In the resumption of so-called ‘peace talks’ between Israelis and Palestinians this week, the State Department announced that the Palestinians will be represented by Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat and Mohammad Shtayyeh.
The Blaze Middle East analyst Oren Kessler noticed something interesting about Shtayyeh’s Facebook page; that is, that the Palestinian negotiator displays a map of the entire State of Israel – including its internationally recognized borders, plus Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) plus Gaza – emblazoned with the Arabic letters for “Palestine.”
Also on his Facebook profile, Shtayyeh displays a photograph of Jerusalem’s Dome of the Rock which sits above the Temple Mount – the holiest site in Judaism.
The Palestinian Authority – which Shtayyeh is representing in the talks Kerry is hosting this week — and the majority Fatah ruling party are considered by the U.S. and European community to constitute the more moderate leadership as compared with Hamas which states flat out that its goal is to destroy the Jewish state.
Writer Aussie Dave from the pro-Israel blog Israelly Cool captures how the map is being perceived among many Israelis:
Yeah, that’s the entire map of Israel covered in the Arabic for “Palestine” (Filastin). In other words […] “We will pretend to negotiate for peace, but only as a means to an end. The end being the destruction of Israel and, in its place, a palestinian state in the entire land.”
So the situation is even worse than we thought. Not only have we agreed to kick-start peace negotiations by releasing over 100 murderous, unrepentant terrorists, but we will be negotiating with someone who is not even hiding his true aim: Israel’s destruction.
And the world won’t even blink.
The Blaze The Palestinian Authority has been insisting to Kerry that it will only negotiate on the basis of the pre-1967 borders, which means it refuses to agree to anything less than a full Israeli withdrawal from Judea and Samaria (West Bank) and east Jerusalem, including the Old City, the Western Wall and the Temple Mount which is the holiest site in the Jewish religion. Some Israeli officials refer to those borders as “Auschwitz borders,” because it would leave Israel only nine miles wide at its narrowest point.
If Palestinian officials say this is just a stepping stone, the suggestion is that the true goal is to take over all of the land of Israel as part of a future Palestinian state. Note the Palestinian Authority is considered by the U.S. and Europe to be the more moderate Palestinian leadership, as opposed to the Islamist Hamas which states openly that its goal is to destroy the State of Israel.
PMW writes, “Since the signing of the Oslo Accords, there have been senior PA officials who have presented the peace process with Israel as a deceptive tactic that both facilitated the PA’s five-year terror campaign against Israel (the Intifada), and which will weaken Israel through territorial compromise that will eventually lead to Israel’s destruction.”
In an article discussing Friday’s sermon, Palestinian Media Watch provided past quotes from Palestinian officials touting the same piecemeal peace negotiations tactic.
In 1994, Arafat also compared the Olso Accords to the Treaty of Hudaybiyyah saying, “This agreement [the Oslo Accords], I am not considering it more than the agreement which had been signed between our Prophet Mohammad and Quraish…” Arafat was speaking at a mosque in Johannesburg and did not know that he was being recorded on audiotape.
Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki in 2011 tried to calm critics of the peace agreement with Israel, explaining, “the President [Mahmoud Abbas] understands, we understand, and everyone knows that it is impossible to realize the inspiring idea, or the great goal in one stroke.”
“If I say that I want to remove it [Israel] from existence, this will be great, great, [but] it is hard. This is not a [stated] policy. You can’t say it to the world. You can say it to yourself,” Zaki told Al Jazeera.