Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Mitt Romney: Common Sense On The Arab-Israeli Conflict
Much is being made by the left about a hidden recording of Mitt Romney's speech in a fundraiser back in mid May in Boca Raton, Florida. The big news is what he had to say about a lot of potential Obama voters, which I'll address shortly.
But of equal note were his remarks about the Israeli-Arab conflict, which struck me as some of of the most sensible and useful statements on the matter I've ever heard out of a public figure:
"I'm torn by two perspectives in this regard. One is the one which I've had for some time, which is that the Palestinians have no interest whatsoever in establishing peace, and that the pathway to peace is almost unthinkable to accomplish. Now why do I say that?
Some might say, well, let's let the Palestinians have the West Bank, and have security, and set up a separate nation for the Palestinians. And then come a couple of thorny questions.
And I don't have a map here to look at the geography, but the border between Israel and the West Bank is obviously right there, right next to Tel Aviv, which is the financial capital, the industrial capital of Israel, the center of Israel. It's—what the border would be? Maybe seven miles from Tel Aviv to what would be the West Bank…The other side of the West Bank, the other side of what would be this new Palestinian state would either be Syria at one point, or Jordan. And of course the Iranians would want to do through the West Bank exactly what they did through Lebanon, what they did near Gaza. Which is that the Iranians would want to bring missiles and armament into the West Bank and potentially threaten Israel. So Israel of course would have to say, "That can't happen. We've got to keep the Iranians from bringing weaponry into the West Bank."
Well, that means that—who? The Israelis are going to patrol the border between Jordan, Syria, and this new Palestinian nation? Well, the Palestinians would say, "Uh, no way! We're an independent country. You can't, you know, guard our border with other Arab nations." And now how about the airport? How about flying into this Palestinian nation? Are we gonna allow military aircraft to come in and weaponry to come in? And if not, who's going to keep it from coming in? Well, the Israelis. Well, the Palestinians are gonna say, "We're not an independent nation if Israel is able to come in and tell us what can land in our airport."
These are problems—these are very hard to solve, all right? And I look at the Palestinians not wanting to see peace anyway, for political purposes, committed to the destruction and elimination of Israel, and these thorny issues, and I say, "There's just no way." And so what you do is you say, "You move things along the best way you can." You hope for some degree of stability, but you recognize that this is going to remain an unsolved problem. We live with that in China and Taiwan. All right, we have a potentially volatile situation but we sort of live with it, and we kick the ball down the field and hope that ultimately, somehow, something will happen and resolve it.
On the other hand, I got a call from a former secretary of state. I won't mention which one it was, but this individual said to me, you know, I think there's a prospect for a settlement between the Palestinians and the Israelis after the Palestinian elections. I said, "Really?" And, you know, his answer was, "Yes, I think there's some prospect." And I didn't delve into it.
Governor Romney finished by saying: "The idea of pushing on the Israelis to give something up to get the Palestinians to act is the worst idea in the world."
What Governor Romney said is what any intelligent observer would figure out after watching the events on the ground since Oslo.
As Yasser Arafat's former political commissar in Jerusalem,Faisal Al-Husseini famously admitted, Oslo was never anything more than a Trojan Horse designed to fool the Jews into giving Arafat a base to attack them. The so-called two state solution of two states living in peace side by side was never on the agenda, and Arafat himself admitted it on Jordanian TV by referring to to Oslo as a version of the peace of Hubidiyeh, a treaty Mohamamed made with the Quraysh in Mecca that was supposed to be a long time peace but only lasted until Mohamamed gathered enough forces to take the city and massacre them.
That's exactly what Arafat intended for Israel, and what the people whom identify themselves as Palestinians still intend today. That's why even a so-called moderate like Arafat's former right hand man Mahmoud Abbas continues to say he will refuse to make any concessions at all to Israel in negotiations.Or to put it even more plainly, the Palestinians refuse to enter 'negotiations' unless al their demands are agreed to in advance..and they use the failure of Israel to do so as an excuse for avoiding negotiations!
Only an Israelphobe like Barack Obama would allow them to continue to get away with this scam.
It's also a fact that the Palestinians have already declared that the Oslo Accords, the whole basis for the two state solution null and void as far as they're concerned..not to mention th eRoad Map, which they've also never abided by anyway.
In truth. the whole idea of land for peace everywhere Israel has tried it, whether it's been in Gaza, in the Sinai, or in Judea and Samaria (AKA the West Bank) has proven to be a lousy, one sided deal for them.
Nor are the Israelis going to allow a future 'Palestine' within easy firing range of their air ports and major cities to be militarized unless they're suicidal.
Governor Romney is also wise to distance himself from the musings of this former secretary of state, whomever that was ( It sounds like the clueless Condi Rice).
If there is ever another Palestinian election, the winner by far is going to be Hamas, just like it was the last time by over a two third's majority.The corrupt, kleptocrat Fatah Old Guard already know they're on the way out, Their stolen money is salted away in the EU or the Emirates, and most of them already hold Jordanian passports and citizenship as their exit tickets.
In a monstrous irony, this is happening even while the Bedouin monarchy that rules Jordan is actively stripping Palestinians who live in Jordan of their Jordanian citizenship who've held it for years.
So the truth of the matter is exactly as Governor Romney expressed it:
The majority of the people who consider themselves Palestinians are far more interested in revanchist fantasies than they are in peace, which is how they've been programmed by their mosques, schools and media since Arafat originally took over. And that certainly applies to their leaders.
For the Israelis to once again by that decrepit used car called Oslo and allow a Palestinian state on their borders for Iran and Syria to arm with heavy weapons and missiles would be the ultimate folly, and they aren't going to but into it.
So that makes the best hope for at least continued cold peace the status quo, with the hope that as life gets better for the Palestinians living in autonomy in the Arab occupied areas of Judea and Samaria, the idea of war will be less appealing.
Even more likely to my mind is a Muslim Brotherhood led takeover of Jordan that ousts King Abdullah and the Bedouin led monarchy. That would put Jordan under the control of its majority Palestinian population and make Jordan what it was intended to be all along since the British carved it out of 80% of the Palestine Mandate in 1923..the partition of Palestine between Arabs and Jews and and the actual Palestinian Arab state.