United States President Obama met with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu just over two weeks ago and they discussed everything from the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians under the mediation of Secretary of State Kerry as well as the steps which could be taken to assure that Iran does not produce nuclear weapons. Where their meeting may not have produced complete agreement, both leaders found their discussions to have been fruitful and promised to work together to further the peace talks and keep each other updated regarding the negotiations over the Iranian nuclear program as well as other Middle East situations such as Syria and the Arab Spring. Just a week ago President Obama had the second meeting on the peace talks, this time with Palestinian Authority Chairman Abbas. Leading up to their meeting, the White House had spoken of high expectations predicting that the Israeli Palestinian negotiations were likely to make great strides after the two leaders had met with President Obama. Somehow I get the feeling that either President Obama did not bother to talk with Secretary of State Kerry to be brought up to speed or they spoke and President Obama paid as close attention as he reputedly has shown his security briefings, at least, that is, the briefings he has bothered to attend.
So President Obama sat down with Mahmoud Abbas expecting a cordial exchange of ideas and reaching agreement on what the Palestinians needed to do in order for the President to coerce the Israelis to make even greater sacrifices and concessions in order to reward the Palestinians for agreeing to finally reach a comprehensive peace agreement. A friendly and receptive Abbas was not in the cards. I picture President Obama starting his conversation with Abbas expecting to be discussing subjects concerning the peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians with somebody who was on the same page and of similar mind as to what was necessary to reach an agreement. After all, it was Mahmoud Abbas who President Obama made his very first call to a foreign leader from the Oval Office after his first inauguration ceremony in January of 2009 and the President has treated and thought of Abbas as a like-minded and close friend. One can only imagine the shock to President Obama when Chairman Abbas simply refused to agree on anything which President Obama thought were necessary and obvious steps necessary in order to attain a lasting peace agreement. Where the order is known only to the two men and whatever aids were present, we can assume that President Obama breached the main three points which he believed both men recognized as necessary compromises the Palestinians would have to offer to attain peace with Israel expecting Abbas would readily agree and that would be that. But when President Obama breached the three main points, recognize Israel as the state of the Jewish People, abandon the Palestinian refugees right of return, and commit to the peace bringing a final end to the conflict, which he had expected Abbas and the Palestinians to agree with, Abbas instead gave a definitive “No!” to each and every point. It really is a shame that nobody filmed President Obama’s reactions as Abbas turned him down one point after the other. The progression of expressions on President Obama’s face might have proved to be amusing and possibly useful to the Republicans in some future ad campaign against Obamacare or any other subject where they and the Democrats have disagreements.
The real loser here should be Mahmoud Abbas as he has removed any misconception about which side of the Israel Palestinian negotiations is the one refusing to move the discussion forward. Even further proof was soon to arrive when Abbas returned to Judea and Samaria (West Bank) where he spoke to the press promising that he planned to pocket the gains made and continue in future negotiation to pocket additional gains each time picking up where the last negotiation left off. He added an aside stating that those who needed would understand what he meant. I am sorry to inform Mr. Abbas but his words and actions are not so cryptic that the average man on the street would find understanding his presumably hidden meanings at all difficult to discern. He plans on continuing to do as his predecessor and mentor, arch terrorist Yasser Arafat, taught him; simply negotiate and push for as many concessions as one can force while tentatively making agreeable noises and then walk away denouncing any hint that might have been perceived that you had compromised on any point and then insist the next negotiations begin with Israel granting every point they offered from the precious negotiations. This has been the modus operandi of the Palestinians and has been the negotiation technique used by much of the Muslim world when negotiating with non-Muslims.
Abbas went further and also took the opportunity to inform President Obama what the Palestinians demanded Israel to comply with in order to extend the negotiations beyond their end date towards the end of April. Abbas iterated demands that Israel release the remaining terror prisoners including Marwan Barghouti and other terror planning masters responsible for numerous Israeli deaths and causing permanent disabling injuries directly from their acts of sending others to die as suicide homicidalists, complete return to the 1949 Armistice Lines with very minor land swaps with all the remaining Israeli Jews living in neighborhoods that are to be surrendered to the Palestinians along with every Israeli in East Jerusalem and all of the Old City, as well as the complete acceptance of over five-million Palestinian refugees being given the opportunity to live within Israel and all, whether receiving a new home in Israel or remaining outside of Israel, receiving compensation for hardships and the loss of properties. So what Mahmoud Abbas dropped into President Obama’s lap was a universal refusal to take any step towards making peace with Israel guaranteeing that the current peace negotiations must fail due to Palestinian intransigence coupled with demands of Israel just to continue negotiating beyond the April deadline which if granted would result in the end of Israel as a Jewish state and make the starting point into negotiations to establish two Palestinian states, one named Palestine and the other named Israel with the Jews of Israel to be allowed to live as Dhimmis for as long as they would be permitted and eventually to be given the choice of conversion to Islam or the sword. Despite the reality that has been displayed in absolute terms that the reason the negotiations are destined to fail is unreasonable Palestinian expectation and demand, yet I would be willing to bet that when the negotiations end without any agreement being produce that Europe and President Obama with Secretary of State Kerry blaming Israel for not being willing to meet the Palestinians at some agreeable midpoint. I truly hope I am wrong about this but somehow I have my doubts that it will turn out any different than Abbas acclaimed as a man of peace and Netanyahu being castigated as the obstruction to attaining a lasting peace. Some perceptions refuse to bow even when smacked full-on by reality; and blaming Israel while holding the Palestinians as the poor, wretched, distraught victims of Apartheid policies as totally innocent and being the only truly desirous people for peace is among the most insanely resistant to reality of all such beliefs.