United States Secretary of State John Kerry is doing everything without regards for whether his efforts are sane, thought through, or have potentially disastrous consequences all in order to fulfill the task of forcing a peace between Israel and the Palestinians no matter the cost. All of this is in order to grant his boss, President Barack Obama, the privilege of wearing the title of the mortal human who made the impossible peace and succeeded where all before him had failed. So, all of these efforts are in the name of peace, what could possibly make this something undesirable? Well, let’s simply go through what will occur all in the name of peace and what the results will be when the entire farce concludes. We can cover the results in one word, nothing; there will be no peace in the end. The final picture should be pictured on the front page of every paper in the world with a proper subtitle. They should all show Mahmoud Abbas walking away from the table leaving an astonished looking Secretary Kerry, a disgusted looking Netanyahu and the world press about to try to find out exactly how Israel failed to sacrifice sufficiently to allow for peace. There will be no mention that when the last offer of virtually complete Israeli surrender of almost every single demand from the Palestinians before Abbas walked out without even bothering to make a counter offer because he cannot risk that Israel would accept that offer and he is fully aware that should he sign a peace treaty with Israel he will pay the same price as did Egyptian President Anwar Sadat who was assassinated because he willingly made peace with Israel.
So, what can possibly be so terrible that might result from the machinations which soon will proceed? Secretary Kerry has already begun to dance the same peace dance which has become expected from whoever is tasked with forcing pointless negotiations. The reason there have not been negotiations is because Palestinian President and Chairman of the Palestinian Authority and of Fatah Mahmoud Abbas demands that Israel meet a litany of preconditions before any negotiations can begin. Abbas has been demanding that Israel release all the terrorist prisoners currently serving life sentences who were sentenced before 1993 and the beginning of the Oslo Accords, agree that the negotiations of borders begin with the 1949 Armistice Lines as the basis thus demanding Israel begin negotiations by returning every inch of the still disputed territories, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu supply and have approved a map of what lands will make up the Palestinian State, Israel freeze all building on any of the disputed lands, the Palestinians be granted open borders and import rights in order to import any weapons they feel are necessary and Israel accept the “Right of Return” which would require the influx of five million plus Palestinian Arab refugees into the lands Israel will be permitted to retain and grant them citizenship. The reason that even should Israel meet every one of these demands with the possible exception of accepting the refugees is insufficient to satisfy Mahmoud Abbas is because the sole intent of all his efforts is the complete and total eradication of the Jewish State which is the design behind the “Right of Return” demand for the five million plus refugees. This is not the disagreement over territory or anything else; it is a disagreement over which people will be allowed to live in the entirety of the area between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. Final proof of this is the demand that Mahmoud Abbas has made consistently that when he gets his Palestinian State that absolutely no Jew will be allowed to reside, visit or, as he words this, allowed to pollute and taint Palestinian lands with their presence.
What will play out between now and Abbas walking away presumably in disgust over Israeli refusal to sacrifice sufficiently to allow peace? We will hear from Secretary Kerry how Mahmoud Abbas is ready to talk peace and has agreed to forgo his preconditions. What will be glossed over is that Secretary Kerry has assured Abbas in exchange for his giving up his preconditions that Kerry will force Israel and Prime Minister Netanyahu to agree to a complete building freeze in all contested lands for the duration of the peace process, force Israel to release most if not all of the terrorist prisoners from before the Oslo Accords were initiated, have Israeli agreement to use the 1949 Armistice Lines as the starting point for border negotiations, have Israel allow greater range of importation for the Palestinian Authority, and possibly even demand of Israel some partial admittance of Palestinian Refugees into Israel with full citizenship. Kerry might actually demand that Abbas not receive a map for his approval showing the borders of a proposed Palestinian State before the negotiations begin. Such deep and serious sacrifice will be described as Abbas making serious concession towards peace and it remains to be seen whether Netanyahu is equally serious. This has been the exact form every negotiation has taken since the 1993 beginning of the Oslo Accords through numerous Israeli Prime Ministers and both Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas, two of the original members at the founding of the PLO which eventually became recognized as the major part of the Palestinian Authority.
These Israeli sacrifices have already begun and the overt demands are being played out already. Israel has agreed to have an unofficial building freeze throughout Judea and Samaria but Abbas is demanding that Kerry force Netanyahu to announce he has put a building freeze in place. The building freeze actually has nothing to do with freezing construction; it has to do with forcing Netanyahu’s coalition to collapse and force new elections in the hope of getting a new Israeli Prime Minister who would be more pliable and weaker than Netanyahu. This has also been a desire of President Obama much as it was of President Bill Clinton who sent Democrat operatives to assist Netanyahu’s opponent in the Israeli election in the late 1990s. Netanyahu has been allowing mention of a possible likelihood that there will be a terrorist prisoner release of long-time prisoners serving life sentences in order to make facilitating renewed peace talks by Secretary Kerry. It has always amazed me that as long as these actions of complete surrender are always made in order to make the task of reinitiating the peace process much easier for whatever American official has been given the thankless and impossible responsibility of forcing peace talks which everybody knows ahead of time are useless and will produce only one thing, concessions from the Israelis to the Palestinians. When Oslo Accord negotiations were first initiated the discussion was how to divide the lands of Judea and Samaria between Israel and the to be established Palestinian State. The initial theory was that Israel would retain all of Area C while the Palestinians were to receive Area A and it was thought that Israel would retain control over Area B for security but the Palestinians would also live in these lands alongside the Israelis with each being citizens of their respective nation and societies. From that beginning the starting point has slowly been conceded away to there is now talk which would have been unimaginable just a decade ago that the Palestinians will retain every inch of the lands lost by Jordan in the Six Day War including half of Jerusalem including all of the Old City and Temple Mount which would make virtually every single Jewish Holy Site inaccessible to all Jews worldwide as they would be within the Palestinian State.
You may ask what Jewish Holy Sites am I referring to that would be placed beyond the reach of Jews because they will be part of the Palestinian State. Certainly the Biblical Holy Sites would all be in Israel because we have been told countless times that the Jews never lived in the areas claimed by the Palestinians. Oh, are you in for a surprise. Here is an abbreviated list of Jewish Holy Sites which are in the areas claimed by the Palestinians. The Cave of the Patriarchs which is the burial cave for Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, and Leah is located outside of Hevron. The Tomb of Joseph whose bones were carried by Moses back from Egypt and carried into the Promised Land and reburied by the Hebrews, the early Jews, within the lands that G0d had Promised them in the Bible within the city of Shechem. Tomb of Rachel located just north of Jerusalem on the road between Shechem and Hevron just outside of Bethlehem. The entirety of the Mount of Olives and the Cemetery located there in which an almost endless number of famous Jews from Biblical times through to the modern age where some of Israel’s Prime Ministers have been laid to rest. The entirety of the Old City of Jerusalem, the Temple Mount which is the holiest of all places on Earth to Jews, the Western Wall, Solomon’s Stables, the City of David, David’s Castle and numerous Synagogues and other important Biblical and ancient places spanning all of human history. The City of Jericho is also within the areas claimed by the Palestinians and contains some Synagogues which are over two thousand years old and some a little less ancient. Much of the Sea of Galilee would also be placed beyond the reach of Jews along with numerous cities right out of the bible including Tiberius, Shechem, Hevron, Bethlehem, all of Old City Jerusalem which cannot be mentioned enough and even more. Reading the Old Testament almost all of the major stories related would be located in the West Bank as the heart of ancient Israel was the Judean Hills. So, in addition of surrendering the Judean Hills allowing all of central Israel to come within range of the same rockets launched currently from Gaza, it also gifts most of Jewish and Ancient Israel historic and storied locations beyond the reach of the Jewish People. The placing these precious places which hold the majority of Jewish history beyond the reach of Jews everywhere is the largest of sins that even surpasses the danger of the rockets because one cannot take away Jewish history and expect the Jewish People to remember their heritage.
Beyond the Cusp