by Yonatan Silverman
Until Friday I believed that the Israeli government did not know what to do about the threatened Palestinian statehood declaration in the UN and was doing nothing. However, an article in the Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot (not available online) reveals that in fact the government is not sitting on its hands. In an article entitled "Hoping For Netanyahu's Initiative," Nehama Duek notes three lines of foreign ministry logic on the matter:
- 1. We don't oppose establishment of a Palestinian state and Israel also will vote for it in September. It is worthwhile to mention however that already in 1988 Arafat declared establishment of a state in Algeria. 104 countries recognized it, but borders were never established, and this was finally seen as a meaningless development. In other words - Israel will accept the international declaration of Palestine, but this will not specify borders or eliminate the need to conduct negotiations.
- 2. In principle Israel does not oppose establishment of a Palestinian state, but the vote about this is damaging. Therefore, we need to go from country to country and from Embassy to Embassy and from one Foreign Minister to the next, and enlist votes against the move.
- 3. Come out with a peace initiative. In the view of many in the foreign ministry this option will cause more harm to the Palestinian initiative than anything else. (Yediot Ahronot 29 April 2011 page 9.)
"And rather than be put off, like most Israelis were, by the fact that the PA is on the verge of incorporating into its unity government an organization calling for Israel's destruction, many in Europe will see this move as an indication that Hamas has become pragmatic and more ‘moderate.'"
This is the message the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs needs to broadcast far and wide now. The Palestinian national ethos is not a child of nature but of brazen malicious deceit and Jew hatred. It is not possible to live with people in coexistence if they do not have even one drop of good will.
Yonatan Silverman is a professional Hebrew to English translator in Tel Aviv.
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