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Saturday, December 05, 2009

What the 'Palestinians' really want

Rick Richman nails it:
The peace-partner Palestinians do not really have a negotiating position — only a set of demands to reverse history. They demand that Israel withdraw to the 1967 lines to reverse the Six-Day War (a war the Arabs caused). They demand a “right of return” to reverse the 1948 war (a war the Arabs started). They demand all of East Jerusalem — not simply the Arab neighborhoods and Muslim religious sites — to control the historic portion of the city; they concede no Jewish connection to the Temple Mount or the Western Wall.

Evelyn argued persuasively today that the goal of Hamas in its negotiations for the release of nearly a thousand Palestinian prisoners — in exchange for one Israeli soldier — is not really the release of the prisoners. A similar insight explains the absence of a Palestinian state despite 90 years of two-state offers, increasing Israeli concessions throughout the Oslo and Annapolis “peace processes,” and Netanyahu’s unsuccessful efforts to commence negotiations once again. A second state is not really what the Palestinians want — not if the cost is recognition of a Jewish one in defensible borders. What they really want is something else.


At 2:58 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

The Palestinians really want to eliminate Israel. They have never renounced that objective and don't let any supporter of the so-called two state solution tell you any different. If they truly wanted peace with Israel, there would already be peace.

At 4:29 AM, Blogger Findalis said...

A true Israeli leader would demand the Arabs get their butts off of Jewish land or they will be thrown off.

But Israel doesn't have a true leader.


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