There are six little words* that could change the face of the Middle East, if only Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Maazen) would say them.
What are those words?
I will accept a Jewish State.
If only the Palestinians would accept the existence of a Jewish State side by side with their hoped-for Palestinian State, everything else would fall into place.
As things stand, at present, the Palestinians are refusing even to come to the negotiating table unless Israel agrees to return to the 1967 borders and, in addition, agrees to the so-called “Right of Return” of Palestinians to within those borders. In other words, when they deceitfully claim that they agree to a two-state solution, what they mean is, a Palestinian State – in which no Jew will be allowed to live – and a second state which Abu Maazen (oh, so generously) agrees may be called “Israel” (“or whatever they want to call it”, as he puts it) but to which millions of Palestinians who claim to be descended from Palestinians who were “expelled” from Israel (in her pre-Six Day War borders) will be allowed to “return” (and to which Jews would have no preferred Right of Return, because that would be “racist” and “colonialist” and because he refuses to recognise the right of a Jewish State to exist). Such a state – demographics being what they are – would, within one generation, become yet another Muslim Arab state. For Israel to accept such terms would be for her to commit suicide.
It is thus the Palestinians, and not Israel, who are making peace an impossibility.
*For further information, see the website of the Simon Wiesenthal Center which has recently launched its Six Words Campaign.