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Abbas vs. Abbas

Gadi Taub, a regular pundit on leftwing daily Ha’aretz, on Thursday suggested the termination of Israeli “occupation” of all or part of Judea and Samaria could prove too costly for PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and, for that matter, any PLO-based leader who would follow him. Taub cites a Palestinian journalist friend who asked him, “Why do you think we’ll let you leave the territories? Who’s going to look after us?”

A senior lecturer in the School of Public Policy and the Department of Communications at Hebrew University, Taub asks: why should Abbas want to sign a peace treaty with Israel in exchange for a state based on the 1967 border lines? Obviously, so he could liberate his people from the Israeli military rule and erect an independent national society. Except that within even the most liberal framework of talks conducted in the past 23 years, there’s a permanent booby trap that makes peace with Israel a virtual death sentence to any Palestinian leaders who signs it. It’s the part about giving up the Arab right of return to the Jewish State.


The right of return is at the foundation of Palestinian political consciousness, its raison d’être, the centerpiece of its entire agenda since the PLO came to life back in 1964. It is the reason why they turned their refugee problem into the only such problem in human history that hasn’t been resolved one way or another, complete with three generations of Arabs from mandatory Palestine still living off handouts from UNRWA. It’s also the singular unifying element for an otherwise tribal Arab society who gathered in that part of the world over a century from many points of origin in the Middle East.

Now, there’s a catch-22 for you: they can’t get a Palestinian State without giving up their right of return, and they can’t have a Palestinian State without the right of Return.

Next huge problem is human rights, which are the foundation of Israel’s left’s campaign against the “occupation.” The fact is that it would be next to impossible to govern a free Palestinian State without a strong secret police and uniformed police, just as the PA is being run today. Dissent cannot be tolerated, not because Abbas is necessarily a tyrant by nature, but because the last time the PA showed tolerance for human rights the Hamas dumped the bodies of their activists from Gaza rooftops and took permanent hold of the Gaza Strip. If they now permit Hamas activists to disseminate their messages freely in Ramallah, Jenin and Shechem, the new state would become Hamasnistan before its first day of independence.

So, there’s your second catch-22: the only way to guarantee a modicum of human rights in Arab Judea and Samaria is by relying on the IDF to neutralize Hamas. A free Palestine without the IDF will have to degrade human rights, or disappear.

The third part, according to Taub, is truly amusing: the PA can’t afford to become an independent state within the 1967 borders, because such a deal would free Israel of the political burden of the “occupation,” release it from its pariah status globally, and, in days, practically, would catapult it to a new, world-power status economically, diplomatically, and — don’t ever forget that part — militarily.

Think about it, how long before the Palestinian State is degraded to an in-name only power, living next door to an Israeli giant that’s much bigger and stronger on a global scale? How long before Palestinian society demands to enhance its access to all that milk and honey, at the expense of the rulers in Ramallah, or even (God Forbid) the Palestinian capital in eastern Jerusalem?

How refreshing to read such an out-of-the-box view from a leftist pundit in a leftist paper, confirming that the reason you can’t have a free Palestinian state is because such a state would be inherently much worse for the Arabs, including the PLO, than even the “occupation.”



  1. A palestenian state has nothing, absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with Israel. Nothing. No ARAB country on the planet will allow for a Palestenian State….if by the grace of some unseen power should it become a reality, not ONE ‘Palestinian” from any ARAB country would be allowed or able to leave his country and move there. The SECOND a palestenian state is established, palestenians all around the ARAB world will stop being ‘refugees’. They now have a state… So That means no more billions upon billions of ‘refugee funds’ coming into the private foreign bank accounts of the Dictators. Nothing. What fat rich billionaire Arab dictator in his right mind would allow that? NOT ONE… Israel is a tool – not a cause

  2. Israel would be weaker if it leaves. It loses all legitimacy. Nobody gives up territory. What if Mexico asked for just Arizona and parts of New Mexico – renouncing all claims to the other territory it lost? It would finally end this never healing sore. No more La Raza, illegals, violence and drug smuggling. Two states, living side by side in peace. It would be a new era. America could use its advanced technology to help it's poorer neighbor. The knowledge we have in software, desalination, agriculture (citrus, chickpeas, dates, avocados, green houses, wine, olive oil, pomegranates, guavas, loquats ), miltary knowhow, making the desert bloom.

  3. $1 billion per year for UNRWA economic aid; $1 billion for PA salaries – – – mostly "donated" by Europe and the US. That's the biggest economic reason the PLO doesn't want change- – – they're keeping the "change."

    Here's the reason the Quartet can never be an honest mediator to the negotiation stalemate: Europe, the UN and the US want to unload this annual recurring cost by forcing the return of millions of refugee descendants. There is no other way for UNRWA to unload – thanks to the perfidy of Jean Pictet, avenger of Count Bernadotte.

    Bernadotte's report to the UN Security Council is clear: Israeli is here to stay. The Arab states damaged the UN Charter by attacking Israel without any attempt at diplomacy or negotiation. Their antipathy towards Israel was unchanged. So instead of facing the truth he suggested a false effort at appeasement – making a grand gesture towards humanitarian aid for the 172,000 Arab refugees who fled to surrounding Arab states.

    After his death the European aristocracy of charity was enraged. Jean Pictet, the International Red Cross director, got revenge for his friend by deliberately misinterpreting Fourth Geneva Convention article 49 – about civilian protection during war – to make all occupation illegal. And he permanently institutionalized the charity, the entitlement, and the vilification of Israel for resisting the return of a hostile population .

    And here's the secret: current West Bank residents don't want millions of refugee descendants pouring in to ruin their quality of life and drag them into war. But they can't say that. The PLO would rather live out their last few years in peace… than tell the truth: the PLO doesn't want Arab refugee descendants, homeless, penniless, and ready for jihad… to swarm over their villas and villages in Areas A, B, and C.

    SO HERE'S the solution: one person, one clan, one neighborhood at a time Israel offers a path to dual citizenship for each individual who takes and passes a course in Jewish history and ethics… and takes a pledge of allegiance.

    Instead of external borders that can't be secure… offer the inner transformation.

  4. As anti-Semetism has been so conveniently melded into today's boutique of anti-Zionism, anti-Israel, and BDS, it only shows how there is always a different set of rules for Jews, unless we are needed. The British stood idly by as the Hadassah Convoy was murdered and mutilated in 1948; yet, PM Eden needed the Israeli military to hit the rear of Nasser in Sinai as the British attacked Suez in 1956.

    The world was passive when the Jordanians occupied all of Jerusalem between 1948-67; but when in an act of war, Israel re-captured its capitol of Jerusalem, the world, and its fraudulent UN could only condemn the Jews for their self-defensive actions.

    The Arab right to return to the British Mandate of Palestine is the biggest fable, and highest insult. Did the world ensure that the wealth and businesses stolen form the Jews in WWII was returned? Did the world bat an eye at the almost 1 million Jews thrown out of the 22 Muslim countries after Israel was re-born in 1948, with but the shirts on their backs? So, now we should be concerned about a terrorist mandate from 1964 derived form a group of thugs encouraged and trained by the Nazis and Soviets to wage terrorism against Isarael and the West? What's changed, other than group and leader names? The land of Israel, including Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria is involible; Israel will not be the only nation in history to be forced into yet another untenable strategic position. To J Street and those red Jewish progressives that obstruct and undermine Israel's right to exist, fogetaboutit!

  5. Abbas is in the eleventh year of a four year term, kept in power by contributions from the US and other western nations which are terrified as to who would replace him. The truth is that Abbas, who is very unpopular, is too weak to make any peace with Israel. It is long past time to hold elections for the PA (Palestine Authority) to determine if the Arabs want peace or war. Regardless of the outcome, there will be a legitimate reprentitive for the Arabs.

  6. The Palestinians know this; but in their frustration they have educated a generation of children to believe that Jews are pigs and monkeys; and that murder is the only way. The brainwashing of Palestinian youth has been highly effective in reducing their own numbers, and increasing the suffering of their peoples, while enriching their leaders pockets.

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