Newsweek has provided a platform for Head Hamashole Khaled Meshaal to lie his head off to a Western audience.
I can answer your theoretical question but this is not even expected to happen. There is a position and program that all Palestinians share. To accept a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as the capital. With the right of return. And this state would have real sovereignty on the land and on the borders. And with no settlements.
Under what conditions or terms would you stop using violence?
I’m a physicist. And I believe in the equations of physics and mathematics. Therefore I respect the laws of math and physics because they’re direct. Very simply, there is occupation and it calls for resistance. When does resistance stop? When the occupation is finished.
They would have been better off just reproducing the Hamas charter, which contains doozies such as these:
“Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.” (The Martyr, Imam Hassan al-Banna, of blessed memory).
“The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf consecrated for future Muslim generations until Judgement Day. It, or any part of it, should not be squandered: it, or any part of it, should not be given up. ”
“There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors.”
Updates (Israel time; most recent at top)
7:52PM: My latest animated short.
5:26PM: Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin has ripped the Elders of Moron a new one.
To their faces.
Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin (Likud) slammed former US President Jimmy Carter Thursday, telling him that the Israeli public perceives him and his colleagues as Hamas supporters as result of their conduct.
Rivlin met with Carter and with former Irish President Mary Robinson and blasted them for meeting with Hamas Politburo Chief Khaled Mashaal and with the the group’s Prime Minister in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh. He also criticized the former leaders for failing to condcut themselves objectively.
Robinson offered her own criticism, saying that planned Israeli legislation is discriminating towards Arabs.
The Elders organization delegation, comprising former leaders and headed by ex-President Carter, met with the Knesset speaker in Jerusalem and faced harsh criticism over its perceived support for terror organizations.
Rivlin was especially adamant over the delegation’s meetings with Mashaal and Haniyeh. He said that Israel views these meetings as indication of the delegation’s support for Hamas and terrorism.
“Mashaal and Haniyeh represent Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s positions,” Rivlin said, adding that Hamas also objects to any agreement with Israel and aims to destroy it.
“Hamas and Hezbollah are Iranian satellites,” he said.
Carter and Robinson responded by making it clear that those meetings are not tantamount to endorsement of terrorism. The former president said that the main goal of the Elders group is to bring peace to the region, and explained that this is the reason for the meetings.
1:52PM: Still on the subject of professors, this next piece was written by Professor Francis A. Boyle, who served as Legal Adviser to the Palestinian Delegation to the Middle East Peace Negotiations from 1991 to 1993.
Israel’s Likudnik Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reached into his bag of Zionist tricks and pulled out a brand-new demand that had never surfaced before in the history of the Middle East Peace Process going all the way back to their beginning with the negotiation of the original Camp David Accords conducted under the personal auspices of U.S. President Jimmy Carter in 1978: The Palestinians must recognize Israel as “the Jewish State.” Not surprisingly, the Zionist controlled and funded Obama administration publicly endorsed this latest roadblock to peace that was maliciously constructed by Israel.
Netanyahu deliberately shifted the goal-posts on the Palestinians. It would be as if the United States of America demanded that Iran recognize it as the White Anglo-Saxon Protestant (WASP) State as a condition for negotiating and then concluding any comprehensive peace settlement with it. Of course such demands are racist and premeditated non-starters to begin with.
Netanyahu’s racist ultimatum would lead to the denationalization of the 1.5 million Palestinians who are already less than third-class citizens of Israel and set the stage for their mass expulsion to the Palestinian Bantustan envisioned by Netanyahu as the “final solution” (nice use of Nazi terminology – ed) to Zionism’s “demographic problem” created by the very existence of the Palestinians. This racist and genocidal demand would also illegally terminate the well-recognized Right of Return for five million Palestinian refugees living around the world (wow, even more than the already inflated number quoted by UNRWA -ed) as required by U.N. General Assembly Resolution 194(III) of 1948, by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 13(2) (1948), and by general principles of public international law, international humanitarian law, and human rights law. This would doom all prospects for peace between Israelis and Palestinians forever, and pave the way for the creation of “Greater Israel” dominating the entire former Mandate for Palestine, both of which objectives have been the intention of Netanyahu and Likud all along.
But if Netanyahu is really serious about Israel being recognized internationally as “the Jewish State” then there is a simple manner by which this universal diplomatic status can instantly be achieved unilaterally and without the consent of the Palestinians. Under basic principles of international law, every state is free to change its own name if it so desires: e.g., from Congo to Zaire then back to Congo. Therefore Israel is free to change its name to Jewistan — the State of the Jews.
Thereafter every state in the world that has diplomatic relations and treaty relations with Israel will henceforth necessarily have to recognize it as Jewistan — the State of Jews — and deal with it as such by that name on a daily basis. The name of Jewistan would automatically replace the name of Israel in the United Nations System, at all other concerned international organizations, and on all bilateral and multilateral treaties to which Israel is currently a contracting party. Indeed, in the aftermath of its serial genocidal atrocities perpetrated against the Palestinians and the Lebanese, Israel has quite understandably been seeking to “re-brand” itself. Jewistan is Israel’s perfect new moniker.
In fact, Israel has never been anything but a Bantustan for Jews setup in the Middle East by the White racist and genocidal Western colonial imperial powers in order to serve as their racist attack dog and genocidal enforcer against the Arab and Muslim world. From the very moment of Western imperialism’s genocidal conception of Israel in 1947-1948, Israel has historically always functioned as Jewistan – the world’s Bantustan for the Jews. So Israel might as well finally change its name today to Jewistan, own up to its racist birthright, and make it official for the rest of the world to acknowledge.
Of course, all the Black Bantustans in racist criminal apartheid South Africa were eventually dismantled and no longer exist. The same will eventually happen to the racist criminal apartheid Jewish Bantustan in the Middle East no matter what name they call themselves. Actually, Jewistan/Israel is more closely analogous to the genocidal Yugoslavia that collapsed as a State, lost its U.N. membership, and no longer exists as a State for that precise reason.
In either event, when this Israeli Bantustan for Jews predictably collapses as a State, all the Palestinian refugees living in their Diaspora around the world will be able to return to their homes as guaranteed by Resolution 194. Such is the ultimate solution for securing the Palestinian Right of Return under International Law. In the meantime, the Palestinians should sign nothing with Jewistan/Israel and let this Bantustan for Jews collapse of its own racist and genocidal weight. Good riddance!
1:36PM: Meet the Lincoln University Professor who called for Israel’s destruction.
12:40PM: According to a new poll, over 40% of palestinians support the resumption of terror if direct talks fail, with only 30% supporting a continuation of talks.
If direct talks fail, 41 percent of Palestinians support the resumption of an armed Intifada, according to a poll released on Thursday by the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah.
Sixty-four percent of Palestinians surveyed believe they need success in direct talks more than Israelis, while 51% of Israelis think both sides need success equally. Both groups are skeptical that negotiations will succeed with 5% of Israelis and 6% of Palestinians thinking they will yield an agreement, but 78% of Israelis support their continuation. Only 30% of Palestinians support continuing talks.
If peace talks fail, 69% of Palestinians support turning to the UN Security Council to recognize a Palestinian State, and 54% support unilaterally declaring a state, according to the poll’s findings. 40% support dissolving the Palestinian Authority, should talks fail, and 27% believe there should be a one-state solution. Neither Palestinians nor Israelis consider it likely that an independent Palestinian State will be established next to the State of Israel in the next five years.
In addition, if talks fail, 51% support nonviolent resistance, while 41% support resuming the Intifada. At the same time 63% of Israelis surveyed fear the Palestinians will resume violence.
Only 29% of Israelis support a full construction freeze in the West Bank, with 46% supporting construction only in the areas that will remain under Israeli rule in a future agreement. Twenty-eight percent support unlimited construction in all settlements.
The poll covered a Palestinian sample of 1270 adults interviewed face-to-face in the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza Strip, and an Israeli sample of 610 Israelis interviewed by phone.
9:22AM: Separated at birth?
6:05AM: Ohio cleric Salah Sultan preaches hatred of Jews and the USA.
Notice his conspiracy theory at the beginning regarding the ill fated space shuttle Columbia. Ilan Ramon was a pilot, not the commander of ground operations such as in Jenin, which incidentally occurred in in 2002, not 2003 (the year Ramon was killed). And even if he had been, I very much doubt he would have found the time given the shuttle mission was less than a year later. Methinks he would have been training for it!