Beyond the Cusp

September 17, 2013

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas Speaks on Peace

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, Israel’s presumed “peace partner”, in a speech on Sunday to graduates of a university in Jericho, clarified that unless all of the Palestinian Authority demands are met there will not be a peace agreement with Israel. Abbas threatened there could be no agreement with Israel; we quote, “Unless all the demands and rights of our people are realized.” This is another instance of what we like to call the Palestinian official code, a special situation where the Western World’s media finds it next to impossible to translate any speech given by Islamists in the Arabic language while they find anything said in English by these same sources as front-page top-of-the-fold main-headline material. This is the reason behind the impression that the Palestinians are not only willing to make peace with Israel but that they are anxious and actively seeking avenues that lead to that peace willing to do whatever it takes to achieve peace with Israel but Israel is the side being obstinate and unwilling to make peace when the actual truth is closer to the exact opposite. All one need do to realize the truth of this situation would be to visit two media outlets which translate many of the Arabic speeches, television programs, news reports, editorials and other politically significant news which is otherwise only available in Arabic or Farsi, <a href=http://www.camera.org/> CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America)</a> and <a href=http://palwatch.org/>PMW (Palestinian Media Watch).</a> There are other sources such as some of the Israeli media which is written or translated into English, Russian, French or other languages but some would claim that Israeli sources would be biased which is why the above sources are so great, they are simply translations of the actual worlds spoken by Abbas and other Islamic leaders without commentary or slant, just straight forward translations.

 

In Mahmoud Abbas’s speech to the university in Jericho he revealed the intransigence of the Palestinian side in negotiations and much of what he said corroborated other leaks and comments which have come from Palestinian spokespeople regarding the current peace process talks. These negotiations are presumably being conducted under tight security with both sides held to secrecy with United States Secretary of State and the Peace Talk’s Mediator Martin Indyk insisting that neither side report on the discussions, progress, subjects discussed or any other information to the media or others not necessary to the process. This has been kept on the Israeli side to such an extent that Tzipi Livni has not even reported to many in the leadership of the ruling coalition in the government which has led to some vexation and suspicions that she may be willing to give away the store. On the other side, the Palestinians have had some apparent leaks though they have come from some in the leadership but not directly involved in the negotiations, thus one must decide if they have been informed of actual events and agreements or discussions from the negotiations or are they simply speaking for public consumption and simply telling the people what they believe they desire to hear. Still, even if Abbas’s comments in Jericho were simply soothing words spoken to soothe the masses, they are still important as these are the feelings of the Palestinian population and their leadership and therefore have consequences.

 

The whole body of these leaks has included some basic themes which have been repeated sufficiently that they have come to define the Palestinian position and their minimal requirements, demands, and willingness to compromise (or not). So, what are some of these positions which have been emphasized during the current talks? There has been a steady procession which has included Mahmoud Abbas, Saab Erekat and on to other spokespeople who have claimed that the Palestinians only agreed to enter negotiations after they had received written guarantees from Secretary of State Kerry and President Obama that the borders of the Palestinian state will be the pre 1967 War Armistice Lines, also known as the Green Line or Auschwitz borders. A slight variant on this is that the guarantee they received not only guaranteed the most optimistic borders but that every single demand for concessions would be guaranteed to be forced out of the Israelis and be forced to make peace completely on Palestinian dictated terms. The demand that within the borders of any Palestinian state every last Jew must be removed and never allowed within the borders for any purpose is an interesting claim they make as it stands in direct contrast to the promise that so many politicians and leaders from the Western world, United Nations and NGOs have made to the Israelis that all of the Jewish Holy Sites will be open to visitation by the Jewish people at any time they desire to visit them for prayer or any other purpose. Some of the sites which would come under Palestinian control should they actually receive borders they are demanding, the pre 1967 War lines, are the Cave of the Patriarchs, the Temple Mount, the Western Wall, Joseph’s Tomb, Rachel’s Tomb, Mount of Olives Cemetery, numerous ancient Synagogues and Tombs of Rabbis, Prophets and other Holy Forefathers as well as the cities of Jericho, Shechem, Hevron, and the Old City of Jerusalem. With these places only being visited under heavy guarded entrance using armored busses and heavy IDF escort vehicles and troops usually in the wee hours of the morning in order to minimize the threat and despite all of these precautions there are often riots arranged and waiting for the Jewish visitors as by treaty the IDF is to inform the Palestinian Authority and receive clearance before any visit. This is a far cry from protecting these sites and allowing unfettered access to all wishing to visit at any time day, night, Monday through Sunday. Allowing the Palestinians an actual internationally recognized border will only make such visitation that much more difficult if not impossible.

 

Many of the Palestinian leaks have reported the willingness of the Israeli negotiators, sometimes naming Tzipi Livni directly and others just claiming the Israelis have agreed to. Some examples of these statements include the removal and resettling of tens of thousands of Israelis back inside the Green Line, the division of Jerusalem, releasing all the remaining Palestinian terrorists still imprisoned in Israeli prisons, the surrender of retaining troops along the Jordan River Valley as an early detection force protecting Israel at her easternmost and best defendable geologic barrier, open border permitting free access including military trade without limitations, and the universal Right of Return to every single Palestinian refugee claimant to have their lands, homes or equivalent properties returned to them and also changing the Israeli population into an Arab majority population instead of majority Jewish population thus destroying it as the Jewish homeland. Fortunately many of these seem impossible or at least highly unlikely to have been agreed to even by Tzipi Livni. Though she may give away the store compared to the desires of the majority of the Israeli population, she is not going to leave Israel completely unable to defend itself or overrun by Arab refugees from the four corners of the globe. In some ways it matters little what results being included in the peace agreement as the Palestinian leadership ever since the inception of the PLO in 1964, that’s three years before there was any contested land and Egypt still held Gaza while Jordan held the so-called West Bank, has declared their sole intent not the formation of a Palestinian state but the eradication of Israel as the Jewish state. With the destruction of Israel as their ultimate goal, once the Palestinians have their peace and they believe they have attained the most favorable borders they are ever going to be able of receiving, then they will build up their military and terrorist infrastructures, supplies, and abilities until they believe they can attack and destroy Israel. When that day comes the world will witness a new Arab Israeli War and realize that the Zionists who maintained that the Palestinians and their Arab sponsors really wanted a destroyed Israel and not a Palestine. Should Israel be able to defend herself and things turn out as they have in the past, then we will start again with the Israelis are occupying the Palestinian homeland. Somehow I doubt that will work as efficiently the next time, but then maybe I should not be that optimistic that the world would not once again line up and demand Israel prostrate itself and succumb to the Arab demands yet again until the next war.

 

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July 23, 2013

You Call These Peace Talks?

Well, we all should have known better than to grab the given headlines and excitement over the word of United States Secretary of State John Kerry when he informed the world that he had made a huge breakthrough and that the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks were to resume in Washington in the coming weeks. As the confetti cleared and we focused on exactly what Secretary Kerry had given us and all the hoopla had died down so we could hear ourselves think the truth slowly congealed and the realization came that we were about to enter talks over whether or not to hold the talks. The reality is that all Secretary Kerry has to show for six months and six high-intensity, stop-the-presses pressure and first-class arm-twisting is that the Palestinian Authority’s Saeb Erekat and Israel’s Tzipi Livni and Yitzhak Molcho will meet in Washington in an effort to hammer out a common ground under which both sides will agree to actually meet to discuss the final-status agreements which are supposed to lead to some form of a peace. So, the whole big deal is over the fact that Secretary Kerry will no longer need to fly all the way to the Middle East to try to bring the two sides together and instead will have the two sides’ representatives holed up in Washington DC where Secretary Kerry will be able to shuffle back and forth between the two in order to meet them. Big bloody deal.

We can now wait for the next breakthrough which might be something similar to announcing that the two teams of representatives have sent representatives to meet all in the same room with underlings from the State Department to work on arranging a meeting between the representatives in order to discuss arranging a meeting between Prime Minister Netanyahu and Chairman Abbas. This earth-shaking immeasurable step towards reaching an agreement on the final status issues which remain between the Palestinians and the Israelis is merely a change of location of the preliminary talks meant to establish the groundwork for the eventual mediations of the remaining differences which will facilitate meetings to discuss how to bridge the gaps leading to; well, you get the idea. I would rate this right up there with the announcement by a former Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, who once announced a breathtaking breakthrough on the peace negotiations between the United States and the North Vietnamese when they had finally come to an agreement that they would meet in a normal room with entry doors on either end through which each party would enter from their own door and take seats around a circular table so that nobody could be seen as sitting at the head of the table thus providing them with and advantage. Actually, thinking about it, that Kissinger accomplishment might have been the more impressive as it eventually lent itself to an agreement that the United States had lost the war in Viet Nam.

Now that the consultations are arranged which will establish the conditions under which mediations can be held such that eventually negotiations can begin of the arrangements for the final-status talks between the Palestinians and the Israelis, what can we expect to come with time, patience and the inventive minds who are paid to relate that accomplishments and advances in a process have occurred despite everything being stuck in the quicksand of distrust aside the brambles of  animosities which are found in the mire of mutual suspicions. And this is simply ignoring the many traps and verbal trickery which will inevitably be used to speak volumes which mean absolutely nothing when the weight of the words have been weighed. This has been the depressing atmosphere which had hung over the entirety of talks which began with the Oslo Accords and the Madrid Conference and have been redefined and reinvented as the Wye River Accords and the Roadmap and whatever banal name will be used to describe and define these failed attempts at ending confrontations which demands the complete destruction of Israel as the sole result that the Palestinian side will even consider stooping to accept. Their truthful and actual desired result when all is finalized and the end has been attained is that their eventual victory result in the ends which at least Hamas is decent enough to claim is their aim right up front, the death and eradication of every single Jew on planet Earth whether they be Hassidic, Orthodox, Reform, Secular or completely irreligious as no difference between these is recognized by Islam. Armed with the knowledge of the only acceptable result demanded by the Palestinians, please explain to me what is there that Israel can offer that would begin to satisfy this end? Nothing, and that is why these negotiations can never reach any accord in the final end of everything, no matter who mediates. That is the truth and expecting anything else is a waste of time and energy. The only result that will end this contest is the complete destruction of one side or the other, period.

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July 21, 2013

Irreconcilable Differences

Very late on Friday, almost while Secretary of State Kerry was on his way to catch his flight back to the United States, Mahmoud Abbas gave his consent to resume peace talks. Since then there have been some interesting statements from both the Palestinian and Israeli sides. Palestinians have mostly claimed their presumed victory in forcing concessions from the Israelis while the Israelis have spoken of the great opportunity that has opened before them and how it was attained without granting Abbas any of his preconditions. It is nice to know that the two sides are as far apart when in agreement as they had been before their announced agreement. Of course there are probably all kinds of excitement at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue where they are laying out the grounds for the sole accomplishment which will come of this great achievement, the photo-op for President Obama which will accompany the historic handshake before the negotiations collapse once more. One would love to be more optimistic about the return to the Peace Process but the track record of these talks is far from promising.

What is needed between the Arabs and the Israelis, which is truthfully what the Palestinian-Israeli conflict represents, is not a peace process or long, drawn out talks, they need a victor. This is not a peace process as the two sides continue to be locked in an eternal struggle for ownership and complete control over the same lands. Neither side is willing or able to accept the other coexisting in the tiny space between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. These two sides more resemble a divorcing couple with the land being the house that only one of them will win the rights to in the end. The Palestinians have, along with the Arab and Muslim worlds behind them, flatly stated that even should someday come when they sign a treaty dividing the land with the Jews they intend to continue the resistance until all of Palestine has been freed. That is as simple a way of stating it is not over until one side has been vanquished and as long as one side will not be content until the other has been vanquished completely then it matters not if the other side is willing to compromise, there can be no compromise other than complete victory. Furthermore, since even should the Palestinian lose completely and Israel be recognized by even the most cynical European nation as rightfully possessing the lands between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea along with the United Nations Security Council, the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation would not accept such a finality and the conflict would continue. The Arab-Israeli conflict will not end until wither Israel is defeated or some great change comes over humanity and nothing less will suffice.

In the meantime and before the negotiations collapse as they inevitable will let us congratulate Secretary of State Kerry for his herculean effort, indomitable perseverance and infinite patience which he displayed in forcing through this agreement even if it ends up being a one-time meeting as has been the result previously. One has to wonder if perhaps this will not win Secretary Kerry a Nobel Peace Prize and whether it will have President Obama receive a second peace award as he is prone to setting firsts and nobody has ever won two Nobel Peace Prizes or received one for their expected accomplishments after winning a Presidential race. All that remain now is the nervous period awaiting the handshake on the White House lawn, weather permitting, and the eventual point at which Palestinian President Abbas huffs and puffs his way out of the talks in a pique of anger over some invented slight all the while reminding this editorialist of the little train that couldn’t get over the hill and attain the peaceful valley beyond.

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