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Mordechai Kedar: The Failure of the Palestinian Venture

Palestinians praying on a street outside the Damascus Gate

Palestinians praying on a street outside the Damascus Gate
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12. During the year 2011, since the “Arab Spring” began, the Arab world has neglected the Palestinian problem, because the events in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, and Syria have overwhelmed the newspapers, the radio stations, the TV channels, and computer screens. The Arab World has turned its back on the Palestinians and their problems, and has removed them from the public agenda. This is the real reason that the Palestinians turned to the UN last September for recognition as a state. Later, the continual development of events in Egypt and Syria that dominate the Arab media pushed the PLO again to search for their friends in the corridors of the international arena, in places where there isn’t even the slightest understanding of the culture of the Middle East and the problems that it causes to modern illegitimate entities that are known as Arab states. There exists in the world, and even in Israel here and there, the hope that if only the Palestinians will get their state, they will accept Israel as a legitimate state with the right to exist in peace and security. Hamas will sit together with the PLO around the campfire and will sing the Palestinian anthem harmoniously, and the sons of Hebron will take wives from the daughters of Nablus. No one is willing to address the question: What will the world do when the Palestinian state, with territorial contiguity in Judea and Samaria, turns into a Hamas state? It’s interesting that those Israeli bleeding hearts, who naively hope for peace despite the ignoring the past, seem to have had enough, and also avoid answering this question.

There is a conclusion to be drawn from all of the above. The Palestinian national project was supposed to create a Palestinian people on which to base the establishment of a Palestinian state. This has resulted in total failure. Only a small intellectual minority, who is liberated form the tribal mindset, truly espouses it. Therefore, Israel and the world must search for a different solution, like the ‘eight-state solution,’ which is based on the establishment of eight Arab city-states: one in Gaza which already exists, and has been alive and kicking for almost five years, and another seven in each of the Arab cities in Judea and Samaria: Jenin, Nablus, Tulkarm, Qalqilya, Ramallah, Jericho, and the Arab section of Hebron. Israel must remain forever in the rural expanses in order to assure that the hills of Judea and Samaria will not turn into the hills of Hamas. And just as the Arab residents of Jerusalem have the option to have Israeli citizenship – and according to many public opinion polls, prefer to live under Israeli control than under any alternative Arab control – Israel should offer Israeli citizenship to the Arab residents of the villages of Judea and Samaria as well.

The world must wake up and recognize the reality, read the “Al-Fatiha” – the first chapter of the Qur’an, which is similar to the Jewish “Kaddish” and the Christian “Requiem” – over the Palestinian Authority, and send its corrupt officials, who were brought from Tunisia by Rabin (may he rest in peace) and Peres (he should live and be well), on a return flight. These two Israeli leaders were deceived by fellow Nobel prize laureate, great murderer and compulsive liar, Yaser Arafat. They thought he would take care of Hamas, without having to involve the Israeli Supreme Court or human rights groups, but what actually transpired is that Hamas is taking care of the PLO (and Gaza, since June 2007) and taking care of the Israelis too, in Sderot, Ashkelon, and the area surrounding Gaza, without involving the Supreme Court or human rights groups, but with an assist from Goldstone and the perennial bias of the UN and its illustrious cast.

The dismantling of the Palestinian Authority into eight Arab city-states, based on the local and different tribes who live in these cities, is a necessary condition for peace, for Israel and its Arab neighbors to thrive, and therefore Israel and the world must accept Abu Mazen’s threat to quit with a blessing.

About the Author: Dr. Mordechai Kedar (Ph.D. Bar-Ilan U.) Served for 25 years in IDF Military Intelligence specializing in Arab political discourse, Arab mass media, Islamic groups and the Syrian domestic arena. A lecturer in Arabic at Bar-Ilan U., he is also an expert on Israeli Arabs.


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4 Responses to “Mordechai Kedar: The Failure of the Palestinian Venture”

  1. Ed Adamek says:

    A very interesting and different perspective – well worth a read.

  2. This issue will be debated well after the "cows have come home". Until there is universal acceptance, in all of the Middle East (and this includes Israel), that irrespective of gender, ethnicity and religion we are all humans and should all be treated equally, the problems of the middle east will never be resolved. Borders applied by British colonialism should never be the scapegoat for what is happening. For example many years ago I was told by a Lebanese gentleman who defected to Saudia Arabia because of the discrimation against his religious beliefs, that he could not identify with either country because one was his ethnic place of birth who rejected him and the other was his religious home who rejected him because of his ethnicity. This was back in the 80's and he had felt comfortable in Australia because (at that time) he felt accepted here in spite of his ethnicity and religion.

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