Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Peace: just an interlude

Palestinian Media Watch provides a translation of the Friday, Feb. 4 sermon on the official Palestinian Authority TV station (via WorldNetDaily):

"Our willingness to return to the 1967 borders does not mean that we have given up on the land of Palestine. No! We ask you: Do we have the right to the 1967 borders? We have the right. Therefore, we shall realize this right with any mean it takes. We might be able to use diplomacy in order to return to the 1967 borders, but we shall not be able to use diplomacy in order to return to the 1948 borders. No one on this earth recognizes [out right to] the 1948 borders [before Israel's existence]. Therefore, we shall return to the 1967 borders, but it does not mean that we have given up on Jerusalem and Haifa, Jaffa, Lod, Ramle, Natanyah [Al-Zuhour] and Tel Aviv [Tel Al-Rabia]. Never."

Meanwhile, PA leader Mahmoud Abbas announced,

"We have agreed with [Israeli] Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to cease all acts of violence against the Israelis and the Palestinians wherever they are," Abbas said in a statement at the end of a landmark summit with Sharon in Egypt."

and Hamas weighs in:

" Abbas's declaration "expresses only the position of the Palestinian Authority (news - web sites). It does not express the position of the Palestinian movements," said Hamas spokesman Mushir al-Masri."

So what we have is no breakthrough at all, but only more of the same: a "peace" process in which the Israelis continue to make concessions in exchange for an end to Palestinian terrorism, promised by the Palestinian Authority as they wink and nod to the various Palestinian militias and terrorists whom they claim they can't control, all with a view to incrementally reducing the Jewish state to the point where it no longer exists.

For the West to support such a cynical "peace" process while ignoring the true and plainly stated aims of the Palestinians only shows that anti-Semitism is still alive and well. Melanie Phillips eloquently exposes the shape of the new European anti-Semitism but also notes that some of it, including "journalism" from the BBC, is straight out of the Josef Goebbels playbook:

"When Tam Dalyell claimed that both Tony Blair and George Bush were influenced by a ‘cabal’ of powerful Jews – including people who were not Jews at all, but merely had some Jewish ancestry -- his remarks were brushed aside indulgently as an embarrassing outburst by a venerable eccentric. The following day, BBC TV Newsnight – far from asking how such an ancient prejudice could have been revived – devoted a substantial item to asking whether Dalyell’s claims were true in the US . This left the impression that there was indeed a group of ‘tightly-knit’ Jews in America who wielded far too much power."

Ah yes. Things are so different now. No archaic prejudices, no bigotry and hatred arising from ignorance and fed by government propaganda, no scapegoating of minorities; we're above that sort of thing now. Never again.