NY Times in dreamland about the Palestinians (AMERICAN THINKER) Leo Rennert / Blog 04/04/12)
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New York Times columnist Tom Friedman has come up with a new
brainstorm to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. To allay
Israeli security concerns, the Palestinians, he writes, must couple
non-violent resistance with their own map for a two-state
solution. "Just calling for an ´end to occupation´ won´t cut it," he
advises The map, he explains, would demonstrate that Palestinians
are ready to settle for 95 percent of the West Bank and all Arab
neighborhoods of East Jerusalem ("A Middle East Twofer," page A19,
However, Friedman seems to overlook the fact that he´s merely
recycling the two-state map that Bill Clinton and then-Prime Minister
Ehud Barak offered Yasser Arafat in 2000 and 2001 -- a map
immediately rejected by Yasser Arafat. Friedman also seems to have
forgotten that such a map again was offered to the Palestinians more
recently, in 2008, by then-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert - again a map
immediately repudiated by Mahmoud Abbas. In fact, Olmert even went
one better on Friedman by throwing in a huge sweetener for the
Palestinians -- internationalization of Jerusalem´s religious shrines
under a consortium in which the Palestinians, Jordan and Saudi Arabia
would be represented.
Also overlooked by Friedman is that Abbas and Palestinians have been
brandishing a completely different map of their own -- a map that
leaves no room whatsoever for Israel. It´s a map that projects a one-
state solution -- a Palestinian state -- from the Jordan River to the
Mediterranean Sea. Never mind Hamas´s up-front objective to
eliminate Israel. The Palestinian Authority´s agenda reaches the
same objective. And its desired borders infuse PA textbooks, media,
sermons and other types of propaganda.
To this end, Abbas conducts an all-out global campaign to
delegitimize Israel by erasing all Jewish historical ties to the Holy
Land. The latest such anti-Israel propaganda piece was disseminated
by the Palestinian Authority during Holy Week -- a contention that
Moses really was a Muslim who led a Muslim Exodus from Egypt. Under
Abbas, Jews aren´t even entitled to their Passover.
In an apt parallel, Friedman´s fantasy world, which abets such
Palestinian myths, is also inhabited by Times correspondents in the
paper´s news pages. Witness two "news" articles in the same March 4
Writing about Israeli government plans to evict Jewish settlers from
a house they bought in Hebron, correspondent Isabel Kershner provides
her own history of Hebron --- a history that fails to mentions Jews
or Jewish. ("Netanyahu slows eviction of Settlers From a House" page
"Hebron is a hotly contested city where several hundred Jewish
settlers live among almost 200,000 Palestinians," Kershner
writes. "The house in question is near the Cave of the Patriarchs,
where Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and their wives, the biblical matriarchs,
are said to be buried. The site is revered by Muslims and Jews and
has been fought over for centuries."
Note that Kershner uses "biblical" instead of "Jewish" so as to give
Muslims as much of a claim to Hebron as Jews may have. When it comes
to revering the Cave of the Patriarchs, Kershner even puts Muslims
ahead of Jews.
Kershner´s history fails to point out that Hebron is the site of the
oldest Jewish community in the world. In addition to the Cave of the
Patriarchs, Hebron is where King David was anointed and reigned for
seven years before heading to Jerusalem. Jews lived in Hebron for
centuries until 1929 when an Arab pogrom murdered 67 Jews and drove
all other Jews out of Hebron, Judaism´s second holiest city.
Hebron´s Judenrein status was short-lived, however. Israel captured
the city in the 1967 war.
None of this interests Kershner or appears in her article.
Pro-Palestinian spin also infuses an article by correspondent Marlise
Simons about the International Criminal Court tossing out a
Palestinian charge that Israel committed "war crimes" during its
three-week counter-terrorism offensive in Gaza in late 2008. The
court held that it can only deal with parties that have attained
statehood ("Court Rejects Palestinians In Their bid For a Tribunal"
Simons´ article is laced with sympathy for the Palestinians´ latest
failure to get statehood recognition. "Some groups still express
hope that a prospective Palestinian state can take its case to the
court because it has found few places to seek justice," Simons writes.
What Simons fails to acknowledge is that the Palestinian idea
of "justice" leaves Israel with none at all.
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