There is no alternative to Abbas

On Mahmoud Abbas’s recent trip to Europe, many European countries were laying out the red carpet for the guy, giving him honours including one from the mayor of Paris for Abbas’s “efforts to achieve peace”

There could be a number of reasons why they do this. Perhaps they don’t like Israel. Perhaps they don’t like Jews. Perhaps they loved watching Lawrence of Arabia when they were kids. Great cinematography, by the way.  Or perhaps they are all simply mentally deranged. But whatever the reason is, there is a belief structure in place among Europe and the US that there is simply no alternative to dealing with Mahmoud Abbas.

Well, I’m going to disagree. The problem with the ongoing non-negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians and the US and the Europeans is that the argument has been framed in a way that without Mahmoud Abbas, and without a peace agreement, there will only be war. The world has elevated a terrorist, which is what he is, to a position of authority and a position of prestige akin to the level of a Nelson Mandela cult like figure.

Now the last time they did this was… with a guy called Yasser Arafat – and how did that turn out?

Unfortunately, the world has duped itself into the belief that Abbas holds the key to a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians, when the only key Abbas holds is to an endless supply of gasoline he continually pours onto the fires of hatred he is stirring up.

Abbas is not a man of peace and never has been. His statements which occur almost daily do not speak of peaceful coexistence or mutual recognition or even about making the future brighter for the next generation. No, his statements speak of hatred and of violence and of spilling blood and of martyrs and of death.   And these are not hidden statements, spoken in hushed corridors – they’re available for anyone with an internet connection to see. And yet, the world ignores them, dismissing them as politicking, never once condemning him with even a trace of the venom they unleash every time Israel announces pretty much anything. And they do this, because to them, Abbas is seen as moderate. So to clarify, someone who accuses Israel of executing a 13 year old, even though it’s a blatant lie is a moderate. Someone who accuses Israel of harvesting body parts, even though it’s a blatant lie is a moderate. Someone who says that no Jews will be allowed to live in their fantasy land of ‘Palestine’ and preaches ethnic cleansing is a moderate. Obviously the definition of the word moderate must differ between earth and the crazy worlds they live in.

There is no alternative to Abbas, they say. He is the man to make peace. Well, nothing can be further from the truth. Abbas has no intention of making peace – and he never has. Every rejected peace deal – or even the lack of a counter offer to those presented – has shown that. Every line of incitement that is uttered daily – incitement that has caused death to both Israelis and Arabs – is further proof of that.

But I think there is an alternative to Abbas. And that alternative is the Israeli people themselves. This idea that we must rely on the word and the goodwill of a committed terrorist like Abbas is ludicrous and must end. Instead, we should rely on the Jewish people and all the citizens of Israel who care about it to come up with their own solutions independent of what Abbas and his cronies do. Abbas will not accept that, but then again he won’t accept anything even when it’s everything he wanted and offered to him on a silver platter.

Abbas should be bypassed and confined to the dustbin of history where he belongs – just another terror monger in a region of them. The respect that is shown to him is unwarranted and undeserved.

A couple of years ago John Kerry said in regards to Iran, echoing Benjamin Netanyahu, that “No deal is better than a bad deal.” Of course, he was speaking out the other end as a bad deal was then signed with Iran. But the sentiment is right, and it is better to have no deal with the Palestinians than a deal that will only result in a strategically weakened position for Israel and one that will endanger its citizens further.

We should not be fooled into thinking that Abbas is the last hope for peace. Israel has survived for a long time before Abbas was around and will survive a long time after he’s gone.

And for those in the world who are so desperate to see a deal done, remember that when you do a deal with the devil – eventually the devil will come to collect.

About the Author
Justin Amler is a South African born, Melbourne based writer who has lived in South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.