'The third ultimate requirement for peace in the Middle East is to deal with the Palestinian problem… there has to be a homeland provided for the Palestinian refugees'
(President Jimmy Carter, remarks made at a meeting in Clinton, Mass. , March 16, 1977)
For decades now, the Palestinian violence (or should we say, the Islamic violence) towards Jews in the land of Israel, has been excused by many reasons. First, we heard that it was because of the Palestinian refugees. Then, after watching the total negligence by the Arab states, we heard that it was because of the 'occupation'. After the Oslo accords, when more than 90% percent of the Palestinians came under the regime of the PLO, International community excused the Palestinian violence due to 'lack of political progress in the Peace process'. How will they excuse current insane, barbaric, ISIS style propaganda and murder of Jews by Muslims?Already before the establishment of the Jewish state, there was an internal debate in the United States. Pessimists like Secretary Marshall said in a special meeting on May 12, 1948: ''If President Truman were to acknowledge Israel's existence and I were to vote in the elections, I would vote against the President''. Like many others in the state department, he thought that the Israelis were taking a gamble, and in case they failed, they should expect no help from the U.S. The most common perspective was that it is better for the American interest to satisfy the Arabs than upsetting them by supporting Israel. Only after 1967, American policy makers began to understand that maybe Israel could serve as an advantage, that Israel is the forefront basis of international war against terror and Radical Islam.However, when President Carter came to the office, he switched back to Secretary Marshalls' policy. Carter was the first American President who publicly mentioned the phrase 'Palestinian Homeland'. President Carter was also the first President who made the irrational connection between 'Peace in the Middle East' and 'Peace between Israel and the Palestinians'. Already then, this statement had nothing to do with reality. Internal disputes between Muslims have always been one of the basic characteristics of the Middle East. Take for example the 1952 military revolution in Egypt or the 1970 internal military conflict in Jordan, where Israel helped King Hussein maintain his ruling in the country. However, it is very surprising to hear American and European leaders making excuses for Radical Islam's violence. Let us make one thing perfectly clear: There is absolutely no difference between ISIS, Hamas, Hezbollah or Jabhat Al-Nusra. Somehow, Palestinian Terrorism always gets a different treatment from the International community. Most recently, Secretary John Kerry, in a Q&A meeting with students in Harvard, linked current Palestinian violence with settlements: ''Over the years, we have seen a massive growth of the settlements…and the Palestinian violence is rising because the Palestinian frustration is growing". This statement is not also a total disregard of current violent history of Muslims against Jews, but also a total disregard of Muslim history at all. See, Radical Muslims DO NOT kill Jews because they are 'frustrated'; they are killing Jews (and Christians – worldwide) because that is how they interpret their RELIGION.
Getting back to what President Carter thought about the Israeli-Arab conflict, the United States need to adapt entirely new and fresh perspectives for their view of Middle East. In order for peace to be reached, first we have to disconnect the Palestinian issue from the Arab states issue. Should Israel be forced to make concessions in her own borders for other leaders to be satisfied? Should Israel be forced to sit down with leaders from Syria and Lebanon, who never showed any interest of moderating our relationship?The Palestinian issue has nothing to do with other Arab states, therefore the United States, instead of pressuring Israel, needs to start pressing the Palestinians to the corner. Maybe the time has come to hold President Abbas accountable for his actions, for the violence erupting due to HIS incitement. Maybe, just maybe, it is time to treat the Palestinians as equals. Maybe it is time to stop making excuses.