Did Marshal al-Sisi propose a better idea?....
Mideast maven Elliott Abrams says he thinks the report wrong, and that al-Sisi was merely takin g"a nasty shot." But suppose for sake of argument that the proposal had been made....
The Oslo "peace process" vision of a two-state (Jewish Israel; Palestinian statelet covering West Bank & Gaza, with land bridge between those two areas) solution has been effectively interred by the Third Gaza War. As reported in JWR by author Jonathan Tobin, the Palestinian news agency published Egypt's new proposal:
[I]n a speech given to members of his Fatah Party this week, Abbas said that the Egyptian government had made a startling offer to the PA. The Egyptians told Abbas that they were willing to cede a 618-square mile area of the Sinai adjacent to Gaza for resettlement of the Palestinian refugees, an idea first floated by former Israeli National Security Adviser Giora Eiland.
"They [the Egyptians] are prepared to receive all the refugees, [saying] 'let's end the refugee story'," Abbas was quoted by Ma'an news agency as saying.
The Palestinian leader noted that the idea was first proposed to the Egyptian government in 1956, but was furiously rejected by Palestinian leaders such as PLO militant Muhammad Youssef Al-Najjar and poet Muin Bseiso who "understood the danger of this."
Of course PA president-for-forever Mahmoud Abbas immediately rejected the idea--which Egypt later denied making, asserting (utterly implausibly) that the Muslim Brotherhood regime made it. Abbas, who then floated an absurdly one-sided peace proposal Israel will surely reject--did so for the identical reason that the Palestinians have rejected every two-state proposal made by Israel: because such would require the Palestinians to abandon their aim of destroying the Jewish state and expelling all Jews from the post-World War I Palestine Mandate, which covered Israel and Jordan--and would empower Hamas to dump Abbas:
[T]he refusal reflects Abbas's recognition that although Hamas has followed in the path of his old boss Yasir Arafat and led the Palestinian people to more death and destruction with no hope in sight, it is the Islamists who seem to represent the wishes of the Palestinian people, not the so-called moderates that he leads. Any acceptance of any refugee solution that does not involve "return" to what is now Israel is the political third rail of Palestinian politics. Indeed, the refugees themselves are adamant about their rejection of any solution short of "victory" over Israel.
That is why Abbas, though supposedly in favor of a two-state solution, has rejected it every time the Israelis have offered the PA independence over almost all of the West Bank, Gaza, and even a share of Jerusalem. As much as we are told that in the aftermath of the latest war in Gaza that the time of the moderates is upon us, Palestinian opinion polls indicate that they are still backing Hamas.
That means they won't make peace with Israel no matter where its borders are drawn. So long as the refugees remain homeless, when Palestinians speak of Israeli occupation, they are clearly referring to pre-1967 Israel, not the West Bank.
And, Tobin writes at Commentary Blog:
What we must recognize here is that the pathology of hate is not merely about Palestinian violence but also the ingrained beliefs passed on from generation to generation that alone of all historical events of the last century, the creation of Israel must be reversed. Unlike the countless millions of other refugees from wars of aggression waged in their name, the descendants of the Palestinians who hoped to see the Jews prevented from having their state think they can continue to persist in this delusion and that world should support them in holding on to it.
Anyone who questions the power of this delusion should have taken note of the fact that Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas specifically rejected an Egyptian offer to give hundreds of square miles in the Sinai adjacent to Gaza for the purpose of resettling the refugees. Abbas, the man acclaimed as a peace partner for Israel by the world, rejected the offer out of hand. The reason was that he knows the refugees and their supporters won’t listen to reason and start seeking solutions to their plight that don’t involve the eradication of Zionism. If it took decades for Palestinians to accept the need to build a square in their refugee camp, it’s easy to understand why they won’t give up their ideas about going “home” or thinking that they should be given, as some insist, a “choice” about dispossessing the Jews of Israel.
The fact that the Times and most of the rest of the international media ignored the story about Abbas’s rejection of Egypt’s offer says a lot about the way the world has accepted Palestinian assumptions. But while the media obsesses about Israelis building in lands that were theirs before 1948 and would remain in the Jewish state even in the event of a peace agreement, they treat the absurd Palestinian fantasies as reasonable. Far from merely an architectural question, the camps and what they represent are a permanent obstacle that must be removed if the Middle East is ever to know peace.
So the Palestinian Circus continues to play to sold-out audiences--those who are sold on myths about the prospects for a lasting peace.
Caroline Glick reports, however, that the Obama administration & the Israelis are seriously considering Egypt's proposal.
Bottom Line. Palestinian psychosis and Western disregard of same, are enablers of permanent Palestinian resistance & sacrifice.
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