PA pres.-for-life Mahmoud Abbas lets the mask slip....
Abbas's UN speech text reveals much. Amidst the usual piffle about UN resolutions that the Palestinians interpret tendentiously, and risible assertions of Palestinian good faith negotiating--despite never having made serious counter-offer to Israel's myriad final settlement proposals. But there are nuggets that swallow the whole.
Here is what Abbas said of peace alongside the Jewish state:
In this year, in which this Assembly, on behalf of the countries and peoples of the world, conveyed the world’s yearning and determination to realize a just peace that achieves freedom and independence for the Palestinian people in their State of Palestine alongside Israel in order to rectify the historic injustice inflicted on the Palestinian people in Al-Nakba of 1948, the occupying power has chosen to defy the entire world by launching its war on Gaza, by which its jets and tanks brutally assassinated lives and devastated the homes, schools and dreams of thousands of Palestinian children, women and men and in reality destroying the remaining hopes for peace.
And here is what Abbas said re international law, traduced countless times by Palestinian terror over the past 50 years:
At the same time, I affirm that our grief, trauma and anger will not for one moment make us abandon our humanity, our values and our ethics; we will always maintain our respect and commitment to international law, international humanitarian law and the international consensus, and we will maintain the traditions of our national struggle established by the Palestinian fedayeen and to which we committed ourselves since the onset of the Palestinian revolution in early 1965.
The operative words that matter are "since 1965": That New Year's Day the PLO launched its offensive to "liberate" all of what it regards as "Palestine"--at a time when Israel controlled nothing outside the 1949 "Green Line" ceasefire positions. These lines were not "borders" or recognized "boundaries" because the Arab signatory parties refused to recognize Israel as a nation. The Jordan River's West Bank was controlled then by Jordan; the Gaza Strip was controlled then by Egypt. And so all the stuff about "the occupation" after the 1967 Six-Day War is rhetorical camouflage.
Are my text citations "selective?" Mine and everyone else's too:
ALL CITATIONS OF LESS THAN AN ENTIRE TEXT ARE "SELECTIVE"; THE QUESTION IS HOW REPRESENTATIVE OF THE TEXT AS A WHOLE A GIVEN SELECTION IS, OR A GIVEN SET OF SELECTIONS ARE.
Bottom Line. Western leaders continue to believe that the Palestinians genuinely desire a final two-state peace with Israel. Focusing on 1967, rather than 1948 or 1965, leads to this belief. It is, sadly, false.
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