Where we are

The Economist’s leading editorial this week (behind a paywall) is about its choice for the President of the USA. While critical of Obama, the opinion piece is more critical of Romney. Whether the assessment is fair or not, I was drawn to this:

But Mr Romney seems too ready to bomb Iran, too uncritically supportive of Israel and cruelly wrong in his belief in “the Palestinians not wanting to see peace”.

A signal, as clear as day, where the Economist (and its like) are coming from. It’s a blind, obsessive belief that the Palestinians do want peace. But it’s a belief without foundation. Where is the evidence? I – and millions of Israelis – would like to see it. Really. 

For example, where is their willingness to sit down and talk about peace? They won’t even talk about it, but they are willing to make peace? Get real.

For example, where is their preparation for living in peace with their neighbors? Have you seen the Palestinian media’s incitement against the Jews? If that’s preparation for peace, we are all doomed.

For example, what does the Gaza withdrawal and Hamas conversion of that territory into a   base for launching rocket attacks on Israel? How does that show, in any way. that the Palestinians want peace? There are many who argue that Hamas’ behavior has killed – at least temporarily – the two state solution. Or, at best, put it at risk. Which Israeli leader is going to sign up to any deal that might convert parts of Judea and Samaria into a clone of Gaza?

Yoram Ettinger says in Israel Hayom:

The Palestinian Authority’s track record in the 19 years since Oslo has been heavy on hate-education, incitement, terrorism, non-compliance, corruption, repression of fellow Palestinians, support of arch terrorists such as Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein, support of anti-U.S. terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq, and friendships with Russia, China, North Korea, Iran and other enemies and rivals of the U.S. and Western democracies.

The seismic “Arab Street” has exposed the endemic vulnerabilities of “peace treaties” in the Middle East, highlighting the Arab Middle East as the role model of intra-Arab violence, treachery, unpredictably, instability, fragmentation, non-compliance and violation of human liberties.

Israelis are becoming increasingly realistic and realizing that Arabs cannot be expected to share a genuine peace with the “infidel” Jewish state, as they have failed to live in peace with one another for at least 1,400 years

For more on this, check out this piece from Adam Levick at  CiFWatch, which quotes Yoram Ettinger and finished with:

As long as Palestinians, and their supporters, can not inspire confidence that a deal with the PA will achieve a final and lasting peace, and will result an end to all historical grievances, then Israelis will continue to soberly view demands they disengage from land across the 1949 armistice lines as mere cynical ploys in a continuation of the sixty-four year Arab war against Israel, albeit by other means.

And that, despite the blindness of the Economist and the Guardian says it all. That is the reality. And if the Economist has this small part of its analysis so wrong, what does it say about the rest of it?