The truth is that the Palestinian Authority is a dead man walking and in no position to demand anything from anyone.
By Daniel Krygier, Political Analyst, World Israel News
Throughout time, aggressors knew when they were winning and when they were losing. By contrast, Israel’s Muslim Arab enemies do not behave like your typical aggressors. The more Israel’s enemies lose, the more aggressive and demanding they become.
Japan’s hubris that led to the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941 was depleted when America dropped the nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. The difference between Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima was that the balance of power had shifted dramatically in America’s favor. The US was not popular in post-1945 Japan, but the defeated Japanese knew that they were in no position to demand anything from Washington.
In flagrant violation of international law, the Arabs launched a war of aggression against reborn Israel in 1948 with the explicit goal of wiping the Jewish state off the map. Despite the fact that the power of balance was clearly in favor of the Arabs, Israel won the bloody war that claimed one percent of the Jewish state’s population.
Over the past 70 years, the Arabs have tried to destroy Israel through military means, terrorism, political propaganda, legal warfare at the UN and the international Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) campaign. The attempts to destroy Israel have not merely failed. Israel has transformed dramatically from a poor and fragile embryonic state in 1948 to a technological and military powerhouse in 2018. According to a fresh global report by the respected British weekly The Economist, Israel’s GDP per capita has for the first time surpassed the GDP per capita of leading industrialized countries like France, Britain and Japan.
The economic, military and technological balance of power has clearly shifted in Israel’s favor. However, Arab leaders in general and the Palestinian Authority (PA) leadership in particular continue pretending to be the winners and setting demands. In his recent and now-infamous Ramallah speech, PA President Mahmoud Abbas’ false mask of “moderation” finally collapsed completely. Abbas lashed out at Israel, the US and the international community. The PA leader cursed President Donald Trump and erased more than 3,000 years of Jewish history in Israel by falsely calling the Jewish state a “colonial project” of European powers.
The rambling anti-Semitic conspiracy theories coming out of Abbas’ mouth finally vindicated those who have said for years that the PA is not a genuine peace partner. The Ramallah speech also clearly shows that the PA is disconnected from reality.
The truth is that the PA is a dead man walking and in no position to demand anything from anyone. The time has come for Israel and America to demand an unconditional surrender of the PA and replace it with a new Arab leadership committed to genuine peace and progress.