You make an agreement with great pomp and festivities. It is hailed as a breakthrough and as significant progress in achieving peace between ancient as well as modern day enemies. Then one side—in this case the Palestinian Authority– breaks or violates the agreement in a most extreme way. What is to be expected?
Since the Oslo Accords have been signed in 1993 the Palestinian side has been consistently and even flagrantly violating the fundamentals of the treaty or agreements in a series and number of what is considered small ways.
Yes, they indulge in terror attacks directed at Jews. Thankfully these incidents have dramatically lessened but the threats of once again resorting to violence—even from the so-called moderate Mohammad Abbas—is always there and talked about incessantly.
The Palestinians may have achieved a public relations coup by being able to tout the fact that 138 member states of the UN voted in favor of upgrading their UN delegation to non-member status, like that of the Vatican. Bear in mind, however, that the Vatican is the furthest thing that the UN has as a sovereign state and today it was further affirmed that so is the idea of Palestine under these circumstances.
Israel wins because they are the party to a carefully crafted agreement that has now been rendered obsolete by its being violated. The signers to the agreement committed themselves to taking no unilateral action that would in a one sided fashion upset the status quo and threaten the atmosphere for negotiations.
By going to the UN and seeking a change in diplomatic status Oslo, Wye and the Road Map agreements have been unofficially canceled. Now Israel has no real contractual obligation to participate in any forums or discussions camouflaged as peace talks that in reality at best seeks Israel dismantlement and at worst—her destruction.
So, how will Israel respond for now—probably by just allowing Mr. Abbas and his failed leadership to wallow in the consequences of their diplomatic blunders.
This is what US UN Ambassador Susan Rice had to say yeaterday about the UN vote. “ Today’s grand pronouncements will soon fade. And the Palestinian people will wake up tomorrow and find that little about their lives has changed, save that the prospects of a durable peace have only receded.
The United States therefore calls upon both the parties to resume direct talks without preconditions on all the issues that divide them. And we pledge that the United States will be there to support the parties vigorously in such efforts.
The United States will continue to urge all parties to avoid any further provocative actions—in the region, in New York, or elsewhere.”
Kind of late for that.