The Middle East peace talks, or rather the talks about the Middle East peace talks, have now got under way in Washington, once more dangerously raising expectations on the Palestinian side for a complete Israeli capitulation. One can hardly blame the Palestinians since Israel, or rather Netanyahu, capitulated so limply to the demands of the Palestinians, conveyed by Washington, to release all the most serious Palestinian terrorists behind bars in Israel.
But let’s imagine for one rosy moment what kind of peace Israel can expect to receive, on the (horrific) assumption of course that Israel first caves in to every single Palestinian demand.
Juding by the Facebook page of one PA negotiator which shows that all of Israel is Palestine, it looks like there will be no room for Israel at all. In other words Israel will cease to exist and Palestine will come in its place:
Images on the official Facebook page of Shtayyeh however, whose holds the influential role of head of the Palestinian Economic Council for Development and Reconstruction, imply that his intentions are not limited to the establishment of a Palestinian state.
A cursory glance at the page reveals a map of Israel, including the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip blanketed with the word “Filastin”—which means Palestine.
It “betrays the true motives of the second most senior Palestinian negotiator, advocating the destruction of the entirety of the State of Israel,” wrote Raheem Kassam, editor of the newly founded Trending Central blog, that first reported on the page.
Even if that genocidal fantasy does not come about, Mahmoud Abbas himself has repeated his often-declared intention that not a single Israeli will be able to live in the new Palestine state.
Abbas said that no Israeli settlers or border forces could remain in a future Palestinian state and that Palestinians deem illegal all Jewish settlement building within the land occupied in the 1967 Six Days War.
The forceful statements appeared to challenge mediator US Secretary of State John Kerry’s hopes that the terms of the talks, scheduled to begin Monday night over dinner, be kept secret.
“In a final resolution, we would not see the presence of a single Israeli – civilian or soldier – on our lands,” Abbas said in a briefing to mostly Egyptian journalists.
Can you imagine the uproar if Israel announced that “not one Palestinian will be able to live in Israel”? There would be an immediate massive onslaught from the UN, the EU, the Quartet and every single international agency, not to mention the international media.
In fact, can you imagine any other country saying “No Jews or Israelis are allowed to live here”? Oh, wait, I forgot. Saudi Arabia. Jordan, any number of Arab and Muslim countries. Have we ever heard one objection from anyone to this antisemitic racism and bigotry? No. Condemnation works only one way in this world – against Israel.
Abbas’ antisemitic statement is not new – almost exactly 3 years ago he made the exact same statement, exacerbating his bigotry by refusing to accept even Jewish peacekeepers!
He also stressed that he will never recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
“I’m willing to agree to a third party that would supervise the agreement, such as NATO forces, but I would not agree to having Jews among the NATO forces, or that there will live among us even a single Israeli on Palestinian land,” he was quoted by Wafa, the official Palestinian news agency.
The Palestinians intend to demand the implementation of the UN resolution regarding refugees, from a Palestinian perspective, which gives the 5.5 million refugees and their descendants the right of return and to settle in the State of Israel. In his briefing to the Egyptian media, Abbas presented this strategy and denied the Jewish character of Israel. He maintains that Israel should, in fact, become a bi-national state, but on the other hand that Palestine must become a state “clean” of Jews.
Abbas repeated this demand of a Judenrein Palestine in December 2010:
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced on Saturday that when a Palestinian state is established, it will have no Israelis in it.
“We have frankly said, and always will say: If there is an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, we won’t agree to the presence of one Israeli in it,” Abbas told reporters in Ramallah.
Again, I eagerly await boycott calls and demonstrations against this Palestinian apartheid.
It would be helpful to all of us, but especially those well-meaning do-gooders who want to save Israel from itself by forcing it into non-defensible borders with yet more concessions to a racist, apartheid, antisemitic failed-state-in-the-making, by considering the following outspoken words (which I mentioned last week) of one Palestinian Authority minister who said “ The peace talks will help us conquer Israel:
On the eve of the renewed peace talks with Israel, PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash said in his Friday sermon that when PA leaders signed agreements with Israel, they knew how to walk ”the right path, which leads to achievement, exactly like the Prophet [Muhammad] did in the Treaty of Hudaybiyyah.” Al-Habbash’s sermon was delivered in the presence of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and was broadcast on official Palestinian Authority TV.
The Hudaybiyyah peace treaty was a 10-year truce that Muhammad, Islam’s Prophet, made with the Quraish Tribe of Mecca. However, two years into the truce, Muhammad attacked and conquered Mecca. The PA Minister of Religious Affairs stressed in his Friday sermon that Muhammad’s agreeing to the Hudaybiyyah treaty was not “disobedience” to Allah, but was “politics” and “crisis management.” The minister emphasized that in spite of the peace treaty, two years later Muhammad “conquered Mecca.” He ended his comparison by expressing the view that the Hudaybiyyah agreement is not just past history, but that “this is the example and this is the model.”
The media and pundits all talk about the need for Israel to make confidence-building measures towards the Palestinians. Even some of Israel’s own politicians say the same.
In my opinion it’s about time the shoe was on the other foot. Let the Palestinians build Israelis’ confidence, which is badly shaken by these antisemitic statements more reminiscent of the Third Reich than any state which should be allowed to exist in the 21st century.
Let the world – media, UN, foreign governments, NGOs – show that they are truly balanced and back up this call for the Palestinians to cease their incitement against Israel and to ensure that any future Palestinian State will be democratic and with room for everyone to live safely.