Peace Talks Will Fail Because Palestinians Don’t Want Peace

October 28, 2013 9:55 am 5 comments

Tough peace talks begin today in Washington, D.C., where the proper format is still up for discussion. Photo: WikiCommons.

Tough peace talks are ongoing. Photo: WikiCommons.

JNS.org – Israel and Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority (PA) are engaging in negotiations refused for years by the PA. Yet, only weeks ago, the PA Minister of Religious Affairs, Mahmoud Al-Habbash, delivered a paean to Sheikh Ahmad Yassin, founder and leader of Hamas, the terrorist organization that has murdered hundreds of Israelis in scores of suicide bombings, calling him a Palestinian “icon.” How can peace talks and glorifying a terrorist chieftain coexist in the PA?

Al-Habbash gave us the answer this summer, when he justified this return to diplomacy by reference to something well-known to his mosque audience––the 628 Treaty of Hudabiyyah.

Hudabiyyah was an agreement between Muhammad and the Meccan Quraish tribe, in which Muhammad promised a decade of peace. But in less than two years, a Qureishi-allied tribe committed a breach by attacking a Muhammad-allied tribe. Muhammad, who had meanwhile organized a huge army, took this pretext to attack the Qureishis. Isolated and unprepared, the Qureishis surrendered.

This approach, says Al-Habbash, has “brought us to where we are today.”

“We have a [Palestinian] Authority and the world recognizes the [Palestinian] state. All this never would have happened … only through the wisdom of the leadership… exactly like the Prophet [Muhammad] did in the Treaty of Hudabiyyah… This is the example, this is the model,” he said.

In short, the Hudabiyyah strategy––working towards the weakening and eventual elimination of Israel through negotiations––has been the operative Palestinian strategy since the Oslo Accords were signed 20 years ago. Arafat said as much in a May 1994 speech in a Johannesburg mosque. (Israel demanded a retraction and an end to terrorism, got neither –– but continued nonetheless negotiating and conceding).

When Arafat told a confidential meeting of Arab ambassadors in Stockholm in January 1996 that the aim of Oslo was “splitting Israel psychologically,” and “eliminat[ing] the State of Israel and establish[ing] a purely Palestinian State” that would “make life unbearable for Jews,” the revelation was ignored even by Israel, which chose to ignore Arafat’s words as well as their political ramifications.

Since Arafat’s death, his successor, Mahmoud Abbas, has made it abundantly clear that not only has he not accepted Israel’s right to exist as Jewish state (“I do not accept the Jewish State, call it what you will”) but he also intends to set up a Jew-free state (“when a Palestinian state is established, it would have no Israeli presence in it”).

Questioned in an interview on the need for recognition of Israel, Abbas replied that, while official recognition was unavoidably necessary for the purpose of obtaining vital Israeli concessions, “It is not required of Hamas, or of Fatah, or of the Popular Front to recognize Israel.” And, indeed, Abbas’s Fatah has never altered its Constitution calling for the destruction of Israel and the use of terrorism to achieve it. Former Fatah strongman in Gaza, Muhammad Dahlan, put it plainly when he said, “The Fatah movement does not recognize Israel, even today.”

Words and bombs are thus the Fatah/PA strategy, a strategy made possible only by duplicity. That’s why the late Palestinian leader Feisal Husseini once dubbed it the strategy of the “Trojan Horse,” in which the Palestinian regime installed via negotiations would serve “our final aim… the liberation of all of historical Palestine, from the river to the sea.”

That’s why senior PA figure Abbas Zaki tells an Arab audience, “If I say that I want to remove [Israel] from existence, this will be great, great, [but] it is hard. This is not a [stated] policy. You can’t say it to the world. You can say it to yourself.”

That’s why the PA claims to be interested in a negotiated peace, even while it tells its people repeatedly that the Jews have no historical connection of rights in Jerusalem or anywhere else.

In short, the PA has a long-established policy of duplicity about its anti-peace intentions. In these circumstances, not only are the Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiations convened under American auspices foredoomed, but in pursuing them, the Obama Administration has embarked on a fool’s errand. Furthermore, by pressuring Israel to make further concessions––like the freeing of jailed Palestinian terrorists, merely to get the PA to the negotiating table––it is endangering an ally.

This is a moment for the Congress to act. It can produce a detailed list of Palestinian bad faith statements (of which we have provided here only a fraction) and call upon the PA to explicitly retract each statement to its own public. It can make further aid to the PA conditional on verifiable Palestinian reforms, like outlawing terrorist groups, arresting terrorists and ending the incitement to hatred and murder that feeds the conflict. And it can withhold aid until these prerequisites for a genuine peace are forthcoming.

Morton A. Klein is National President of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA). Dr. Daniel Mandel is Director of the ZOA’s Center for Middle East Policy and author of H.V. Evatt & the Establishment of Israel (London, 2004).

5 Comments

  • Kris Kristian

    Unfortunately, Obama is no friend of Israel.
    In his famour speech some years ago, to Cairo students, he praised Islam and admitted that “I am one of them”
    Obama lies to the world that USA will protect Israel.

    Unfortunately, Bibi should have told him that he will release terroris prisoners AFTER Abbas sits and talks peace, and creates peace.
    But Obama put pressure on Bibi to first release murderers before Abbas will sit and talk peace.

    And why did US Jews vote for this anti Semite back into the White House?
    Had they made sure thst Obama is OUT, the whole scene would have been different.

  • The Obama administration has repeatedly shown its ignorance, either deliberate or feigned, of the realities of the Middle East. Abbas walks the line between outright enmity and hollow hints at peace.

    It is, and has been crystal clear, that no negotiations between Israel and the PA can ever result in a peaceful resolution. Kerry will push and the Israelis will respond, but Abbas et. al. will dissemble, delay, and avoid anything resembling a setlement.

  • Titus Greenwood

    Muslims, whether Arab, Persian or Turk DO NOT want peace with Israel. Why? Because the HATE JEWS! Israelis more than any other people should appreciate how fruitless attempts to “negotiate” with Muslims are. The goal of Islam, is to destroy all Jews, everywhere they can find them, or humiliate and enslave them. The destruction of Israel is a high priority issue with the so-called Palestinians.

  • carpe diem 36

    of course the palestinians do not want peace, and Mahmud Abbas definitely does not wish it. if he wished it the palestinians would have had peace twenty years ago, they signed so many agreements like the Oslo One, but nothing happened because they do not want it. had they had a state they would have had to have a govenment, laws, roads, various gov’t departments, like education, welfare, they would have had to produce their own electricity etc.
    and Mahmud Abbas would not have been able to receive billions of dollars for his poor people who would not know how to have a regular job or to produce food.

  • Gosh, I have been saying that for over 30 years. I never thought they wanted peace. They just want to be in charge and not have any Jews living in Israel. End of.

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