Palestinians threaten to break treaty they have never honored

Sunday, October 24, 2010 |  Ryan Jones

The Palestinian Authority on Saturday warned that if Israel did not start meeting its peace demands, then the Palestinians would break the so-called “Oslo Accord” that started the whole peace process.

Most in Israel responded to the news by rolling their eyes, fully aware that the Palestinians have never truly honored the Oslo Accord anyway.

“Most probably, we will abandon the Palestinian obligations that resulted from these accords because Israel is denying all agreements and keeping violating them,” declared Ahmed Majdalani, a senior member of the Palestinian Authority, told China’s Xinhua news agency.

Yasser Abed Rabbo, a top advisor to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, added in remarks to the London-based Arabic newspaper Al-Hayat, “We can’t remain committed to the agreements that were signed with Israel forever.”

Of course, since the “Oslo Accord” was signed some 15 years ago, the Palestinians have honored very few, if any, of their primary commitments.

According to the document, the Palestinian Authority was supposed to dismantle the Arab terrorist network in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, end all incitement against Israel and the Jews, and generally foster an atmosphere of peaceful coexistence.

In reality, terrorism rose to new heights under the PA, incitement in the official PA media and state-run schools continues to worsen, and Palestinian leaders themselves often encourage hatred of and even violence against Israel.

Meanwhile, Israel has surrendered huge swaths of land to the PA, nearly all of the Arab population of Judea, Samaria and Gaza today lives under the control of the PA, and Israeli schools have even gone so far as to teach the Palestinian perspective of the conflict. Israel’s land concessions only slowed and eventually ceased when it became clear there was no reciprocity.

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