Skip to comments.Should Israel Let the Palestinian Authority Fail?
Posted on 12/10/2012 5:01:28 AM PST by SJackson
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Should Israel Let the Palestinian Authority Fail?
Posted By P. David Hornik On December 10, 2012 @ 12:50 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 4 Comments
our people have witnessed, and continue to witness, an unprecedented intensification of military assaults, the blockade, settlement activities and ethnic cleansing, particularly in Occupied East Jerusalem, and mass arrests, attacks by settlers and other practices by which this Israeli occupation is becoming synonymous with an apartheid system of colonial occupation, which institutionalizes the plague of racism and entrenches hatred and incitement.
What permits the Israeli government to blatantly continue with its aggressive policies and the perpetration of war crimes stems from its conviction that it is above the law and that it has immunity from accountability and consequences .
Thus Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas characterized Israel in speaking to the UN General Assembly on November 29, part of his successful bid for the West Bank and Gaza to be recognized by that body as a state. His words were consistent with incendiary calumnies heaped on Israel throughout the Arab world and in much of the Muslim world.
There is, though, a difference: that it is Israel that keeps Abbas and his PA afloat. Along with the United States and the European Union, Israel gives Abbas the financial support without which his institutions would collapse. And it is Israeli security forces in the West Bank, in cooperationat least until recentlywith Abbass own security forces, that keep the West Bank from being taken over by Gaza-based Hamas.
This radical instance of biting the hand that feeds one naturally raises the question of whether Israel has to keep sustaining an entity that shows its gratitude by attacking it diplomatically and cultivating generations of hatred. The question is further sharpened by a recent escalation of anti-Israeli violence in the West Bank (see here, here, and here) amid reports that PA security forces have stopped arresting Hamas operatives there and no longer seem motivated to curb their activities in the area.
One of Israels sharper analystsProf. Efraim Inbar, director of Bar-Ilan Universitys Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies (BESA)says: enough already.
Interviewed by Israels Besheva Hebrew-language weekly (translation here) the same week that Abbas gave his General Assembly address, Inbar said he was not too upset by Abbass UN move. He explained:
The Palestinian Authority is a fictional entity. It continues to exist only because of the IDF, and if we are not there, Hamas will take over take the place. Im not sure it is right for us to continue to support the Palestinian Authority. We should let it fall apart .
Inbar went on to note that the Palestinian Authority makes claims against us runs an anti-Israel campaign all over the world educates its people toward hatred of Israel . We have to let them fail.
When the interviewer noted the concern that Hamas will take over the area, Inbar responded:
We will not allow Hamas to take over the area. We will rule . We should prepare to put up with some disturbances, and stop paying lip service to the paradigm of two states for two peoples. It simply does not work because there is no partner on the other side.
Asked whether, in terms of international law, Israel would not still be held responsible for the Palestinian population, Inbar replied:
Theres no need for us to be responsible for them. I am not prepared to be responsible for the food that comes or does not come to them. Its their problem, not ours. What, must I take care of the whole world? We left their big cities in 1996 and thats it . If they want to be nice to us then well help them, if not then we wont . Yes. There would be international pressure and we will withstand it. If the Europeans want to help them, let them help them . We should not help our enemies.
It should be noted, first, that right after Inbars interview and Abbass speech, the Netanyahu government took two measures: announcing stepped-up building plans in parts of Jerusalem and the West Bank, including the heavily contested E1 area near Jerusalem; and suspending the months transfer of tax payments to the PA, using the money instead to pay the PAs enormous debt to the Israel Electric Corporation.
Naturally, the worldwide diplomatic condemnation was unanimous and particularly nasty from Europe with its burgeoning Muslim populations and tight commercial ties with Arab states. To its credit, the Netanyahu government said it was going ahead with the measures anyway, though to what extent the building plans for E1 are just declaratory or will really be fulfilled remains to be seen.
Second, Inbars interview is not, of course, a systematic position paper and leaves some questions openparticularly whether Israels retaking full security control of the West Bank would pass the cost-benefit test. Israels security establishment has reportedly told Netanyahu such a redeployment would add some $3.15 billion to Israels annual budgetat a time when Israels fiscal discipline is the envy of most of the West and a paramount Israeli interest.
On the other hand, if the current disturbances continue and Abbass forces continue to prove useless or actively collusive with Hamas, Israel will have little choice but to crack down and this question may answer itself.
Third, barring such a scenario, Netanyahua cautious leader who faces much graver security challenges from the Syrian and, most of all, Iranian directions, and wants to get along as much as possible with a difficult occupant of the White House for another four yearsis not likely to take any drastic steps toward the PA for the time being, even if he emerges from Israels January 22 elections with a more hawkish coalition.
Still, the questions Inbar raises are acute. Israel faces a morally upside-down world where it is damned for taking military, economic, or any other steps against sworn enemies who, in turn, are coddled and excused. The question is how long, as the PA keeps biting its helping hand, Israel can engage in morally upside-down behavior.
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Yes. Next question.
Instead I think that Israel should create endless means for Paleos to emigrate. If given a chance to leave, perhaps with a one time stipend to help the move, polls indicate that many Paleos would be thrilled to no longer live under the tyranny of Hamas and Fatah.
So Israel should at least sit down and imagine 101 ways for a Paleo to leave. Israel certainly does not owe Hamas or Fatah a captive audience, which is what they have today.
The liberal Zionists I knew in the 1970s (when there were such people) didn't want to acknowledge it, but the parallels between South Africa and Israel are overwhelming. Each country began as a pioneering settlement that drew eager laborers from outside it as it began to prosper. In time, the outside laborers began to feel they had a right to run the place. Neither was from the host country. The ancestors of "South African" blacks come primarily from thousands of miles away in western and central Africa, except for the Hottentots, who are from close by, and the Bushmen, whom no one talks about, who are the earliest known inhabitants of the region.
A scattering of Moslem Arabs had a long-standing presence in the Palestine Mandate area, their ancestors having immigrated during the period of Jewish Diaspora. But there are vastly more Arabs in Israel now than at Israel's founding, and the increase is from immigration, not from neighboring areas of Palestine, but from Egypt and Arabia. Moslem Arabs moved to Israel to work. Israel, having borrowed the American idea of a "contract" rather than racially based country, allowed the Arabs citizenship rightsin contrast to the Arab countries surrounding Israel, which grant rights only through racial and religious qualification.
In this, the Arab states all resemble the new government of South Africa, which has taken the country from a meticulously defined, legally based entity under the white Afrikaners to a tribal, racially based system where spoils are owned and administered by the SWAPO "tribe" for the benefit of its ruling families. This situation, where the rule of law on which prosperity depends is disappearing in favor of this tribal parasitism, will continue until the agricultural and industrial infrastructure created by the Afrikaners decays through corruption and neglect to the point that there are no more spoils to administer, and most of the population disappears.
Israel was founded as a Jewish state, as the various Arab countries are tribally apportioned Moslem states. Israel should keep to its rule of law, stop paying a dime to the PA and let this fictional entity wither away.
This guy is a deluded idiot..and a liar.
He is just as dumb as so many of those who share his DNA. Pitiful.
The Palestinians should be deported from Israel to the new home on the Ross Sea in Antarctica. There they won’t bother anyone (except for sodomizing the wildlife) and trying to keep warm. The UN cam run the camps there.
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