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Further Radicalizing the Palestinians

Hamas terrorists pose with rocket launchers (Photo: Alamy/Ahmed Deeb/ZUMA Press)

There are so many ill effects of the latest United Nations resolution against Israel, as well as the United States' words and actions against the Jewish state. However, Gatestone Institute's Khaled Abu Toameh writes, perhaps the worst is the encouragement it provides the Palestinians to continue their international campaign against Israel, while still denying Israel's right to exist:

Buoyed by the latest United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements as illegal, Palestinian leaders are now threatening to step up their diplomatic warfare against Israel -- a move that is sure to sabotage any future effort to revive the moribund peace process. Other Palestinians, meanwhile, view the resolution as license to escalate "resistance" attacks on Israel. By "resistance," of course, they mean terror attacks against Israel.

The UNSC resolution sent the following message to the Palestinians: Forget about negotiating with Israel. Just pressure the international community to force Israel to comply with the resolution and surrender up all that you demand.

Meanwhile, the Palestinians are not wasting any time by waiting for the international community to act against Israel on their behalf. Rather, they are thinking of ways of taking advantage of the UNSC vote to promote their campaign to isolate and delegitimize Israel, especially in the international arena. One thing is certain: Abbas and his Palestinian Authority cronies are not planning to return to the negotiating table with Israel. In fact, they are more belligerent, confrontational and defiant than ever...

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