For decades Israelis have been conditioned to think that the uncompromising, all-or-nothing position of the Palestinians to end the conflict is a negotiation tactic aimed at achieving a reasonable compromise in the shape of a two-state solution.
Few, however, imagined that the unyielding Palestinian position is the modern implementation of the Ten Point Plan, or Phased Plan, as it is known in Hebrew.
This plan adopted by the Palestinian National Council in June 1974 is a well thought out program to bring an end to the State of Israel. This plan also violates the UN Charter (cha.1 2,4) requiring that “all Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state.”
The Palestinian plan speaks of commitment to armed struggle to liberate Palestinian territory (that includes all of Israel), refusal of any solution that denies the right of refugees and their descendants to return to their original towns and villages, and working with socialist countries and progressives and liberals to bring the Zionist state to its knees.
In a nutshell, this Ten Point Plan is the unwavering Palestinian commitment to the destruction of Israel by any means necessary, including the exploitation of Western values like democracy and human rights as tools for achieving this goal.
From the day it was adopted, no Palestinian leader ever sought to annul it or alter this plan. Yasser Arafat saw the Oslo Accord as part of this plan, rather than a deviation from it. For him, this peace process was a Palestinian Trojan Horse. In a closed meeting with Arab diplomats that took place 1996, he told them: “We plan to eliminate the State of Israel and establish a Palestinian state. We will make life unbearable for Jews by psychological warfare … Jews will not want to live among Arabs. I have no use for Jews … We Palestinians will take over everything, including all of Jerusalem.”
Israelis, let alone the world, refuse to believe it. No matter how forthcoming the Palestinians are about their true goals, many still maintain that their statements amount to some kind of negotiation “trash talk.”
Unfortunately for all, that is not the case. Just a few days ago Jonathan Dahoah-Halevi exposed the new position paper of chief Palestinian peace negotiator Saeb Erekat, who called for rigorous implementation of the Ten Point Plan.
In Erekat’s list of recommendations to “president” Mahmoud Abbas, one can find reaffirmation of the right of the refugees and their descendants to return to villages in Israel, fighting Israel by all means (including joining international bodies for the purpose of delegitimizing Israel), and full support for Palestinian terror organizations, among other things.
Dahoah-Halevi demonstrated how Erekat’s recommendations express reaffirmation of the Ten Point Plan that is not looking for any political compromise. Accordingly, forcing Israel back to its 1967 borders is an important phase that will put the Palestinians in better position to fulfil their long term goal of creating a Palestinian state in place of Israel.
Those who believe that two states is a viable solution should have their faith checked in the face of this latest evidence that the Palestinians remain committed to their destructive plan.