July 12, 2018
- Economics Won’t Help. The Palestinians Will Continue with Terror Attacks – Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser
American spokesmen, led by presidential advisor Jared Kushner, emphasize the huge economic benefits awaiting the Palestinians if they adopt the new U.S. peace plan. However, the Palestinians carry out terror attacks out of ideological motives, and most of them see terror as a justified and effective way to act to advance their objectives in the conflict with Israel. The commitment of the Palestinian leadership to the struggle against Zionism is greater than the consideration of economic gain.
The chance that economic temptations will lead to a change in Palestinian national goals is very slight as long as the Palestinian system is not led by a political movement that gives priority to the welfare of its citizens and recognizes that to provide for their economic needs, it must end its commitment to the struggle against Zionism. The writer, a fellow at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, was formerly Director General of the Israel Ministry of Strategic Affairs and head of the Research Division of IDF Military Intelligence. (Ynet-Hebrew-8July2018)