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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

'Palestinians' have 'nothing left' to offer Israel

Israel's President, Shimon Peres, made the mistake of hosting the iftar - the fast-breaking meal - for members of the 'Israeli Arab' community on Wednesday night. Peres, the 'visionary' of the 'New Middle East,' who is convinced that all the 'Palestinians' really want is to make a decent living, got a lesson in why Israel's conflict with the Arabs is not capable of peaceful resolution.
Israelis and Palestinians have never been closer to making strategic decisions than they are today, and at the end of the day, each side wants to win a little more than the other, Sheikh Abdallah Nimr Darwish, founder of the Islamic Movement, told President Shimon Peres on Tuesday. "But the Palestinians have nothing left to offer Israel," he added.

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"The Palestinians can't give up any more," said Darwish, without elaborating on what they have already ceded.

There was agreement on both sides, he said, that Israel would return to the 1967 borders, with possible exchanges of territory.

Turning to Peres, Darwish entreated the president to pressure the government into realizing that the Palestinians have given as much as they can and that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas "wants to live out his days in a free, independent state of Palestine."

Darwish said that Palestinians who are Israeli citizens were pained by the suffering of Palestinians in Gaza who live under an Israeli blockade and were "frequently subjected to intrusions into their lives by Israelis soldiers."

Although Israeli Arabs wholeheartedly support the creation of a Palestinian state, continued Darwish - whose statement was reiterated by Shawki Hatib, chairman of the Higher Arab Monitoring Committee and Science, Culture and Sport Minister Ghaleb Majadle - Israel's Arab sector should not be regarded as a security threat.

Majadle went further and asked Peres to join him in eradicating racism against Arabs. He reminded Peres that when they had presented a cup to the Betar Jerusalem soccer team, the team's coach and various "academics and other well-educated people" had refused to shake the hand of an Arab minister. "Racism against Arabs is on the rise," he said. "It's not just our problem. It's your problem."
And you thought negotiations were about both sides giving and taking, didn't you? But isn't it great that we now have a 'minister' who feels the same way?

David Ben Gurion must be rolling over in his grave.

2 Comments:

At 8:14 PM, Blogger kranky said...

Israel has no business negotiating with terrorists.

Aside from that, Israel has already offered far more than it realistically can give. Its long past time to declare negotiations as pointless and move on.

Have Gazastan declared to be 'palis' homeland, form them to be an independent country. First missile that lands is an act of war, and needs to be treated as such.

No more negotiations with terrorists. That is not negotiable.

 
At 6:45 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Shimon Peres is Israel's curse. That's why secular Israelis have become anti-Semites and break bread with Arabs who dream of exterminating Jews!

 

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