Abbas poster 311.
(photo credit: AP)
Some spins can positively perplex. The same Al Jazeera revelations which
threw the cardboard regime of PA figurehead Mahmoud Abbas into a total tizzy,
instilled boundless joy in the hearts of Israel’s indomitable Left.
attributing to Abbas a hypothetical inclination to perhaps consider a morsel of
a crumb of compromise have served to seriously undermine Ramallah’s Fatah
honchos on their own turf, paint them as traitors to the cause of eliminating
Israel and elicit from them a panicky flurry of vehement denials.This,
in the eyes of our diehard proponents of an accord with the same said Abbas, is
a highly encouraging development.
This, aver they, proves yet again that
Abbas is a promising and reliable interlocutor, that he is an earnest,
wellintentioned peace partner, willing to relinquish scraps of territory to
We could interject at this point and note that Abbas
can hardly be said to be ceding what he doesn’t possess and that it’s Israel
which possesses what Abbas is so ecstatically extolled for magnanimously “giving
up,” should Israel acquiesce to mass suicide. But we won’t pettily harp on
fundamentals. Instead, let’s follow the Abbas fan club’s circuitous calculations
to their logical end.
As a prelude, we need be mindful that the
ever-optimistic peaceniks in our camp brag incessantly about their
IQ. Supposedly smarter than the average commoner who persists in pointing
out pesky downsides, our self-appointed problem-solvers adroitly sweep
bothersome incidentals out of the way and boil down our existential challenges
to easyas- pie arithmetic. They can put two and two together like nobody’s
business and after obligatory brow-wrinkling, figure out the following: 2 + 2 =
2 + 6/3 = (5 - 3) + √36/4 - 1 = 10/2 - (5 - 2) + √36/4 - 1 = 2 + 2
our tangible predicaments, it works out something like this:
The deal Abbas was
maybe mulling over was impossible for Israel as well as undoable for Abbas, ergo
what Israel cannot remotely afford isn’t enough for Abbas, which means that
Israel must grab what Abbas seemed to offer, but considering that he couldn’t
quite offer what he seemed to offer, Israel should pay Abbas more so he’d look
good to his in-house detractors, who then wouldn’t snap his head off for
offering too much, because he’d appear to be gaining so much more, while Israel
could pretend to receive the proceeds of Abbas’s ostensible generosity, which
would impress foreign kibitzers and be touted as an unprecedented breakthrough
to numbed Israeli plebeians, while not making Abbas’s reduced pseudo-generosity
seem over-generous to Arabs, although select hyper-intelligent leftwing Israelis
would know that it betokens Abbas’s greater goodwill, which regrettably cannot
be delivered because Abbas cannot sway his population even if said deal
constitutes an out-of-thequestion impossibility for Israel, because even that
doesn’t begin to be enough for Abbas...
Thus, many tortuous convolutions
later, we’re right back where we started: 2+2 = 2+2.
THE SEARCH for
creative solutions would inescapably land us back on that precarious June 4,
1967 square one.
Jerusalem would revert to its divided, dangerous and
dead-end condition of yore. Our holiest sites would become inaccessible. We’d be
beamed back to when Kfar Saba and Petah Tikva were unsafe border towns. We’d
nostalgically recall the Six Day War when all that hit Kikar Masaryk in the
heart of Tel Aviv were shells from Jordanian World War II-vintage Long Tom
cannon. Contemporary improved projectiles obviously include ballistic missiles.
But aside from bloodcurdling firepower upgrades, the bottom line stays
identical, proving essentially that 2+2 indeed equals 2+2.
To get our
mediocre heads around all the above we’d have to rise to the peacenik moral-high
ground, whose atmosphere of rarefied sophistication reputedly highlights subtle
By bedecking with the banner of peace all territorial
giveaways which facilitate our ultimate extinction, we’d derive much cerebral
satisfaction from our sacrifices.
This is the compelling calculation
which guided the superior intellects who lured to Oslo, Camp David, Taba,
Annapolis and other venues of equally useless mediation. Their assumption
throughout was that our purported peace partners and the international community
would be wowed by the greatest folly ever squeezed from any sovereign state and
would bestow upon us an exemplary conduct commendation.
though, that the sums don’t quite add up.
Nevertheless, our indefatigable
mathematicians can be counted upon not to own up to any slipups. The last thing
they’d admit is that their equation lacks the unabated Arab-hatred factor.
Assiduously refusing to recognize it, they couldn’t concede that Abbas, like
Yasser Arafat before him, might not relish going down in history as the one who
agreed to formally end hostilities while the Jewish state still tauntingly
That, of course, is why even Ehud Olmert’s egregiously outlandish
offer was a nonstarter for Abbas.
ALL NEGOTIATIONS are pretty much bound
to flop. Abbas cannot pull his own public toward accommodation. It’s not a
matter of conciliatory forces overcoming fanatics. Since 1920, the Arab street
is consistently controlled by an inexorable self-destruct mechanism coercing it
to follow the most extreme available option. Perceived moderates are cravenly
defensive and are neutralized to no small measure by their own machinations.
They themselves fan the flames of zealotry. Rather than dispute radical
narratives, they echo them as means to winning popularity.
It all boils
down to a contest between run-of-the-mill hard-liners and even more unyielding
hard-liners. No truly painful concessions are even remotely contemplated in
Ramallah. No body of opinion dares depart from entrenched revilement of the
All libel and demonize Israel. To the extent that
variant views exist, they are only cosmetic and superficial. The debate is
make-believe, not about substance but about which anti-Israel tactics are
Entirely missing from the Palestinian scene is a peace camp,
one which need not embrace Israel – as some Israelis do the Palestinians – but a
party which thoroughly reevaluates the regression, damage and suffering that
Palestinianinstigated violence had over the generations inflicted upon
Palestinian society itself. Such sobering reassessment is primarily the
Palestinian interest – for their own sake and not for the love of
Sadly, however, it appears the taboo on sincere reconciliation with
Israel – as a Jewish state with a moral right to continue existing in this
region – is too powerful for any aspiring Palestinian politician to break. Not a
word is heard across the Green Line about genuine unequivocal acceptance of
Israel. At most there is reluctant readiness for a limited truce as long as
Israel basically capitulates to every last Arab precondition.
this from their computations, dovish number jugglers do worse than go in
circles. They falsify the results.
In effect, they tell us that
We can only hope that regular folks won’t be befuddled by too
many square roots, fractions and figures which whirl on the fantastical peace
You don’t need to be genius to work out that 2+2 = 2+2 and
that 2+2 isn’t 22. Our straightforward common sense leads us to extend two
fingers from one hand, next to two from the other and then we count a total of –
golly gee – four! www.sarahhonig.com
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