Trouw [Dutch newspaper] March 3, 1977: Statement by Zuheir Mohsein, Member of the Supreme Council of the PLO: “There are no differences between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. We are all part of one nation. It is only for political reasons that we carefully underline our Palestinian identity, because it is in the interest of the Arabs to encourage a separate Palestinian identity in contrast to Zionism. Yes, the existence of a separate Palestinian identity is there only for tactical reasons. The establishment of a Palestinian state is a new expedient to continue the fight against Zionism and for Arab unity.”
Statement by Ahmed Shuqeiri, to the UN Security Council in 1949: “It is common knowledge that Palestine is nothing but Southern Syria.”
Hamas [“Islamic Resistance Movement”] was formally established in December 1987 by Sheik Ahmad Yassin, after the outbreak of a Palestinian uprising, known as the first Intifada. The following year, Hamas declared that liberating Palestine from Israeli occupation was every Muslim’s religious duty.
Yassin was a Palestinian cleric, who became an activist in local branches of the Muslim Brotherhood after dedicating his early life to Islamic scholarship in Cairo. During the late 1960s, Yassin preached and performed charitable work in the West Bank and Gaza, both of which Israel occupied, following the 1967 War. Enter General Ariel Sharon.
The Washington Post provided an unusual biography of Sharon, “What’s Needed from Hamas” by Henry A Kissinger on February, 2006. A key observation by Kissinger is as follows:
Under Sharon, Israel seemed prepared to withdraw from close to 95% of West Bank territory, to abandon a significant percentage of the settlements—many of them placed there by Sharon—involving the movement of tens of thousands of settlers into pre-1967 Israel, and to compensate Palestinians for the retained territory by some equivalent portions of Israeli territory. Significant percentages of Israelis are prepared to add the Arab part of Jerusalem to such a settlement as the possible capital of a Palestinian state.
Until the Oslo agreement in 1993, Israel refused to deal with the PLO because its charter required the elimination of Israel and its policies included frequent recourse to terrorism.
Kissinger asserts “A serious process assumes reciprocal willingness to compromise.” And if this is not possible? Hamas represents the mind-set that prevented the full recognition of Israel’s legitimacy by the PLO for all previous decades, kept Yasser Arafat from accepting partition of Palestine at Camp David in 2000, and produced 2 intifadas and consistently supported terrorism. What would be needed from Hamas is an evolution comparable to Sharon’s.
The magnitude of that change is rarely adequately recognized.”
Hamas was convinced there is no alternative strategy—-a much harder task since the Sharon view was, in its essence secular, while the Hamas view is fueled by a religious conviction.
A diplomatic frame work is needed within which Israel can carry out those parts of the road map capable of unilateral implementation, and the world community could strive for an international status that ends violence while leaving open the prospect of further progress towards permanent peace.
Perhaps something as fundamental as Arutz 7’s “Anti-Semitism is enshrined in the Quran” posted on Nov 13, 2013 by Shari Goodman might prove helpful. It commences with, “Many Americans have been led to believe that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict over land when indeed it is a religious conflict with its origin rooted in the Quranic doctrine consumed with Jew hatred throughout its numerous passages.”
The formation of Islam began with Mohammad in 610 A.D. in the city of Mecca where he attempted to convince the local population what he perceived to be divine messages. In 627, a mere 5 years after Muhammad arrived in medina, he ordered and oversaw the beheading of approximately 900 Jewish men on trumped up charges of conspiring with the enemy . The Jewish women became sex slaves, and their children were taken into slavery.
Thus, the refusal of Jews some 1400 years ago to accept Mohammad as a prophet has “enshrined Islam with contempt and Jew hatred for all of eternity.” It is clear within Islam, Jews are to be loathed and murdered. They are referred to as “apes and pigs, disbelievers, cowards, liars, and they are set up as a target who can run and hide but cannot avoid the sword of the Islamic warrior.
While abhorrent to most Westerners when viewed through the lens of Quranic doctrine, Hamas massacre of Jewish civilians [babies beheaded, women raped and mutilated, the elderly and infants burned alive, and men beheaded] is totally justified in the name of Allah.
The notion of the Palestinian Arabs as a nation is a recent invention. Palestine’s Arabs are indistinguishable from the Arabs in neighboring countries, especially the Arabs in Jordan, which is in effect a Palestinian-Arab state. Creating a second Palestinian state would be the 22nd Arab state is unjustified.
MIDA published Judith Bergman’s “Arab Historian Admits there is No Palestinian People” on Nov/09/2017. She wisely introduces her essay, “When the Ottoman rule ended, there was no Palestinian national identity or political borders. I was all made up later. Arabs themselves say so, but the west isn’t listening.”
Apparently, as Hamas Minister of the Interior and of National Security Fathi Hammad speaking on Al-Hekma TV said on March 2012: ‘Brothers, half of the Palestinians are Egyptians and the other half are Saudis. Who are the Palestinians? We have many families called Al-Masri, whose roots are Egyptian. Egyptian! They may be from Alexandria, from Cairo, from Damietta, from the North, from Aswan, from Upper Egypt. We are Egyptians–”
“Outside the gates of Jerusalem, we saw indeed no living object, heard no living sound”, wrote French poet Alphonse de Lamartine about his visit in 1835.
In Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s monumental “Fighting Terrorism” on Page 103, we find,” Over the years, Gaza has become a symbol to Israelis as a lair of some of the most rabid Jew-haters in the Middle East. Despite a rich Jewish history, Gaza has become a byword for a hostile and alien place, one of the few bits of land taken by Israel in the Six Day War of which many Israelis would be pleased to rid themselves.”