"How close to a Jew are they willing to live,
or rather, how far away do we have to be
in order for them to call it peace?"
(al-Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas laid out his vision on Monday for the final status of Israeli-Palestinian relations ahead of peace talks due to resume in Washington for the first time in nearly three years.
"In a final resolution,
we would not see the presence of a single Israeli
- civilian or soldier - on our lands,"
Abbas said in a briefing to mostly Egyptian journalists.
[See also the facebook page of "Palestinian negotiator," Mohammad Shtayyeh.]
The good thing about having such an old blog is that having been here and done this, over and over again, I have already answered. The bad thing about it is that I am not as good at it now as I was then. (The Won seems to have redistributed not only our wealth, but our energies as well.)
BtB in January 2008, when "tiny encampments" of Jews were looming large as "impediments to a peace deal" :
.... Why does Dhimmedia never ask [the Palestinians, the leftist Israelis or U.S. State Department officials] exactly how "a few trailers" impede peace efforts? Is the problem that Arabs might have to breathe the same air as Jews? Or is it only the land they cannot share? What exactly is it about Jewish life they cannot live with, or even near?
Could they share water with us? The shade of a tree? Would it be okay if Jews prayed under the same sun and clouds, or slept under the same stars as Arab Muslims? What's the radius? How close to a Jew are they willing to live, or rather, how far away do we have to be in order for them to call it peace?
It seems to me that any "peace agreement" would imply some level of coexistence. I'd like to ask the Palestinian "negotiators" about the extent of their willingness to coexist with Jews. What would it look like? If Jews shouldn't live in the house next door, could they live on the same street? And if Arabs can't tolerate Jews on their street, could Jews live on the next street over? In the next town? How about in a few trailers on a hilltop here and there?
Then again maybe it's not space, but numbers. I'd like to ask those Israeli leftists that if 40 families should not live in Migron, could 30 families live there? How about four couples with no children? Two Jews and a goat? No, I know, there is an unquestioned and unquestionable idea that it has to be no Jews whatsoever. None. Not one.
The sun comes up in the east and Arabs require any territory under their control to be totally Jew-free. It is a given. The Sinai had to be rendered Jew-free before Egypt would accept it in the late 70s, and Gaza had to be Jew-free before the Palestinians would accept it in 2005.
Is that not the most abhorrent sort of
I can't think of any places on earth, other than Arab countries, that are necessarily off-limits to anyone. There are no Black-free zones, no Pole-free zones, no square foot on the earth where a Canadian or a Parisian or a Bangladeshi or a Catholic cannot go based on who they are. So why does everyone think it's so okay, even so great, that a place... any place... would be officially Jew-free?