Just as many expected, including us, the Palestinian Authority leadership had a plan all along which did not include negotiating in good faith. At the very beginning of negotiations Mahmoud Abbas and the rest of the leadership of the Palestinian Authority made a choice to demand terrorist prisoner releases over demanding yet another building freeze. When Israeli Prime Minister acquiesced and folded under pressures applied by United States Secretary of State John Kerry and President Barack Obama and agreed to release over one-hundred terrorist prisoners, even to include terrorists with the blood of innocent men, women and children on their hands, he informed the Palestinian Authority that there would be new construction beyond the Green Line largely in the areas, but not totally limited to, which both sides had previously agreed that Israel would retain through land swaps. Of course from the outset of negotiations the Palestinian negotiators and other leaders from the Palestinian Authority have pushed for a building freeze to also be imposed upon Israel. Surprisingly, United States Secretary of State John Kerry denounced this duplicity and deceitful tactic being employed by the Palestinian Authority and insisted they cease while telling the media that the Palestinians had been informed of the Israeli building plans and their indignation and protestations were simply an act.
With the newest revelation it will be interesting to see what the reaction from Secretary Kerry and President Obama to the Palestinian’s deceitful negotiating and the resignation of the negotiators complaining that Israel has not negotiated in good faith as they have refused to accept the demands of the Palestinians and have the audacity to make demands of their own. Soon after the resignation of the Palestinian negotiators Mahmoud Abbas announced the intention of the Palestinians to take their demands before the International Courts and other bodies in order to get as many world bodies, boards, assemblies, governments, NGOs and courts demanding that Israel meet every single Palestinian demand while nothing will be expected, let alone demanded, of the Palestinians. This was their plan from the start and they have simply been waiting for an appropriate Israeli action to pull the rug from under the negotiations and set out on their world tour demanding that the world force Israel’s surrender. They claimed the recent announcement to build additional housing largely within Jerusalem to help mitigate the pain the prisoner release was generating was the Israeli transgression which forced the Palestinians to find the negotiations to be useless and a complete sham. Now the Palestinians will seek friendlier channels to attain validation of their demands and have an ultimatum placed on Israel to surrender on every single front instead of seeking a resolution through negotiations with Israel as laid out in United Nations Security Council Resolution 242 and numerous other resolutions and petitions.
The Israeli announcement of intent to build was not the actual reason behind the Palestinian actions as they had been previously informed of the plans to continue building and had chosen terrorist releases in lieu of a building freeze. The Palestinians would have used any Israeli action which they could put forth an injured face which had suffered a grievous insult. They could use the fact that Jews have been permitted onto the Temple Mount even in the limited numbers and under strict supervision by the Islamic Waqf simply by claiming that the Jews had attempted to enter the al-Aqsa Mosque causing a horrid blaspheme against the Palestinian people and the whole of Islam just as they had used the visitation to the Temple Mount by Ariel Sharon in order to validate the Second Intifada which resulted in the murder of over a thousand Israelis. The Palestinians have been proven to fabricate out of thin air a grievance to validate their actions which would otherwise be found unacceptable. Somehow whatever the Palestinians claim as the validating sin committed by the Israelis to permit their violence, rioting, or hijacking the peace process to take it to international bodies, often the United Nations General Assembly where they know they have a guaranteed amen chorus that will grant them anything they request, is automatically considered to be the unchallengeable truth by a sizeable majority of nations who would never find any need to challenge or ask for corroborative evidence. The Palestinians could just as easily used the destruction of the weapons in Latakia, Syria preventing them from being transferred to Hezballah in Lebanon by Israel recently.
The only thing that remains to be seen is whether the United States will back their planned nine months of negotiating in good faith and demand the Palestinian return to the negotiations or simply allow the Palestinians to take their grievances on a world tour seeking validation and allies to apply pressures upon the Israelis. The world’s reactions are predictable as can be, especially since we have historical evidence from previous such fiascos committed in the name of Palestinian statehood. There is always a possibility that President Obama might take the Palestinian’s side and decide that the time has come to allow a Chapter Seven backed Security Council Resolution being implemented to force a solution on Israel. If this avenue is chosen we can expect that the decision will be to use the Green Line as the border for the Palestinian State. The unknown is whether there will also be a measure demanding that Israel repatriate the so-called Palestinian refugees erasing the Jewish majority in Israel. A Chapter Seven Resolution can be enforced by military force of arms which would make any Israeli refusal to surrender before such a decree have extremely serious consequences. The one looming and very ominous shadow darkening the whole Israel-Arab, this is the real conflict and not Palestinians, conflict over recognition of Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish State and not be under Islamic control and rule is the fact that time is running out on President Obama’s second term and he has a deadly determination that he will solve the Middle East’s presumed biggest problem even if he has to completely destroy Israel in the process, or maybe in order to destroy Israel with the process. The reasoning that President Obama would resort to brute force that would compromise Israel probably out of existence as a home for the Jews comes directly from his actions early on in his first term. Let’s review some of the highlights of President Obama’s jewels that he launched that damaged Israel to an extent that has yet to be determined. First was the idea of a building freeze followed soon thereafter by statements which declared that the United States position was that the borders for the Palestinian state should be the Green Line including the division of Jerusalem which was only subsequently backed off to allow for small mutually agreed land swaps which still allowed for the Palestinians to merely refuse to make any swaps to gain the entirety of their territorial demands. Then there is the litany of insults and offenses heaped upon Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu by President Obama personally. The President insisted that Prime Minister Netanyahu enter and depart the White House for their first meeting by a side entrance and not the main front entrance and also refusing to stand before the press after their meeting. The second meeting had similar insult including no press conference. On another occasion President Obama left Prime Minister Netanyahu and his party telling them he needed to go and have dinner with his family and that the Prime Minister and his aides should use the time to review the areas where the two disagreed and demanded that when Netanyahu came around he should tell one of the President’s aides who would then inform Obama that he could return and collect the surrender of principles by the Israeli leader. President Obama during the ceremonies for the opening session of the United Nation General Assembly during President Obama’s first term where the President claimed to be unable to find time in order to meet Prime Minister Netanyahu but then appeared for around a half an hour on the television show “The View” which was being broadcast from a studio in New York City. And the final example, though not the last if this was to be a complete list, was President Obama insisting, could even say forcing, Prime Minister Netanyahu to call and apologize to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan over the incident concerning the Israeli legal, even according to the United Nations, interception of the ship the Mavi Marmara which was being used by terrorists in an attempt to either break the embargo on Hams in Gaza or have a violent confrontation with Israeli forces hoping to kidnap or kill as many Israeli soldiers as possible. Even before the violent confrontation it has been revealed that the terrorists had made plans on the best possible way to carry out the ambush and had prayed and chanted slogans calling for victory over the infidel or martyrdom in the cause of Islam and in the service of Allah. President Obama very likely knew that his self-proclaimed best friend in the world, Recep Erdogan, would not accept the apology and would simply use it in future propaganda statements and speeches and otherwise turn his shoe soles towards Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and all of Israel. How any friend of Israel could support President Obama is overwhelmingly absurd.
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