|The PLO logo, today, erases Israel|
The draft Paris conference final statement was crafted to look even-handed, decrying actions on "both sides."
In reality, Israel is the only side that anything is actually demanded from.
It can be proven very simply.
The statement says:
Call on each side to independently demonstrate, through policies and actions, a genuine commitment to the two-state solution and refrain from unilateral steps that prejudge the outcome of final status negotiations, in order to rebuild trust and create a path back to meaningful direct negotiations, in line with the recommendations of the Quartet report of 1 July 2016.OK. Then let's tell the Palestinians to change the logos of their organizations that include all of Israel.
Tell them to change their textbooks that do not recognize Israel's existence in any boundaries.
Insist to Hanan Ashrawi that the PLO logo with the words "State of Palestine" at the header of her Department of Culture and Information page must be changed. She's a "moderate," right? Of course she'll be aghast that her own webpage deletes the State of Israel for every person visiting!
The fact is that the "international community" will never tell the Palestinian side to do anything concrete, or even symbolic, that indicates that they truly accept Israel.
And if by some chance some diplomat would gingerly broach the subject of the PLO and Fatah logos or the many other maps that erase Israel in official PA media, the backlash would be instant and severe.
So when the self-righteous "international community" says that "both sides" must take steps for peace, they know as well as anyone that they really mean only one side has any responsibility to do anything while the other side can openly treat a two state solution with contempt without any fear of a negative word.