The Proposed Palestinian State – US Asset or Liability?

Straight From the Jerusalem Cloakroom #204, July 13, 2007

1.  The nature of the proposed Palestinian state and its impact on regional stability, terrorism and vital US interests and values are attested by the raging Palestinian civil war and by the track record of the Palestinian Authority (PA) since 1993 and the PLO/Fatah since 1964 and 1959.  It has been characterized by hate education, homicide bombing, systematic violent violation of commitments, inter-Arab treachery, corruption and oppression of Palestinians, in general, and the Christian community of Bethlehem in particular.


2.  The broader the PA/PLO/HAMAS independence, the more intense is international terrorism.  The 1968-70 and 1970-1982 PLO autonomy in Jordan and in Lebanon provided training and inspiration to a multitude of terror organizations in the Mideast, Far East, West Europe, Central and Latin America. It facilitated the 1983 murder to 300 US Marines in Beirut.  PLO independence was upgraded in 1993, transformed into the semi-sovereign PA.  The most intense wave of anti-US terrorism has been conducted since 1993 (1st Twin Tower), culminating on 9/11. The 1993 establishment of the PA – by Palestinian terrorists from Iraq, Yemen, Sudan, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Tunisia – has adrenalized international terrorism.  It has been perceived as a reward to the role-model of international terrorism, the PLO.  


3.  Role-model of international terrorism.  Modern-day hijacking was introduced by the PLO in the late ‘60s, and then was emulated by other terror organizations. Since 1994, the PA has become the largest terrorist base in the world, a test site for virulent hate-education as a manufacturing line of terrorists. It is an incubator for homicide bombings and car bombings, which have been exported to Iraq, Afghanistan, England, Spain and other arenas.


4.  Outpost for anti-US regimes. The PA, PLO and Hamas have been allies of Bin-Laden, Saddam, post-Shah Iran, Syria, Sudan, North Korea as well as Russia, China, Cuba and Venezuela, as evidenced by official Palestinian education, media and clergy systems. For example, on Sept. 11, 2001, Abu Mazen’s daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida stated, “ANTI-US HOMICIDE BOMBERS ARE THE SALT OF THE EARTH…Today’s homicide bombers are the noble successors of the homicide bombers, who taught the US Marines a rough lesson [300 Americans murdered in 1983]."  Palestinians fought US forces in Afghanistan and in Iraq. The ideological mentors of the PLO and Hamas were the allies of the Nazis and the Communist regimes of the USSR and East Europe.


5.  Death sentence to pro-US Arab regimes; bonus to US rivals.  A Palestinian state would doom the pro-US Hashemite regime, whose population and territory is 65% and 75% Palestinian, would export terrorism against the relatively pro-US regimes of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Bahrain and would provide an eastern Mediterranean platform for Iran, Russia and China.


6.  Leopards don’t change spots, only tactics. The 1993-2007 profile of the PA is consistent with precedents. In 1950, Arafat and Abu Mazen fled Egypt due to subversion. In 1966, they fled Syria after murdering a number of Syrian intelligence officers. In 1970, they were expelled from Jordan following a foiled coup against King Hussein. In 1975, they tried to topple Lebanon’s government, triggering a multi-year civil war and Syrian occupation. In 1990 (while Bush/Baker brutalized Israel!), the PLO spearheaded Saddam’s rape of Kuwait, which had hosted Fatah since the 1950s. Therefore, Arab regimes prohibit the PLO from bearing arms on their soil, while pro-Palestinian Arab rhetoric has been matched by anti-Palestinian Arab action and by minimal financial Arab aid.


7.  The Palestinian issue has not ignited Arab-Israeli wars.  For instance, the 1948/9 War was fought by the Arab countries at the expense of the Palestinians, hence Jordan's and Egypt's occupation of Judea, Samaria and Gaza following that war.  The 1982 Israel-PLO war in Lebanon, the 1987-92 1st Intifadah, the 2000-2009 2nd Intifadah and the 2008 Gaza War did not ignite Arab-Israeli wars.


8.  The classic oxymoron. The proposed Palestinian State and US national security interests constitute a classic case of oxymoron! A Palestinian State would exacerbate problems and paralyze solutions.