The Palestinian leadership’s actions and words have sent the message to its constituents that any person who thinks about normalization or coexistence with the Jewish state will be severely punished.
Both the Palestinian Authority and Hamas have prevented the emergence of a real peace camp among Palestinians.
Many Palestinians who work with international or Israeli organizations whose job is to promote peace and coexistence in the Middle East are often afraid or reluctant to discuss the nature of their work. In the West Bank and Gaza Strip, any talk about these is still associated with treason and defeatism.
Although nearly two decades have passed since the signing of the Oslo Accords between Israel and the PLO, there is almost no mention of a real grassroots peace camp in Ramallah or Gaza City.
Those who are passionate about the Israeli-Arab conflict and would like to see an end to the violence and hatred should start searching for ways to encourage the emergence of a serious peace camp in the West Bank and Gaza Strip – one whose leaders and members would be able to stand up to both the Palestinian Authority and Hamas…
Source: Khaled Abu Toameh, Hudson Institute New York.
Why is there not a Palestinian «Peace now» movement, just like among the Jews?
Simply because the Spirit of Allah does not want peace as long as there is a Jewish state in the Middle East.
Arab Muslims have had several chances to show their true colors and motives.
In 1948, the Arab League opted for war, in stead of recognizing the state of Israel.
The Islamic forces attacked Israel, and occupied the so-called West-bank. When the PLO was formed in 1964, the areas they wanted to liberate was under Arabic Islamic control.
So what were there a need to liberate, if not to destroy the full Jewish state of Israel?
In 1993, the present Defense Minister of Israel offered the PLO 96 per cent of the so-called West bank, and East Jerusalem. If there ever was a tiny bur rather invisible «peace now» movement within Islam, this was the time to rejoice and say «yes».
In stead the Arab Palestinians opted for a second intifada, in a bid to destroy the entire state of Israel. With the support of the Arab League
The lack of positive response to the Israeli Government controversial settlement freeze, is the latest proof that both Hamas and Fatah is a «war now movement». Not to be trusted, but its leaders rather to be kept in prison as a warning to other terrorists.