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What Just Happened to the Peace Talks?!

The Arabs didn't miss an opportunity for peace. Their goal has always been something else entirely.
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To anyone who has been through a few rounds of these peace talks over the years, it was kind of obvious that they were going to have to collapse. What wasn’t obvious was how, when or what excuse would be given.

Abba Eban once incorrectly said that the Arabs “never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.” I say incorrectly because he assumed that the Arabs must have the same desire and goal for peace as he did, and they just keep messing it up.

But that statement is wrong because the underlying assumption is wrong. The Palestinian Authority is not interested in peace. At least not in the way Abba Eban understood it.

The Palestinian Authority was obtaining the release of some very horrible terrorists, a lot of them, and even lots more of them in the future. If the leaks were even partly true, they were, in their salami method, getting some seriously bad concessions from Israel, and they were doing it with the help of the most friendliest, pro-PA, anti-Israel government in US history.

And all they had to do was keep talking.

Yet they threw it all away.

Why?

It wasn’t because they weren’t getting major concessions in the talks, they were, and over time they would have gotten even more.

It wasn’t because they were being forced to offer any concessions in return – because they weren’t.

Well, except for one nonnegotiable.

Netanyahu demanded they acknowledge Israel as the Jewish state.

This would mean ending the fight, and recognizing the Jewish right to the land of Israel, and admitting that Israel was making concessions to the PA. But primarily it meant declaring an official end to the war and trying to destroy Israel.

Look at one of the precondition demands the PA made yesterday.

They demanded that 15,000 PA citizens be granted Israeli citizenship. Does that really jive with the narrative that they want their own state for their own people, or does that jive better with the fact that they still want to destroy Israel and overrun it with Arabs? The answer speaks for itself.

The PA collapsed the peace talks, most likely because they were reaching that point, just like they reached that point in the past, where they had to decide, do they want to be a normal, productive country, or do they want to continue to try to destroy Israel.

The answer is clearly the latter, and perhaps partially, because they have no culture to be the former.

But unfortunately, as experience shows, this doesn’t mean the end of the peace talks. It means the end of this round, and at some point they’ll be started up again.

Perhaps after (yet another) unilateral declaration of statehood. Perhaps after a UN vote. Perhaps after another intifada (which Israel will win). Perhaps next week, if the US gives them a big present.

And the game will continue. The talks will restart, and they’ll reach the point near the end, where they’ll collapse again, for only one reason, because a signed peace agreement won’t allow for the destruction of Israel.

About the Author: JoeSettler blogs at The Muqata.blogspot.com and occasionally on his own blog at JoeSettler.blogspot.com.


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7 Responses to “What Just Happened to the Peace Talks?!”

  1. No one with any degree of sanity expected anything at all of these peace talks except that Abbas got his terrorists released. Netanyahu went along with it to show yet another US president that Israel was not the obstructionist. In the next round, Israel should firmly declare that Palestine give concessions before she comes to the table. She has proved her sincerity.

  2. No one will ever be able to deal with those maniacs ! Not Israel , not The USA, no one know how!

  3. Jerry Saylor says:

    To destroy all the Jewish people is the agenda of the Palestinians. At any peace talk they will say anything you want to hear and still push Israel out. Nothing but liars are the PA.

  4. peace talks always fail because the goal of the pretenders is to destroy Israel by any means possible.

  5. Walter Richards says:

    The peace talks haven't ended beacuse they never began.
    The whole thing was an Obama/Kerry vaudville comedy show.
    The audience didn't like it so they were pulled off stage with a hook
    Next act, retaking judea and samaria.

  6. Benjamin Fox says:

    What peace talks, the last one they had would have given them 96% of what they wanted and they never lived up to anything. They want all Jews dead period and the land for their little god allah, give them a personal invite to meet their god and kick them off your land Israel.

  7. Finally has ended this "soap opera"?, or was one episode?.

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