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Who’s to Blame? In Media, Palestinians Avoid Responsibility

January 2nd, 2014 - 4:41 pm

The presentation of the Palestinian Authority’s arguments is pitiful. Take, for example, the December 25, 2013 New York Times op-ed by Ali Jarbawi:

These days, life appears to be going along as normal for Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. Appearances can be deceptive, however. Prior to the 1987 intifada, too, things appeared to be normal — until they exploded, much to everyone’s surprise. But no one should be surprised if a new intifada erupts in the next few months. Many experts, even those within the Israeli security apparatus, like the former Mossad chief, Meir Dagan, are predicting it.

This is supposed to be the victimization argument: even if Palestinians refused the UN Partition Plan (1947) and Camp David (2000) and don’t even pay their electricity bills, they are nonetheless eternal victims. Their problems are never coupled with their actions.

In reality, Mossad chief Meir Dagan did not predict an intifada. He said it was possible that an intifada could occur — but that it may also not happen. The Mossad report actually said it was quite possible that an intifada would not occur. Dagan was misquoted above.

More from Jarbawi:

We Palestinians are living through the worst situation in years. And, despite surface appearances of normal, mundane, routine everyday life under occupation, four significant factors have begun to interact that may disrupt the seemingly stable status quo.

Indeed, it is true that the Palestinians’ conditions have not improved over time, despite having received billions of dollars in aid, much of which Hamas stole or wasted. If they are truly at their worst point in 50 years, the blame is due to decisions made by Palestinian rulers, negotiators, and terrorists.

The first, and most potent [factor], is the collapse of any hope that the occupation will ever end and Palestinians will attain their freedom and independence. This hope had allowed Palestinians to endure the daily injustices of occupation in the expectation of a better future. It is this same hope that led them to support negotiations with Israel and the idea of a two-state solution.

The Palestinians’ strategic mistake was to think that conceding 78 percent of the land of historical Palestine in 1993 would be enough.

This is an extremely selective view of the events of the past half-century. Note the subtlety: as the author is in fact hinting that the Palestinians should have demanded a one-state solution. The peace negotiations of 1993-2000 were based on the premise that there would be a two-state solution.

It didn’t occur to them that Israel wanted to split this remaining land with them, leaving them with — in the best of cases — a state of leftovers.

And the price that is being demanded for this state is so exorbitant that the Palestinian Authority cannot sell it, nor can the Palestinians accept it.

In fact, the “exorbitant” price for the Palestinians consisted of the recognition of a Jewish state and the cessation of terrorist attacks on Israel. Yet in the previous month alone, there were at least five murderous attacks on Israelis, a bomb on a bus within Israel, a border attack against Israel from Gaza, and the — especially creative — effort by a member of the PA security forces who had requested to be treated for an eye injury in Israel, intending to use that humanitarian gesture as an opportunity to commit a terror attack on an Israeli hospital.

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Note that the Arabs called "Palestinians" have taken the term which always meant "Jew" from the time that the Roman Emperor Hadrian, after defeating the last Jewish rebellion under Bar Kochba in 135 A.D., changed the name of Judea to Palestina, to forever eradicate all memory of Judea. (He also outlawed Judaism and renamed Jerusalem "Aelia Capitolina," "Aelius" being his gens name.)
From that time on, "Palestine" was synonymous with "land of the Jews," and "Palestinian" with "Jew." That is why Great Britain after World War I was given the "Palestine Mandate" to be "the homeland of the Jews."
Calling Arab haters of Jews "Palestinian" is the consequence of Soviet propaganda. In 1964 in Cairo, Gamal Nasser, ruler of Egypt, and the Soviet Union founded the "Palestine Liberation Organization," (P.L.O.) whose very name shows its Soviet origins. This group came to public fame when it massacred the Israeli athletes at the Olympic Games in Munich in 1972. Since then, these Arab enemies of the Jews have been called "Palestinians." They are not and they deserve nothing.
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In Frank Herbert's 1965 science fiction novel "Dune," a 15 yr. old boy is given a horrid test to determine whether he is fully human in terms of a philosophical and intellectual space.

The great flaw in societies with no regard for human rights, almost all of them in the Third World, is that they are cultures with no access to internal traditions of tools of self-criticism. In reading rhetoric about the struggle between Arab and Jew in the post-British Mandate since 1948, what leaps out is how often one sees forms of self-doubt, self-critique and the accompanying presentation of a multi-perspective view of that struggle on the Israeli side, and how little you see that on the Arab side.

You don't have to be a genius to see how Jews would fare were the tables turned.

As a culture, it would seem that Muslims are simply never wrong. That is the fatal flaw of Islamic culture and why they cannot or will not enter an era of law, fair play and human rights, except to exploit such concerns to benefit themselves.

What Palestinians call an "occupation" is actually a war they indulged in with open eyes, lost, and have refused to acknowledge having lost. What Palestinians call a search for a nation or two-state solution circumvented by Jews was also mysteriously circumvented when Muslims controlled the West Bank 1948-67.

To be fully human today would mean to stop being so clever about ways to fail and start figuring out equally clever ways to succeed, among which would be to stop selling hatred, blame, self-pity, and complaint. The PA and their allies held the much higher numerical hand in 1947-48 and lost. Deal with it. Israel will ultimately have little interest in or ability to control the "borders, skies and natural resources" of a peaceful nation.

There cannot be only one side to this story. As long as there is there will be only a story of a nation rather than an actual nation.
37 weeks ago
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Since when have the Palestinians ever needed a cogent or factually correct argument ? Every slander they have ever hurled at Israel and the Jews has been gleefully picked up and spread by a self indulgent media and hatemongers. As seen last century, the left and antisemites will never let the facts/reality get in the way of their narrative/ideology.
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Mr Rubin, can you explain why the palestinian narrative is so easily accepted by the israeli left and center ( from Avoda to Yesh Atid ) - I do not enter the leftist suicidal appeal - ? Why the israeli left clings to Oslo logic ( withdrawal for nothing ) despite 20 years of failure ? I am puzzled at the israeli public gullibility . How could this narrative be neutralized ? Should the oslo agreements be nullified by a knesset vote ?
37 weeks ago
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The Palestinians will not make peace with Israel and will never accept a two state solution because the primary goal of all Islamic terrorists is restoration of the Caliphate. The Caliphate was formally abolished in 1924, a date that will live infamy for Islamists, but the institution had been on life support since the 1850s, when the Tzar of Russia called it "the Sick man of Europe."

Reconstituting the Ottoman Empire......has kind of a ring to it, doesn't it? Hilariously, I saw a pro-Caliphate website complete drawings showing the glory of the restored Islamic monarchy, including what a Caliphate fighter plane would look like all dazzled up in Caliphate markings. It looked for all the world like an F-4 Phantom, which are so obsolete, the US and Israel has used all theirs up as target practice.

It is hard to even know where to start with such an idea........Should the Whig party be reformed in the US? Will the reconstituted Caliphate reconstitute the Janisarries? Do they want Spain back too? Are they demanding the return of the Baghdad library from the Mongol hordes?

You can't truly understand the Islamist dream until you delve into its primitive, atavistic history.
37 weeks ago
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The narrative is a mirror of the leftist argument slandering America.

It's from the same play book.

Permanent victim status is a zero sum disease. There is no cure because the disease isn't real. It's fabricated. How can you cure an imaginary disease...by donating blood?

This fraud has gone on long enough. There is no two state solution. Dividing Israel and giving away pieces, making Jerusalem a "world city", allowing Hamas easy access to Israel's interior underbelly...will not placate a hungry beast.

They hyenas don't stop gorging on the just the internal organs, they grind the bone into pulp.

So, let's stop pretending that Palestinians have a "victim's" sick bed and that Hamas wants peace and that hyenas have table manners. Or that leftists have any interest in the truth.

Every one of those is a dangerous lie.
37 weeks ago
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Note that the Arabs called "Palestinians" have taken the term which always meant "Jew" from the time that the Roman Emperor Hadrian, after defeating the last Jewish rebellion under Bar Kochba in 135 A.D., changed the name of Judea to Palestina, to forever eradicate all memory of Judea. (He also outlawed Judaism and renamed Jerusalem "Aelia Capitolina," "Aelius" being his gens name.)
From that time on, "Palestine" was synonymous with "land of the Jews," and "Palestinian" with "Jew." That is why Great Britain after World War I was given the "Palestine Mandate" to be "the homeland of the Jews."
Calling Arab haters of Jews "Palestinian" is the consequence of Soviet propaganda. In 1964 in Cairo, Gamal Nasser, ruler of Egypt, and the Soviet Union founded the "Palestine Liberation Organization," (P.L.O.) whose very name shows its Soviet origins. This group came to public fame when it massacred the Israeli athletes at the Olympic Games in Munich in 1972. Since then, these Arab enemies of the Jews have been called "Palestinians." They are not and they deserve nothing.
37 weeks ago
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None of that ultimately matters. What matters is that no nations as we today define the term had existed within that area in long centuries, if ever. There is no way to illegally occupy land that had been an amorphous and vaguely defined part of the Ottoman Empire since the early 1500s. Right of arms had determined such things in that area since antiquity. Suddenly there's a Palestinian nation where none existed? On what legal grounds? That Britain and France made other nations there? Well, by that standard, they didn't make one for the Palestinian Arabs. So there's your precedent. Islam continues to occupy land it has, by modern standards, illegally colonized since the 7th century. Bereft of one tiny slice, they cry like babies. Without swords, suddenly they're all lawyers.
37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment
In Frank Herbert's 1965 science fiction novel "Dune," a 15 yr. old boy is given a horrid test to determine whether he is fully human in terms of a philosophical and intellectual space.

The great flaw in societies with no regard for human rights, almost all of them in the Third World, is that they are cultures with no access to internal traditions of tools of self-criticism. In reading rhetoric about the struggle between Arab and Jew in the post-British Mandate since 1948, what leaps out is how often one sees forms of self-doubt, self-critique and the accompanying presentation of a multi-perspective view of that struggle on the Israeli side, and how little you see that on the Arab side.

You don't have to be a genius to see how Jews would fare were the tables turned.

As a culture, it would seem that Muslims are simply never wrong. That is the fatal flaw of Islamic culture and why they cannot or will not enter an era of law, fair play and human rights, except to exploit such concerns to benefit themselves.

What Palestinians call an "occupation" is actually a war they indulged in with open eyes, lost, and have refused to acknowledge having lost. What Palestinians call a search for a nation or two-state solution circumvented by Jews was also mysteriously circumvented when Muslims controlled the West Bank 1948-67.

To be fully human today would mean to stop being so clever about ways to fail and start figuring out equally clever ways to succeed, among which would be to stop selling hatred, blame, self-pity, and complaint. The PA and their allies held the much higher numerical hand in 1947-48 and lost. Deal with it. Israel will ultimately have little interest in or ability to control the "borders, skies and natural resources" of a peaceful nation.

There cannot be only one side to this story. As long as there is there will be only a story of a nation rather than an actual nation.
37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment
Since when have the Palestinians ever needed a cogent or factually correct argument ? Every slander they have ever hurled at Israel and the Jews has been gleefully picked up and spread by a self indulgent media and hatemongers. As seen last century, the left and antisemites will never let the facts/reality get in the way of their narrative/ideology.
37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment
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