Since Friday's Statehood Request, Palestinian Actions Show They Have No Desire to Make Peace
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas got a standing ovation from the UN General Assembly after his speech asking the body for a unilateral declaration of Statehood on Friday. Since the mission of the United Nations is to maintain peace throughout the world, the members of the UNGA must be convinced that the Palestinian Authority, President Abbas and his ruling party Fatah are ready to make peace.
Sadly, just about every action the PA President and his Party has taken since Friday morning indicates their continuing lack of desire to negotiate a peace settlement. Even worse the mainstream media is reporting none of it.
- Action One: Abbas' request for statehood did not ask for a return to the 1949 armistice lines commonly known as the "pre-1967 borders," he asked for a return to the original 1947 UN Partition Lines.
This is what the Abbas request letter said about borders:
This application for membership is being submitted on the Palestinian people's natural, legal and historic rights and based on United Nations General Assembly resolution 181 (II) of 29 November 1947 as well as the Declaration of Independence of the State of Palestine of 15 November 1988 and the acknowledgement by the General Assembly of this declaration in resolution 43/177 of 15 December 1988.
The only one of those documents he refers to which speaks to geographic boundaries is resolution 181, the original UN Partition plan. In that document the boundaries looked like this:
A man serious about peace would not have made that demand.
- Action Two: Continuing the Palestinian Tradition of saying one thing to the non-Muslim world and another to everyone else, when Abbas was speaking to the UN, a trusted adviser and member of the Fatah Party central committee was saying something else (note Abbas is also the head of the Fatah Party). On the Al Jazeera Arabic language network Abbas Zaki not only expressed his hatred for the American and Israeli leaders, but explained that a return to the 1967 boarders was just a first step.
The settlement should be based upon the borders of June 4, 1967. When we say that the settlement should be based upon these borders, President [Abbas] understands, we understand, and everybody knows that the greater goal cannot be accomplished in one go.
If Israel withdraws from Jerusalem, evacuates the 650,000 settlers, and dismantles the wall – what will become of Israel? It will come to an end.
Action Three-"Abbas high-tails out of Dodge" In one of the more dramatic parts of Netanyahu's UN Speech, he offered to begin negotiations right away:
In two and a half years, we met in Jerusalem only once, even though my door has always been open to you. If you wish, I’ll come to Ramallah. Actually, I have a better suggestion. We’ve both just flown thousands of miles to New York. Now we’re in the same city. We’re in the same building. So let’s meet here today in the United Nations. Who’s there to stop us? What is there to stop us? If we genuinely want peace, what is there to stop us from meeting today and beginning peace negotiations?
And I suggest we talk openly and honestly. Let’s listen to one another. Let’s do as we say in the Middle East: Let’s talk “doogri”. That means straightforward. I’ll tell you my needs and concerns. You’ll tell me yours. And with God’s help, we’ll find the common ground of peace.
Rather than run to make peace, Abbas "high-tailed it out of Dodge" and went home (and when he got home there were demonstrations of love and peace).
Source 0f and More Pictures at Challah Hu Akbar
- Action Four-No Quartet Talks! The International Quartet (The EU, UN, Russians and Americans) made a new proposal to resume peace talks:
the Quartet proposed the following: a “preparatory meeting” between the parties within a month to agree to an agenda and a “method of proceeding in the negotiation.” The two sides will commit that the objective is to “reach an agreement within a time frame agreed to by the parties but not longer than the end of 2012.”
Israel said yes, the Palestinian Authority said NO
Today is just the third day since the Palestinians asked the UN for a unilateral non negotiated acknowledgement of Statehood. Unfortunately everything they have done during the past three days indicates they have no desire for peace. None of this will ever be discussed in the mainstream media, or recognized by the UN. Their interests are described in this video from Latma TV:
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