Israel must disabuse Abbas of the illusion he can bully Israel

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The holy war over the Temple Mount that Abbas is promoting tells Israelis that Palestinian society has gone crazy-radical-rogue Islamist – just as much of the Arab Middle East.

This was written before Bibi capitulated but still applies.

By David M Weinberg, JPOST

The Palestinian Authority and its fiendish intra-Palestinian Islamic rivals seem hell-bent on brinkmanship, on being belligerent adversaries with escalating, maximalist demands of Israel.

They really think they can roll Israel back by recourse to street brawls and international courts; by brow-beating Israel through aggression, isolation and criminalization; by demonizing Israel with outrageous lies such as “al-Aksa is in danger.” They think they can conduct guerrilla and diplomatic warfare against Israel with impunity.

It’s time to disabuse Mahmoud Abbas and these gangs of such delusion, through resolute Israeli action.

The holy war over the Temple Mount that Abbas is promoting tells Israelis that Palestinian society has gone crazy-radical-rogue Islamist – just as much of the Arab Middle East.

This spells the end of the two-state solution, as Israelis (and most Western policy-makers) understood it.

The one thing that Israel absolutely cannot countenance is the emergence of a madcap Islamist caliphate in Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria. Sinaistan, Hamasstan, Hezbollahstan, and Syriastan already have emerged on Israel’s southern and northern borders.

This is more than enough for Israel to handle.

A Palestinestan on Israel’s eastern border would be unbearable. Israel can’t and won’t let it rise.

The only Palestinian state in the West Bank that Israelis ever contemplated was a mature entity willing to reconcile ideologically with Israel, leading to the reasonable sharing of land, airspace, natural resources, and historical and religious sites.

The sharing includes the Temple Mount.

Indeed, for there to be peace, Jewish prayer would have to be facilitated on the Temple Mount, alongside the prayers of other faiths.

Alas, Abbas has made it clear that the Palestinian national movement is far from understanding this.

The only Palestinian state that Israelis ever envisioned would not threaten Israel’s security, obviously. This means that it would be truly demilitarized, with Israeli supervision on all borders and at all holy places.

It would not form hostile foreign alliances or allow radical Islamic groups to dictate the internal agenda. It would not rev-up violent insurrection when it has a difference of opinion about the management of a city or a holy site.

The only Palestinian state that Israelis ever thought of tolerating in Judea, Samaria and Gaza would declare a permanent end to the conflict and all claims against Israel. This means recognizing Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people and recognizing ancient Jerusalem as its capital.

It means renouncing the so-called “right” of refugee return, and inculcating respect, not antisemitism, on Palestinian airwaves and in Palestinian schools.

Alas, Abbas has made it clear that the Palestinian national movement is far from internalizing this. On the contrary, he has made it clear that the Palestinian liberation movement will never recognize Israel as a Jewish state nor forgo refugee return.

In other words, Abbas wants his state, but without an end to the conflict. He seems to want a …read more

Source:: Israpundit

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