The late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin had two instructive quotes on peacemaking with the Palestinians:
You don’t make peace with friends. You make it with very unsavory enemies.
I believe that in the long run, separation between Israel and the Palestinians is the best solution for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Israel has plenty of unsavory enemies in the roiling Middle East and elsewhere, these days. However, when your enemies disavow your existence, let alone your legitimacy as a sovereign power, you cannot make peace even the one defined by Rabin. This is why Israeli PM Netanyahu has pushed the importance of recognition of Israel as a Jewish nation. The current diplomatic shuttle campaign for a final status agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) by US Secretary of State Kerry is grappling with this issue.
Today’s release by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s office of documented evidence of PA leader Mahmoud Abbas orchestrating a propaganda campaign to incite hatred towards Israel and Jews. There is evidence of Abbas” duplicity of saying comforting things about peace at the UN versus anti-Semitic blood libel to his fellow Palestinians at home.
However, the evidence of Palestinian promotion of Jew hatred is just one of a number of issues that ultimately could bring the current round of final status negotiations crashing down. An example is the issue of UN Res. 242 of November 1967 ensuring Israel is entitled to secure and defensible borders. Instead, Kerry offered up a hoary proposal of the current US Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power placing a detachment of US and international troops in the strategic Judean hills overlooking the Jordan Valley approaches to enforce a final status agreement between the PA and Israel. Then there is questionable matter of ‘sharing’ Israel’s eternal capital of Jerusalem, a fact recognized by the US Congress in a law passed in 1995 requiring a move of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. That move has been avoided by a succession of US Presidents; Clinton, Bush and now Obama on the grounds that a final status agreement hasn’t been reached between the PA and Israel. Then there is the matter of so-called land swaps to establish borders based on the pre- 1967 June War, the 1949 Armistice Line. No other sovereign nation has entered into such negotiations that threaten its existence.
The evidence of Palestinian incitement to hate is reflected in documentation released by Israel’s PM Netanyahu, a reflection of Islamic Qur’anic doctrine. A doctrine that states Allah has endowed the world as a Waqf or trust for Muslims in perpetuity for all conquered lands. Hence the argument that the Jewish nation of Israel is illegally occupying the space between “the river and the sea”. That is evident in the propaganda imagery of the late Yassir Arafat wearing his checkered kaffiyeh allegedly draped in the shape of Palestine. It is also reflected in monuments of the Palestinian Authority, one of which was cloaked to hide it from the view of President Obama during a visit to Ramallah in March 2013, while police restrained hundreds of protesters. There is also evidence of hatred reflected in PA videos of preschool children being indoctrinated in hatred, spouting classic Qur’anic suras depicting Jews as pigs and sons of apes or an EU-sponsored PA youth TV program saying that Israelis in Jerusalem are ‘crows and rats”. Palestine Media Watch (PMW) has documented much of this over the past decade. PMW published a a video, today, of a Syrian TV interview with Zaki Abbas, a close associate of PA President Abbas, discussing a plan for the destruction of Israel saying:
Even the most extreme among us, Hamas, or the fighting forces, want a state within the ’67 borders. Afterward, we [will] have something to say, because the inspiring idea cannot be achieved all at once. [Rather] in stages.
Prime Minister Netanyahu drew attention to this defining issue on Sunday in his remarks following a two hour cabinet meeting on Palestinian incitement towards Israel in a Jerusalem Post report, “Netanyahu: Palestinian incitement spurs Mideast conflict”:
This is a very grave phenomenon. True peace cannot exist without stopping the incitement against Israel and educating for peace. The refusal of the Palestinians to recognize Israel as the state of the Jewish People and declare the end of national demands – this is the root of the conflict. This is also the reason why we are insisting on significant security measures, so that we will be able to defend ourselves by ourselves in any situation.
Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz, whose agency is responsible for maintaining an “incitement index”, drew attention to the role of PA leader Mahmoud Abbas:
We must not ignore the fact that the Palestinian educational system and media, under the patronage of Abu Mazen [PA President Mahmoud Abbas] and during the negotiations, are educating and inciting – on a daily basis – for the destruction of the State of Israel.
Watch this IMRA Youtube video containing the Israeli Government report on Palestinian leadership and schools inciting hatred of the Jewish nation of Israel:
Notice the hateful Qur’anic catechism from Palestinian pre-school children, the adulation and quotations from Hitler, and the Nazi-style salute by members of the PLO Al Aqsa Brigade . Then there was a similar event at Al Quds University in November 2013. The last event caused Brandeis University President Frederick Lawrence to suspend its partnership with Al Quds University and its Harvard educated Chancellor, Sari Nusseibeh. Nusseibeh allegedly during the First Gulf War in 1991 was caught passing target information to the regime of the late Saddam Hussein for launch of SCUD missiles against Tel Aviv.
Why would any rational person persist in trying to reach a peace agreement in the face of the duplicitous taqiyyah by the PA leadership and its educational system perpetuating hate against Israel. With not the merest scintilla of likelihood that a final status agreement between Israel and the PA could be achieved in the remaining four months, why is the Administration persisting in this effort when the Middle East is aflame with fundamentalist Jihad warfare on all of Israel’s borders.
EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on The New English Review.