The last really serious stage show for a “negotiated agreement” was a 10-month building freeze on new homes for Jews in Judea and Samaria, a move that was the condition for renewed talks but which proved to be just another one of President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry’s follies.
Like every other agreement between Arabs and Jews, the words did not mean the same to both sides, and the only result was deepening the grave for the burial of the “peace process,” anther example of the West’s totally misunderstanding of the Arab Middle East’s suicidal death wish for a Jewish State of Israel.
Abbas, like every other Arab leader, has never accepted any agreement with Israel as anything except as a device to explode in order to reach a better agreement, one which would seal the doom of Israel.
He knows very well that he has pushed the United States as far it can go and cannot win Obama’s support to throw the Jews out of the Old City of Israel and to flood Israel with several million Arabs imprisoned by UNRWA as “refugees’ for the sole purpose of serving as a demographic time tomb to turn a Jewish Israel into an Arab Palestine.
Abbas has failed to win full membership in the United Nations, and even if he does so, the Palestinian Authority is so inept, corrupt and infested by rival terror groups that such a declaration only would hasten its demise.
Abbas is now 80 years old. His threats to quit are meaningless unless he can do so in victory and not in defeat.
That is why the “bomb” that he will drop at the United Nations may very be his declaration that the Palestinian Authority is the ”State of Palestine,” with a self-declared capital in Jerusalem and self-declared borders based on the Temporary Armistice Lines, popularly and mistakenly known as the “1967 borders.”
Abbas will receive accolades from Arabs in Judea and Samaria and maybe even Gaza. He will be hailed as a great victor who has given them their stepping stone to takeover all of the Land of Israel.
Being a brilliant politician, he then will quit, for the simple reason that the “State of Palestine” will be as real as Alice in Wonderland. It appears to exist, just as “Palestinians” appear to be a people but are not.
They are a scattered bunch, with no common vision accept to destroy Israel, and even that is not shared among a vast number of Arabs who know they will be worse off under an Arab government, just as they know they were better off under Israel after 1967 than under Jordan before the war in the same year.
If Abbas indeed declares independence, Israel can huff and puff in anger as much as it wants but actually should be grateful.
Hamas, Islamic Jihad and a dozen other terrorist groups will fight Abbas’ Fatah movement tooth and nail, with fire and brimstone and with bombs and rifles.
A State of Palestine would be totally dependent on the European Union for money, so let the EU strangle itself be throwing away more money on a lousy investment.
Let the Arabs in Jerusalem declare they are residents of Palestine, which they won’t do because they won’t give up all the benefits they receive from Israel for the sake of citizens of a state in self-destruction.
Let the Arab League support the new state with words while exploiting it for its own political gains until the new country proves to be a worthless and useless burden.
Let the State of Palestine take its first – and last – breath.
It’s all up to you, Mahmoud Abbas.
I dare you.