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There are really three committments for the Palestinians

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Submitted by Ken Besig Israel (Israel), May 11, 2010 at 06:17

While the Palestinian recognition of Israel's legitimacy as a Jewish State is certainly one of the most important clauses in any peace settlement between Israel and the Palestinians, and perhaps the least acceptable to the Palestinians, there are two other clauses of almost equal importance which will never pass Palestinian muster. Of course those clauses must contain one which states clearly that the armed conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is absolutely and completely over for all time and that henceforth any disputes or disagreements will be negotiated between the Israelis and the Palestinians and if insoluble by face to face negotiations by those parties, then a third neutral party, acceptable to both side, will arbitrate the matter. The other clause will clearly state that no further demands for compensation of any kind can be made by either side. This clause will effectively put to rest any further territorial, financial, demographic demands by the Palestinians for the return of Palestinian refugees to Israel, Israeli financial compensation to those refugees who choose not to return to the Palestinian territories, and any further Israeli territorial pullbacks. Any settlement made by any party, whether American, European, Saudi Arabian, or the Arab League which does not include these three elements is first of all not a peace settlement at all and secondly unacceptable to any Israeli government. As well, any peace settlement which does include these clauses will under no circumstances ever be acceptable to any Palestinian leadership and they will never sign off on it.

There are those who would suggest that the Palestinians would in fact sign an agreement like this with the plan in mind to violate it at the first chance the get when they feel they have the power to get away with it, the so called taqqiya option, seeming good faith at first with betrayal to come later. Well that's always possible and yet it is not as easy to violate international agreements in the 21st century as it was back in Mohammed's time of the 7th century. Further any Palestinian who would sign such an agreement might as well sign his own death warrant at the same time because he wouldn't live out the day. Finally, and most importantly, if the taqqiya is the Palestinian plan, then they could just as easily sign some phony agreement now with the Israelis and then get to work on how to betray that agreement a few years down the line. By the way, I don't even hear the slightest hint that any Palestinian is preparing to even negotiate in good faith with Israel much less sign any agreement of any kind ever.

The Palestinians and the greater Arab world do not want peace with the Jewish State of Israel, they want only the destruction of Israel. It is this immutable hatred and desire to destroy Israel that has made and will continue to make the Palestinian and Israeli peace negotiations a mission impossible.

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