What do the Palestinians want from Israel?

There have been countless attempts to make peace between the Holy Land’s Jews and Arabs with two states living side by side in peace and security.

One of the central facts of history concerning this conflict is that in 1947 the United Nations divided up “Palestine” giving a part to the Jews and a part to the Arabs. Israel accepted. The Arabs rejected.

This fact is completely ignored by the same UN that created the State of Israel! So how does the world look at this neverending conflict as it stands today?

A neutral voice, David Remnick, Editor of The New Yorker, gives a sensible summary of the present issues, including whether or not there should be two states for Jews and Arabs or one state including Jews and Arabs.

“The one-state/two-state debate is highly fraught not least because of proximity. Too much history, too little land. This is not India and Pakistan; the map of Ireland is a veritable continent compared with Israel and the Palestinian territories. Gaza is about as close to Herzliya as Concord is to Hanover; the West Bank, as Israelis are quick to point out, is seven miles from Ben Gurion Airport.

Any two-state solution with a chance of working would have to include federal arrangements not only about security but also about water, cell-phone coverage, sewage, and countless other details of a common infrastructure.

Talk of a one-state solution, limited as it is, will never be serious if it is an attempt to mask annexation, expulsion, or population transfer, on one side, or the eradication of an existing nation, on the other. Israel exists; the Palestinian people exist. Neither is provisional.

Within these territorial confines, two nationally distinct groups, who are divided by language, culture, and history, cannot live wholly apart or wholly together.” (http://israelipalestinian.procon.org)

The world knows that Fatah, the PLO, the PA (Palestinian Authority) and Hamas all have one common goal – to extinguish Israel’s light. The world could pressure the Palestinian authorities to accept Israel’s existence or else…the U.S. could threaten the forfeiture of hundreds of millions of dollars they send each year. The reality is, the world pressures Israel to make concessions while demanding of the PA nothing.


The Camp David Accords 2000
Between Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Chairman of the PLO Yasser Arafat, mediated by President Bill Clinton.

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Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak shakes hands with PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat together with U.S. President Bill Clinton, host of Camp David Peace Talks in 2000.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak shakes hands with PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat
together with U.S. President Bill Clinton, host of Camp David Peace Talks in 2000.

Barak offered:

– A demilitarized Palestinian state on 92% of West Bank and 100% of Gaza Strip

– Dismantlement of most Jewish settlements

– A Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem, sovereignty over half the Old City of Jerusalem

– Religious custodianship over the Temple Mount

– A return of Palestinian refugees

– Encouragement for international assistance to settle refugees

Barak asked for only two concessions:

– An end to violence

– A public declaration that the terms of the final settlement marked an “end of the conflict” with no more Palestinian claims or additional demands on Israel in the future.

RESULT: Arafat walked out of the talks and launched the Second Intifada. Why? Because Arafat had learned that terrorism pays off. His goal was not a Palestinian state living side by side in peace with Israel. His goal was to destroy Israel. Both President Bill Clinton and Israel publicly blamed Arafat for the failure of the peace agreement.

Michael Oren, Israeli scholar and ambassador wrote, “The peace process collapsed not over land but because of the Palestinians’ refusal to accept Israel’s existence.” (http://www.mythsandfacts.org)


Peace Offer of 2008
By Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to PA President Mahmoud Abbas, hosted by President George W. Bush..

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Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (left) and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (right) shake hands with U.S. President George W. Bush, host Of 2008 Peace Talks.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (left) and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (right)
shake hands with U.S. President George W. Bush, host Of 2008 Peace Talks.

This peace plan included the basic proposals of Prime Minister Barak at the Camp David Accords in 2000, plus some new offers; most notably, for the first time, designated permanent borders.

– Give 93.7% of West Bank to Palestinians

– Give 5.8% of Israeli territory in exchange, equal to giving Palestinian 99.3% of West Bank area.

– Provide safe passage for Palestinians traveling from West Bank to Gaza via a tunnel.

– Give sovereignty of the Temple Mount to Palestinians

– Religious sites in Jerusalem to be managed by a special committee consisting of representatives from Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Palestine, the United States and Israel.

– Fixed borders of the future Palestinian State. [Note there has never been “Palestinian– Israeli borders” because Arabs never accepted the existence of Israel and therefore no borders were drawn. No matter how much the UN and the nations talk about borders, they all know that there are none – only cease-fire lines of 1949.]

RESULT: Mahmoud Abbas never replied to the proposal.

Abbas did speak with the media, saying: “I am not in a marketplace or a bazaar. I came to demarcate the borders of Palestine – the June 4, 1967 borders [!] – without detracting a single inch, and without detracting a single stone from Jerusalem, or from the holy Christian and Muslim places. This is why the Palestinian negotiators did not sign.” (www.thetower.org)


The latest public demands by the Palestinian Authority circulated in April, 2014, indicate a hardening of positions by the Palestinians and nothing has come of negotiations over the last two years. Here is a list from Ynet, with my comments:

– A written commitment by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the borders of the Palestinian state will be along the 1967 ‘green-line’ and that its capital will be East Jerusalem.

[In other words there will be no exchange of land allowing most of the 300,000 Israelis living in villages and towns in Judea and Samaria to continue living there. Secondly, the 200,000 Jews living in East Jerusalem would either have to evacuate their homes, or live under a Muslim Palestinian dictatorship.]

– The release of 1,200 Palestinian prisoners, including political heavyweights Marwan Barghouti, Ahmed Saadat and Fuad Shubkhi.

[These 1200 prisoners are terrorists, some who have killed or supervised mass murders. In other words, there will be no further penalty for the thousands of Israeli deaths from offensive wars and terrorist attacks against the Jewish nation.]

– An end to the Egyptian-Israeli blockade on Gaza, and the formulation of a deal allowing the flow of goods into Gaza.

[Palestinian demand would allow Hamas to transfer massive shipments of arms to Gaza for use against Israel. Hamas’ charter verbalizes Hamas’ sole purpose for existence – to destroy Israel.]

– A halt of construction in East Jerusalem.

[Jewish suburbs all around the north, east and south of Jerusalem could not build one more home or store.]

– The IDF would not be allowed to enter most of the West Bank, even to arrest terrorists.

[Hamas, ISIS or any other Islamist cells could form and carry out terrorist acts from the West Bank or Gaza with no obstruction.] (www.ynetnews.com)


Palestinians have learned from much experience that violence is a very effective tool against Israel. They believe that through terrorist attacks they receive more concessions from Israel. Even more importantly the United Nations and Europe strengthen their pressure on Israel. The working formula goes like this: riots and intifadas are initiated, then Palestinian leadership goes to the UN demanding protection from Israeli “violence” and asks for more financial aid. This strategy works. Really well.

In this game of diplomatic warfare, the Palestinians can count on automatic support from the 22 members of the Arab League and the 57 members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference as well as most of the rest of the developing nations. The Jewish state stands alone.

During the latest wave of Palestinian terrorism—randomly knifing men, women and children on the streets of Israel, the PA has demanded an end to Israel’s “terrorism, incitement and summary executions” against Palestinian civilians, especially women and children. They create numerous fictitious tales, like claiming IDF soldiers shot a Palestinian and then placed a knife near his body to make it look like the soldier acted in self-defense.

Every day now, as I write, there are stabbings across the nation. No place is safe from these lone wolf terrorists. Teenage Arab boys and girls walk out the door of their homes with a knife, find a random person, and begin to stab and stab until they are themselves wounded, killed or hunted down by the police.

PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah has urged the U.S., Russia, EU and the UN to intervene to “stop all Israeli crimes and assaults” against Palestinians. He then called for the resumption of the peace process in order to “end occupation and create a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.”

Europe and the mainstream media come to their rescue and lend their support. For example, when three Palestinians lunged at two Israeli policemen with knives, the alert police were able to shoot them before being stabbed to death themselves. CBS’ headline read “Three Palestinians killed as daily violence grinds on.”

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom told the Swedish parliament that Israel was conducting extrajudicial executions of Palestinian stabbers! When Swedish parliamentarians challenged the foreign minister with being biased against Israel, she cited the fact that more Palestinians were being killed than Israelis.

In fact, she also said that the terrorist attack in Paris last November when 130 people were murdered, “was rooted in the frustration of Muslims in the Middle East, including that of Palestinians.”

Sweden was the first European country to recognize “Palestine” as a state.

Now, with all the terrorist attacks continuing month after month in Israel, the Palestinians have caught France’s attention. Its foreign minister has recently announced that he wants Israel and the Palestinians to attend an international conference which he will host in order that the two will sign a peace treaty. And France warns that if that doesn’t happen, then France will simply recognize Palestine’s sovereignty.

Think about this “deal!” Why would the PA move a single finger to make peace with Israel? Knowing that the PA leadership will not have to compromise on any issue or agree to any conditions – it would be simply stupid not to just wait until France grants it recognition without conditions.

Everywhere Israel looks, she sees herself surrounded with ever greater perils.

(Have you seen the pictures of the Iranian nuclear site at the Parchin military complex where, from all appearances, Iranian scientists are at this moment building a nuclear bomb?) (www.dailymail.co.uk)

I am constantly amazed that Israel exists with nearly the entire world against her. Really, if a person wants a sign from heaven that there is a God and He calls Himself the God of Israel, this is it! There is no other rational explanation for Israel’s continued existence and success except God.

We all know the Bible clearly foretells that the nations of the world will come against Israel in the last days. And we are seeing this being fulfilled before our very eyes. But what the Bible does not state is that believers in Yeshua will come against Israel. In fact the Bible makes it clear we the believers are to sound the trumpet for the nations to stand with Israel’s return to her land of promise under God’s protection, and to warn the nations concerning the fate of those who hate her and work to destroy her.

Jeremiah the prophet cries out:

Hear the word of the Lord, O nations, And declare it in the isles far off, and say, ‘He who scattered Israel will gather him, And keep him as a shepherd does his flock.’ For the Lord has redeemed Jacob, And ransomed him from the hand of one stronger than he. (Jeremiah 31:10-11)

We who understand God’s purposes for Israel and an end-time revival can make an impact on world events as we share the facts and pray for God’s people to cry out for Israel’s salvation and protection.


This article originally appeared in Maoz Israel Report, March 2016.


Report: Russian PM to visit Ramallah and Tel Aviv in November

Benjamin Netanyahu Dimitry Medvedev

Palestinian Authority television reported Saturday that Dimitry Medvedev, the Russian Prime Minister, will arrive on November 9 in order to assist with peace efforts between the Palestinian leaders and Israel, according to Channel 10.

The report also stated that Medvedev will meet with both Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

On October 18, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Netanyahu exchanged greetings on the 25th anniversary of restored diplomatic relations between the two nations. Both leaders emphasized a joint interest in developing bilateral cooperation, including discussions on urgent international and regional issues.

The two leaders have met four times in the past 16 months.

Medvedev’s trip, according to the Russian embassy’s website said that the visit is intended to strengthen cooperation in various fields.

“Over the years, our two countries and peoples managed to escape from the unfortunate period of mutual alienation and become genuine partners who understand and who know how to respect each other’s interests,” the statement on the website read. “Russian-Israeli relations have a special character, largely because Israel is home to over a million of our compatriots. The Russian-speaking community is a powerful catalyst for the development of bilateral political, economic, cultural, business and cultural ties.”

Herb Keinon contributed to this article.


Paris summit communiqué in full

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Half-day international meet ends with statement calling for conference by year’s end, assertion that two-state solution ‘is the only way’

(L to R) French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, French President Francois Hollande and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon pose at an international and interministerial meeting in a bid to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, in Paris, on June 3, 2016. (AFP Photo/Pool/Stephane de Sakutin)

A half-day international conference in Paris on kick-starting the Israeli-Palestinian peace process ended Friday with a reaffirmation of a “negotiated two-state solution,” the announcement of a planned summit between the two parties by year’s end, and a warning that “the status quo is not sustainable.”

The communiqué in full:

“The Participants met in Paris on June 3, 2016 to reaffirm their support for a just, lasting and comprehensive solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“They reaffirmed that a negotiated two-state solution is the only way to achieve an enduring peace, with two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security. They are alarmed that actions on the ground, in particular continued acts of violence and ongoing settlement activity, are dangerously imperiling the prospects for a two-state solution.

“The Participants underscored that the status quo is not sustainable, and stressed the importance of both sides demonstrating, with policies and actions, a genuine commitment to the two-state solution in order to rebuild trust and create the conditions for fully ending the Israeli occupation that began in 1967 and resolving all permanent status issues through direct negotiations based on resolutions 242 (1967), 338 (1973), and also recalling relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions and highlighting the importance of the implementation of the Arab Peace Initiative.

“The Participants discussed possible ways in which the international community could help advance the prospects for peace, including by providing meaningful incentives to the parties to make peace. The Participants also highlighted the potential for regional peace and security as envisioned by the Arab Peace Initiative.

“The Participants highlighted the key role of the Quartet and key regional stakeholders. They welcomed the interested countries’ offer to contribute to this effort. They also welcomed France’s offer to coordinate it, and the prospect of convening before the end of the year an international conference.”


The Times of Israel

Former Israeli and US officials unveil security-based proposals for two-state solution

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The CIS report, entitled “Security First” aims to be a “plan of action to extricate Israel from the security dead end and to improve its security situation and international standing.”

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NEW YORK – Former Israeli and US security and diplomacy officials unveiled two proposals for achieving a two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians, based on systems that would satisfy Israel’s security needs in the West Bank while providing Palestinians the sovereignty they require.

The proposals, which were facilitated and coordinated by the Israel Policy Forum, were developed by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), an independent nonpartisan research institution, and Commanders for Israel’s Security (CIS), a coalition of some 200 former heads of the IDF, Shin Bet, Mossad and Israeli police forces who advocate in support of a two-state solution.

The CIS report, entitled “Security First” aims to be a “plan of action to extricate Israel from the security dead end and to improve its security situation and international standing.”

To do so, the group believes certain security measures are necessary including: completing the construction of the West Bank security fence; implementing a strict border control along the fence; continued military control over the West Bank until a permanent agreement is reached; freezing settlement building; restoring law and order in East Jerusalem and tackling illegal infiltration into Israel.

“When you speak right now in Israel about peace, about a two state solution, it’s a kind of illusion,” Founder and Chairman of “Commanders for Israel’s Security” and former commanding general of the IDF Armored Corps Major General (Ret) Amnon Reshef said during a meeting with journalists in New York on Thursday.

“The rationale behind our security first plan is that you don’t have to have a partner [for peace] and Israel can and should launch certain measures independently, without considering whether there is or isn’t a partner, until some future negotiation will occur on the permanent solution,” he added.

Reshef further explained that beyond enhancing national security in Israel, the goals of the CIS plan is also to preserve the option for future negotiations regarding a two state solution.

“Things are getting worse and worse in the West Bank and even in the Gaza strip, so we have to preserve the conditions for future negotiation before it’s too late, irreversible,” he said.

Reshef however stressed that military action and security are not enough to defeat terror.

“It should be combined with helping the relevant Palestinians, whether they are in the West Bank, Jerusalem or Gaza, to improve their standards of living, provide them with a kind of hope,” he said, “Then, we will neutralize a lot of their disappointment, their frustration, and they might not enter the roots of terror.”

Reshef and his colleagues at “Commanders for Israel’s Security” believe that in order to achieve this, the Israeli government should declare that it has no sovereignty claims east of the security fence and that Palestinian neighborhoods of East Jerusalem will be part of Palestine.

“We think the Israeli government should take [the CIS “Security Now” plan] as a full package and implement it independently, unrelated to what the other party’s reaction will be,” Reshef said. “It can be done and should be done.”

The CIS plan was presented to Israeli ministers last week and received positive feedback, according to Reshef. The second report, published by the Center for a New American Security, was authored by Ilan Goldenberg, the former chief of Staff for Martin Indyk; Nimrod Novik, the former Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to Shimon Peres; Major General (Ret) Gadi Shamni, former Commander of the Gaza Division and Hebron Regional Brigade; and Colonel Kris Bauman, who worked inside the Israeli-Palestinian peace process as the Chief of Staff for the Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Defense, General John R. Allen. In the study, the CNAS lays out six key principles for a security system of a potential two-state solution.

These elements include: building a multilayered system that addresses Israel’s security concerns in which Israel retains the right of self defense in emergency situations; minimizing Israeli visibility to Palestinian civilians; conducting significant upgrades to security systems and infrastructure; planning a phased redeployment of Israeli security forces; but also establishing joint operations centers and data sharing mechanisms for Israelis and Palestinians; and employing American forces along the Jordan River.

Ilan Goldenberg ,who was also part of the team working on the last round of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians lead by US Secretary of State John Kerry, said that after the talks failed, the team understood that security had become “the biggest issue in the room if you were ever gonna get to a two state agreement.”

“Israelis will never agree to a two state solution unless their security requirements are met and Palestinians will never agree to something that they view as a permanent Israeli presence or occupation in the West Bank,” he told media on Thursday.

The goal of the CNAS study was then to achieve a proposal that satisfies both these needs.

“The basic assumption that we make is that the Palestinians will give Israel on security in exchange for borders,” he explained.

“This is something that could be acceptable to both sides.”

“It’s very important to dispel this myth that the security issue makes it impossible to get to any kind of agreement,” Goldenberg said.

He added that while most of the proposal, which the CNAS believes could constitute a good base for negotiations, would take years to implement, some of the suggested steps could be taken today, without negotiations or any agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.

“These are things that would make Israel and the Palestinians more secure today but will also mean that in the event of an agreement, things can move faster because we already have the infrastructure set up.”

The Israel Policy Forum has officially released a website detailing the principles of both studies to gain public exposure. The CIS “Security Now” plan is also being advertised in a campaign to reach out to the Israeli public through newspaper ads and video clips on social media.



Bennett rejects renewal of peace talks, threatens to bring down government if needed


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In an interview to Channel 2 News, Education Minister Bennett says his party will continue to reject the notion of a Palestinian state.

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Amid statements made this week by the Prime Minister and Defense Minister that hinted at a possible renewal of peace talks with the Palestinians, HaBayit Hayehudi Chairman MK Naftali Bennett said on Thursday he remains firm on preventing the establishment of a Palestinian state and would be willing to dissolve the government if needed.

“We shouldn’t accept any peace initiative or renew peace talks,” said the country’s Education Minister. “I am the only leader in Israel who says clearly – there will not be a Palestine here. I insisted to include this in the government’s basic guidelines.”

“We will stand strong against historic mistakes,” Bennett added. “If it involves withdrawing to the 1967 lines and the partition of Jerusalem – not only will I quit the government, I will bring it down.”


Jerusalem Online

Shaked hits back at Liberman: No ‘Hamas-stan’ on our watch

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Justice Minister responds to support for ‘Palestinian state’ from PM, Liberman, says only Jewish Home supports Judea and Samaria.




Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home), on Tuesday afternoon launched a veiled jab both Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and newly-appointed Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, for their recent commentsin support of the establishment of a Palestinian state.

Speaking during a tour of Samaria’s Binyamin Region, along with Yesha Council head and Binyamin Regional Council leader Avi Roeh, Shaked vowed her party would never allow the surrender of Judea and Samaria for the creation of a 23rd Arab state.

“To state the obvious: As long as we are in the government, a Palestinian state will not be established, settlements will not be evacuated and no territory whatsoever will be surrendered to the enemy,” Shaked declared.

“Today it is clearer than ever,” she continued. “The Jewish Home is the only party which fights for settling the land and against the establishment of a Hamas-stan or an ISIS-stan next door to us.”

Shaked also related to a poll released earlier Tuesday which showed that the vast majority of Israelis – across the political spectrum – support the formal annexation of Maale Adumim.

The poll, she said, “strengthens the need to fight for the implementation of (Israeli) sovereignty throughout all of Area C of Judea and Samaria.”

Avigdor Liberman’s inclusion in the Israeli coalition government has drawn strong criticism from some, including the US government, citing his allegedly “hardline” positions.

But the politically agile Liberman – who has previous form in switching rapidly between hawkish and dovish positions – has in recent days taken great pains to emphasize his credentials as a “pragmatist.”


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