Friday, July 15, 2011

15-Jul-11: Plain talk on why we are in an ongoing war

The Palestinian Arab analyst Khaled Abu Toameh writes some of the most incisive, courageous and well-informed journalism  around. On the Hudson Institute website, he has a new article called "Palestinians Cannot Accept Less than 100%". He reminds us that the Palestinian Arabs are divided into two camps today: the more radical and the less radical. The differences between them? Not so great.
The radical camp, headed by Hamas and Islamic Jihad, says: We want 100% of everything and we will not make any concessions to Israel. We want all the land. We want to replace Israel with an Islamic state. There is no point in talking about the possibility of negotiating with this radical camp about peace, especially as its declared goal is to eliminate Israel - not make peace with it.
The less radical camp, headed by the PLO, says it wants 100% of the pre-1967 lines - meaning the entire West Bank, Gaza, and east Jerusalem. The "moderate" camp is also saying that it will not and cannot make any concessions to Israel on its territorial demands. They say they are ready to return to the negotiating table, but only if Israel agrees in advance to give them 100% of their demands.
Yet even if Israel does accept all their demands, neither camp is willing to commit to ending the conflict. 
The entire short essay, like most of what Mr Abu Toameh publishes, deserves your attention (here).

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