Jew-hate prevents peace / Op-ed: Palestinians so consumed with Israel hate that they are willing to give up statehood dream (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Dan Calic Published: 02.24.12, 13:48)
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Has the world gone upside down? Again and again we hear US President
Barack Obama and numerous other leaders call on Israel to make
sacrifices to help facilitate a two-state solution with the
Palestinians. But aren´t these leaders pressuring the wrong side?
For a long time, it seemed most people felt convincing Israel to
accept a Palestinian state was the biggest obstacle to the two-state
solution. However, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, against the
advice of many conservative thinkers, has stated he is willing to
accept a Palestinian state. Problem solved right? Wrong.
Wrong, because the Palestinians, whom many assumed would jump at the
chance to have their own state, are the ones preventing it from
Indeed, there is one little detail which they will not accept. It is
not the size of their potential state, nor is it an issue of
boundaries. The problem is their refusal to recognize the other
state - Israel.
For decades the Palestinians have been promoting their dignity, self-
determination and statehood. Yet as much as they say they want all
this, hatred for the Jewish state overrides having their own state.
This was confirmed once again by a recent poll where 61% of
Palestinians rejected a two-state solution.
Hatred of Israel and Jews is woven into the very fabric of
Palestinian society. The Palestinians are so consumed with it that
they are willing to give up having their own state, if it means
accepting a Jewish state of Israel. Add in the unity government
effort between Abbas´ Fatah Party and terrorist group Hamas, and the
situation becomes even bleaker.
Tiny Israel rejected
Israel is a tiny country and the only national homeland for the
Jewish people. Arabs have 22 countries in the Middle East, covering
more than five million square miles with a population of more than
300 million. Yet to allow a country the size of New Jersey to exist,
as a home for some 6-7 million Jews, is apparently so repulsive to
the Palestinians they are willing to give up their dream of statehood
rather than accept a Jewish state as their neighbor.
And so, the time has come to stop mincing words about who is to blame
for the lack of peace. When an entire population is willing to
sacrifice its dream for no other reason than the desire to destroy
its next-door neighbor it should suffer the consequences. Moreover,
these consequences should send a strong message that such vitriolic
behavior should not be tolerated.
If the Palestinians wish to be included among the civilized nations
of the world, they have a responsibility to conduct themselves
accordingly, especially when they are receiving massive financial aid
and seeking global support for statehood.
Yet as long as world leaders continue to blame Israel for the ongoing
stalemate, while turning a blind eye to the hateful agenda of the
Palestinians, peace will never be achieved. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth
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