Skip to comments.Why the Palestinians Must Pay a Price--Rewarding violence will only produce more violence
Posted on 10/04/2011 4:40:59 AM PDT by SJackson
The Palestinians are in the process of seeking sovereignty from the United Nations, but in doing so, they are asking for more than what was offered them in any prior negotiation with Israelincluding during the talks involving President Clinton and Ehud Barak in 2000 and 2001. Rather than more, it is imperative that the Palestinians get less.
It is imperative to world peace that the Palestinians pay a priceeven if its only a symbolic pricefor rejecting the generous Clinton/Barak offer and responding to it with a second intifada in which 4,000 people were killed. It is also important that Israel not return to the precise armistice lines that existed prior to the 1967 war. If the Palestinians were to achieve a return to the status quo prior to Jordans attack on Israel in June of 1967, then military aggression will not have been punished, it will have been rewarded. Thats why Security Council Resolution 242which was essentially the peace treaty that resulted from the end of the Six Day Warintended for Israel to retain territory necessary to give it secure boundaries (Indeed, in the formal application submitted by Abbas, he sought membership based on UN General Assembly Resolution 1810-11 of November 29, 1947, which would put the borders where they were before the Arab armies invaded the new Jewish state in 1948. This would reward multiple aggressions.)
Yet, however important it is that aggressive and unjustified violence not be rewarded, the international community seems bent on doing just that. If the end result of Jordans 1967 attack on Israelan attack supported by the Palestinian leadership and participated in by Palestinian soldiersis that the Palestinians get back everything Jordan lost, there will be no disincentive to comparable military attacks around the world. If the Palestinians get more than, or even as much as, they rejected in 2000 and 2001 (and did not accept in 2007), then further intifadas with mass casualties will be encouraged. A price must be paid for violence. Thats how the laws of war are supposed to work and there is no reason to make an exception in the case of the Palestinians.
I support a two-state solution based on negotiation and mutual compromise. But the negotiations must not begin where previous offers, which were not accepted, left off. They must take into account how we got to the present situation: The Arab rejection of the UN partition plan and the attack on the new Jewish state that resulted in the death of one percent of Israels population; the attack by Jordan and its Palestinian soldiers against Israel in 1967, which resulted in Israels capture of the West Bank; Israels offer to trade captured land for peace that was rejected at Khartoum with the three infamous nosno peace, no recognition, no negotiation; Israels generous offer of statehood in 2000-2001 that was answered by violence; and Olmerts subsequent, even more generous, offer that was not accepted by President Abbas.
Efforts to achieve peace must look forward but they must not forget the past. A balance must be struck between not rewarding past violence and not creating unreasonable barriers to a future peace. But the Palestinians made it clear last week that they reject such balance.
I was at the United Nations on Friday when President Abbas made his speech demanding full recognition of Palestine as a state with the borders as they existed just before the Jordanians and Palestinians attacked Israel. In other words he wants a do over. He wants the nations that attacked Israel to suffer no consequences for their attempt to destroy the Jewish State. He wants to get back The Western Wall, The Jewish Quarter, and the access road to Hebrew University. Only then will he begin negotiations from this position of strength. But why then negotiate if the UN gives him more than he can possibly get through negotiation? Will he be in a position to seek less from Israel than what the UN gave him? Will he survive if he is seen as less Palestinian than the UN? Abbas blamed Israel for the self-inflicted wound the Palestinians cynically call the Nakba (the catastrophe). He denied the Jewish history of the land of Israel and he quoted with approval his terrorist predecessor Arafat. He refused to acknowledge Israels legitimate security needs. Abbass message, in sum, left little or no room for further compromise.
I also sat in the General Assembly as Israels Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered to begin negotiations with Abbas, with absolutely no preconditions, in New York, at the United Nations, that very day. He said he would come to Ramallah to negotiate with him or keep the door of his Jerusalem office open. He did not even require as a precondition to negotiations that the Palestinians acknowledge what the UN recognized in 1947namely, that Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people.
Although many in the international communities and on the editorial pages of newspapers claim that Abbas wants to negotiate a two-state solution, while Netanyahu has refused to do so, the truth was on full and open display at the General Assembly on Friday: Netanyahu wants to negotiate a peace now, whereas Abbas wants to win recognition from the United Nations before any negotiations begin. As Netanyahu put it: Lets stop negotiating about negotiating and lets just start negotiating right now.
If the Palestinians accept Netanyahus offer to negotiate a peaceful two-state solution, it will get a real state on the grounda state that Israel, the United States, and the rest of the international community will recognize. It will not be on the pre-1967 borders because the Palestinians are not entitled to such borders and because such borders are not conducive to peace, but it will be close. The Palestinians will get a viable state and Israel will get a secure state.
If, on the other hand, the UN were to reward nearly a century of Palestinian rejectionism and violence by simply turning the clock back to 1967 (or 1947), it will be encouraging more cost-free rejectionism and violence. The Palestinians must pay a price for the thousands of lives their rejectionism and violence have caused. The price must not be so heavy as to preclude peace, but it must be heavy enough to deter war.
This article originally appeared in The New Republic.
Article printed from FrontPage Magazine: http://frontpagemag.com
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“If the Palestinians accept Netanyahus offer to negotiate a peaceful two-state solution, it will get a real state on the grounda state that Israel, the United States, and the rest of the international community will recognize. It will not be on the pre-1967 borders because the Palestinians are not entitled to such borders and because such borders are not conducive to peace, but it will be close. The Palestinians will get a viable state and Israel will get a secure state.”
As long as they demand a state they get hundreds of millions of dollars from the stupid Western Governments. But if they, Heaven forbid, ever be given a State, they would have to comply with International Law that pertains to States.
They have the best of both worlds right now and they know it. The UN waits on them hand and foot, and keeps them from being made accountable to their terrorism. All they have to do is make it back over the border and they are free.
If they were given a State, Israel would have full right to respond militarily to their aggression and wipe them out. Now they can hide behind the “occupied peoples” laws and get away with murder, literally.
This is all smoke and mirrors to drum up more money from the UN and the international community. And they need it, because with the Egyptian border being held by radicals now, they have lots of new military toys to pay for.
There is only one way on earth that they would ever accept becoming a State, and that is standing on the ashes of Israel. After all, the Q’uran commands them to kill every last Jew on earth for the judgment day. Is that not what the festival of Eid means?
You can negotiate politics, but you cannot negotiate the Q’uran away. Religion is not negotiable. They are willing to lie for money, but they will never, ever give up subjugation of the Earth to Islam. That is the literal translation of Jihad. Subjugation. Holy war.
You want to see the Palestinians back down like a whipped puppy? Offer them a State.
Thanks SJackson, additional:
MEMRI, but from Imagine, the al Quaida english publication. If you’ve never read it, it’s very slick, worth taking a look. They get the message across, though Awlaki’s column won’t be there anymore. Hopefully Samir Khan who was the magazine’s brains was really killed with him.
I’ll take a look later today, thanks.