I’ve written over and over about the way the US forces Israel to make concrete concessions to the Palestinian Authority (PA) which damage security, and in return get…nothing. Or get more terrorism. I’m not the only one that thinks this:
Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin has warned that continuing to ease restrictions on the Palestinians while the separation fence remains [incomplete] puts Israel at risk. According to Diskin, the completion of the eastern barrier must be considered before making any decisions on additional gestures.
Diskin made the remarks several days after Defense Minister Ehud Barak presented US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice with a 35-page booklet containing gestures to the Palestinians. — YNet
“Gestures” include the removal of roadblocks, the transfer of armored cars (bought with US money) to the PA, reduced restrictions on Palestinian ‘policemen’ (often moonlighting as terrorists), an increase in the number of Palestinians allowed to work in Israel, etc. The gestures are supposed to smooth the way to a peace deal with the PA.
How many times do we need to note that
- The Fatah-dominated PA cannot make an agreement that would be acceptable to Israel, because they cannot agree to give up the right of return for refugees or recognize Israel as a Jewish state;
- Even if they could, they could not deliver an end to terrorism because they do not even control their own terrorists of the al-Aqsa brigades, never mind Hamas;
- Arming and training their ‘security forces’ to ‘fight terrorism’ is absurd because these forces have no interest in fighting anybody but Israel;
- Arming them is stupid because it’s likely the arms will end up in the hands of Hamas as they did in Gaza;
- The only support that Fatah has from Palestinians today is from the ones that they pay, with American money, to support them.
The ‘gestures’ that are demanded by the US to support the pointless negotiations — which all sides know will go nowhere — weaken Israeli defenses against the terrorism that the PA is incapable of stopping. And there have already been terrorist penetrations in areas that roadblocks have been removed.
So why does the US demand that Israel remove roadblocks instead of demanding that the PA actually do something to fight terrorism (like disarming their own al-Aksa Brigades gunmen)?
One reason is that the US actually can force Israel to do something. The PA, since it has no influence and no real power, and because its security forces are ridden with terrorists, cannot be forced to do anything except make promises.
Another reason is that the Saudi-influenced ‘realist’ faction in the US government which is now dictating Middle east policy thinks that it is far more important to show that it is fulfilling Kissinger’s 1975 promise to the Arabs that Israel will go back to the pre-1967 borders than it is in reducing Palestinian terrorism.
Another way to put this is to say that the goal of US policy toward Israel and the Palestinians is not to end the conflict and bring peace — and we can see that the policy does not lead in this direction — but simply to get Israel out of the territories.