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Monday, November 29, 2010

Israel's "peace partner" wants to turn the clock back to 1947

Today, the anniversary of the 1947 UN Partition Plan which recommended the creation of a Jewish and an Arab state in Palestine, is now described by the UN as a "Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People."

Israel's moderate, pragmatic peace partner has yet again expressed its wish for Israel to disappear.

From Ma'an:
The PA also said that 1947 UN partition plan "a dangerous turning point which led to our catastrophe and loss of our land and historic heritage."

"We are still paying a heavy toll day and night," for this decision, the statement added.
The PA Ministry of Information statement - not available on its English site - is here. They go on to demand the "right to return" to destroy Israel, and an end to Israeli "colonialism" - which, by their definition, includes all of Israel.

The Ministry also favorably quotes from the 1968 Palestine National Covenant:
Article 19: The partition of Palestine in 1947 and the establishment of the state of Israel are entirely illegal, regardless of the passage of time, because they were contrary to the will of the Palestinian people and to their natural right in their homeland, and inconsistent with the principles embodied in the Charter of the United Nations, particularly the right to self-determination.
It does mention the 1988 "Declaration of Independence" which tempered that stand somewhat:
Despite the historical injustice inflicted on the Palestinian Arab people resulting in their dispersion and depriving them of their right to self-determination, following upon U.N. General Assembly Resolution 181 (1947), which partitioned Palestine into two states, one Arab, one Jewish, yet it is this Resolution that still provides those conditions of international legitimacy that ensure the right of the Palestinian Arab people to sovereignty.
But, pointedly, they do not recognize the identical rights conferred on the Jewish people.

The world will once again ignore the near-explicit desire by the Palestinian Authority for Israel to be wiped out and replaced with a wholly Arab state, and expect Israel to keep negotiating with those hell-bent to destroy it.