By Sig Demling
When the pious members of the European Union and the White House urge Israel to create suitable conditions for peace negotiations with the Arabs, they have two words in mind for Benjamin Netanyahu.
One is trust and the other is faith.
To put it another way, the rulers in Washington, London, Paris and Berlin would like Bibi to talk turkey with Mahmoud Abbas because -- theoretically, at least -- such a dialogue would inspire a cooled-down Middle East.
In other words, Barack Obama and that royal lady who speaks for the EU expect Israel's leader to trust Abbas as a peaceful and, further, that Israel's Prime Minister should have faith in the Palestinian's good intentions.
Perhaps in the world of Grimm's Fairy Tales, faith and trust still exist but certainly not when Jews deal with Arabs. Or, have you forgotten all about the Oslo Accords of 1993?
The pact signed in Norway was supposed to create a Palestinian state that would live side-by-side in peace with Israel.
An assumption of the accords was that Yassir Arafat would recognize Israel as the Jewish State and that his Palestinian Authority Arabs would peacefully live side by side with Israel's Jews.
At least that was the premise that inspired Israel's left wingers to sneak the accords through the back door before those could be reversed and dismissed out of hand.
Then again, the reversal and dismissal actually was done by -- you guessed it -- Arafat, himself.
The PA terrorist-boss wasted no time implementing his version of peace by launching yet another intifada that proved to be the bloodiest of all. And if you have any doubts that that is precisely what the gun-totin' Arab had in mind -- at Oslo, no less -- then you haven't been reading the papers lately.
None other than Yassir's Paris-based wife, Suha, has confessed that her hubby couldn't wait to see Oslo in his rear-view mirror because good old Yassir had nothing but intifada in mind. And, fellas, you don't get more authoritative than the man's wife, do you? Suha -- as opposed to Sue-me -- declared that the man-in-her-house was duping the naive Israeli leftists all the time. All Nobel Peace Prize-winning Yassir had in mind was intifade with a capital I.
Which brings me to the next point and that is, with elections just around the calendar, Bibi's left wing foes are fomenting trouble with charges that the PM isn't being lovey-dovey enough with Abbas & Company. The inference being -- same as those EU dreamers -- that the Palestinian Authority boss could be a realistic peace partner.
There's a bit of a problem with that line of thinking and that is this; if Abbas, himself, is not a viper, he certainly seems quite willing to sleep with poisonous political snakes. Otherwise, why would Abbas sit down and talk turkey with Hamas politburo chief Khaled Mashaal as he did recently in Cairo?
If there's one thing that can unequivocally be said about Hamas is that the organization is consistent. It never has wavered from its position that Israel should be annihilated. If not today, then tomorow. If not tomorrow -- no rush -- maybe in a few months or even years. But -- no doubt about it -- Israel's got to go.
After you sift out any cheery homilies delivered by Egypt's new pseudo-dictator Morsi, you find the same brand of Muslim Brotherhood dogma about dumping the Jewish State at the earliest opportunity.
That, taken along with the ruthless rhetoric emanating from Lebanon's Nasrallah and the assorted nut cases in Iran, you'd have to imagine Bibi as Saint Francis of Assisi a million times over to have any faith or trust in Arab peace overtures.
So, you may ask, why is this news?
Well, for one thing, it's election time and Netanyahu looks like a repeat winner. And for another thing, the desperate opposition has to have something to chirp about so why not the theme: Bibi must find a peace partner?
Not that the Prime Minister is stuck for an answer. He's acutely aware that Morsi is trying to gain p.r. points by arranging a Hamas-PA marriage and Bibi's reply explains why promoting peace with a polecat like Abbas is like dancing with vipers.
"Abbas," Bibi explains, "embraces the head of a terrorist organization that declared a month ago that Israel needs to be wiped off the map. That is not how someone with their eyes toward peace believes."
The answer is simple and clear. Based on their words and actions, Arabs cannot be trusted; Israel should have no faith in Abbas nor his cohorts. For proof positive, consider his speech earlier this month on the anniversary of Fatah. His rhetoric was extreme as he extolled "heroic martyrs," urging his followers to "walk in their path."
Abbas extolled Jew-hater after Jew-hater from Sheikh Ahmad Yassin to Hajj Amin al-Husseini, who was Adolf Hitler's personal Arab consultant on speeding the Holocaust.
One who's keenly aware of the Middle East's political swerve toward madness since Oslo is Dore Gold. In plain English he states -- in Israel Hayom -- that it would be nuts to promote a two-state solution.
"It is completely unrealistic to propose negotiations to reach a full-blown final status agreement with the Palestinians," Gold concludes.
"More than ever, Israel needs to preserve the ability to defend itself, by itself, no matter how the declared intentions of its neighbors change."
Therefore, peace talk with Abbas -- like sister words, faith and trust -- must be hurled in the garbage can where reality demands that they belong!