Skip to comments.Even Arabs are now weary of Palestinian foot-stomping over Israel
Posted on 12/25/2017 3:28:07 PM PST by nickcarraway
On December 6, Donald Trump opened the gates of hell and set the Middle East aflame by acknowledging Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, or at least thats what various prophets and practitioners of doom predicted.
The reality was somewhat different. While violent demonstrations in the West Bank and Gaza, and in various Muslim and European countries, followed Palestinian Authority and Hamas calls for days of rage, these were hardly of the magnitude expected. Indeed, Jerusalem itself was relatively quiet. The diplomatic storm from the Arab world also was less intense than predicted.
This unexpectedly mild reaction was due to the actual content of the statement itself and to the changing state of international affairs, particularly priorities in the Arab world.
The US Presidents announcement was measured and nuanced. While confirming the obvious that Jerusalem, where Israels parliament, Supreme Court, government ministries and the residences of its prime minister and president have all been since 1950, is Israels capital he made it clear that he wasnt pre-empting its final boundaries or precluding a Palestinian capital in the citys east, or a two-state outcome, and also that he respected the importance of the city to Christianity and Islam.
Riots in the West Bank and Gaza resulted in six demonstrators being killed, a guard being stabbed in a Jerusalem bus station and about 20 rockets being fired at Israel from Gaza, with Israel targeting Hamas facilities in response. However, it would have been much worse if Hamas and the Palestinian Authority had mobilised their own forces.
Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas is likely concerned that instability caused by widespread violence may ultimately lead to a Hamas takeover in the West Bank, something Israeli security has helped him prevent until now. For Palestinian residents of the West Bank and east Jerusalem, life is sufficiently comfortable to make risking current living conditions by staging another intifada undesirable. They are cynical about their president, now in the 12th year of his four-year term, and may well doubt his disproved claims that Jerusalem is under threat from Trumps symbolic move, which actually changes nothing on the ground.
Abbass reaction has been disappointing. His initial statement deemed Trumps stance to be the end of negotiations, and whitewashed any Jewish connection to Jerusalem, describing it as an Arab Christian and Arab Muslim city, the capital of the eternal state of Palestine.
At the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation summit on December 13, possibly miffed by the lack of support domestically and internationally, he descended into outright anti-Semitism, accusing Jews of being really excellent in faking and counterfeiting history and religion. If Abbas cant even bring himself to accept the Jewish connection to Jerusalem and Israel, it casts real doubt over whether he will ever be prepared to negotiate peace.
Internationally, the harshest reactions came from Turkey and Iran significantly non-Arab countries which both seek hegemony over the Middle East. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sees himself as a successor to the Ottoman emperors, and attacking Israel as a way to attract support from the Arab street.
Iran, which continually calls for Israels destruction, uses even less subtle means, such as fomenting terror and rebellion, to spread its fundamentalist revolution.
While Erdogan convened the OIC summit to condemn Trumps announcement, notably the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates chose not to attend, with the Saudis sending only a junior minister. Attendance from Muslim countries in Africa and central Asia was similarly patchy. Significantly, the summit, while recognising east Jerusalem as Palestines capital, also effectively implied the OIC accepts Israels capital will be in the citys west.
The muted reaction of the Saudis and their allies demonstrates changing Middle East realities. Still concerned for the Palestinians, other issues such as the aftermath of the so-called Arab Spring, the civil wars in Syria and Yemen, terrorism and domestic issues in their own countries have become higher priorities.
They, together with much of the Islamic world, may be tiring of Palestinian histrionics and ongoing rejectionism. The old insistence that the Israeli-Palestinian issue is the core of the Middle Easts problems, always dubious, is looking ridiculous in light of events in Syria, Yemen, Egypt, Iraq and elsewhere.
Most important, the Arab world now regards expansionist Iran as a far greater worry than Israel, and for some time has been working covertly with Jerusalem as an effective ally to contain Irans threatening activities.
The December 17 resolution at the UN Security Council expressing deep regret at recent decisions and calling void any actions that alter the status of Jerusalem was defeated by the US veto. The passage of a similar motion through the UN General Assembly on December 21 (on which Australia advisedly at least abstained) has no legal effect. In fact, demonstrating the farcical nature of the UN, it was this years 21st motion on Israel, and while immoderate was actually less extreme than others, some of which have implicitly denied the Jewish connection to Jerusalem.
Trump rightly noted that many years of denying Israels claim to Jerusalem have achieved nothing for peace. The Palestinian leaders rejected generous offers of statehood with east Jerusalem as their capital in 2000, 2001 and 2008. Since 2014, they have refused to negotiate at all. Now, instead of taking advantage of the favourable possibilities in Trumps announcement and pursuing dialogue, they have turned again to intransigence.
Experience amply demonstrates that the path to Middle East peace does not lie through appeasing Palestinian threats, colluding with or ignoring UN bias against Israel and refusing Israel the rights of any other country, such as choosing its own capital. The international community must stop denying reality just to cater to Palestinian sensibilities, and make clear the Palestinian Authority will achieve its state only if it is genuinely prepared to negotiate and compromise, and accept Israels existence. Acknowledging Jerusalems true status, like the US has, would be a good start.
Colin Rubenstein is executive director of the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council.
I spent a few yrs in the ME....the Arabs don’t like the paliscum..
Why? They are fellow Arabs, there’s nothing special about the Palestinians.
Their only value to the Arab world is their ability to cause problems for Israel.
In a few years, they’ll only be able to cause problems for Israeli robots.
I’m not sure but the ragheads think the paliscum are sleazy....lol.
Remember after the Gulf war the paliscum arrested and just disappeared....thousands of them were rounded up.
Isn't that why they liked the creation of "Palestine"? A dumping ground for their Arab deplorables.
Excellent point....it will be interesting to see how things shake out
The Saudi Prince asked Abbas to pay him a visit - it didn’t go well for Abbas ...
The Palestinians are a sort of non-existent group created by leftist forces solely for political purposes. Most of them were originally Lebanese, technically speaking, but Lebanon actually doesnt want them back because they have been raised to be completely ignorant, dysfunctional political tools who are useless to any civilized country.
Now that a Shia Muslim is no longer in charge of the US and Trump is being firm and just laying the cards on the table, I think the Arab nations simply want to get out of this bottomless Palestinian pit and get on with their lives. Nobody wants to support the Palestinian project anymore - except for the non-Arab ME Muslim nations, such as Iran and Turkey, who have their own thing going and think that the Palestinians will be the driving wedge.
Oops, I meant Sunni Muslim - Obamas African and Indonesian roots were Sunni.
Isn't that why they liked the creation of "Palestine"? A dumping ground for their Arab deplorables.
That would explain an awful lot.
According to the CIA World Factbook, the Middle East consists of roughly 6,193,976 sq km of land.
Of that, Israel occupies 20,770 sq km, or just .34%.
Turkey - 769,632 sq km or 12.4%.
Lebanon - 10,230 sq km or .17%.
Egypt - 995,560 sq km or 16%.
Syria - 183,630 sq km or 2.96%.
Jordan - 88,802 sq km or 1.43%.
Iraq - 438,317 sq km or 7.08%.
Saudi Arabia - 2,149,690 sq km or 35%.
The West Bank - 5,860 sq km or .09%.
Total Arab control of the Middle East: 99.66%
So why are Jews and Israel always the ones being asked to give up "land for peace"?
It never occurred to me that the Arabs hate the Pali's.
There are plenty of places the Palestinians could go if there weren’t already Arabs there who don’t want them there. Why should the Israelis take people the Arabs don’t want?
$285 million. Reason to celebrate!!
[Arabs there who dont want them there]
Dave Hunt (RIP) noted that Kuwait deported about 300,000 Palestinians. He wondered where the world outcry/United Nations outcry was on THAT one. Obviously he know it was all about being a thorn in Israel’s side.
Palistinian was a creaction of the KGB in the 1960’s.
The reality is they are Arab invaders
You mean like, thousands of them would have gotten what they deserve, instead of only six?
We’ll see if Trump has indeed cut the Gordian Knot.
Trump isn’t the cause of the massive culture shift, but he is riding it like an expert surfer. Obama made Iran the top dog in the region. Obama backed ISIS, or at least did nothing to stop them. The rest of the Middle East is scared spitless of Iran and that ISIS might get a foothold in their territory. Saudi Arabia is so threatened that they are working a UGE culture change, including women driving, which is a much bigger deal than giving women the vote here was. The Saudis are starting a free trade city involving key players and close to Israel. Saudis have been in “secret” meetings with Israeli officials that have several times been leaked to the Israeli press. The recent missile attacks by “Yemini” forces on the Saudi capital have sent shivers through the region.
What is happening, or, in this case NOT happening in Palestinian territory is directly related. This is the biggest thing to happen, or, not happen, in the Middle East in my lifetime. If the world and Saudi Aribia pull off the culture change hinted at by the recent arrests in Saudi Arabia we could be looking at the most significant thing to happen to Islam in 1400 years.
No wonder Turkey and Iran are upset. Reforming Islam would take away much of their power.
Well, when one goes to Israel and sees the Pali side versus the Israeli side, you’d fully understand why no other Arab country would want them. The Pali side makes south Detroit look like heaven.
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