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Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu (L) American President Barack Obama (C) and Palestinian Arab leader Mahmoud Abbas (R)

In his much-publicized latest telephonic conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu  American President Barack Obama has reportedly “expressed concern about the risk of further escalation” in the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the Gaza Strip  and emphasized the need for “all sides to do everything they can to protect the lives of civilians and restore calm.”  Reports are that  Obama has proposed  ”  to facilitate a cessation of hostilities, including a return to the November 2012 ceasefire agreement.” French and Russian Presidents Francois Hollande and Vladimir Putin have made similar ceasefire pleas . Earlier, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had also urged Israel and Palestinian militants to exercise restraint, saying the Middle East could not afford “another full-blown war”.

One, however doubts if such well-meaning suggestions would lead to any positive outcome . Knowledgeable sources say the Palestinian militants’ charter is not for peace and non-violence . As for the Palestinian leadership , it has hardly been interested in a meaningful dialogue for a political solution in  the region. Ever since the Jewish state came into existence in 1948 the successive Israeli political leaderships have appreciated the value of political peace and social harmony and mooted various practical packages aimed at accomplishing the desired objectives . But the Palestinian leadership has invented one or the other reason to reject it . 

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One expert observes  the Palestinian leaders have  “rejected several opportunities to establish a Palestinian state and develop Palestinian civil society.”   They fear that “accepting reconciliation would transform the Palestinians … from the world’s ultimate victim into an ordinary nation-state, terminating decades of unprecedented international indulgence;”  it would force them  “into responsibility, accountability and the daunting task of state building.”

Another expert says the Palestinian leaders often moot the partition of Jerusalem. They know it fully well that no Israeli government can ever accept it .  He says that Israel cannot agree to any such proposal for three essential reasons . First, Jerusalem as Israel’s capital holds a spiritual and religious significance to the Israelis.  Over two thirds of Israelis feel that Jerusalem should remain the united capital of Israel. They are opposed to the idea of Israel relinquishing its  control over the Temple Mount , their holiest place in the world.  

Second, Jerusalem  holds strategic importance in controlling the only highway from the coast of the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River Valley, along which Israeli military forces can move with little interference from Arab communities. Jerusalem is the linchpin for erecting a security zone along the Jordan Rift that Israel insists on. If Israel wants to maintain a defensible border in the East, it needs to secure the east-west axis from the coast to the Jordan Valley, via an undivided Jerusalem.

And third, Israel’s Arab minority too has shown its preference for living under Israeli rule.  Many Arabs have moved to the Israeli side of the security barrier being built around Jerusalem. A large majority of Jerusalem’s Arabs oppose being subject to Palestinian rule. Jerusalem under Israel offers the quality of life of a modern Western city while only a few kilometers away, a Third World standard of living and religious intolerance are the norm.”  

The sources say the lack of seriousness for peace in the mind of the Palestinian leadership can be discerned also in its approach towards the culture of hatred and violence promoted by certain extremist elements on its  side.  The Palestinian political leadership has done little to rein in such violent extremist elements. It has rather continued to encourage the incitement of hatred and violence against Israel even though the latter has provided it a lot aid , including security and intelligence , to make the idea of a Palestinian state a reality.

Palestinian Authority leaders have hailed some terrorists as heroes and named public squares after them. They have designed their school curriculum to make children emulate such terrorists.  Recently, Palestinian Authority  President Mohammed Abbas has forged a unity pact with Hamas. The whole world knows it is an offshoot of Muslim Brotherhood. It is a terror organization with a charter to kill all Jews.   Hamas members have made the life of Israelis living in the south miserable as they fire rockets at them.   
The sources add Israel has launched its current operation Protective Edge only after a surge in Hamas rocket fire amid a crackdown on their members (in the West Bank) suspected of having recently abducted and killed three Israeli teenagers . Israel’s targets in Gaza have been militant fighters and facilities alone. Civilian casualties, if any, in the operation have been a result of the Hamas recourse to employing human shield aimed at tarnishing the image of Israel.     line

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76 COMMENTS

  1. Where were the so called “world leaders” when gaza terrorists were importing tens of thousands of rockets and hiding them in mosques and residential homes? Where were they when gaza terrorists kidnapped and murdered three jewish teenagers? We are sick and tired of world “leaders” who are IMBECILES.

  2. No ceasefire, I don’t agree with that, there will be lost of lives in this conflict but ,we cannot negotiate with terrorism. Terror groups like hamas, If they like killing their own people than??????? what next. These evils organisations built on hates and killing. sept 11 was a lessons the world need to learn from. I was given a Koran from a few working college of mine from Indonesia, I read through it, and I found that a lot of the writting was copy from some scriptures from THE OLD TESTAMENT. Now world leader want to negotiate with this killing machine ???????.Abbas need to stand down, Palestinian need to choose a leader who truly love their people. Christian love Samson of Jerusalem. Salem malik to all people who love Peace for they will live.

  3. Israel stand strong and unite and support IDF, pray always and look to your GOD OF YOUR FOREFATHER Abraham,Issac,Israel and King David. GOD ALMIGHTY WILL bring real Peace to HIS HOLY LAND.That land does not belong to arabs and muslims religion. It belong to GOD OF ISRAEL,THE HOLY ROCK THAT BROUGHT YOU OUT FROM EGYPT.Christian love Samson Haangana, Tonga,australia.

  4. Israel stand strong and unite and support IDF, pray always and look to your GOD OF YOUR FOREFATHER Abraham,Issac,Israel and King David. GOD ALMIGHTY WILL bring real Peace to HIS HOLY LAND.That land does not belong to arabs and muslims religion. It belong to GOD OF ISRAEL,THE HOLY ROCK THAT BROUGHT YOU OUT FROM EGYPT.Christian love Samson Haangana, Tonga,australia.

  5. Israel stand strong and unite and support IDF, pray always and look to your GOD OF YOUR FOREFATHER Abraham,Issac,Israel and King David. GOD ALMIGHTY WILL bring real Peace to HIS HOLY LAND.That land does not belong to arabs and muslims religion. It belong to GOD OF ISRAEL,THE HOLY ROCK THAT BROUGHT YOU OUT FROM EGYPT.Christian love Samson Haangana, Tonga,australia.

  6. Not this time world we have had enough you asked for restraint to Israel how about restraint to the Arabs bombing tel aviv every day if bombs were dropping in Los Angeles New York Obuma would you show restraint I think not IDF get the job done once and for all the whole world is watching and only critiquing Israel not the the criminal factions who started this by murdering 3 innocent Jewish boys the world has blood on their hands for their inaction

  7. Palestine hasn’t existed in a while. Israel is there and has been trying to live a peaceful coexistence. In parts of Israel that are not annexed Jews are persecuted. Israel is a democracy that allows all kinds of people to live peacefully together.

  8. Fat chance; nothing Obama brings to the table will be eaten by Bibi; Obama is damaged goods; he’s shown his true stripes; he is worthless to israel; Israel would be better off in direct contact with congress rallying support. There is nothing to negotiate; it’s a simple deal; stop firing the rockets or be annihilated so you can’t continue your terror

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