The Oslo Accords signed on the White House lawn in September 1993 served Yasser Arafat, chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) well. The Accords were the Trojan Horse that enabled Arafat to return to “Palestine” as a hero. Only a few years earlier, he had supported Saddam Hussein’s brutal occupation of Kuwait. But when the U.S.-led coalition pushed Iraqi forces out of Kuwait, Palestinians living in the region paid the price for Arafat and Saddam’s alliance — half–a-million Palestinians were expelled by the Kuwaitis. Arafat’s fortunes had nose-dived. He was in exile in Tunisia, and the dream of expelling the Jews from “Palestine” seemed remote. Then, lo and behold, he was saved by Israel and the U.S.
Arafat inaugurated a new strategy in the early 1970s with regard to dismantling Israel. The strategy was based on diplomacy, along with armed struggle. Some called it the “Destroying Israel in Phases” plan. The idea was to gain enough territory through diplomacy so that the Jewish State’s defensive capacity would be weakened. Then, they would finish it off in an armed struggle — using the pretext of “Palestinian Right of Return” to engage in terrorism. In September 2000, Arafat reached the conclusion that Israeli society was too weak to stomach terrorism (armed struggle) in Israeli cities. He believed the Israeli public would crack under pressure from terror and fear, and would then call on the Barak government to make further concessions to the Palestinians.
Mahmud Abbas, Arafat’s successor as chairman of the Palestinian Authority (PA), adopted Arafat’s strategy of tough diplomacy – i.e., complete intransigence, while calling for Israeli concessions and continuing the terrorist attacks. Abbas, like Arafat, took a chapter from Adolf Hitler’s playbook on how to conduct diplomacy. Abbas is willing to engage Israel in diplomacy in the same way Hitler engaged Britain’s Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain: with peace illusions. Meanwhile, Hitler extracted a huge concession – the dismantling of Czechoslovakia. Like Israel, the Czechs had a highly developed armaments industry and a large, well trained army. And like Czechoslovakia, Israel is about to be betrayed by its “partner,” the Obama administration, in the name of securing “peace.”
The similarity between Abbas and Hitler is further exhibited by their use of incitement. Hitler incited the Sudeten-Germans against their country, Czechoslovakia, while assuring the Western powers he wanted peace. Today, Abbas is inciting the Palestinian masses through the media, mosques, and schools against Jews and Israel, while professing to want peace. Hitler was able to take Czechoslovakia without firing a shot thanks to “useful idiots” who refused to question his motives and appeasers like Chamberlain. Abbas is counting on Obama and EU leaders to do his bidding, i.e., extract strategic concessions from Israel, which would render the country defenseless.
The question that looms largely is: has Israel learned anything from history? Will Israel premise future negotiations on the complete cessation of Palestinian incitement (and not fall for a repeat of Oslo’s seventeen year-old unfulfilled obligations)? Will the Palestinians be bound to sign an “end of conflict” document that unequivocally prohibits Palestinian refugees from returning to Israel? Finally, will the Palestinians state publicly – in all languages, including Arabic – that they recognize Israel as a Jewish State? Without the fulfillment of these conditions, it would be meaningless to continue the façade of “peace negotiations.” Do Israeli leaders have the fortitude to withstand pressure from its allies, especially the Obama administration, a hostile international media, and its own leftist press?