UPDATE: INTEL FROM BOTH SIDES OF ISRAELI/EGYPTIAN BORDER SUGGESTS THAT TERRORIST ATTACK IS IMMINENT. PALESTINIAN ATTACK ON IDF POST IN JORDAN VALLEY MARKS SIGNIFICANT ESCALATION.
The struggle between Israel and the Palestinians is not a struggle for peace. It is a war to see which side can outlast the other.
A surprisingly small crowd of fewer than one hundred people gathered outside Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate on Friday night to march over to the Arab Community Center in the A-Tur neighborhood on the Mount of Olives to watch Mahmoud Abbas’s speech at the United Nations.
News reports indicated the crowd was a peculiar mix of Arab students from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, a 71 year old self-proclaimed “refugee from the Jewish Quarter of the Old City”, a worker at Al-Quds University, a student whose parents claim to be “refugees from Lifta at the western entrance to Jerusalem”, and the Mufti of Jerusalem, Muhammad Ahmad Hussein.
One of those present had this to say: “Even if we get the American veto, we will bring the proposal again and again, even dozens and dozens of times we will bring it . . . “ Echoing that sentiment, was the Executive Director of AMAN, the Coalition for Accountability and Integrity in Palestine–an NGO that was created ten years ago by “Palestinian civil society organizations working in the fields of democracy, human rights, and good governance” (from the AMAN website).
Here’s what Director Ghada Zughayar had to say:
“This is not the end of the road for us, this is one battle in the war.”
It is a war that continues this morning as the Palestinians have rejected the proposal made by the Quartet this weekend at the United Nations–demanding more concessions from Israel before returning to the negotiating table.
Does Israel have the power to outlast the Palestinians? Israel was in this land for almost 2000 years before the Roman general Hadrian tried to expunge the names ‘Israel’ and ‘Judea’ from the face of the Earth in 135 CE and replace them with the invented word ‘Palestine.’ And Jews had lived in this land for almost another 2000 years until a group called the ‘Palestinians’ suddenly sprang into existence.
Does Israel have the power to outlast the Palestinians? You bet it does.