At the end of yesterday’s article we opined on the rumors that President Obama has given Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu guarantees that there will be peacekeeping troops placed in the areas which Israel releases for the formation of the Palestinian state in order to prevent terrorist strikes or rockets and mortars being launched into Israel as is done by Hamas out of Gaza. The soldiers manning the peacekeeping forces would come from any of the following; only United States, NATO countries, or even the United Nations. It is likely that Israel would prefer not to depend on either the United Nations or any of the European nations, so such a force will most likely be manned by Americans. We would like to express our distress should these rumors have even one iota of credibility and beseech that no foreign troops be placed in a position where they are presumed to be protecting Israel. The potential for horrific results and of so many ways such a situation could turn out ugly that it would be best to never even tempt fate and disaster so brazenly.
Thinking and researching further on these rumors we came across other ideas of where the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations may be headed should the talks themselves fail to reach an agreement. Some of this information we gleaned from a number of sources painted a picture that was very distressing. The negotiations which are currently in progress were entered with Prime Minister Netanyahu offering to impose a building freeze over almost all of the West Bank but Palestinian Authority Chairman Abbas refused that offer and instead substituted the demand for the one-hundred-four terrorist prisoners serving life sentences and already having served the longest of Palestinian prisoners to be released in groups as the negotiations proceeded and progress was attained. When Israel agreed after a fair amount of distress and many demonstrations by the Israeli people against such a release of murderous terrorists, especially the relatives of those murdered by these very terrorist prisoners, Netanyahu informed Abbas and the rest of the Palestinian leadership about the imminent announcement of Israeli construction in the settlement blocks which have been agreed since the beginning were to remain under Israeli rule and were part of the land swaps to be formalized through negotiations. So, all the screaming and protesting, posturing and threatening, condemnations and petitioning the world to also condemn Israeli construction plans was a put on act as there was no surprise and they had already approved the Israeli construction. The whole intent of the Palestinian show of rage at the Israeli announcement of new housing was perpetrated in order to draw further condemnations and maybe even stimulate more nations to place Israel under sanctions or other political isolations and restrictions and their plotting worked as planned as the European Union took the opportunity to place an embargo on all Israeli products from the settlement blocks responding to the Palestinian temper tantrum act.
In order to fully understand the end game that President Obama may be planning to execute, one has to understand that President Obama is determined to be the person who forges a Palestinian state and an end to the Arab-Israeli animosities. Another fact that needs to be understood is the entire scheme of the Palestinians from the very outset of the entire Palestinian-Israeli conflict has been to never agree to any solution and continuing the fraud all the while conducting a concentrated, well planned, and well supported propaganda campaign to demonize the Israelis and glorify the idea of the Palestinians as the victims of horrendous treatment under Israeli occupation. The intent the whole while was to take the historic story behind the history of the Jewish people and forge a Palestinian mystique that paralleled the Jews story and use the same ideas right down to using some of the same terms such as the “Right of Return”. The end target the Palestinians are seeking is to have forced mediation and settlement from the United Nations with the Security Council using Article 33 through 37 of the United Nations Charter. One more part of the Palestinians plans is to, as much as possible, have the Israelis treated as the obstacle to finding a peace agreement which they have depended on two main items, first that as they have shown a resolute refusal to bend in even the slightest manner that nobody bothers to place any demands on the Palestinian forcing all compromises to be forced out of the Israelis, and second they have depended on the historic suspicions of the Jewish people and anti-Semitism especially amongst the Muslim world and the Europeans as well as many on the extreme left politically. Using this multi-front attack the Palestinians have managed to successfully attain most of their targets to a sufficient amount that the only thing left for them to accomplish is to convert the United States leadership to turn against Israel in the Security Council and allow for the United Nations and the rest of the world in support force a solution on Israel which grants the Palestinians everything they could ever have asked for.
This target may be within sight, or at worst just around the corner. Secretary of State Kerry and President Obama have both been pressing Prime Minister Netanyahu stressing the point that should these last gasp attempts not produce a peace between Israel and the Palestinians with the formation of Palestine to the Palestinians’ satisfaction then Israel may just find themselves completely isolated and friendless amongst the nations of the world. This has been the reason and message behind the constant repetition that there is a limited window of opportunity for peace to be negotiated. The critically important phrase is ‘limited window’ as it implies that should these negotiations fail, then there is no longer any way of reaching a peace through negotiations. If negotiations can be declared defunct and useless to pursue any further, then the only way to solve such a situation is where the United Nations Charter sets out the requirements and the steps in order to impose an equitable peace as determined by mediation by the United Nations. President Obama had made references to the potential need to impose a peace on the Palestinian-Israeli situation in some talks he held during his first term with some of the Arab rulers and also with Abbas. Add to that, Abbas has made mention of the approaching situation where it may be necessitated to impose a peace agreement on Israel by a coming together of the world to solve this otherwise intractable problem.
So, exactly how would things proceed if the end result being aimed for is a solution by agreement or imposition or however it turns out is required? These negotiations will reach close to their nine-month time limit with no complete resolution attained but with some progress has been attained as there is a requirement for progress in order for the Palestinian terrorist murderers to be released by Israel. The ninth month arrives without any treaty so there is a call to make one last six-month push as the two sides are so close. As per usual, the Palestinians refuse to return to continue the negotiations holding out until some preconditional demand or two are forced out of the Israelis. The likely demand will be for the continuation of the Palestinian terrorist prisoner release likely leading to virtually every terrorist is freed and of course there would now be the call for a building freeze and finally there might be a possible demand for Israel to remove some of the Israelis in the furthest settlements that exist in Area B. After six weeks of strenuous and exhausting negotiations with Secretary of State Kerry making two a week trips to the Middle East or at least somebody from the State Department or Defense Department and possibly a guarantee of sale of some desired weapons for the Israelis and the negotiations recommence. The six weeks pass and instead of progress even things that had been resolved during the nine-month negotiations are no longer settled as the Palestinians go back on agreements and then claim the Israelis have been dealing deceitfully and misrepresenting what was already agreed to because they are refusing to meet their obligations. This is a repeat of previous acts performed by Abbas and by Yasser Arafat before him. When everything blows up with Abbas and Erekat both storming from the negotiations and holding a well-polished and fully practiced press conference where they denounce the Israelis for deceitful negotiating methods, relenting on agreements and every other possible sin one can commit breaking any good-faith negotiations. The mainstream world media runs headlines for a week denouncing Israel for blowing up any hope for peace and then comes the trip by Abbas to the United Nations demanding that the Security Council recognize Palestine and force Israel to comply with their obligations. This time the United States abstains rather than using their veto and the rest is, as they say, obvious. The world turns their forces towards Israel and the entirety of the world, with possibly a few exceptions, all scramble to provide troops to assist the Palestinians in cleansing their territory of any Israeli presence and forcing Israel to retreat at best back to the 1949 Armistice Lines and who knows what could be worse. One must remember that there have been votes taken in the General Assembly of the United Nations where Zionism was equated with Racism and another time to repeal the November 1948 Partition Plan which led to the declaration establishing the state of Israel the following May 14, 1949. What would prevent the United Nations from deciding to replace Israel with the state called Palestine rather than merely forming Palestine alongside Israel?
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