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Palestinian Message Remains No

Arafat and Abbas (Photo: wikicommons/Al Jazeera English)

Palestinian leadership continues to not only villify Israel, but to call for her destruction. Khaled Abu Toameh writes that this is because of the deep-rooted belief that any compromise with Israel is high treason, and that if the international community is swayed by it, more terror around the world will be the result:

Last week, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas tipped his hand concerning his ultimatum on any revival of the peace process with Israel.

"I'm 81 years old and I'm not going to end my life drooping, making concessions or selling out."

Thus declared a defiant Abbas at a rally in Ramallah, marking the 12th anniversary of the death of his predecessor, Yasser Arafat.

Abbas in this way relayed to the hundreds of Palestinians who gathered in Ramallah to commemorate Arafat: "I have no intention of going down in history as a leader who compromised with Israel..."

The message that needs to be relayed to the Palestinians is that UN resolutions and international conferences will not bring them closer to achieving their aspirations. Another message that needs to be driven home to the Palestinian leadership is that without preparing their people for peace and compromise with Israel, the whole idea of a two-state solution is meaningless.

An entire Palestinian generation has been raised on the poisonous idea that even the consideration of compromise with Israel is traitorous. The next US Administration might do well to consider this unpleasant reality.

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