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Israeli politician, physician, and retired IDF general Ephraim Sneh writes in The Christian Science Monitor about the nuclear agreement with Iran and the harmful implications it will have on the Israel-Palestinian peace process:
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Without the Geneva deal in place, the U.S. administration might have been able to give the Israelis and Palestinians a bridging offer in early 2014. But now that this deal is signed, the U.S. may not have the moral authority to exert pressure on any Israeli government regarding an agreement with Palestinians.
Friday, December 6th, 2013 at 9:12 AM | Stand For Israel
Evelyn Gordon, writing at Commentary magazine, brings up a question that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked recently. It is the second most fundamental question of the peace process, the first being: is the Palestinian leadership even interested in peace? If the answer to the first question is “yes” (it’s not, but let’s pretend it is), why should Israel trust the current Palestinian leadership to implement the plan?
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The Palestinians are threatening to renege on their part of the deal–nine months of talks, plus refraining from action against Israel in international forums–on account of Israeli actions that the deal itself allowed. So what confidence can Israel have that the same wouldn’t happen with a full-fledged peace deal?
Friday, November 8th, 2013 at 9:10 AM | Stand For Israel
There are plenty of existing problems with books used in Palestinian schools (including those run by the U.N.), and Max Boot writes in Commentary magazine that, while the new Hamas textbooks are no exception, what should surprise us is that the West and the U.S. are surprised by these books and continue to engage with Palestinian leaders as if they are serious about peace:
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It is a mystery which perhaps only Kerry can answer: What in the current configuration of power makes him optimistic that a breakthrough could be achieved now? Why on earth does he imagine he will succeed where all of his predecessors have failed?
Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 at 8:50 AM | Stand For Israel
Jeremiah 6:14 says it all – “‘Peace, peace,’ they say, when there is no peace.”
Leaving aside the question of terrorism, how does one make peace with a group of people who teach their children the following things:
- Your country does not exist.
- The peace process that has dominated your politics for 20 years never happened.
- Your Scripture and sacred texts are “fabrications.”
- Your nationalist movement is “racist” and exists to drive out all Arabs from the Nile to the Euphrates.
- You are a foreign interloper in your ancient homeland.
These are all lessons taught to Gazan children in the new Hamas textbooks (finally, books that Hamas doesn’t want to burn!).
And that question – how does one make peace with such people? – is not rhetorical. Neither is it philosophical – the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was right when he famously noted that one makes peace with enemies, not with friends. The question must first be answered logistically. How can you ever trust someone who thinks this way? Terrorism is an act – if they promise it will stop and it stops, then you know it has stopped – but hatred exists in the heart where only the Lord knows its extent.
Secretary of State Kerry will be in Israel tomorrow pushing his latest round of negotiations – saying “peace, peace” when there is no peace.
Incidentally, the next verse in Jeremiah? “Are they ashamed of their detestable conduct? No, they have no shame at all” (Jeremiah 6:15).
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Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 at 8:22 AM | Stand For Israel
Lee Smith, writing at Tablet magazine, says what many others have said (though he says it much better) – the peace process has failed and has, in fact, made things worse for Israelis, Palestinians, the rest of the Middle East, and the West:
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What’s clear amidst all this traffic is that the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is presently the least important and least bloody conflict in the region, after the Syrian civil war, the Libyan civil war, Iraq’s violent partition, Egypt’s military crack-down, etc. From the point of view of national realpolitik, the only people who should be thinking long and hard about the end of the Arab-Israeli peace process are American policymakers.
Thursday, October 31st, 2013 at 9:41 AM | Stand For Israel
Passing largely unnoticed last week was the twentieth anniversary of the signing on the White House lawn of the Oslo Accords. Caroline Glick says that the iconic photograph of then-Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, PLO leader Yasser Arafat, and President Clinton today marks a great gamble taken by Israel that has cost the Jewish state lives, treasure, world opinion and friends, and options.
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Renowned intellectuals and decorated military leaders warned that the PLO was a terrorist organization that had no intention of making peace with Israel. They warned that the PLO would use every inch of land Israel transferred to its control as a forward base for terrorism against Israeli civilians. They warned that Yassir Arafat was a liar, a murderer and a Jew hater who would use all powers granted him to murder and legitimize the murder of Israeli civilians. They warned that he was not interested in the least in establishing a Palestinian state, rather wanted only to oversee the dismemberment and destruction of our state, the Jewish state. And for the past twenty years, their warnings were borne out by events every single day.
Monday, September 16th, 2013 at 8:34 AM | Stand For Israel
Seth Mandel, writing at Commentary magazine, notes that – in the shadow of the crisis in Syria – the negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians continue; or, rather, don’t continue. Now the Palestinians are claiming that the U.S. assured them of something that the U.S. and Israel deny and the Americans are telling the press not to believe anything they hear from the Palestinians.
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The real problem, it seems, is that the Palestinians don’t want to start serious negotiations. The background is that the Palestinians supposedly asked for one of three preconditions for negotiations from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: releasing terrorist prisoners, freezing construction in settlements, or starting the talks from the 1967 lines. Netanyahu opted for the prisoner release.
Wednesday, September 11th, 2013 at 8:10 AM | Stand For Israel
Jonathan Tobin, writing at Commentary Magazine, notes that a Palestinian negotiator has publicly commented on what’s happening behind closed doors – she complained about Israel wanting only the two parties in the room and not the U.S. Tobin finds it interesting that, although the Palestinians say the U.S. is biased toward Israel, they nonetheless want the Americans in the room:
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The Palestinian fear of being trapped in a room with the people they are supposed to be crafting a deal with has nothing to do with fear of Israeli power. It’s all about the fact that the last thing they want is to actually reach an agreement they’d have to justify to a Palestinian people that is still not ready to accept a Jewish state no matter its borders are drawn.
Friday, August 23rd, 2013 at 8:59 AM | Stand For Israel
Ten years ago today – on August 9th, 2001 – Hamas operatives Ahlam Tamimi and Izz al-Din Shuheil al-Masri carried out a murderous jihad assault in Jerusalem. Bombing a Sbarro pizza restaurant full of families and tourists, Izz al-Din killed himself along with 16 civilians (eight were children) and wounded 130.
Tamimi, the 20-year-old journalism student who drove Izz al-Din to the site, walked away unharmed. She was arrested, sentenced to 16 life sentences, and subsequently released in the prisoner exchange deal that brought back Israeli solider Gilad Shalit. Throughout her imprisonment and after her release, Tamimi showed no remorse. Rather, she is proud of the attack, proud that so many Israeli lives were lost, and proud to continue the path of jihad. (more…)Comments (1) »
Friday, August 9th, 2013 at 2:56 PM | Stand For Israel