A suggestion to promote Middle East peace
On Monday, I made a number of suggestions for productive actions (e.g. fire George Mitchell, work on building Palestinian institutions, and commit to regime change in Iran) that the Obama administration could take in the wake of the breakdown of the Middle East "peace process." (Once it's stopped, is it still a "process"?)
Andrea Levin, president of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting, e-mails to add an item to the list:
Israel and the US should continually and relentlessly insist on the cessation of anti-Israel/anti-Jewish bigotry pouring out of [Palestinian National Authority] media, mosques, public discourse. This has to be stated and re-stated and made central to achieving peace. Because it IS central to achieving peace. Unfortunately, much of the media have no interest in reporting this.
This is a critically important point. The parties can sit in conference rooms (separate ones, I suppose, since the Palestinians have bugged out of direct talks) for months or years (and they have). The U.S. can give billions to build roads, schools, courtrooms and other governmental facilities in the West Bank (and we have). But how does Israel live side by side with a peaceful Palestinian state so long as Palestinians are taught appalling anti-Semitism, the Palestinian Authority honors terrorists, and Holocaust denial is a mainstay of Palestinian discourse?
On the Weekly Standard blog, Rachel Abrams, a similarly troubled friend of Israel, wrote of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which operates in the West Bank:
UNRWA's history books -- in accord with the 1982 doctoral thesis of PA president Mahmoud Abbas, which asserted that the Holocaust was a Zionist-Nazi plot that eliminated only a few hundred thousand Jews, and the beliefs of a whopping 40.5 percent of Israeli Arabs, who deny the Holocaust ever happened at all -- include no mention whatsoever of the extermination of European Jewry.
A few years ago, a prominent U.S. official was shown a Palestinian indoctrination video intended to encourage children to become martyrs. She remarked that the film amounted to "[h]orrific abuse of children. How can you think about building a better future ... if you indoctrinate your children to a culture of death?" That was then-Sen. Hillary Clinton.
If Secretary of State Clinton and the rest of the Obama team spent a fraction of the time they have collectively wasted on settlement freezes on public and private pressure to end the "culture of death," wouldn't we be a lot farther down the road to peace? Yes, we need Palestinian institutions, but they have to be more that propaganda outlets for hatred and extremism.
| December 23, 2010; 9:15 AM ET
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