A chat I
recently had with an Arab university student studying in Israel throws much
light on why there is no peace between Israel and her neighbours. Our chat is especially relevant to these
days, unfortunately, when Muslim terror organizations are firing rockets into
emphasize that the person I met was not illiterate. She was a young, “educated” woman taking a
master’s degree at the Ben Gurion University of the Negev in the Israeli city
of Beer Sheva, one of the best universities in the region. We began chatting while waiting for a
bus. She told me she came from eastern
Jerusalem, an area that she called "Palestine". She opened her heart to me, sharing her
uncensored thoughts about Israel, when I told her I was Turkish and not Jewish,
because the government of Turkey is against Israel.
She had had
taken classes at an Israeli college where Israelis, Jordanians, and Palestinian
Arabs talked politics with each other regularly. This made me assume her to be
a liberal, open-minded person who was friendly towards Jews. I then asked her about the economy and corruption
in the Palestinian Authority (PA) government in the 'West Bank' or Judea and
very few job opportunities and a lot of corruption in the PA government,” she
responded. A part of our dialogue proceeded as follows:
"Why don’t you vote for a different political party? Don’t you have free elections there?"
"Mahmoud Abbas is Israel’s man. We cannot hold free elections, and people
in the 'West Bank' are too scared to speak up against the government".
"Why don’t Palestinian Arabs in the diaspora speak out against Abbas and
his government then? Where is their criticism of the treatment of Palestinians
in Syria, Lebanon and other places?"
"I know some people who speak out".
have seen none. At least, not in the media. And don’t you think you should take
a little responsibility for the situation you are in?"
"It’s the Israeli occupation".
mentioned the Oslo Accords and called them a “mistake.” I agreed and explained
my stance: “After those accords, Arabs committed even more terrorism against
when she shocked me. When I mentioned Palestinian Arab terrorism, her response
was: “You call it terrorism,” which means she does not think killing Jewish
civilians constitutes terrorism.
challenged her by asking: “Exploding bombs, killing civilians... Aren’t these
“Look, I am a very peaceful person, but you need to understand them”.
When I said
Arabs have such deep hatred towards Jews, she gave a similar response: “You
need to understand their situation.”
asked her if she has ever heard of persecuted, stateless peoples in the region
such as Yazidis and Assyrians. I said that no one has asked these peoples if
they want a piece of land as big as a tablecloth and that they’ve been
suffering for centuries.
responded: “I don’t want a tablecloth!” to which, I responded:
telling you to get a tablecloth, but you want the whole land.”
point, she said: “Israelis are not angels.”
I said: “What
is an angel? That is not our topic. The thing is you don’t want Jews to have a
state of their own.”
why Jews should not have a state in the Middle East, she said: “Jews were in
Palestine thousands of years ago, but they later left.”
“And why do you think Armenians had to leave their ancient homeland in Turkey?
Plus, not all Jews left their homeland. There has always been a Jewish
community in Israel even before the establishment of the state. And Arabs came
there only in the seventh century with their invading armies while the prophets
and ancestors of Jews were in Israel long before a single Arab set foot on that
land. So why can’t you share that land with Jewish people?”
answered: “Why should I give up on some of my land?”
was: “You want the entire land. That’s why you’re stateless; you’ve turned
yourselves into victims. If you think you’re a victim, blame your own
Palestinian leaders and politicians. You need to take responsibility for your
the conversation by saying: “I don’t want you to be on my side. You are not
bus arrived, and we parted ways.
For me, it
was both dreadful and sad to hear an Arab woman who is privileged enough to
study at a prestigious Israeli university talking about the people with whom
she lives - the Jews - with such hostility, hatred, and ignorance.
conversation was also enlightening in many ways. It demonstrated why Israel keeps getting
targeted by murderous terror groups and individuals and why there is no
peaceful coexistence between Israel and its many neighbours.
Isn't There a Palestinian State?" is the title of a video by David Brog,
Director of Strategic Affairs for Christians United for Israel. In it, he
details the history of Palestinian Arabs rejecting the offers to establish a
state of their own: Israel, Britain and the UN have offered Palestinian Arabs
the opportunity to build their own state on five separate occasions -- in 1936,
1947, 1967, 2000, and 2008.
Israel also "unilaterally left Gaza, giving the Palestinians complete
control there," says Brog.
of developing this territory for the good of its citizens, the Palestinians
turned Gaza into a terrorist base, from which they have fired thousands of
rockets into Israel.
time Israel has agreed to a Palestinian state, the Palestinians have rejected
the offer, often violently. So, if you're interested in peace in the Middle
East, maybe the answer is not to pressure Israel to make yet another offer of a
state to the Palestinians. Maybe the answer is to pressure the Palestinians to
finally accept the existence of a Jewish State."
to self-criticize – as individuals and nations - is a major part of political
and cultural progress. A community – such as Palestinian Arabs –can make no
progress in politics, democratization, or peace-building as long as they do not
hold themselves responsible for their failures.
After all, in their opinion, everything bad is Israel’s fault.
importantly, it seems that for too many Palestinian Arabs, a two-state solution
is an unacceptable offer. They want the
entire land and Jews – in the best-case scenario – could only be a minority
there ruled by the Arabs.
the most "educated" Palestinian Arabs are the most hostile because
the "education" in Arab schools is just propaganda. One would think by now they would have a
Judaic or Israel studies program at one of their universities, but they do not. Not just Palestinian Arab universities -- in
no university in a Muslim country. One
could get a PhD in Arabic or Islamic History in any Israeli university, but
most Muslims do not seem to understand the intellectual need to learn about
their “enemy” on a scholarly level.
Instead, Arab children are brainwashed with hate and falsehoods
Israeli Media Reported On October 8:
Palestinian Authority has removed information about agreements signed with
Israel from its textbooks, according to an organization that monitors
Palestinian educational material…
textbooks do not include the PLO statement calling for ‘coexistence,’ ‘peace’
and nonviolence with Israel, which appeared in the old version of the
curriculum, according to the report.
curriculum also removes the substantial amount of information provided to
Palestinian students about the ancient Jewish history of ‘Palestine’ and the
Jewish presence and connection to Jerusalem.”
that does not take responsibility for any of its actions and that even excuses
terrorism deserves no political or financial support until it makes major
changes in its actions. I wrote in 2015:
Hamas or a Palestinian state does not mean protecting Palestinians. Palestinian Arabs can only be protected by
stopping their incitement. That can be
done in one minute and with no money.
Europe and the West can also insist that all future funding be linked to
Palestinians educating their children for peace instead of war. The funding first needs to be linked to
changes, as worked so well in the Soviet Union with the Jackson-Vannick
Amendment, which predicated all grain to the Soviet Union on allowing its
people to leave. The funding then needs
to be paid out in installments, after the changes have been made -- and
maintained. No education for peace: no funding. The only way to actually build
a Palestine mature enough to have a state is by changing the expectations of
Palestinian Arabs about what is acceptable -- and by staying committed to those
changes over time -- in addition to the direct negotiations with Israel, to
which the Palestinians are committed under international law."
Headline: Why there is no peace between Muslims and Israel
Source: The Israel National News