Peace, Peace, But There is No Peace
Vol: 47 Issue: 20 Saturday, August 20, 2005
Even as the gut-wrenching scenes of families being uprooted from homes they have lived in for a generation played out on TV, Palestinian terror groups, including the Palestinian Authority, are already demanding more.
The Gaza evacuation isn’t completed yet — there remain several communities awaiting expulsion by Israeli security forces.
The purpose of the evacuation — at least, in the fondest fantasies of most Israelis, is to put an end to the bloody five-year Oslo War, even at the expense of capitulation to terror.
Hamas held a news conference in Gaza City (where else on earth could terrorists call a news conference?) where a masked spokesman for the group told reporters, “Gaza is not Palestine. As or Jerusalem and the West Bank, we will seek to liberate them by resistance just as the Gaza Strip was liberated,” he said, while surrounded by other masked gunmen posing with rocket launchers.
The Israeli withdrawal from Gaza is one of the conditions imposed on the Jewish state by the Quartet’s ‘Road Map to Peace’ — a condition that Israel is meeting unilaterally.
Under the terms of the Road Map, the Israelis don’t actually have to do anything at all — the agreements as signed require the Palestinians to end terror and disarm terrorist groups (particularly Hamas and Islamic Jihad) BEFORE Israel hands over any more territory to the Palestinian Authority.
That isn’t the way the news media is portraying the situation. According, for example, to Reuters, “Israel has said there can be no talks before the dismantling of groups like Hamas, the biggest faction behind suicide bombings, shootings and rocket attacks during the uprising.”
And THAT is the way most people understand the situation. Israel is the obstacle to peace, even if they aren’t sure why.
The fact is, it was the ‘Road Map to Peace’ agreement that stipulates there can be no talks until Hamas is dismantled — Israel is merely quoting existing Palestinian promises — the media calls it ‘commitments’ — but a ‘commitment’ means a ‘promise’ and to terrorists, promises are weapons, just like guns and knives.
Terrorists attack ‘soft targets’ like buses, markets and neighborhoods, preferring innocents like mothers and children because of the maximum shock value. Then they promise that if their demands are met, they will stop attacking.
But there has never been a case in the history of modern terrorism where the terrorists have kept their promises, even after achieving their early goals. Success breeds more demands, which results in more terror.
While Abbas promised to dismantle terror groups in order to get Israeli concessions, once the concessions are granted, the promises are forgotten. At the Gaza news conference, the Hamas spokesman addressed the issue of disarmament saying,
Our arms removed the Zionist enemy and therefore we will not abandon our weapons and we will not hand the over to anybody.” He also said the issue “was not up for discussion.”
It WAS up for discussion — when there was a potential payoff. Now that the payoff demands are beginning to be met, the promises are abandoned and replaced by additional demands.
Abbas has not only done nothing about disarming and dismantling Palestinian terror groups, he has actually embraced them as his ‘comrades in arms’ attended terror rallies during which he ‘promised’ to break his promise to Israel [and the Quartet] and has even offered to bring the terrorists into his government.
He can do little else. Abbas is a terrorist. The Palestinian Authority is a terrorist organization with oceans of blood on its hands, and his goal [inexplicably shared with the rest of the world] is the creation of the world’s first terrorist state.
Oh, there have been other terror states, like Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and so on, but the proposed PA state is being created by global acclamation without any illusions.
There cannot possibly be a global leader anywhere on the planet who does not recognize the fact that the Palestinian Authority is a terrorist entity, by definition.
There isn’t a global leader anywhere on the planet who could argue credibly that the Palestinian side has met a single commitment [or promise] it has made since the signing of the Oslo Agreement in 1993.
The PLO was born as a terrorist organization. It was founded by terrorists, led by terrorists, and for a quarter-century, painted the region with the blood of innocents until 1993. It’s foundational goal, its reason for being, is the destruction of the Jewish state of Israel. Remove that goal from the PLO Charter, and the PLO has no reason to exist.
In 1993, Yasser Arafat promised to amend the PLO Charter to include a recognition of Israel’s right to exist, and, on the strength of that promise, the PLO was magically transformed into a legitimate governmental entity called the Palestinian Authority, and Yasser Arafat was magically transformed from the world’s most dangerous terrorist into the world’s most celebrated ‘statesman’.
Twelve years later, the PLO Charter has never been amended. Thousands of Israelis have been killed or maimed by terrorist attacks launched from within the Palestinian Authority.
For twelve years, the only issue ‘negotiated’ was a promise to end the terror, but always, there was just one more thing they demanded of Israel, first.
Not one promise made by the Palestinian Authority since 1993 has been honored. Not one. In exchange for transparently empty promises, Israel has already surrendered most of its holdings in the West Bank and all of the Gaza Strip.
In exchange for transparently empty promises, the global community has insisted that Israel create a terrorist state on its own borders.
It would be the equivalent of the United Nations promising al-Qaeda its own state — by forcibly evacuating California and turning it over to Osama bin-Laden.
According to the State Department’s official website, the Road Map to Peace is “a performance-based and goal-driven roadmap, with clear phases, timelines, target dates, and benchmarks aiming at progress through reciprocal steps by the two parties in the political, security, economic, humanitarian, and institution-building fields, under the auspices of the Quartet [the United States, European Union, United Nations, and Russia].
A two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will only be achieved through an end to violence and terrorism, when the Palestinian people have a leadership acting decisively against terror and willing and able to build a practicing democracy based on tolerance and liberty, and through Israel s readiness to do what is necessary for a democratic Palestinian state to be established, and a clear, unambiguous acceptance by both parties of the goal of a negotiated settlement as described below.”
The official State Department document then outlines the Road Map to Peace in phases.
Phase 1 is entitled, ‘Ending Terror and Violence.’ At the OUTSET of Phase 1, says the document, “Palestinian leadership issues unequivocal statement reiterating Israel s right to exist in peace and security and calling for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire to end armed activity and all acts of violence against Israelis anywhere. All official Palestinian institutions end incitement against Israel.”
That, my friends, is the OUTSET of Phase 1. The first requirement. It is the catalyst that sets the stage for a ‘two-state solution’ to the Israeli-Arab conflict. An unconditional ceasefire and an end to acts of violence against Israel.
Phase II — called ‘Transition’ was scheduled to be completed by December 2003. That was to be followed by Phase III, which was optimistically titled, “Permanent Status Agreement and End of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict”.
During the time frame in which the two sides were supposed to be implementing Phase III, six hundred and forty-six Israelis were killed by Palestinian terrorists that were supposed to be disarmed and disbanded by the conclusion of Phase 1.
The Road Map to Peace is a ‘performance based and goal-driven road map’, based on the cessation of violence against Israel as Phase 1, according to its sponsors. But on August 11, 2005, President Bush expressed his ‘confidence’ in Palestinian terror leader Mahmoud Abbas, saying;
“He knows that a democracy can’t exist so long as you’ve got armed groups willing to take law in their own hands. And he’s committed to a democratic state.” Right. But the ‘democratic state’ Abbas is committed to is occupied by Israel at the moment.
Regarding the Palestinians’ obligation to fight terrorism, Bush noted that dismantling terrorist organizations is a process that cannot simply be achieved by disarming and isolating terrorists. (If that were true, we might as well withdraw all our own troops from the field and surrender to al-Qaeda)
Bush then said it is necessary to provide hope to the Palestinians and the Israelis that a peaceful, democratic state can emerge.
Let that sink in for a second. President Bush knows what the Road Map to peace demands from both sides. He knows that Phase 1 demanded the immediate dismantling of terror groups and an end to Palestinian terror as its starting point. Bush knows that none of the groups have been disarmed, indeed, he HAS to know that Abbas has embraced them as his ‘partners’.
Bush must be aware of the hundreds of innocent Israelis that have been killed by terrorists who were deliberately targeting innocents in the intervening months since the Road Map was agreed to by both sides.
So exactly what kind of ‘hope’ is he offering Israelis that a peaceful, democratic Palestinian state can emerge?
He’s put all his bets on Mahmoud Abbas, co-founder of the PLO, right hand man to Yasser Arafat since 1964, mastermind of countless terrorist attacks in his own right, under whose administration Palestinian terrorist groups have achieved such respectability that Hamas can call a press conference in Gaza in which it promises to continue to the terror until ‘all Hamas’ goals have been met.”
Hamas has only one goal. The destruction of Israel. Hamas doesn’t even care about Palestinian statehood. All it wants is the destruction of Israel. Period. End of story. When Israel ceases to exist, Hamas will have achieved its goal, and not before.
The modern Gaza Strip was, in Biblical times, the Land of the Philistines. The territory of the West Bank, when Joshua led the Israelites back to the Promised Land, was the Land of the Canaanites.
When God led them back into the land He gave by covenant to Abraham and his descendants, God told them not to enter into any treaty with its inhabitants, but to utterly drive them out. Instead, they disobeyed God.
“And the angel of the LORD came up from Gilgal to Bochim, and said, I made you to go up out of Egypt, and have brought you unto the land which I swore unto your fathers; and I said, I will never break My covenant with you. And you shall make no covenant with the inhabitants of this land; you shall throw down their altars: but you have not obeyed My voice: why have you done this?” (Judges 2:1-2)
“Therefore I also said, I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be as thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare unto you.” (Judges 2:3)
Roughly four thousand years later, Israel is still fighting the Philistines and Canaanites over the same piece of ground they disobeyed God by failing to overthrow back then.
Apart from Scripture, there can be no explanation for the Arab-Israel conflict. The Arab claim is based on historical revisions, supported by lies and false promises, and is writ large in Jewish blood. But it has the full support of the global community, despite the fact they KNOW all this.
Israel’s claim is based on the land grant of Scripture, but it is also based on the same principle that dictates the existence of every other nation on earth.
Possession. Remove Scripture from the equation and it is no different than Mexico demanding the return of California, New Mexico and Texas.
Yet the global community is universally committed to the Palestinian cause, knowing that its realization means the end of the Jewish state of Israel.
But before that happens, say the same Scriptures that foretold the Arab-Israeli conflict four thousand years in advance;
“I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon Me Whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him, as one mourns for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.”(Zechariah 12:10)
It is hard to imagine Israel surviving intact for much longer, given the odds against them. Which means the fulfillment of Zechariah’s prophecy must come soon, or there will be nobody left to mourn.
“So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Verily I say unto you, THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS AWAY, TILL ALL BE FULFILLED” (Luke 21:31-32)