Op-ed by Dan Calic: Arabs have been unsuccessful in eliminating Israel militarily, but their lust to see it disappear hasn't diminished
With President Obama coming to Israel soon, let me ask what some consider a rhetorical question- do the Palestinians actually deserve a state of their own? Obama and most of the international community think they do. Yet if we take a closer look at the situation there are serious issues which should not be ignored. For example, would it be a peaceful, productive neighbor with Israel? This can best be answered by reviewing some guiding principles of the PLO and Fatah, which is the dominant political party of which Mahmoud Abbas is chairman.
From the PLO charter:
Article 19: "….establishment of the State of Israel is entirely illegal…"
Article 20: "….Jews do not constitute a single nation with an identity of its own…"
From the Fatah charter:
Article 12: "…complete liberation of Palestine, and eradication of Zionist economic, political, military and cultural existence."
Article 17: "Armed public revolution is the inevitable method to liberating Palestine."
Article 19: "The struggle will not cease unless the Zionist state is demolished, and Palestine is completely liberated."
Do these statements reflect goals of a peaceful and productive neighbor?
It's important to understand when they use the term "Palestine," it includes Israel. In other words, both organizations refuse to acknowledge Israel's existence, and see Judea and Samaria and the all the land upon which Israel exists as a single state of "Palestine." This reflects adherence to the uncompromising extremist Islamic view that any land once controlled by Muslims is seen as forever belonging to them. Abandoning the claim for said land is equal to blasphemy.
The failure to understand this by far too many has fostered unrealistic expectations of compromise by Islamist extremists. This applies to most world leaders, including President Obama.
What Obama needs to do is precisely what he will never do. That is, what he needs to do is get with the EU and place strong pressure on the Palestinian Arab leadership to come to the bargaining table for the purpose of settling final status issues, particularly the question of borders. The Palestinian Arab leadership must be made to understand that unless they agree to negotiations without preconditions and unless they are willing to accept a state for themselves in peace next to the Jewish one they will lose all American and European support, financial and otherwise.
That might do the trick. Maybe. One thing is certain, however, so long as Barack Obama continues to think that the real problem is that Jews continue to live, and thus build housing for themselves, where he does not want them to, then he can never do anything but make matters worse, which is exactly what he has been doing all along. So long as Obama is willing to give hundreds of millions of dollars to the PA, even if the PA teaches genocidal hatred toward Jews, so that Mahmoud Abbas can funnel huge sums into his private Swiss bank account, he will have no motivation for a negotiated conclusion of hostilities.
So long as Obama is willing to underwrite dictator Abbas no matter what Abbas says or does then there is no reason for Abbas to do anything but continue on his chosen path and that does not include making peace with Israel.