Barack Obama is close to brokering an Israeli-Palestinian deal that will allow him to announce a resumption of the long-stalled Middle East peace talks before the end of next month, according to US, Israeli, Palestinian and European officials.
Is there a Nobel Peace Prize waiting in the wings for this incredible, never-before-seen accomplishment by the holy one???
Look, folks, we are essentially back to square one YET AGAIN in a process that has been going on for most of my lifetime. Has anyone failed to notice that those of us (including Israel) who passionately desire peace happen to be dealing with a "peace partner" who basically is indifferent to peace, unless they get to destroy Israel in the process. The Palestinians have never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity for peace. They have been remarkably consistent in their lust to destroy Jews rather than to build any kind of society for their people.
So, this latest news is nothing more than what Mona Charen referred to as, "The Diplomacy of Wishful Thinking".
What, pray tell, is going to be different this time around? What could possibly motivate the Palestinians to behave differently than they have in every other "peace talk" revival? What will make Hamas suddenly change its Charter, which calls for the destruction of the Jewsish state and eternal jihad to this end?
For decades now, the West has held the firm belief that somehow, allowing the Palestinians to suffer the consequences of their choices and terrorist behavior would be "punishing them". A typical proponent of this attitude, for example, is former President Carter, who consistently and regularly advocates that Israel's actions should be punished, but that the poor Palestinians must be given a free pass by civilization.
Carter blithely discusses the "devastating consequences" of Israel or American actions, but I have yet to see him--or any others who put forth the same compassionate view-- grapple with the "devastating consequences" of the Hamas charter. Or of suicide bombers. Or of the intent, stated repeatedly by the leaders of the Palestinians and sanctioned by the Palestinian people who voted to elect Hamas, and to destroy Israel.
Carter and the other terrorist enablers of the West ignore predictable Palestinian behavior with the cultivated cognitive dissonance of today's postmodern left.
In fact, the obsession of the West with the eternal victimhood cult of the Palestininas has been the single biggest psychological impediment to a peace process that could achieve real peace in that region.
So I ask again, why should the Palestinians' behavior ever change? What could possibly motivate them to be civilized? Or deal honestly with Israel? They have every reason to believe that the Carters and Obamas of the world will always let them off the hook--and bail them out--no matter what they do; how many promises they make; or how badly they behave.
When it comes to seeking peace; or establishing a civil and productive society the Palestinians have shown themselves to be completely hopeless and only focused on war.
In fact, they are so committed to war; so determined to continue on their path homicidal violence for violence' sake, that they are indoctrinating the next generation into the cult of death (and they don't even need Mickey Mouse to do it).
Western leaders are amazingly slow learners. They have been excusing the Palestinians and vilifying Israel for decades now, and yet they wonder why peace is so elusive in that part of the world.
The Palestinian Con is one of the greatest deceptions in the history of the world.
And the Western world, which is the actual victim of the con seems bent on never calling these flim-flam artist to account for undermining every peace process; breaking every truce; squandering every chance; and worshipping death. It is truly amazing how the West, instead of understanding the con, are willing accessories to it and instead view the con artist as the victim and constantly act to protect and defend him. What would you say to a victimized senior citizen who delusionally protects the perpetrators of a scam who have robbed him of all his savings? You would rightfully think he is out of his mind and feel pity at how the ravages of age have compromised his cognitive functioning.
So, the "peace process" is once again "ON" in the Middle East thanks to the Obamessiah. Whoop-di-doo.