The Roadmap To Peace has now been accepted in principle by Israel’s Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. It doesn’t matter.
Peace could have been achieved in 1947 before Israel was granted statehood by the United Nations.
Peace could have been a reality in 1948 when Israel was officially recognized as an independent country by the United Nations.
Peace could have been a result of the 6 Day War in June of 1967.
Peace could have come after the Arabs attacked Israel during Yom Kippur in 1973.
And then, peace could have come when former Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Barak offered statehood to Arafat on a silver platter at Camp David in 2000.
But there was no peace as a result of any of these events. And the reason is simple. The Arabs didn’t want peace with a Western style non Islamic democracy.
It’s now 2003 and nothing has changed.
It isn’t that the Arabs will want anything less than they’ve been clamoring for since the creation of Israel. It isn’t as if the various factions of Islam will stop murdering each other. And it isn’t as though all of a sudden democracy will sprout forth in one the most violent and least democratic regions on this planet.
It isn’t that the Arabs will stop teaching their children to hate Jews based upon lies and created horror stories.
I trust the Arabs when they say they hate Jews. I trust them when they say they hate Americans. I trust them when they say they hate the West.
But I don’t trust them when they say they want peace.
Ariel Sharon has made it very clear. In his words: Israel will make very painful sacrifices in order to live in peace with its Arab neighbors. And all the Arabs have to do in return is stop killing Jews.
It won’t happen. The Arabs will continue doing what they have done for centuries. They will do whatever they can to expel the West and its influences. And that means Israel.
The Roadmap To Peace is yet another voyage down a very tired path. The Arabs will do a lot of talking and finger pointing. They will demand concession after concession from Israel.
And when Hezbollah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad or whatever they want to call themselves start killing Jews during the “negotiations”, as they have already done, the Western world, specifically the USA will demand from Israel that it show restraint.
And when it all falls apart because the Arabs want more to drive out the Jews, than to make peace, Israel will be back to square one, looking for a partner with whom to negotiate.
It’s not that I don’t believe the USA doesn’t want to pull off peace in the Middle East between Israel and the Palestinians.
It’s just that it takes two to tango, and Israel is once again, as always, short a partner.