The Palestinian Authority’s moves at the United Nations for recognition of a
Palestinian state have raised objections.
Since many support the idea,
however, including some Israeli politicians, and with little hope for successful
negotiations, the PA’s move seems logical. They can continue to attack Israel
diplomatically and legally, continue incitement, raise their stature, and avoid
However, Egypt and Jordan signed peace treaties with
Israel, why can’t the Palestinians? Simply put, because Israel’s existence
Pushing a “peace process” that requires Palestinian
Arabs to give up their opposition to a Jewish state, the international community
can’t figure out why it doesn’t work. The answer is that the dispute is not over
territory; it’s about ideology.
Palestinianism, the basis of the
Arab/Muslim war against Zionism, the State of Israel as the national historic
homeland of the Jewish People, is part of a broad Islamist revolution throughout
the world against non-Muslim infidels.
Understanding the mission of
Islamism explains why efforts to impose a Palestinian state, the “two-state”
proposal and the “peace process” are doomed to fail. Palestinians don’t want a
state alongside Israel, but one that replaces Israel. The primary goal of
Palestinian nationalism is to wipe out the State of Israel, not to permit its
Any form of Palestinian statehood, therefore, that accepts
Israeli sovereignty in what Muslims believe is their land stolen by Jews, is, by
their definition, heretical.
That is clear in both the PLO and Hamas
Charters and the position of Arab leaders (in Arabic).
not a national identity, but a political construct developed as part of a
terrorist agenda when the PLO was formed in 1964. Palestinian identity means the
struggle to “liberate Palestine from the Zionists,” not to accept them. An
international cause, it bound Arabs and Muslims together, as part of jihad
throughout the world.
“Two-state” proposals, therefore, with Palestinian
statehood alongside Israel as a territorial goal, means the end of
Palestinianism and an end to the struggle to eradicate Israel.
explains why no Palestinian leader will agree to surrender to Western and
Israeli interests, and why making compromises is anathema. Statehood in only
part of Palestine means a denial of the “Nakba” (catastrophe), the establishment
of the State of Israel in 1948. It means admitting that everything for which
they fought and sacrificed was in vain.
Statehood means abandoning
millions of Arabs who live in 58 UNRWA-sponsored “refugee camps” in Judea,
Samaria, Gaza, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan, and those living throughout the world;
they will no longer be considered “refugees.” UNRWA will be out of
Statehood means “the armed struggle,” the crux of Palestinian
identity, is over.
It means that the concept of Palestinianism created by
the PLO, accepted by much of the international community and the media, the
struggle to “liberate Palestine,” is finished, and that their suffering was for
Statehood involves taking responsibility – ending incitement and
violence, corruption and lawlessness, and building just and transparent
institutions, the establishment of a truly democratic
Accepting Israel means ending the Palestinian revolution, a
national betrayal and an Islamic heresy. In this context, for Palestinians and
their supporters, the “peace process” is a metaphor for defeat.
move at the UN is a way to achieve recognition and legitimacy without
compromising their opposition to Israel.
The author is a PhD historian,
writer and journalist living in Jerusalem.