Nov. 2, 2018
- Imagining Israeli-Palestinian Peace – Clifford D. May
The Palestinians have been offered a state of their own on several occasions. But, in exchange, they’d have to agree to end their conflict with Israel, negotiate borders and security issues, and embrace peaceful coexistence with their Jewish neighbors. Hamas, which rules Gaza, has said clearly that it will never pay that price. PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who governs the West Bank, has never been willing to accept these three conditions. Nor has he ever seriously attempted to prepare Palestinians for peace. Were he to sign a peace treaty, it is doubtful Palestinians would accept it, or that he would be able to implement it.
Imagine what it would mean if the next generation of Palestinian leaders did not oppose “normalizing” relations with Israelis. Imagine if jihadist terrorists were no longer glorified as martyrs in Palestinian mosques and media. Imagine if Palestinians willing to work with Israelis for the benefit of both peoples were no longer condemned as apostates and traitors. The writer is president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. (Washington Times)