What to Expect from an Independent Palestinian State

by Fred Maroun
June 15, 2016 at 4:00 am


  • Palestinian leaders have repeatedly shown that their priority is not peace, or a two-state solution, or a Palestinian state, but repression.
  • If a Palestinian state is created without correcting these destructive practices, it is highly likely that the new Palestinian regime will follow the same pattern already established, and be a hatemongering, corrupt, undemocratic, oppressive, belligerent, and ineffective regime. This would not only be a security threat for Israel, it would mean more of the same for the Palestinians.

France, with the support of the United States, is leading a new attempt at peace between Israel and the Palestinians, with the implied goal that an independent Palestinian state would be created — but what should we expect from such a state?

Although past behavior is not a perfect predictor of future behavior, it is a strong indicator of it, especially if no corrective action has been taken.

Violence

When Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbasdeclared, “The dawn of freedom rises with the evacuation of the last Israeli soldier and settler.” Yet, instead of using that freedom to build a successful economy, Palestinians destroyed the greenhouses that the settlers had left, and terrorists launched rocket attacks against Israel. These attacks forced Israel to institute a naval blockade of Gaza, to limit the supply of weapons to terrorists.

The Oslo Accords signed by Israel and the Palestinians in the 1990s provided a transition period meant to lead to Palestinian statehood. However, instead of peaceful coexistence with Israel, the Palestinian leadership launched an assault that became known as the Second Intifada.

During the recent stabbing attacks by Palestinian terrorists, Abbas declared, “Each drop of blood that was spilled in Jerusalem is pure blood as long as it’s for the sake of Allah. Everyshahid (martyr) will be in heaven and every wounded person will be rewarded, by Allah’s will.”

These violent actions and the incitement are not exceptions. They are part of a pattern of Arab denial of the Jews’ right to exist, which started well before Israel declared its independence, and that caused several wars and innumerable terrorist attacks against Israel.

Lack of democracy

Palestinian democracy has so far been a failure. Yasser Arafat was elected in July 1994 as president of the Palestinian Authority (PA) for a four-year term, but he stayed in power, without further elections, for more than 10 years until his death in November 2004. Mahmoud Abbas was elected President in May 2005, and is still in office, without further elections, eleven years later.

Hamas, which won the PA legislative elections of 2006, was never invited to take the PA reins of power, but it took control of the Gaza Strip through a violent overthrow of Fatah, and still controls Gaza — also without further elections — ten years later.

Fatah and Hamas have used elections to create a semblance of democracy, and both have abused their authority to go far beyond their legitimate mandates. Both routinely use control of the media, control of the education system, and violence to maintain their power, as documented extensively by Israeli-Arab journalist Khaled Abu Toameh.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh (left) and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas (also president of the Palestinian Authority) are pictured voting in the last election for the Palestinian Legislative Council, which took place in 2006.

Corruption

Corruption in the PA and Hamas is widely recognized, by commentators who range from extreme anti-Israel, to somewhat moderate pro-Palestinian, to pro-Israel.

As reported by CBS News in 2003, “Yasser Arafat diverted nearly $1 billion in public funds to insure his political survival, but a lot more is unaccounted for.”

Abbas has continued the tradition. Haaretz reported that the Panama Papers “show that Tareq Abbas, the son of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, held shares worth nearly $1 million in a company associated with the PA”.

Khaled Abu Toameh has written that, “$4.5 billion the Americans invested in promoting Palestinian democracy went down the drain or ended up in secret Swiss bank accounts.”

Hamas, which was elected partly in opposition to Fatah corruption, is just as corrupt. Moshe Elad wrote in Tablet Magazine that the Hamas government, “is centralized and corrupt, it lacks effectiveness, bribery plays a very important role in society, and nepotism is prevalent, with just few families or relatives benefiting from state monopolies on basic services and commodities”.

Associated Press reported that 95.5% of Palestinians in the West Bank believe that the PA is corrupt while 82% of Palestinians in Gaza believe that Hamas is corrupt.

Promotion of hatred

As noted previously, promotion of hatred by Palestinian leaders is widespread, and it is the main obstacle to peaceful co-existence with Israel. An example of Palestinian hate propaganda is amade-for-children movie where, as reported by London’s Daily Mail,

“The little girl, dressed in a hijab, is seen pretending to stab two boys dressed as Israeli soldiers, who respond by ‘shooting’ her. Then, amid cheers from the baying crowd, a boy dressed as a masked terrorist massacres the soldiers with a replica semi-automatic weapon.”

The newspaper added that the video was filmed at a “festival of hate,” which was partly funded by a UK charity supported by British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and some other Labor MPs.

Oppression of the Palestinian people

Both Fatah in the West Bank and Hamas in Gaza run their governments as dictatorships, where freedom of speech is denied and where dissent is punished by jail, beatings, torture, or death. This retribution is widely recognized, even by organizations that are often considered biased against Israel, such as Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International (AI).

In 2011, in a 35-page report, HRW documented “cases in which security forces tortured, beat, and arbitrarily detained journalists, confiscated their equipment, and barred them from leaving the West Bank and Gaza.”

In their 2015/16 report, Amnesty International wrote,

“The Palestinian authorities in the West Bank and the Hamas de facto administration in the Gaza Strip both restricted freedom of expression, including by arresting and detaining critics and political opponents. They also restricted the right to peaceful assembly and used excessive force to disperse some protests. Torture and other ill-treatment of detainees remained common in both Gaza and the West Bank.”

Lack of economic drive

Palestinian leaders have concentrated all their efforts on waging war against Israel and increasing their own personal wealth. The best economic opportunities presented to average West Bank Palestinians are in working on settlement construction or commuting daily to jobs in Israel.

The lack of Palestinian economic development in the West Bank is often blamed on Israel, yet when Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip, Palestinian leaders did not seize that opportunity to build the economy of Gaza. They chose instead to spend their resources on rockets, terror tunnels, and enriching the leaders of Hamas.

Bad behavior is rewarded

Those who provide funding to the Palestinians are aware of this behavior, yet they have not used their influence to curb it. In fact, they reward it.

The Palestinian leadership in Gaza is rewarded for every war it initiates with Israel in two ways. During the war, it is rewarded by the international media, which provides wide coverage of Palestinian casualties while ignoring the terrorist actions that led to those casualties (thus playing into Hamas’s “dead baby strategy“). After the war, Gaza’s leadership is rewarded when more funding is provided for reconstruction, despite the knowledge that a large portion of it is used to rebuild the terrorist arsenal.

The Fatah/Palestinian Authority leadership in the West Bank is rewarded by international donors who provide ongoing funding to President Mahmoud Abbas while knowing the extent of thecorruption of his regime and its lack of democracy.

Realism

Palestinian leaders have repeatedly shown that their priority is not peace, or a two-state solution, or a Palestinian state, but repression. If a Palestinian state is created without correcting these destructive practices, it is highly likely that the new Palestinian regime will follow the same pattern already established, and be a hatemongering, corrupt, undemocratic, oppressive, belligerent, and ineffective regime. This would not only be a security threat for Israel, it would mean more of the same for the Palestinians.

Current talk by Western leaders of peace, a two-state solution, and a Palestinian state makes no mention of these dangers. If those leaders wish to achieve a lasting peace that is beneficial to Israel and the Palestinians, rather than to create an unstable situation and could cause irreparable damage to both sides, peace discussions must account for the Palestinian reality.

Fred Maroun, a left-leaning Arab based in Canada, has authored op-eds for New Canadian Media, among other outlets. From 1961-1984, he lived in Lebanon.

Bron: http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org

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The Insanity of a Palestinian State.

Barry 3Incitement and anti-Semitic hate spewing out of the mouths of Palestinian leaders, empty words designed to perpetuate Palestinian self-promotion as the perennial victim when, in truth, they are only the victims of their own emptiness, the constant eruption of violence against Israelis from Palestinian Arabs raised to hate Jews and destroy Israel.

If anyone is so utterly unworthy of statehood it is the Palestinian Arabs.

Fraudulent history, internal divisiveness, wastage of massive global assistance, the diversion of international funding to propaganda purposes, incitement, lessons of hate, the financing and support of terrorism, their predilection to violence and the total inability to display to the world any respect for their neighbors, whether it be Israel from the Palestinian Authority, or to Egypt from Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

How can any international diplomat or journalist worth his salt in honesty make out a case to grant this dysfunctional, inefficient, unwilling entity sovereignty?

A brief explanation of Palestinian terrorism shows the inanity of such a proposition.
The spectrum and ideologies of Palestinian terrorism range from Hamas and Islamic Jihad, which are both Islamic terror organizations pledging allegiance to the creation of an Islamic state under Sharia law, to the Marxist PFLP (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine). This is the largest group in the Palestine Liberation Organization of which most of the Palestinian Authority leaders, including Mahmoud Abbas, belong.
Both terror organizations are openly bent on the destruction of Israel and have founding charters declaring this aim.

So the establishment of a Palestinian state would comprise two major terror organizations, one Islamic, the other Communist, currently at logger-heads with each other but united in their desire to see an end of Israel, regardless of signed agreements.
And yet, the world has nothing to say about this apart from their ridiculous belief that the creation of Palestine is the only way to achieve peace!

Puzzling!

A little known dangerous fact that more knowledgeable two-staters prefer to keep under wraps is that in the case of Mahmoud Abbas stepping down as Palestinian president or dying while in office, his replacement would be the speaker of the Palestinian parliament – and he happens to be a member of HAMAS!

This is supposed to be for an interim period, but we know that Abbas was elected for a 4 year term and that was way back in 2004!

So much for Palestinian obligations to abide by the rule of law and respect the democratic process. Can we expect any better from Hamas? I think not.

Can anyone doubt another certainty wrapped in silence that, either by the ballot or by the bullet, Hamas will take control of this new Palestine? So I ask my diplomatic contacts, is this the new peaceful state you have expended your energies on establishing for several decades?

By the way, the Palestinian parliament hasn’t sat since 2007.

Some democracy!

This is the Palestine that naive liberal Westerners are so frenetic to create?

Give me a break!

Marwan Barghouti sits in an Israeli jail. He is serving five consecutive life sentences for orchestrating the murder of Israeli civilians in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Givat Zeev, and injured others.

The Palestinian Fatah party of Mahmoud Abbas calls his imprisonment a “war crime.” Now the Palestinians are running a global campaign to have this unrepentant murderer nominated to receive the Nobel Peace Prize no less.

Why not, the Norwegians gave one to arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat who launched his fatal intifada after flying to Oslo to pick up his award.

This campaign on behalf of Barghouti is supported by Adolfo Perez Esquivel, an Argentinian who is called a pacifist and a human rights activist and who was himself awarded the Peace Prize back in 1980. You really couldn’t make up such an insane story.

Barghouti is also touted as the leading candidate to replace Abbas and has been endorsed by Saeb Erekat.

Is this the best alternative the Palestinians have for their next president? Well, sadly, yes it is, unless they vote for Hamas.

Barghouti’s election to be the next Palestinian president, irrespective of him receiving the nonsensical Nobel Peace Prize, will further perpetuate the conflict.

In the meantime, the Palestinian on Palestinian violence continues. A Palestinian Fatah official, Fathi Zaydan, was killed by a bomb in Mieh Mieh, Lebanon, in a camp operated by UNWRA. This place has been the scene of numerous violent disputes between rival Palestinian factions. In Gaza, members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (a title which stands for the elimination of Israel) burnt images of Mahmoud Abbas.

When they are killing Israelis they are killing each other. Several thousand Palestinians have been killed by other Palestinians due to their internal political and religious enmity?

Palestinian society is, within itself, divisive and violent.

If the international community wishes to continue promoting the benefits of a Palestinian state it really needs to address the deep Arab schisms that make such a notion not only impossible to execute, but insanely impossible to execute.

Putting aside the moral inversion of Western governments applying one-sided pressure on the only liberal democracy in the Middle East in order to establish another Arab state that cannot decide which way it wants to go, one need question why apparently reasonable logical-thinking European diplomats can abstain from United Nations resolutions brought to the vote by Palestinian-supporting regimes proposing that Israel is the world’s worst offender on women’s and children’s rights as well of other obnoxious allegations.

Why do they not, in all honesty, object to such slanders and vote against these preposterous proposals? Where is their political morality? Why do they close their eyes to these obsessive assaults on Israel?

Currying favor to these Israel-hating regimes is not an option for those who try to tell us of their commitment to a better Middle East.

Neither is the lack of interest in the diplomatic world of the consequences of a Palestinian state gone wrong. Too many diplomats have told me that “it is up to the parties to make an agreement work.” 

Sorry, not good enough!

They cannot force their “solution” to the Palestinian problem on the parties and simply walk away when the consequences hit the proverbial fan. It will be primarily Israelis, but also the Arab citizens of this errant forced-birth state, that will inevitably suffer those consequences, and Israel would suffer them from a strategically weaker position that where we are right now.

All in all, the consequences of the establishment of a Palestinian state, based on the reality of Palestinian politics and Palestinian society, are too intensely frightening to be seriously considered.

Barry Shaw is the Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.  He is the author of ‘Fighting Hamas, BDS and Anti-Semitism’ and was the co-founder of the Netanya Terror Victims Organization.

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The Myth of Palestinian sovereignty

The Myth of Palestinian sovereignty.

Barry Shaw

Author of “BDS for IDIOTS,’ a seriously funny humiliation of BDS.

The Israeli Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), of which I am a proud member and the Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy, is dedicated to presenting hard facts to politicians, diplomats, journalists, think tanks and the general public on issues relating to Israel and its dispute with the Arab world and the broader international community.
By addressing reality and truth, rather than attaching itself to current utopian fantasies, IISS presents clear-eyed analysis of problems and causes and, by doing so, lays bare the shallow proposals meant to solve the Israeli-Arab conflicts.
One such myth is the international desire to create a Palestinian state.
None of the diplomatic proposers have ever addressed the official positions of the various and dysfunctional Palestinian political bodies on what constitutes the territorial sovereignty of such a Palestine.
For this particular exercise, I will confine myself to highlighting the official position of the so-called ‘moderate’ arm of Palestinian politics, namely the Palestinian Authority who claim to operate under the Palestine National Charter.
It is enlightening to learn over what sovereign territory the Palestinian hierarchy intended to rule. It is even more interesting to learn which territory they disclaimed, rejected, as being any part of a future Palestine.
For answers to these fascinating issues we need to delve into their National Charter of 1964.
Brushing aside, but not ignoring, statements that Israel is illegal, that the Balfour Declaration and the League of Nations Mandate for Palestine are all frauds, that Zionism is racism, the articles dealing with sovereign territory are a guide to the perplexed.
Article 2 reads “Palestine with its boundaries at the time of the British Mandate (the aforementioned ‘fraud’) is a regional indivisible unit.”
Having disclaimed the UN Partition Plan (UN Resolution 181) as “illegal” and as an eye-brow raising read, Article 24 of the Palestine National Charter actually contradicts itself by rejecting the West Bank and Gaza as in any way being part of a sovereign Palestinian state!
Article 24: “This Organization does not exercise any regional sovereignty over the West Bank in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and on the Gaza Strip” !!!
It is stunning to learn that the Palestinian leadership not only had no intention of claiming the West Bank and Gaza as part of their future homeland, but they expressly and officially excluded them from it as part of any sovereign Palestine!
They did so at the time because they were under the control of the Jordanians and Egyptians. The Palestinian leadership pretended themselves as a national liberation movement but, as Yasser Arafat said, they saw themselves more as part of the Pan-Arab movement to destroy the Jewish State of Israel.
“The PLO is fighting Israel in the name of Pan-Arabism. What you call Jordan is nothing more than Palestine,” Arafat said dismissingly to Italian journalist, Arianna Palazzi, in 1970.
This leaves only one question hanging in the air.
What was, and still is, the intended target and territory of the Palestinian movement to become their national home, and why?

Iran’s Plans to Control a Palestinian State

by Khaled Abu Toameh
May 9, 2016 at 5:00 am


Translations of this item:

  • The Iran nuclear deal, marking its first anniversary, does not appear to have had a calming effect on the Middle East.
  • Iran funnels money to Hamas and Islamic Jihad because they share its desire to eliminate Israel and replace it with an Islamic empire. The Iranian leaders want to see Hamas killing Jews every day, with no break. Ironically, Hamas has become too “moderate” for the Iranian leadership because it is not doing enough to drive Jews out of the region.
  • More Palestinian terror group leaders may soon perform the “pilgrimage” to their masters in Tehran. If this keeps up, the Iranians themselves will puppeteer any Palestinian state that is created in the region.

The Iran nuclear deal, marking its first anniversary, does not appear to have had a calming effect on the Middle East. The Iranians seem to be deepening their intervention in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in general and in internal Palestinian affairs in particular.

This intervention is an extension of Iran’s ongoing efforts to expand its influence in Arab and Islamic countries, including Iraq, Yemen, Syria and Lebanon and some Gulf states. The nuclear deal between Tehran and the world powers has not stopped the Iranians from proceeding with their global plan to export their “Islamic Revolution.” On the contrary, the general sense among Arabs and Muslims is that in the wake of the nuclear deal, Iran has accelerated its efforts to spread its influence.

Iran’s direct and indirect presence in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Lebanon has garnered some international attention, yet its actions in the Palestinian arena are still ignored by the world.

That Iran provides financial and military aid to Palestinian groups such as Hamas and Islamic Jihad has never been a secret. In fact, both the Iranians and the Palestinian radical groups have been boasting about their relations.

Iran funnels money to these groups because they share its desire to eliminate Israel and replace it with an Islamic empire. Like Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Houthis in Yemen, Hamas and Islamic Jihad agreed to play the role of Tehran’s proxies and enablers in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Iran used to funnel money to Hamas and Islamic Jihad because they share its desire to eliminate Israel and replace it with an Islamic empire. Relations between Iran and Hamas foundered a few years back, when Hamas leaders refused to support the Iranian-backed Syrian dictator, Bashar Assad. Pictured above: Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal (left) confers with Iranian “Supreme Leader” Ali Khamenei, in 2010. (Image source: Office of the Supreme Leader)

But puppets must remain puppets. Iran gets nasty when its dummies do not play according to its rules. This is precisely what happened with Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

Relations between Iran and Hamas foundered a few years back over the crisis in Syria. Defying their masters in Tehran, Hamas leaders refused to declare support for the Iranian-backed Syrian dictator, Bashar Assad. Things between Iran and Hamas have been pretty bad ever since.

First, the Assad government closed down Hamas offices in Damascus. Second, Assad expelled the Hamas leadership from Syria. Third, Iran suspended financial and military aid to Hamas, further aggravating the financial crisis that the Gaza-based Islamist movement had already been facing.

Islamic Jihad got it next. Iranian mullahs woke up one morning to realize that Islamic Jihad leaders have been a bit unfaithful. Some of the Islamic Jihad leaders were caught flirting with Iran’s Sunni rivals in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries. Even worse, the Iranians discovered that Islamic Jihad was still working closely with their erstwhile allies in the Gaza Strip, Hamas.

Iran had had high hopes for Islamic Jihad replacing Hamas as Tehran’s darling, and major proxy in the Palestinian arena. But here were Islamic Jihad leaders and activists working with their cohorts in Hamas, in apparent disregard of Papa Iran.

The mullahs did not lose much time. Outraged by Islamic Jihad’s apparent disloyalty, Iranlaunched its own terror group inside the Gaza Strip: Al-Sabireen (The Patient Ones). This group, which currently consists of several hundred disgruntled ex-Hamas and ex-Islamic Jihad members, was meant to replace Islamic Jihad the same way Islamic Jihad was supposed to replace Hamas in the Gaza Strip — in accordance with Iran’s scheme.

Lo and behold: it is hard to get things right with Iran. Al-Sabireen has also failed to please its masters in Tehran and is not “delivering.” Palestinian sources in the Gaza Strip say that Iran has realized that the investment in Al-Sabireen has not been worthwhile because the group has not been able to do anything “dramatic” in the past two years. By “dramatic,” the sources mean that Al-Sabireen has neither emerged as a serious challenger to Islamic Jihad or Hamas, and has not succeeded in killing enough Israelis.

So Iran has gone running back to its former bedfellow, Islamic Jihad.

For now, Iran is not prepared fully to bring Hamas back under its wings. Hamas, for the Iranians, is a “treacherous” movement, thanks to its periodic temporary ceasefires with Israel. The Iranian leaders want to see Hamas killing Jews every day, with no break. Ironically, Hamas has become too “moderate” for the Iranian leadership because it is not doing enough to drive Jews out of the region.

That leaves Iran with the Islamic Jihad.

In a surprise move, the Iranians this week hosted Islamic Jihad leader Ramadan Shalah and senior officials from his organization, in a renewed bid to revive Islamic Jihad’s role as the major puppet of Tehran in the Gaza Strip. Islamic Jihad officials said that the visit has resulted in the resumption of Iranian financial aid to their cash-strapped organization. As a result of the rift between Islamic Jihad and Iran, the Iranians are said to have cut off nearly 90% of their financial aid to the Palestinian terror organization.

Some Palestinians, such as political analyst Hamadeh Fara’neh, see the rapprochement between Iran and Islamic Jihad as a response to the warming of relations between Hamas and Turkey. The Iranians, he argues, are unhappy with recent reports that suggested that Turkey was acting as a mediator between Hamas and Israel.

Other Palestinians believe that Iran’s real goal is to unite Islamic Jihad and Al-Sabireen so that they would become a real and realistic alternative to Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Whatever Iran’s intentions may be, one thing is clear: The Iranians are taking advantage of the nuclear deal to move forward with their efforts to increase their influence over some Arab and Islamic countries. Iran is also showing that it remains very keen on playing a role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — one that emboldens radical groups that are bent on the destruction of Israel and that share the same values as the Islamic State terror group.

Iran’s latest courtship of Islamic Jihad is yet another attempt by the mullahs to deepen their infiltration of the Palestinian arena by supporting and arming any terror group that strives to smash Israel. For now, it seems that Hamas’s scheme is working, largely thanks to the apathy of the international community, where many believe that Iran has been declawed by the nuclear deal.

But more Palestinian terror group leaders may soon perform the “pilgrimage” to their masters in Tehran. If this keeps up, the Iranians themselves will puppeteer any Palestinian state that is created in the region. Their ultimate task, after all, is to use this state as a launching pad to destroy Israel. And the Iranians are prepared to fund and arm any Palestinian group that is willing to help achieve this goal.

Khaled Abu Toameh is an award-winning journalist based in Jerusalem.

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Vijf redenen waarom een Palestijnse staat nu een slecht idee is

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Gepubliceerd op woensdag 20 april 2016 om 07:15 – bron: Isreality

Onlangs kondigde de Franse minister van Buitenlandse Zaken Laurent Fabius aan dat “als het in de komende weken niet lukt om via onderhandelingen te komen tot een tweestatenoplossing in het conflict tussen Israël en de Palestijnen, eenzijdig een Palestijnse staat uit te roepen”. Daarmee zou Frankrijk in het spoor treden van 135 andere landen die eerder al een Palestijnse staat erkenden.
In 2014 erkende Zweden als eerste (en tot nu toe enige) West-Europese land een Palestijnse staat. Steeds meer mensen en regeringen denken dat de vredesonderhandelingen tussen Israël en de Palestijnen toch nooit ergens op uit gaan lopen, dus is het volgens hen tijd om over te gaan tot het eenzijdig erkennen van ‘Palestina’. Maar is dat nou wel zo’n goed idee?
Vijf redenen waarom de Franse aankondiging voor het eenzijdig erkennen van een Palestijnse staat géén goed plan is:

Je kunt wel ‘een Palestijnse staat’ willen erkennen, maar wat valt er te erkennen zonder onderhandelingen?
1. Je beloont één partij voor het mislukken van vredesonderhandelingen
De inzet van de Palestijnen bij de vredesonderhandelingen is duidelijk: een Palestijnse staat op de Westelijke Jordaanoever. Omdat de onderhandelingen al lange tijd niks opleveren vinden steeds meer mensen dat deze Palestijnse staat er dan maar moet komen door ‘m eenzijdig uit te roepen. Daarmee beloon je dus één partij voor het mislukken van de onderhandelingen, terwijl de andere partij met lege handen achterblijft.
2. Je demotiveert één partij om de onderhandelingen te laten slagen
Als je van tevoren al aankondigt dat je bij het mislukken van de onderhandelingen één partij gaat belonen, wat voor belang heeft die partij dan nog bij het laten slagen van die onderhandelingen? Onderhandelingen leiden immers vaak tot een compromis waarbij je dus een deel van je eisen moet inleveren, terwijl je bij het laten mislukken van de onderhandelingen juist in al je wensen wordt voorzien.
3. Zonder onderhandelingen kun je geen Palestijnse staat erkennen
Je kunt wel ‘een Palestijnse staat’ willen erkennen, maar wat valt er te erkennen zonder onderhandelingen? De kaders van een Palestijnse staat kunnen juist alleen duidelijk worden als de twee betrokken partijen hierover hebben onderhandeld.

In de Bijbel lezen we op heel veel plekken dat God het land Israël ‘Mijn land’ noemt
4. De Palestijnen streven naar een ‘judenrein’ Palestina
“In de te vormen Palestijnse staat is wat de beoogde leider Mahmoud Abbas geen enkele plaats voor Joden. “Wat ons betreft is de definitieve oplossing dat er in ons land geen enkele Israëli -geen soldaat en geen burger- leeft”, zei Abbas. Wat zou er na de eenzijdige erkenning van een Palestijnse staat gebeuren met de 400.000 Joden die op de Westelijke Jordaanoever leven?
5. God zegt: ‘het is Mijn land’
In de Bijbel lezen we op heel veel plekken dat God het land Israël (en dan met name Judea en Samaria, precies het gebied voor de beoogde Palestijnse staat) ‘Mijn land’ noemt. In Joël 3:2 staat zelfs letterlijk: ‘Mijn land hebben ze verdeeld’. Het is misschien begrijpelijk dat deze Bijbelteksten voor internationale politieke leiders nietszeggend zijn, maar als christenen kunnen we hierin wel een waarschuwing herkennen om niet al te gemakkelijk mee te gaan in de politieke stroom van vandaag.
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The Insanity of a Palestinian State

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

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Incitement and anti-Semitic hate spewing out of the mouths of Palestinian leaders, empty words designed to perpetuate Palestinian self-promotion as the perennial victim when, in truth, they are only the victims of their own emptiness, the constant eruption of violence against Israelis from Palestinian Arabs raised to hate Jews and destroy Israel.

If anyone is so utterly unworthy of statehood it is the Palestinian Arabs.

Fraudulent history, internal divisiveness, wastage of massive global assistance, the diversion of international funding to propaganda purposes, incitement, lessons of hate, the financing and support of terrorism, their predilection to violence and the total inability to display to the world any respect for their neighbors, whether it be Israel from the Palestinian Authority, or to Egypt from Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

How can any international diplomat or journalist worth his salt in honesty make out a case to grant this dysfunctional, inefficient, unwilling entity sovereignty?

A brief explanation of Palestinian terrorism shows the inanity of such a proposition.
The spectrum and ideologies of Palestinian terrorism range from Hamas and Islamic Jihad, which are both Islamic terror organizations pledging allegiance to the creation of an Islamic state under Sharia law, to the Marxist PFLP (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine). This is the largest group in the Palestine Liberation Organization of which most of the Palestinian Authority leaders, including Mahmoud Abbas, belong.

Both terror organizations are openly bent on the destruction of Israel and have founding charters declaring this aim.

So the establishment of a Palestinian state would comprise two major terror organizations, one Islamic, the other Communist, currently at logger-heads with each other but united in their desire to see an end of Israel, regardless of signed agreements.

And yet, the world has nothing to say about this apart from their ridiculous belief that the creation of Palestine is the only way to achieve peace!

Puzzling!

A little known dangerous fact that more knowledgeable two-staters prefer to keep under wraps is that in the case of Mahmoud Abbas stepping down as Palestinian president or dying while in office, his replacement would be the speaker of the Palestinian parliament – and he happens to be a member of HAMAS!

This is supposed to be for an interim period, but we know that Abbas was elected for a 4 year term and that was way back in 2004!

So much for Palestinian obligations to abide by the rule of law and respect the democratic process. Can we expect any better from Hamas? I think not.

Can anyone doubt another certainty wrapped in silence that, either by the ballot or by the bullet, Hamas will take control of this new Palestine? So I ask my diplomatic contacts, is this the new peaceful state you have expended your energies on establishing for several decades?

By the way, the Palestinian parliament hasn’t sat since 2007.

Some democracy!

This is the Palestine that naive liberal Westerners are so frenetic to create?

Give me a break!

Marwan Barghouti sits in an Israeli jail. He is serving five consecutive life sentences for orchestrating the murder of Israeli civilians in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Givat Zeev, and injured others.

The Palestinian Fatah party of Mahmoud Abbas calls his imprisonment a “war crime.” Now the Palestinians are running a global campaign to have this unrepentant murderer nominated to receive the Nobel Peace Prize no less.

Why not, the Norwegians gave one to arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat who launched his fatal intifada after flying to Oslo to pick up his award.

This campaign on behalf of Barghouti is supported by Adolfo Perez Esquivel, an Argentinian who is called a pacifist and a human rights activist and who was himself awarded the Peace Prize back in 1980. You really couldn’t make up such an insane story.

Barghouti is also touted as the leading candidate to replace Abbas and has been endorsed by Saeb Erekat.

Is this the best alternative the Palestinians have for their next president? Well, sadly, yes it is, unless they vote for Hamas.

Barghouti’s election to be the next Palestinian president, irrespective of him receiving the nonsensical Nobel Peace Prize, will further perpetuate the conflict.

In the meantime, the Palestinian on Palestinian violence continues. A Palestinian Fatah official, Fathi Zaydan, was killed by a bomb in Mieh Mieh, Lebanon, in a camp operated by UNWRA. This place has been the scene of numerous violent disputes between rival Palestinian factions. In Gaza, members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (a title which stands for the elimination of Israel) burnt images of Mahmoud Abbas.

When they are killing Israelis they are killing each other. Several thousand Palestinians have been killed by other Palestinians due to their internal political and religious enmity?

Palestinian society is, within itself, divisive and violent.

If the international community wishes to continue promoting the benefits of a Palestinian state it really needs to address the deep Arab schisms that make such a notion not only impossible to execute, but insanely impossible to execute.

Putting aside the moral inversion of Western governments applying one-sided pressure on the only liberal democracy in the Middle East in order to establish another Arab state that cannot decide which way it wants to go, one need question why apparently reasonable logical-thinking European diplomats can abstain from United Nations resolutions brought to the vote by Palestinian-supporting regimes proposing that Israel is the world’s worst offender on women’s and children’s rights as well of other obnoxious allegations.

Why do they not, in all honesty, object to such slanders and vote against these preposterous proposals? Where is their political morality? Why do they close their eyes to these obsessive assaults on Israel?

Currying favor to these Israel-hating regimes is not an option for those who try to tell us of their commitment to a better Middle East.

Neither is the lack of interest in the diplomatic world of the consequences of a Palestinian state gone wrong. Too many diplomats have told me that “it is up to the parties to make an agreement work.” 

Sorry, not good enough!

They cannot force their “solution” to the Palestinian problem on the parties and simply walk away when the consequences hit the proverbial fan. It will be primarily Israelis, but also the Arab citizens of this errant forced-birth state, that will inevitably suffer those consequences, and Israel would suffer them from a strategically weaker position that where we are right now.

All in all, the consequences of the establishment of a Palestinian state, based on the reality of Palestinian politics and Palestinian society, are too intensely frightening to be seriously considered.

Barry Shaw is the Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.  He is the author of ‘Fighting Hamas, BDS and Anti-Semitism’ and was the co-founder of the Netanya Terror Victims Organization.

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