Knowing that Fatah and Hamas will get a better deal pushing for a Palestinian state unilaterally declared by the UN rather than sitting for serious negotiation with Israel, Mahmoud Abbas, the leader of Fatah and a well-known denier of the Holocaust, has deliberately made negotiations impossible and dangerous for Israel by setting preconditions that are suicidal to Israel, conditions to which no sane Israeli government concerned about survival can yield.
Thus, Israel has been placed in a no-win situation. If it agrees to Abbas’s negotiation demands it has to relinquish historic Jerusalem, uproot almost 500,000 of its citizens from neighborhoods the Arabs demand be Juderein (free of Jews) and free of Christians, make itself unprotected against rockets that will be placed 10 feet from her borders, release from jail thousands of Muslim terrorists who will return the next day and kill Israeli men, women and children, and allow for an influx of over a million Muslims into Israel proper, who will try to kill Israelis even as they walk down the street. They will transform Israel into a Muslim state, the 58th Muslim state.
Since Benjamin Netanyahu has done the responsible thing by saying “NO” to these suicidal preconditions, Abbas and company have arranged with their European partners at the UN to disregard Israel altogether in this whole matter and simply declare a Palestinian state, and they intend to do so regardless of how it adversely harms Israel and jeopardizes world peace by emboldening the jihadists.
This is actually what most Europeans have for so long relished. In fact, they are precisely helping Abbas and collaborators manufacture this doomsday scenario so that they can do what they have always wanted – stick it to Israel and display their total allegiance to the Moslem narrative and project. Indeed, France, Sweden, Ireland, Spain and some others have already declared their intention to create a Palestinian state out of territory that many believe belongs to Israel and everyone knows was never officially Arab.
The Europeans, and just about all of the communist, Islamic, and dictatorship entities constituting the UN, will eagerly declare a Palestinian state knowing that such a unilateral declaration frees the Arab/Muslims from having to recognize Israel’s right to exist or that Israel should remain as a Jewish state, and it frees them from ever having to declare their intentions to be peaceful, co-exist and leave Israel and her people in peace. Nor will Fatah and the Muslim/Arabs have to announce they will no longer push for more territory or Israel’s destruction, once the contours of a new state are declared. Within a week after such a declaration, a new push will begin. Under a new set of Muslim grievances, they will demand more portions of Israel, until Israel is whittled down to the size of a soccer field.
That being the case, the declaration of a Palestinian State will not solve the problem or end hostilities. It will simply put the Arab nations in a better position, diplomatically and militarily, to shrink Israel. The Europeans know this. It has never been about the Palestinian Arabs as much as getting rid of Israel. In fact, Fatah’s own people, Hamas and Abbas, when speaking in Arabic to his local audience, all declare that negotiations and statehood are simply the first step in making all of Israel a Palestinian Arab state. Since Israel’s creation, such has been the intent of Arabia and the Islamic ummah, replacing Israel with a Muslim state and driving the Jews into the Sea. Nothing has changed, except now, as the Holocaust recedes from memory, the Europeans are more willing to embark on the de-legitimization of Israel, doing so under diplomatic pretenses.
The war against Israel by the Muslims and much of Europe is to a large degree rooted in centuries-old anti-Semitism that seems never to snuff-out. In fact, Hitler’s greatest ally for plans to annihilate the Jews was the Moslem Brotherhood’s Grand Mufti (Imam). Another factor working against Israel is the current, and powerful, leftwing push around the world for toppling outposts of western civilization in the name of transnational multiculturalism – not to mention the diplomatic and social victories by Islam all over the world, in making a supine West appease Islam – catapulting Islamic causes as the new civil rights litmus test for “enlightened” westerners.
Truth be told, it has little to do with territory and more to do with jihad. The Moslems have 100 times more land than tiny Israel, with unused and open spaces that could settle tens of millions of Muslims of that region. And the Arab states have the financial resources to settle their co-religionists within existing and undisputed Islamic territories. They don’t need more land.
Many have forgotten that the ruling British Empire and League of Nations carved an Arab/Palestinian state out of territory called Trans Jordan or East Palestine, now called Jordan; whereas West Palestine, from the Mediterranean to the Jordan River, was dedicated as Jewish Palestine, renamed Israel in 1948.
Unlike the Jewish Bible that mentions Jerusalem over 700 times, the Koran never mentions Jerusalem, not even once. Jerusalem is simply a location they conquered and has become, as with other places, a symbol of Islamic power and control over Judaism and Christianity. The push to drive-out Israel is all part of the on-going jihad. It is religious and ethnically motivated, and no forfeiture of land by Israel will quench the thirst of jihad, just as India’s forfeiture of so much of her territory did not stop the ongoing march by Islam against her territory, her citizens and her native Hindus.
This week, Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting in Rome with Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to discuss the hope by some Europeans to enforce on Israel, and the world, a Palestinian state, the newest and latest Islamic state. Some have suggested that Obama and Kerry are, behind the scenes, urging the Europeans to go ahead with their threats against Israel. This is a feasible conclusion in light of how the Obama administration, like the Europeans, has called for Israel to recede to its 1967 borders, the very configuration from which the Arabs attacked her in 67, and in light of how it has denounced Israel from building apartments in her own capital, Jerusalem. Like the Europeans, Obama seems to want to divide Jerusalem into east and west, as was done with Berlin. No doubt, as has been the case throughout Obama’s six years, Netanyahu will be pressured by the Obama administration, in contrast to the positive feelings for her from the House and Senate.
There has been talk of how the Obama people have been orchestrating events to make Netanyahu cast as the heavy, thereby urging Israelis to vote for his leftwing and socialist opponents in upcoming Israeli elections as a condition for the Obama administration to lay off Israel and stop fueling the European push. If Netanyahu caves, Israel will be on the road to suicide; if he doesn’t, Kerry and Obama may threaten going along with the Europeans and the UN.
To be sure, Kerry and Vice President Biden are not as antagonistic to Israel as are many in Europe. But as career politicians with an eye toward their place in history, they often fall victim to making bad deals just so they can later be written about as having “strived for peace” and having made a “peace” deal. To do this, they must engage in irresponsible wishful thinking and deny reality, all of the realities mentioned above. They place hope in treaties, any treaty, thinking that, miraculously, things will change once a treaty is forced and signed. They live in denial about the hard and soft jihad, just as the Europeans do in their own countries.
Mr. Obama is alarmingly different. At the very moment Obama is lifting sanctions against an evil empire like Iran, he is threatening sanctions against Israel if Jews build apartments in their city of Jerusalem. His worldview is quite different than most Americans. He has refused to speak to the Iranians about their human rights atrocities against their own citizens, though he is lightning-quick to condemn the slightest infractions of American citizens, and Israelis. For no good reason, he lifted sanctions against Iran and is extending it more time, endless time, to build its bombs, until it becomes a fait accompli. The Islamic narrative and goals, from A thru Z, appear to be very close to his heart, certainly more than American, western, or Israeli ones. Watch out!
Rabbi Aryeh Spero, a theologian, is author of Push Back, and president of Caucus for America.