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    • Prof. Taheri
    • 11.02.13 | 18:14 (IST)

    The Palestinians could have had a peaceful state… in 1937 with the Peel Plan, but they violently rejected it; in 1939 with the MacDonald White Paper, but they violently rejected it, pursuing their (in)famous battle-cry, “Itbach al-Yahud”–Slaughter the Jews; in 1948 with UN 181, but they violently rejected it. They chose instead to launch an offensive together with five regular Arab armies in an effort to “drive the Jews into the sea;” from 1948-1967 in the West Bank and Gaza, where the Arabs had ethnically cleansed every single Jew, but they violently rejected it. They chose instead to infiltrate the Jewish country and murder its civilians; after 1967, but instead, they and the rest of the Arab world issued the 3 No’s of Khartoum: No to peace with Israel, No to recognition of Israel, No to negotiations with Israel; after the 1993 Oslo Accords. But instead they chose to introduce their latest weapon against the Jews: The suicide bomber; in 2000 with the Barak offer, but they violently rejected it, and started the gruesome series of suicide massacres known as the “Second Intifada;” in Gaza after the Israeli withdrawal of 2005, but they violently rejected it with thousands of missile and rocket attacks; in 2008 with the Olmert offer, but they violently rejected. Every single month there have been dozens of attacks and attempted attacks from both the West Bank and Gaza. The only things preventing a bloodbath in Israel are the Israeli security measures: The barrier and checkpoints in the West Bank, the border and anti-missile system in Gaza, and the intelligence that leads to preemptive arrests. The Palestinians had many chances. They rejected them all because destroying Israel was a higher priority. And it still is. They would only stop attacking Israelis and talk peace if Israel accepts the right of return, in other words, peace with Israel only if there is no Israel. This total rejection of the Jews’ right to self-determination, and the relentless attempts to murder Jews, may lead to events such as the ones brilliantly depicted in Jonathan Bloomfield’s award-winning book, “Palestine,” in which actual history and future predictions are thinly veiled as fiction.

    from the article: Abbas thanks Pope for supporting Palestinian UN bid
    First published 15:19 17.12.12 | Last updated 15:19 17.12.12
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