Israel Report

April 2002         

Let's Pretend There is a Palestinian State

By Katy Whelan - April 4, 2002
I think it's fair to say in order to prepare for a future state of Palestine, it may prove beneficial to journey into the unknown. Take a moment and step out of this present reality and into the world of our imagination. This will be a necessary tool in perceiving such a plan. I would hate to have to be the one to say I told you so or, be careful what you ask for.

Let's pretend that one day you wake up and read the morning paper. The headlines say, "A Nation is Born, the State of Palestine." Let's pretend that Yasser Arafat no longer lies, and he is now a man of honor driven to make a better life for his people. Let's pretend that the millions of dollars in aid subsidizing the Palestinian Authority and used to smuggle bombs, guns and weapons of carnage and death will be used to build a healthy society – a society filled with job opportunities, good education and prosperity for all Palestinians.

Imagine the schoolbooks that teach Palestinian children to hate and murder Jews are burned in the town square. Let's pretend Palestinian radio and television join in the celebration and destroy their library of media propaganda advocating martyrdom in order to achieve peace and heavenly reward. Let's pretend that the Palestinian people eagerly await the new schoolbooks that teach brotherly love and acceptance of their Jewish neighbors and to embrace the state of Israel with open arms.

Imagine that the Palestinian summer camps for children that instruct 5- and 6-year-old boys how to shoot and blow up Jews, are now filled with activities like painting, ceramics and horseback riding.

Let's also imagine that all Palestinian men, women and children wake up one day and have forgotten everything they have ever learned about hatred. All the mothers and fathers of children who have blown their bodies up for the cause of peace are now accepting the fact that it was all a lie, that their children were duped and sacrificed for absolutely nothing! Pretend they have forgiven their political and religious leaders for deceiving them and there is a sense of joy and forgiveness in the air.

Now don't give up yet folks! Stay with me on this one. The human mind is quite remarkable in its ability to venture beyond logic. Let's pretend that Yasser Arafat wakes up one day and one truth comes out of his mouth. He repents to his people and to the world for being a bloodthirsty killer. He asks forgiveness for masterminding and implementing terror on the world for the past 40 years.

Let's pretend that Yasser Arafat is a changed man. He no longer feels compelled to annihilate the Jewish people, but instead wants to live side by side in peace and harmony.

This will be a stretch for some. Try to imagine the tens of thousands of young Palestinian men (and women) who have known absolutely nothing but hatred and bloodlust towards the Jewish people from the time they were children, have found a new peace in their hearts. Imagine they surrender their guns, bombs and ideologies and long to befriend their Jewish brothers. Decades of lies, and PA-sponsored moral and social depravity have simply vanished from their lives.

Let's pretend that the Palestinian people are dancing in the streets, handing out candy and celebrating their newfound love for their Jewish neighbors and their willingness to embrace their differences and share their resources and live together in peace!

Game over. Reality check.

The Middle East reality is that a Palestinian state will never and should never be allowed to exist within the borders of Israel! It simply will not work. It will be a cancer in the heart of Israel. Cancer is not something that can be negotiated with, nor can it be managed by "surgical strikes." It must be attacked aggressively and completely until all signs of the deadly disease are destroyed.

Aside from the fact that all of the land of Israel was promised to the Jewish people by the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the unfortunate reality is that Palestinian society, so diseased by hatred, will not be able to co-exist in peace with Israel.

Generations of Palestinian hostility and the destruction that follows will in fact grow more powerful if granted statehood. The cancer of Israel will have metastasized. It will now have a life and a sovereignty of its own.

We must stop pretending that a Palestinian State will bring peace to the Middle East. It will surely prove to be more deadly than any present horror that is occurring in Israel today.

Katy Whelan is a freelance writer.
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