Netanyahu has defended himself against the recent legal threats to his political career by saying, ‘The was nothing, there is nothing and there will be nothing’ [criminal to be found]. After reading the latest interview with Trump’s peace negotiator I say the same. There never was any viable peace process, there is not a hint of it, and there will be none. As graffiti read on the side of the main church at the center of the former Jewish Quarter of Amsterdam in the ’80s, ‘There is no way to peace; peace is the way.’ And peace is not on the mind of the Palestinian Arab leadership.
Arutz Sheva spoke with outgoing US White House Mideast Envoy Jason Greenblatt, the outgoing major architect of the latest peace plan. The questions were sharp and critical but there were no follow-up questions about anything shaky in the answers. Of course, most of its readers are very able to detect flowery language, phony arguments, and fake visions.
I will take this chance to point out some basics that are still wrong.
“[N]obody can force this vision upon anyone. When the [peace] plan is released, it will be up to both sides to decide how to proceed.”
Sounds very nice but is not Israel’s experience. As soon as there is another peace plan, Israel is held to follow it, even by its allies, and the Arab Palestinians generally are not.
This lack of memory is not shared by the Israeli public. It’s an ominous sign that a major architect of this plan has no recollection of the past.
“[W]e hope that both parties will read it carefully and not make any hasty decisions.”
Again, history has shown that this is idle hope. Nothing has improved on the Arab Palestinian side so there is no reason to believe that the PA (and even more so, Chamas or ISIS) will suddenly be reasonable.
It’s simply unreasonable to expect such reasonableness.
One of the main reasons why there is no peace with Palestinian Arabs, in general, is because there is no reasonableness among their leaders. Only hatred, anger, jealousy, and greed. It works for them. And — like with any dictator — they don’t care about the people they claim to represent. So, their well being is not part of the discussion.
Of course, it will be better for the whole family if the abuser stops abusing but that has never stopped a violent spouse or parent. Such people must be cornered with no escape route. (Just like Germany needed to be defeated twice and utterly before it got the message.)
Sadly, any peace plan that’s based on reasonableness ‘on both sides’ is a no-brainer, dead-on-arrival.
Any peace plan that doesn’t deal with is the underlying cause — hatred for Jews — is doomed to be just a band-aid and will fail utterly.
I’m now going to sidestep reasonable Christians and Muslims, non-fundamentalists, people who don’t preach hatred of Jews to their children. They never have been the problem. They’re holy and good.
Sure, Muslim anti-Semitism is a bit different from its Christian sib. Many Christians don’t really believe in conversions so they hate Jews for their roots — its racism. Muslims stop hating Jews when they convert to Islam. Their hatred is more religious and not racist. But equally murderous.
NB: There is nothing that ever obligated any Christian or Muslim to hate Jews. Every one of them has free will to stand with the Jews — despite indoctrination from the cradle. As, in every generation, individuals have shown. Christian anti-Semitism has kind-of shamefully nose-dived after the Holocaust, the defeat of Nazi-Germany, and the erection of the State of Israel. Muslim hatred for Jews has not yet. And we Jews again have a problem with agreeing to another Holocaust to teach them too.
Then it doesn’t matter how fair and smart the rest of the plan is. Any treatment plan [peace plan] that doesn’t aim to remove or kill the cancer cells [anti-Semitism] will lead to death soon.
“[W]e believe our plan can significantly improve the lives of millions of people.”
Yet another appeal to reasonableness — and American dollar signs in the eyes. Not everyone is for sale. Even evil ‘principles’ like hatred of centuries cannot be bribed away.
“[C]hanging the conversation about the conflict has been an enormous priority for us.”
As long as the bedrock of any peace plan is reasonableness and not education against Jew-hatred, the conversation is not changed.
Even speaking of a ‘conflict’ is an unjust equivalence. Jews have as little problems with Palestinian Arabs as they had with the crusaders or the German Nazis. As in every oppression, the deadly bigotry is one-sided.