The snippet below was written by Khaled Abu Toameh and Tovah Lazaroff for the Jerusalem Post:
US Secretary of State John Kerry’s plan to resume peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority calls for a cessation of settlement construction outside settlement blocs in the West Bank and the release of 103 Palestinian prisoners, the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper reported on Saturday.In other words, the local Arabs are so oppressed that they need Israeli inducements to negotiate their own freedom and autonomy. I have to say, I have never heard of an oppressed people who need to be persuaded to accept release from their own oppression.
According to the paper, the plan calls for economic development in the Palestinian territories in three phases.
It is a very odd thing, indeed.
Before the allegedly oppressed local Arabs are willing to negotiate their freedom Israel must give them a variety of presents according to the Obama administration. Israel must stop building housing for Jewish people on historically Jewish land. Israel must hand over a bunch of imprisoned thugs and murderers. And the west needs to give the local Arabs billions of dollars in economic assistance.
And all that is just to induce them to agree to negotiate a state for themselves.
One would think that if the local Arabs were as oppressed and persecuted as they constantly tell us they are that they might not need any inducement whatsoever to agree to their own autonomy. I feel reasonably certain that, for example, the Tibetans would need no inducements at all to agree upon the withdrawal of the Chinese from their country and the reestablishment of home rule.
They would not need to be bribed into negotiating the details of their own freedom.
And, excuse me, but I do not see where the historical record shows that anyone offered the Jews anything to accept our freedom within a Jewish state in November of 1947.
The reason that the local Arabs need to be bribed to even negotiate a state for themselves in peace next to the Jewish one is because that is not what they want. If they wanted a state for themselves in peace next to Israel then they might have accepted such an offer in 1937 or 1947 or 1967 or 2000 or 2008, but in each and every case they rejected such an offer.
What is it do you suppose that they really want?