posted on Jul, 6 2014 @ 06:17 PM
Israel doesn't want peace? Maybe, maybe not.
How badly do the Palestinians want peace? Not at all, actually. There are so many news articles and speeches by Hamas and Fatah pointing this out,
that I'm surprised anyone would question it. One speech stuck out in my mind as being succinct and direct, so I'll post a snippet from it.
In order to give you something to respond to, I chose the speech by the Israeli ambassador to the United Nations. Yes, I know he's Jewish which, for
some, means every word he says is an Islamaphobic lie. Now that that's out of the way, listen to what he said on November 29, 2011. That was 64
years to the day after the UN created Israel.
The resolution that gives the 29th of November significance - General Assembly resolution 181 - speaks of the creation of a "Jewish State" no less
than 25 times. We still do not hear Palestinian leaders utter the term. The Palestinian leadership refuses to acknowledge Israel's character as a
Jewish state. You will never hear them say "two states for two peoples". If you ever hear a Palestinian leader say "two states for two peoples",
please phone me immediately. My office has set up the equivalent of a 911 number in the event of such an unprecedented occurrence.
Palestinian leaders call for an independent Palestinian state, but insist that the Palestinian people return to the Jewish state. This is a
proposition that no one who believes in the right of Israel to exist could ever accept. The idea that Israel will be flooded with millions of
Palestinians is a non-starter. The international community knows it. The Palestinian leadership knows it. But the Palestinian people aren't hearing
it. At this very moment, the gap between their perception and reality remains the major obstacle to peace.
Let me repeat that: the so-called right of return is and will remain the major obstacle to peace. It is not settlements. It is not the laundry list of
baseless accusations launched against Israel in today's resolutions. I'll repeat it again: the so-called right of return is the major obstacle to
peace. Everyone knows it.
Yet, all of those who were so vocal today in telling Israel what is has to do for peace - mumbled, stuttered and conveniently lost their voices when
it came to telling the Palestinians that the so-called right of return is a non-starter. For decades, this body has rubber-stamped nearly every
Palestinian whim, no matter how counter-factual or counter-productive. What has this accomplished? The lip service of this body has only done a
disservice for peace.
The first and primary fact to remember is that the Palestinians won't even talk to Israel, if they first have to agree that the Jewish State of
Israel has a right to exist. It is not possible to honestly negotiate for peace if you will not allow your opponent the right to exist, that is a
call for unconditional surrender.
What has Palestine voluntarily given up to try for peace with Israel? While Israel has made several major concessions, they have been ignored, or
accepted without Palestine giving what it had promised on it's side.
Perhaps both sides have faults, but if you believe there is one party blocking peace, look elsewhere, it is not Israel.