Watchmen from Jerusalem, Issue 3, 2011
Just say "No!" to a Palestinian State
An editorial in the JP, expressed the dangerous situation Israel could be facing this coming fall.
The Palestinians have been wildly successful at garnering international recognition of 'Palestine' and are expected to appeal to the UN Security Council and/or the non-binding General Assembly in September to recognize such a state within the June 4, 1967 'borders.' This is a geographic area of tremendous historic importance to Jews that covers not only Judea, Samaria and Gaza, but also large swathes of Jerusalem, including the Western Wall… In the world of the UN, half-million Israelis who live in these areas could … find themselves not merely considered 'occupiers,' but also, apparently, violators of Palestinian sovereignty.("Zionist diplomacy," JP Editorial, 5 Apr. 2011)
The PA leadership habitually puts road blocks in the path of peace that hinder most Israelis from saying "Yes." The biggest road block is the 'right of return' of the 1948 Arab 'refugees' and their descendents. Abbas said,
The Palestinian leadership will never give up the right of return … because the homeland is our final destination.
Then there is Jerusalem, God's
burdensome stone (Zech. 12:3), of which, Abbas said,
we will never accept a Palestinian state without Jerusalem as its capital. ("Abbas: Every Palestinian Should See Palestine," Palestinian News & Info Agency, 14 May 2011)
Another road block is the PA denial of Jewish history. On Israel's Independence Day, called the Nakba - the "Catastrophe" - by the Palestinians, Abbas
denied that the Jews have a history in the Land of Israel and claimed a fictitious 9000 year-old Palestinian history dating back to 7000 BCE… He also said,
Oh, Netanyahu, you are incidental in history; we are the people of history. We are the owners of history.
This version of history
is a brazen distortion of known facts. Judean/Israeli history in the Land of Israel dates back 1000s of years, is documented by ancient Jewish and non-Jewish sources, and corroborated by numerous archeological finds, yet no one
other than Palestinians have claimed there was an ancient Palestinian history, and there isn't any reference to a Palestinian-Arab nation in antiquity… The Quran refers to the people of Israel and even the destruction of the Temple [Sura 17], but not to the Palestinians. (PMW: "Abbas to Netanyahu: 'You are incidental in history'," IMRA, 24 May 2011)
A JP editorial confirming the above, said the PA has
not prepared its people for peace with Israel. Incitement against Israel's very legitimacy has gone on unabated. And too many Palestinians, indulged by the international community, still harbor hopes that millions of refugee descendants will…be allowed to overwhelm Israel demographically…
Would it be wise under these circumstances, when instability and Islamist fervor is sweeping the region, to create a 22nd Arab state that would likely only add to this instability? ("Stop the spoiling," JP Editorial, 23 June 2011)