Mar. 1, 2019
Who Is Responsible for the Absence of Peace? – Mitchell Bard
We hear ad nauseum how the Palestinians are suffering under Israeli “occupation,” yet neither the Palestinians nor their supporters were concerned during the 19 years that Jordan occupied the West Bank and Egypt the Gaza Strip. The Palestinians did not fight for “their” land during those years; they also never demanded statehood. Instead, they engaged in terror in the hope of seizing the Jews’ land. The Palestinians have no interest in independence if it involves co-existing with a Jewish state.
Does anyone seriously believe that Hamas would abandon its religiously-inspired commitment to conduct a jihad to drive the Jews from the Middle East if Israel treated the group more nicely? Wasn’t it nice that Israel withdrew every Jew and soldier from Gaza? And what was the response? Hamas bombarded Israel with rockets, demonstrating that the idea that Israel could trade land for peace was a myth.
The writer is executive director of the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE) and the Jewish Virtual Library. (Algemeiner)