Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Why All the Excuses for Palestinian Intransigence?

From GLORIA,December 13, 2009, by Barry Rubin*:

...If the Palestinians are so miserable, they feel their situation intolerable, and want to get rid of settlements, they have and have had a very simple solution...

Make peace as fast as possible....

Yet they have refused to do so on numerous occasions going back for decades....

...If the Palestinians made a deal they would get an independent state with its capital in east Jerusalem. ... They'd have to swap, say, three or four percent of the West Bank's territory in exchange for an equal amount of Israeli land and they wouldn't get all of east Jerusalem. ...and they'd also get many billions of dollars in compensation.

What else would they have to give up?
  • They'd have to agree that a peace treaty ended the conflict...
  • They'd have to resettle Palestinian refugees in Palestine...
  • They might well have to accept security guarantees for Israel and some limits on their own armaments...

...[yet] the Palestinian Authority is refusing to negotiate at all....Why if the Palestinians are suffering so much won't they make peace?

...the Palestinian leadership wants total victory and Israel's elimination. They are willing to go on letting their people suffer for a century in pursuit of that goal...

...Don't like settlements? Don't like "occupation"? Then make peace and get rid of these things...
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*Barry Rubin is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal.

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