Why is it when people speak about “self determination” and Jews, they believe that both are mutually exclusive of the other? Also, why is it that an agreement that addresses issues concerning the building of a home or buildings in general, that they should not change the continuity of an area, is totally ignored for one side (the Arabs), but if the other side (Israelis) merely plans to build within existing communities, all hell breaks loose. What gives here?
When it comes to the Arabs’ conflict/war with Israel, in the eyes of the European politicians and the media and the lib-leaning think tanks that provide the verbal fodder that drives this nonsense onward, the Arabs simply can do no wrong. This same mentality was observed by the present Israeli Ambassador to Finland, Avi Granot, during a Q&A period held right after revisionist ”historian”, Avi Shlaim, spoke at the University of Helsinki last December in 2009.
Ambassador Granot: “I have great difficulty with anyone (TT: Shlaim-ball) giving a thirty five minute lecture on any subject, putting the blame on one side, exonerating the other side to righteousness and virtues that are not human.“
The rhetorical question asked by Caroline Glick, in a saner world, would never have to be asked, but this is the age of upside thinking, where white is black and vice versa and the question has to be broached. Read what Caroline writes then ask yourself, how could it not be anti-Semitism that’s underpinning all the angst continuously directed towards the Jewish state of Israel, especially so, when you know that deep down, if the Arabs were ever genuinely serious about turning a new page, the Israelis would be right there celebrating it with them? KGS
A striking aspect of the so-called building freeze in Judea and Samaria that expired last week is that an enormous amount of construction went on throughout the last 10 months. The Arabs of Judea and Samaria were not only building without restrictions, the US, Europe and the Arab states of the Persian Gulf bankrolled much of their construction.
The presumptive purpose of the freeze was to prevent Israel from creating “facts on the ground” that would prejudice the outcome of the so-called peace talks with Fatah. This goal is justified on the basis of the Palestinian misinterpretation of a clause in the 1995 agreement between Israel and the PLO in which they agreed that “neither side shall initiate or take any step that will change the status of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip pending the outcome of the permanent status negotiations.”
The clause was never intended to refer to construction, and “neither side,” of course, relates to both Israel and the Palestinians.
But since the agreement was signed, while the Palestinian misinterpretation has been widely adopted, only one side has been held to account.
Whereas every Jewish home built since 1995 has evoked a storm of international criticism, the Palestinians have built thousands upon thousands of buildings throughout the areas. They have done so in total disregard for planning and zoning ordinances and even the basic considerations of supply and demand. For instance, a motorist travelling from Jerusalem to Ma’aleh Adumim will pass hundreds of empty five-story buildings in Issawiya and other Arab neighborhoods built for the sole purpose of preventing Israel from connecting the two.
So too, Fatah-appointed Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has been absolutely clear that the Palestinians are building the new city of Rawabi to “change the status” of Judea and Samaria and prepare the ground for the establishment of a state outside the framework of the negotiations.
As the Binyamin citizens’ committee has warned, the Palestinians chose to locate the new city in the heart of the predominantly Jewish area to undermine the territorial contiguity of the Jewish communities there.
The situation in Judea and Samaria at the end of the moratorium is not what the participants in the global anti-Israel pile-on would have us all believe. We do not have avaricious Jews gobbling up all available land at the expense of the guileless, disenfranchised Palestinians. And what is at stake with the end of the freeze is not the fate of the so-called peace process.
What we have is a situation in which there are two sets of rules – one for Arabs and one for Jews. Not only are Jews not given extraordinary rights, they are being denied what are supposed to be their inviolable rights to their private property. Not only are laws being enforced with great prejudice to the benefit of the Palestinians, they are being enforced with great prejudice against the Jews.