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In addition to teaching hate in their schools, paying pensions to terrorists convicted in Israeli prisons and many other misdeeds, the PA chairman insists that Jews will not be allowed to live in the Palestinian state in his vision.
Israeli leaders should not be playing this shaky game of being politically correct and throwing the ball to the Arabs to take the “blame” for the Two State idea’s failure. Our leaders should choose to act like adults and put the facts down on the table. The fact is that Israel does not see itself without control of the mountainous region in its middle - whether for the irreplaceable strategic importance and security, or for the historical, archaeological, Biblical and even Zionist value of this heartland.
How many realize that most Israelis have been born since 1967 and have always known this area as an integral part of the state of Israel? The roads, trails, towns and villages are an embedded part of Israel’s national entity. Many can’t envision breaking the area off and giving it over to the administration of any foreign country and definitely not for the dubious purpose of establishing a PLO state.
But does that mean that Israelis who feel that way are “against peace”? The answer is definitely “no!” Israelis want peace. Many do not believe that giving over territory and establishing a PLO state is the key to that desired result. Many question the wisdom of the well-intentioned international diplomats. What do American and EU politicians know about the Middle East? Where have they gone right? Libya, Tunis, Egypt or Syria?
For the past 20 years, the international community has been pouring billions of dollars into the Palestinian Authority. Who can argue against the fact that a great part of these massive international funds found their way into the pockets of PLO functionaries who became wealthy as a result? Part of these funds contribute to monthly pensions that the PA pays convicted terrorists sitting in Israeli jails. What part of that money has actually been used to meet the needs of the population for which it was intended?
These points only show the tip of the iceberg of corruption and failure springing from the Oslo concept of establishing a Palestinian state west of the Jordan river. The idea is not going to lead the area to peace and prosperity, and so far it has only caused more misery.
It is time to acknowledge that the Oslo path was wrong route to choose. Other alternatives must be considered. Currently, looking around the Middle East region, it seems that post-1967 Israel is more stable that many of its neighbors. Of course, improvements could be implemented for the benefit of all parts of the population, but the current status quo should be used as a basis for that - not the addition of more upheaval.