Although talk of peace, «two states for two peoples» and the «Arab League initiative» fill the lofty speeches of American and European leaders, the political war to delegitimize Israel is accelerating.
Officials of the Arab League and the Palestinian Authority, working with powerful groups such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Oxfam, exploit the rhetoric of international law to brand Israeli defense against terror as “war crimes” and “collective punishment.” As a result, talk of peace process continues to be a façade, demonstrating that the core ideology and objectives – the elimination of Jewish sovereignty and statehood – remain unchanged since 1947.
In theory, the PA, dominated by Yasser Arafat’s old Fatah organization, is supposed to be the moderate wing and Israel’s peace partner, while Hamas, which controls Gaza, is the militant Islamic terror group. But in campaigns to label Israel as an “apartheid state,” Mahmoud Abbas’ PA and Amr Mousa’s Arab League are on the front lines.
The role of the Arab League in delegitimizing Israel is central, and provides another reason that Israelis do not take the talk of peace and the various “initiatives” seriously. While exploiting the ICC to purse attacks against Israel, the Arab League rejected the court’s decision to open proceedings against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir over the mass murder in Darfur.
In addition, European governments, including the leaders of the European Union, such as foreign policy head Javier Solana (who wants the UN Security Council to impose a Palestinian state), have a major role in anti-peace campaigning. They provide the tens of millions of tax euros every year to radical NGOs that lead this process, under the façade of «partnerships for peace» and the «European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights».
Source: Letter to the editor: Jerusalem Post
By Gerhard Steinberg, http://www.ngo-monitor.org