Friday, December 18, 2009
Hamas admits goal is all Palestine: Part 1: Goal versus peace
Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh declared that Hamas’ goal is to take over all of Palestine. That would include Israel.
Up to now, some Israelis talked themselves into believing that some elements in Hamas, such as Mr. Haniyeh, were moderate, just wanted the area beyond the Green Line, and would live in peace. Haniyeh’s declaration disproves it.
Nor is Abbas, head of the Palestinian Authority (P.A.) in Judea-Samaria, much better. When Ehud Olmert was Prime Minister of Israel, he offered Abbas 100% beyond the Green Line. Abbas never responded.
Over the years, Israel made a number of offers to the P.A.. The P.A. rejected or ignored them [or made war], and never made a counter-offer. Remember the hopes at Camp David, Geneva, and Annapolis?
Abbas talks about peace, but he is unwilling to recognize the legitimacy of a Jewish state in Israel [code for retaining the goal of conquering it], unwilling to demilitarize [or dismantle the terrorist infrastructure and indoctrination in bigotry, conquest, and terrorism],and unwilling to drop the demand to flood Israel with Arab descendants of refugees [so as to take over Israel, and then what do you think they would do with the Jews there].
Mr. Shavit asks, what could negotiations accomplish with such people, but he also suggests an Israeli plan [which means negotiation and the likelihood of further rejection]. Alternatively, he suggests more withdrawal (www.imra.org.il, 12/17) like the one that let Gaza turn into a terrorist base.
Why is there no indignation against the Palestinian Arabs for making war and not peace?