A Failure to be Responsible

Yisrael Medad,

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Yisrael Medad
I am a resident of Shiloh, with my wife and children, and now grandchildren, since 1981, having come on Aliyah in 1970. I have served in a volunteer capacity as a Yesha Council spokesperson, twice a member of Amana's secretariat, Benjamin Regional Council plenum member and mayor of Shiloh. I was a parliamentary aide for Geula Cohen and two other MKs, an advisor to a Minister, vice-chairman and executive director of Israel's Media Watch and currently, am Information and Content Resource coordinator for the Begin Heritage Center.

One element of the so-called 'victimization' construct that the Arabs-who-refer-to-themselves-as-'Palestinians' have adopted is that, essentially, they are really never responsible for their situation and they need to be assisted (and even if they engage in terror, it's not their fault and even if they use their own civilians as human shields, it's not their fault).  Yes, this is frustrating because it permits them to avoid being blamed for anything they actually do do.

To illustrate this, consider this development

Palestinian FM to push for Israel war crimes case at ICC

Riad al-Malki urges UN to hold Israel accountable for its crimes, while Amnesty International say both sides have committed war crimes that must be investigated

and on its background, Professor Eugene Kontorovich notes that there's a problem since a "state" must prove that it administers effective control over its territory but 

Palestine cannot join the ICC because it’s occupied

In other words, a unilateral declaration, without following through the Oslo Accords, denies them this move, as paradoxical as it may seem.

A legal academic seeks to counter this argument but I saw something else in his argument, when he suggests:

[Mahmoud] Abbas has neither de jure nor de facto effective control over the members of the groups (especially Hamas) that are responsible for the rocket attacks on Israel. Nor does it seem likely that he would be part of the military chain of command in a Fatah-Hamas unity government. So whatever the state of Palestine’s responsibility for the rocket attacks might be, it is extraordinarily unlikely that Abbas would ever be held individually criminally responsible for them — now or in the future.

Is any Arab-who-refers-to-himself-as-a-'Palestinian' ever responsible for anything they do?

But there is this there:

The Palestinian Authority fails all of the elements of the OTP [Office of the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court]’s “effective control” test in the context of rival governments: it does not control all of the state of Palestine, it does not enjoy the “habitual obedience of the bulk of the population,” and it does not have “a reasonable expectancy of permanence.”

So, a failed state.

Failure has always been their reality: they failed to keep us from redeeming our national homeland, of reaching its shores, establishing a state and flourishing in our nationall home.