We must ask ourselves: How can peace be made with such entities? This is not an abstract question; it does not exist within the realm of the hypothetical. This is Israel’s reality. The weight of the world is constantly exerted on Israel’s shoulders to make dangerous concessions to the Palestinians in order to forge “peace.” Given the circumstances, is this practical?
Expectedly, the day after Shalit’s return to Israel, the professional peace-processors began hailing the moment as a propitious opportunity to renew the peace process. Quartet envoy Tony Blair confirmed that international mediators will begin pressing Israel to table its ideas on security arrangements and the borders for a two-state solution, and that separate meetings will be held with Israelis and Palestinians next week in Jerusalem. Simultaneously, news broke that the UN Security Council will likely vote on the full admission of “Palestine” into the body by mid-November. Under UN rules, the Council is currently discussing the technical issues of whether “Palestine” meets the criteria for statehood, including the condition that it be “peace-loving.”
It would be wise for “international mediators” and “Council members” to consider in their deliberations the celebrations conducted in “Palestine” following the release of murderers. They should ask themselves what kind of a country they are committed to bringing into existence. More importantly, they should ask the average Palestinian why the Shalit deal represents a “victory” for the Palestinian cause. The answer would no doubt provide them with more insight into the core of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict than all the conferences and all the international summits the world has to offer.
For the answer would expose the truth. And that truth is that “Palestine” is a train wreck waiting to happen. The truth is that the Jewish state, alone, will suffer at its expense, as the Shalit deal proves unequivocally.
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