Palestinian Blackmail

(Photo: wikicommons/ Uriber)

(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

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(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”

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(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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Monday, March 24th, 2014 at 8:26 AM  | Stand For Israel

Gaza Missiles: Palestinian State in Practice

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(Photo: flickr/ paffairs_sanfrancisco)

Jonathan Tobin, writing at Commentary, says that yesterday’s barrage of missiles fired at southern Israel represents the clearest possible expression of the threat posed by a possible — or eventual — Palestinian state against its neighbors (especially Israel). What would stop a Palestinian state from turning in to what the Gaza Strip already is — a launching pad for terrorists and Islamists?

The theoretical arguments about a Palestinian state tend to ignore the fact that one currently exists in all but name in Gaza. There, a Hamas government continues its tyrannical Islamist rule over more than a million people with no interference from Israel other than the imposition of a loose blockade on the strip (food, medicine, and other essential items enter it daily from Israel).

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Thursday, March 13th, 2014 at 3:01 PM  | Stand For Israel

The Futile Search for Middle East Solutions

(Photo: Wikinews)

(Photo: Wikinews)

Jonathan Tobin, writing at Commentary, puts it more clearly than we’ve seen in a long time: there is only a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict when the Palestinians decide to get serious about achieving one (forget building one). Right now, the evidence suggests they are far away from that decision:

Until the Palestinians embrace the reality of Israel’s permanence and renounce their century-old war on Zionism, the only viable scenario is one that manages the conflict rather than solving it.

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Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 at 8:21 AM  | Stand For Israel

Desmond Tutu and the Apartheid Slander

(Photo: Benny Gool)

(Photo: Benny Gool)

In this morning’s edition of the Stand for Israel Daily Dispatch, we reported remarks by former Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town Desmond Tutu. Like many of those who take sides against the Jewish state, Tutu accuses Israel of engaging in apartheid against the Palestinians. Unlike most of the anti-Israel crowd, Tutu’s words carry additional weight because he was among the greatest champions of the fight against South African apartheid.

Bishop Tutu was right about South African apartheid. But he is wrong about Israel. Beginning in 1950, the South African government went about legislating all aspects of life by racial category. They outlawed marriages between racial categories and forced complete separation between races based on the philosophy of “scientific racism” — that it was impossible and contrary to God’s will that the races live together.

The Israeli Declaration of Independence, on the other hand, says:

We appeal — in the very midst of the onslaught launched against us now for months — to the Arab inhabitants of the State of Israel to preserve peace and participate in the upbuilding of the State on the basis of full and equal citizenship and due representation in all its provisional and permanent institutions.

South African apartheid separated the races based on an ideology that held one race to be superior and the other inferior. Israeli policies are in place because, were they not, buses would blow up and civilians would die. Israel has sought to live with her Palestinian neighbors, and already does so with her Palestinian citizens — anyone who visits an Israeli mall can see that there’s no apartheid in Israel. Anyone who notes the fact that there are 12 Arab-Israeli members of the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, knows there is no apartheid in Israel. Anyone who visits an Israeli hospital and sees Arab and Jewish doctors treating Arab and Jewish patients irrespective of race or religion knows there’s no apartheid in Israel.

The facts are there for all to see; either Bishop Tutu isn’t aware of them, or he doesn’t…

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