Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Impossible peace

I will recommit America to the goal of a democratic, prosperous Palestinian state living side by side in peace and security with the Jewish state of Israel. On this vital issue, the President has failed, and what should be a negotiation process has devolved into a series of heated disputes at the United Nations.

So said Mitt Romney in a foreign policy speech given at the Virginia Military Institute on October 8. This level of naïveté gives me little hope that Romney fully understands or will admit the reality of the challenge to Middle East peace.

It could be argued it is precisely Palestinian democracy that prevents peace with Israel. Raised on a steady diet of state propaganda and “liberationist” Islam, Palestinians are instinctively anti-Semitic. In 2006, they elevated Hamas into power, which regularly fires rockets into southern Israel from the Gaza Strip. The second party, the more “moderate” Fatah, based in the West Bank, is less overt in its disdain for Israel in encouraging easily radicalized young men to violent riots and suicide bombings. Both parties call for the end of the Jewish state in their charters.

Neighboring Egypt’s authoritarian rulers maintained peace with Israel for over 30 years. Only recently, since the so-called “Arab Spring” and subsequent democratic reforms, has Egypt’s posture towards Israel (as well as native Coptic Christians) changed for the worse.

When given the chance to decide their destinies, Arab Muslims tend to choose war with Israel. For negotiations to have a chance of success, both sides have to want peace. The Palestinians treat negotiations as a subterfuge. Their real intention is to extract territorial concessions from Israel until it is too stretched militarily to defend itself.

“Islam reformed is Islam no longer,” said Lord Cromer. Barring a miraculous reformation, there is ultimately only one solution: a one-state solution. Israel has the firepower to obliterate Hamas and its civilian support structure. But its Muslim neighbors as well as Turkey and genocidally ambitious Iran would retaliate in the name of their lost “brothers.” That their brothers are murderers and death cultists matters little. Solidarity against the Jewish swine overrides everything. To no other standard do they hold themselves accountable.

It would be a bloodbath the tiny country of 8 million people couldn’t survive.

Hence the stalemate. The question remaining is: Why continue the farce of negotiations? The Palestinians love negotiations because they are great propaganda: They cloud the reality and, if the Palestinians don’t get concessions, they come off as victims of the bully Israel.

What’s our excuse? That one I haven’t figured out yet. Perhaps we prefer the illusion of peace than the reality of its impossibility.

For more, read Spencer Ackerman’s piece, “With Foreign Policy Speech, Romney Runs for Obama’s Second Term.”

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