Apr. 25, 2019
Who Denied the Palestinians an Independent State? Not Israel – Jonathan S. Tobin
The Palestinian leadership has repeatedly rejected compromises that would have given them the statehood they claim to want. Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and President Bill Clinton offered PA head Yasser Arafat an independent Palestinian state in Gaza, almost all of the West Bank and a share of Jerusalem at Camp David in 2000. He said no to that offer and to an even more generous one, responding with a terrorist war of attrition known as the Second Intifada.
Mahmoud Abbas rejected an even sweeter deal in 2008, and refused to negotiate seriously over statehood during the eight years when President Barack Obama was tilting the diplomatic playing field in the Palestinians’ direction. If Palestinians can’t change their leaders or the policies that have left them in their current state of limbo, then they have no one to blame but themselves. (Israel Hayom)