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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Why must 'Palestine' be judenrein?

Jonathan Tobin comments on the JPost interview with Moshe (Boogie) Yaalon that I blogged in the wee hours of Sunday morning (the full interview is to appear in Monday's JPost).
The reason why Palestinians insist that all Jews must leave their future state is because they do not recognize the legitimacy of Israel or the Jewish presence anywhere in the land. And Palestinian political culture is so steeped in violence and hatred of Jews and Israel that it is literally impossible to believe that Jews, even if they behaved like Quakers, could live in a Palestinian state.

Moreover, Ya’alon’s point about the example of Gaza is telling. Removing every Jew from Gaza didn’t satisfy the Palestinians there. Not only did the Palestinians burn the synagogue buildings and the tomato greenhouses left behind by the Israelis for them to use, they immediately began to use that land for launching terrorist missile attacks inside of Israel. So long as the Arabs still view the conflict as zero-sum game in which the goal is to remove or kill every Jew, territorial withdrawals won’t bring peace. If the Palestinian vision of peace — even the vision articulated by so-called moderates like Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas — is predicated on ridding the land of Jews rather than embracing coexistence, then there will be no peace.
How many people in the US can't understand that? (Obama understands it fully well - he wants to create a 'Palestinian state' and doesn't care - or worse - that it will attempt to destroy the Jewish state).


At 9:21 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

I'm still curious about something. Did I read somewhere that the people outside the green line are willing to be citizens under a Palestine govt, if the "talks" ever resulted in an ok security arrangement? (Of course, I know that is not likely...) The "judenrein" issue actually stops in their tracks the people who just "know" what the ultimate answer is... like when women start being oppressed again in Afghanistan or Iraq with $$US re-instituting their dark ages set up. It does create a silence and stuttering in the (non)conversation.

At 10:32 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

There is the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Two nations living side by side in peace with each other. But people in both countries are intermarried, they share a common faith and a similar cultural experience. That more than compensates for their speaking slightly different languages. There is no such commonality between Jews and Palestinians on ANY level. So how do you want to create co-existence where no basis for it exists? The Palestinians do not want to create their own homeland; they want to destroy the one the Jews have. That is why there is no such thing as an authentic Palestinian nationalism. And that is why a peace deal today looks very far away, indeed.


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