One of the previous times we went through this scenario we titled our article “Once More Down the Rabbit Hole”, thus the slightly different title though there may be some similarities and potentially even identical phrasing. We are looking at another attempt to force some form of meeting between high level Israeli officials and Palestinian Authority (PA) high level officials. The initial intent is to have President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Netanyahu meet under the auspices of the Russians in Moscow possibly with Russian President Putin moderating. With only initial commentary and reporting the media is likely to report that everything looks promising that President Putin using the weight and international presence of the Russian Federation to possibly lead to their making headway which President Obama and the United States Presidents preceding him inability to make any measurable gains towards the mythical “two states for two peoples living in peace and security” supposed oasis in a dessert of missed opportunities. But the same old problems are already peeking from between the lines and even the letters of initial reports. Of course these reports are all puppy dogs and cuddly kittens snuggling together promising that there will this time be some headway made in finding solutions for the Arab-Israeli peace process. Please do not be sucked in by these Pollyannish reports reporting lollipops and ice cream for all. We are willing with minimal actual reports or additional information other than one small mention in a single quote to predict there will either be no meeting or Mahmoud Abbas will depart any meetings within the first eighteen hours blaming Israel for refusing to make the necessary sacrifices for peace.
What wording in what quote by whom, you ask. The person was President Mahmoud Abbas but we may need to provide you with some other statements and quotes before we go to President Abbas. Netanyahu’s office said in a statement, “The prime minister presented Israel’s position that he is always ready to meet with president Abbas directly and without preconditions. He is therefore reviewing the Russian president’s proposal and the timing of a possible meeting.” This does not sound all that horrific as it sets only one single condition, that there be no conditions, just a meeting as equals and proceeding from that point as equals. Somehow, in the coming weeks this statement will be transformed by those on the extreme left and right as well as some mainstream progressives into some nefarious evil set of denials of perfectly obvious dodges by the Israelis of their obvious obligations to make obvious and logical measures in order to reach a lasting peace. Further it was posted that, Netanyahu has said he is open to such a meeting together with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Further added in reports was this from PA officials who stated, “Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has agreed on a Russian proposal for him to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as part of a new peace push.” Abed al-Hafeez Nofal, the PA Ambassador to Moscow stated, “We told the Russian side today that president Abbas accepted the Russian initiative about the meeting of Abbas and Netanyahu with President Putin in Moscow,” So far, so good, but wait, there’s more.
Netanyahu had the audacity to claim that he is actually open to such a meeting with PA President Mahmoud Abbas with the meeting being together with Russian President Vladimir Putin who can assure that both sides are true to the expectations and necessary steps to make a lasting and enforceable and appreciative peace setting and secure borders which would promise peace for the foreseeable future. How absolutely sneaky of Netanyahu to agree to meet stating his desire for the meet to be without preconditions and to seek an equitable peace respecting the rights of both peoples setting secure and enforceable borders for a lasting peace. Have you caught the series of demands couched in Netanyahu’s statement? Let us list them for you, not necessarily in order, secure borders which is code for a viable Jewish State, enforceable borders which implies safety from terrorist attacks, lasting peace which implied an end to violence, appreciative which implies mutual acceptance and both sides taking steps which demands cooperation and compromise from the PA and not solely Israel surrendering everything just to meet for a few seconds so the media can take pictures. Such demands, surely Netanyahu realizes that the PA and especially Abbas can never accept such equanimity.
And right on cue, President Abbas ordered the usual comeback with the singular accusation against Israel, one Israel has absolutely no defense against, as Abed al-Hafeez Nofal stated, “But it is clear for us that the Israelis are evading the requirements of the meeting.” Keeping in step with the usual modus operandi, Abbas and company insisted that the meeting be scheduled for Friday of this week, September 9, 2016 while insisting Israel meet the required but unspecified known requirements to facilitate the meeting as they had already accused Israel of refusing to meet said but unspecified requirements thus placing all blame with Israel. Israel refused to meet on such short notice as they refused to make the required sacrifices for peace so how could any thinking human being fault the PA or Abbas who was willing to accept meeting with Netanyahu immediately after Israel met the preconditions known to all who follow the peace process. What were these obvious required preconditions Israel refused to meet? Well, there are numerous different such requirements which have been used in the past to make Israel the party unwilling to meet reasonable conditions for peace. One has to note that all PA demands are reasonable conditions which are well known and agreed upon and they are Israeli obligations. Why, one who is erudite might inquire. Well, because at the meetings of the Arab League, the United Nations General Assembly and other such confabs the Palestinian demands are echoed and set down as if they were the law of the universe and denying them would be tantamount to the worst sins humankind has ever committed, which of course is untrue.
This reference was an unobtrusive and subtle reference of the presumed “that the Israelis are evading the requirements of the meeting.” This statement was not followed up upon and there has been no formalization of exactly what Israeli requirements have been left unfulfilled. We can hazard a guess if you would like. One favorite is for Israel to remove all the settlements in order to prepare the lands for the Palestinian state. There is one trio of words which require defining before this “requirement” can be discussed, and those are “all the settlements” which most of the world believes are the Israeli towns, cities, factories, businesses, universities, schools and hospital clinics from beyond the Green Line. Even such as that definition goes well beyond International Law and also beyond any stipulations of the Oslo Accords but that is not the end of this little set of words. One need understand that the PA and much of the Arab World and Muslim World define not only Jews residing beyond the Green Line, the 1949 Armistice Lines as settlements but also all of Jerusalem, Netanya, Haifa, Tel Aviv, Ashdod, Beer Sheva, Eilat, Tiberius, Ma’alot and Nahariya. Basically they believe any Jews residing, as their chanted slogan states, “from the River to the Sea” meaning all the lands from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea should be vacated and turned over to them before any meeting and then there can be a discussion on whether the Jews will be sent to the United States or annihilated. The complete surrender of Israel is the only acceptable end for negotiations and the PA sees no reason to actually argue over details as they prefer to simply demand the final result in some vagaries and then claim Israel is not meeting their obligations.
The hidden secret which has been reported but always gets lost somewhere between the written page and the memories of those reading the articles is that the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) Movement was initially the Arab World boycott of Israel plus the “Three No’s” decided upon in the Khartoum Resolution of 1967. These were; no peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel and no negotiations with Israel. Subsequently the PA with the assistance financially of the United Nations, the European Union, United States, European governments and NGOs expanded these concepts folding theme into a package they called the BDS Movement. This went hand in hand with their claims of Apartheid Israel and that Israel was blocking any hope of peace by refusing to meet their obligations. Mahmoud Abbas also declared, with the assistance of an Imam, that all the lands of the British Mandate were WAQF lands, holy Islamic lands which can never be passed on to non-Muslims and that Muslims under Islamic law and Sharia are required to regain the territory and eradicate the nonbelievers who stole this Islamic Waqf. According to this ruling by Abbas and accepted by the Arab World if a Jew were to take a bag of sand from the beach near Akko and return with the sand to the United States then a squad of terrorists would need be dispatched to retrieve this sand in order to make the land whole once more. This is the fanaticism Israel faces where the PA and much of the leftist progressive political world are perfectly content with granting the PA everything they demand including the end of Israel and her people.
Much of Europe is starting their long walk down the primrose path paved with good intentions which includes making the new refugees feel secure and in a familiar surroundings. It matters not that the indigenous population is facing attacks especially against women and girls including young girls as young as nine and ten. There are rape gangs and even rape clubs where they force non-Islamic, and even those Muslims who refuse to wear the protection clothing (Burkas), women into sex through many and varied means which once any one of them gets their way with the young girl she is soon thereafter gang raped and after that any Islamic man can use her for their own pleasure. The sole reason such has not become a common practice in Israel is because of the IDF (Israeli Defense Force) whose members likely include a brother or a cousin or even a parent or uncle or aunt who is able to take their firearm with them, some are encouraged in doing so, and would probably end this horrific situation. Zero tolerance for raping young girls or other such crimes has to be the order of the day every day and such molestations and indignities cannot be permitted to stand. Just because it is a part of Islamic culture being practiced by the thousands of young Islamic men who have been infiltrating Europe as well as the United States and Canada does not mean that their host nations need to permit such barbarity. The enforcement of rape and molestation charges would be an excellent first step in teaching the Muslims what their initial steps towards assimilation will be. If assimilation is not in their repertoire, then either they need an object lesson placing this desire at the head of their “to do list” or repatriating them with wherever they migrated from would be in order. This is not an impossible task and would solve a number of problems all at once.
The same need go for the PA and its population. They need be absorbed as part of Israel and the Israelis should run their schools which must include learning the Hebrew language, learning Jewish and Israelite history, the basic concepts and commandments from within Torah. The younger Arabs as they reached adulthood would need to join their parents in taking the Assimilation testing before being placed on the route for becoming an Israeli citizen with full political rights as well as the other human rights. Those who are incapable of or do not desire learning such history and Hebrew could instead remain in Israel living as a registered alien. This would permit their having voting rights only in Areas A and B but not in national elections. As is required by International Law they would be granted full human rights, the religious right to worship as they pleased but not proselytize or other subversive anti-Semitic or anti-Israeli actions. They would have no voting rights outside Areas A and B as, by Mandate laws which the United Nations accepted in Article 80 of the United Nations Charter, while they are to be granted all civil and human rights, Israel is not required to provide them with political rights or actual citizenship unless the Israeli government so chooses. Any action of terrorism would result in the immediate deportation of any individual convicted of such an act after they served their prison terms. Those committing terrorist acts would forfeit their non-resident alien status and become persona non grata never permitted to return within Israeli borders for the indeterminate future. As Abbas and the rest of the PA and Hamas have all stated they would continue the fight to eradicate the Jews even if Israel surrendered everything but the Tel Aviv metropolitan area then those choosing active terrorism would be returned to their nation of origin or if none could be discerned, they would be unceremoniously dumped across the Syria border and never permitted to return to Israel. But as far as the Russian peace plan, if any meetings do actually come to fruition, it will likely be the shortest peace on record, Hashem willing. When one side will only accept a total and complete surrender of one nation, that nations cannot agree to such terms and the world should not expect Israel to accept such terms. There has been anything but progress towards peace since May 15, 1948, and there is nothing in our current situation which implies that progress is at all possible that might offer even the slightest glimmer of hope. That is exactly what will result from the incidents we have witnessed and we can have little else, especially not hope, but such is the situation which has been exactly as we now see. The future will be promising should a miracle from Hashem strike the entirety of the PA leadership as they open. Anything less and only a miracle will provide and fulfill the needed hopes.
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