Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Palestinians Gear Up To Obtain Their Statehood From The U.N.




By Shira Sorko-Ram

As far as the whole world is concerned, Israel stands nearly alone in the sea of 192 countries.  The United Nations is obviously a microcosm of the world’s human beings – sinners, mostly pagan, with rulers who are lost, corrupt and evil.

Not surprisingly, the U.N. is at the top of Israel’s list of most feared adversaries list.  The Israeli people feel that their military capacity can protect the nation physically.  But it is the U.N. which works incessantly, relentlessly, to prevent Israel from protecting herself from those who wish to destroy her.
  
With no shame, the U.N. members sit in their pompous General Assembly meetings with vicious regimes regularly passing threatening resolutions against Israel.

This coming September Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and his more “moderate” Fatah faction believed the time is ripe to petition the U.N. to pass a resolution declaring the 1949 cease-fire lines as today’s new borders for the yet-to-be-born Palestinian state.  Those cease-fire lines came into existence when a truce was called between Israel and the five warring Arab nations that had invaded the new-born state the day after Israel declared her independence.

Notice that I said “cease-fire lines,” because the Arabs have never accepted Israel as a Jewish state, and have never accepted any borders ever since Israel became a nation 63 years ago.

But now Abbas is claiming that the 1949 lines (also called the pre-1967 lines) are the real borders for Israel and for the new Palestinian state “according to international law,” – one of the Muslim’s favorite phrases.  Hamas, the Palestinian terrorist government ruling Gaza, recognizes no border and no Israel.

DEMANDS AND COUNTER-DEMANDS

To remind the reader, Israel’s requirements for the creation of a Palestinian state have always been the same: 

1.Palestinians must recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state.
2.Palestinians must end terror.
3.Israel must have defensible borders – insisting the 1949 cease-fire lines are lines are not defendable.
4.The Palestinian state must be demilitarized (so rockets will not rain down on Tel Aviv and the central part of Israel, as has happened  with Hamas in the south).
5.The Western Wall and Jewish holy places in Jerusalem must remain under Israel’s sovereignty.  
6.The cities and villages in Judea and Samaria (West Bank) where large Jewish populations live would remain under Israel’s sovereignty.  In turn, Israel would transfer to the Palestinian state equal amounts of land from Israel proper.

On the other hand, to make peace with Israel, the Palestinians’ demands are as follows:
1.The Palestinian state must have full authority over any type of government or military arrangements it desires.
2.The Old City of Jerusalem must be its capital – including the Western Wall, and all of Israel’s ancient holy sites.
3.Five million Arab “refugees” must be allowed to live in Israel as citizens (with voting rights of course).
4.The half-million Jews living in the West Bank and East Jerusalem must be expelled – as were the 10,000 Jews from Gaza.
5.The “moderate” Palestinian Chairman Abbas continues to categorically refuse to acknowledge the right of the Jewish state to exist.  The PA has greatly reduced terror attacks but threatens to launch a Third Intifada if Israel does not meet its demands.

What can I say?  It ain’t gonna happen!  I mean, there is not going to be a negotiated peace agreement between the Jews and the Muslims.

HAMAS – RULER OF GAZA

When Israel pulled every last Israeli citizen out of the Gaza strip in 2005, the Gazans held an election and voted in a Hamas majority in the Gazan parliament, knowing that this movement existed for the purpose of destroying Israel.  But just being the majority in Gaza’s parliament wasn’t enough for Hamas; in 2007, they violently seized every governing infrastructure in Gaza from the Fatah faction by force – and created a terrorist dictatorship. 

In so doing, they killed or expelled every Fatah military and security personnel. There has been a bitter power struggle between Hamas in Gaza and Fatah in the West Bank for four years.

But lo! A move that surprised everyone including the U.S. and Israel!  In May of this year, Abbas’ Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and Hamas in Gaza buried their differences and reunited, planning to set up a united government.

There are several reasons for this sudden unity.  Hamas is looking around the Arab world and sees that its patrons – especially Syria – are under great stress and may fall from power.  The head of Hamas, Khaled Mashaal who lives in Damascus, realizes there is a possibility he may have to find another place to move his operational base and all his long-range rockets he has been stashing away in Syrian military bases.  By reuniting with the Palestinian Authority, Hamas believes it can acquire more respectability on the coattails of the much admired statesman Abbas.

Abbas, on the other hand, has had a difficult time making his case to the U.N. for a Palestinian state because of the division between Fatah and Hamas.  He is hoping that a united Palestinian people will be more attractive in his bid to create a Palestinian state.

Certainly, the Arab League is ecstatic.  Amr Moussa, the outgoing chief of the Arab League – and a leading candidate in Egypt’s presidential race – optimistically told the Arab press, “The description of Hamas as a terrorist organization is over.”

Some European countries think this union signals a breakthrough.  Prime Minister Netanyahu sees it as a disaster.  He knows that Israel can no more negotiate peace with Hamas than the U.S. can negotiate with Al Qaida. 

Meanwhile Hamas is Hamas – an organization that was birthed for one reason and one reason only – to destroy Israel.  To make sure they are not misunderstood, Hamas leaders with their new unity status have reiterated their eternal hatred of Israel and their eternal goal to destroy the Jewish nation.

Senior Hamas official Mahmoud Zahar explained that he could never recognize Israel because that would mean the “5,000,000 Palestinian refugees” would lose their rights to live in Israel.  Translation: Five million Arab votes would gladly destroy the Israeli democratic state without firing a shot.

Israel reasons, does the U.S. negotiate with Al Qaida?  If not, why not?  Because the U.S. understands that the ideology of Al Qaida is to destroy America, Israel and the West, and to create a world-wide Islamic state.  Nothing to negotiate.

THE QUARTET’S THREE PRINCIPLES

So far, the U.S. has said it would not deal with a Palestinian government that includes Hamas unless the Islamist group reforms.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared that the Palestinian leaders must adopt the Quartet principles.

She was referring to the principles laid down by the U.S., E.U., Russia and the U.N., stating that the Palestinians must agree to the following: 1. Israel has a right to exist, 2. the Palestinians will renounce terror, and 3. respect treaties previously signed by the Palestinians with Israel.

The U.S. Congress remains very suspicious of Hamas’ intentions.  Indeed, the prospect of Hamas being part of a Palestinian government has already led to calls from Congress to suspend assistance to the Palestinian Authority.  The United States has given the PA $542 million since 2005 to train the Palestinians’ police organization, including $150 million this year.  It stands to reason that as the two factions unite, Hamas will benefit from the U.S. training.

WHICH WAY WILL EUROPE GO?

As far as the U.N. is concerned, the critical question for Israel is what will Europe do? 
French President Nicolas Sarkozy says that if peace talks don’t progress, he will consider recognizing the Palestinian state.   Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron said the same thing.  (You can imagine how much motivation there would be for the Palestinians to negotiate with Israel when they may be handed a sovereign state on a golden platter – with no obligations in return.)

Only Germany and Italy have flatly stated they will not support a Palestinian state with Hamas as a partner.

It must be noted there are some Israelis who think such a proclamation would be a good thing.  If terrorist attacks come from a sovereign state – such as the state of Palestine – say these optimists, Israel would have the right under international law (there’s that phrase again) to hold the Palestinian government responsible for attacks and could legally defend herself against another invading nation. This would keep the U.N. off of Israel’s back, the thinking goes.  (Israel, don’t hold your breath.)

To tell the truth, most Israelis feel a Palestinian state is inevitable.  The pressure on Israel is almost unbearable.  The world is simply tired of hearing about the Israel-Palestinian conflict and believes the Palestinians deserve a break and Israel needs to do more to make it happen.

ISRAELI GOVERNMENT VERY CONCERNED

Indeed Israel’s government and security officials are very worried.  Their hope is that the unity pact between the PA and Hamas will simply fall apart over power struggles.

The idea that Israel, nine miles wide at its narrowest point, might, in the mad Middle East find a Palestinian independent nation with shaky Islamic leadership on her doorstep is causing a lot of Israel’s politicians to lose sleep.  Adding another neighbor-state that gives no guarantees to even accept Israel’s existence could hardly be expected to bring peace any closer to the Middle East.

If the world only knew they are negotiating land that God vowed to give to Israel as her inheritance. But  the nations are planning to present it to the children of Allah. 

If this plan were to succeed, to whom will Yeshua return when His feet touches the Mount of Olives?  To the sound of the muezzin crying out from the mosque that Mohammed is Allah’s messenger?
Where will the King of Israel sit?  In the Mosque of Omar?

Why do the nations rage,
And the people plot a vain thing?
The kings of the earth set themselves,
And the rulers take counsel together,
Against the Lord and against His Messiah. . .
He who sits in the heavens shall laugh;
The Lord shall hold them in derision.
Then He shall speak to them in His wrath,
And distress them in His deep displeasure:
“Yet I have set My King
On My holy hill of Zion.” 
Psalm 2:1,2,4-6

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