What if the Palestinians get East Jerusalem?....
And here are several videos, mostly of 2011 vintage, further showing how Palestinian leaders and "educators" teach children that a unitary Arab state is the only just resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict. In the same spirit, Hezbollah chieftain Sheik Hassan Nasrallah said last week: "Not a grain of Palestinian sand should be conceded."
But the Palestinian Authority's desire to go to the UN may backfire, argues Jennifer Rubin in "Right Turn." Among the consequences she warns may come to pass are loss of the Palestinian mission in the US, US defunding of Palestinian-related activities at the UN, and a possible spinning out of control on the West Bank if orchestrated demonstrations in late September morph spontaneously into a Third Intifada (Arabic for "shaking off"). At Commentary Blog John Tobin sees Abbas seeking to extract concessions from Israel as the price for abandoning the PA's bid to go to the UN.
The US Senate, for its part, is pushing back, warning it will vote to cut off aid to the Palestinians if they go the UN route this fall; the House can be expected to follow the Senate's lead on this, should things come to a head. On June 29 the Senate (S. Res. 185) & on July 8 the House (H.Res. 268) passed resolutions calling upon the administration to insist that the Palestinians use negotiations only to resolve issues with Israel, as required by prior accords, and for the administration to veto any resolution introduced in the Security Council purporting to confer membership to a Palestinian state by decree. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said the Security Council will explore the Palestinian member state issue July 26. Jordan--at least, its King--opposes the UN recognizing a Palestinian entity as a member state.
The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs warns about what Palestinians will do after going to the UN come September, if the General Assembly votes (illegally) to declare a Palestinian UN Member state, a step endorsed by the Arab League. Such a vote requires a recommendation for admission from the Security Council, which President Obama is committed to veto. Historian Efraim Karsh sees a UN declaration of Palestinian statehood as "land for war": it would destroy the foundation for peace established in 1967 by UN Security Council Resolution 242. Team Obama makes things worse by declining to recognize that Jerusalem is geographically inside Israel.
But the political impact of a GA vote would enable Palestinians to escalate their assault on Israel. Specifically, expect: (1) a Third Intifada, relying on human wave border violations; (2) legal action in anti-Israel international judicial forums; (3) repudiation of the Oslo Accords; (4) rejection of "land swaps" so as to retain Palestinian-populated territory inside Israel as part of the struggle to wipe out the Jewish state. Israel anticipates human wave border violations this September, and is stepping up preparations to meet it.
PA PM Mahmoud Abbas ludicrously states that the pseudo-peace process will continue even after a UN vote on Palestinian statehood. Having committed what can only reasonably be considered an irremediable, material breach of the Oslo accords by going to the UN to resolve issues Oslo reserves exclusively to the parties via negotiation, the process should indeed idea. But no doubt President Obama and other inveterate peace processors will ignore this breach, as they ignore PA chief Abbas's absurd condemnation of Israel for the crime of defending against an Arab terrorist assault within Israel's pre-1967 War lines. They will continue to force Israel to continue the pseudo-peace charade, with the only penalty possibly being imposed upon the Palestinians being a cut-off of US aid.
Israel's Ambassador to the US, Michael Oren, warns that Israel will consider all Oslo agreements null & void if the Palestine Authority goes to the UN re statehood. Oren noted that the US could take the same position. (With Obama there appears no chance they the US will do so.)
Rachel Abrams details Jew-hatred emanating from the Cairene Spring (Tahrir Square protesters in Egypt) and fears the worst for Israel. Despite those attitudes, the Jerusalem Post reports that Israel cancelled its plan to assassinate a top Hamas leader, in retaliation for the recent Eilat terror attacks, at Egypt's request.
Bottom Line. How does one make peace with people who hate Jews so much they would eradicate their presence from the City founded by the Jewish King David 3,000 years ago? Put simply, one doesn't.
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