Monday, August 8, 2011

Palestinian envoy: Israel root of all Muslim world's problems


There will be no Palestinian state following the UN vote
By GARY BAUMGARTEN
It would be comical if it weren’t for the fact that a lot of people believe this dribble.
The Palestinian’s envoy to Tehran says any miseries that are visiting the Muslim world are the direct result of “Zionist regime.” And he called for a unification of the Muslim world. In this context, presumably in solidarity against Israel.
Again, the “moderate” Palestinian Authority speaks out so recklessly against Israel.
This reminds me of the Indonesia tsunami, blamed, by some, on the Israelis. You’ll likely recall that much needed aid from Israel was rejected.
And who can forget how the Israeli’s were blamed by an Egyptian official for shark attacks along the Sinai?
Seemingly, these absurd assertions are ignored by a world community that also turns a blind eye to the repression of Palestinian journalists, the official antisemitism in the Palestinian territories and the PA’s funding – with U.S. tax dollars – of terrorists in Israeli jails.
All this at a time when the Palestinians, who have not sat down with the Israelis in nearly a year, are going to the United Nations to seek a unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state.
Say what you will about the position of the Netanyahu government. He has called – repeatedly – for the Palestinians to come to the negotiation table but they continue to refuse.
They know that, in the end, there will be no Palestinian state coming from the UN. For that to happen, the Security Council must say “yes.” And if it does, the U.S. will veto the resolution.
They can go to the General Assembly for a vote that will pass. But that will be all form with no substance of law.
So if they really wanted a state of their own, they would do the right thing. They would sit down and negotiate. Their recalcitrance suggests that they don’t really want a state of their own. And if that’s the case, it’s likely that those Israelis who believe that Fatah, like Hamas, really would rather that the Jewish state disappear, are right.
In the meantime, next time a Muslim stubs his toe, Palestinian diplomats can continue blaming Israel.

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