Israel asks: Do the Palestinians really want peace?

Thursday, January 07, 2010 |  Israel Today Staff

Israel's Foreign Ministry this week increased efforts to highlight the fact that concessions and gestures to the Palestinians have consistently been met with increased intransigence, especially over the past year.

The fresh diplomatic offensive aims to outline the Palestinian Authority's "enigmatic behavior," and point out clearly for foreign peace brokers that each Israeli concession has only been met by new Palestinian demands, making the advancement of peace impossible.

"The consistent rejection by Palestinians of Israeli peace initiatives and its current refusal to negotiate leaves Israel questioning whether its neighbors are in fact committed to peace," read the Foreign Ministry statement.

Many Israelis have pointed out for years that while Israel has given much in the name of peace over the past decade, the Palestinians have failed to truly fulfill even one of their primary obligations.

When the land-for-peace process picked up speed in 1993, then-Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat admitted that it was nothing more than a new strategy to destroy Israel. Foreign powers ignored Arafat at the time, but the Palestinians' actions have shown he spoke the truth.

The Palestinian Arabs' unwillingness to live in peaceful coexistence with Israel is evidenced in regular polls that show widespread support for terrorist attacks against Israelis, as well as the success of the Hamas terrorist organization in municipal and national elections over the past few years.

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