Palestinians Can’t Make Peace
By New York
Post Editorial Board
you needed any more clues as to why a final Israeli-Palestinian settlement
remains so elusive, consider the case of four Arabs who accepted an invitation
for the holiday of Sukkot in the nearby Israeli settlement of Efrat on Thursday:
The Palestinian Authority arrested them.
invite from Oded Revivi, the Israeli mayor, was intended to promote peace —
and the four men (Riyad Abu Hamad, Yakoub Mousa Abu Hamad, Farouk Mousa Abu
Hamad and Mohammad Ahmed Abu Hamad) surely took it in that spirit. Can’t hurt
to get to know the neighbors, can it?
that the PA insists on boycotting the settlements — it won’t accept any
Israeli presence outside the 1967 borders, no matter that it’s been half a
Sunday, Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu took to Facebook to slam the arrests as
“further proof of the Palestinian refusal to make peace” and rally global
demands to free the unfortunate peacemakers.
apparently embarrassed Palestinian officials into releasing the four — while
claiming they’d really only been held for questioning and for their own
protection in the wake of threats made on social media.
it’s all par for the course for the PA — whose textbooks teach hatred of all
Jews, whose laws reward Israeli-killing terrorists and whose leaders have spent
decades silencing (often fatally) any Palestinian who dares work with Israel’s
that seek to foster cooperation and peace between people should be encouraged,
not silenced,” said Revivi. “It’s time the Palestinian Authority asks
itself whether it would prefer to fan the flames of conflict instead of working
to bring people together.”
long past time, actually.