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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.

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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.

Jonathan S. Tobin

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


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