"They want a state? We offered them a state. They want independence? We offered them independence. So why the violence?" asked Shimon Peres today at an international poverty conference in Arab-dominated South Africa.
Peres makes a good point, which brings me to reiterate the basic parameters of the Arab/Israeli conflict.
Contrary to the unrelenting denial of facts that is a perpetual way of life for pro-terrorism supporters, Israel has in fact agreed to virtually all Palestinian demands, even after decades of Palestinian massacres of innocent Israeli citizens.
Israelis, by and large, agree that the Palestinians will be awarded a second state (Jordan being the first Palestinian state). In one peace plan after another Israel offered the Palestinians independence and territory upon which to build their second state. But the Palestinians are the ones who rejected their own independence.
For the most part, the underlying reason for the Palestinian rejection of their so-called national aspirations is that under the plans offered by Israel and the U.S., Israel would survive. This single condition of the existence of a Jewish homeland in Israel, is the basis of Palestinian terrorism and the stuff of which suicide bombers feed on.
In simple terms, the Palestinian national aspirations call only for these outcomes:
1. The total annihilation of Israel through the mass murder of as many Jews as possible.
2. The desecration and conversion of Judaism's holiest places into Islamic mosques.
Where do I come up with these facts? It is not from any Jewish or pro-Israel sources. Rather, the answer may surprise you. I base this solely on the words and deeds of the Palestinians themselves.
From Arafat's public call for a million suicide bombers to march on Jerusalem in a mass Jihad-genocide push, to the actions of the terrorist groups that are part of the unified Palestinian terror front. When Arab terrorists prepare and use bombs loaded with iron nails and tacks and declare their goal of murdering as many Israeli children as possible, I believe them.
When a Muslim mob seized the tomb of Joseph, painted it Koran-green, and then proceeded to use it as a mosque, I look to their actions and draw my own conclusions -- and so should you.
So, I say to good old Shimon Peres, the answer to your question lies in the words and deeds of the Palestinians. Listen to them. Don't waste your time offering more rewards of land and independence for the Palestinians inside the Jewish homeland.
Instead, consider transferring the Palestinians into Gaza, Egypt and Jordan and reinforce the borders. Once there, let them do as they please. Let them overthrow King Jordan Junior or Mubarak or whomever. Let them declare independence and conduct as many Jihads on their Arab brethren as they please.
Just remember, the only way to achieve peace for Israel is to remove the Palestinians' ability to mass murder their Jewish neighbors.