Now let us look back at two previous "milestones" in the sad history of attempts at peace with the Falestinians. In doing so let us try to fathom the terrible naivete of the the leaders of the western world then and especially know when dealing with the "Orient".
I will begin with the saying from the Koran concerning "Truth"
"O ye who believe! If a wicked person comes to you with any news, ascertain the truth, lest ye harm people unwittingly, and afterwards become full of remorse for what ye have done. (Koran, Sura 49:6)"
What was the real truth?
We can readily see in today's press announcements by European governments that Arafat overwhelmingly succeeded with "Taqiya" as outlined in his "Negation of Israel Plan" which he expressed the real truth of his and the intentions of the Falestinians in his Speech to the UN General Assembly on the 13th of November 1974.
"Will not recognize or negotiate with the PLO as long as the PLO does not recognize Israel's right to exist and does not accept Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338."
"For two weeks the fire [of the revolt] in almost unfathomable proportions. Even the local grassroots committees, activists and leaders were caught off guard...The first underground leaflets of the intifada made a shy appearance...The Communiqués No. 2 of the Intifada appeared. Rumors have it that it was at this stage, through consultations with, and with the aid and blessing of Abu Jihad [Fatah second in command Khalil Wazir], that the Unified Command was conceived and created... Communiqués No. 3 enshrining the birth of the Unified Command appeared. The uprising leaflets suddenly took on a special format, which continues to exist till this day." Peace negotiations were in the air, but to participate Arafat and the FLNO came to recognize that they had to satisfy the
United States' pre-conditions."
The reaction of successive Israeli governments to the Falestinian refusal to negotiate a peace settlement lead to increased Israeli construction of residential communities called "settlements" by those who are ignorant of the true status of the area.
The area of Judea and Shomron the “West Bank”, were illegally conquered and seized by Jordan in 1947. And according to International Law since it was conquered and occupied by Jordan from 1947-1967 therefore it was “terra nullius” or "land belonging to no one". Therefore the “Palestinians” never had sovereignty over the “West Bank” or East Jerusalem.
What is also neglected is that the area had been recognized as a cestui sue trust for the Jewish Homeland in April, 1922 in the Treaty of Sèvres (Section VII, Art 94-97) by 52 countries at the San Remo Conference which granted the Palestine Mandate to Britain. The League of Nations officially granted Britain the Palestine Mandate on July 24, 1922.
Jewish communities that existed in the West Bank and Gaza Strip prior to 1919 were recognized as legitimate according to the League of Nations resolution for the establishment of the Mandate for Palestine,
In light of the withdrawal of Jordan in 1988 Jewish "settler" population in the West Bank alone nearly doubled from 35,000 in 1984 to 64,000 in 1988, reaching 130,000 by the mid nineties. A previous Israeli minister of Economics and Finance, Gad Ya'acobi, once stated that "a creeping process of de facto annexation" contributed to the growing militancy in Palestinian society.
The secret channels now became extremely important to the future demands of the Falestinians to their portion of the "Mandated Territories" beyond the 1949 Rhodes Armistice Green Line and the June 1967 ceasefire lines. These diplomatic lines were used to establish acceptable language for the PLO to use to satisfy the
In early December, Secretary of State George P. Shultz, in
- The PLO accepted UN Resolution 242
- The PLO promised recognition of
- The PLO renounced terrorism
“We want peace...we are committed to peace, and we want to live in our Palestinian state and let others live. Arafat said this because it had to convince the United States Government that it has truly embarked on a course of moderation, favoring negotiation over acts of violence in order to be invited to any meaningful peace talks.”
The Oslo Accords letters of recognition
1: Letter from Yasser Arafat to Prime Minister Rabin
2: Letter from Chairman Arafat to
3: Letter from Prime Minister Rabin to Chairman Yasser Arafat
There had been a working assumption in the
Israeli actions to fight not only PLO terror but terror from the Hamas in Gaza has not been seen in the proper context because the
"The international community and the media often ignore the fact that Fatah has a number of armed groups that are still openly dedicated to the "armed struggle" and terrorism as a way of "liberating Palestine." They also ignore that "moderate" Fatah leaders who speak in favor of peace and the two-state solution do not distance themselves from these groups. Several Fatah leaders, in fact, often speak in English about the need for reviving the peace process, while in Arabic they praise and endorse the Fatah gunmen.The presence of armed Fatah gangs in the West Bank and Gaza Strip is a sign of the huge challenges that any Palestinian leader would face if and when the Palestinians and Israel reach a peace agreement. Obviously, these Fatah groups will be the first to reject any peace agreement that includes the slightest concession to Israel. Some of these groups are opposed in principle to peace with Israel because they simply do not recognize Israel's right to exist.This is something that the international community -- first and foremost the U.S. -- needs to take into consideration when dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Decision-makers need to know that opposition to peace with Israel will come not only from Hamas, but also from many groups within Fatah. As the armed groups themselves indicate, their fight is to eliminate "Zionist enemy" and achieve the "right of return" for millions of descendants of refugees to their former homes inside Israel.Meanwhile, Abbas and other Fatah leaders, who are fully aware of the actions and threats of their loyalists, are doing their utmost to stop the world from hearing what the Fatah gunmen have to say about peace and the two-state solution. The question remains: Until when will the international community continue to bury its head in the sand and pretend that Fatah is a unified, moderate and pragmatic group that seeks peace and coexistence with Israel on behalf of all Palestinians?" Khaled Abu ToamehIf the Falestinians want something they should only blame themselves and their leaders since now they want to pressure others to give them what they could have had in peace in November of 1947 and in 1993. Above all it is time for ALL those who want to force Israel into seeking a bad peace with the Falestinians to realize that a true Peace is a two way street achieved by fair negotiations between the two partners. And as seen in the past the Arabs will need to disregard the urge for "Taqiya" and to deal and negotiate truthfully.
As Abba Eban once stated after the Geneva Peace Conference with Arab countries (21 December 1973).; "The Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity." This is often misquoted as "Palestinians" never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity."