Meanwhile, President Obama underestimates inherent difficulties in the very proposal of a Palestinian state. One of the most significant problems is that many Islamic leaders adhere to Sharia law and do not abide by democratic systems that would constrain their power. Yasser Arafat exemplified this when he was in authority over Palestinian Arabs. Arafat’s leadership placed his people in poverty, while he diverted vast sums given to them for his own use, blaming Israel for the squalor he promoted in the areas he controlled. No effort was made to better the Arab people; rather, constant efforts took the form of undermining Israel’s statehood. This situation is hardly conducive to the establishment of a peaceful nation alongside Israel.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in his recent address to both Houses of Congress, observed that, in order to keep the Palestinian Arabs in a state of rage and enmity toward Israel, the Arab leaders brainwash their people from infancy into believing they are enslaved by the Jews:
“[O]ur conflict has never been about the establishment of a Palestinian state; it’s always been about the existence of the Jewish state. This is what this conflict is about….In recent years; the Palestinians twice refused generous offers by Israeli prime ministers to establish a Palestinian state on virtually all the territory won by Israel in the Six Day War. They were simply unwilling to end the conflict. And I regret to say this: They continue to educate their children to hate. They continue to name public squares after terrorists. And worst of all, they continue to perpetuate the fantasy that Israel will one day be flooded by the descendants of Palestinian refugees. My friends, this must come to an end.”
Palestinians and their leaders are still the PLO, not Palestine. They do not seek statehood. Otherwise, peace accords would have been accomplished decades-ago. A two-state territory won’t end existing violence; hatred won’t be terminated by tyrant leaders who need people worked into frenzied hatred against Israel. Chaos will never subside under a Palestinian state, but increase by legitimizing terror that will be the essence of that state.
The only road forward to peace is carrying out a true negotiation between the parties. In this, the Arab side will have to agree to accept conditions of demilitarization and other constraints that make it clear that they will not be able to continue in a warlike status with Israel. This kind of agreement will be precluded if the Obama Administration fails to block statehood for Palestinian Arabs imposed by the U.N. The result will be the unraveling of all prior agreements accepted by Israel and the latter’s unilateral imposition through military action of the conditions for Israel’s security — an advent that will return the region to the conditions of all out war that characterized the early establishment of Israel.
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