Israel’s Strange “Peace Partners”

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No sooner did Israeli-Palestinian talks start up again, after an intermission of almost two years, than they got snagged again—this time by the Palestinians’ demand that Israel extend its settlement moratorium. The moratorium—a major, unprecedented concession by Israel—was instated from late November last year to late September this year. It garnered no reciprocal gesture whatsoever from the Palestinian Authority, where virulent anti-Israel incitement continued.

Instead, PA president Mahmoud Abbas finally entered talks with Israel toward the end of the ten-month West Bank building freeze, just in time to condition any further talks on its extension. This at a time when Palestinian building in the West Bank—including a whole new city, Rawabi—continues unfettered.

Various media reports give different accounts of how likely it is that the talks will resume, and the positions of the sides. The reports agree, though, that intensive U.S. efforts to rescue the talks continue—President Barack Obama having made an envisioned Israeli-Palestinian peace a central and even obsessive goal.

Of interest, then, is a newly released poll of Palestinian public opinion. It was conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, whose director is the respected Palestinian pollster Dr. Khalil Shikaki.

Among the 1270 adult Palestinian interviewees in randomly selected places in the West Bank and Gaza, 66% wanted the Palestinian side to pull out of the talks. The survey was done just after Israel’s building freeze had expired, with small-scale construction resuming in a few settlements. As many have noted, though, previous Israeli-Palestinian talks from 1992 through early 2009 were never made conditional by the Palestinians on an end to settlement construction, which continued throughout that period.

In other words, two-thirds of the Palestinians don’t share President Obama’s enthusiasm for a negotiated agreement with Israel—to the point that they don’t even want negotiations to continue.

Last August 31 four Israeli civilians, including a nine-months-pregnant mother of six, were murdered in their car by Hamas terrorists near Hebron. The attack occurred just as the Israeli-Palestinian talks were set to resume and was viewed as a protest against them.

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  • stephencuz

    "Supporters of Israel should demand that the Obama administration explain how creating a dictatorship whose population strongly backs terror, and whose leaders are likely to be terrorists, is consistent with American values and interests."
    A precise question David. Will the W.H. answer it? I think they figure they won't have to answer it. You're just a clanging cymbal. The W.H. can endure the brief scrutiny and let it die with the help of the MSM and our public attention span of a gnat.

  • Conservative Ike

    The only peace the Palestinians want is when the State of Israel is demolished and all Jews are killed. Isn't is strange there is no demand for the terrorists to stop killling Jews and for the rockets to stop before talks can continue.

    President Obama's anti-colonialism is showing. Read the book he wrote–Dreams of My Father.

    Anm Old Warrior

    • BoogiesDaddy

      That book is "Dreams FROM my Father". Big difference.

      • Guest

        doesn't matter the name – his goal is his father's dreams…

  • PAthena

    "Peace" talks between Arabs and Israel are ridiculous. There would be peace instantly if the Arabs stopped attacking Israel. The conflict is purely religious. (See Martin Gilbert's new book about Muslim antisemitism – hatred of Jews.)
    The anti-Israel, anti-Jewish crowd, has hijacked the traditional name for Jews, "Palestinian," for non-Jews, a consequence of the founding of the "Palestine Liberation Organization" by the Soviet Union and Egypt in Cairo in 1964.
    The Roman Emperor Hadrian changed the name of Judea to "Palestina" in 135 A.D. after he had defeated the last Jewish uprising under Bar Kochba. He wanted to eradicate all memory of Judea and Judaism (he outlawed Judaism). Since that time, "Palestine" became synonymous with "land of the Jews" or "the Holy Land" (since Jesus was a Jew), and "Palestinian" synonymous with "Jew." That is why the Zionists wanted the "Palestine Mandate" and why Great Britain was awarded the "Palestine Mandate" after World War I as the "homeland of the Jews."
    Israel should certainly not give up any territory, including the propaganda-named "West Bank," namely, Judea and Samaria, for a "Palestinian" state named "Palestine." It should not give up any territory it controls, in any case, for military reasons, and the Arabs, as phony "Palestinians" do not deserve yet another state. The only "Palestinians" are the Jews, with the state of Israel.

    • muchiboy

      "The only "Palestinians" are the Jews, with the state of Israel."

      Down with the Palestinians! Now you can't accuse me of any bias towards the Palestinians.Muchiboy

      • MixMChess

        "Now you can't accuse me of any bias"

        Says the Rhodesian racist….

  • Maria

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  • badaboo

    "Peace Partners " ? The term in and of itself is a farce . Peace talks are a GAME , that is played out endlessly .Hudna is all that ever will be offered by the Palestinians , and they actaully say as much freely . Temporary peace until they gain enough stregnth to destroy Israel . But the position of the U S has been to engage this game , and all the Presidents have played it to one extent or another .Truman was the only one of them who had nothing to gain in any way by his support …he cared not about the arabs nor their oil, indeed he even defied his own cabinet .

  • muchiboy

    "Supporters of Israel should demand that the Obama administration explain how creating a dictatorship whose population strongly backs terror, and whose leaders are likely to be terrorists, is consistent with American values and interests."

    We have seen this all before,governments being formed by ex terrorist,liberation types.It would be nothing new.As for America supporting dictatorships,read your own modern history and the part the CIA played in foreign interventions when it was in her interest to do so.
    One would have to question American values and interests in light of her partners involvement in the large scale ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people,crimes against humanity and war crimes.Muchiboy

    • MixMChess

      Quit with the lies… the only nation that has ethnically cleansed the Palestinians is Jordan during "black September." Of course you wouldn't know this since you only pretend to know the "history" and "facts" of the region.

  • aspacia

    This will never end until one side annihilate the other, and I hope Israel annihilates Hamas, Fatah, Hizbollah, and any other enemies.