Palestinian Propaganda Isn't 'Unraveling'
Palestinian propaganda isn't "unraveling." It's taking hold and beginning to roll with a force that may be impossible to stop.
The word "unravel" means to come undone, but that's not what's happening. Palestinian propaganda is coming together, and it's being embraced by every country bordering Israel, Arab nations in North Africa, the Iranian government, the European Union, and leftists the world over. It's even taking hold in the U.S. If you doubt that, then try to explain why Sen. Chuck Hagel is the leading contender to replace Leon Panetta as Secretary of Defense. As Morton Klein, President of the Zionist Organization of America, correctly said about him,
"He [Hagel] is one of the most hostile critics of Israel that has ever been in the Senate."
I wish I could say that Palestinian propaganda is so popular today because of sleight of hand, but that's far from the truth. It's as transparent as fine crystal, and it's been presented to the world so clearly that anyone with eyes and a brain can see and understand it.
Yasser Arafat (originator of the Palestinian propaganda narrative, former Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization, former President of the Palestinian National Authority, and founder of the Fatah political party) was upfront about his goals from the beginning, and he told the world exactly what they were:
"Since we cannot defeat Israel in war we do this in stages. We take any and every territory that we can of Palestine, and establish sovereignty there, and we use it as a springboard to take more. When the time comes, we can get the Arab nations to join us for the final blow against Israel." (Yasser Arafat speaking on Jordanian television, September 13, 1993--the same day the Oslo Peace Accord ceremony was held in Washington D.C.)
"Peace for us means the destruction of Israel. We are preparing for an all-out war, a war which will last for generations. Since January 1965, when Fatah was born, we have become the most dangerous enemy that Israel has....We shall not rest until the day when we return to our home, and until we destroy Israel." (El Mundo, Caracas, Venezuela, February 11, 1980)
And if that weren't enough, both the Palestinian and Hamas charters call for Israel's destruction. It doesn't get any clearer than that.
Mahmoud Abbas, the current President of the Palestinian National Authority, hasn't added a thing to Arafat's narrative and neither have the leaders of Hamas. Abbas simply advanced the Palestinian cause by moving ahead in the United Nations to secure nonmember observer state status. That's just another step toward the fulfillment of their primary objective which is and always will be the destruction of Israel.
That's why I take issue with Salomon Benzimra. In today's American Thinker, his blog titled "The Unraveling of the Palestinian Propaganda" misses the point, and his conclusion is dangerously off the mark:
But let's go along [with] Makdisi's suggestion with one inserted word, and support a "one-Jewish-state solution" from the Mediterranean to the River, as it was adjudicated under international law at the San Remo Conference on April 25, 1920, a decision never altered since.
This would close the most recent sad chapter of a nightmare that has been plaguing the region for almost a century. Once this principle is restored, the practical implementation of a real peace could be worked out for the betterment of all the populations concerned.
If words written on paper could have solved the problems that Israel faces, they would have long ago. Israel's problem and the problem that Jewish people throughout the world face is a belief system. It's written indelibly on the hearts and minds of people like Mahmoud Abbas, Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and many others. In part, it has to do with the annihilation of Israel, but it also has to do with the subjugation of the entire Jewish race.
Adolf Hitler took that belief system to its logical extreme, and he instituted a policy that he hoped would solve the "problem" once and for all. He called it the Final Solution. It had to do with the extermination of the Jewish people, and that's what we're up against today despite what you hear, see, and read in the mainstream media.
To be sure, most of the people who adhere to that belief system today are more subtle than Hitler, but the logical extreme hasn't changed one iota. We should never ignore that reality, and as I said, words written on paper will not make it go away.
Neil Snyder is the Ralph A. Beeton Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia. His blog, SnyderTalk.com, is posted daily.