Proof that Israel is not to Blame for the Lack of Peace in the
Although many of the nations blame Israel for failing to reach a peace
agreement with the Palestinian Arabs, the evidence is overwhelmingly
against this viewpoint. While we may have considered the merits of this
criticism before the 21st century, in the last decade we have sufficient
evidence to be sure. There are three reasons why we know this to be
The first is the agreement offered by Ehud Barak in the last days of the
Clinton administration. It was amazingly generous. Denis Ross, one of the
key mediators from the United States said that no Prime Minister could ever
offer more. Barak offered almost all of the West Bank, Gaza, and East
Jerusalem as a capital, a very limited return of some refugees to Israel
proper to unite families, and an open door to all refugees to be part of
the new Palestinian State. He only required border adjustments for the
major Jewish settlement blocks near the border and offered to give better
land in return. 95-97% of the land would be returned for a contiguous
state. Instead of agreeing, Yasser Arafat walked away and then called for
an Intifada, which led to the death of many Israelis and Palestinians. The
result was increased terrorism and the construction of the security fence.
Palestinian propaganda said that Israel did not make such an offer, but
only offered a patchwork state without contiguous territory. President
Clinton and Dennis Ross both said this was completely false.
Second, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert offered an almost identical agreement in
recent years. This time, the leader of the Palestinians was Mahmud Abbas.
He also walked away.
The third proof of Palestinian refusal to make peace on any reasonable
grounds came during the administration of today's Prime Minister,
Benjamin Netanyahu. The Palestinians, with the very unwise support of the
Obama administration, required Israel to freeze settlement building and
even included the Jerusalem Jewish neighborhoods on the other side of the
Green line armistice lines. Some of the neighborhoods were Jewish before
the '48 war and some had been built completely on virgin territory.
Prime Minister Netanyahu, in spite of the opposition of many of his
cabinet, froze settlement construction for 10 months. He did not have the
political support to continue beyond this. Mahmud Abbas continued to resist
coming to talk until weeks before the freeze was to end and then used this
end of the freeze as an exuces to discontinue talks. Israel is still in a
semi-building freeze in the West Bank and Jerusalem, east of the Green
Line. The Oslo process never required such pre-conditions and there were no
such pre-conditions during the administration of Ehud Barak and Ehud
I have often thought that the reason for this was in part fear of making
peace. Anwer Sadat lost his life because he made peace between Egypt and
Israel. In addition, I thought that the Palestinians wanted no state unless
it was a take over of all of Israel. This would await a united Arab victory
in a future war.
The Palestinian Scheme
About two years ago I came to a new and firm conclusion on the issue of the
Israel-Palestinian peace process and the intention of the Palestinians. As
stated above, I used to think that they simply wanted to avoid making a
real peace agreement. I now think that the Palestinian leadership does want
to have a state on the West Bank and Gaza. This is a major motivation
behind the recent reunification deal between Hamas and Fatah. The
Palestinian stategy is to declare a state and then have the nations
recognize it, in spite of having no peace agreement with Israel. This
would be the 22nd Arab state. I think that President Abbas and Prime
Minister Fayad want to improve the lot of their people. They are building
up infrastructure and the apparatus to have a state. They have greatly
improved the economy. Yet they still allow their media to incite against
Israel and foster anti-Semitism. By gaining recognition without the price
of a peace agreement, they can avoid danger to themselves and maintain an
The Israel press has noted that the Palestinian scheme is really more
insidious than just having their own state without peace. Rather, they
want to attain the destruction of the State of Israel though a United
Nations resolution. Here is the plot. Almost everyone thinks that Security
Council is the real international power in the U. N. The United States has
veto power in the U. N. and will not allow the Security Council to
recognize a Palestinian state without a peace agreement with Israel.
However, there is one provision of the U.N. Charter that has been used only
ten times (three of those ten in connection with Israel) and is mostly
unknown: Resolution 377. It was used during the Korean War in the 1950s and
was used again in opposing South African apartheid in the early 1980s.
Resolution 377 states that "if the Security Council, because of lack of
unanimity of the permanent members, fails to exercise its primary
responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security,"
the issue can be taken to the General Assembly. In turn, the General
Assembly can pass a resolution that will not have the same binding force
for all members as a Security Council resolution, but can invite all of the
willing member states to take action on the basis of the resolution.
This is the Palestinian plan, and I believe that it has been the plan for
some time. The Palestinians intend to go to the U. N. on the basis of
Resolution 377, knowing that the General Assembly is dominated by states
that do not practice human rights and that hate Israel. The resolution will
be to recognize a Palestinian State with the 1967 armistice lines as the
border, with no provisions for any change or for the large Jewish
settlement blocks. Of course, Israel could never accept such an agreement.
There was never an approved border and all such previous border plans
became moot after their rejection by the Arab states and the subsequent
wars initiated against Israel. (This is why the claim that Israel violates
international law by building in the West Bank is debatable.) In addition,
Israel needs to keep security control of the Jordan valley, especially in
light of today's upheaval in the Arab world.
The Palestinians will also call for total freedom for all refugees to
return to the land of Israel itself, not just the West Bank. This would
destroy Israel as a Jewish state since the population growth of the former
residents of the land would shift the demographics of the Jewish state
towards a Palestinian Arab majority. The third provision, as was done with
South Africa, is to call upon all member states to enact a severe economic
boycott against Israel. The Palestinian hope is that the boycott will
destabilize Israel and lead to Israel's destruction. I am convinced
that this is the plan.
What Can Be Done?
Israel will need great wisdom to fight this plan and to bring countries
with democratic values to their side to support thwarting this effort. In
addition, I believe that there will need to be a massive Christian effort
to support Israel in the challenges ahead. The danger from Iran, the new
regimes in the Middle East that may turn out to be more radical than the
ones they replace, and now the Palestinian scheme, will make Christian
support for Israel essential. It is a time for a great amount of prayer.