If Palestinians don’t wish for peace, explain how polls show two-thirds of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza are in favour of peace negotiations with Israel? You can’t. And why wouldn’t Palestinians seek peace? It’s not like Palestinians possess a navy, air force, or an army. It’s not like the Palestinian liberation cause is backed by a major military superpower, and it’s not like Palestine occupies Israel.The quote cited above is from a Wall Street Journal article.
The Palestinian Authority urged the United States to kick-start multilateral peace talks as recently as November 2015. “Netanyahu wants to convince Obama and the world that the issue is Palestinian hatred of Israel,” said Husam Zomlot, a senior aide to PA president Mahmoud Abbas. “Palestinians, like all others, hate injustice, occupation and decades-long denial of their basic rights.”
The Palestinian request was denied by Israeli Prime Minister and ignored by the US. (Middle East Eye, March 16, 2016.)
Palestinian officials expressed frustration over what they see as a lack of direction in peace talks with Israel, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to Washington for his first meeting in a year with President Barack Obama.The COGs would bother to mention a detail like that.
Husam Zomlot, a senior aide to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, said the U.S. should urge the Israeli government to cease settlement activity in the Palestinian territories and return to the negotiating table for multilateral peace talks.
“Netanyahu wants to convince Obama and the world that the issue is Palestinian hatred of Israel,” said Mr. Zomlot. “Palestinians, like all others, hate injustice, occupation and decadeslong denial of their basic rights.” (Wall Street Journal, November 8, 2015.)
May peace soon come to the Holy Land.