I am totally disillusioned with any so-called 'process' relating to Israel's future by anyone, including the United States' attempts to bring on "peace."
Ad nauseum have I blogged about the world not caring or not understanding (I firmly believe it is the former) the Arabs' intentions and true feelings with regard to Israel and the Jews, and what they want for the future. Nobody's listening. Secretary of State John Kerry. is continuing on with his blather about Israeli settlements being unproductive towards peace, blah blah blah. Not true. Not even relevant. More to the reality point is this article in Haaretz, about peace being contigent upon the Arabs' acceptance of the State of Israel--which they're NOT. Ya can't make peace with someone who wants you DEAD. Doesn't work that way.
Barry Rubin states it outright in his article on his blog The Rubin Report, published on PJ Media, portions excerpted below.
The Palestinians desperately want an independent state and are ready to compromise to obtain that goal. They will then live peacefully alongside Israel in a two-state solution. Unfortunately, this is blocked either by: a) misunderstanding on both sides or b) in the recent words of the Huntington Post, “the hard-line opponents who dominate Israel’s ruling coalition.” Israel is behaving foolishly, too, not seeing that, as former President Bill Clinton recently said, Israel needs peace in order to survive. One aspect—perhaps a leading one—why Israel desperately needs peace is because of Arab demographic growth. The main barrier to peace are the Jewish settlements.
This interpretation has nothing, absolutely nothing, to do with reality. People on both sides know this, even if they rarely say so publicly. For the Palestinian side, the pretense of peacemaking—which every Palestinian leader knows—obtains money, diplomatic support, popular sympathy, and pressure on Israel. Here’s the dirty trick involved. If anyone raises in Israels raises issues about whether a “peace process” can really bring peace, concerns about how it would be implemented, and documented experience about Palestinian behavior in the past, the response is that Israel doesn’t want peace. The actual arguments and evidence about these problems is censored out of the Western mass media and distorted in terms of political stances.
Is the peace process after 40 years (if you count from its origins) or 20 years (if you count from the time of the “Oslo” agreement) at a dead end? Of course it is. That should be obvious.How do the so-called Palestinians feel about having a "state of their own?" They don't give a damn. That's not their real goal. Go read the entire article.
In reality, the vast majority of Palestinian leaders favor establishing no Palestinian state unless it can continue the work of trying to wipe Israel off the map. They are in no hurry. They do not want to negotiate seriously. And, of course, in the case of Hamas, which controls or has the support of about one-half of the Palestinians, this violent and genocidal intention is completely in the open. You can’t negotiate seriously with those who are not–to recall the old PLO slogan–the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people. I say this with deep regret but it is the truth.Yup. That's it. No one wants to say it. No one wants to admit it. And the charade goes on....