There’s a name for trying the same thing over and over again and expecting different result, thanks to Albert Einstein. It’s called insanity.And sadly, we’re once again witnessing the Israeli government doing just that.
Anyone who still thinks there’s any life in the so called ‘peace process’ and the so-called ‘two state solution’ is playing this game and wearing blinders.
First, this nonsense has been tried several times with absolutely no success. This was what Oslo was supposed to be all about, remember? And remember how it turned out, with a terrorist squat in Judea and Samaria and one in Gaza? Exactly.
If we look at the facts, there have been several times when the Arabs who refer to themselves as ‘Palestinians’ have been offered peace deals…at one time, three different Israeli left wing prime ministers offered the Palestinian Authority ninety-five, and then ninety-six percent of the “occupied” territories. And the ‘Palestinians; refused, just as they’re refusing now. I wonder why….wait, of course it’s an easy one to figure out…this is what they really want:
Why yes! What they want isn’t peace. They want no Israel to exist at all. How hard is that to figure out? OK, it’s obvious They never intended at all to live in peace with the Jews. After all, they have never kept a single part of any agreement they’ve signed and have actively promoted terrorism in their mosques, media and schools. Abbas habitually refers to imprisoned terrorists as ‘holy martyrs’ for deliberately targeting and killing Jews and Palestinian media actually encourages this…and then of course there’s the money you get whether your killed or just thrown in jail, $500 and up depending on how many Jews you killed. It’s a nice income by Palestinian standards.
Oslo, of course was a product of Bill Clinton, who had Arafat to the White House more than any other foreign leader.Since Labor leader Yizhak Rabin owed President Clinton for some clandestine aid in getting him elected Prime Minister, Oslo was a done deal, a terrorist enemy right next door to Israel that resulted in zero peace and a lot of dead and maimed Jews.
And guess what? Nothing, I mean nothing has changed. It wasn’t so long ago that PLO leader Jibril Rajoub said openly that “If we had a nuclear weapon I’d use it on Israel tomorrow.” This is the same terrorist who the Israelis actually gave medical care to. They also gave Medical care to Abbas and to his wife. Can you imagine doing this for someone who hates you with all his heart and wants to exterminate you?
And we haven’t even mentioned Hamas yet. My point is simply this…the Arabs who call themselves ‘Palestinians’ have no interest in peace with Israel. We can accept that as a given, simply because it’s be proven numerous times.
The latest manifestation of this fairy tale about peace is known as ‘The Deal Of The Century’ presented by the Trump administration. And as much as I respect President Trump, it’s at least a viable attempt. But it won’t ever work since its just another attempt to get the PLO to accept something they will never accept and don’t want.
And frankly, as written, it’s not really that good a deal for Israel. Let’s look at why, shall we?
First of all,Israel is being asked to give up something it owns anyway.
The land in question is Judea and Samaria, AKA The ‘West Bank’ although it’s only that if you’re looking at it from Jordan. After WWI, the UK was given a Mandate by the League of Nations to administer all of what was then the former Turkish province known as Palestine. Originally, all of this was supposed to be the Jewish State. A couple of years later, The Brits asked the League for permission to divide the area, the reason being that they wanted a kingdom for one of the Sharif of Mecca’s sons, Abdullah. He wanted Syria but so did the French, so what he got was 78% of ‘Palestine’ as the Arab State, Jordan which consisted of everything east of the Jordan River. The Jews were to get the other 22%, everything west of the Jordan River for the Jewish state. This division was agreed on and signed on to by the Brits, The Jews, the Arabs and the League in 1922 in a treaty called the San Remo Accords.
The Brits saw to it that the Arabs got their state very quickly. And then proceeded to do everything they could to stop the Jews from establishing theirs in numerous ways. They deliberately limited Jewish migration to what became Israel while allowing unlimited Arab migration. This came to a head when the Brits chose to violate the San Remo accords and stopped all Jewish migration . In 1939, Britain anti-Semitic Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain issued an order not to let any Jews into Palestine at all… at a time when thousands of Jewish refugees from Germany and other countries who had fled to France and other countries had nowhere else to go.
Not content with that, after WWII, when Labour’s Clem Atlee took over, he made the decision to not allow Jews into Palestine. The Brits even had their own concentration camp on Cyprus for any survivors of the Holocaust they caught trying to get in, and in some cases, they even sent Jews back to the very same camps in Europe they had been imprisoned in.
In 1948, when Israel declared its independence the UN recognized it, although Britain didn’t. The UN also made the San Remo Accords part of its charter, in Article 80…which has never been removed or repealed.
So under international law, Everything west of the Jordan River belongs to Israel. They have no need to bargain about it or make any exchange that will only result in more terrorist violence.
Israel lost this land for 19 years because in 1948, Brit PM Clem Atlee armed the surrounding Arab armies to the teeth, even though they were openly promising a second Holocaust three years after Auschwitz was liberated. Not only that, but he sent British officers to command the Jordanian Arab Legion under Colonel John Glubb, a known anti-semite. It was these officers who oversaw the ethnic cleansing of every Jew in Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem as well as the destruction of many Jewish shrines and synagogues. While the UN never recognized THAT illegal occupation, they never did anything about it either.
To add insult to injury, the areas Israel is going to be allowed to regain officially involve established Israeli communities already existing for years. You know, what the UN and EU like to refer to as ‘settlements.’
In fact, most of this area was promised to Israel as part of GW Bush’s ‘Road Map’ in exchange for giving up Gaza. These are the same commitments Barack Hussein Obama and Hillary Clinton swore didn’t exist even though they were referred to in a Bush speech and in the agreement itself. Arik Sharon, who made the agreement with GW Bush was in a coma at that point, and of course Bushie Boy kept his mouth shut.
Not only that, but the EU is threatening Israel with sanctions if they make these areas an official part of Israel. And the US is still thinking it over, whether Israel gets even this much.Some deal hmm? And here’s the cherry on top. Israel has to give the PLO 4 years to decide if they’ll abide by any part of this, And during those 4 years Israel is not allowed to build anything in areas they’ve lived in for years!
And here’s the real loser……some of the land the ‘Palestinians’ and the PLO would retain based on this ‘deal’ are within easy shooting distance of some of these Jewish communities. These attackson Jewish communities are even actually happening now in Judea and Samaria.
Second, Israel is being asked to give any ‘Palestinians’ living in these areas Israeli citizenship.
True there aren’t that many of them, but would Trump and the US give citizenship automatically to people who had been brain washed to hate America for three generations? People who may conceivably have blood on their hands? People who in many cases have citizenship in a country that has a ‘treaty’ which is basically a cease fire and which still is extremely hostile to America? That’s exactly the situation between Israel and Jordan. There have been numerous instances when ‘Palestinians’ given work permits in Israel have committed terrorism.
Third, the map lines as now drawn simply give the ‘Palestinians’ a closer range to shoot from. Several of the Israeli communities we’re talking about would be easy targets.
And finally, Fourth,the object here, ‘peace’ between Israel and the PLO is a non-starter. They’re not interested in peace and they never have been. It’s that simple. And both the Trump Administration and Israel’s current government are fooling themselves if they think this means peace with the PLO and Hamas.
Allow me to present a way to actually achieve peace that will definitely work and end this once and for all.
And the irony of it is that it could have been done years ago.
In the Six Day War, Jordan attacked Israel. The IDF pushed the Jordanian troops back across the river. At that time, they could easily have sent the ‘Palestinians’ who all had Jordanian citizenship back across the Jordan River as well, and this entire mess would have been avoided. However, Israel’s Labor government made a mess of things. They made the mistake of thinking these Arabs would be able to live in peace with them, and it turned out to be a huge mistake.
The Israelis built virtually the entire infrastructure in Judea and Samaria….the power grid, the water systems, schools, houses, roads, sewage, irrigation,hospitals, even a university. Their reward of course was that first Intifada. They definitely should have seen that coming.
The way to finally solve this problem is to do what should have been down back in 1967. Simply move the Arabs who call themselves ‘Palestinians’ across the river, perhaps with cash settlements for people who can actually prove they purchased and own property. This is certainly more than the Arabs gave the almost one million Jews they ethnically cleansed from the Arab world after 1948. They plundered them for everything they had and these Jews left with the clothes on their backs.
Jordan of course would not like this but there’s not much they could do about it, especially since they have already agreed to abandon all claim to Judea and Samaria. Jordan’s midget King Abdullah would also be upset because many of these people tend to cause problems where ever they go…Iraq, Kuwait,Lebanon, Egypt and yes, Jordan, which Arafat almost took over in 1970′s Black September.
Odd, isn’t it? All refugees are supposedly taken care of by UNHCR(also known as the UN Refugee Agency) except one…the almost 1 million penniless Jews ethnically cleansed by the Arab world in1948.Most of them ended up living in tent cities in Israel. They never received a dime except from Jewish charities. President Trump, to his credit, mentioned this in his peace plan, although without actually suggesting any, kind of payback by the countries involved in stealing well over a billion and a half dollars US in property, homes, businesses, bank accounts and personal property according to the most conservative estimates.
Oh, but wait, there’s another group the UNHCR doesn’t handle They’re handled by one of the UN’s biggest and well funded sections, UNRWA which is solely devoted to the care and welfare of these alleged ‘Palestinian’ refugees many who left willingly under orders from the Arab States attacking Israel and their leader, Haj Amin al-Husseini. Except these refugees were never refugees at all! In 1954, the Jordanian Parliament gave Jordanian citizenship to all of them including the ones in the UNRWA facilities. And even UNRWA’s first American Chief Executive to the US Congress admitted that since they didn’t bother checking, many of these ‘refugees might never have lived in ‘Palestine’ at all, but were given food, lodging etc anyway. And unlike any other group of refugees, the train just keeps on rolling.
These people supposedly ‘fled ‘ from Israel 72 years ago but the UN makes sure their refugee status is hereditary! No other group of refugees gets this kind of gravy train. Could it be because they picked the right enemies, the Jews?
I have to give President Trump credit for finally ending US funding of UNRWA. Among other things, UNRWA’s schools teach ‘Palestinian’ kids to hate Jews and that terrorism against Jews is a holy act that will make them ‘holy martyrs’ as Abbas calls them. UNRWA has even been caught hiding terrorists and arms in their schools, Mosques and other buildings.
In short, Jordan is the Arab ‘Palestinian’ State and the Jordan River the logical and legal boundary between that and Israel. It’s time Israel realized this, instead of wasting time with so called peace plans that have never and will never work.
It’s time Israel faced reality.
Rob Miller writes for Joshuapundit. His articles have appeared in The Jerusalem Post, The Washington Examiner, American Thinker, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The San Francisco Chronicle, Real Clear Politics, The Times Of Israel, Breitbart.Com, Yediot and other publications
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