Submitted for your approval. Imagine a nation founded on hate, where its founding documents were dedicated to the destruction of a reviled enemy. Those in charge of government indoctrinated the people to hate their enemy. They coopted every organ of culture: media, arts, the military, and most of all, education. Children were taught, from the moment they could understand the language, to hate the enemy, to destroy them at all costs. Every dollar was spent, either whipping up hatred for the enemy, attacking the enemy, or plotting to attack the enemy. Necessary infrastructure, even the welfare of the people, was secondary to the obliteration of the enemy.
No, I’m not talking about D/S/Cs and their war on Normal Americans and Donald Trump. I speak of the Palestinians, they, about who the late Abba Eban said, “the Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.” At least thrice in living memory, Israel has offered them nearly all of what they profess to desire. On every occasion, they have rejected those offers in favor of eternal conflict and the hope of finishing what Adolf Hitler began. When Israel has surrendered land and resources to them—such as state of the art greenhouses that made the desert bloom– they’ve destroyed them.
But now, President Trump–a president who actually understands the reality of the Middle East–has presented a peace plan with very generous terms, a plan supported by many governments in the region. John Hinderaker at Powerline, explains:
That is how President Trump bills the Israeli-Arab peace plan that he unveiled today. You can download the entire proposal, titled ‘Peace to Prosperity: A Vision to Improve the Lives of the Palestinian and Israeli People,’ here. I haven’t had time to digest the entire plan, but the Jerusalem Post summarizes the high points:
Borders: Trump’s plan features a map of what Israel’s new borders will be, should it enact the plan fully. Israel will retain 20% of the West Bank and will lose a small amount of land in the Negev near the Gaza-Egypt border. The Palestinians will have a pathway to a state in the vast majority of territory in the West Bank, while Israel will maintain control of all borders.
This is the first time an American peace plan has included a map. President Trump apparently has delved into the details of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Jerusalem: The Palestinians will have a capital in east Jerusalem based on northern and eastern neighborhoods that are outside the Israeli security barrier – Kafr Akab, Abu Dis and half of Shuafat. Otherwise, Trump said Jerusalem will remain undivided as Israel’s capital.
Settlements: Israel will retain the Jordan Valley and all Israeli settlements in the West Bank in the broadest definition possible, meaning not the municipal borders of each settlement but their security perimeters. This also includes 15 isolated settlements, which will be enclaves within an eventual Palestinian state. Within those settlements Israel will not be able to build for the next four years.
Security: Israel will be in control of security from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. The IDF will not have to leave the West Bank. No change to Israel’s approach to Judea and Samaria would be needed.
Palestinian state: The plan does not include immediate recognition of a Palestinian state; rather, it expects a willingness on Israel’s part to create a pathway toward Palestinian statehood based on specific territory, which is about 70% of Judea and Samaria, including areas A and B and parts of Area C. The state will only come into existence in four years if the Palestinians accept the plan, if the Palestinian Authority stops paying terrorists and inciting terrorism and if Hamas and Islamic Jihad put down their weapons. In addition, the American plan calls on the Palestinians to give up corruption, respect human rights, freedom of religion and a free press, so that they don’t have a failed state. If those conditions are met, the US will recognize a Palestinian state and implement a massive economic plan to assist it.
By all accounts, the money offered to build a Palestinian nation is far in excess of the scope of the Post-WWII Marshall Plan, which rebuilt Europe and Japan. So of course, the Palestinians have immediately rejected it:
‘We say 1,000 ‘no’s to this deal,’ Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said.
Palestinian officials and political factions vowed to work toward thwarting the plan, also known as the ‘Deal of the Century,’ on the pretext that it aims to ‘liquidate the Palestinian cause.
Considering the “Palestinian Cause” is primarily the genocide of every Jew, and complete seizure of Israel and its infrastructure, they’re right. The Jews would rather not be exterminated, and at least under Donald Trump, America agrees with Israel.
In a televised address, Abbas called the plan a “conspiracy,” adding that his people’s rights ‘are not for sale.’
‘I say to Trump and Netanyahu: Jerusalem is not for sale, all our rights are not for sale and are not for bargain. And your deal, the conspiracy, will not pass,’ he said.
The New York Post adds a bit of flavor to Palestinian opinion:
Earlier, thousands of Palestinians demonstrated against Trump’s peace plan hours before its scheduled release at the ceremony at the White House.
In Gaza City on Tuesday, protesters waved Palestinian flags and held aloft posters of Abbas.
‘Trump is a fool, Palestine is not for sale!’ an activist shouted through a loudspeaker.
In English, no doubt, for the benefit of the more than willing media.
Others chanted ‘Death to America’ and ‘Death to Israel’ as they burned tires and posters of Trump. More protests were expected after Trump announced details of his plan later in the day.
“Death to America?” “Death to Israel?” They opposed it before they heard a word of it? Hmmm. That sounds vaguely familiar, and I’m sure you’re shocked, shocked, gentle readers, to learn Iran opposes the deal. Take this link to Legal insurrection for a more detailed exposition of the deal and the issues.
It’s hard for Americans to understand the dynamic of blinding hatred inherent in the Palestinian psyche. From the first day children are sent to school, they’re taught to hate Jews. They’re taught their highest aspiration is to kill Jews and die as a martyr in the holy cause of genocide. When a Palestinian terrorist kills Jews and dies in the process, the Palestinian government pays his survivors a permanent stipend for his service to the “Palestinian cause.” This, as well as military hardware, is where most of the money given to the Palestinians goes.
The Palestinians are angry the Jews won’t compromise. They want them all dead; the Jews, uncooperative, unreasonable types, refuse to meet them halfway and die.
Since its construction, the Israeli security wall—Walls really do work—has substantially reduced the Israeli death toll, but Palestinians continue to spend virtually all of the money they are given by credulous Europeans and others to build tunnels, stockpile munitions, and from time to time, fire rockets and missiles into Israel. They site their military installations and rocket launchers in schools, hospitals, UN installations, and other civilian areas, knowing the Israelis will do everything possible to avoid collateral damage. It is only Israeli technical wizardry as evidenced by their Iron Dome anti-missile system, and their essential humanity, that keeps them from utterly wiping out the Palestinians.
A truism I’ve often written applies:
If the Palestinians laid down their arms, there would be peace. If the Israelis laid down their arms, genocide.
Some are suggesting this plan, like all before it, will not succeed in the short term, but might in the long term. I fear not.
In order for any peace plan to succeed, Palestinians would have to begin, now, to abandon their genocidal bloodlust. They would have to entirely change the way their educate their children, and would have to renounce terrorism, which is all many of them know and understand. If they did this, and if malign regional actors like Iran could be entirely suppressed, all military arms shipments interdicted, and all current arms beyond those necessary for policing surrendered, in several generations, peace might be possible, but not before.
As Americans are learning as never before, unreasoning hatred is a powerful, even contagious, motivation.
The Palestinians and others are screaming Trump is biased toward the Israelis. What sane person wouldn’t be? Israel is, after all, our ally, the only democracy in the Middle East, and the Palestinians are an integral part of International Terror Inc.
Mr. Trump’s initiative is surely historic in scope and generosity, but the possibility of its adoption, even if he wins a second term, is virtually nil. Should A D/S/C take the White House in 2024, the effort will surely be abandoned in favor of a plan that blames America and Israel first, which will make peace impossible. It’s that “Jews don’t want to die” thing again. Making a peace deal impossible for the only party that actually wants peace is not a good idea. As the rest of the world knows, America is fickle. Its policies may change dramatically from administration to administration, and it is often more dangerous to its friends than its enemies, and no more so than when a D/S/C is in the White House.
For now, we can expect the status quo, including D/S/Cs relentlessly attacking Mr. Trump, not only for offering a generous and viable peace, but merely for being. The desires of Palestinians toward Israelis are like that.
UPDATE, 01-31-20, 1940 CST: The list of those supporting the deal is growing: