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Despite all the hype, the majority of Arab-Muslims in the West Bank and Gaza have no strong feelings about the statehood bid at the UN and the majority do not think that it will bring a state into being. A UN vote is not their endgame, the stones and the trees of the Hadith are.
It is impossible to understand the conflict without seeing it through the eyes of the Koran. There is no room for a permanent peace agreement with non-Muslims in Islamic theology. Such agreements are temporary measures until the “greater goal” of destroying them and subsuming their lands into the Ummah is achieved.
For the Muslim believer, the conflict with Israel is one phase of an apocalyptic struggle that began in 7th century Saudi Arabia and will conclude in the end times. And the vast majority of Muslims in the region are believers in that long struggle that will eventually end when Islam rules over the entire world.
While Israel and the West see hope for an agreement, the other side sees only one phase in a prolonged war. It doesn’t really matter what Israel puts on the table– the other side expects to get everything anyway because Allah promised it to them.
How do you negotiate peace with members of a genocidal belief system that permits deceit in pursuit of its goals? You make offers to them; they accept your concessions and continue the violence. That is what nearly two decades of negotiations have looked like. Across the administrations of three presidents, five Israeli prime ministers and two Palestinian Authority leaders– the same story has repeated itself again and again.
Those numbers hold their own clue. America and Israel change governments, but the PA’s leaders only leave when they die. The same poll cited before showed that Palestinian-Arabs don’t see themselves as part of the Arab Spring. Seventy-four percent agreed that they are not part of the Arab Spring revolutions. Sixty-four percent worry that the revolutions will bring instability to their territory. Fifty-nine percent disagree that the revolutions offer them new opportunities, and 47 percent disagree that they offer strong positive examples for change at home.
That brings us back to Hmeid, once imprisoned for beheading Arabs, now imprisoned for murdering Jews– and to the nature of what a Palestinian state really is. It’s not aspirational or democratic; it’s a giant refugee training camp for the next generation of cannon fodder in the genocidal wars of Islam.
The Palestinian Muslims have always recognized that there can be no end to the conflict as long as Israel continues to exist. Poll after poll has told the same story, the tale of a permanent war whose blood and charred metal is scattered across the sand and dust. UN statehood is just another phase in a long war which ends in mass murder. The Muslim world howls for genocide and the ranks of the US- and EU-funded militias, the Iranian-funded thugs and the rest of their ilk, are the cunning tools that they have selected for the task.
The state of Palestine is a state of war. The state of war will not end at the UN or the negotiating table. It will only end when the Muslim world stops believing that it has a right to kill in the name of its religion.
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