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  • Having covered Israel's legal rights in the West Bank. We're now going to focus on the Peace Process.

  • Many suggest that Israel's presence in the West Bankwhat some people call the "occupation", is the cause of Palestinian hostility towards Israel, and the reasonthere is no peace.

  • But is that really true?

  • If Israel’s presence    is the causeof the conflict…  then it follows that there was no conflictbefore 1967 -when Israel was not in the West BankRight?

  • Let's look at the facts

  • The PLOthe Palestinian Liberation Organization.. was created in 1964 

  • -when the entire West Bank and Gaza was in Arab hands

  • Why create the PLO in 1964… when Israel has no presence in the West Bank and Gaza

  • What "Palestine" were they liberating?

  • The PLO emblem -gives us the answer.   0:01:04.00,0:01:10.000 The PLO was created to remove by forcethe entire state of Israel from the map of the Middle East

  • A goal clearly stated in their Charter.

  • This goal was not new.

  • The PLO was continuing a long Arab history of sayingNo

  • No -to the national self-determination of the Jewish people

  • No -to recognizing the Jewish ancestral homeland

  • Let's take a look at the history:

  • In 1937, the Peel Commission recommended a division of the land… a Jewish stateand -an Arab state.

  • The Arab portion would include 96% of the territory that the League of Nations had originally designatedfor the Jewish Homeland.

  • This included far morethan just the West Bank

  • Howeverinstead of accepting the Jews as peace partnersthe Palestinian leader Haj Amin Al-Husseini said… "NO" and found a partnerwhose vision was closer to his own

  • In 1947, the United Nations recommended The Partition plan- which again, offered the Arabs far more than just the West Bank.

  • The Jews saidYES” 0:02:14.000,0:02:18.500 The Arab leaders again said "NO" and launched… a "war of extermination"

  • Israel won that war, established the state, but did not know a day of peace despite the factthat its Arab neighbors held the entire West Bank.

  • The Arabs continued saying "NO!"

  • They attacked Israel relentlessly….using the West Bank as a launching paduntilIsrael took it over - in a war of self defense- in 1967

  • After the warthe Arab League rejected all attempts at peace.   0:02:46.500,0:02:50.000 They continued to choose force over negotiation.

  • Andat a summit in the city of Khartoum - we again heard:  "NO, NO, NO".     

  • Let's fast-forward to 1993… Israel and the Palestinians sign the Oslo Accords.

  • Were the Palestinians finally saying "yes"?

  • IT appeared soIsrael said "YES"… and gave territorial control to a Palestinian government it helped establish

  • But despite signing agreementsthe Palestinian actionssaidNO”:

  • During the next five yearsIsrael saw a significant increase in terrorist attacksWhich killed hundreds of Israelis.

  • In 1996, Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian leader declares: "...We plan to eliminate the State of Israel and establish a purely Palestinian State".

  • But Israel didn't give up saying "YES"..

  • In 2000, Israel's Prime Minister Barak -offers the Palestinians 93% of the West Bank.

  • Againthe answer isNO!” …together with increased terror.    

  • In 2005 Israel withdraws from the Gaza strip,  uprooting 8,500 Israeli citizenshoping  to advance peace.

  • The Palestinians?? …Again say "NO".

  • This time they increase rocket attacks -from Gaza- against Israeli civiliansby over 500%.

  • In 2008… another Israeli attempt at "YES"

  • Prime Minister Olmert accepts nearly all Palestinian demandsincluding handing over almost 100% of the West Bankwith minor land swaps.

  • The Palestinians?? ...Again say…“NO”.   

  • So…. what can we conclude?

  • 1. The conflict was not caused by Israel's presence in the West Bank

  • The real cause of the conflict -until todayis the long-held Arab history of saying "NO":

  • "No to peace"… "No to the existence of Israel".

  • Because "NO" is consistent with Palestinian policyeducationand media.

  • Political and religious leaders continuously promote Israel’s destruction.

  • 2. Israel has said "Yes" for decades…. and has proven thatby signing peace with Jordan and Egypt.  

  • So……  Where do we go from here?

  • How do we achieve peace?

  • With some good willmutual recognition of the right -to self-determination, andreal compromises on both sides.

  • Israelfor its partwill continue saying "YES" to a real and enduring peace.  

  • Butfor the peace process to succeed; The Palestinians…. will have to give up   their uncompromising choiceof forceover negotiation                                                          

  • andof choosing …"NO"  - over "YES"

  • It is about time.

Having covered Israel's legal rights in the West Bank. We're now going to focus on the Peace Process.

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Israel Palestinian Conflict: The Truth About the Peace Process

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    姚易辰 posted on 2014/01/18
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