September 23, 2018

Failure's Silver Anniversary

Those seeking to reach an accommodation with the Palestinians living under Israeli control after the Six-Day War did not have to travel to Oslo. They could have found Palestinians closer to home – in Ramallah, Hebron or Gaza. The mistake of those looking for a negotiating partner for the establishment of an autonomy regime in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip was seeking out the Palestinian Liberation Organization.

The recent decision by President Donald Trump to cut U.S. funding for UNRWA, the UN agency providing assistance to Palestinian refugees, has highlighted the unprecedented attempt to turn all descendants of the original Palestinian refugees into refugees too. In other words, to perpetuate the Palestinian refugee problem and turn it into a weapon against Israel’s very existence. The PLO has for years been the leading exponent of this public relations manipulation, and has been successful at selling it throughout the world. It has also been successful in claiming that it and it alone is the only legitimate representative of the “Palestinian people.” But for that claim to have meaning, Israel’s acceptance was needed.

For years successive Israeli governments refused to recognize this claim. It meant negotiating with a terrorist organization that had been responsible for the most heinous terrorist outrages, but also meant tacit approval of the legitimacy of the “right of return.” What’s more, it meant implanting this gang of terrorists as the leadership of the Palestinian population in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip.

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