We recently got a glimpse into the cavernous abyss in which every proposal, be it for a lasting peace to something as simple as accepting responsibility over lands presumably already under your control. This deep, dark cavern sits in the central structure in Ramallah and is where the shreds of every offer to promote responsibility is finally sent to rest amongst the shattered tatters of every other offer of responsibility, whether offered or assigned, that were placed anywhere near the Arab leadership. This time the near bottomless trash bin of history was opened briefly to permit Mahmoud Abbas to effortlessly repeat his maneuver whereby any proffered responsibility or petition of a genuine peace is tossed to lie shattered and never to return. This time the item artfully dodged and allowed to casually crash amongst the ruins of hundreds, if not thousands, of deals offering peace, autonomous statehood, actual governance, working coexistence and for holding elections placed on hold since 2006 was an international initiative, supported by the United States, Europe, and Jordan, to radically change governmental control in Gaza placing all of governance under the control of the central leadership of the Palestinian Authority which would make Mahmoud responsible to represent all of the Palestinian Arab governance and responsibility to prepare all of the Arabs within the span of the unity government’s legal and singular responsibility.
If one were to peek inside the cavern of any responsibility they would see all forms of peace and other initiatives which all have one particular commonality; the placing of responsibility for over any areas, governing of any people, readying the Arab population for peace, ending the endless incitement, preventing otherwise endless terrorist attacks and numberless peace proposals which granted the Arab populations complete independence and made to stand on their own and resist coups and other assaults on the Arab leadership. All this document proffered was the finalizing of the assignments of the unity government over all the quasi-independent Arab populations be they in Judea and Samaria which were already the responsibility of Mahmoud Abbas and including Gaza within the responsible governance area to be the ruling entity responsible for all actions, providing civil obligations and maintaining order in preparation of a final peace agreement. This petition would have placed Chairman Abbas responsible over all border crossings in Gaza as well as the governance of Gaza and would have completed the formalization and unification of the supposedly unity government which stipulated a single governing entity formalized to be responsible of providing all governmental functions over Gaza exactly as Mahmoud Abbas is presumed to supply in Judea and Samaria. Since the unifying of rule must be such a daunting task, we can assume that taking responsibility for all of the Palestinian Arab population being governed by a singular leader and finally the reinitiating of elections and quasi-normal governance at an equal or superior level as that which had been provided when Gaza was under the control of Hamas, Islamic Jihad and friends is simply too much to ask. Hopefully, should Abbas begin to provide normal governance that he can also promote an order where citizens can expect to be granted equal levels of governance and respect such that should hostilities resume that they will not once again find themselves used again as human shields by terrorist fighters.
As long as the leadership of the Arabs residing within Israel but held mostly Jordanian, Syrian, Egyptian, Iraqi or Saudi Arabian citizenship and were foreign citizens who has settled within the British Mandate lands which became Israel and either fled the area voluntarily heeding the Mufti of Jerusalem when he called for all the Arabs residing within what became the Jewish state on May 15, 1948 and those few others who remained and took up arms against Israel when the fighting began and were thus expelled from Israel during her struggle to survive as a nation as seven nations’ armies attacked her on the very morning of her declaration intending to destroy the nation and slaughter her Jewish citizens and very likely also those Arabs who remained within Israel and either remained neutral or were amongst the few who fought alongside their Jewish countrymen in the believed fruitless fight to avoid the inevitable destruction of their new homeland of Israel, these Arabs remained as a part of Israel with citizenship and their children are now Israelis as are their grandchildren while the so-called Palestinian Arabs either fled and mostly joining the mujahidin fighters who were under the leadership of the Mufti of Jerusalem and were one of the militias who joined the war against the nascent state of Israel and are still insisting that they be given their own state replacing Israel thus finally attaining their goal of the eradication of Israel. This is the dirty little secret which is shared by the vast majority of the Arabs demanding a state of their own while refusing at every juncture to accept a state beside Israel living in peace and security, almost sounds like the end of an idealistic film about some mystical place where ibex, unicorns and other magical and actual but idealized creatures reside.
The root of this dirty little secret began long before Israel was even declared a state and well after the Roman dispersal of the Jews residing in Judea and Samaria and neighboring areas making up the lands of the Hebrews, the forefathers of modern Jewry. After the dispersal of a large majority of the Hebrews to the far flung corners of their Empire the Romans went one step further attempting to demean and remove any Hebrew of Jewish ties to the lands and changed its name by Roman Emperor Hadrian to Syria Palaestina. The name Palaestina, some spell it Palestina among other similar spellings translating it into some phonetic form of English, was chosen as a mispronunciation of the reference to Philistines, the ancient and longstanding enemies of the Jews who had settled in what is today called Gaza. The Philistines themselves were originally from Greece who separated from one of the Grecian city states and settled along the Mediterranean coasts in the area of Gaza and fought regularly with their neighboring Judean tribes. The Romans chose this name to add insult to injury of putting down the Bar-Kokhba Revolt of 132-135. There were no numbers of Arabs or others whose heritage began in the Arabian Peninsula, thus the Arabs of today are definitely not the descendants of the Philistines. Still, the desire and only peace acceptable to the Arabs is for an Arab state to replace Israel with the majority of the Jews either expelled or murdered. The riots in the 1920s through the 1930s were largely initiated by the Mufti of Jerusalem despite the fact that he spent much of the years of World War II in Berlin and met regularly with the German high command and Hitler and was claimed by some to have had an influence on the decisions around the ‘Final Solution’ of the Jews in Europe. The story goes that the Nazis were simply going to expel the Jews sending them to the British Mandate to overload the British with caring for this influx of millions of Jews to the area. It was the protestations from the Mufti of Jerusalem pleading that the Jews not be sent to contaminate his lands and demanded they be murdered instead. He then petitioned the Nazi high command to promise they would do the same to these Jews who insist on still residing in his lands thus removing what the Mufti of Jerusalem regarded as his lands.
The Arabs were offered a homeland country of their own as part of the formation of Israel. This offer drawn up and proffered at the November 29, 1947 United Nations General Assembly with the drafting Resolution 181 and sending it to the Zionist Congress and to the Arab League, the two governing boards for the Jews and Arabs respectively. The Zionist Congress agreed to the plan of dividing the lands half and half despite the fact that the majority of the lands intended for the Jews was the almost whole Negev Desert while despite the best farm lands being denoted for the Arabs, the Arab League refused Resolution 181 thus making it void and that was the end result of that attempt to form two states for two peoples living side-by-side in peace and security. After the war to annihilate the Jews at the very start of the Jewish State was halted by an armistice, not a peace treaty, an armistice, a Hudna, a temporary peace kept by both sides unless the forces of Islam are finally given the powers to defeat their enemies or ten years, whichever comes first. The armistice established the Green Line and left Gaza in Egyptian hands and Judea and Samaria as well as the eastern half of Jerusalem, thus Arabs having control over all of the lands the Arab Palestinians claim to desire today and not the destruction of Israel. Despite Arab ownership of those areas, there were no efforts to construct a new state for the Arabs, at least not until the forces of Islam conquered all of Israel and then they can establish yet another Arab nation in place of Israel, actually on her grave. The Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) was the first of the Arab inventions which targets the replacement of Israel with an Arab state and nothing less. This fully explains why the PLO was founded in 1964 which is a full three years before the Six Day War of 1967 placed lands under presumed Israeli occupation. The occupation is a misnomer as well as the Mandate lands Resolution 181 divided was the area from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. That was also the original lands for the land of Israel starting on May 15, 1948. Egypt was seen as occupying Gaza and Jordan was occupying Judea and Samaria which Jordan quickly renamed ‘West Bank’ as Judea and Samaria were just too Jewish for their likings. During the time from the end of the first war to eradicate Israel ending in 1949 and the Six Day War of 1967 the Arab world controlled the lands claimed by Arabs and never even a mention of forming another Arab state. Only after the Israelis liberated those lands which were intended for her and did belong to Israel on the morning of the War of Independence did the call come demanding Israel now form the Arab state they refused in 1947 at the United Nations.
Every offer since then has been refused as insufficient by those representing the Arabs who are claimed to have been evicted from their rightful and ancient homelands. Even when making peace with Egypt and later Jordan did either desire to reclaim the lands they had occupied, Gaza, Judea and Samaria. This rendered those lands as actually to be, and this is valid, liberated Israeli lands. Now Israel has left Gaza and allowed it to form a state independently as Israel surrendered all claims. The Problem is that until an Arab state is formed within Gaza it reverts to Israeli ownership, but this was the exact area that Mahmoud Abbas refused to take control over because he knows that would be placing an actual governing entity over Gaza thus making Gaza an independent nation and that would release Israel of any obligations to provide Gaza with the tons upon tons of goods, electricity, water, fuel and other necessities and niceties daily, and oddly even during this past summer’s fifty day operation Protective Edge Israel continued to provide truckloads of food, medical supplies and other aid even during the fighting and even continued to supply the water and electricity which Hamas and Islamic Jihad benefitted from and drank in well lighted bunkers the main bunker under the basement of Gaza’s largest hospital which remained untouched and fully supplied with electricity. Mahmoud Abbas simply refused to accept ownership of Gaza even though technically Hamas has surrendered all of Gaza to Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority. What does this mean for the unity government agreement? Have the Arabs decided to simply walk away from ownership of Gaza because to do so would force them to accept Gaza and the initial part of their state, a test case? A test case was exactly what Gaza was intended to produce. Initially the Palestinian Authority ruled over Gaza but that did not work out that way. Soon after the Palestinian Authority had control of Gaza but had failed as Hamas launched a coup and repelled the Palestinian Authority forces. This placed Hamas, a terrorist entity recognized as so throughout the Western world and beyond, in control of a nation technically. Nobody wanted that to become a state, until recently when the European Union decided Hamas was not all that evil anyways and declassified them from terrorist to just another branch of freedom fighters. The truth is that Israel conceded Gaza to be run as an independent state and to show the Arabs in Gaza were capable of self-rule. Thus far, as nobody claims to rule or organize such that Gaza is doing well for a land with no governance, but the true reality is that the Arabs desire one thing, the end of Israel and then a new Arab state, but never before. That is why even as Israel gave Gaza to the Palestinian Authority and their reaction was a complete failure, is Israel not rushing in to take back Gaza despite it being technically ungoverned. What we have in Gaza is a small state without declared governance being refused by Mahmoud Abbas, technically the actual ruler, Hamas still refusing to declare their responsibility but still making the decisions, collecting fees for using the infiltration tunnels they dug, and everything else they desire to perform but not rule. Hamas is keeping order along with Islamic Jihad and other groups but is now facing a technical threat from ISIS who have let it be known that they believe that all of the terror groups fighting Israel have lost their way and only they are pure enough to fight against Israel so should replace the Palestinian Authority, the PLO, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the rest of the alphabet soup and after testing the members of these other terror organizations they will accept those found to be sufficiently ISIS Muslims and the rest will likely face a mass execution video in their future. There are some very large and dangerous things swimming around the central Middle East at this moment in history that is unfolding in painfully slow motion. Perhaps we should thank G0d that they are progressing in slow motion as that initial ISIS conquest was things happening way too fast. What comes next is anybody’s guess. The big question for now is what would it entail for the future should ISIS replace the many separate and often infighting terror groups surrounding Israel? Let’s hope we do not ever find that out as it is way too scary to even contemplate. Way, way, way too Serious!
Beyond the Cusp