Of late, Mahmoud Abbas’s Palestinian Authority appears to be staging recurrent verbal thrills-and-spills extravaganzas. It’s almost as if, when nothing else works, generating headlines constitutes a viable alternative to actual policy and governance.
And so the latest bombshell Abbas attempted to toss was the suggestion that Ramallah might abrogate the Oslo Accords with Israel. It is difficult to fathom who Abbas supposes he may be frightening. If any side has benefitted from Oslo, it is his. After 19 years, Israel can definitely pronounce itself the outright loser of its own risky experiment.
From our vantage point, not only was there no gain but there was a surfeit of inordinate pain. We lost over 1,500 lives – once cynically referred to as “victims of peace.” We nose-dived into a diplomatic nadir of unparalleled detriment.
We constructed two inimical entities – Ramallah and Gaza – within a stone’s throw from Israel’s vulnerable population centers.
We imported between 40,000 to 50,000 armed Fatah terrorists from Tunis (Abbas prominently among them) and had given them and their Hamas rivals legitimacy at the expense of our own legitimacy. We made the creation of a Palestinian state axiomatically accepted everywhere while our own existence is being increasingly questioned.
Worst of all, peace seems more distant now than it did in September 1993, when our situation was incomparably better.
Therefore, at this point in time, Oslo should no longer be dear to any sober Israeli, which brings up the question of why Abbas assumes that he would be startling us with the move he now purports to be seriously weighing.
Yet according to PLO Executive Committee member Wassel Abu Yusef – and he is hardly the first to float this thinly-veiled threat – Abbas has been raising the idea of “canceling the Oslo agreement as well as the associated economic and security arrangements,” in PA leadership consultations.
To delve beneath the surface of Abbas’s bluster it would help to note what accompanies his chatter about nullifying Oslo.
Two themes crop us consistently in this context. The first is that Abbas’s sole substitute for a Palestinian state is a bi-national state which Israel would initially run as an apartheid state – prior presumably to being overrun by Arabs and losing Jewish sovereignty.
This skewed presentation isn’t an Abbas original. It had long been the hallmark of Israel’s domestic left-wing discourse, geared to arguing that the two-state solution is the best offer Israel has, indeed that it is indispensable.
Abbas not only picks on that thread. By stressing the apartheid motif, he again resorts to his persistent ploy of demonizing Israel. He misses no opportunity to blacken our image in a manner far more suggestive of an implacable foe than of a committed peace partner.
Directly in tow, is his appeal for greater handouts from international donors. The PA is in dire financial straits. Despite all the money sunk into it from abroad, it has failed to erect a credible functioning economic infrastructure. Hefty foreign contributions seem to have disappeared down Ramallah’s drain of corruption and/or incompetence. Right now, the PA can’t so much as pay its bills.
All this has taken a menacing turn following near-riots over cost-of-living hikes. And so, Abbas has opted for his habitual remedy – blame Israel, while demanding its assistance. To try and compel Israel into bankrolling him, Abbas now agitates for renegotiating the Paris Protocol, the 1994 addendum to the Oslo Accords that governs economic ties between the two sides.
This isn’t a request of minor substance. It’s hardly a matter of yet another one-sided concession to be squeezed out of Israel in keeping with the pattern whereby it behooves Israel to repeatedly demonstrate goodwill.
We can only hope that the government will not be tempted at a moment of weakness to agree to amend the Paris Protocol. Not only would it lose Israel the paltry control it retains, but it would embolden Abbas to press for more without honoring his part of the Oslo bargain.
Herein lies the problem: Ramallah has consistently betrayed its Oslo obligations. Having serially sponsored terror, incitement and hostile international campaigns, it has plainly tried everything but peace.
The real road map has to be the ANNEXATION of Judea and Samaria…this MUST be the end game !
So when Abu Mazen threatens to abrogate the Oslo accords, he should be applauded…
Thank you Mr. Jew hater, for thinking in the right direction !
We know what ails the Palestinian front line storm troopers of the death cult of Islam but we too often ignore what ails the nation of Israel.
The leadership of Israel after their self inflicted wound of Gush Katif practice the religion of insanity by continuing to throw fellow Jews out of their homes and land to reward the storm troopers in order to please their idol WASHINGTON which they serve with pious,religious devotion.
The same failed American idol of Madrid,Oslo,Wye,Tenant,Zinni,Aquba,Sharm,Road Map,the Bush Gush Katif land for rockets and jihad ethnic cleansing of Jews,Annapolis U.S. failure in Iraq,Afghanistan,Libya,UN1701in South Lebanon,the handover by Obama of Egypt to the Muslim Brotherhood.
So why is fearful,faith challenged Israel still getting on it’s knees to America as if it was Israel’s God and continuing with the 2 state final solution?
One of many things that sickens me about the shameful Jerusalem leadership and their religion of insanity is how willing they are to drive out fellow Jews to impress their false god but how unwilling they are to do the same to the Palestinians who have proven so deserving to be driven from their cities and villages because they fear men rather than God.
“You shall make no covenant with them, nor with their gods. They shall not dwell in your land, lest they make you sin against Me. For if you serve their gods, it will surely be a snare to you.”
“…and Israel will possess its possessions.” It is written.
Sarah…you may skip that remark…
I just would want to ask you about your take on Bibis plans…
WHAT is he prepared to do ?
His speech was great and Obama simply refused to meet him…is there any b.s. in the making, like Debka is suggesting, or is he serious ?