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“With this video, the Israeli government has left no doubt on its pro-conflict agenda. Now the international community knows the Israeli government is committed to denying the Palestinian people their inalienable right to self-determination and on continuing their illegal and colonial enterprise in the occupied Palestinian territory.”
These are the words of chief Palestinian “negotiator” Saeb Erakat, in response to an Israeli-made educational video (cartoon) featuring deputy foreign minister Danny Ayalon, which provides an accurate account of Israel’s legal acquisition of territories in Judea and Samaria during its defensive war of 1967, and subsequent (ongoing) inability to graciously hand over to the Palestinians the vast majority of these lands, in accordance with UN resolution 242.
According to Erakat, however, the movie depicts “an official representing the State of Israel present[ing] a cynical and falsified account of history and international law.”
Needless to say, Erakat presents no alternative historical “narrative” (lie) to counter the film’s undeniable claims, but rather reflexively condemns Israeli “intransigence and illegal settlement activity in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem.” In doing so he provides yet another baseless Arab “sound bite” to delegitimize the Jewish State in the eyes of people who will certainly not find the time to view the movie for themselves.
So exactly what are the falsities of which Erakat speaks?
Mr. Ayalon summarizes the 6-minute video as follows:
“Israel’s presence in the West Bank is the result of a war of self-defense. The West Bank should not be considered occupied because there was no legal sovereign in the area [when Israel captured the territories]. Therefore, the real definition should be disputed territory.… That is why the presence and construction of Israeli settlements in the West Bank should not be considered illegal.”
Ironically, these are not uniquely Mr. Ayalon’s opinions: “They are based on the conclusions made by world-renowned jurists like Professor Eugene Rostow, Justice Arthur Goldberg, and Stephen Schwebel, who headed the International Court of Justice.”
Apparently, though, Erakat believes that these great legal figures were also part of the Zionist conspiracy to “steal” Palestinian land.
The point is that when truths are conveyed as falsities—as they are by the Palestinian leadership to the Palestinian populace and the world at large—there is no chance whatsoever of fostering the preconditions necessary to forge an Israeli-Palestinian “peace.”
Without truth, there is no reason, the inevitable outcome of which is lawlessness.
The Israeli-Palestinian saga is a consequence of this chaos, the product of “rational” (Israel) attempting to placate “irrational” (Palestinians). How on Earth is common ground to be found when confronted by a people that are fully comfortable with distorting history?
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