“Hamas or Abbas, it makes no difference. The ball is in their court, and we just have to show patience and not push any peace process until they do what they have to do,” said Mr. Giuliani.
What they have to do, he said, is, at the very minimum, to recognize Israelï’s right to exist and to renounce terrorism. Then, he said, Israel and the US should sit back and see if they mean it.
It shouldn’t be any surprise, given his history, that Giuliani is staking out the most pro-Israel position of any presidential candidate in either party. This is pretty much the classic Likud position, and will rankle those who argue the U.S. should be more engaged in negotiations between the Israelis and “moderate” Palestinian leaders. As I have written before: “To the delight of some and anger of others, President Bush has probably been the most pro-Israel president in U.S. history. But compared to a President Giuliani, Bush would look like Jimmy Carter.”