Israel 2011 — An Impossible Peace
Vol: 111 Issue: 28 Tuesday, December 28, 2010
After days of violence between Israelis and Palestinians and accelerated rocket attacks on southern Israel from Hamas-led Gaza strip, Israel’s foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman declared on Sunday that “peace was impossible” suggesting Israel should seek a less lofty goal and cut their losses.
The latest eruption between the two sides followed the continuing violence along the Israel-Gaza border. Lieberman told a conference of Israeli diplomats that instead of a full peace deal, Israel should seek a long-term, interim agreement on security and economic matters.
“It’s not only that it is impossible” to reach an overall agreement, he said. “It is simply forbidden.”
Lieberman said the West Bank Palestinian Authority — with whom Israel has pledged to negotiate — is “not legitimate” because it has postponed elections.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas remains in office though his term expired almost a year ago, and there is no date for a new election.
Palestinians have consistently rejected that approach.
Lieberman has a reputation for expressing hard-line views that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can’t, allowing him to float alternative plans while officially sticking to the premise of a final, negotiated peace settlement between the two sides.
Consequently statement from Netanyahu’s office said Lieberman’s comments reflect “his personal positions,” not those of the government.
Peace talks were making progress until Obama switched sides and demanded that Israel cease all construction in Jerusalem.
Obama was eager to make his mark early and earn the Peace Prize awarded him for being black two weeks into his presidency.Being clueless from Chicago, he didn’t know that his demands immediately are transformed into the Palestinian default position.
So when he later tried to walk that back, the Palestinians wouldn’t let him. Now the Palestinians say that they will not negotiate as long as Israel builds homes for Jews on any land they claim for their proposed state.
That’s what makes further negotiations “impossible” since it requires an Israeli capitulation over the issue in dispute before they will negotiate the issue in dispute.
Like agreeing on the final price first – as a condition of haggling over the price. It impossible.
Because the PA is unelected, the only legally-elected representative of the Palestinian people with whom Israel could credibly negotiate would be Hamas.
Hamas exists by charter for the express purpose of annihilating Israel. Hamas is a terrorist organization with whom negotiation is forbidden.
So peace is impossible. Israel has no credible negotiating partner. For that reason, French Foreign Minister Bernard Koucher had already discussed a unilateral declaration of Palestinian statehood regardless of the outcome of negotiations with Israel.
That information came to light as part of the overall Wikileaks document dump. According to a ‘secret’ (so to speak) cable written by US Ambassador to France to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:
“The French agree with us on the need to help [Palestinian Authority] President [Mahmoud] Abbas return to the negotiating table by offering assistance programs, guarantees, and the support of Arab leaders. However Kouchner also mentioned to SE [George] Mitchell the controversial idea of offering to recognize a Palestinian state now, with undefined borders, or offering to recognize a Palestinian state within a defined timeline, regardless of the outcome of negotiation.”
The Wikileaks cable says that Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia and Uruguay have already decided on formally recognizing a fully independent Palestinian state within the 1967 (Green Line) borders.
The Wikileaks plan somehow managed to trigger some deep, almost forgotten practice within the US Congress. Some in the Congress actually read the Wikileaks documents. Having read them, they sneaked by a bill of their own, passing a resolution opposing unilateral steps aimed at a declaration of Palestinian statehood earlier this month.
(We should have leaked the TARP and Obamacare bills — maybe they would have read them, too!)
Introduced by Rep Howard Berman,[D-Ca) and then- chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Berman moved to pass the resolution “supporting a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and condemning unilateral measures to declare or recognize a Palestinian state.”
Palestinian Authority chief negotiator Saeb Erekat slammed the action saying that;
“through the passage of this resolution, the US Congress is contradicting the policy of the American government to create a Palestinian state by hindering the ability of the Palestinians to navigate around the Israeli government’s obstructionist policies.”
In other words, Congress is obstructing the Palestinian ability to ignore its negotiating partners. And they don’t like it one bit.
So they’re taking it to the UN.
Last week, Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas announced his intention to ask the UN Security Council to pass a resolution defining Jewish construction in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem as illegal.
Now go back up and read the sentence above one more time, slowly. Sound out every word until you have a complete grasp of the thought being conveyed.
Mahmoud Abbas co-founded the PLO with Yasser Arafat, the father of modern terrorism.
His ‘Palestinian Authority’ exists based on an agreement that if Israel will agree to its existence, then the Palestinians will stop committing acts of terror.
At no point along the way was terrorism legalized or any of the innocent dead revived. The death, mayhem and destruction wrought at the hands of Yasser Arafat, Mahmoud Abbas and the PLO was never paid for in any legal sense, neither was there any blanket pardon granted in any legal sense.
Mahmoud Abbas’ term of office expired two years ago. So did the Palestinian Authority’s, well, authority. The PA won’t hold new elections because Hamas would win.
And because Hamas would win, nobody is pressuring Abbas and Company to hold elections.
So, with no legal standing of its own, the PA is asking for a resolution declaring a Jewish presence in parts of Judea, Samaria or Jerusalem illegal?
Leaving aside the lack of standing on the part of Abbas, where is the standing of the UN? Israel is a member-state of the United Nations?
Chapter 1, Article 2, Paragraph 7 of the United Nations Charter reads as follows:
“Nothing contained in the present Charter shall authorize the United Nations to intervene in matters which are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of any state or shall require the Members to submit such matters to settlement under the present Charter; but this principle shall not prejudice the application of enforcement measures under Chapter Vll.”
The central question is whether this is a domestic Israeli issue? Or an international issue involving Israel and an second member state or country? The question doesn’t seem that difficult.
Totally apart from any religious tradition, history says that Jesus Christ was born a Jew, in Bethlehem, now claimed as part of the Palestinian Authority.
He was raised a Jew in Nazareth, now claimed as part of the PA. His ministry was to Jews living in Samaria, Judea and Jerusalem, now claimed as part of the PA.
Jesus lived during the Roman occupation of Judea, a period known to history through the writings of Flavius Josephus as the “Wars of the Jews” because that’s who lived in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria.
The Romans conquered Judea from the Greeks. The Jews were there. The Greeks conquered it from the Persians. The Jews were there. The Persians conquered it from Babylon, who conquered it from the Jews of Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria.
Before that, Sargon the Assyria conquered the Northern Kingdom of Israel. Prior to the division of the Northern and Southern Kingdoms, it was all called “Israel.” And Jerusalem was founded by Israel’s King David.
The UN’s jurisdiction on behalf of the Arab states is itself illegitimate. The UN recognized Israel in 1948. The Arab states declared war on Israel five times, each time leaving Israel in possession of more territory. Under the internationally recognized right of conquest, the territory captured is then part of Israel.
The “right of conquest” is still the functioning basis for the existence of the United States, not to mention ALL of the modern states of the Middle East. All were part of the Ottoman Empire until conquered by the Allies in WWI.
Jordan’s borders were drawn by England in 1922, not the Jordanians. The Jordanians attempted to draw their own borders in 1967. They hoped to extend them to the Meditterranean Sea. Instead, they were redrawn back to the Jordan River.
But the UN didn’t do it. Jordan did. The West Bank wasn’t lost by Jordan, it was recovered by Israel. Under the right of conquest, everything the UN has done concerning Israel and the “Palestinians” is illegal under its own charter.
The United Nations came into existence as a consequence of World War Two. One reason was to prevent the re-occurrence of forced deportations, ethnic cleansings and other forms of genocide practiced by the Axis powers, especially in Nazi Germany.
The United Nations defines “ethnic cleansing” this way:
“a purposeful policy designed by one ethnic or religious group to remove by violent and terror-inspiring means the civilian population of another ethnic or religious group from certain geographic areas.”
As part of his request that the UN Security Council criminalize the presence of Jews in parts of Jerusalem, Samaria and Judea, Abbas added the following so there could be no mistake.
“If there is an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, we won’t agree to the presence of one Israeli in it. When a Palestinian state is established, it would have no Israeli presence.”
‘A nation without the presence of a single Israeli in it’ — by design. The Nazis had a word for that; “Judenrein” — but the United Nations defines it as “ethnic cleansing”.
Caroline Glick summarized the impossible position Israel finds itself in as the books close on the year 2010.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signaled this month that the Obama administration is wholly on board Fatah’s political warfare bandwagon. In her speech at the Brookings Institute on December 10, she said the Obama administration supports Fatah’s plan to build facts on the ground that will make it more difficult for Israel to maintain its control over Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem.
After calling Jewish presence in the areas “illegitimate,” Clinton pledged the US “will deepen our support of the Palestinians’ state-building efforts.”
Among other things, she pledged to continue training and deploying a Palestinian army in Judea and Samaria and pressuring Israel to withdraw the IDF from the areas.
As she put it, “As the Palestinian security forces continue to become more professional and capable, we look to Israel to facilitate their efforts. And we hope to see a significant curtailment of incursions by Israeli troops into Palestinian areas.”
These then are the contours of the Palestinians’ war plans for 2011. Hamas will launch an illegal missile war to provoke an IDF campaign in Gaza. Iran, Syria, Hizbullah, Turkey, the UN and a vast array of NGOs and leftist governments from Norway to Brazil will support its illegal war.
Fatah will escalate its political war. Its campaign will be supported by the US, the EU, the UN and a vast array of NGOs and leftist governments.
The purpose of these two campaigns – which complement one another and which will likely culminate at the UN in September – is to weaken Israel militarily and politically with the shared purpose of destroying it in the fullness of time.
That last statement is what caught my eye. The Gentile plan to take Jerusalem from the Jews and Glick’s use of the phrase,”in the fullness of time.”
Jesus predicted the Roman sack of Jerusalem, the Diaspora and the ultimate return of the Jews to their own land in the last days. He outlined the entire history in a single sentence:
“And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” (Luke 21:24)
Jerusalem is in Israeli hands, but it is still trodden down of the Gentiles. For now. But all the signs point to this dispensation as rapidly winding to a close.
“That in the dispensation of the fulness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in Him:” (Ephesians 1:10)
As we wind down the year 2010, there is little remaining reason to doubt that we are witnessing the waning hours of the Dispensation of the fulness of times. Maybe this year. Maybe next. But soon.
And after that, the Gathering!