Peace Process Lies

David Meir-Levi writes and lectures on Middle East topics, until recently in the History Department of San Jose State University.


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Most of FrontPage Magazine’s readers already know that U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta yelled at the wrong guy in early December, 2011, when he scolded Netanyahu with his misplaced adjuration: “just get to the damn table.”  But it will still be useful to take a quick look at the many times that Israeli leaders have invited Arab leaders to that “damn table” and have been rebuffed, in word and in deed, by Arab leaders.

For a summary of the 31 times since 1937 that Arab leaders have not only refused Israeli offers of peace, but have responded with war, terrorist attacks, and threats of genocide and annihilation, see two earlier articles by the present writer, here and here.

Over the past few years, there has emerged a new and different pattern that, while obvious and transparent, has not made much of an impression on Secretary Panetta or other of the USA’s or EU’s spokespersons.

This new pattern is:  PA President Mahmoud Abbas creates pre-conditions for negotiations that he knows Israel cannot accept.  Then he refuses to join in negotiations that are open-ended and without pre-conditions.  Then he blames Israel for its refusal to agree to his unacceptable pre-conditions.  Then Western leaders and journalists blame Israel for the “log jam” in negotiations.

In June 20091, shortly after he formed his coalition government, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called publicly for direct negotiations toward a two-state solution.  A PA spokesperson, speaking on behalf of President Abbas, declared the PA’s refusal to respond to Netanyahu’s invitation.

In November, 2009, Israel implemented its 10-month “settlement” construction freeze as a compromise response to US President Obama’s demands and called upon Abbas to join him “in meaningful peace negotiations…that will finally end the conflict.”  Abbas again rejected Netanyahu’s invitation, first insisting that he would wait until the construction freeze was over before he would consider joining Netanyahu in negotiations; but then, when the 10-month freeze drew to an end, he threatening that he would not meet with Netanyahu unless the Israeli prime minister continue the freeze and extend it to include East Jerusalem, which had been excluded from the original freeze agreement.

In February 2011, Netanyahu again called for a resumption of negotiations, and made some goodwill gestures to enhance the Palestinian economy.  Not only did Abbas rebuff these gestures, but he announced his intention to side-step negotiations with Israel and take his case for Palestinian statehood to the UN despite President Obama’s objections.

In May 2011, Netanyahu again offered to restart negotiations for a two-state solution and promised significant territorial concessions.  Abbas ignored Netanyahu, President Obama, and even the loss of $200 million in American aid; and instead he wrote his infamous op-ed essay in the New York Times in which he promised that even when “Palestine” becomes the 194th state in the UN, the conflict would not be over. The new state of “Palestine,” once it became the 194th member of the UN’s family of nations, would pursue political avenues of redress against Israel at the UN, the International Court of Justice and other human rights milieus.

In September 2011, at his speech before the UN General Assembly, Netanyahu renewed his invitation to Abbas.  Abbas refused the offer and instead pressed on with his ultimately unsuccessful attempt at UN recognition of a Palestinian state.

Even Netanyahu’s “economic peace” plan of September 2009, that would have helped return the West Bank to the economic prosperity that it enjoyed during most of the pre-Oslo era from 1967 to 2004, was summarily dismissed by Abbas because it demanded that the PA put a stop to terror attacks emanating from the West Bank.  Abbas rejected it, saying that: “We refuse to be security agents for Israel.”  In other words, the PA prefers to tolerate, and therefore encourage, terror attacks against Israel rather than engage in cooperation with Israel that will economically benefit the Arabs of the West Bank.

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  • Alvaro

    The talks are merely a way for the PA to get money and concessions for free. They have no interest in peace and will not rest until Israel is wiped off the map.

    There is really only one civilized part in this conflict.

  • StephenD

    Israel should turn the tables. Offer "peace" with their own pre-conditions for the made up people called "Palestinians." Remove all calls for hatred from their textbooks. Denounce all acts of violence against Israel. Remove their call for genocide from their Charter. Petition all the other states in the area from which this "people" came; Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Etc. When the other countries award citizenship to them Israel will begin again to do the same. In other words, stop allowing them to be citizens until then. There are some steps Israel can take that seem to be tacitly approved by these "others." Hell, they may actually be admired for it.

  • hammar

    There will never be peace……with the invented people, and the never ending hatred
    that spews out of the invented phony islam book. Pray only to Christ the Lord.

  • mrbean

    Palestinians are Muslims. Muslims don't want to be tolerant, they don't want allies, they don't want to assimilate, they want to kill all the Jews and destroy Israel. Useful idiot Dhimmis who support the farve of a peave process just want no conflict and the alligator to eat them last. Muck the Palestinian and Hamas Fuzzlims! Kill 'em all, wrap 'em in their prayer rugs and put 'em all in piles, burn 'em all using pork grease for a starter, and let Allah sort 'em out. The Palestinians do not deserve to have a UN and USA sanctioned terrorist state of their own.

  • Abdul

    It takes two to make peace, but only one to prevent peace. The Moslems can never make peace with Israel because their Koran and their prophet prohibit it. This is NOT a "Palestinian-Israeli" conflict, and it is not an "Arab-Israeli" conflict. The nature of the conflict over Israel is that the conflict is an Islamic religious war against the Jews, just like the Hamas Charter says. Not a single Moslem country recognizes Israel's right to exist in any borders.

  • Ghostwriter

    Somehow,I'm not surprised by this either.

  • NotaBene

    This conflict is, for the Israelis, the goose that lays the golden eggs. Why would they want to end it? Peace is the absolute worst thing that could ever happen to Israel.

    • JEM

      Only the blind and deceived would say that Israel does not want peace, but somehow the invented peoples want peace. The truth is the reverse. Arab/Islamic aggression against the Palestinian Jews and Israel has been going on since before 1948 and continues. The bottom line is that the existence of Israel is an affront to Islam. Until people see that this whole conflict resolves itself into a conflict between the god of this world and the God of the Bible they will never understand what is actually happening. Behind the facade of leftist progressivism and the Islamic supremacy movement is the same god. Who will get to build the utopian world order is the big question for the earth dwellers. God has His own plans. He will be revealed in relation to the nation of Israel in the end. It would be wise to prepare ourselves.

      • NotaBene

        You get right on that.

      • WilliamJamesWard

        The invented peoples do not want peace but piece, a piece of this and a piece
        of that and not being satisfied want it all no matter what even though they
        are uninvited guests on Israeli land………………………………….William

    • Junkie

      The Israelis can't end it. If they lay down their weapons they will be wiped out. It is that simple.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    We give American tax dollars to the Palestinians, this is past blunder, past vile,
    it is and evil self destructive act and aids in the killing of Israelis. Why should
    the American public pay for increasing the despicable and murderous agents
    of evil in the world. It can only mean that evil and vile persons are in charge
    of our affairs and if we do not change that fact we are going to reap what
    we sow………………………………………………………William

  • Ron Carnine

    The so-called "Palestinians" (Arabs) should never be given US taxpayers money. Of the billions they've been given, how much went to help their people. Arafat left a several million dollar estate. He never did honest work a day in his rotten life. He just pocketed as much US money as he could. He didn't help his people at all. Some of the money lines the pockets of the leadership and the rest they spend on weapons. They should be given nothing by the Israelis, they have given (offered) enough. Let the Arab countries take them in, if they will.

  • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

    David Meir-Levi is an Israel Firster and should be deported.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      Flipside is and infidel and should be beheaded, get you to a Mosque for
      justice Flippie, do it now, give us a heads-up……………………William

    • ziontruth

      Flipscum is a pro-Islam traitor and should be tried for and charged with treason against his country.

      • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

        Actually, I am not pro-Muslim at all. I am neither pro-Zionist nor pro-Muslim. Also, it’s not treason to not give a squirt about Muslims or Jews. And how is a foreigner going to accuse me of treason against my own country?

        • ziontruth

          "Actually, I am not pro-Muslim at all."

          You protest, huh? Yet you deny pro-Israel Americans their right to protest your accusation of dual loyalty. You are hypocritical scum, that's what you are!

          "And how is a foreigner going to accuse me of treason against my own country?"

          Fair game the moment you accuse pro-Israel Americans of dual loyalty. When you as good as declare war, expect it to be waged.

          • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

            You can complain all you want about the accusation of dual loyalty. The Zionist scam is to complain loudly that they are being hit with every historical canard as they EMPLOY every historical canard. Schizos! Yes. You think two things at once. You think 1) If they accuse us of it, let's do it. That will show them. And 2) How dare they accuse us, the Noble Jews of anything.

            So, you will always be caught doing the same thing: Trying to be the Pig describes in the Protocols while wailing that you are being slandered by the Protocols. The reason you will never escape this scenario is because it is passive aggressive. Like your DEPENDENCY on Muslims, you have a DEPENDENCY on anti-semites.

            If you were a normal person, you might be able to craft a worldview that didn't require a villain. You are certainly welcome to have your idiotic worldview, but do not expect to rope all of America into your private racist beef against Muslims. You aren't liked well enough to gain the allegiance.

          • ziontruth

            "You can complain all you want about the accusation of dual loyalty."

            I'm not complaining, I'm accepting it for the license it is to fire back at you with accusations of pro-Islamic imperialist leanings. Tit for tat: You do your stuff, I do mine for as long as you do it.

            "Trying to be the Pig describes in the Protocols…"

            Jews don't have a prayer of descending to that level even if they really tried, but once in a while they'll oblige you with a tiny bit. As the saying goes: If you're doing the time, you might as well commit the crime.

            "If you were a normal person, you might be able to craft a worldview that didn't require a villain."

            If you were a normal person, you wouldn't interpret in those "Death to Israel! Death to Zionism! Death to the Jews!" chants coming from all over the Muslim world as shouts of praise. The Arabs have a proverb in that regard: When you see the lion's fangs, don't think it's smiling at you.

            "…your private racist beef against Muslims."

            Islam is not a race. Marxist Humpty Dumpty-like "words mean what I want them to say" rhetorical fail once again.

            "You aren't liked well enough to gain the allegiance."

            Your tendency to describe yourself when talking about others is notable.

          • Márcia

            Your double thinking thwarts an otherwise auspicious career in villainy, Flip-flop. Try a logical approach next time.

  • Maher

    Facts must be deported, truth must be deported same as in the Arab all seasons cloaca, Flopside.

  • mrbean

    Hillary Clinton was not happy at all with Russia and China vetoing her proposed resolution on Syria in the UN. Both Putin and Wen Jiabao regard Hillary Clinton with contempt as an unkempt charwoman way out of her league.

  • ICU4SHO

    There is NO SUCH THING AS A PALESTINEAN STATE, PERIOD! Peace only comes through the show of overwhelming and unrelenting retaliation. Bullies only know and respect one thing, total and utter defeat, then a force that cannot be reckoned with, EVER! That is all.