Sunday, May 23, 2010


If anyone was wondering what the new American-sponsored peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians meant to the Palestinian side all they need do is look at the statements made by Nabil Shaath last Wednesday.

Shaath unveiled the new Palestinian initiative to isolate and boycott Israel in the international community. Here is what he had to say, “There is a need to create and endorse new struggling tools, such as the popular resistance, and to increase our efforts in the international arena to isolate and punish Israel, prevent it from deepening its relations with the European Union and attempt to expel it from the United Nations”.

Where is the condemnation from the Obama administration? Interesting how President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joseph Biden lashed into Israel for announcing new building plans in her capital city, but they have remained completely silent with these outlandish, provocative statements made against Israel from one of the Palestinian Authorities highest officials.

It is shameless that the Obama Administration has done nothing immediate about this extreme incitement against Israel. The announcement of the building project in Jerusalem was made by a low level member of the Jerusalem City Building Authority, which the Netenyahu government has no power over. This statement was still immediately condemned by the Obama Administration. Whereas the statements from Palestinians were made by Nabil Shaath who sits in the highest echelons of the Palestinian leadership.

Shaath’s remarks are a shocking example of the Palestinians’ strategy of foiling the peace talks. Most importantly, his astounding and threatening statement is in complete contradiction to the conditions set by the Americans for starting the talks.

For Shaath to actually say that the Palestinians are attempting to destroy Israel’s relationship with the European Union and attempt to have her expelled from the United Nations is a Cassus Belli.

Shaath’s incendiary words have also exposed the atrocious job of the Obama administration’s foreign policy vis-a-vis the Israel-Palestinian conflict. The appeasement of the Arab, Muslim world has done nothing to inch them closer to making the needed compromises to reach a peace agreement. In fact Obama’s policy of appeasement has actually nudged the Arabs into a more hostile and greedy stance.

It has long been apparent that the Palestinians have no intention of making peace with Israel, and of late they have been emboldened by what they see as the Obama Administration’s harsh treatment of Israel. They now intend to force Israel into a corner by unilaterally declaring statehood and pushing the United Nations into excepting it. This in turn will force Israel to unilaterally annex all the land in the West Bank that is still in her immediate power.

Shaath and his ilk are obviously incapable of learning from the mistake made by all the former Palestinian leaders. His statements are reminiscent of those made by the Palestinian Leadership before they carried out the greatest disaster their nation has ever experienced in rejecting the Partition of the Palestinian Mandate into two states.

As the old saying goes, “plus ca change, plus c’est the meme chose” ... or, the more things change, the more they are the same. The Palestinians still want to see the destruction of Israel; they simply have realized that they can’t do it militarily. Now they’re going to try their best to do it economically and politically. Unfortunately, they have acquired a growing number of misguided and misinformed do-gooders and so-called human rights activists who should better spend their time supporting the refugees of Darfur (which incidentally is an instance of Arab Muslims murdering and oppressing black Muslims).

When will they learn that Israel is here to stay? She is made up of 6.5 million Jews and 1.5 million Arabs. No matter how hard they try they cannot erase this fact, no matter how much delegitimization and political terrorism they carry out they cannot erase the Jewish State.

Sadly the Palestinians are running down the same road they have taken time and time again; this time in a slightly different vehicle. The trip will end with the same result, however: denying themselves a nation.

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