Vol: 108 Issue: 2 Thursday, September 2, 2010
Gaza City’s top Hamas leader, Mahmoud Zahar rejected any possibility of compromise or peace with Israel in a bloodthirsty speed delivered in Gaza on Wednesday.
In an address to the Hamas membership, Zahar questioned the legitimacy of the Palestinian Authority and its leadership while leaving no doubt in the minds of anyone paying attention that any talk of peace is just that. Talk.
“Today marks the start of direct negotiations between someone who has no right to represent the Palestinian people and the brutal occupier, to provide a cover for Judaizing Jerusalem and stealing the land.”
That sentence, all by itself, tells a complete story. Abbas has no right to represent the Palestinians, thereby freeing Hamas from any obligation to live up to any subsequent agreement.
Zahar’s description of Israel as ‘brutal occupier’ confirms Hamas’ agenda. Hamas is not ‘occupied’ and neither is Gaza or the West Bank. Israel is ‘brutally occupying’ Israel.
Zahar accuses Abbas of ‘providing cover’ for ‘Judaizing’ Jerusalem. Jerusalem was founded 3000 years ago by King David and was site of the 1st and 2nd Jewish Temples. The western retaining wall of Solomon’s Temple still stands at the base of Temple Mount.
What that sentence reveals is the utter madness of negotiating with Abbas while Hamas runs things in Gaza. It’s simply not going to happen.
Zahar rejected the idea of compromise with Israel, saying that “liberating” all the land between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River — a reference to Israel’s destruction — is a moral and religious duty. He said Palestinians must not abandon armed resistance against Israeli occupation.
Israel might as well negotiate a peace settlement with Felipe Calderon of Mexico as with Mahmoud Abbas for all the good any emerging agreement will actually do.
But the fact that peace is impossible — even if Netanyahu and Abbas link arms and swear undying mutual love tomorrow — is treated as an irrelevancy by the major players attempting to make a square peg fit into a round hole.
Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak wrote an op-ed piece in the New York Times in which he renewed his offer to act as a mediator between Hamas and Fatah, reminding the world that reconciliation is ‘critical to the two-state solution’ and arguing that Hamas must be accommodated.
But since Hamas will not accept less than the destruction of the Jewish state and its replacement with an Islamic state under Sharia Law, what does that really mean?
Reconciliation can come in only one of two ways. 1. Hamas has to accept the existence of a Jewish state or, 2. Fatah must join Hamas.
Hamas cannot accept the existence of a Jewish state without simultaneously dissolving. By charter, Hamas’ sole reason for existence is the destruction of the Jewish state. Accepting a Jewish state gives it no further reason for being.
Fatah, on the other hand, cannot join Hamas and continue to negotiate with Israel for the same reason.
Finally, since Fatah cannot negotiate for Hamas and Hamas will not accept any emerging agreement, there is no reason for Israel to negotiate at all. Israel has no cards to play — and neither do the Palestinians.
But the US and Europeans continue to pressure both sides.
The quest for Mideast peace has become the Holy Grail of global politics. The politician that pulls it off will have secured his place in history. Having once jumped in with both feet, it is as if a kind of madness has taken hold.
When it comes to the quest for Middle East peace, logic need not apply. It reminds me of the old joke about the Boy Scout earning his merit badge by helping an old lady across the street despite the fact she doesn’t want to go.
Except that it isn’t funny.
The madness is rooted in the insane decision to elevate extortion to that of a political equation, naming it ‘land for peace’.
A guy walks into your business and offers you protection from himself in exchange for a percentage of the profits. In the real world, it’s called the ‘protection racket’. When it comes to Israel, it’s called “peace talks.”
At the 1991 Madrid Conference presided over by George Bush (41), it was decided that from henceforth, it would be known as “land for peace” and become a respectable international standard instead of an underworld extortion scheme.
As President G.H.W. Bush declared the Madrid goal to be part of his “New World Order” a weather event later known as the ‘perfect storm’ developed in the North Atlantic.
The storm traveled east to west – the opposite of normal weather patterns – for 1000 miles – sending thirty-five foot waves crashing into President Bush’s Kennebunkport home on that very day.
The Madrid Conference reconvened in Washington, DC in August, 1992 to resume the pursuit of ‘land for peace’. While they debated in Washington, Hurricane Andrew flattened Florida in the worst natural disaster (to that point) in US history.
While Bill Clinton was in Geneva discussing an agreement with Hafez al Assad that would require Israel to surrender the Golan Heights, the Northridge Quake earned the title of the second worst natural disaster to hit the United States (to that point) second only to Andrew.
On September 28, 1998 President Clinton met in Washington with Netanyahu and Arafat to finalize yet another agreement that would trade 13% of the West Bank for yet another promise of peace, Hurricane George slammed into the Gulf Coast, causing a billion dollars in damage.
At the exact time that Arafat left the country, Hurricane George was downgraded to a tropical depression.
A week later, Arafat and Netanyahu came back for five days of additional talks at Wye River, Md. Two days after the Wye River talks began on October 17th 1998, Texas began getting pounded by rains and tornadoes prompting President Clinton to ultimately declare central Texas a major disaster area.
The Wye River talks concluded on October 23rd — and on that day, it stopped raining in central Texas.
In November, 1998 Arafat again comes to Washington to raise money for a Palestinian state. The US gave $400 million – the Europeans gave $1.7 BILLION. That same day, the Dow dropped 216 points. The next day the European market suffered its third worst day (to that point) in its history.
In September 2001, the UN hosted the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance. The conference degenerated into the most hate-filled, openly anti-Semitic, anti-Jew, anti-Israel-bashing festival seen since the Nazi era.
On September 11, allegedly in support of Palestine, 19 Muslim hijackers seized four planes and killed almost 3,000 Americans in the first attack on the US mainland since 1814 and the worst in American history.
In 2005, under intense pressure from the US, Israel began forcibly removing settlers and dismantling settlements at Gush Katif in Gaza and four settlements in what was Biblical Samaria.
“I welcome the disengagement plan,” stated then-President Bush immediately following the announcement of the Gaza evacuation. “These steps will mark real progress toward realizing the vision I set forth in June 2002 of two states living side by side in peace and security.”
One week later, Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coast and destroyed the city of New Orleans, killing nearly two thousand and displacing another half-million Americans.
It is without doubt that Barack Obama is perceived by Israel (and most honest observers) to be one of the most pro-Arab and anti-Israeli presidents in the history of US-Israeli relations. The electorate chose Obama despite the revelations about his rabidly anti-Semitic pastor.
Indeed, in some quarters, his open anti-Semitism, together with his Muslim background earned him votes from the self-loathing liberals that applauded his journey to Cairo to apologize for America and to deny it as a Christian nation.
Since then, things haven’t been going that well for us. Economically or politically.
On April 19th 2010 in reaction to planned Israeli construction inside a Jewish Jerusalem neighborhood, President Obama announced the United States would no longer automatically support Israel at the UN Security Council.
The statement hit Israel especially hard, given the timing. Israel celebrates its independence according to the Jewish lunar calendar so every year it falls on a different date than May 14th. This year, it fell on April 19th, the very day that President Obama announced his willingness to throw Israel under the bus.
The very next day, April 20th, the Deepwater Horizon blew up in the Gulf, creating the worst ecological disaster in American history.
Today, Prime Minister Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas are in Washington meeting with President Obama, beginning the first direct talks between the two parties in two years. Israel was reluctant for the reasons we discussed earlier. Why negotiate with Abbas if he doesn’t speak for Hamas?
But when Netanyahu attempted to explain that to Obama earlier this year, Obama publicly humiliated him, treating him with all the respect due a Third World dictator.
After a day and evening in White House talks with President Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas sit down together Thursday for the first of what American officials hope will be a series of meetings that lead in a year’s time to an agreement on the creation of a Palestinian state.
“This moment of opportunity may not soon come again,” Obama said at the White House Wednesday night.
Opportunity? Did anybody check with Hamas?
This just in: Hurricane Earl, currently a Category Three storm, is projected to parallel the East Coast later today from the Outer Banks to the coast of Maine . . . putting the DC peace talks right in Earl’s path.
I don’t think it is a coincidence.
Note: We have many, many members of the OL family in Earl’s projected path. Please join me in bombarding the Throne of Grace with petitions for their provision and protection.
And may our God watch over, preserve and protect us all, in Jesus’ Name.
Until He comes.