Israel and the Palestinians are supposedly engaged in a peace process. But really, they aren't. While Israel followed up the signing of the "Oslo Accords" in 1993 by systematically educating its population on peaceful coexistence with the Palestinians and general acceptance of their demands, the Palestinian Authority did the opposite.
For years Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) has been documenting ongoing incitement against Israel and the Jews in general in Palestinian Authority-controlled media and school textbooks. In their new book Deception: Betraying the Peace Process, PMW director Itamar Marcus and co-author Nan Jacques Zilberdik "meticulously catalogue hundreds of examples of hate speech, glorification of terrorist murderers and other anti-Israel communication, detailing efforts to spread hate even among school-aged children," according to an official press release.
Robert Bernstein, chairman of Advancing Human Rights and founder of Human Rights Watch, said at a press conference launching the book that Deception: Betraying the Peace Process is a must-read for anyone looking into why after nearly two decades the "Oslo" peace process has failed to produce a final status agreement.
"This book is important because it is not advocacy but a factual catalogue of public statements and activities showing that the Palestinian leadership teaches its children to hate, to deny Israel's right to exist and to envision a world without Israel," said Bernstein. "Until the PA starts preparing its children for peace and teaches them to see Israel as a legitimate neighbor, peace will remain an illusion."
Author Itamar Marcus warns in the book, as he has done for the past decade, that the Palestinian Authority skates by on claims that it has met its basic security obligations, while the international community turns a blind eye to the fact that the PA is teaching its people to never live in peace with Israel.
Back in 2008, then-US Senator Hillary Clinton championed Marcus' research on Capitol Hill, but the evidence of official Palestinian hate speech against Israel and the Jews did nothing to decrease pressure on Israel to meet Arab land demands. Today as US secretary of state, Clinton is the spearhead of that pressure on Israel, apparently forgetful of the Palestinian incitement she acknowledged just three years ago.
While it is easy to blame Israel, as the so-called "occupying power" for the lack of peace in the region, most Israelis are painfully aware of the fact that if they surrender Judea and Samaria (the "West Bank") the Palestinians will transform it into the number one threat against the Jewish state. They cannot do otherwise, for they have been spoon-fed a diet of Jew-hate for the past 18 years by Yasser Arafat's PLO.
Israelis argue that even if a piece of paper declaring peace is signed, Palestinian Authority indoctrination has ensured that there will never be peaceful coexistence on the ground, and Israel will ultimately pay the price for the international community's willful blindness.
Deception: Betraying the Peace Process explains why that is so in detailed fashion.