To avoid negotiating with Israel, President Abbas will prevail on the UN to unilaterally declare Palestinian statehood

Jun 15, 2011 No Comments by

Dear Friend of FLAME:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave an historic speech to the United States Congress a couple of weeks ago, in which he received standing ovations usually reserved for a State of the Union address. About midway through, Netanyahu clarified for the entire world what the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is truly about:
“You see, our conflict has never been about the establishment of a Palestinian state. It has always been about the existence of the Jewish state. This is what this conflict is about. In 1947, the United Nations voted to partition the land into a Jewish state and an Arab state. The Jews said yes. The Palestinians said no. In recent years, the Palestinians twice refused generous offers by Israeli Prime Ministers to establish a Palestinian state on virtually all the territory won by Israel in the Six Day War.”

Indeed, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas could have achieved peace AND a Palestinian state long ago. What has been (and seemingly will continue to be for the foreseeable future) an insurmountable barrier to the peace process is that real peace would force the Palestinians to accept the existence of a Jewish state.

In fact, it’s clear that the Arab goal isn’t a Palestinian state alongside a Jewish state at all, but rather just a single Palestinian state dominated by Arabs. Since this end goal obviously cannot be achieved through negotiation with Israel, Abbas instead plans to take his case to the United Nations in September in the hopes of unilaterally declaring Palestinian statehood. Once the Palestinians have their state, they reason, they can move on to achieving their actual goal of eliminating the neighboring Jewish state.

What will happen in the UN is still unclear: If a vote is taken in the General Assembly, it will likely pass. But decisions by the General Assembly are not binding, and it’s a virtual certainty that a deciding vote by the Security Council would fail to ratify such a declaration. In any case, it is now unequivocally clear that Abbas has no intention of negotiating with Netanyahu, nor to formally recognize the right of the Jews to their ancestral homeland, including its capital of Jerusalem.

Step one in Abba’s flawed plan was his reconciliation with Hamas in mid-May, and step two will be the United Nations bid. Let no one be fooled. Peace and a legitimate Palestinian state can only be achieved through face-to-face negotiations with Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is awaiting Abbas’ call.

In this week’s FLAME Hotline, Fouad Ajami, the Lebanese-born professor at Johns Hopkins University and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, exposes the Palestinians’ misreading of history and their bankrupt leadership, represented by its unilateral pursuit of statehood via the United Nations. This cynical effort to avoid negotiations in fact proves Netanyahu’s argument about the conflict.

While chances are good that the Palestinian effort in the U.N. will fail, it will likely also make Israel again look like the bad guy, and the Jewish state will be beaten up in the press. That’s why it’s crucial for us to stand by her side and continue our grassroots efforts to defend her. I would urge you, using the Forward to a Friend button below, to pass this Ajami’s powerful article to your friends, family, and colleagues. Israel needs you now.

Best Regards,
Dave Nogradi
FLAME Hotline Contributor

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Ron Ross worked as the first Sports Editor at WINTV. In Wollongong. He ran The Hamburger Hut an outreach and discipleship program for youth. He served with Youth With a Mission in Hawaii, Philippines and Australia. He was senior pastor of the Noosa Baptist Church, Queensland for 9 years. He reported news from Jerusalem for five years and is now the Middle East correspondent for United Christian Broadcasters and travels regularly preaching and teaching.
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