'[L]ike the “Free Gaza” demonstrations that rocked European cities this past summer while Hamas rockets rained down on Israeli cities, one has to wonder what exactly those advocating the unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state think they are doing?....
[W]hich Palestine are we talking about?
Is it the Palestine of the Palestinian Authority that currently rules most of the West Bank, albeit under the security blanket of the Israel Defense Forces? ....That’s a Palestine that is supposedly ready to make peace with Israel but which requires the economic and political support of the West in order to survive.
But, in truth, that Palestine is a corrupt kleptocracy run by Mahmoud Abbas, a man currently serving the 10th year of a four-year presidential term. The Fatah-ruled West Bank is a petty tyranny that oppresses and robs Palestinians while raking in billions in economic aid from Europe and the United States. Its leader frequently tells Western and Israeli audiences that he is ready make peace on the basis of a two-state solution, but he also is adamant about being unwilling to recognize the legitimacy of a Jewish state no matter where its borders might be drawn.
Were Europe’s governments or its pro-Palestinian demonstrators truly interested in peace, they would understand that unilateral recognition of independence is a way for the PA to avoid having to talk with Israel. ...If they wanted to support peace, they would tell Abbas to go back to the table with Netanyahu and to be prepared to recognize a Jewish state. They might also encourage him to get rid of Hamas, not become its partner.
[T]alk about recognition of Palestine without first requiring it to make peace with Israel must seen as not merely moral preening at Israel’s expense but a political manifestation of the same anti-Semitic invective that was so common during the “Free Gaza”'
|Perversely, it already is, Rachel dear|
* For grotesque examples in Britain this week see here
** For a bizarre example in Australia this week see here
"It is axiomatic in Britain that Israel is the principal human rights abuser in the world .... [although it is] the one upholder of human rights in the [Middle East] region .... Human Rights ... has become a principal weapon of injustice ... the potential nemesis [of Western culture] ... "She also pointed out that Israel has in many ways been its worst enemy. It could and should exploit the emphasis on human rights to its own advantage, persuading a left-indoctrinated public opinion to the truth of the matter: that far from being the oppressor it is sinned against rather than sinning:
"Israel has a compelling story about human rights ... Israel stands on very firm legal foundations in its occupation and in its settlements policy ....and ... can easily make a compelling case ... Israel [preoccupied by defending itself militarily] has not taken seriosly the psychological war against it...There is no collective endeavour ..."Levy Report (which Wikipedia introduces thus):
'officially called Report on the Legal Status of Building in Judea and Samaria ... an 89-page report on West Bank settlements published on 9 July 2012, authored by a three member committee headed by former Israeli Supreme Court justice Edmund Levy. The committee, dubbed the "outpost committee", was appointed by Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in late January 2012 to investigate the legal status of unauthorized West Bank Jewish settlements, but also examined whether the Israeli presence in the West Bank is to be considered an occupation or not.
The report concludes that Israel's presence in the West Bank is not an occupation,[and that the Israeli settlements are legal under international law....'For the essence of the report in English, see here
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