Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Peace Process Two-Step (Updated)

Michael L.

{Cross-posted at News and Views From Jews Down Under.}

In a piece entitled, Is Kerry Precipitating Another Intifada?, by Jonathan Tobin over at Commentary, he writes:
But not everyone is taking the talks that were forced upon the parties by Secretary of State John Kerry as a total non-event. Yuval Diskin, a former head of Israel’s Shin Bet security agency, is claiming that the net result of the slow-motion failure of Kerry’s attempt to create momentum for peace when virtually no one thought the time was propitious could be another outbreak of violence.
My prediction was (and remains) that the talks will fail and with that failure will come Arab violence against Jews and with that violence will come the condemnation of Israel by the US government under Barack Obama, the EU, the UN, and the entirety of the Muslim states.  This condemnation will be grounded in race-hate toward Jews because it will be based on the idea that Jews should not be allowed to live, and thus build housing for themselves, in Judaea and Samaria.

The notion that Jews should not be allowed to build housing for themselves within the Jewish heartland has become an idée fixe by many who concern themselves with this matter, including those partners in crime, Abbas and Obama.

The idea of "settlement freeze" will be used by the Palestinian Authority as an excuse for either walking out of the talks, or for the failure of the talks, despite the fact that throughout the entire Oslo process, under Clinton, Jews continued to build housing for themselves on that land and the PA, at that time, did not allow such building to prevent negotiations.  Although United States policy has generally been in opposition to the settlement project since 1967, it was only under Obama that it became a deal-breaker entirely.  The reason for this, as we have gone over ad nauseum, is because once Obama turned it into a requirement, Mahmoud Abbas could do nothing less.

This remains Barack Obama's primary screw-up on the Arab-Israel conflict and it came right out of the gate.  Obama wrecked whatever little potential there may have been for a deal and continues to compound the very problem that he created at the beginning of his tenure.

Nonetheless, it has to be understood that Obama put forth this counterproductive and racist policy because his Jewish advisers were in favor of it, which is why I consider him the Accidental anti-Semite.  No one, for example, is a bigger supporter of Israel than is Alan Dershowitz, but Dershowitz opposes the so-called "settlements" and he has made his beliefs very clear to president Obama.  Dershowitz is, in my estimation, a man to be admired, but this does not mean that he is incapable of being wrong.  I, also, for a long time opposed settlement activity because I believed that the Arabs were not only serious about a negotiated conclusion of hostilities within a two-state solution, but that Israel was primarily at fault for the conflict to begin with.

I have since learned better.

Thus, if you want to find the true source of the current impasse, look no farther than the people sitting across from you on any given Passover seder, because many of them agree with Obama that Jews should be allowed to live over here, but not over there, and that those of us who choose to live in the wrong place are the true obstacles to peace in the region between Arabs and Jews.

In my opinion they can be forgiven for taking up this toxic and racist view toward their own people because for a very long time, during the Oslo process, we thought that peace might be in the offing if Israel were to show good will by making concessions, but this has turned out not to be the case.  Israel can handover every single Arab murderer in Israeli prisons to the Palestinian Authority, where they will be hailed as heroes, but this will not bring us even one step closer to peace.  Israel can carve up Jerusalem and give the Old City to the Arabs while contracting to what Abba Eban called the "Auschwitz Borders," but that will not bring about peace, either.

There is only one real way to ease the conflict and that is to shut off the spigot.  The war against the Jews in the Middle East is financed by the west and, in some measure, by Israel, itself.  Orchestrated violence and the creation and dissemination of propaganda cost money and it is "Palestinian" violence and propaganda that keeps the conflict against the Jews going, decade upon decade.  If the west was honestly interested in ending the conflict they would focus pressure not on the victims of the conflict, which is the Jewish minority, but the perpetrators of the conflict, which is the much larger Arab majority.

When that day comes we'll know that the west is serious about peace, but that day will not come anytime soon.  The reasons for that are political, financial, and ideological.  So, in the mean time, the Jews of the Middle East will have to endure this never-ending aggression against them.

All that we can do is stand up to the best of our abilities.

That is all.


And right on cue, we get this:
Abbas: Israel will be responsible for any failure of talks

Palestinian President says if peace talks fail, Israel will be to blame, backs UN's demand that Israel stop settlement construction
Israel should cease to recognize the Palestinian Authority because the PA is nothing but the PLO in a necktie.

Nothing good will come from legitimizing this anti-Semitic organization.  All that will result is that the European Union and the Obama administration will use PA intransigence as a weapon against the Jews of the Middle East.

There are no good options, here, but the best option is to probably withhold any Israeli recognition of the PA, entirely.  Such a move would upset the apple cart, that much is certain, but perhaps the apple cart is in need of upsetting.


  1. A documentary:


    "The video dispels certain myths concerning the origin of the name 'Palestine' and of the 'Arab Palestinians.' It documents that the 'Arab Palestinians' are in fact mostly from other places, and migrated to what is now Israel at the same time as the Zionist Jews, many of them because of the economic boom that the Zionist Jews produced in what was then British Mandate Palestine. The Zionist Jews did not steal the 'best' land from Arab landowners but in fact purchased abandoned desert and swamp land from absentee Arab landlords who were quite eager to sell. This was explained by Hajj Amin al Husseini himself. Husseini, father of the Palestinian movement, launched his fourth terrorist attack against the Jews of the Mandate in 1936-39. The violence was so great that the British sent a team to investigate. When questioned, Husseini admitted that the Zionist Jews had not stolen anybody's land but in fact had bought it. In fact, Husseini had been among the major consolidators and sellers of land, and growing tremendously rich by it."

    1. Thanks, Dan.

      I intend to post that video to the front page sometime later today or tomorrow.

    2. http://israelmatzav.blogspot.ca/2011/11/mufti-tells-truth-arabs-sold-land-to.html

  2. Succeed? Fail? First off you have to establish there's an empirical difference between the two. Then you have to establish whether you can recognize and distinguish it. For the Oslo Process to 'succeed' it only has to say it hasn't failed yet. Beyond that there are no workable criteria. If talks end is that bad? If talks go on for 30 years is that better? If Arabs only murder Jewish children with rocks and not antitank missiles that's an improvement? If Abu Mazen steals only a billion Euros more that's progress toward self sufficiency? If Livni only offers up a third of Jerusalem to the Arabs on the promise that they won't demand the rest of it for a year or two a way forward?

    Diskin's comment sounds like it's right but it might not be though. Dragging out this talking nonsense like it means anything might embolden the Arabs to start another war. It's hard to tell what might. Anything could. But mighten a bigger danger be deluding ourselves that if in 2 more years the Arabs make people-noises that they've finally come around and if Israel responds to it only of course to see them destroy it all like they always do, or worse, revert to some kind of civil war in the wake of Abu Mazen's death be even worse. All those clucking about 'confidence building'. I should think WE need to see them demonstrate some confidence building measures that they're even capable of acting like a semi-civilized nation which is outwardly responsible for its own welfare and actions and that it has the barest semblance of self control. Or not. Or it's a sham and it's waste of time and effort but a waste of time and effort we can all play make believe with. A few weeks ago there was it looked a public outcry in Israel about releasing more free-range mass murdering psychopaths from prison. But that's likely to occur again anyway. And there will more Arab parades and celebrations that yet another mass murderer of children is freed with probability that he'll do it again. You know what my confidence building measure would be? I'd like to see them reassemble and reanimate one of those monsters after we cut him up on a band saw into 8 different parts. If they could do that, I'd be confident they mean business. Or if they grabbed a bunch of people off their own streets for killing each other and stuffed their heads on pikes somewhere public in Ramallah. That would gain my confidence. Or if they used a school for teaching children not bomb building. And so forth.

    But on it goes and the creature the Arabs created, this thing called the 'palestinian' movement or whatever is a monster in the truest sense. No one can deal with it no one wants to. They built this mutant freak with some simple instructions consisting of "never stop killing never stop resisting never agree never haggle never talk never never never never' and we're supposed to be shocked that none of them know how to do anything else. This truly IS their religion, their faith. It is their sole singular view of the world. It is the platform upon which all other beliefs thoughts and actions rest. They can no more abandon it than they can abandon Islam. It is what is. Perhaps what Israel needs to do is rip a page from the Arabs and the UN and declare henceforth a 'The Israeli Permanent Committee for the Final Arab Surrender.' that's its formal name and see what happens.

    1. OK, Trudy!

      The jig is up!

      "I'd like to see them reassemble and reanimate one of those monsters after we cut him up on a band saw into 8 different parts. If they could do that, I'd be confident they mean business."

      You saw American Horror Story: Coven, episode 2, entitled "Boy Parts."

      You did, didn't you?!

      You can't fool me, Trudy!

    2. You know, I've seen 1 ep of that - didn't like it. But my youngest is a big big fan. He's always trying to sell us on it

    3. Laurie and I are starting to get into the third season, without having seen either the first or the second.

      In the last episode, which we saw last night, the witches actually do reassemble and reanimate a man made from different parts, much like Frankenstein's monster.

      A coincidence, I suppose.