Since the Oslo Accords were signed on the White House lawn in September 1993, the U.S. and, to a slightly lesser degree, the Israeli government, have failed to demand an unequivocal end to such ugly incitement whose only purpose is to encourage violence and hate. Instead of preparing the Palestinian society for peace and compromise with Israel, Palestinian leaders from Arafat to Abbas, have prepared them for perpetual struggle against Israel. In fact, Abbas stated on July 7, 2010, in an interview with his PA controlled Al Hayat Al-Jadida, “If you (the Arab states) want war, and if all of you fight Israel, we are in favor. But the Palestinians will not fight alone because they don’t have the ability to do it.”
It is both ironic and disturbing to witness Israel being pressed by the Obama administration and the media to prove that it is “serious” about peace with the Palestinians, while the Palestinians have demonstrated time and again that they are unwilling to give up their armed struggle against Israel – whatever Israel’s size may be. Hamas’ charter calls for the destruction of the Jewish state, and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) charter, which was never revised, states their aim to likewise dismantle the Jewish state. In July 2000, when President Clinton hosted a summit at Camp David with Prime Minister Barak and Yaser Arafat, Arafat left a table where most of his demands were offered. He chose instead to renew the armed struggle (intifada) against Israel. Barak had offered Arafat most of the West Bank and all of Gaza, a swap of Israeli territory, as well as a Palestinian capital in Jerusalem.
According to Robert Malley and Hussein Agha’s “Camp David Tragedy of Errors,” published in the August 9th 2001 New York Review of Books, Mahmoud Abbas, one of the leading negotiators (and current PA chairman) said even before the summit that the Palestinians ”made clear to the Americans that the Palestinian side is unable to make concessions on anything.” Abbas also maintained that the whole process was “some sort of a trap.”
In our politically correct, relativistic and multicultural Western universe, there has been a systematic effort to ignore the true intentions of Abbas and the Palestinians. While the Arab/Palestinian-Israeli conflict may be an inconvenient headache for the U.S. and the Europeans, and they are therefore willing to ignore Palestinian blemishes and intentions, a Palestinian state, with “unabashed” terrorist aims as stated in their charter, poses existential threats for Israel. Instead of focusing on Israeli confidence-building measures, it is time the West begins to look seriously at the implications of a Palestinians state. The U.S., as an honest broker, must demand guarantees from Abbas that such a state would be demilitarized, and that Palestinian terrorist gangs be disarmed and arrested. The Obama administration must insist on result bearing efforts on the part of the Palestinian Authority – including the preparation of Palestinians for peace and good neighborly relations with Jews and Israel. That is ultimately the only meaningful confidence-building measure that would lead to a peaceful future. Anything else will lead to the fulfillment of the old PLO strategy of eliminating Israel in stages.
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