UPDATES and TODAY’S BLOG 9 am Israel time, Saturday, September 27 2014:
Mahmoud Abbas’ speech at the United Nations yesterday speaks for itself. If there is anyone in this world who still thinks that Mahmoud Abbas will ever be able to reach peace with Israel, that person is willfully ignoring the evidence.
Today’s blog merely gives the main points of Abbas’ speech, unedited and without commentary from your humble servant:
“In this year, proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly as the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian people, Israel has chosen to make it a year of a new war of genocide perpetrated against the Palestinian people. . .”
“Here we find ourselves, full of grief, regret and bitterness, raising the same long-standing conclusions and questions after a new war, the third war waged by the racist occupying State in five years against Gaza, this small, densely-populated and precious part of our country.
The difference today is that the scale of this genocidal crime is larger, and that the list of martyrs, especially children, is longer, as well as lists of the wounded and disabled, and that dozens of families have been completely decimated.”
“In the name of Palestine and its people, I affirm here today: we will not forget and we will not forgive, and we will not allow war criminals to escape punishment.
I affirm in front of you that the Palestinian people hold steadfast to their legitimate right to defend themselves against the Israeli war machine and to their legitimate right to resist this colonial, racist Israeli occupation.”
“However, and as usual, the Israeli government did not miss the opportunity to undermine the chance for peace.
Throughout the months of negotiations, settlement construction, land confiscations, home demolitions, killing and arrest campaigns, and forced displacement in the West Bank continued unabated and the unjust blockade on the Gaza Strip was tightened. The occupation’s campaign specifically targeted the City of Jerusalem and its inhabitants, attempting to artificially alter the spirit, identity and character of the Holy City, focusing on Al-Aqsa Mosque, threatening grave consequences. At the same time, racist and armed gangs of settlers persisted with their crimes against the Palestinian people, the land, mosques, churches, properties and olive trees.”
“It is impossible, and I repeat – it is impossible – to return to the cycle of negotiations that failed to deal with the substance of the matter and the fundamental question. There is neither credibility nor seriousness in negotiations in which Israel predetermines the results via its settlement activities and the occupation’s brutality.”
In sum, your humble servant could not agree with Mahmoud Abbas more. It is impossible to return to negotiations. It is impossible to return to negotiations with a man whose entire life has been an homage to terrorism, and with a PLO which has never wavered in its desire to destroy Israel. It is impossible to return to negotiations with an Abbas and PLO that are more firmly wedded than ever to Hamas.
Where do we go from here?
The Palestinians have Gaza. The Palestinians have Areas A and B of Judea and Samaria. The Palestinians have a capital in Ramallah, less than 8 miles from Jerusalem. The Palestinians have, in fact, a state.
Unilaterally, Israel should acknowledge this Palestinian state immediately and in the same acknowledgment, annex Area C of Judea and Samaria to this country.