NY Times Op-Ed: Lack of Mideast Peace Due to Low Israeli Body Count

Mahmoud Abbas, peacemaker? (Photo: White House, Lawrence Jackson)

In a New York Times editorial on Friday, the International Crisis Group’s Nathan Thrall wrote that a third intifada was “inevitable” and that, of course, that was Israel’s fault.  Some of the better quotes:

“Whatever the fuse, the underlying source of ferment in the West Bank is a consensus that the Palestinian Authority president, Mahmoud Abbas, has reached a dead end.”

“Ironically, owing to the success of [Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’] efforts, many Israelis have had the luxury of forgetting that there is an occupation at all.”

“Years of peace and quiet in Tel Aviv allowed hundreds of thousands of Israelis to take to the streets last summer to protest the high price of cottage cheese, rent and day care without uttering a word about Palestinians in the West Bank.”

So, according to Mr. Thrall, it is Mahmoud Abbas who has been diligently trying to make peace – apparently by refusing to meet with his Israeli counterpart until a series of ever-changing preconditions is met, as  he essentially tries to win the negotiations before they begin. I suppose that does mean he’s “reached a dead end,” but it is one of his own making.

The claim that Israelis have forgotten the occupation exists is, in a word, idiotic. Anyone who pays even cursory attention to Israeli culture and media can see immediately that the occupation is very much on the public mind. Every Israeli parent – every single one – sends their sons and daughters off to the army. Those sons and daughters, also, are well aware of the occupation. But, then, Israelis would have to be more to Mr. Thrall than two-dimensional cartoon characters playing the role of the bad guys for him to see this.

Mr. Thrall considers himself an analyst of the Middle East. He ought to know that the reason there haven’t been suicide terror attacks inside Israeli territory is NOT because the Palestinians gave up trying, or because Palestinian Authority security forces are so diligent in their interdiction duties (although PA forces have been helpful in dealing with terrorism). The reason the attacks have largely stopped is because of Israel’s security barrier – which Israel’s enemies call an “Apartheid wall” — and the IDF presence in the West Bank.  What Thrall is really saying here is that, if only the Palestinians were successful in their attempts to blow up women and children, the Israelis would be forced to make peace. The Second Intifada proved this point wrong – I was there. Israelis dug in their heels and refused to give in to violence.

People like Mr. Thrall make violence more likely by parroting the Hamas line that Israel is the problem in the conflict, and that only a high Israeli body count will bring them to the table. If a third intifada does break out, it will be because Palestinian sympathizers in the West played in to fantasies of “liberating Palestine in blood and fire” rather than telling it like it is.


Author: Stand For Israel | June 25, 2012
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  • abi
    June 27, 2012
    4:22 pm
     

    that’s correct.Israel can always be confident that they are the legitimate people in land of Israel. ” God said, your name shall not be called Jacob anymore, but ISRAEL shall be your name. ” So He called his name Israel”. Gen.35:10
    In the entire Bible we see these promises over and over again of God giving His land of Israel to Abraham,
    Isack and Jacob,(the jewish people),the real Convenant), not to anybody else.

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  • David
    June 26, 2012
    2:39 am
     

    High Israeli body counts don’t seem to have made much difference so far. Anyone remember October 1973?

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  • Harvey
    June 26, 2012
    12:12 am
     

    All those who bame Israel for a lack of peace with the Arabs are often catering to their intestinal resentment of Jews.

    They have no factual or logical basis for their position.

    Almost 100% of the Arabs and almost 100% of Muslims, continually openly state they don’t want peace with Israel but will not settle for anything less than the the destruction of Israel and the murder of the Jewish people.

    They call Abbas a moderate and he has continually said he will not permit a Jewish State in what is now Israel. How can Israel make “peace” with such a person? The people he represents teach their children to hate Jews and indoctrinate them with their “holy” obligation to kill Jews

    These are not allegations but are direct quotes from Muslim publications that appear every day.

    Israel, from even before its founding, has expressed the desire to live at peace with, ” our Arab neighbors.”

    The “Arab neighbors” responded with “ichdod Yahood,” meaning kill the Jews. They continue to this day with the same aim.

    Israel has made numerous offers of peace, all of which have been rejected. I am unaware of any Arab offer of peace in which the Arabs say to the Jews, “here is what we are willing to give you.”

    Anyone who fails to see the facts is not dealing with reality, but is acting from the thousands of years old anti-Semitism or wishful thinking.

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  • Susan
    June 25, 2012
    7:27 pm
     

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    @ all of you – WORD! About the NYTimes? They are nothing but a bunch of antisemites.

    Just like their MAYOR/Bloomberg – whether or not he claims to be Jewish.

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  • Susan
    June 25, 2012
    7:24 pm
     

    There is NO “occupation”. That land has always been-since Yahweh covenanted it to them – ISRAEL’S LAND.

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  • Aliza
    June 25, 2012
    6:53 pm
     

    If people would just read the History about the Middle-east, they would know that before the Six-day war the Israelis wanted to give the land to the Arabs but they refused.

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  • David
    June 25, 2012
    5:41 pm
     

    The business of Palestine is foreign aid, from Europe/America and the Arabs/Iran. Abbas walks a tightrope to avoid either making peace or making war to ensure funding from both sides.

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  • Maurice
    June 25, 2012
    4:09 pm
     

    Mr Thrall should know along with everyone else that occupation should not be on the minds of Israelis because there isn’t one. Judea and Samaria are disputed terrtories according to UN resolutions not occupied. This false notion has been repeated so many times that even the Israeli government does not duspute it anymore which is a huge mistake. The only road to peace is for the Palestinians to go to their alrealy created state Jordan.

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  • Malcolm
    June 25, 2012
    4:08 pm
     

    Someone should inform Abbas that he and his supporters will be gone before Israel is. God made a promise to fight for Israel. But allah really hasn’t been helping out the haters of Israel. Not going so well for the Arab countries but little Israel is a great thorn in their side by being prosperous and a beckon of light where people live free. Israel will never be taken, Jerusalem will never be a Arab capital and Judia and Samaria will always be a part of Israel. The UN can scream all they want but God will have the last word.

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  • JanSuzanne
    June 25, 2012
    3:18 pm
     

    Israelis would be happy to give up a great deal if it only meant that they could live in security and peace. The reality is that there is nothing the Israelis can do for the Arab Palestinians, or for that matter any Arab in the ME, to accept a Jewish State. There is no other issue to peace. The Arab Palestinians want to wipe out the state of Israel, either thru terrorist attacks or the ‘right of return’. The Israeli government still must maintain hope for their people that peace is attainable, but still must take a hard line to defend its citizens.

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  • Frieda
    June 25, 2012
    2:56 pm
     

    Vigilants is the name of the game. Arabs will fight amongst themselves until the end of time. So too will they try to eliminate Israel, unfortunately.

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  • Ann
    June 25, 2012
    1:31 pm
     

    This article is absurd on so many levels, it’s hard to know where to begin. The Palestinians want peace? Has anyone told Hamas that the Palestinians want peace? Apparently not.

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  • Sharon
    June 25, 2012
    1:13 pm
     

    Mr. Thrall……study Jewish history…..and remember the old adage…..ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS! IF your editorial views reflect the stance of the New York Times it is a very sad day for all.

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  • Baaruch
    June 25, 2012
    12:02 pm
     

    am Israel chai!!!
    Israel will LIVE!!!

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