Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Thursday, 30 August 2018

David Singer: Trump Turns Screws as PLO Creates Fake News on Jerusalem and Refugees

Here's the latest article by Sydney lawyer and international affairs analyst David Singer.

He writes:
President Trump cancelled more than $US200 million in aid to the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) this week – following his earlier decisions:
  • reducing America’s contribution to the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) by about $US300 million and
  • recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moving the US Embassy there.
An infuriated PLO has responded by making the following false claims concerning Jerusalem and aid to refugees in the West Bank and Gaza – which have been uncritically and unquestioningly reported as news:
  1. Jerusalem
PLO executive committee member Ahmed Tamimi exclaimed:
“Jerusalem is at the heart of the Palestinian, Arab and Islamic peoples”
This claim contravenes Article 1 of the Palestinian National Charter – which declares:
“Palestine is the homeland of the Arab Palestinian people; it is an indivisible part of the Arab homeland, and the Palestinian people are an integral part of the Arab nation.
Claiming the “Palestinian people” is a separate and distinct people from the “Arab people” – is deceptive and misleading.

Meanwhile, Husam Zomlot – head of the Palestinian General Delegation to the United States – stated:
“After Jerusalem and UNRWA, this (cutting of aid to the PLO) is another confirmation of abandoning the two-state solution and fully embracing Netanyahu’s anti-peace agenda.”
Negotiations to conclude the  “two state solution” – the creation of  a 22ndArab state with Jerusalem as its capital – in addition to the Arab state of Jordan created in 78 per cent of former Palestine in 1946 – ended in April 2014 after unsuccessful negotiations spanning 20 years.

Other solutions now need to be explored that should involve Jordan and possibly Egypt negotiating with Israel to return to these two existing Arab states territory once occupied by them in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank), East Jerusalem and the Gaza District between 1948 and 1967.

2.   Cutting US financial aid to refugees in the West Bank and Gaza

PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi declared:
“The rights of the Palestinian people are not for sale. There is no glory in constantly bullying and punishing a people under occupation. The U.S. administration has already demonstrated meanness of spirit in its collusion with the Israeli occupation and its theft of land and resources; now it is exercising economic meanness by punishing the Palestinian victims of this occupation.”
 Ashrawi ignored the following facts:
  • The West Bank currently has 775,000registered “refugees” – around a quarter of who live in 19 refugee camps– all of which have been under full PLO administrative control since 1993 as designated by the Oslo Accords.
  • Gaza has 3 millionregistered “refugees” – of who 500000 currently live in 8 refugee camps– all of which have been under Hamas governance since 2007.
  • Many of these camps and their inhabitants date back to 1949. Severe overcrowding problems, high rates of unemployment, personal safety and poor infrastructure are common to them all.
The PLO and Hamas have maintained this discriminatory two-tiered refugee segregation system in both Gaza and the West Bank for at least the last ten years.

The failure to close these camps and integrate their residents into the general Gazan and West Bank Arab populations is a damning indictment of Hamas and the PLO.
Expecting Trump to pick up the tab as these inhumane practices continue for crass political purposes is arrogant and unwarranted.

Trump has made it clear these funds will go to relieving genuine refugee distress in other parts of the world.

The PLO’s outright refusal to negotiate with Israel on Trump’s long-awaited peace plan – inflamed by these latest false claims – only ensures the PLO’s increasingly-rapid slide into political irrelevance.

(Author’s note: The cartoon – commissioned exclusively for this article—is by Yaakov Kirschen aka “Dry Bones”- one of Israel’s foremost political and social commentators –  whose cartoons have graced the columns of Israeli and international media publications for decades. His cartoons can be viewed at Drybonesblog)


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  3. The key to handling the 'palestinians' is to ignore them. Make them irrelevant. They are far less front and center now than they've been in decades. People are sick of them. Even their own loudest boosters admit they've irrationally squandered every opportunity offered them and there's nothing to suggest they'll ever change. And while most of their supporters hate Jews as much as they do, they also admit that the plan all along was to outsource the next holocaust to the Arabs. The west doesn't want to try it again. So for all the billions that have poured down the rat hole with neither a 'palestinian state' OR another holocaust, the west is poised to cut them loose. And the best thing we can do to speed that along is to ignore, utterly ignore them. No comment, no dialog, no dispute, no conferences, no op-eds, no meetings, no peace plan, no anything. As if they simply do not exist, which, in a very practical sense they don't. There are no 'palestinians' there never have been. $500 million dollars is money that could be better spent if we set it on fire. And if countries that don't support us, or worse, want to take up the slack, good. $500 million dollars a year out of the EU and Iranian economies IS money well spent because it's a net zero to us. That's $500 million dollars not spent opposing us in any of the other ways they do. And if not, if no one picks up the slack, even better. Then the 'palestinians' have to make a go of it with what little they have. But again, ignore it.


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