Beyond the Cusp

March 28, 2014

Israelis and Palestinians Each Using Language Their Side Understands

Anybody who wishes to understand the crux of the debate and what each side seeks, treasures, understands and desires most, all one has to do is read the statements and use their own choice of words, stated desires and central positions to get a solid understanding. Both sides have a very consistent message and it is best revealed when they speak to their own populations but can still be discerned from their general public statements spoken when the press is present or filed with the media as part of a released statement. One does not even need to learn either Hebrew of Arabic to understand as both sides have sufficient material which is translated by the various media sources plus if you understand English then you even have access to a plethora of statements from both sides, each with a slant critical of both sides. On the Israeli side there is Haaretz which is extremely critical of the Netanyahu government and especially of Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and any of the reputedly Zionist Knesset Ministers. On translating the Palestinian and Arab perspectives there are a number of sources, two of which are Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) and Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) which translate a vast bulk of Palestinian and Arab media, press releases and transcripts of speeches.


Some of the general tendencies which have been noted boil down to a relatively few basic themes and reiterations of offshoots from these central tenets of each side. Let us start with the Palestinian’s central arguments and points concerning the negotiations and their desired end results. One repeated theme revolves around their claim that no matter what is agreed upon between the two sides, the struggle to liberate all of Palestine from the River to the Sea cannot and will not end until Israel as the state for the Jewish People has been subsumed and the Jews turned into Dhimmis, expelled or killed. This concept is further reinforced when one inspects the maps, textbooks and other material used in their schools and in many of their themes and instructional materials used in educating their children from an early age. One peculiarity which can be discerned from viewing recordings of school children where each child can tell you from what village or city they call home and every single name is of a place within pre-1967 Israel. All of the children apparently came from places such as Tel Aviv, Haifa, Jaffa, Ashkelon and other Israeli cities with none of them coming from Ramallah, Gaza City, Rafah, Bethlehem or any other city from within the disputed territories. These are all signs that the real objective of the Palestinians is not two states living beside each other in security and peace but one state ruled by Palestinian Arabs with the Jews either subjected or removed completely.


Another repetitive pattern is the Palestinian demands that they be given enticements before they will agree to even talk, let alone make peace. Along with these demands for concessions is their obsession with demanding that once the Israelis have agreed to any demand that the demand be then made and enforced as a permanent concession. Whenever such turns out not to be the case, the Palestinians complain and demand that the other previous demands that were met should be still enforced in the next round such that they can win every argument individually and then apply all the separate pieces into one grand surrender on all points. A perfect example of this is the Palestinian demands throughout this current series of talks that Israel must be made to adhere to an imposed building freeze in what are often referred to as settlements. The problem with the Palestinians demand is that when presented with a choice of either terrorist prisoners being released or a building freeze, they chose the terrorist prisoners being release and not the building freeze. They basically started from day one complaining that Israel was planning to build in the areas where the Israelis had previously granted a building freeze almost five years ago and that must be enforced on the Israelis and they must never be permitted to build because they promised to implement a building freeze during those negotiations and the Palestinians insist that any concessions Israel makes must be made into a permanent requirement. This is the basis behind the Palestinian repeated demand that Israel meet all of its obligations. These obligations were concessions relented and granted by the Israelis for a set amount of time often during which negotiations are being held. The Palestinians know this full well but prefer to pretend that they understood the promises to be open ended and thus forever enforceable.


The final point we will discuss of the Palestinians, but not the last in existence by far, is their penchant for violence. This is exemplified by their actions such as their throwing of rocks the size of cinderblocks and even larger at motorists usually aiming for the driver side of the vehicle in hopes of causing a crash. This is at the root of their threats of Intifada and it is a core part of the curriculum in their school system, children’s camps and numerous other integral parts of their society. The approval of violence, especially if it results in dead Israelis, is on full display in the funds spent by the Palestinians in their budgets to terrorists in Israeli prisons and to the families of those terrorists who died while making their attack, often a suicide attack. The Palestinians are currently demanding that their monetary backers make new pledges and send more funding as they are over four-billion dollars in debt and cannot meet their payroll yet they announced an increase in the payments to relatives of terrorists who died as martyrs which will require at a minimum seventy-five-million dollars. You can bet that these payments will be made before they pay their payrolls as one is of far more importance than the other. This also reveals that in Palestinian society those who have died are of greater importance than the living, especially if they died attempting to murder Israelis or Americans.


Israel, on the other hand, has virtually a single minded objective, a final, comprehensive peace that will enable both sides to live with security and benefit from a thriving economy which the two states could share in forming. Israel often times will debate the wisdom of making concessions and more often than not decide to take the risk and grant some concession in the hope that the next set of negotiation will finally produce that longed for peace between the two peoples. Unfortunately, the narrative in Israel has begun to change as many have given up on the hopes that a peace can be attained with the Palestinians. They have listened to the conversations in Ramallah, Gaza, at the Arab League and around the Arab and Muslim worlds and have awoken to the vile truth that they have no partners for peace, only those who through gestures of peace seek to subjugate or even murder the Jews and other Israelis. They have even heard words beyond their belief where even the Arab Muslim population of Israel are cursed if they appear to be willing to live within the Israeli society and are not anxious to join in Jihad or in an Intifada.


The Israelis have mostly reached the point where they are questioning the wisdom of making concession after concession in a seemingly endless progression of ever more dangerous concessions with the last one, the release of over one-hundred terrorists, most with blood on their hands, knowing that most if not all of these terror masters will immediately return to actively murdering Israelis or making plans for others to carry out and murder Israelis. With the current series of futile talks coming crashing down without any actual possibility for making a final peace and the Palestinians demanding heavy concessions to continue the talks with no guarantee of reaching an agreement, some would claim it is more likely to have an agreement of never reaching an agreement as that has been the central message coming from the Palestinians, many Israelis are questioning the wisdom of making unending concessions if there is no potential for gain as a result. They see giving concessions for the privilege of talks but only with talks which are doomed to fail as a waste of energy and dangerous when concession release those who remain a threat to Israeli society and civilians. It has reached the point where Israelis are asking; where are the reciprocal concessions and when will we ever see something in return? The Israelis talk of peace and agreements while the Palestinians talk of Intifada and martyrdom, which side sounds like they desire to live in peace to you?


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