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Suffice it to say, other Palestinian representatives that Abbas has sought to include in future negotiation seem to lack his skill at keeping their “moderate” masks in place. But that is not to say that Abbas’s mask should be any more convincing to an attentive observer. Sure, he has been known to make an occasional testimony expressing his desire for “peace” and a “two-state solution,” but any value in these proclamations is swiftly negated. He has memorialized the date of Israel’s inception as “Nakba Day” (The Day of Catastrophe), and has immortalized murderers of Israelis by naming town squares in their honor. Most recently, he even appointed a released Palestinian terrorist to a position as a political advisor, assuring that any potential counsel could be called anything but “moderate.” And while demanding that Israel concede its territory, Abbas routinely reaffirms his refusal to accept Israel’s identity as a Jewish state or to accept “a Palestinian state without Jerusalem as its capital.”
It should be clearly recognizable that even the supposedly moderate Mahmoud Abbas harbors only unilateral positions that offer no consideration to Israeli interests, and as such, he, too, is little more than an impediment to the peace process.
His making threats and demanding that Israel forfeit territories over which it holds sovereign right is not a “moderate” approach to entering a diplomatic peace summit. Furthermore, there is ample evidence in Palestinian rhetoric to suggest that any acquisition of territory will only serve to provide a strategic advantage in a continued conflict with Israel, not an avenue to peace. The potential implications of appeasement by Israel or the international community in such a scenario should not be at all unfamiliar. After all, a now notorious anti-Semite once made threats of war while demanding the diplomatic procurement of sovereign Czech territory under similar pretenses in 1939. Needless to say, history provides an acute picture of the grim events that followed.
Benjamin Netanyahu told our president last year, “We don’t have a lot of margin for error. History will not give the Jewish people another chance.” Sadly, the murderous fervor of the enemies that surround the children of Zion suggests that he is right. As such, Israel cannot be expected to retreat to indefensible lines, particularly when openly hostile Palestinians refuse to grant the Jewish nation its most basic right to a peaceful existence.
It has become painfully obvious that Israel is not dealing with a rational, moderate counterpart in the current discussion over Palestinian statehood. And no good can come of Israel making further concessions in the hopes that its “peace partners” are.
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