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February 18, 2014 - 7:04 am

The chief Palestinian negotiator told Al-Jazeera that things will get “ugly” if a Mideast peace deal isn’t reached by April and warned that the Palestinian Authority — which already controls only half of the two Palestinian territories — could crumble.

Saeb Erakat told Al Jazeera’s Head to Head, in a show that will air Feb. 28, that the Palestinians will accept Israel’s right to exist but “not as a Jewish state,” and will maintain that they have a right to launch attacks against Israel without a deal.

“If you want me to take you into the scenario of after that, it’s going to be very ugly,” Erakat said of a spring without a peace deal. “That’s why I say to John Kerry…imagine Israel now just takes over everything in the West Bank. …Amidst the changing Middle East, all right? And mark my words: what’s happening in the Arab world is Arabs are democratizing and anybody who says Arabs are not ready for democracy is a racist, and this is the best thing that happened to me as a Palestinian. … It’s going to be painful, it’s going to be long, it’s going to be bloody. But Arabs are democratizing.”

Secretary of State John Kerry just added a stop in Paris to his current round of international travel to “meet with Palestinian Authority President Abbas to discuss the ongoing negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis” on Wednesday, the State Department said this morning.

Kerry drew criticism in recent weeks for his comments about the price Israel would pay if it didn’t acquiesce to the U.S. peace process. “You see, for Israel there’s an increasing delegitimization campaign that has been building up,” Kerry said. “People are very sensitive to it. There are talk of boycotts and other kinds of things. Are we all going to be better with all of that?”

Erakat said he thinks the Palestinian Authority will fold if a peace deal wasn’t reached, but then admitted it was doomed anyway.  “I’m not asking for the solution for the PA, the PA cannot be sustained in its current form…It’s not sustainable anymore,” he told Al Jazeera.

“I will never recognize a Jewish state,” Erakat said. “Because I have recognized the state of Israel’s right to exist in exchange for future recognition, in 1993 the name of Israel, state of Israel. Now, you know why they want me to recognize a Jewish state? I am the son of the Natufians, who built my hometown Jericho 2,000 years ago. I am the son of the Arab Kenonites, who were there 6,000 years before (who) came and built my hometown Jericho. What the Israeli’s want me to do when I recognize Israel as a Jewish state, they want me to change my narrative, my history, my religion.”

“Number one…I cannot accept Israel as a Jewish state,” the chief negotiator said. “Number two: I cannot accept any document without East Jerusalem being the capital of Palestine.”

As far as attacks on Israel, Erakat said, “As long as there is occupation, there is resistance.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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“Number one…I cannot accept Israel as a Jewish state,”

"...the PA cannot be sustained in its current form..."

Which means there's nothing to negotiate, and no entity with which to negotiate. It's the Palestinians who refuse to negotiate a reasonable peace treaty, not the Jews. I say, Let the war begin.
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All Israel has to do is give up their borders, their capital and their faith.

And in return, they get a promise of peace. Well, not a promise exactly. Those who still want to drive her into the sea still exist. And the NEW COUNTRY of "Palestine" will be in bed with those who promise to annihilate the New Israel of no borders, no capital and no faith...but John Kerry will have a prize that Al Gore and Obama got...so, that's the important thing.
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" that the Palestinians will accept Israel’s right to exist but “not as a Jewish state,”"

So there's no deal to be made. Unless and until the Arabs are willing to acknowledge Israel's right to exist (which necessarily means as a Jewish state) then it's pointless to spend any energy on trying to have negotiations.
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I think there's something else going in Israel. Something along the lines of Jabotinsky's view> Israel not being Jews' spiritual homeland but as an offshoot or implant of Western civilization in the East. This worldview translated into a geo-strategic conception in which Zionism was to be permanently allied with European colonialism against all the Arabs in the eastern Mediterranean. Now that relationship is challenged with American Jews' lethargic view of Zionism, and the Reformed Church of Scotland re-thinking its advocacy of Zionism to the tune of the Catholic's view> that there is no modern Chosen people deserving of a monopoly of the Holy Land. Its along the lines when Party leader Yosef Lapid pitched his appeal to Jews from Western Europe as distinct from those from the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Russia. He welded his call for a "secular unity government" to an appeal to "westernism," saying that "if we let the east European ghetto and the north African ghetto take over, we will...be lost within a terrible Levantine dunghill." Or Eli Yishai's controversial statement about Israel and 'white men'.




I don't think Israel's proclaimed Jewishness is simple to understand. How this Jewishness has taken form? Hertzl said not to think of Jews as a race. Oren said there's no official religion for Israel. How is this alleged Jewishness viewed by the non-Jew, the non-Zionist? The Muslim, an Israeli citizen or not, isn't an heir to Abraham, too?

OREN: ...... unlike Great Britain that has a national church, we don't have an official religion.

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1307/28/fzgps.01.html
43 weeks ago
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The chief Palestinian negotiator refuses the core of Israel's position: that there IS an Israel.
In a hostage situation where the hostage-taker has announced the hostage will be killed, the usual procedure is to green-light the sniper.
Israel will not go gentle into that good night. The number of suicidal Jews worldwide is small, even if they are noisy, and the number in Israel smaller yet.
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Israel should be saying to the Palestinians, "You cut out all the crap you've been handing out for decades---or it will get veru ugly for all of you---on the other side of the Jordan., Samaria en masses is the only language the Palestinians will ever understand, period. Israel has been very patient with these people for entirely too long. Obama? He'll just hide in the Situation Room, along with Kerry, and all the rest.
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things will get “ugly”-- really? when have threats, war, rockets from Arabs ever NOT been UGLY??

Well Kerry you extended a hand to the clenched FIST folks and whattyaknow???- you're too stupid to foresee getting punched in your UGLY face

Same old BS from the same old "peace partners" --
43 weeks ago
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"Saeb Erakat ... the Palestinians will accept Israel’s right to exist but “not as a Jewish state,” and will maintain that they have a right to launch attacks against Israel without a deal." Israel is fighting for her right to exist.
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Not mentioned is the right of return.
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If Israel was to destroy all of the Palestinians not one Arab/Muslim would lift a finger to "avenge them" because they don't want them in their countries either and have great disdain for them. Radicals would go nuts but they do that already so no change in situation only less rockets in the air and no "suicide bombers" in the streets
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Everybody with a half-functioning brain knows that there is no negotiating with the Palestinians. They are a solid block of knuckleheads that will never settle anything with the Israelis, so the only solution to the current problem is to eradicate the Palestinians, something of which the Israelis are completely capable. It is only a matter of time.
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"will maintain that they have a right to launch attacks against Israel without a deal."

Where's the Gaza rooster these days?
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I have an old friend who fought in WWII and his position is "the only way you will ever get peace between Israel and the Palestinians is to kill every man woman and child that claim to be Palestinians" In light of the biblical and tribal feuding blood vendetta's he is probably right. So since this more than likely is never going to happen get used to the conflict and resolve oneself to blood shed until they get tired of doing it.
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