Abbas smiling 311 AP.
(photo credit: AP)
No matter what position Palestinian secular leaders take on compromise with
Israel, they will always be denounced as traitors by the extremists. That’s a
fact one must remember in trying to decipher the accuracy and details of the
socalled Palestine Papers – more than 1,600 notes and records of contacts
between Palestinian and Israeli negotiators desperately trying to carve out a
final peace deal.
Although the veracity of the documents has not been
proven, the reports smack of truth.
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Palestinian leaders are divided into
two camps – secular Arabs willing to compromise to end more than 62 years of
conflict and statelessness, and religious fanatics who would rather die than
compromise on two states, especially if one is Jewish.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is going to be attacked by the
fanatics and their Hamas terrorist supporters. That’s what fanatics
The worst part is that, judging by the leaks released so far, it’s
clear that the Palestinian negotiators did their best to make concessions meant
to encourage the Olmert-led government at the time to sign a peace accord. But
As for the current government lead by Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu, it was clear from the moment he refused to extend the moratorium on
settlement construction in the West Bank and around Jerusalem that he was not
interested in a two-state solution, despite his statements to the
This battle shows where the real priorities of both Israel and
the Arab extremists are.
Israel’s government is not ready to compromise.
And it’s just as clear that Hamas and its fanatic supporters do not want peace
and believe that in continued conflict, they have a chance of one day destroying
Israel and restoring pre-1920s Palestine.
THE REAL tragedy is that the
documents, obtained and released by Al-Jazeera, have only helped further divide
the already divided Palestinian people.
Although fanatics opposed to
concessions fuel the anger of the Palestinian people, that anger is only digging
them into a deeper hole of despair.
Palestinians have no future with the
fanatics, but in the face of Israel’s refusal to compromise, even futility can
be made to feel good.
The irony here is that the real story is not that
the Abbas government was willing to “surrender” too much in the failed peace
talks. The real story is that the Palestinians too offered the Israelis the best
deal they can ever expect and it was still refused.
and secular Palestinians are being pushed aside by the strident rhetoric of the
fanatics. The Al- Jazeera documents do little to help save the prospects of a
Palestinian state, and, in fact, empower the extremists.
Palestinian tragedy is a future of pain and suffering for Israel
History has shown that secular Palestinians have been the ones
willing to make peace; it has been the religious fanatics who have thrown out
reason in favor of a future where they believe they have a chance at destroying
The real tragedy is that the Israeli government’s intransigence
risks hastening the day when Hamas and Hizbullah will become a potent unified
force, guaranteeing a future of dangerous uncertainty.The writer is an
award-winning columnist and Chicago radio talk show host. www.YallaPeace.com