USA “WELCOMES” NETANYAHU AND LIBERMAN’S COMMENTS ON PALESTINIAN STATE
US State Department officials welcomed comments by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu reaffirming his support of the two-state solution and the establishment of a Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria – but warned that Israeli leaders must take concrete steps to advance the negotiating process.
Speaking at a State Department press briefing on Tuesday, spokesman John Kirby praised recent statements from Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, who said the 2002 Arab Initiative could serve as the basis for a future peace settlement, albeit it with some significant changes.
“We welcome them [such comments]. We welcome their stated support for a two-state solution. As the Secretary himself has said many times, the Arab Peace Initiative can play a critical role in advancing peace in the region.”
But Kirby was quick to temper his approval, suggesting that Israeli leaders have done little to actually advance the two-state solution and that their policies must change to reflect their support of Palestinian statehood.
“The Secretary supports all paths forward that could potentially get us to a two-state solution. But again, it requires leadership there at the local level.”
Kirby suggested Israel’s decision not to attend the upcoming French peace summit showed Israeli leaders were not prepared to go beyond rhetorical affirmations of support for a two-state solution, and slammed plans for Jewish housing in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan (Shiloach).
“Israel’s participant in the French peace summit is up to the Israeli Government to speak to. It’s not about going to please anybody. It’s going – it’s about being there to be a part of a discussion and to explore ideas and options that might help us get closer to a two-state solution. Obviously… the first and most important thing is that the leaders themselves in the region have got to be leaders. They’ve got to make some tough decisions. And they have to show in real ways, not just rhetoric, that they’re willing to take the steps necessary to get us to a two-state solution, and to date they haven’t done that.”
Plans by the Ateret Cohanim organization, which looks to reclaim Jewish properties in Jerusalem and revitalize historically Jewish neighborhoods, to build a three-story apartment building in Silwan near the Old City of Jerusalem were condemned by Kirby, who suggested they reflected a failure by Israeli leadership to “do the right thing.”
“We strongly oppose all settlement activity, which we continue to believe are counterproductive to the cause of peace. And again, we’re looking for both sides here to do the right thing, to show the right leadership, to get us to a better solution.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: Once again, the USA Administration shows its bias in its attacks and remarks about Israel’s rights to the Land and its settlements. Until America realizes the Biblical mandate for Israel right to its Land, it stands under the judgment of Almighty God! May God give us new leadership that will fully support our friends and allies in the issues of Israel’s right to its God-given Land!
Diplomats, world leaders and, much to their shame, many Jews will call for ‘peace’. They will pressure Israel to yield to the demands of Mahmoud Abbas, the leader of the ‘Palestinian’ Authority. But has anyone asked the ‘Palestinians’ themselves how they feel about peace with Israel?
This isn’t a difficult question to answer. Over the last 20 years, ‘Palestinians’ have responded to hundreds of polls about this very question (Daniel Polisar, What do Palestinians want?” mosaic, November 2, 2015). If you want to know how ‘Palestinians’ feel about peace with Israel, read those polls.
Daniel Polisar has (ibid). He’s examined 330 surveys carried out by major Western pollsters and by major Palestinian research institutes, which he names (ibid). The poll results he has examined are uniformly consistent: ‘Palestinians’ support violence against Israel, not peace.
Polisar argues that these polls are carefully constructed and properly taken. They’re scientifically solid. That’s why, he says, the margin of error is typically 3 to 5 percent, with a confidence level of 95 percent.
The polls show that ‘Palestinians’ harbor no love for Israel. With rare exception, these 330 polls show that ‘Palestinians’ see Israel as “implacably hostile and even demonic” (ibid). Here are just a few findings Polisar discusses:
In problems that necessarily involved both Israel and the ‘Palestinians’, massive ‘Palestinian’ majorities blamed Israel and denied any responsibility on their side (ibid).
On over two dozen occasions since 2009, when polls asked respondents what were Israel’s long-term goals, an average of 59% said that Israel seeks to expand Israel, take over all of the Jordan River valley, and expel more than four million Arabs (ibid)-even though in the last 25 years no Israeli Knesset member, respected public figure, or major media personality has advocated such view.
Since 1999, polls show that ‘Palestinians’ perceive Israelis as violent, dishonest, untrustworthy, ‘clever’ and ‘diabolical’ in nature.
In a 2011 Pew Research Center poll, 88 percent of ‘Palestinians’ said Judaism was the most violent of religions (the other choices were Islam, Christianity, and Hinduism).
In a 2011 poll by the American political consultant Stanley Greenberg, 72 percent of ‘Palestinian’ respondents declared it morally right to deny that “Jews have a long history in Jerusalem going back thousands of years”. 90 percent declared that “Denying that Palestinians have a long history in Jerusalem going back thousands of years” to be morally wrong.
‘Palestinians’ overwhelmingly reject dividing Jerusalem between Jew and Arab (Jerusalem, they believe, must be 100% Arab).
Depending on the poll, between 65-80% of ‘Palestinians’ believe that Jews have no right whatsoever to land in Israel; all the land is ‘Palestinian’, not Jewish.
In 21 polls between December 2001 and September 2006, a two-to-one majority consistently backed the view that violence against Israel helps ‘Palestinians’ get what negotiations could not achieve. Polls repeatedly affirm the belief that ‘Palestinian’ violence leads to Israeli concessions.
Respondent answers repeatedly confirm that ‘Palestinians’ believe that violence against Israel is praiseworthy.
In 48 polls between 2000-2015, support for armed attack against Israeli civilians inside Israel outnumbered those opposed by as much as six-to-one margin.
Between 2001-2004, 90 percent of respondents supported armed attacks against Israeli soldiers; in December 2014, 78 percent of respondents supported knife- and car-attacks against Jews.
There’s much more in this essay. All of it validates how unforgivingly hostile ‘Palestinians’ are towards Israel. These 330 polls, taken over more than 20 years, clearly demonstrate that ‘Palestinians’ do not think of peace with Israel. They think of violence against Israel.
They support that violence. They praise it. They state that such violence is moral.
‘Palestinians’ don’t want peace with Israel. They want victory over Israel.
Diplomats, politicians and misguided Jews can talk all they want about pressuring Israel for peace. But as these polls suggest, it isn’t Israel that keeps peace away. It’s a decades-long, entrenched anti-Israel ‘Palestinian’ world-view that makes peace impossible.
If that world-view doesn’t change, there will never be peace. There will only be violence against Israel.