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Why The Palestinians Can’t Say Two Simple Words

Ali Jarbawi explained in a Times editorial that the Palestinians can’t say the words “Jewish state,” because that would negate their historical narrative in which they see themselves as victims of history who can only be made whole by the destruction of Israel.
Mahmoud Abbas, acting leader of the Palestinian Authority

Mahmoud Abbas, acting leader of the Palestinian Authority
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While Obama, Kerry and the Times are mindlessly blaming Netanyahu for fighting a two-state solution he has already accepted, the Palestinians persist in laying down terms for peace that are not only unrealistic, but demonstrate that the end of their century-old conflict with Zionism is still at the top of their agenda. The more the Palestinians explain why they cannot say two simple words, the more obvious it becomes that peace is not their objective.

About the Author: Jonathan S. Tobin is senior online editor of Commentary magazine and chief political blogger at www.commentarymagazine.com, where this first appeared. He can be reached via e-mail at jtobin@commentarymagazine.com.


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26 Responses to “Why The Palestinians Can’t Say Two Simple Words”

  1. Olga Pinsky says:

    Because he looks like an ancient mummy!

  2. Because the Palestinians are terrorist. He can any negotiate with terrorist, really????

  3. Because the Palestinians are terrorist. He can any negotiate with terrorist, really????

  4. Tarek Saba says:

    Olga Pinsky how’s poland?

  5. when are you people going to wake up…

  6. when are you people going to wake up…

  7. Say “Jewish State ” it won’t hurt ! And don’t
    Touch ISRAEL , you can’t
    Keep blaming ISRAEL for
    What you should blame
    Yourself for! I stand by ISRAEL ,

  8. Martin Kool says:

    Judea and samaria our homeland .

  9. Martin Kool says:

    Judea and samaria our homeland .

  10. How can Christ make an agreement with the Devil….History shows Jerusalem belongs to Isreal…

  11. How can Christ make an agreement with the Devil….History shows Jerusalem belongs to Isreal…

  12. there is a reason we are called bnai yisroel.

  13. Romeo Singh says:

    ISRAEL IS PROMISE TO THE JEWS BY YHWH…

  14. YES they do, as ordained by God himself.

  15. YES they do, as ordained by God himself.

  16. Howard Hyman says:

    I say EXPEL THESE BAST*RDS!!! They will never accept Israel. Let us stop pretending!

  17. Howard Hyman says:

    Gaza and Sinai ALSO are part of Israel!

  18. If the Pals try to resort to the UN, and even the US it’s asinine. Doubtful they would care, of course, but the same two entitles declared Israel to be a state. Is that sensible?? (No)

  19. In a time to come,Will they all wish they had.

  20. Israel Will NEVER Be Annihilated!!

  21. Steven Plaut says:

    I have two simple words for those people who claim Israel needs to stop insisting that the "Palestinians" recognize Israel as a legitimate Jewish state and the first of the two starts with an "F"

  22. I say we never talk to the arab savage barbarians at all.

  23. Alan Kardon says:

    No recognition, no talks and no release of any more terrorists. Stay tough Israel.

  24. Kathie Sykes says:

    The name of the "Palestinian" state… Jordan. Whoever won't live peacefully should be sent over the river.

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