentioned above & other foreign notions, & more tools & means, to advance the Islam occupation, expansion & its creeping Sharia Despotism.