JERUSALEM, July 24, 2013 — On Friday, just as he was about to return to the United States from Jordan, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that he had finally gotten the Palestinian Authority and Israel to agree to resume “stalled peace talks.”
His sigh of relief was almost as palpable as it was audible. After a round of media reports about imminent consent on both sides to negotiate a “two-state solution,” Kerry was desperate to make the false rumors come true. Otherwise, he was going to have to go back to
What he did, instead, was to cook up a hasty omelet.
“The agreement is still in the process of being formalized,” he said, modifying the so-called good news. “So we are absolutely not going to talk about any of the elements now.”
But he did want to assure everyone that it was a done deal — not a peace deal, mind you, nor anything close to actual consent on the part of the Palestinian Authority even to engage in negotiations. Still, there was enough ostensible acquiescence for Kerry to work with.
In order not to lose the illusion of momentum, he scheduled a tentative meeting in
No sooner had Kerry boarded his plane, however, than the Palestinians began to reiterate their terms — again, not for peace, but for talks. These pre-conditions include an Israeli commitment to a withdrawal to the 1967 borders; a settlement freeze; and the release of 104 terrorists with gallons of innocent Israeli blood on their hands. As was reported by
Meanwhile, senor P.A. official Nabil Shaath told the Maan News Agency on Sunday that a resumption of negotiations “depends on two steps we asked the American side to agree on. If they agree, we will go to the next step, which is preliminary negotiations in
Though he did not specify the nature of these “steps,” one can assume that peace is nowhere in the vicinity of the ladder, let alone at the top.
This is a safe assumption based on vast experience. The Palestinians never have relinquished their ultimate goal, which is not statehood, but the demise of
Indeed, as Kerry was declaring his success at getting the sides to come to the table on Friday, P.A. Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash was giving a whopper of a sermon — broadcast on P.A. television and reported by Palestinian Media Watch — in which he explained the wisdom of reaching fraudulent peace pacts with
“…The Palestinian leadership’s sense of responsibility towards its nation made it take political steps about 20 years ago [signing the Oslo Accords],” he orated. “Despite …much opposition by some, it brought us to where we are today: We have a [Palestinian] Authority and the world recognizes the [Palestinian] state.
“All this never would have happened through Hamas’ impulsive adventure, but only through the wisdom of the leadership, conscious action, consideration, and walking the right path, which leads to achievement, exactly like the Prophet [Muhammad] did in the Treaty of Hudaybiyyah.”
“The Hudaybiyyah peace treaty,” explains the PMW report, “was a 10-year truce that Muhammad, Islam’s Prophet, made with the Quraish Tribe of
The sermon ends with Al-Habbash asserting: “This is the example; this is the model.”
The late Abba Eban, who called the ’67 lines the “borders of
The trouble is that the form such tantrums take is the slaughter of Israeli civilians, alongside the Israeli leadership’s steadfast adherence to its territorial and other concessions.
This is not a recipe for peace. It is a guarantee of war. Kerry can feel free to take full credit for what he is precipitating.
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