No End in Sight for Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Fearing for his own country’s safety, Jordan’s King Abdullah II has appealed to President Bush to restart peace talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians. More specifically, the king’s vision for renewed negotiations would take place between the Israeli government and “the Palestinian leadership in the person of the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas.”

Fully aware of the terrorist inclinations of the Hamas leadership, Jordan's stance is beginning to resemble that of Israel, the United States, Canada, and the European Union: Hamas is not to be dealt with.

Since their ascension to power on February 18, 2006, Hamas has stubbornly refused to renounce terrorism and recognize Israel, opting instead to maintain their hard-line image. At this point, little doubt remains as to the conflicting interests of the Hamas-led government and those of the Palestinian people that they purportedly represent.

Why Renounce Terrorism when you can Escalate it?

In the past two weeks, several reports have come to bear connecting Hamas to terrorist activities:

Hamas plot to assassinate the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, foiled by Israel.

Hamas attempts to establish a terrorist cell in the West Bank and Israel.

Hamas plot to assassinate intelligence officials in Jordan.

Despite the naive optimism that surrounds this issue, Hamas has no intentions of halting their terrorist activities now that they control the Palestinian government. Of course, this should come as no surprise to anyone, especially the Palestinians, as the platform on which Hamas ran for elective office revolved around their refusal to moderate.

Hamas Gives Green Light to Terrorist Groups

On April 17, 2006, a Tel Aviv restaurant was struck by a suicide bomber. The attack, which came during the Passover holiday, claimed the lives of eleven civilians, among whom was a 16-years-old American tourist; scores more were wounded.

Responding immediately, Hamas labeled the attack a justified response to "Zionist crimes," which is equivalent to adding a government seal of approval to the horrific acts. Indeed, through Hamas' endorsement, the attack was essentially escalated to an act of war. More importantly, it is an unambiguous invitation for future terrorist activity.

Living Above the Law

In a direct challenge to the leadership of the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, the Hamas-led government deployed a 3,000-strong armed militia. The deployment was in direct defiance of a presidential order issued by Abbas and has been followed by repeated clashes between the band of terrorists that Hamas assembled and the similarly corrupt Fatah militiamen on the other side. According to a May 17 article in the USA Today:

"The power struggle already has spilled over into violence, and the Palestinian territories increasingly appear headed toward a bloody showdown."

Where did the pressure go?

The quartet's recent decision to enact a "creative" international mechanism, designed to channel aid to the Palestinians, exemplifies the international community's inability to act in a manner that conforms to their stated objectives. That the Palestinian's are in desperate need of aid is undeniable, however, the situation can be remedied quite easily: renounce terrorism!

In fact, Hamas can issue a hollow statement in opposition to terrorism—as any such statement would be—and the aid would come pouring in. After all, the general sense of urgency that surrounds the monetary shortfall in the Palestinian territories precludes the international community from awaiting evidence that would support Hamas’ claims.

Of course, regardless of the international community's decision, other avenues of aid are available to the Palestinians. Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Iran—among other regimes—have expressed their willingness to channel monies in the Palestinians' direction. Should Western aid resume, those avenues would in all likelihood remain open. However, the pleasure that seems to accompany Western agitation would diminish.

Enough Blame to Go Around

Still, the Palestinians are, at the very least, partially responsible for their current predicament. Hamas gained control of the Palestinian government through popular vote. It was the Palestinians' choice to empower a terrorist organization, whose hostility toward Israel and the West is well-documented. Perhaps the average American is not familiar with the Hamas Charter, but I assure you that the majority of Palestinians are. Did the Palestinians honestly believe that electing terrorists would help them achieve international (monetary) support?

Who's in Charge Here?

For leaders of the United States and those of other democratic nations, involvement in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict amounts to little more than the promotion of self-interest and a potential byline in the next generation of history books. On the other hand, leaders of Islamic countries prostitute the conflict, so as to divert attention from their own (numerous) shortcomings and consistent failures to provide for the most basic needs of their people. It is not surprising, then, that the true interests of both the Israelis and the Palestinians are constantly overlooked.

Posted by Dr Politico at May 20, 2006 3:52 PM
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Comment #149777

Hamas is suspected of another assassination attempt today on Abu Rajeb, the PA’s chief intelligence officer. Fatah officials are calling now for the disbanding of the Hamas-led government.

Read more here

Posted by: Dr Politico at May 20, 2006 6:15 PM
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Dr Politico,

Unfortunately the term Palestinian is misleading. There is no such nationality and never has been. The arab nations decided that there would be a conflict and thus it has been.

It may take two to tango but it only takes one to go to war.

Posted by: esimonson at May 20, 2006 11:40 PM
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esimonson:

Indeed. You are absolutely right. Palestine should be incorporated into Israel and the Palestinians granted full rights as Isreali Citizens.

Wow. We agreed on something. So I expect a thread from you urging the Absorbtion of the Occupied Territories, correct?

Posted by: Aldous at May 21, 2006 2:50 AM
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Aldous,

Absorption of the Palestinians is not a viable option for either side, which I’m sure you realize. Palestinians want self-determination and the Israelis want (and deserve) security.

A reasonable argument, however, could be made for the absorption of Palestinians by the Jordanians. Jordan is a Palestinian state, or, if you prefer, 70% of its population are Palestinians. But the Jordanians have refused them entry into the state (often violently) for 40 years. It’s the best-kept liberal secret. After all, it’s more fun demonizing the Israelis.

Posted by: Dr Politico at May 21, 2006 3:01 AM
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Dr Politico: One man’s terrorist organization is another man’s liberation army. That is the way it has always been and the way it will always be. While I do not condone the terrorist attacks by Hamas, I also do not condone what the Israelis have done to the Palestinians. For every Israeli that has been killed, a hundred or more Palestinians have been killed. Who do you think the Palestinian Liberation Army and Hamas learned their terrorist attack/assination tactics from?

Esimonson: Your coments make no since at all to me. What was the current State of Israel called before it was called Israel.

If the Jourdanians have been doing this for 40 years, why is it the best-kept liberal secret? Is it because only Johnson, Carter and Clinton kept the secret and Nixon, Ford, Regan, Bush1 and Bush2 did not keep the secret?

Posted by: jlw at May 21, 2006 3:33 AM
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jlw,

You lack insight on the conflict. Arguing with you would be a futile exercise.

HOWEVER, let me just correct you on one point, which I’ll provide evidence for.

For every Israeli killed, approximately 3 Palestinans suffer the same fate. NOT “A HUNDRED OR MORE.”

Do your research and then comment on the situation.

Posted by: Dr Politico at May 21, 2006 4:08 AM
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Dr.Politico: I may lack insight and yes 100 to 1 is a gross exageration. But, this does not alter the fact that your insight is biased and therefore suspect. It also does not alter the fact that the coverage of the conflict that Americans recieve from the news media is highly biased in favor of the Israeli point of view.

Posted by: jlw at May 21, 2006 5:20 AM
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Eric,

“Unfortunately the term Palestinian is misleading. There is no such nationality and never has been.”

I believe that term Palestinian came from the Philistine, and they are of Greek descent.

Posted by: Rocky at May 21, 2006 8:47 AM
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jlw, could you explain why you think Dr Politicos, as you said .( your insight is biased and therefore suspect) i am sure, many other people on this post would also like a answer.

Posted by: Rodney Brown at May 21, 2006 2:24 PM
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Indeed. You are absolutely right. Palestine should be incorporated into Israel and the Palestinians granted full rights as Isreali Citizens.

Wow. We agreed on something. So I expect a thread from you urging the Absorbtion of the Occupied Territories, correct?

I’d have no problem with that IF ‘Palestinians’ weren’t intent on fulfilling the Final Solution for the Jews. But this is what I can’t understand about the leftist view of this conflict…

Someone says they want to slit your throat -literally, not figurately, but literally want to slit the throats of every Israeli- and you say invite them in!

As I have said before there is an easy solution to this problem. All ‘Palestinians’ have to do is renounce violence, renounce hatred, renounce the goal of destroying Israel and there could be a one state solution within a short period of time.

The proof of this are the many Arabs who now live in Israel, prosperously I might add.

Posted by: esimonson at May 21, 2006 9:33 PM
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Exactly, esimonson.

In fact, Arabs make up 20% of the population and enjoy the highest literacy rates of all Arab countries.

I must respectfully disagree with you, however, on the one-state solution. Until the rest of the Arab/Islamic countries embrace Israel’s existence, the Palestinians will remain a threat. As you know, outside influence is a key factor in the Palestinians’ antipathy toward the Jewish state.

Worse yet, Israelis and Palestinians have far more in common than either side, at this point, is willing to admit. They should be living side by side like brothers, not enemies.

Posted by: Dr Politico at May 21, 2006 10:43 PM
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