Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook of the Palestinian Media Watch have an essay in the Jerusalem Post about the political indoctrination that Palestinian youth go through in Palestinian schools.
Consequently, when we view children on PA TV who say they want to destroy Israel, to liberate Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Haifa, Acre, and Ramle, and to expel the Jews, we are seeing children who are accurately regurgitating the sentiments inculcated and reinforced throughout PA society.
Indeed, years of anti-Israel indoctrination have been alarmingly effective in teaching Palestinian youth that the Jews have no link to Israel, that Israel has no right to exist and that the overriding goal of the next generation – even at the cost of their lives – should be to eliminate Israel.
The essence of the conflict is Israel's very right to exist – not the question of borders or refugees. Peace negotiations that do not address the PA's system of indoctrination will be short-term paper agreements doomed to failure.
The Palestinian Authority is either never going to sign a peace agreement that requires the PA to stop indoctrinating Palestinian children or it will sign an agreement and then not abide by it. The Israelis can not stop the Palestinian hatred of Israel. Israel's challenge is to choose how best to live alongside a couple of territories that are full of people who want Israel to be destroyed.
Since large numbers of Palestinians do not want to make peace with Israel the main question the Israelis and Americans ought to be debating is what sort of de facto boundary and settlement should be imposed. It seems unwise for the Israelis to run fences many miles into the West Bank to include remote settlements on the Israeli side of the barrier fence. Such a path for the barrier can be used by the Palestinians as a propaganda tool both within their society, in the Arab countries, in non-Arab Muslim countries, and in the world as a whole to justify their continued attempts to attack Israel. A barrier that reaches far into the West Bank unnecessarily angers Palestinians who are losing access to land or who have to suffer long delays when trying to get to their farm land or houses. Also, the current path of the barrier puts far too many Palestinians on the Israeli side.
The Israelis need to stop using Palestinian labor and to effect a deeper separation between Israel and the Palestinians. The Palestinians are not going to accept the legitimacy of the Israeli state for generations. So-called "peace talks" are not entered into with any sincerity. Some conflicts can not be settled with peaceful mutually accepted agreeements. The conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians and the larger Arab world is a conflict which can not be solved by peace treaties.
Israel suffers from a demographic problem. The Jews in Israel are not having enough babies. There will be more Palestinians and Israeli Arabs on the West side of the Jordan River within a generation. The Israelis need to start realizing that they are overreaching. The Israelis also need to start having a lot more babies or else Jews may even some day become a minority in Israel proper.
|Share |||By Randall Parker at 2004 January 05 11:17 AM MidEast Arabs Versus Israelis|