Even before the resumption of the negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians the violence level had been ramping upward in Judea and Samaria. The most obvious evidence were the increasing frequency of vehicles being hit with large enough rocks to smash through their windshields causing bodily harm to drivers and passengers alike and too often also leading to horrific crashes and life threatening injuries. Once the peace talks resumed the spike in violence was palpable, especially the rioting on the Temple Mount which was being committed with the purpose of denying Jews access to their holiest of places on Earth. The reasoning went that since the police would always take the easiest route to restoring quiet which meant they would close the Temple Mount to Jewish visitation in order to placate the Muslim rioters rather than attempt to break up the rioters and possibly suffer physical harm from rocks thrown, iron rods wielded, wooden bats wielded and often even Molotov cocktails being thrown in attempts to immolate the officers. Eventually the rioting escalated to a point that a core group would continue to riot even after the Jews had been escorted off the Temple Mount simply to attempt to harm the guards as they found that such activity sometimes yielded multiple-days of Jews being denied entrance. The Palestinian aim in this was to prove that Jews did not have any actual claim to the Temple Mount because if they really did care and have such strong feelings, then why was it so easy to chase them off of the Temple Mount. After all, if you are not willing to fight for your rights to an area, you must not have very strong emotional attachments. This argument would probably sound convincing to those who would, like the Temple Mount Police Force, simply want to placate the rioters and end the violence at any cost. This means that outside of Israel in Europe, the United States, and elsewhere this argument would prove conclusive.
The Palestinians have learned that the Jews believe in respecting authority, the rule of law, and setting a high standard for societal norms under which violence is eschewed. This is simply a further difference between the Jewish society and their Palestinian neighbors. Where the Jews value life, the Palestinians value death by their own admission. Where the Jews value order and lawfulness the Palestinians prefer chaos, rioting, and violence. And finally, where the Jews cherish construction, building and progress, the Palestinians pursue destruction. When referring to Palestinians here the reference is to those who are mostly younger, under forty years of age, radicalized, terroristic, lawless, self-proclaimed Jihadists who believe that the true path to victory lies in the instigation of maximized chaos, destruction, death and particularly the disregard and insult of anything not Islamic in its origins. This same attitude was displayed by the Afghani Taliban who destroyed the ancient Buddhist statues which had been carved in a cliffside long ago as well as in Egypt where some of the most fanatical Islamists have called for the destruction of the pagan idols referring to the Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza. There have been almost an innumerable cost of holy relics, structures, murals, libraries, and other precious items destroyed over the centuries at the hands of Muslims who were simply carrying the ideal that there is but one knowledge source worthy of being known and that is the Quran. Anything not derived directly from the Quran is evil and despised knowledge and any religious item, structure, shrine, etc. must either be altered to serve Allah or be completely and utterly destroyed.
This describes another action taken by the Waqf on the Temple Mount in order to utterly destroy and remove every particle of proof of any Jewish history or other archeological evidence of the First and Second Temples which stood on these grounds long before Islam was even a concept. This is also the reason that Islam claims that Jesus, Moses and other historical and biblical figures were actually Muslims and not Jewish or Christian. This is carried to such an extent that many Islamics believe that Adam, Eve and Noah were Muslims when even the Jews and obviously the Christians recognize that these figures predate the arrival of their respective religions. The Islamic claim that Islam has always existed and was simply reintroduced as the final and original true faith and that the Jewish and Christian Bibles are but poor attempts to rewrite the Quran and were actually attempts to corrupt the message of the Quran and thus those following the writings of the Jewish and Christian Bibles were believers in an improper and evil demonic faith and thus must be saved by conversion to the only true faith, Islam. The Palestinians adapt this as further proof that the Jewish presence in Israel is a modern invention by the Jews in an attempt to steal holy Muslim lands. Once any land has come under the rule or conquest of Islam it must forever remain under Islamic rule and should it be conquered by anyone else then heaven and earth must be moved to correct this injustice and insult of Allah.
Meanwhile, as long as the peace talks continue, the violence will maintain its current heightened level. The reason is the Palestinians know from previous experience that any violence they commit while negotiations are under way will not result in any Israeli reprisals worth note as the world will demand that the Israelis just accept the heightened violence as part of the price paid to reach a peace. All the while the world and the Israelis realize that the Palestinians not only do not wish to make a peaceful settlement but cannot reach any deal which allows Israel to continue to exist. Europe has become increasingly acceptable to such an eventuality and the idea has been making inroads on American and Canadian college campuses. The efforts to inculcate an acceptance that Israel is an illegal construct that the Jews are attempting to purloin Islamic lands using the memory of the Holocaust as their rightful claim to the lands of Israel and Jerusalem in particular. The small fact that the Zionist beginning which claimed to be the origins of the returning of the Jews to their ancestral lands dated to the early 1800s is ignored by those who know the truth and otherwise unknown by most. The fact that the originating document which spawned the entire founding for the Jewish State, the Balfour Declaration, was written and accepted by the English Parliament and Prime Minister dates to 1917 and that by 1919 had been accepted in principle by the victors of World War I including the United States though the Americans accepted it under a Congressional declaration which was also signed by the President, an unusual act for Congressional declarations, all predate the Holocaust and negate the Palestinian protestations. By 1923 the British had control of the Mandate lands which were to become the Jewish State but Winston Churchill faces a dilemma, the British had also promised numerous Arabs including the Hashemites a State as well. This led to the Churchill White Papers which granted the Jews the lands west of the Jordan River in perpetuity to remain undivided for all times in exchange for the Zionists forgiving the lands east of the Jordan River in which Transjordan was formed for the Arabs and placed under the rule of the Hashemites. The British have regularly proven throughout their history to have ridiculously short memories whenever anything becomes slightly difficult. The United Nations also recognized, in theory, the Mandates for Israel as well as Syria, Lebanon and Jordan in their founding documents under Article 80. But we all realize that if sufficient violence is applied to oppose any agreement among those who call themselves civilized, then the agreement will soon become too difficult and challenging to continue to remain committed to its promises and the violence will be assuaged and the agreements nullified. That is why the entire Palestinian problem will remain a thorn in the side of the world until a solution is imposed by military facts which ends the conflict once and for all. It is a sad fact, but it is the unfortunate truth and I seriously doubt any other solution will be found.
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