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Palestinian Terrorism: The Most Successful Diplomatic Initiative in History

Palestinian Terrorism: The Most Successful Diplomatic Initiative in History

Mideast Media Sampler 08/13/2013 – Terrorism is Diplomacy by Other Means

Yesterday I wondered Does John Kerry worry about a Palestine that reveres such monsters as the murderer of Nissim Toledano?

The impetus for my curiosity was Secretary of State John Kerry’s remarks last week in front of a number Jewish American leaders as reported by the Times of Israel:

An optimistic-sounding Kerry asked the Jewish leaders for their help in supporting the newly restarted talks, The Times of Israel learned, saying that he feared for Israel’s future if a peace deal is not reached.

If he worried about Israel’s future, did he worry about a state that was based of violence and terror?


Two weeks ago the New York Times reported:

With the Palestinians poised to take their claim for statehood to the International Criminal Court and United Nations bodies, American officials say the two sides were facing a downward spiral in which the Israelis would respond by cutting off financing to the Palestinian territories and European nations might curtail their investment in Israel, further isolating the Israelis.

The peace process, which began twenty years ago, was based on two premises on the Palestinian side. One was that they would renounce violence; something that at least Hamas has never done. (It’s something that Fatah did, but didn’t mean.) The other, is that it would negotiate directly with Israel.

So Kerry worried about Israel’s future if peace was not achieved; but not enough that he would object to the Palestinians seeking to focus international pressure on Israel and violating a fundamental commitment of its leadership two decades ago. Rather he threw up his hands and worried about how the Palestinian perfidy would affect Israel.

It gets worse.

I wondered, how would Secretary Kerry react to the celebrations the Palestinians have planned to greet the murderers Israel was freeing in order to restart the peace talks he so desperately wanted? Could a society that – not just tolerated, but – celebrated such barbarity really live in peace with its neighbor? In other words, would Kerry acknowledge the premise underlying his frenetic diplomacy was hopelessly flawed? Could he?

I think we have an answer.

Yesterday Ha’aretz reported that the PA’s foreign ministry is circulating letters claiming that Israeli ministers are the terrorists, not the prisoners (h/t Oren Kessler):

One of the letters relayed by Palestinian ambassadors around the world was obtained by Haaretz. The letter, which was distributed by the Palestinian Embassy in Santiago, Chile, a day after the cabinet’s decision on the prisoner release, claimed that Israel is the one terrorizing the Palestinians, and not vice-versa. “A terrorist is someone who forcefully occupies the other’s land, expels him and comes to live in his place,” the letter read, “…not the Palestinian political prisoner, the freedom fighter.”

This is beyond the pale. This goes beyond the disgraceful spectacle of Israel’s “peace partner” referring to an unrepentant, deceased terrorist as a “pure soul.” This is telling the rest of the world, “ignore the decades of terror we perpetrated against Israel because it was all justified. The only violation of international law in the Middle East, is the Israeli occupation.” Maybe diplomats in Europe and John Kerry will not state things so directly, but they believe it.

If John Kerry were a competent diplomat, he would have immediately called the Palestinian Authority and Mahmoud Abbas out and said that terrorism is never justified. What did Kerry say today?

As you know, or as the world I hope knows, the United States of America views all of the settlements as illegitimate.

That’s unqualified. He didn’t make exceptions for “settlements” in areas that Israel is expected to hold in any final peace deal. He didn’t say “unhelpful” but “illegitimate.” But the Palestinian effort to whitewash hacking an elderly man to death with an ax as “justified” didn’t merit a response.


It is not like Kerry is ignorant of the incitement of the PA. In a letter PM Netanyahu sent to Kerry a few days ago, he wrote:

“Rather than educate the next generation of Palestinians to live in peace with Israel, this hate education lays the ground for continued violence, terror and conflict,” Netanyahu’s letter to Kerry stated, according to Israel Hayom.

The Palestinian effort to get the world to ignore the terror that brought their cause to the world’s attention and which they engage in to this day likely has been the most successful diplomatic initiative of all time. “Occupation” is the root of all evil (at least in Israel’s case, anywhere else it’s ignored); terrorism is of no import.

But that wasn’t how it was supposed to be.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry compiled the views of world leaders, diplomats and legal experts in the aftermath of the 6 Day War and the drafting of the resolution 242, which was to be the basis of the peace process. For example, here’s what Eugene Rostow, one of the drafters of 242, argued:

Eugene V. Rostow, Professor of Law and Public Affairs, Yale University, who, in 1967, was US Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs:
“… Paragraph 1 (i) of the Resolution calls for the withdrawal of Israeli armed forces ‘from territories occupied in the recent conflict’, and not ‘from the territories occupied in the recent conflict’. Repeated attempts to amend this sentence by inserting the word ‘the’ failed in the Security Council. It is, therefore, not legally possible to assert that the provision requires Israeli withdrawal from all the territories now occupied under the cease-fire resolutions to the Armistice Demarcation lines.” (American Journal of International Law, Volume 64, September 1970, p. 69)

Notice a few things. The original intent of 242 was that Israel not be required to withdraw from all territories captured in 1967. Furthermore it was the consensus at the time that the 1967 boundaries were not secure for Israel. Also, if you pay attention to what was said at the time, any peace was supposed to be achieved through negotiation.

This is all forgotten now. The thousands of Israelis who have been killed are forgotten. The word “terror” is forgotten. The main issue is “occupation.” This is the great diplomatic victory of the Palestinians. Maybe it’s the greatest one in history.


How did the Palestinians achieve this victory?

In 1999, the UN General Assembly decided that the Fourth Geneva Convention applied to the “occupied territories.”

International efforts led by the United States were successful in scaling down the July 15th special UN meeting in Geneva. The closed-door meeting lasted a mere 45 minutes. However, a resolution was unanimously passed stating that the Fourth Geneva Convention does apply to Israeli settlements in the “occupied territories.”

This was likely when the Palestinian emphasis on “occupation” started to gain traction. To be sure, there was always a sentiment among the elites that “we understand the Palestinians’ grievance, but terror is no way to achieve their goals.” But even with that caution, the understanding implicitly extended to the terror too. Now was the first formal declaration that put “occupation” on the same level as terrorism.

The problem is once again, a misreading of the original intent of international law. Legal expert, Alan Baker recalls:

Similarly, international lawyer Prof. Julius Stone, in referring to the absurdity of considering Israeli settlements as a violation of Article 49(6), stated:

Irony would…be pushed to the absurdity of claiming that Article 49(6), designed to prevent repetition of Nazi-type genocidal policies of rendering Nazi metropolitan territories judenrein, has now come to mean that…the West Bank…must be made judenrein and must be so maintained, if necessary by the use of force by the government of Israel against its own inhabitants. Common sense as well as correct historical and functional context excludes so tyrannical a reading of Article 49(6.)10

(Judenrein? Where did I hear that recently?)

What’s happened is that premise of the peace process has changed from Resolution 242 to a willful misinterpretation of the fourth Geneva Convention. Rejecting terror and direct negotiations are out. International pressure is in. I observed earlier that John Kerry has clearly rejected a twenty year old assumption of the peace process. His recent actions show that he’s rejecting a lot more.


In the article reporting on Kerry’s concern for Israel’s future, it was also reported that Kerry plans to push American Jewish leaders in the run up to the High Holidays to build support for his peace plan among American Jews. I hope that if he calls this group back (or any other group) someone will ask him how they can sell his plan when he is unconcerned with the murderous ideology of the Palestinian Authority. Why does the Secretary of State believe that giving sovereignty to those who revere terrorism will bring peace or stability to the region?

Kerry’s failure to condemn the Palestinian Authority is the latest example of their great diplomatic success.


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I have written about this also over at The Diplomad. Palestinian homeland is one of the great scams of the past 75 years.

    Juba Doobai! in reply to Diplomad. | August 13, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    PLO executive committee member Zahir Muhsein,… said this in 1977:

    “The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct “Palestinian people” to oppose Zionism. For tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined borders, cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa, while as a Palestinian, I can undoubtedly demand Haifa, Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem. However, the moment we reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan.”

    After Israel son the Six Day War, the morons in her government offered to surrender land for peace and recognition by the Arabs.

I’ll go for releasing all the terrorists, but only if they take ALL of DC! 😛

A plague of locusts is less damaging than a massive central bureaucracy… One eats everything, then quickly dies off. The other eats everything, and never stops growing and demanding more.

Bibi’s mistake. Bibi is basically an “incrementalist.” He forgot to consider that Obama wouldn’t stop hating him. And, Kerry has always hated Israel.

When Obama dissed Bibi in the White House (to leave him there while he went upstairs to dinner with his family.) Bibi reacted. To show Obama off he went to Congress. And, received a standing ovation. For Bibi? That was enough.

He went home. And, never put any plans in motion to deal with the political ramifications that come from the rest of the world.

No surprises. The “same” information coming to Arik Sharon, after the IDF pulled Jews out of Gaza, brought a call from Dubya telling him “the trained IDF could now go to the West Bank and “do the same thing.”) Sharon hung up the phone and stroked.

But Bibi’s known this! And, even if Bibi thinks the “whole game is political” … and he controls the Knesset … by giving out plums as he selects portfolios to hand out …

Should have seen that Bibi handed Livni the Justice portfolio (a big one!), in exchange for her six seats joining his government.

120 member knesset. Bibi controls 68 seats. With something like 17 belonging to Shas. Who remain outside of government. Sort’a like an ace. Because if anyone pulls out now, Bibi goes to Shas. And, his government doesn’t fall down.

The other “unknown.” How many secular Israelis would settle for a peace agreement that involves walking away from areas in the West Bank? Here, you don’t have to pull people out, you just tell them their new boss is Abbas.

Bibi is also working closely with Olmert. And, you know what Olmert offered back in 2006.

Obama and Kerry are using Israel because this stuff keeps everyone’s eyes off of Libya, Eygpt, Yemen, Syria and Lebanon. (And, Russia is helping Assad, who is fighting harder, even, than the military in Egypt.) Obama’s not touching that stuff!

Can Bibi’s incremental stuff. AND, the fact that he doesn’t like Obama. Contribute enough resistance so that Kerry comes up empty?

You know I have no idea. Probably because God works in strange ways. And, Obama has failed to get what he wants (like implementation of Obamacare), before.

Will Iran have nukes soon?

Do accidents happen?

Can Bibi’s government collapse? (Isn’t that the most unlikely scenario?)

    “With something like 17 belonging to Shas. Who remain outside of government. Sort’a like an ace. Because if anyone pulls out now, Bibi goes to Shas. And, his government doesn’t fall down”

    If Shas joins, Yesh Atid (Yair Lapid’s party) leaves with their 17 seats, so Shas is no help. And depending on the agreement Yesh Atid made with Habayit Hayehudi (Naftali Bennett’s party), they could leave too.

    Shas doesn’t have 17; Shas and UTJ together have 17. And yes, with the way we’ve been treated oven the past several years, we will do anything to stop what’s going on. ‘course, Shas has long said that Jerusalem is a red line for it; on the other hand, it is led by Deri now, long regarded as a pacifist. On the third hand, a lot of Shas’ support comes from non-chareidi Jews whose ancestors fled Moslem oppression, and they are most certainly NOT pacifists.

    But – if Shas does come in, doesn’t that media clown Lapid has to leave? I mean, isn’t his entire party founded on bigotry and hate? Of course, if he doesn’t leave, then his party will go the way of his father’s party Shinui – a one-hit wonder. One can only pray.

If you think Barack Obama is a dumbass, John Kerry makes him look like…well…

Okay, he’s still a dumbass.

    I think, at this point, I truly hate Barack Hussein Obama, terrorist ally.

    But Kerry – well, after he slandered US troops during VietNam, it would be impossible for me to hate him more.

    We can call BHO a traitor all we like, but Kerry really and truly is one.

Another point, when we speak about terrorist victim Toledano, is to note his name. Toledano means that his ancestors escaped from Toledo, Spain. In other words, his family probably lived in the Middle East for centuries.

By the way, Toledano was tortured, his eyes plucked out. THE ISRAELI MEDIA REFUSED TO REPORT IT.

Oh, and afterwards, it was clear that Hamas was being run FROM THE UNITED STATES. In those pre-patriot-act days, their was nothing that could be done about it. Of course, the US forced Israel to accept back the terrorists they had deported to Lebanon in the wake of Toledano’s murder, and they took over Gaza.