Just a thought. Mahmoud Abbas, the President of the Palestinian Authority, has said on previous occasions all of the following:
- He believes in a two-state solution (many times)
- He will not, even cannot, give up the Palestinian Right of Return (see this Ynet article from 2009)
- He will not allow Jews to live in a future Palestinian State (see this Commentary article from 2011)
If these are all true, then how can he say he is negotiating for peace? Simply, the Palestinian Right of Return means the end of Israel as a Jewish State – indeed the end of Israel altogether (see Norman Finkelstein’s recent interview for more on this topic).
If you want to argue he is negotiating to create two states – a binational state in the pre-1967 borders of Israel, and a fully Palestinian State in the West Bank and Gaza, that sounds great until you see point three where he has said he will not allow Jews to live in a new Palestinian State. Putting aside the fact that Israel would never be allowed to say such a thing, what will prevent such a binational state, with its new Arab majority from declaring the same?
Where exactly has a binational state like this worked out well? Lebanon comes to mind as an example of one that did not, in fact, work out very well. Indeed many of the Palestinian returnees would theoretically be coming from Lebanon, where refugees and their descendants are still kept in refugee camps. Think the refugees and their descendants will decide to live in peace with their Jewish neighbors? Like they did with their Christian neighbors in Lebanon?
So how exactly is Abbas trying to reach a peaceful solution? We don’t know either.
Category: Just A Thought