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Stop ‘understanding’ the Palestinians

Op-ed: Looking at a conflict requires us to understand the different sides, to understand the pain; but when it comes to the Palestinians, the more we understand them—the more we bolster their rejectionism and perpetuate their delusions.

President Mahmoud Abbas (Photo: Amit Shabi)

The speech was loud and clear. It wasn’t just the “may your house be demolished” curse that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas fired at the leader of the strongest world power. It was the utterly delusional ideology, with false claims that only make the Palestinians sink deeper into a path of delusions and collapse.

The reactions were predictable: We have to understand him. He’s under a lot of pressure. He has no political horizon. The Palestinians are desperate. He didn’t really mean it.

We must admit that Abbas is simply a victim of the Palestinian propaganda machine’s amazing success. For decades, this machine is being promoted by a well-oiled system of propagandists who keep explaining that we must understand the Palestinians.

When rockets were fired from Gaza, Robert Fisk, who is considered one of Britain’s leading experts on the Middle East, rushed to explain that “the Palestinians in Gaza can say in many cases, 'Well, my grandson is firing a rocket at my town because before 1948 these areas would have been Palestinian property.’”

Prof. Oren Yiftachel of Ben-Gurion University explained that the rocket fire must be seen “as an attempt to remind the world, Israel, and also the Palestinian leadership, that the refugee problem is still alive and kicking.”

They are against terrorism, but they’re providing justifications for terrorism. Germans have been expelled from many countries too. And Poles. And Hungarians. And Ukrainians. And Turks. And Greek. And many other people. Tens of millions. Yet we haven’t heard about rockets being launched, and we definitely haven’t heard justifications for the rocket terror. Because most of Europe would have turned into a show of fire and flames and fireworks. But that’s the rationality that has taken over the progressive elites in the Israeli-Palestinian context. Irrationality, I mean.

And so it goes. They turned down the Partition Plan? Poor people. Why would anyone give up a room in their home just because someone invaded it? That’s a justification I’ve heard about a thousand times.

 This article has been republished with permission by www.ynetnews.com. Click here to continue reading.

Ben-Dror Yemini | Ynet News

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