Having toured Israel in the past and having been a member of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, I can vouch for the accuracy of the articulate and well-reasoned analysis of syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer in his March 30 column “Obama changes position: What really happened in Jerusalem.”
Krauthammer is right on the mark. It certainly speaks volumes about the Palestinian mind-set when the Palestinian parent most admired in that society is a woman who actively encouraged her three sons to kill themselves in suicide attacks on Israelis, then is elected to the Palestinian Legislative Council.
The Palestinians’ absurd claim that the Israeli settlements are the main obstacle to peace is merely a convenient excuse to avoid negotiations, and is without merit. Time after time after time, the Palestinian leadership has ignored and walked away from Israeli peace overtures – most recently in 2000 at Camp David, in 2001 at Taba and 2008 when Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert offered a Palestinian state on the West Bank with its capital being a shared Jerusalem. When Israel implemented a 10-month settlement freeze, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas balked.
What did all these Israeli overtures have in common? A foe who was more interested in retaining Israel as a scapegoat for its internal problems than in molding a better future for its own people. Until the Palestinian people insist on a forward-thinking leadership that condemns violence as being a legitimate tool and recognizes Israel’s right to exist, it doesn’t matter what Israel offers. It will never be enough.
As the late great Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir once so eloquently put it in a speech to the National Press Club, “Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.” No truer words have ever been spoken.