Palestinians have outplayed Israel – what Israel may do now
The Palestinian leadership has recognized that they have got everything, what was possible to advance their anti-Israel agenda, in negotiations with Israel. Now they are trying to advance further their anti-Israel agenda through governments and spiritual leaders of Western countries, and they are successful.
Dr. Saeb Erekat, a member of the PLO Executive Committee and head of the Palestinian negotiating team outlined a Palestinian strategy for a diplomatic struggle with Israel. Its main points include:
- Annulling the PLO’s recognition of Israel
- A diplomatic campaign to recruit international support to coerce an Israeli withdrawal to the 1967 lines
- Insisting on the “right of return” of Palestinian “refugees” along with their descendants
- Rejection of any proposals for a temporary or partial settlement with Israel.
- A legal battle against Israel in the international arena aimed at constraining Israel’s ability to defend itself against Palestinian terror.
- Strategic cooperation with Hamas and Islamic Jihad by integrating them into the PLO’s institutions.
- The waging of an all-out “peaceful popular struggle” against Israel (defined by Palestinian leadership as local terror attacks).
The Palestinian strategy is being successfully implemented. Here are just a few examples of the Palestinian unilateral advances.
- Vatican acknowledges Palestinian Arabs as an independent people in their independent state.
- International Criminal Court intends to take the Palestinians’ anti-Israel petitions as from a legitimate state.
- French government intends to introduce in UN its own recipe for a Palestinian state without consulting Israel and without taking into consideration Israel’s security concerns.
- The Palestinian influence in Europe begins to be stronger than that of Israel as the failure to establish a sisterhood relationship between Tel-Aviv and Amsterdam demonstrates.
- BDS movement (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) instigated by the Palestinians to delegitimize Israel is growing.
- US Supreme Court joins the pro-Palestinian forces by not recognizing Jerusalem as the Capital city of Israel.
- US President Barak Obama supports the promoted-by-Palestinians 1967 borders between Israel and a Palestinian state which are difficult, or even impossible, to defend, and Obama’s actions help Iran become the hegemon of the Middle East leading the others in destroying the state of Israel.
- UK threatens to arrest visiting Israeli politicians while welcoming Palestinian leaders.
- The Palestinian effort to delegitimize Israel helps to revive European anti-Semitism.
Unfortunately, the Israel leadership is trying to revive a dead body of the past agreements, which are based on the two-side negotiations, instead of advancing its own unilateral security-oriented agenda.
Caroline Glick predicted the failure of the two-state solution long ago – now her “prophecy” is supported by many recent political developments some of which are listed in the above.
It looks like Glick’s ideas have to be revived by the new Israeli government with some modifications that include
- Demarcation of the territory of a sort of autonomous demilitarized Arab-Palestinian enclave within the boundaries of the State of Israel, and
- The opportunity for the Arab-Palestinians in this territory to decide for themselves whom to join politically – either to become a part of Jewish State of Israel or ask Jordan to take them.
Of course, many in Israel and the “international community” will not like this proposal. However, it looks like it the way to go.