Sept. 20, 2018
- There Will Not Be Peace until the Palestinians Stop Making War – Kevin D. Williamson
This week marks 25 years since the signing of the Oslo Accords. But a peace plan isn’t peace. Peace negotiations aren’t peace. Peace is peace.
There were 169 Palestinian suicide attacks between 1993 and 2016, targeting shopping malls, bus depots, and the streets of downtown Jerusalem. In 2014 alone, there were 4,500 rocket and mortar attacks on Israelis. The Palestinians still proudly celebrate their stunning military victory over a pregnant woman, seven children, and five other civilians eating pizza.
The conflict with Israel might be settled in a million different ways, but Palestinian powers reject all of those possibilities in favor of the one outcome that the Israelis cannot accept: the elimination of the Jewish state. The Israelis cannot make peace with people who will not make peace with them. They can only try to protect themselves and look for harm-reduction opportunities.
The fundamental raison d’etre for the PLO’s existence is making war on Israel. There will not be peace until the Palestinians stop making war. (National Review)