You Wanted a Palestinian State? You Got It
After Israel's disengagement from Gaza in 2005 and the ensuing looting and burning of greenhouses and synagogues by triumphant Palestinians, I wrote a column titled "What A Palestinian State Would Look Like." My central thesis being that the long awaited Palestinian state, nurtured by the folly of the international community and the obsession of Western leftists, was in fact materializing before our eyes. And it was not a pretty sight.
Now that Gaza is once again subsumed by chaos, looting, murder and mayhem and Fatah has retreated to the West Bank leaving Hamas in charge, I would once again make the same point. You wanted a Palestinian state? You got it.
The international community has decided that the Palestinians are to be the world's welfare wards and their coddling has produced a dysfunctional, destructive society. Meanwhile, Israel and the United States continue to be labeled the bad guys. It seems the Palestinians (and in a larger sense, Muslims) are the only people on the planet who are not responsible for their actions.
Watching the cognitive dissonance at work among pro-Palestinian media, academia, and activists backs up this interpretation. Unable to cope with a reality that does not conform to the narrative of Israeli aggression and Arab victimhood with which they have been indoctrinated, such true believers simply keep on spouting the same tired talking points.
The continued calls to "end the occupation" speak to this bizarre break with reality, not to mention laying blame for the strife among the Palestinians on the backs of the Israelis. Ignoring the fact that many Palestinians are trying to flee the violence in their own backyard for the safety of Israel is simply par for the course among those who see only the "evil Zionists" and never the evil that they themselves have helped cultivate.
One would hope that lessons might be learned from the current crisis. Yet, even as I write, the West, including Israel, continues to perpetuate the failing situation by promising to send aid to the Palestinian territories. Probably because that's what's expected of them. It's incredible how those who falsely accuse Israel of being a "racist, imperialist, colonialist, apartheid state" still expect the country to provide its mortal enemies with water, food and medicine when they prove unable to fend for themselves. The Bush administration and its buddies in the State Department certainly seem to think so.
But the truth is, until the Palestinians are cut off from the worldwide gravy train and left to their own (or their Arab neighbors') devices, the current situation will never resolve itself. And the West will continue to pay the price for pretending that the conflict in the Middle East is somehow separate from the global war on terrorism. Whether Hamas or Fatah wins out in the end, the result will be a terrorist state.
In the meantime, the charade goes on.
Update (6/20): This piece is now posted at Family Security Matters, for whom I'm a contributing editor.