by Ami Isseroff
It's not the first time Palestinian officials or Fateh officials have said frankly that they have no intention of keeping a peace agreement, and probably it won't be the last. According to Palestinian Media Watch, Fateh activist Kifah Radaydeh said,
"Fatah is facing a challenge, because [Fatah] says that we perceive peace as one of the strategies, but we say that all forms of the struggle exist, and we do not rule out the possibility of the armed struggle or any other struggle. The struggle exists in all its forms, on the basis of what we are capable of at a given time, and according to what seems right...
What exactly do we want? It has been said that we are negotiating for peace, but our goal has never been peace. Peace is a means; and the goal is
The young lady is convincing, engaging and well worth watching. Click to see video if it is not displayed below.
The base of our Fatah movement keeps dreaming of Tel Aviv,
Let me tell you, when the ideology of Israel collapses, and we take, at least, Jerusalem, the Israeli ideology will collapse in its entirety, and we will begin to progress with our own ideology, Allah willing, and drive them out of all of Palestine.
The survey asked about people's hopes for a future political solution to the conflict with
Two states (35 %; Fatah supporters 47 % versus Hamas supporters 21 %)
One Islamic state (33 %; Fatah supporters 17 % versus Hamas supporters 58 %)
One state with equal rights for all (20 %; Fatah followers 22 % versus Hamas followers 12 %)
Only 35% of Palestinians supported a two state solution, while 53% supported one state solutions. 9% "didn't know."
Is it really surprising that Israeli leaders are skeptical about the prospects for peace? Is it possible for even the most sincere advocates of peace, even for pro-Palestinian analysts, to believe that perhaps Palestinians do not want a state, or want a state that Israel could never accept? Evidently it is, as Sever Plocker points out.
Can we understand that it is legitimate, in these circumstances, and in view of the experience of the Second Intifada, to be at least somewhat skeptical about the possibility of achieving peace with the Palestinians? Can we admit that not every Israeli politician who is not eager for peace negotiations and optimistic about the outcome, and who is not willing to put their political career on the line in order to back another round of disastrous negotiations, is necessarily a "right wing ultranationalist extremist?"
From his point of view,
That does not mean that we should not try. Let the failure be blamed on the Palestinians if there is to be a failure. But let's keep our eyes open.
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