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hostile Palestinian Arab state
. . . The Islamic Resistance [= HAMAS, an Arabic acronym] Movement aspires to implement Allah's promise, whatever time that may take. The Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him salvation, has said: "The Day of Judgment will not come about until the Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them), until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: Oh Muslim! Oh Abdullah! [= servant/slave of Allah, a common Muslim name], there is a Jew behind me, come on and kill him. Only the Gharqad tree would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews."
(i) Unless there can be a resolution of the just described exchange of refugees [which was actually favourable to the Arabs, in numbers, lost wealth and lost property . . . ] the Arab-Israeli problem cannot be solved.
(ii) However, there is a stubborn sense of Arab-Muslim entitlement to the Middle East (and, actually, to the world as a whole . . . from the Black Flag Army Hadith and much more, the end-times Muslim leader, the Mahdi, is predicted to dominate the whole earth; a point we in the Caribbean should particularly note) driven by the cultural-religious expectations based on the Quranic teachings and traditions of Muslim domination of all other peoples.
(iii) This sense of entitlement is compounded by the expectation of a latter-day massacre of Jews upon their defeat, where Jews are specifically identified in Muslim eschatology as principal supporters of the Dajjal who opposes the Mahdi. (It does not help here, that in the Muslim tradition, Mohammed is commonly held to have been poisoned shortly before his death by a Jewish woman.)
(iv) In that context, Arab Muslims are typically unwilling to acknowledge the legitimacy of national aspirations and religious views of other peoples rooted in the Middle East, whether Kurds, or Copts, or Dinka, or Berbers, or Jews. But, especially, Jews: the dhimmis who have succeeded in rising up and becoming economically and militarily dominant.
(v) So, unless the underlying venomous, religiously and -- oh, yes, it is obviously so -- racially tinged hostility and sense of entitlement to dominate can be exposed before the watching world and made a shameful and renounced attitude of the past, the "obvious" solution -- to build two peaceful communities side by side on the basis of an existing exchange of refugees [there were tens of millions of such in the aftermath of World War II], is infeasible; primarily due to Arab hostility.
In his Sept. 23, 2010, speech before the U.N. General Assembly, President Obama waxed eloquent about the goals of the direct Mideast peace talks being held under American auspices. He said he hoped that "when we come back here next year, we can have an agreement that will lead to a new member of the United Nations - an independent, sovereign state of Palestine, living in peace with Israel." The talks soon broke down, but the proposed timeline remained. The idea of asking the U.N. to upgrade the status of the Palestinian Authority from nonvoting "observer entity" to "observer state" was discussed at an Arab League meeting in Libya in October and soon dominated Palestinian strategic thinking.
So, while there are legitimate aspirations of a displaced people, the only reasonable way forward, the Oslo process, is in imminent danger of being run over and left behind; with its inconvenient insistence on actually making peace forgotten in the whirling bloody chaos that could easily now dominate events.
Mr. Abbas said the Palestinians planned to start their membership drive with the Security Council despite a vow by the Obama administration to exercise its veto there. It is expected that the Palestinians’s next step would be in the General Assembly, where there is no veto but which can grant only observer status, not full membership.
He offered an impassioned defense of his approach.
“Some Israelis complain that this is a unilateral move, but when you address 193 countries, that is not unilateral,” he said. “We are going to complain that as Palestinians we have been under occupation for 63 years.”
“We don’t want to isolate Israel but to live with it in peace and security,” he also said. “We don’t want to delegitimize Israel. We want to legitimize ourselves.”
45% of 'Palestinian' residents would be denied 'Palestinian citizenship'What kind of state would Palestine be? Here's a clue:45% of the 'Palestinians' who currently live in the area intended for 'Palestine' would not be allowed to live there.
The [PLO’s ambassador to Lebanon, Abdullah Abdullah, in an interview with the Lebanese Daily Star last week] unequivocally says that Palestinian refugees would not become citizens of the sought for U.N.-recognized Palestinian state…Read it all. It's not about establishing 'Palestine,' it's about destroying Israel (God forbid).[UPDATE, Sept 23: Original Lebanon Daily Star Interview here, in case that smoking gun article 'disappears': Google Doc clipping here.]
This would not only apply to refugees in countries such as Lebanon, Egypt, Syria and Jordan or the other 132 countries where Abdullah says Palestinians reside. Abdullah said that “even Palestinian refugees who are living in [refugee camps] inside the [Palestinian] state, they are still refugees. They will not be considered citizens.”
Abdullah said that the new Palestinian state would “absolutely not” be issuing Palestinian passports to refugees…
“When we have a state accepted as a member of the United Nations, this is not the end of the conflict. This is not a solution to the conflict. This is only a new framework that will change the rules of the game.”
The Palestinian Liberation Organization would remain responsible for refugees, and Abdullah says that UNRWA would continue its work as usual.