The Palestinian people are an integral part of the Arab nation. The Palestinian Arab people believe in Arab unity… However, they must, at the present stage of their struggle, safeguard their Palestinian identity. Claims of historical or religious ties of Jews with Palestine are incompatible with the facts of history.
The partition of Palestine in 1947, and the establishment of the state of Israel are entirely illegal, regardless of the passage of time.
– Palestine National Charter, currently posted on the official United Nations website
The prime minister may believe his offer of Palestinian sovereignty in the West Bank is a “win-win” for Israel, but he is gravely mistaken…. An agreement with Abbas won’t be the end of the conflict… there will be additional demands made on Israel and there will be rockets falling on Israel — but the heart of the Land of Israel, Judea and Samaria, will have been abandoned by Israel.Â
– Moshe Arens, “Where is Benjamin Netanyahu taking us?’Haaretz, July 9.
Every elected prime minister [since 1992]…has broken his word on how he would deal with the Arabs. [E]ach one of them has adopted an unexpectedly concessionary approach.Â
— Daniel Pipes, “Is Netanyahu Turning Left?”Â The Washington Times, July 5
With all the unmitigated brutality of the ongoing horrors across the Arab world, it beggars belief that the government of Israel is still actively engaged in continuing discussions in pursuit of a formula that will bring the country closer, and make it more vulnerable, to the source of these horrors.
Given the acts of unspeakable barbarity — the beheadings, the rapes and even occasional cannibalism — that have become the hallmark of Arab society in the post-Spring era, coupled with the disastrous failures of past attempts to cajole the Palestinian- Arabs in to a peace treaty by territorial withdrawal and political appeasement, it seems inconceivable that the notion of Palestinian statehood could still retain a shred of credibility.
Should be terminally toxicÂ
Of course, the knee-jerk response would be to blame an inimical Obama administration, and its overly ambitious secretary of state, John Kerry, for applying undue pressure on the Netanyahu government to reengage Mahmoud Abbas in peace negotiations.
This is undoubtedly true — and equally irrelevant.
For while it is certainly correct that such pressure is applied, years of dereliction have not only facilitated its efficacy, but have invited its application.
For had there been any “right-wing” advocacy worth its salt over the past two decades, the idea of Palestinian statehood would have been so discredited that no self-respecting statesman would dare to embrace it. The fact that it has not been, is an enduring monument to the incompetence and impotence of the political “Right” in Israel — both in terms of its political parties and of its supportive civil society organizations. After all, given the irrefutable realities — past and present — any policy proposing further Israeli withdrawals to facilitate the establishment of a Palestinian state, should appear today so ridiculous that it would be terminally toxic to …read more