The Palestinians remind me of that joke about the table of fussy diners, of whom the waiter asks “Is anything all right?”
The Fatah Revolutionary Council concluded its fifth convention in Ramallah over the weekend by declaring its refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
The council also urged the Palestinian Authority leadership to work toward foiling a new Israeli law requiring a referendum before any withdrawal from Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.
The Palestinians are opposed to any understandings between Israel and the US that could harm their interests, the council said.
“The council also renews its refusal for the establishment of any racist state based on religion in accordance with international law and human rights conventions.”
No states based on religion. Got it, noted. Anything else?
The statement said that the Fatah council was categorically opposed to proposals for a land swap between Israel and the Palestinians under the pretext that “illegal settler gangs can’t be put on an equal footing with the owners of the lands and rights.”
The council dismissed plans to supply Israel with weapons in return for reviving the stalled peace talks. It added that the Palestinians would not accept any understandings between Israel and the US which could “harm Palestinian rights and prolong occupation.”
Referring to the new Israeli measure regarding Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, the council said the law was in violation of international law and urged the PA leadership to make efforts through the UN and the Security Council to thwart it.
[Abbas] also ruled out the possibility of returning to the negotiating table without a full cessation of construction in settlements and east Jerusalem.
Sorry, but the only words that will do are: shut up, you whiny little bitches! Never has anyone less relevant made more demands.
But it does clarify things. Fatah rejects peace with Israel; goodness knows Hamass rejects peace with Israel. Are there any factions I missed? How do the bowling leagues in Gaza feel about peace with Israel?
So, what do you say, Madame Secretary, are we done?
Recent talks between Israel and the Unites States have indicated that the sides are close to reaching a conclusive draft on a guarantees document, which will give Israel US assurances in return for a three- month extension on the settlement building freeze.
However, official sources Saturday evening confirmed that negotiations between the parties have reached a standstill.
Let’s hope so. I don’t care how many fighter jets it’s worth, the days of denying Israeli sovereignty and Jewish identity are over.