Israel’s diplomatic offensive featuring a video that tells “the truth about the West Bank” has shocked the PA, which said it “falsified history and international law.”
In the video, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said that the terms "occupied territories" and "1967-lines" are inaccurate and should be replaced with ”disputed territories.” He also proved that the "1967 borders” never existed in law..
The new diplomatic effort by Israel has clearly rattled the Palestinian Authority, whose chief negotiator Saeb Erekat stated to the official PA news agency WAFA, “With this video, the Israeli government has left no doubt on its pro-conflict agenda. Now, the international community knows the Israeli government is committed to denying the Palestinian people their inalienable right to self-determination and on continuing their [sic] illegal and colonial enterprise in the occupied Palestinian territory.”
Ayalon pointed out in the video that United Nations resolutions on the status of Judea, Samaria and Gaza are just that – resolutions – and are not international law. Erekat was incensed at Ayalon’s stating that “the illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank" (in erekat's words) are "a legitimate part of Israel.”
The Palestinian Authority negotiator added, “This is not an amateur video prepared by an extremist group. An official representing the State of Israel presents a cynical and falsified account of history and international law."
“In its desperate attempt to gear international discourse away from the pursuit of genuine peace to the outdated arguments of those who oppose it, this official video went as far as discarding the United Nations," he accused.
Since the Operation Cast Lead counterterrorist campaign against Hamas, the ensuing Goldstone Report, and the IHH terror-linked flotilla last year, Israel has began to turn around worldwide attempts to make the Jewish state appear illegitimate.
The Israeli government’s “hasbara” PR campaign helped stopped the latest attempt by pro-Hamas activists to sail to Gaza and break Israel’s counterterrorist maritime embargo on the terrorist organization.
Mainstream media, after 20 years of Western-led attempts to bring about a negotiated settlement between the Palestinian Authority and Israel, have begun to show impatience with Arab refusals to budge from their territorial and political demands.
The alleged “humanitarian crisis” in Gaza also has been disproven, and even the United Nations has said it does not exist.