Beyond the Cusp

August 19, 2013

American Price for Palestinian Peace Participation

Most of the time we are told of the concessions, which would be better defined as bribes, the Israelis are forced to make to the Palestinians in order to entice them to come to peace negotiations despite the fact that both sides know they will simply walk away at some point demanding outrageous concessions to return and then blame Israel for not meeting those demands to allow the farce to continue. Well, this time let’s take a look at the price being paid by the United States to bribe the Palestinians to the peace talks. We are going to have to look beyond the guarantees that Secretary of State Kerry gave to Chairman Abbas that the Israelis would be steered and coerced into setting a border that was based along the pre-June 1967 Armistice Lines which divided the Israelis from the Jordanian held lands. Oh, just in case you may have forgotten due to the way it is described that the Israelis stole land from the Palestinians in 1967 which has been the aim of the PLO and other renditions of Palestinian organizations, there was no Palestinian State before 1967. Not ever has there been such an entity. The State that Mahmoud Abbas and his confederates, and Yasser Arafat before him, keep claiming has direct ownership from antiquity onto perpetuity has never existed ever. Even their preposterous claims reveals the depth of their deceit as they have claimed to be descended from the Philistines at one point, the Canaanites at another, or they are descendants of Abraham’s son Ishmael, and once Abbas claimed that the Palestinians had resided in the lands between the Jordan river and the Mediterranean Sea for the past nine-thousand years. Either they are confused about their origins or, as is said, if you believe in nothing you will believe in anything. So, on to the concessions beyond pretending that Abbas and the Palestinians have even a shred of honest claims to the lands that are any more valid than the Jewish claim and that they truly resided here in any numbers before the Jews began to return and build an economy, farm the land, drain the swamps, plow the fields, and tame the land making it capable of supporting any sizeable population. For a description of the state of the lands before the Jewish Zionist’s first returnees, one need simply pick up a copy of Mark Twain’s “The Innocents Abroad” and read his descriptions of the Holy Lands as his travels took place in the late 1860s which is about the start of the return of Jews to the lands joining the remnant population of Jews who had remained in the lands during the entirety of the Diaspora even making up the largest population within Jerusalem through much of that time.


Meanwhile, to the concessions made by the United States in order to entice the Palestinians to bother to actually negotiate instead of simply demanding the world give them. Despite the truth that the Palestinians had been informed before the negotiations began when they chose to demand terrorists be released from prison over imposing yet another building freeze that the Israelis were going to announce new construction since there was not to be any constraints against doing so, the Palestinians still cried havoc and refused to return to the negotiations unless the Israelis now imposed a building freeze while also still releasing the terrorists. I do not doubt that the initial attempt was made to force the building freeze upon the Israelis, though neither side is stating that such was tried, and that the Israelis refused to both release terrorist prisoners and freeze building just to continue peace negotiations which the Palestinians will walk away from before they come to fruition. This left the United States likely facing a breakdown in these much touted great achievement of bringing the two sides together and the promise that this time things would be different as President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry had a new and promising approach that was guaranteed to produce results, after all, they were not beholden to the Israelis like everybody else had been before them, yes, even President William Jefferson Clinton. So, facing this crisis we had the following hit the newswires today, “The United States’ consul general in Jerusalem, Michael Ratney, signed an agreement Sunday with PA caretaker prime minister Rami Hamdallah, according to which the U.S. will pay the PA $148 million.” With such a precedent one can only wonder what will be the final costs to the world to continue the peace process through to the end of the nine-months of talks promised by the Obama Administration’s press reports.


But that turns out not to be the only price paid by the United States. The State Department is more than a little bit put out by the Israelis as it turns out the Israelis refused to heed the request from the State Department not to release a particular terrorist out of the one-hundred-four prisoners demanded by the Palestinians. Of course had Israel refused to release even a single prisoner from the Palestinian list the peace talks would have been placed in jeopardy. So, as to the plans that were impressed upon the Israelis by Secretary of State John Kerry, they released the first group of twenty-six terrorists of which one was an individual the State Department has warned Israel against releasing. You see this particular terrorist when he killed an Israeli he chose poorly and murdered an Israeli who had dual citizenship or simply had been an American before making Aliyah and returning to Israel. Not only had he been an American before taking up residence in Israel, he was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. The name of the murdered Israeli and former United States Marine was Frederick Rosenfeld and the terrorist who murdered him was Al-Haaj Othman Amar Mustafa. Mustafa and two other attackers ambushed Rosenfeld. After pretending to befriend him as they walked near his home in the town of Ariel, in Samaria in 1989, the three terrorists stabbed Rosenfeld, attacking him from behind, and left him to die.


A State Department spokesperson quoted by The Daily Beast “The State Department conveyed the administration’s concerns regarding the release of this prisoner to the government of Israel, while recognizing the victim was a dual national of Israel and the United States.” The spokesperson continued to point out that the Israeli side “acknowledged our views, but it was ultimately their decision to determine which prisoners to release. This is a very difficult situation for all involved, and further highlights the importance of making these negotiations successful.” How so deeply touching that the United States would actually take umbrage at the murder of an Israeli, though he had to also have been an American who served in the Marine Corps, but it was still touching. It does pose the problem of exactly how does the official American position feel about the hundreds upon hundreds of other Israelis who were murdered whose terrorist perpetrators of these viscous and horrid acts are also being released. Do not get us wrong, we abhor that any of these monsters are being let loose to murder and destroy more lives in the future but this was not Israel’s idea, it was agreed upon between the United States and the Palestinian leadership with the United States ably represented by the State Department. Perhaps had the State Department checked the list before presenting to the Israelis with the Palestinian demands they could have asked the Palestinians to allow this one terrorist to remain in prison. Somehow I do not think the Palestinians would have obliged and quite possibly gotten some strange sort of pleasure knowing they were also punishing the Americans with this one prisoner being released. But I fully expect it to be brought up repeatedly as a point of contention which displays how callous the Israelis are to American sensibilities and not laid at the feet of the Palestinians who originally aided this terrorist attack and now demanded the release of its mastermind. The United States has our sympathy equal with the feelings we have as we commiserate with those Israelis whose loved ones were slaughtered by these monsters now being released to continue their trade of horrors. The $148 million, not so much feeling there as treasure is worthless compared to the cost of a single life which may be the eventual price of allowing these terrorists to go free and murder again, and if it will be but one life and not dozens, it would still be one life too many.


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  1. Reblogged this on Oyia Brown.


    Comment by OyiaBrown — August 19, 2013 @ 8:58 AM | Reply

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