Israel: Frozen in a Moment

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The most recent example occurred this past “Naksa Day,” the annual Palestinian commemoration of the “Setback,” or, as it is known to Israelis, the day the Jewish state declared victory in the miraculous Six-Day War. This year, the Palestinian leadership encouraged its citizens to storm Israel’s border, resulting in fatalities. Following the self-inflicted tragedy, thousands of angry Palestinians attacked the headquarters of the Palestinian terrorist group PFLP-GC, accusing its leaders of imperiling their lives by sending them into the line of fire (granted it did not take much convincing given the opportunity to perpetrate an assault on Israel’s territorial sovereignty). The outcome: PFLP-GC terrorists opened fire on their own people, killing 14.

Then there is the Palestinian Authority. The PA’s “freedom” record is abominable. In fact, last week, the PA officially banned Palestinian journalists from reporting about the findings of the Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR), an organization that monitors rights abuses by the PA (and Hamas). In its annual report, the ICHR confirmed that Palestinians in the West Bank are subjected to an “almost systematic campaign” of human rights abuses. According to the ICHR, security forces belonging to the PA are responsible for torture, arrests and arbitrary detentions. Palestinian journalist Mustafa Ibrahim, responding to the report, affirmed that “assaults on journalists and censorship and restrictions on freedom of expression are still a dreadful nightmare [in the West Bank]. Journalists avoid covering events out of fear of being targeted or arrested by [PA] security forces.”

Accordingly, no measure of progress has been made by the Palestinian leadership to foster the normalizing pre-conditions to permit for the actualization of any of the three “pillars” of peace outlined by Mr. Netanyahu in 1996. Yet despite this overt reality, the lone Jewish state in the world is incessantly coerced by Western powers to slit its own throat by engaging in a “process” that can only be characterized as a diplomatic black hole.

The peace process is a sham, a hoax (and the joke is on Israel), a political weapon concocted by the Arab nations, and used to demonize and isolate the Jewish state. This is not conjecture, it is fact. Every moment this charade proceeds is another day that Israel’s sovereignty is jeopardized, another day that Israel loses standing in the world, another day that the Jewish people waver between what is right and wrong. Most importantly, it is another day where lives are put at risk.

Acknowledging this and changing course does not a warmonger make—it merely reflects the acceptance of reality: we tried, we got duped, time to move on.

Mr. Netanyahu himself best conveyed this point last month when he remarked to Congress: “So now here’s the question.… If the benefits of peace with the Palestinians are so clear, why has peace eluded us?” Mr. Netanyahu proceeded to answer his own question: “[Because] the Palestinians have been unwilling to accept a Palestinian state if it meant accepting a Jewish state alongside it.… Our conflict has never been about the establishment of a Palestinian state. It’s always been about the existence of the Jewish state.… They [are] simply unwilling to end the conflict.”


One can only wonder why Mr. Netanyahu, the Jewish people, and the world at large, having acquired this insight, would continue along with this deadly farce, venturing further and further down into the abyss.

Take your pick. Every one of them is ridiculous.

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