Why it is still impossible for Palestinian-Israeli peace

The situation in the middle East over the past 60 years was not correlated with the well-known saying: “to make Peace only with your enemies.” The fact that first we need to define the enemy.

The terrorist Hydra’s many heads, the Muslim world collectively has rejected Israel since its formation, and the Palestinian national authority (PNA) represents only a stumbling block in the wider conflict. In addition, renaming itself the Arab-Israeli conflict (it covers more and Iran after the 1979 revolution) in the Palestinian-Israeli conceals the wider picture, which the end have to deal with the Israelis.

Although we have every right to criticize the Israeli government (and authorities of any other country), and even resent some of the policy, it is not necessary to close eyes to a number of truths, which the Israelis have doubts about to impose upon them a partner in peace negotiations.

1. The Palestinian authority pays benefits to participants of the attacks and their families

Although Mahmoud Abbas claims that are aimed at reconciliation, it still highlights the part of the Palestinian budget on benefits sitting in Israeli prisons Palestinian terrorists and their families (this also applies to relatives of those killed in the terrorist attacks of militants). In this respect, the Palestinian law is unambiguous. The amount of benefit is proportional to the severity of punishment, that is, the number of victims (both Jews and non-Jews) terrorists.

This practice has long been criticized by the Israeli government, and more recently also by the White house and the authorities of several European countries.

The home invasion and murder of a peacefully sleeping girl, the shooting of the astonished visitors at the terrace restaurant, the explosion in the crowd of teenagers in a nightclub — these are all acts of resistance to Israeli occupation — so, apparently, believe the Palestinian authority. It is worth noting that such “acts of struggle against the occupation” were common before 1967 and the conquest by Israel of territory which had been occupied by Egypt and Jordan.

On the Palestinian civil code, these terrorists have the status of “Mujahideen” (fighters), if they are alive, or “Shahid” (Martyr), if lost the life on “the job”.

Recently Mahmoud Abbas even called “racist” the Israeli Prime Minister, who said that a huge amount (7% of the budget of the Palestinian authority) are used to Finance and promote terrorism. On the question of the necessity of such practices, he replied that it was “prescribed by law social obligation”.

Imagine that France would want to make peace with the “Islamic state” (banned in Russia as a terrorist organization — approx.ed.) although the latter continued to promise benefits and rewards to all who would want to repeat the killings in Paris and nice.

Such is simply unthinkable.

But that’s the situation we have to deal with Israel, while his only interlocutor is the Palestinian authority.

2. Mahmoud Abbas was elected for four years in 2015, is still in power

This fact undermines the position of the leader of the Palestinian authority, which, thus, does not have the slightest democratic legitimacy. He is the lesser evil used to the dictatorships of the region. However, Western leaders still support it just because in the polls behind him is the terrorist organization Hamas. If Abbas would take even the slightest concession towards Israel (to return to the negotiating table), you can lose the rest of the legitimacy or even lose their lives. In addition, he does not want to remain in history as the first Palestinian leader to normalize relations with the enemy-Zionists.

3. The Palestinian Arabs are not prepared to abandon the “right of return”

Although some of the claims of the Arabs really can be discussed, it’s definitely not for the right of return of descendants of “refugees” of 1948, which are in camps in neighboring Arab countries (particularly Lebanon and Syria), and almost without rights. Their return would mean the disappearance of Israel under the uncontrolled stream is not with no expertise-hating people.

Abbas, in turn, insists that it is their inalienable right.

His view of the world with the formation of the two States implies the existence of Palestine, which will not let a single Jew, and multicultural Israel, where Muslims have quickly become the majority.

In other words, two countries for one people. This is spelled out in the Charter of Fatah, the concept was considered outdated by Yasser Arafat, however, never struck out. In addition, no one, of course, do not even remember about the fate of the million Jews who were expelled from Arab countries in 1948.

4. Palestinian textbooks do not recognize the existence of Israel

The report of the Institute for peace and cultural tolerance notes that “in the primary schools of the Palestinian authority, children are taught to be martyrs, demonize Israel and deny its existence, talk about the return to only the Palestinian nation.” In particular, it lists the maps without Israel, and texts from the glorification of the militants. Established in 1948 in the middle East the UN Agency for assistance to Palestinian refugees and recently even expressed outrage at the new textbooks, which in turn provoked the anger of the Palestinian authority, which refuses to change them.

5. The Palestinian authority wants to cancel the Balfour Declaration

The Palestinian authority has demanded from the British a century later to apologize for the Balfour Declaration (it promised the Jews a country in the land of their ancestors), and regularly manipulates UNESCO and other UN agencies to demonize Israel, with the assistance of the Arab majority (she can always rely on it) and upon disengagement of Europe. Palestine, in fact, out of the Oslo accords, which forbid her to try to resolve the conflict in other ways in addition to direct negotiations.

6. Arafat and Abbas never accepted the peace proposals of Israel

As intimated Yasser Arafat on may 10, 1994 in the Cathedral mosque of Johannesburg, any agreement with Israel can only be temporary and aimed at its destruction.

In August-September 2000, in response to the offer Ehud Barak on the recognition of a demilitarized Palestinian state on 94% of the territory with its capital in East Jerusalem and the section of the Holy places, Yasser Arafat fled to camp David and announced proudly to the people that did not cave in to Israeli and American pressure. As a result, all received the second intifada with terrorist attacks and reprisals, thousands of victims and a lot of distrust on both sides. The successor of Arafat is considered relatively moderate compared to the former leader of terrorists, but also rejected an even more generous offer by Ehud Olmert in 2006: 98% of the territory and an unlimited right of return and full control over the Temple mount. Moreover, Abbas did not even bother to respond to Olmert, it shows off in any convenient way.

7. The withdrawal from Gaza brought to power the Hamas and spawned three wars

Time, the return of Sinai to Egypt led to the fragile peace of the two countries (since its conditions are scrupulously adhered to by both parties), Prime Minister Ariel Sharon tried to repeat the achievements, after entering Gaza for the Palestinian authority in 2005 (with the resettlement of 10 thousand Jewish residents). He sought to turn this former Egyptian enclave in new Singapore with the assistance of the international community. Only here the coup and the ensuing bloody purge brought to power Hamas terrorists. Israel began to fall rocket, which resulted in three conflicts: in 2009, 2012 and 2014.

8. The Palestinian authority wants to guarantee to the negotiations

Mahmoud Abbas, constantly insists on this: any negotiations with Israel must be based on the formation of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital and a just solution to the refugee issue.

In other words, as a pre-condition of talks, Palestinian authority requires a guarantee of all that he wants, but is unwilling to make any concessions.

Every time Israel expresses outrage over the stubbornness of the Palestinian authority, the Palestinians accuse him of undermining the peace process that becomes a justification for terrorism.

Marked eight points — the undisputed facts that have led the current us administration to review its middle East policy after the visit of Jason Greenblatt (Greenblatt Jason) and Jared Kurshner (Jared Kushner) to both sides of the conflict.

Anyway, the situation in the region appears increasingly unstable, and on the horizon looms a new project with the involvement of neighbouring States.

Let trump and his advisors are not fully supported Israel’s position, they realized that he is not interested in making the world the way it sees the Palestinian authority, without the full participation of the Arab world.

Thus, the confrontation can take on the appearance of the Arab-Israeli conflict and create conditions for this peace project. Because the world can only speak with all the enemies, not with the tip of the iceberg.