In the wake of the Israeli declaration of the Palestinian Authority as a terror organization, the armchair quarterbacks are up in arms. The U.N. recently held a Day of Solidarity with the Palestinians. The event was attended by Secretary General Kofi Annan. Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa, accused Israel of everything from famine to massacres and murder. He defended Palestinian suicide bombers, saying, "We stress the need to differentiate between terrorism and the legitimate right of resistance to end the occupation."
Occupation? For a decade, Yasser Arafat has pretty much had complete control of what he hoped would one day be a Palestinian state. From the day Oslo was signed on Sept. 13, 1993, he has controlled his own infrastructure, including his own police, security services, education and public works. Israel occupies only the land that the Palestinians do not. Israel also occupies land that the Palestinians claim is theirs, but since that entails all of Israel, the phrase "ending the occupation" is the equivalent to "the destruction of Israel."
Another popular myth is that Israel practices "economic aggression" against the Palestinians when it closes its borders to Palestinian workers. Few people ever question this myth, particularly when confronted with the reality of the 50 percent unemployment rate among Palestinians.
Is America practicing economic aggression against Mexico? The Israelis seal their borders to the Palestinians after being attacked by the Palestinians, to try and screen-out the attackers. Eventually, the "closures" are lifted. America hasn't been attacked by the Mexicans, and we've never thrown open our borders.
Does anyone see the contradiction here? The Palestinians hate Israel, but they are unable to be employed unless they work for Israel.
One has to wonder, what would happen if they achieved either of their national aspirations? Either the stated aspiration of achieving statehood or the unstated one of replacing the Jewish state with a Palestinian one? Sovereign states have borders, visa requirements, citizenship issues and other immigration issues. No sovereign state on the planet is required to accept foreign workers. And there is every reason not to expect the employment rate in a Palestine without Israel would be any different than it is now.
At the U.N. Day of Solidarity, a documentary film was screened, titled "Gaza Under Siege." It was sponsored by the Ford Foundation. In it, a narrator summed up the current violence in two short sentences: "Almost daily, children go to throw stones at checkpoints. Many get shot." The film included repeated references to Israel as a "racist" state. Throwing stones at checkpoints is not a natural behavior. It is learned. Who controls the Palestinian education system? Yasser Arafat. Arafat provided a bounty of $2000 for each child killed, $300.00 for each one wounded. Then he bussed them to the checkpoints and positioned snipers in the back ranks. Instant sympathy! Also true, but not popularly reported.
As far as being a "racist" state, Israel is a nation of immigrants from every nation on earth. Any Jew, including converted former Catholics from Boise, Idaho, or Russian Orthodox from Siberia are embraced by Israel. How many non-Arabs are in the Arab states?
Israel did not take to using live fire against demonstrations until its soldiers started receiving live fire from the Palestinian side. That is a matter of historical truth – even CNN's archives will bear out that fact.
The oft-repeated myth of "Israeli aggression" is as easily dispelled as the mythological term "cycle of violence." There are no reported armed Israeli incursions into Palestinian areas that are not preceded first by an attack on Israeli citizens. And the so-called "aggressors" go home when they are done, without taking a spoil, or taking the land. Bethlehem remains an Arab possession, as does Nablus and Ramallah and Jenin.
A cycle of violence suggests a tit-for-tat response. Israeli retaliatory raids involve military targets. Accidents happen in war. But Ben Yehuda St., the Haifa bus, the Sbarro Pizzeria and the Dolphinarium incidents were not accidents, but deliberate attacks against civilians, mostly children and teens. To argue that Israel's killing a Hamas terrorist leader started a cycle of violence that was met with by killing 10 boys between 14 and 20, and wounding 175 civilian children in Jerusalem, is to turn logic on its head. Not one of those teenage boys and girls was involved in killing anyone – from Hamas or anywhere else.
Arafat is paying the price for a decade of terror, lies and incitement. The Palestinian youth that he brainwashed in his schools into believing his myths are paying the price as well. It is a tragedy for them. They don't know any better. They've been taught since kindergarten that all Jews are liars, covenant breakers, thieves, usurpers who stole their land to which Israel has no historical claim, that the only good Jew is a dead Jew, that they are racists, and so on. Even Hitler with his sophisticated propaganda machine was not able to instill such all-consuming hatred.
But Arafat's time has come. Arafat has completely lost control of the situation. He knows it – Washington knows it and, worse, the Israelis know it. From the Israeli perspective, either Arafat was behind the attacks, or he is unable to stop them. Either way, it proves him completely unqualified as a peace partner.
If he is toppled by either Israel or by his own forces, the Palestinian Authority will disintegrate into its disparate parts – and Hamas, the PFLP, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, etc. will find their ranks flooded with new fighters. But at least Israel will not have to deal with a Palestinian pretext of peace negotiations.
Hal Lindsey is the best-selling author of 20 books, including "Late Great Planet Earth." He writes this weekly column exclusively for WorldNetDaily and maintains a website (http://www.hallindseyoracle.com) where he provides up-to-the-minute analysis of today's world events in the light of ancient prophecies.
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