How the Israeli Political Left Aids Palestinians
In their frustration, the left does not recognize Arab intransigence as the problem. Rather, they beat their collective breasts in “shame” and believe the Arabs will be satisfied by declarations which call for Israeli concessions and an end to the “occupation.”
Palestinians reading the press accounts of the rally and of the declaration must have doubled over in laughter at the naiveté, if not the stupidity, of these “useful idiots” who tell the world that Israel is to blame for the absence of a solution. Instead of rightfully exposing the truth -- the Palestinian rejection of every offer made by Israel and the world -- the leftists have chosen to curry favor with the Palestinians and with the fashionable salons of European intellectuals by trashing their own people. Frankly, it is as simple as this: the vast majority of Israeli Jews recognize a Palestinian right to self-determination while most of the Palestinian population, and especially their leaders, reject the same Jewish right in the land of Israel.
Despite the far-reaching concessions of 1937, 1947, 1993, and 2000, the Palestinians keep rejecting any kind of territorial compromise. And it is understood that their back-up plan for rejection of another offered plan is the “right of return” -- a demographic tactic to eliminate the Jewish state. The “armed struggle” continues, as promulgated in the PLO Covenant (which remains unchanged) and the Hamas Charter. Israel’s complete withdrawal from Gaza in 2005 and the transfer of 9000 Jewish residents has not brought peace, but rather a continued barrage of missiles on civilians living in southern Israel.
What is clear to anyone seeking the truth is that for most Palestinians the term “occupation” applies not only to the West Bank (known also by the biblical name of Judea and Samaria), but to all of Israel. And equally clear is that Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas), who refuses to recognize Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people, is no less intransigent than Hamas is -- though the PA leader is recognized as “moderate” relative to the terrorist Islamist leaders of Hamas.
The leftist intellectual signatories of the April 21, 2011 declaration did not answer such basic questions as who will partner with them to make peace between Israeli Jews and Palestinian-Arabs. Will it be Hamas, whose rulers in Gaza will not make peace unless the Jewish state disappears, or Abu Mazen, who is unable to control Gaza, and has little credibility among all Palestinians? And how, practically speaking, can Israel return to the June 4, 1967 boundaries?
The beseeching of the leftist intellectuals reveals their naïveté and further exposes Israel to contempt and vilification by the world community. To quote Winston Churchill: “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.” The Palestinian crocodile might eat the leftists last, but they will be eaten nonetheless.