Peace Off The Rails As Palestinians Reject Yet Another Offer To Help Them

The palestinian Arab attitude epitomized in one story.

Palestinian official Hussein al-Sheikh rejected an Israeli offer to establish a railway link between Israel and several Arab states that would go through the West Bank on Friday.

“Israel offered us the chance to participate in a railway scheme linking Haifa to Jenin to a number of Arab capitals,” the Palestinian Authority’s Civil Affairs Minister said on Twitter.

“But we rejected the offer,” al-Sheikh said. “We won’t normalize relations with Israel and we won’t take part in economic solutions that perpetuate the occupation.”

The statement refers to an Israeli initiative unveiled by transportation minister, and current Likud party Knesset hopeful, Israel Katz in April 2017, which would make Israel a bridge between Europe and the Middle-East.

The April 2017 plan, called ‘Tracks for Peace,’ would see Israel build a rail link between the major port of Haifa, in the north of the country, to Amman, Jordan, via the West Bank.

Connecting into the Jordanian rail system would then build a direct connection to Saudi Arabia and the Gulf.

“It makes sense and is beyond political and ideological disagreements,” Yisrael Katz previously said on a rare November visit to a transport summit in Oman.

Arguing that the proposal was also favorable to the Palestinian economy, the minister said the additional trade route would be “shorter, faster and cheaper, and will contribute to the economies of Jordan, the Palestinians — who will also be connected to the initiative — Israel, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states, and in the future Iraq as well.”

The plan has reportedly received warm approval in Washington – although it is unlikely to find supporters in the region, despite Katz’s efforts.

Think about this for a second: “We won’t take part in economic solutions that perpetuate the occupation.” i.e. “We won’t take part in economic solutions that actually benefit us.”

Peak palestinian: reject something that could really benefit them because, G-d forbid, it could lead to peace aka rejection of their true goals to destroy the Jewish state of Israel.

It truly is an illness.


David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media

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