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The U.S. and the EU have been and continue to be the second most serious obstacle to peace.

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A peaceful solution to Israel’s security depends on the mind-set and behaviour of the ‘Duo’ and the PA. (Image: elnetwork.eu)

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Starting point – Conditions precedent to achieve peace

The Palestinian-Israeli conflict can never be settled peacefully or remain settled for long, so long as,

1. The U.S. and the EU (“the Duo”) fails or refuse to accept the incontrovertible facts that

a) Israel is not the enemy of the Palestinians and the Palestinian Authority. The Palestinian entities: the PA, the PLO, Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and a substantial segment of the Palestinian population are enemies of Israel, and

b) consequently, a peaceful solution to the conflict depends on the mind-set and behaviour of the Duo and the Palestinian Authority.

2. The PA does not formally acknowledge and abide by the terms of the following  letters written by Yasser Arafat on September 9, 1993 on behalf of the PLO [which subsequently established the PA] on the occasion of the signing of the 1993 Oslo Accord:

PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat to Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin:

Mr. Prime Minister,

The signing of the Declaration of Principles marks a new era in the history of the Middle East. In firm conviction thereof, I would like to confirm the following PLO commitments:

– The PLO recognizes the right of the State of Israel to exist in peace and security.

– The PLO accepts United Nations Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338.

– The PLO commits itself to the Middle East peace process, and to a peaceful resolution of the conflict between the two sides and declares that all outstanding issues relating to permanent status will be resolved through negotiations.

– The PLO considers that the signing of the Declaration of Principles constitutes a historic event, inaugurating a new epoch of peaceful coexistence, free from violence and all other acts which endanger peace and stability. Accordingly, the PLO renounces the use of terrorism and other acts of violence and will assume responsibility over all PLO elements and personnel in order to assure their compliance prevent violations and discipline violators.

In view of the promise of a new era and the signing of the Declaration of Principles and based on Palestinian acceptance of Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338, the PLO affirms that those articles of the Palestinian Covenant which deny Israel’s right to exist, and the provisions of the Covenant which are inconsistent with the commitments of this letter are now inoperative and no longer valid. Consequently, the PLO undertakes to submit to the Palestinian National Council for formal approval the necessary changes in regard to the Palestinian Covenant.

Sincerely,

Yasser Arafat

Chairman, Palestine Liberation Organization

Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin to PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat:

Mr. Chairman,

In response to your letter of September 9, 1993, I wish to confirm to you that, in light of the PLO commitments included in your letter, the Government of Israel has decided to recognize the PLO as the representative of the Palestinian people and commence negotiations with the PLO within the Middle East peace process.

Yitzhak Rabin

Prime Minister, Israel

PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat to Norwegian Foreign Minister Johan Holst:

Dear Minister Holst,

I would like to confirm to you that, upon the signing of the Declaration of Principles, the PLO encourages and calls upon the Palestinian people in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to take part in the steps leading to the normalization of life, rejecting violence and terrorism, contributing to peace and stability and participating actively in shaping reconstruction, economic development and cooperation.

Sincerely,

Yasser Arafat
Chairman, Palestine Liberation Organization  cf.Israel-Palestinian Letters of Mutual Recognition

www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org › israel-palestinian-letters-

3. The Palestinian Authority does not

3.1 Dismantle the PLO and remove all references hostile to Israel from its Basic documents;

3.2. Realise that “salvation comes from within” and act accordingly;

3.3. Cease to engage in terrorism and to reward terrorists and their families with generous allowances, and in the case of financial hardship, pay them welfare at the same rate paid to other needy Palestinian families;

3.4. Fully de-Nazifies itself and among other steps, introduce into the school curricula and at the university level courses about all evils, death and destruction perpetrated by the German Nazis not only against Jews but also against peoples of different nationalities and religions; engaging in ethnic cleansing, killing innocent children, the old and the disabled, of a number of nationalities and religions;

3.5 Reverse the anti-Israeli hate culture;

3.6. Outlaw the Muslim Brotherhood as did Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and other Muslim countries

3.7 Demand the Muslim religious as well as the political establishments to cease preaching sermons and giving lectures that are anti- Israel or grossly insult Jews and Christians and enforces the rule; 

3.8 Stop publishing and using school books or any other kind of books and materials that teach, indoctrinate and brainwash students and adults to engage in violence; 

3.9 Remove from the school syllabus the most offensive segments of the Qur’an and other religious texts that feed and sustains terrorism and violence, as Egyptian President Al-Sisi, a devout Muslim, is presently seeking to do; 

3.10 Stop glorifying terrorism; 

3.11 Forbid the government construction workers and all others to destroy damage Jewish heritage structures and Israeli archeological sites or steal from them and enforce the prohibition; 

3.12 Stop militarising children; 

3.13 Stop the long going, and unfortunately successful, ethnic cleansing campaign against Christian Palestinians; 

3.14 Wean itself from living on financial assistance of foreign countries and start working hard to develop a self-sustaining successful its opportunistic allegiance to Iran and Turkey 

3.15 Provide Palestinians with a genuine democratic system of governance, promotes law order and good government which among other things ,is neither corrupt nor corruptible, that promotes the true interests of the Palestinian society; 

3.16 Stop automatically rejecting any and all peace offers, and 

3.17 Make a fully articulated peace proposal.

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For its part, the Duo failed to demand and insist that the P.A. take the preceding steps starting in 1993 with the execution of the Oslo Accords 1993, or at the latest with the launching of the first intifada by Arafat. Consequently, the U.S. and the EU have been and continue to be the second most serious obstacle to peace. It is now “both too late or too early” to pursue peace.

4. The Duo – 

4.1 Fails to demand and insist that the Palestinian Authority withdraw forthwith its case before the International Criminal Court.

4.2 Refuses or fails to deal firmly and definitively with UNRWA by 

a) Securing its dismantlement, and 

b) transferring to the UNHCR the exclusive jurisdiction to sort out the genuineand pseudo –refugee problem to be dealt  with  in accordance with the provisions, principles, policies and objectives of the 1951 Refugee Convention (UNHCR), regardless of the insistence of the Palestinian Authority to deal with the matter of refugees through peace negotiations; 

Surely, the genuine  refugees have the right and can speak for themselves as to whether, through the auspices  of UNHCR,  they wish to  be assisted in permanently settling in Gaza, in another Muslim country and/or  in those countries that would  be prepared to take them or returned back to their original areas of habitation;

4.3. Refuses to deal firmly and definitively with Palestinian terrorist organisations such as Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad sponsored, financed and armed by Iran and financed by Qatar, that  have amassed a vast arsenal since the 2014 war, by disarming them and establish a United Nations peace keeping unit to prevent their re-organisation and the arrival or establishment of other such organisations and removing them both from Gaza and the West Bank and relocating them in any country that would have them.  

4.4. In the meantime, does not progressively wean the PA. from financial dependency and to the contrary continues to finance 

a) UNRWA and the Palestinian Authority without insisting on and securing  a  reliable strict yearly audit of their financial contributions in order to insure that their assistance is being spent for the intended purposes and where this is not the case; demand or take corrective action;

 b) In the case of EU countries: Palestinian and European NGOs associated with or having links to terror groups and/or are aggressively engaged in spreading hate against Israel in activities such as indoctrinating and inciting Palestinians to maim or murder Israelis and/or causing Israel problems on the international stage through false accusations. For a recent example see; World Israel News Staff, Europe funds what could be most vicious smear against Israel yet February 18, 2021

The hope Israel placed in a handshake from Yasser Arafat was sadly misplaced. (Image: Edwina Eaton)

4.5 Refuse to use historically validated facts and sound legal principles and analysis to deal with seemingly intractable problems such as the status of Jerusalem, to which the Palestinians do not have a historical territorial entitlement but enjoy, like all Muslims, the right to access and pray at Temple Mount.   

Surely this can be achieved by recognising Israeli sovereignty over the city as a whole and entrusting the control, maintenance and administration of Temple Mount to a Muslim Trust whose members are selected by the international Muslim community subject to Israel’s right of veto the selection of a nominee who has a history of religious extremism, antisemitism and/or hostility to Israel. Cf. Josiah Rotenberg, Internationalise the Temple Mount, November 11, 2020. 

4.6 Insist on fixing the borders of the two states arbitrarily and contrary to international law  at  the 1948 armistice lines between Jordan and Israel, despite the facts that  historically  the Palestinians did not  have, at any time, collective territorial rights and title to occupy any part of Jerusalem and certainly did not acquire them since then;

4.7 Refuse Israel the right to determine her own best national security interests, and to delineate her borders in accordance with these interests and her legal rights to extend her sovereignty to some parts of Judea and Samaria.

In this regard, EU countries must cease wilfully breaching the terms of the Oslo Accords by funding and assisting the PA to build illegal structures and otherwise engaging in unlawful behaviour in Area C, among others. 

P.S. Regretfully due to the constraints of space, I am to insert all the references related to various points. The readers interested to have them may write to TheJ.ca to obtain them.

I propose to examine the preliminary approach of Biden-Blaine to the Palestinian Authority in Part 9-2.

Doğan D. Akman is an independent researcher and commentator. He holds a B.Sc. in sociology, an M.A. in sociology/criminology and an LL.B in law. He held academic appointments in sociology, criminology and social policy; served as a Judge of the Provincial Court of Newfoundland and Labrador, and occupied the positions of Crown Counsel in criminal prosecutions and in civil litigation at the Federal Department of Justice. His academic work is published in peer-reviewed professional journals, while his opinion pieces and other writings are to be found in various publications and in blogs.  

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