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They’re Impossible Palestinian Red Lines, But Israel Will Be Blamed


Jonathan Pollard never attended peace talks, and his name probably never will be mentioned there again.

Jonathan Pollard never attended peace talks, and his name probably never will be mentioned there again.
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Secretary of State John Kerry is trying to force a peace plan upon Israel – the side prepared to make painful concessions – and the Palestinian Arabs. However, even before he can divulge his shimmering new “framework,” the Palestinian Arab leadership is making it clear it has no interest in genuine, peaceful co-existence and recognition of Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people.

PA President Abbas recently issued a set of maximalist red lines for “peace” that cancels out any possibility for success, thus killing it in the womb. These PA red lines include:

a) Total Israeli withdrawal from all territories captured by Israel in 1967 within 3 to 4 years

b) No recognition of Israel as the Jewish state

c) “East” Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state

d) Release of all Palestinian Arab prisoners held by Israel regardless of crimes committed

e) The “right of return” – a judenrein Palestinian Arab state and millions of the descendants of 1948 Arab refugees being able to “return” to Israel, swamping it demographically, thus putting an end to the Jewish state.

But consider: actually, there has been a Palestinian Arab state in the region since 1921, located in the eastern 78 percent of the Palestine Mandate designated for a Jewish National Home: ‎Jordan. Even today, more than two-thirds of the people of Jordan are Palestinian Arabs. The offers of another Palestinian Arab state (which would be the 23rd Arab state) in the remaining western portion of the Palestine Mandate date back to the 1937 Peel Commission. That began a consistent pattern of rejected offers through to the present: 1947 UN Partition Plan, 1967 at Khartoum, 2000 at Camp David, 2001 at Taba, the 2008 Olmert Plan. The current Kerry-led negotiations also appear to be heading in that direction. Yet the Palestinian Arabs still adamantly reject the “two state solution” of an “Arab State” and “Jewish State” referenced in the 1947 UN partition resolution.

Interestingly, there is plenty of evidence that the Arabs themselves did not consider that there was a special, separate entity called “Palestine,” which until the late 1960s was commonly associated around the world with the Jews:

a) 1919: “We consider Palestine as part of Arab Syria, as it has never been separated from it at any time. We are connected with it by national, religious, linguistic, natural, economic and geographical bonds.” (First Congress of Muslim-Christian Associations, February 1919).

b) 1937: Local Arab leader, Auni Bey Abdul-Hadi, told the Peel Commission, which ultimately suggested the partition of Palestine: “There is no such country as Palestine! ‘Palestine’ is a term the Zionists invented! There is no Palestine in the Bible. Our country was for centuries part of Syria.”

c) 1947: The representative of the Arab Higher Committee to the United Nations submitted a statement to the General Assembly in May 1947 that said, “Palestine was part of the Province of Syria,” and that, “politically, the Arabs of Palestine were not independent in the sense of forming a separate political entity.”

d) 1948: “Palestine and Transjordan are one.” King Abdullah, Arab League meeting in Cairo,12 April 1948

e) 1970: “Palestine is Jordan and Jordan is Palestine; there is only one land, with one history and one and the same fate,” Prince Hassan of the Jordanian National Assembly, February 2, 1970.

f) 1976: Syrian President Hafez Assad addressing the PLO, explained to Arafat: “You do not represent Palestine as much as we do. Never forget this one point: There is no such thing as a Palestinian people, there is no Palestinian entity, there is only Syria. You are an integral part of the Syrian people, Palestine is an integral part of Syria. Therefore it is we, the Syrian authorities, who are the true representatives of the Palestinian people.”

g) 1980: Hamid Sharif, Prime Minister of Jordan declared, “The Palestinians and Jordanians do not belong to different nationalities. They hold the same Jordanian passports, are Arabs and have the same Jordanian culture.”

h) 1981: “The truth is that Jordan is Palestine and Palestine is Jordan.” – King Hussein of Jordan

i) 1993: Arafat declared that, “The question of borders doesn’t interest us… From the Arab standpoint, we mustn’t talk about borders. Palestine is nothing but a drop in an enormous ocean. Our nation is the Arabic nation that stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea and beyond it…The P.L.O. is fighting Israel in the name of Pan-Arabism. What you call “Jordan” is nothing more than Palestine.”

What do the Palestinian Arabs really want? Just listen to what they persistently say and read the charters of the Palestinian Authority, PLO, Fatah and Hamas: the eradication of ‎Israel through armed struggle, replacing the Jewish state with a Palestinian Arab state. In the case of Hamas, it is genocidal. It really is no wonder they say “no” to a state if it also means that they have to recognize the tiny Jewish state alongside it. There are already 22 Arab states with a population of 400 million and land mass 625 times that of Israel, versus 6.2 million Jews in a sliver of land the size of New Jersey.

And what will their state be like: ‎Gaza, which has become a terrorist launching pad for tens of thousands of rockets and missiles into Israel since Israel left and uprooted 8,000 citizens from their homes in 2005. It is a failed entity ruled by the corrupt, genocidal, terrorist entity Hamas, which steadfastly refuses to recognize Israel. A Palestinian Arab state in the West Bank/Judea-Samaria, the cradle of Jewish civilization, on the high ground overlooking the heart of Israel’s population centers from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, will only pose a more lethal danger to the safety and security of Israel. And the Jewish claim does not rest just on security, but on a continuous three-millennia presence in the land.

The pathology of the Palestinian Arab movement, which is actually a part of the larger Arab war on Israel, is violent rejection. It is partly fueled by Islamic beliefs that any Jewish presence on the land is a crime against the Islamic “natural order of things,” the crime of a ‎dhimmi people, the Jews, having sovereignty in their midst.

Yet Westerners fantasize and delude themselves that the Palestinian Arabs actually want to live in peace alongside ‎Israel and only makes things worse, and lead the PA to believe that it can maintain a culture of victimhood and pay no price for its extremist, uncompromising beliefs. Israel ‎‎has no reliable “peace partner” in the Western sense, no matter how the mainstream media, EU, diplomats, and elites want to spin it. These apologists will always somehow find a way to rationalize and justify the Palestinian Arabs’ predictable resort to violence and in turn seek to delegitimize Israel for not making further concessions – regardless whether it puts the Jewish State in deadly danger. The diplomatic process is not working. There must be far more onus on the PA to make true peace and prepare its own people for it. If and when Palestinian Arabs are ready, willing and able to say “yes,” Israel will be there – but not any sooner.

About the Author: Lee S. Bender and Jerome R. Verlin are co-President and co-Vice President, respectively, of the Zionist Organization of America- Greater Philadelphia District. They are the authors of Pressing Israel: Media Bias Exposed From A-Z (Pavilion Press, 2012). Verlin is the author of Israel 3000 Years: The Jewish People’s 3000 Year Presence in Palestine (Pavilion Press, 2011)


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10 Responses to “They’re Impossible Palestinian Red Lines, But Israel Will Be Blamed”

  1. Dede Irish says:

    America is backstabbing Israel right with the rest of the world and its a murderous game playing with life of others. America does not get that Israel is surrounded by violent Islam. media is not reporting the truth of the matter.

  2. JoAnn Morris says:

    Go home Kerry….Abbas said he does not want peace with Israel.

  3. God has His own time to work and achieve peace in Israel. Maybe soon during the appearance on one of the blood moons.

  4. I believe it is time to tell the Palestinians it is time to go to their natural countries and Nations they came from and the Desert were they lived for Centuries. Israel is the Land of the Jews, the Greeks, the Romans, the Assyrians all came and left . It is time for the Arabs to leave and go back Home.

  5. Edinson Mota says:

    I LOVE ISRAEL GOD BLESS ISRAEL

  6. Jean Perles says:

    we cannot occupy our own Land! JUDEE,SAMARIA,
    PART INDIVISIBLE OF ISRAEL

    .

    THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A PALESTINIAN PEOPLE! THEY HAVE NO RIGHTS TO THE HOMELAND OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE
    JERUSALEM, CAPITAL ETERNELLE ET INDIVISIBLE DE L’ETAT D’ ISRAEL

  7. America better watch it if america has partake of the evil cuaseing the land to be dividened up then god will bring his judgement to america like what happen when katrina new orleans. Our nations leaders the president and that john kerry are doing wrong towards isaerel woe unto them god will judge them what they have done. Isaerel is the apple god,s eye he bless those who bless isaerel and curse those who curse them. Which god made conventant with abraham, issac and jacob, the land isaerel his god,s land and for his choosen peolpe.

  8. America better watch it if america has partake of the evil cuaseing the land to be dividened up then god will bring his judgement to america like what happen when katrina new orleans. Our nations leaders the president and that john kerry are doing wrong towards isaerel woe unto them god will judge them what they have done. Isaerel is the apple god,s eye he bless those who bless isaerel and curse those who curse them. Which god made conventant with abraham, issac and jacob, the land isaerel his god,s land and for his choosen peolpe.

  9. Anonymous says:

    You can't worry about that. Anti-Semites will blame Israel and the Jews for everything. If the weather is too hot or too cold, if unemployment or inflation is too high, if there's too much or too little rain, it's the Jews' and Israel's fault. Don't make dangerous deals with our blood-thirsty enemies in order to curry favor with the anti-Semites.

  10. Joel Keller says:

    Let us remember that the PA "President," Mahmoud Abbas, has no legitimacy, as he is now serving in the 9th (or maybe the 10th) year of his 4 year term in office. So with whom should Israel be negotiating?

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