What was made obvious by the years of no progress and no meetings between the Palestinians and the Israelis in order to further the peace process, as it is euphuistically called, is that the two sides had exhausted all avenues and concurrently decided not to further the insanity wasting time and resources in fruitless pursuit of an unattainable agreement. What is obvious to all of the world is not always what is pursued by politicians who, despite their comments to the contrary, are just as aware of the futility of actions which they pursue despite all reason. The reason behind these actions are usually two-fold; first they do not end up on the receiving end of the consequences and second they are able to claim they are pursuing some noble quest seeking to accomplish that which every previous attempt had failed to resolve or accomplish anything measurable but they assure that they are different and have the previously attempted and true answer. Their real motivation is the shining prize of great accomplishment that shines all the brighter against the background of all the previous failures and, in the case of the Palestinian-Israeli Peace Process, the nice shiny Nobel Peace Prize which just happens to come with a rather sizeable monetary reward as the cherry on top. One further point that makes attempts at this prize even more tenable is that one does not even need to actually accomplish anything as long as they are able to hold a signing ceremony as was the sole accomplishment with the Oslo Accords which resulted in Nobel Peace Prizes for both Simon Peres and Yasser Arafat.
So, who are the contestants in this round of repair the irreparable Palestinian-Israeli Peace Process? This time around the politicians contending for the golden ring are United States President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry. What makes this all the more despairing is that their method is the same old tried and futile path of forcing concessions from the Israelis while simply begging the Palestinians for any crumbs while promising to force Israel to give the Palestinians whatever they demand in return for favoring the third party with something they can wear as a cloak of great accomplishment. The problem is that the more one observes these expeditions into fruitlessness are that the Palestinians deal duplicitously not solely with the Israelis but with those third parties who imprudently entered the minefield of broken promises.
It becomes obvious at some point that the Palestinian enter into these numerous attempts throughout history with three specific aspirations they wish to attain, most important they wish to draw as many and as critical concessions from the Israelis as possible, exiting the negotiations at sufficiently early a stage so as to assure there have been no concessions required from themselves, and final to leave the negotiations at such a time and place as to maximize the insult to both the Israelis and whatever third party so foolishly initiated the entire process. Under Yasser Arafat the Palestinians had mastered this ploy and this is another accomplishment of which Yasser Arafat was a true master just as he was the father of modern terrorism. Since his demise the Palestinian leadership fell to Arafat’s second in command, Mahmoud Abbas who is a far cry from the original. This has been made even more evident in the most recent attempts at furthering the peace process in that the Palestinians under Abbas walk away from negotiations at the very start. In all manner of deceitful negotiating the current Palestinian leadership appears to lack the finesse and delicacy required to maximize concessions while continuing negotiations right up to the point where they themselves must make a concession. This would normally be a blessing as this deficiency minimizes the damage these negotiations should produce.
What negates the aforementioned blessing is that the protagonists in these negotiations, President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry, have absolutely no regard and even a possible undisclosed desire to maximize the concessions forced from the Israelis even to the point of causing irreparable damage to the Israeli people. This was first made evident as far as President Obama is concerned when almost out of the chute in his first term President Obama demanded the Israelis apply a formerly unheard building freeze on all Israeli properties, towns, and settlements in the lands acquired during the Six Day War when the Jordanians joined the conflict and lost the areas west of the Jordan River. This action by President Obama broke all existing limits on how far any third party would go in order to attain the cooperation of the Palestinians. Never before had anybody in their initial attempt at forging some amount of reconciliation between the Palestinians and Israelis taken the liberty to actually demand an Israeli concession as their introduction into the process. Such an initiative showed a complete and utter disregard for the Israelis positions and may also have been an indication of insults to come. When one also figures in that the very first foreign leader called from the Oval Office after the Inauguration by President Obama was to none other than Chairman of the PLO and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as well as the insults in appearances shown Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu when in his first visits to the White House in Washington DC as he was made to enter and leave meetings with the President by entrances other than the main entrance, an insult not foisted even on enemy heads of states which are antagonists of the United States as well as President Obama leaving in the middle of negotiations with the Israeli leader in order to have dinner with his family and doing so rather abruptly with instructions Prime Minister Netanyahu and his staff should take the time and reconsider their positions and attitudes and if they decided to amend their ways they should tell some functionary who would relay their acquiescence to the President’s demands.
Secretary of State Kerry, while not having an obvious record of anti-Israeli positions, has shown distaste for Prime Minister Netanyahu if only due to their differences in political outlook. The one act thus far which might tend to make one suspicious of Secretary Kerry’s opinion of the Israelis was his decision to appoint Martin Indyk as the mediator for the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations. Mr. Indyk was one of the politicians in the United States who as a former Ambassador to Israel was approached for his opinion on the Israeli disengagement from Gaza to which he claimed it showed great promise to lead to a full Palestinian state with new and friendlier leadership and a lasting peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians. This was the same disengagement that eventually led to Hamas taking over the Gaza in a violent coup and afterwards raining rockets onto Israeli towns, kibbutzim and farms neighboring Gaza. This was also the same disengagement which drove Netanyahu to resign from his Ministership position in Prime Minister Sharon’s Cabinet. Further, Mr. Indyk at the inception of these negotiations was a member of the board of the New Israel Fund, an extreme left, pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel NGO which draws its monetary support almost exclusively (records show near or over 80% funding) from the European Union, European individual governments, George Soros, Arab Governments and other extreme leftist anti-Israel NGOs. Put all of these pieces of evidence together and you have an accurate picture of a situation designed to maximize damage to Israel in the pursuit of false praises from extreme leftist interests and the Arab world. The one hope for Israel in these times and under these conditions including enemies whose hearts are hardened is for the L0rd to soften their minds such that they become unable to exercise rational thought and thus become incapable of taking full advantage of the opportunities which have potential to destroy the Jewish State.
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