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At a time when Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is trying to convince the Security Council that he represents a government worthy of becoming a member state of the United Nations, he remains silent as terrorist attacks continue to be launched from a Palestinian territory he is utterly incapable of controlling.
Abbas did finally bring himself to admit that the Arab world should not have rejected the United Nations’ 1947 plan to partition Palestine into a Palestinian and a Jewish state. “It was our mistake. It was an Arab mistake as a whole,” Abbas said during an interview on Israeli TV on October 28th. But then he complained that the Palestinians were still being punished for the mistake the Arabs made 64 years ago. Although Abbas now cites the UN General Assembly partition resolution (Resolution 181) as a legal basis for his bid for Palestinian state membership status in the United Nations, he is perpetuating the same mistake made by the Arabs back in 1947. He refuses to recognize the right of a “Jewish State” to exist side-by-side with an Arab state, which is central to the partition resolution he only selectively adopts today.
The Palestinians continue to demand all of the rights and privileges of statehood without assuming any reciprocal responsibilities. For example, while insisting on the pre-1967 lines as the recognized international border with Israel, the Palestinians also demand that pre-1967 Israel be flooded with millions of Palestinians exercising their so-called “right of return.” That is like neighbor A insisting that neighbor B strictly abide by the terms of a disputed surveyed line while neighbor A gets to move his huge extended family into neighbor B’s house.
The Palestinians’ alleged right of self-determination to live in a state of their own choosing cannot be at the expense of the Jewish people’s own right of self-determination to live in a state of their own choosing. The Israelis do not deny the right of the Palestinians to a state based on their own Islamic beliefs, so long as those beliefs do not include the continuation of a violent jihad against Israel. But the Palestinians continue to deny Israel the guarantees of security to live as Israelis wish to live – in a Jewish state – which would be completely undermined by the Palestinians’ continued insistence on their bogus “right of return.”
Before the Security Council proceeds to a final decision on the Palestinians’ application for UN member state status, it should respond affirmatively to Israeli Ambassador Prosor’s plea to “act with a common purpose against the escalating violence flowing from Gaza” and to condemn continued Palestinian terrorism against innocent Israeli civilians. Ambassador Prosor has put the Security Council and the Palestinians on notice. There will be “serious consequences for continued rocket fire,” he said. “Israel has exercised and will continue to exercise its right to self-defense, as appropriate, and will take all necessary measures to protect its citizens.”
If the Security Council puts its head in the sand as expected, it will bear full responsibility for the consequences.
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