Israel's 'No-partner-for-peace’ Celebration

No matter what the Palestinians, their leaders and their representatives do or say, it won't change anything; it will only prove that there's no partner.

Kobi Niv
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Netanyahu at the UN General Assembly. Sept. 29, 2014.
Netanyahu at the UN General Assembly. Sept. 29, 2014.Credit: AP
Kobi Niv
Kobi Niv

Since the Temple was destroyed and the Celebration of the Water Drawing stopped, there has not been a celebration in Israel like the “there’s no partner for peace” celebration, which is held every half-a-year, not to mention every half-an-hour, with a gush of speeches and headlines reading, “There’s no one to talk to,” “We can’t agree with them on anything,” “God forbid we give them back territory,” “We must erect more settlements,” “Once again the danger of the peace that never existed has passed,” “Eretz Yisrael belongs to the Jewish people,” “The Nazis (this time with Persian accents) are returning to destroy us,” and so on and so forth.

Our “diplomatic” dealings with the Palestinians look like the actions of a sadistic squad commander, who refuses to let his recruits say the words “no,” “yes,” “black” or “white,” and punishes whoever does say them. Thus, when the commander asks one of his soldiers, “do you want a slap?” if the soldier answers “no,” then he’s broken the rules and has to run in full gear to the kitchen and back. If the soldier answers, “Yes,” then he gets a slap, because he asked for it, and then, because he’s “broken the rules,” he also gets to run to the kitchen and back. And so it continues until the end of basic training, which in our case has been going on for nearly 50 years.

In other words, no matter what the Palestinians, their leaders, and their representatives say or do (and, of course, we choose who represents them – those who don’t want peace -- and who doesn’t – those who do) it won’t change anything; it will only prove, every half-year and every half-hour, that there’s no partner.

After all, Israel will always catch some Palestinian, someplace, uttering a word or sentence that it doesn’t allow, like “Nakba,” “right of return,” “ethnic cleansing,” “armed struggle,” “Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital,” “massacre,” “genocide,” “land grab.” And Israel, as if it had been bitten by the Holocaust, seizes on it and yells for all to hear (preferably in English), that those liars, deceivers, Arabs, and murderers only want to destroy us and turn us into mincemeat, but we, if necessary, will drop bombs on them because that’s the only way to make peace with them.

If Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, for example, condemns the kidnapping of the three teens and helps Israel look for them, what do we say? That he didn’t really condemn, because he’s a lying Arab. Can you make peace with such a person? And the fact that he’s cooperating with us proves what a shmatte he really is. Can we ever reach an arrangement with him? You see what we mean? It’s like we said, there’s no one to talk to.

What about the Holocaust? Only a few months ago, Abbas, before the entire world, called the Holocaust, “the most heinous crime to have occurred against humanity,” and in return the prime minister of Israel called him a Holocaust denier. After all, we know that all Palestinians are Holocaust deniers from birth, and it doesn’t matter what they say about it, or about anything else, for that matter.

The funniest thing is that at the very same time that Israel has been celebrating the lack of a partner, it has also been crowing about the new, sophisticated submarine that it purchased from Germany. The Germans, who perpetrated the Holocaust, are a partner, but the Palestinians, who are ostensibly Holocaust deniers, are not a partner. Now that makes sense.

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