Over the weekend the French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault made a short trip to Brussels to meet with the European Union Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini along with a who’s who of European Union Ministers all in their busy little clutches. What was equally unsurprising was that they both were meeting over the same topic which was first amongst the thoughts of those who really care for the welfare of the people. One would be correct concluding that the French and EU Foreign Ministers might have been meeting to discuss steps to be taken to prevent further terror attacks as recently suffered in their respective capital cities as that has to be the most pressing of issues on their minds, especially when one reads that much of the planning for the Paris attacks took place in Brussels. Towards the end of last week and culminating on Friday the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) was also in busy fashion discussing the evils plaguing our fair planet as well. Both sets of meetings were addressing the most pressing issue facing the world in these trying times. That’s right; restarting the Arab Palestinian-Israeli negotiations.
The UNHRC sanctioned Israel for the mistreatment of Arab Palestinian women. What was interesting was the complete lack of sanctions of Israeli treatment of Arab Israeli women. Interesting but not surprising as there have been few if any complaints of such mistreatment while the honor killings, spousal abuse, and other mistreatments which are more prevalent in Gaza as well as to a slightly lesser degree in the Palestinian Authority (PA) apparently are solely due to the occupation. The UNHRC also decided they would begin a running monthly blacklisting of Israeli companies who do any of their business beyond the Green Line. One has to wonder if such includes grocery stores or would they prefer that such goods if delivered by Israeli stores should cease. We are sure any resultant malnourishment or starvation would never then be laid at Israel’s feet for not selling food in grocery stores beyond the Green Line. These were the pressing issues at the United Nations. It is such a relief knowing they are on the job taking care of the really big problems.
The Brussels meeting of Ministers was in preparation for French Foreign Minister Ayrault’s upcoming trip to meet with Mahmoud Abbas. This is the next step in the French plans for restarting the moribund talks and it is said that he will be seeking what Abbas demands from Israel to restart the talks. Perhaps while he is feeling Abbas out he might think to inquire what would be the minimum requirement for there to be an agreement with Israel. As for what Abbas would demand? That would be whatever is offered and then some just as it has always been. Abbas has made it evidently clear that the only settlement he will accept is all of the lands occupied since May 15, 1948. Is it really that difficult for people to understand the one overriding demand from the founding of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) back in 1964 before there were any settlements and Israel was nicely packed within the Green Line and would have happily remained as such except for a small matter of the Six Day War. That would be the war where Syria and Egypt massed troops on Israel’s borders and threatened to drive the Jews into the Sea and then Jordan, ignoring the warnings from Israel to not join a losing cause, attacked Israel along her eastern border and thus Israel won taking the Golan Heights, the Sinai Peninsula and liberating the remainder of Judea and Samaria from Jordanian occupation which Jordan held illegally, talk about occupation, from 1949 until June 1967. Israel has returned the Sinai Peninsula and reached a peace with both Egypt and Jordan with settled borders. There is no Syria in any functional matter so that should be it, right?
Apparently not. The world demands that Israel sue for peace after winning a conflict they did not start, a defensive war by every definition. Israel reached peace with the nations who had attacked her but now there is some demand that Israel must form an entire new Arab nation which will by all reasoning be a failed state which will depend on the world for its existence and will offer the only thing that has been their stock of trade, terrorism. The promise was first made by Yasser Arafat in 1964 where he claimed they would erase Israel and then immediately turn the land over to Jordan. At some point Arafat attempted a civil war in Jordan. That failed so he moved on to Lebanon and tried there as well. After losing there as well he was whisked off to Tunis by the United States who insisted he not be killed or captured by the Israelis who were poised to do just that. Then through backchannel negotiation the Oslo Accords brought Arafat back with Abbas following for the expressed purpose of forming another Arab nation. Why was this nation necessary? As far as the demographic bomb, that is a deception based on skewed numbers offered by the same authors who gave the world the Oslo Accords. A simply buy out of any Arab desiring to leave would take care of a fair number and the rest would live in the freest country in the Middle East. One simple addition, if a member of your family is caught committing an act of terror then your citizenship will be revoked unless a strong case is made for mitigating circumstance. This would be kinder than trial for conspiring against the State, also known as treason. Needless to point out, Abbas and his merry band of murderers would needfully have to go, a small price for peace.
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