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Dismantle the Palestinian Authority? Not Likely.

(Photo: wikicommons/ Uriber)

(Photo: wikicommons/ Uriber)

Avi Issacharoff, writing at The Times of Israel, notes that the probability of the P.A. being disbanded is extremely low because what would follow would be the total societal meltdown of what remains of Palestinian civil society and the Palestinian economy. The saying in Israel is that the Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity – but Issacharoff thinks they won’t make this mistake this time:

A scenario in which the Palestinian Authority is dissolved is possible, but its probability is low, very low. The discussion in recent days over the possibility of the P.A. being dismantled has been held mainly in the Israeli media, with little to no presence in the discourse of the Palestinian media and among P.A. leaders.

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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 at 8:22 AM  | Stand For Israel

Violent Clashes Between IDF and Palestinians Break Out in Hebron

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

As many Jewish people traveled to the Cave of the Patriarchs and other holy sites around Jerusalem in order to celebrate Passover, and as many Palestinians gathered to demonstrate for the release of Palestinian prisoners, violence erupted in Hebron:

On Wednesday evening, the IDF injured seven Palestinians in Hebron when a riot broke out in the city.

The IDF said that dozens of Palestinians demonstrated and threw stones at an IDF post situated between the Jewish settlement of the city and the rest of the Palestinian city.

During its attempts to disperse the demonstrators using riot dispersal methods, seven Palestinians were injured, the army confirmed.

We pray for the safety of the IDF troops protecting the Holy Land, as well as the protection of those celebrating Passover, God’s liberation of His people.

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Thursday, April 17th, 2014 at 10:16 AM  | Stand For Israel

The Palestinians Are to Blame for the Failed Peace Talks, But Not for the Reasons You Think

(Photo: White House/ Paul Morse)

(Photo: White House/ Paul Morse)

Lee Smith, writing at Tablet, says that the real reason Mahmoud Abbas wants out of the peace talks – or wants to be seen as holding a hard line should he remain at the table – is due to internal Palestinian politics. Specifically, Abbas fears that his rivals will use any concessions he makes against him. We’ve discussed this problem before and Smith’s piece is another example of the poisonous nature of Palestinian politics:

For Abbas, staying in power requires keeping his rivals at bay. In particular, there’s Mohamed Dahlan, the former Gaza-based Fatah strongman who’s been licking his wounds ever since Hamas routed his men from the Strip in 2007. At just 52, Dahlan is still young. For the past four years, he has been living in the United Arab Emirates; my sources in the region tell me he recently spent a month in Marrakesh with Saudi intelligence chief Bandar bin Sultan, the former ambassador to Washington, who was in Morocco recovering from shoulder surgery.

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Thursday, April 17th, 2014 at 8:19 AM  | Stand For Israel

Palestinian Blackmail

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(Photo: wikicommons/ Uriber)

Professor Efraim Inbar, director of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University, writes that Israel should stop giving unilateral concessions to the Palestinians for the purpose of enticing them to the negotiating table and, in fact, the international community should stop pushing the negotiated peace paradigm:

At the same time, Israel should seriously consider the wisdom of continuing to go along with the preferences of the international community to implement the two-state paradigm when evidence mounts that this paradigm is not working. The attempt to impose a statist rationale on the Palestinian national movement by hoping that a proto-statist structure such as the P.A. would behave like Jordan or Egypt has failed.

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Monday, April 7th, 2014 at 8:57 AM  | Stand For Israel

John Kerry, Thwarted by the Middle East

(Photo: U.S. State Dept.)

(Photo: U.S. State Dept.)

Jeffrey Goldberg has a habit of laying blame as evenly as possible in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which usually means blaming Israel a bit too much. In this piece, he forgives John Kerry for an ill-advised, poorly executed push for a peace deal while concluding that both sides are currently too stubborn for peace:

Abbas is under the illusion that membership in various international conventions means he rules a country. But the moral support of Bolivia and Thailand and Norway and Malawi will not bring about the creation of a state. Only Israel can conjure a Palestinian state into existence.

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Friday, April 4th, 2014 at 8:24 AM  | Stand For Israel

Breaking News: Israel Cancels Fourth Prisoner Release

(Photo: wikicommons / Itzik Edri \ איציק אדרי)

(Photo: wikicommons / Itzik Edri \ איציק אדרי)

Israel has canceled the release of a fourth and final group of Palestinian prisoners. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ application for membership in 15 United Nations organizations constituted a unilateral move, leading to Israel’s cancellation of the release:

Chief negotiator for Israel, Tzipi Livni, said that Israel could not release prisoners under current conditions and called for Palestinians to retract unilateral move.

The announcement by Israel came after Abbas on Wednesday applied for membership in 15 international organizations.

Under the terms of the agreement last July that enabled the current round of negotiations – which is set to expire on April 29 – Israel was to release 104 Palestinian security prisoners in four phases, and the Palestinians were to refrain from unilateral moves in the international arena.

We pray for the continued hope of peace, and for wisdom and courage on the part of Israel’s leaders.

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Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 at 11:52 AM  | Stand For Israel

Real Peace with the Jews

(Photo: iStock/Sean Pavone)

(Photo: iStock/Sean Pavone)

Bassam Tawil, writing at the blog of the Gatestone Institute, offers a fascinating looks at the Islamic pressures at play in the utter inability of Palestinian leaders to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. Tawil points out that religious imperative — and not realpolitik or socio-economics — is the determining factor in Palestinian opinion:

With regard to religion, Palestinian recognition of the State of Israel is more serious than its recognition of Israel as a Jewish state. For us as Muslims, the word “Israel” and our recognition of it and its inhabitants as “Israelis” mean we verify and confirm the fulfillment of the Qur’an prophecy according to which the blessed land is the divine heritage of “Bani Israail,” “the Israelites.” That means we give Israel Islamic religious sanction with the full weight of Qur’anic blessing.

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Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 at 8:27 AM  | Stand For Israel

A Murderer’s Life and the Chances of Peace

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(Photo: wikicommons/ Friends123)

With another group of Palestinian terrorists set to be released from Israeli jails, Jonathan Tobin writes in Commentary that the fact that so many Palestinians regard terrorists as heroes says a lot about Palestinian culture and the prospects for any future peace deal:

But the fallacy at the core of such thinking—which is the basis of the U.S. pressure on Israel to release even more such killers—is that the very fact that Palestinians treat men with Jewish blood on their hands as heroes illustrates that theirs is a culture which is not ready for peace with Israel. Only when such people are regarded as relics of an age of unreason rather than lionized by Palestinians will it be possible to imagine that they are prepared to recognize the legitimacy of a Jewish state no matter where its borders are drawn and live in peace beside it.

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Monday, March 31st, 2014 at 8:20 AM  | Stand For Israel

“Right of Return” Is Not About “Refugees”

(Photo: wikicommons/ Fred Csasznik)

(Photo: wikicommons/ Fred Csasznik)

Rick Richman, writing at Commentary, offers a fresh look at the Palestinian insistence on a “right of return” to their — or, rather, their grandparents’ — former homes in modern Israel. While other refugees from other conflicts are resettled, the number of Palestinian “refugees” grows every year because that’s precisely what their leaders want:

The Palestinians have been repeatedly offered a state to which their refugees could “return,” but they repeatedly reject it, clinging to a specious “right” of “return” to Israel not because it is necessary for the “refugees,” but because it is a tool in the fight against the Jewish state.

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Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 at 8:20 AM  | Stand For Israel

Why Recognizing Israel As “Jewish State” Is Key to Peace

(Photo: wikicommons/ SuperJew)

(Photo: wikicommons/ SuperJew)

The question is often asked — why is it such a big deal to Israel that the Palestinians recognize it as a Jewish state? Forget, for a moment, that nobody ever seems to ask the Palestinians what the big deal is in recognizing Israel as a Jewish state. David Hazony, writing at The Jewish Daily Forward, explains why it’s a big deal:

Symbols have a tendency to be, well, symbolic. In this case, accepting the Jewish state (rather than just a political entity called “Israel”) is understood by both sides to represent the ultimate, public and final abandonment of the long-standing explicit Palestinian goal of eradicating Israel, whether through violence or through the relocation of millions of people of Palestinian descent currently living in refugee camps around the Arab world. To accept the Jewish state is to create the minimal conditions for an end to the conflict. It is to signal to the Palestinian factions, divisions, functionaries and public, as well as the whole global pro-Palestinian machine, that the era of “resistance” is reaching its end.

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