This fact goes against their faded narrative; a narrative they are loath to surrender.
Another concept that has left them trailing in the diplomatic wilderness is the thought that the Palestinian issue is central to Israel’s acceptance in the region. It may be a central prop of leftist academic thinking and dated European diplomacy, but it has diminished credibility in the region where much of the Arab world is fed up with Palestinian obstinacy and violence and have reached out to the Jewish state for normalcy and progress.
The Abraham Accords has replaced the old Khartoum slogans of “No peace with Israel. No recognition of Israel. No negotiations with Israel.”
The Palestinians, the ones who need normalcy and progress more than most, are stuck in 1967 Khartoum mode even as the emerging moderate Arab world, both Sunni and Shia, are embracing Abraham Accords 2020.
Now we hear rumors that the Biden Administration, in rejection of everything positive achieved by President Trump, is looking backward for an alternative route in their foreign policy.
There can be no progress in walking backward.
The situation with Iran will not improve by Biden going back to his old appeasement strategy with the Mad Mullahs of Tehran. It didn’t work the first time. It won’t work now.
If one thing came out of the change of heart by Arab leaders toward Israel was a shared reality of the advancing danger of the Islamic Republic of Iran. One thing is known by Israel and our neighbors. An American smile will not deter the messianic determination of the Iranian regime to dominate the Middle East, and later the West.
The known noisy Democrat are already banging on Biden-Harris’s door in their determination to put the Palestinian issue front and center. The old anti-Israel slanders will be wheeled out, slanders that overlook the evidence that oppression, violence, the utter failure to reject the presence of Israel, all originate on the divided Palestinian side.
Divided because, although they won’t admit it, there are two factions that have been at war with each other since before 1967. These factions are not Israel and the Palestinian terrorists although that fire has been burning for far too long. The real divide that has hampered every solution has been that between the PLO-PLFP Palestinian Authority based in Ramallah and Hamas-Palestinian Islamic Jihad based in Gaza.
Together they both want to see an end to the Jewish State, but they have been at each other’s throats for two decades. If there were an election today, Hamas would win. That is why Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority have not held a national election since 2007. They know they would lose. And yet, the pretend peacemakers would have Israel surrender to an entity, like Iran, that will never accept a Jewish state in the region.
It is obvious to the simplest mind that no progress to peace is possible until Israel knows there is one moderate partner to make peace with.
The reason there has been no progress for over fifty years is because so-called peace advocates have been so delusional about a distant oasis called 1967 peace they have been totally unaware that the camel they have been trying to pull through the burning Middle East sand has been dead ever since Yasser Arafat spat on the signed Oslo Accords and continued his war against the Jews from his Mukata headquarters in Ramallah.
No wonder Israel dismisses their anti-Israel resolutions and demands to surrender strategic territory, territory that it has historic and legal rights to possess, to an implacable enemy.
Here then are two issues that a future Biden Administration will be at war with the facts and a current reality that is now shared by both Israel and several of its Arab neighbors.
If they really want to help the peace process they should keep the freeze on Iran, put the pressure on the Palestinians, and help the Middle East peacemakers to continue to develop ties of mutual interests.
Barry Shaw is the International Public Diplomacy Director at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies. He is the author of the best-selling book, ‘1917. From Palestine to the Land of Israel,’ available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle.