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Peace Conference an Outright Admission of Failure

Hamas and Fatah flags on Palestinian tents (Photo: flickr/[email protected])

As Stand for Israel reports, this weekend's peace conference found the U.S. again backing its longtime ally, Israel. It also, writes Gatestone Institute's Shoshana Bryen, shed light on the Palestinians' failure to self-govern, as well as their corruption and support of terrorism:

The Paris Peace Conference was not as bad as it could have been. The British and Russian governments sent low level delegations. Some of the wording in UN Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 2334 disappeared, and the assembled agreed to resolve "all permanent status issues on the basis of United Nations Security Council resolutions 242 (1967) and 338 (1973), and also recalled relevant Security Council resolutions." Resolution 242 is the benchmark for Israel's security requirements and its right to legitimacy and permanence in the region. And "recalling" is somewhat different from "planning to enforce..."

After 23 years and billions of dollars, the Palestinians still lack "infrastructure for a viable... economy." They cannot manage "service delivery." And there is no "civil society" in Palestinian Authority areas able to express dissent or disapproval of Mahmoud Abbas's 12-year power grab of a 4-year presidential term. Gaza under Hamas is worse. And surely you weren't fooled by the inclusion of Israel in that section -- it may be that no country in the world has as vibrant a dissenting civil society at both ends of the political spectrum as does Israel.

The numbers tell the tale...

This is, in part, because there has been no demand by the donor countries for such things as budgetary accountability and transparency, or a free press and civil society in the Palestinian Authority areas to demand more and better of its leaders. The PA pays Hamas employees' salaries, although Qatar has announced that it will take over "government" salaries in Gaza. The PA also pays terrorists and their families with foreign donations. And then there's the matter of Palestinian corruption and outright stealing...

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