Hamas has never pretended that they were interested in a two-state solution; when will Western liberals start to take Hamas at their word?
Posted by Dana Pico on 2011/12/29
From Donald Douglas:
Via Theo Spark:
The Hamas Prime Minister exhorted:
“We say today, explicitly, so it cannot be explained otherwise, that the armed resistance and the armed struggle are the path and the strategic choice for liberating the Palestinian land, from the [Mediterranean] sea to the [Jordan] river, and for the expulsion of the invaders and usurpers [Israel] from the blessed land of Palestine. The Hamas movement will lead Intifada after Intifada until we liberate Palestine – all of Palestine, Allah willing. Allah Akbar and praise Allah.
Also, at Jerusalem Post, “‘Arab world must stop Israel’s Judaization of J’lem’.”
Well, the genocide’s gotta start somewhere, I guess.
For some reason, many Westerners cannot seem to grasp a very simple fact: the Palestinians have really never been anything but honest and direct in their statements of their goals. They may, for strategic purposes, dissemble a bit for a specific audience or goal or diplomatic advantage, but they have always been completely honest in their general statements about what their goals are.
Were I to guess, I’d say that some of our friends on the left are so thoroughly ethnocentric that they really cannot understand different cultures might have different goals and different patterns of thinking and different ideas and different value systems. Given how our friends on the left so boldly proclaim themselves to be multiculturalists, so proudly tell us how sophisticated and educated and intellectual they are, yet when it comes to understanding those different cultures whose inclusion they support, they fail miserably. It’s almost as though liberal multiculturalism comes with its own intellectual handicap, that being that the multiculturalists cannot actually fathom how some people can be so different from them.
Oh, they are quite able to tell you about differences in language and religion and history and culture, but, in the end, they fail to be able to understand how those differences in language and religion and history and culture could lead people from other cultures to come to conclusions which are simply different, often radically different, from those to which the learned, liberal Westerners have come.
Even as savvy a man as former President Bill Clinton couldn’t really understand it. He worked very hard toward the end of his final term to broker a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. Then-Prime Minister Ehud Barak, facing an almost certain defeat for re-election, had every reason to be bold and aggressive in seeking a peace accord: it would have reversed Israeli politics and (probably) won his re-election campaign, and he would have gone down in history as a great diplomat and leader, who established a lasting peace and security for his country and the Levant in general. After intense negotiations, President Clinton presented Prime Minister Barak and Palestinian President Yassir Arafat a comprehensive proposal, one which President Clinton described, in his memoirs, as the best deal the Palestinians could ever hope to get, and that “Arafat’s rejection of my proposal after Barak accepted it was an error of historic proportions.”¹ President Clinton suggested that perhaps Mr Arafat might “not be at the top of his game any longer,”² anymore, but never could quite come around to the realistic conclusion that perhaps the Palestinians simply did not desire peace with Israel, but only victory over Israel.³
Many of our friends on the left simply cannot accept that idea. While they recognize that there are significant cultural differences between themselves and the Palestinians, since Western liberals want peace so badly, and think that it’s the only possible way, they just cannot grasp the notion that their conclusions are not shared by everyone else.
¹ – Bill Clinton: My Life (New York: Alfred A Knopf) © 2004, p. 944
² – Clinton, p. 943
³ – I have a long, and not quite charitable, book review of former President Jimmy Carter’s book, We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land: A Plan That Will Work, on CSPT. Mr Carter never recognized the possibility that the Palestinians simply do not accept any goal short of victory.
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