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Jewish World Review
July 5, 2006
/ 9 Tamuz, 5766
Peace prospects in pieces
Richard Z. Chesnoff
That much-touted deal between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his
terrorist foes in the Hamas government ain't worth its weight in falafel balls.
Straw-clutching pseudo-experts would have you believe the agreement - which is
supposed to end Palestinian infighting - "implicitly recognizes the Jewish state
Funny, because the word Israel doesn't come up once in the accord. Nor is there
any call anywhere for the establishment of two side-by-side states as a peaceful
solution to the long-festering conflict.
Instead, the Abbas-Hamas agreement endorses the right to "liberate Palestinian
land by first establishing an independent state ... in all the territory
occupied in 1967." In other words, it's okay to set up a Palestinian state on
the West Bank and Gaza - but only as a first step toward "liberating the rest of
Palestine." We know what that means: destroying Israel.
If you don't believe me, listen to what Abdel Khaleq Natsche, who signed the document for Hamas, and Bassam al-Sa'adi, who signed for Islamic Jihad, had to say in a joint statement: "We scorn the attempts to attach nonexistent content to the document, and therefore, we emphasize that it does not contain any declaration or hint of recognition of the occupation state and does not contain any call for this."
What's more, the document demands Jerusalem become the Palestinian capital and
reasserts the "right of return" - permission for several million Palestinian
refugees to take up residence in the Jewish state and destroy it from the
inside. Both demands are major nonstarters.
Worst of all, the Abbas-Hamas accord allows for continued Palestinian terrorist
attacks against Israel and Israelis. Which is only one of the reasons Israeli
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has ordered so harsh a response to rocket raids from
Gaza and the abduction of that 19-year old Israeli soldier from inside Israeli
Olmert has a tough reputation to live up to: that of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. The
now-comatose Sharon wasn't known as the
"bulldozer" for nothing. Many Israelis fear that Olmert still isn't big enough
to wear Sharon's shoes or drive his power machine - especially on the eve of a
planned unilateral Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank. So Olmert has been
playing extra tough with the Palestinians - and if he's smart, he will continue
to do so.
Meanwhile, the civilian population of Gaza suffers dreadfully from lack of
supplies and utilities, not to mention danger of "collateral damage" from air
raids on terrorists. Israel is not to blame for mounting Palestinian woes. The
fault lies with the madmen of Hamas who would rather see their people continue
to suffer than come to terms with a fact that was internationally established
close to 60 years ago: the historically legitimate and legally recognized Jewish
State of Israel.
Israel doesn't need Palestinian permission to exist. As former Prime Minister
Menachem Begin once thundered: "The Jewish people have an historic, eternal and inalienable
right to exist in this land, Eretz
Yisrael, the land of our forefathers. ... I say to the world, our very existence
per se is our right to exist!"
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