US President Donald Trump’s ME chief strategist, Jared Kushner, gave a lengthy interview with CNN in which he revealed their ideas and hopes behind their upcoming ME peace plan “for Israel and the Palestinians.” However, this was wrongly reported completely, as if Israel needs to make compromises again. That’s not what he said at all.
The interviewer asks how to get anything done without a Palestinian partner.
Here are two actual real quotes in context.
“If there is reasonable leadership and if there is a reasonable plan, then they [Palestinian leaders] will come to the table and fight how to create the best opportunity, the best outcome for their people.”
“At some point, leaders will have to be able to take the bold step and the compromise and we’re hopeful that we’ll find leadership that’ll be willing to do that.”
So, he didn’t mean: “we’ll find [that the Palestinian] leadership will be willing” but rather: “we’ll find [some Palestinian] leadership that’ll be willing.”
They’re going to bypass the present Arab Palestinian leadership to get things done that”ll bring prosperity and less suffering to Arab Palestinians.
And why won’t it work?
Because the basic cause of animosity is not addressed: hatred for Jews.
Arabs are proud people. Their soul can’t be bought and their [faulty] idealism is not for sale. A vast majority wants their land back and Jews out. No incentive will compensate.
If they only lost land and even opportunity and status, they could be reimbursed. If the violence is the result of hopelessness, giving work and social security would help.
But Jews, for 2000 years had no safety and no money – but they didn’t go through Europe hating and murdering others.
Arab Palestinian anger and violence are rooted in anti-Semitism only, not in poverty or loss. Until that hatred’s addressed, nothing will change. And any “alternative Palestinian leaders” will be murdered right away.
If Palestinians would want big gains in the peace process, Abas (and Arafat) would have calmed down and done business. What the US doesn’t seem to get is that they don’t want better lives for their people. They want an end to Israel. Nothing else interests them. Sour but true.
Poverty has never motivated Arab Palestinians, Jordanians or Egyptians to give up on Jew-hatred and prioritize creating good lives for their own.
Peace plans come and peace plans go, but Israel will stay.
Germans and Israeli Arabs who have dealt with their own Jew-hatred can go teach the other Muslims. There is no shortcut. Unfortunately.
And then there is the fresh report that Trump would also be able to twist Bibi’s arm. We’ve had worse. We’ll ride out the storm.
Also this US idea is faulty. Every Israeli wants peace. But also life. We don’t need pressure.
A “new” ME peace plan that expects to find reasonable Palestinian leaders and compromising Israeli leaders is nothing new. Waste of time. Bibi will make sure that we won’t get blamed by our true friends. And the rest hating us – what’s new?
Ah, you, a Jewish reader, is willing to compromise for peace? Concessions were made plenty and with disastrous results. Be patient and hopeful, but also real and not delusional. Peace is not in the cards right now.