U.S. Peace Plan Requires Palestinians to Prove Their Commitment to Peace

(Israel Hayom) Caroline Glick - From 1994 through 1996, during the heyday of the Oslo peace process, I participated in all of the negotiating sessions with the Palestinians as a captain in the Israel Defense Forces, serving as the coordinator of negotiations on civil affairs for the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories. The same Palestinian leaders who joked with us in fancy meeting rooms in Cairo and Taba breached every commitment they made to Israel the minute the sessions ended. Beginning with the PLO's failure to amend its covenant that called for Israel's destruction in nearly every paragraph; through their refusal to abide by the limits they had accepted on the number of weapons and security forces they were permitted to field in the areas under their security control; their continuous breaches of zoning and building laws and regulations; to their constant Nazi-like anti-Semitic propaganda and incitement and solicitation of terrorism against Israel - it was self-evident they were negotiating in bad faith. When you read the U.S. plan closely, you realize it is a mirror image of the Oslo deal. Rather than Israel being required to prove its good will, the Palestinians are required to prove their commitment to peace. Under Oslo rules, Israel was supposed to release terrorists as a confidence-building measure to facilitate the opening of negotiations. Under the new U.S. plan the order is reversed. Israel is expected to release terrorists only after the Palestinians have returned all of the Israeli prisoners and MIAs and only after a peace deal has been signed. Whereas Israel was required under Oslo to release murderers, the new plan states explicitly that Israel will not release murderers or accessories to murder.

2020-02-03 00:00:00

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