Monday, September 1, 2008

Between the Lines: Why the Conflict Continues

The New Haven Register today (September 1) published an article illustrating a key reason why the Palestinan Arab-Israeli portion of the Arab-Israeli conflict defies all efforts to resolve it: Arab intransigence.

Abbas rejects interim Israeli peace proposal

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas rejected Israel's idea of an interim peace agreement at a Sunday summit, a Palestinian negotiator said, insisting on an all-or-nothing approach that virtually ruled out an accord by a January target date.

[This is a bit of an understatement; their all-or-nothing approach rules out an accord until it's abandoned.

It is refreshing to see an article, even subtly, note the intransigence of even the so called "moderate" Mahmoud Abbas/Abu Mazen. While Israel long ago caved into almost all the outrageous Arab demands, offering all of Gaza - since actually given away, lock stock and barrel - along with about 95 percent of the rest of the disputed territories and offering to divide its own capital, the Palestinian Arabs haven't budged an inch from the demands Yasser Arafat was making at the start of the Oslo Experiment way back in 1993.

There are other reasons the conflict continues, but this intransigence is really related to all of them. The basic problem is the unwillingness of the Palestinian Arabs to accept the existence of Israel.]

The latest meeting between Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was their shortest, lasting less than an hour. Neither side pointed to progress.

[Olmert's] aides said Sunday he hoped the Palestinians would sign a document outlining any agreements reached with Israel before he leaves office.

But Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said Abbas flatly rejected that at the brief summit on Sunday.

We want an agreement to end the (Israeli) occupation and establish an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, Erekat said.

[The so-called occupation ended long ago, with the Palestinian Authority taking over administration of areas in which roughly ninety-five percent of the Arabs in the disputed territories live.

Israelis also recognized a long time ago that they would have to compromise over what they wanted; the Palestinian Arabs need to stop behaving like spoiled infants and settle for something reasonable rather than everything they want.

Meanwhile, the rest of the world needs to stop appeasing the Palestinian Arabs the way ineffectual parents appease their spoiled brats and the way Chamberlain appeased Hitler. It's counterproductive.

Meanwhile, it's refreshing to see an article published which, even inadvertantly, recognizes the intransigence of the Palestinian Arabs.]

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