Kuttab begins with the usual Palestinian talking points: the settlements are illegal! Illegal illegal illegal illegal. Everybody thinks so! Well, everybody who matters. He also compares the Israeli occupation of the West Bank to the Nazi occupation. This is to prepare his audience for his call for ethnic cleansing:
"Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat was, therefore, totally justified when he told The Associated Press that no settler should remain in the state of Palestine as part of any peace deal."This pretty much mirrors what Erekat himself said, but let me quote from Kuttab's article:
"Anyone who says he wants to keep settlers in the Palestinian state is actually saying that he doesn't want a Palestinian state," Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said. "No settler will be allowed to stay in the Palestinian state, not even a single one, because settlements are illegal and the presence of the settlers on the occupied lands is illegal."In other words, it's perfectly acceptable for a Palestinian state to be Judenrein in addition to apartheid, because "illegal." Leaving aside the usual Palestinian hypocrisy (I'm pretty sure stabbing babies to death is also illegal), the problem is that the Palestinians also insist that all of the West Bank go to them. So you can say "illegal" until your face turns blue, but at the end of the day your demand is that 500,000 people need to be thrown out of their homes. For peace, of course. President Obama is no fan of the settlements, but even he knows that that isn't a reasonable position. Which is why Kuttab simply ignores it so that he can talk about other subjects. Like disingenuously implying that there is some debate about it:
"Some Palestinians, including former prime minister Salam Fayyad have said that there is no principled reason why Jews or Israelis cannot live in an independent state, as long as they abide by Palestinian laws. Some also insisted that for any current Israeli settlers to live in Palestine, the issue of ownership of their property must be first resolved."So you don't think "illegal illegal illegal" is a "principled reason?" I imagine that Palestinian supporters on the Huffington Post wouldn't agree, but okay. But the problem is that Fayyad is gone, and Erekat and Abbas are here. And considering that the Palestinian people don't believe that Jews have a right to live anywhere let alone in their sacred fatherland, this doesn't seem like a likely course. Especially when Kuttab just admitted he would agree to a completely scouring of Jews from Palestine.
Then, of course, he changes his tack to try to make the Palestinians look moderate and peaceful. Yes, really:
"Historically, Palestinians have been open to the idea of a shared state in Palestine. The PLO' covenant and early PLO leaders always referred to the idea of a secular democratic statewhere Jews can live alongside Muslims, Christians and non-religious Palestinians."By "alongside" we of course mean, "under the heel of" just like all the other Muslim states. His article by the way is by an assistant professor at Eastern Mediterranean University in North (occupied) Cyprus. There's no evidence in it that the PLO would want one single secular or democratic state. In fact if you read their charter they appear to want the opposite, not to mention how they have behaved in the fifty or so years since then. But who are you going to believe, Kuttab or your lying eyes?
The Palestinians, like their Muslim neighbors, like the idea of Muslims ruling over Christians, Jews and non-religious Palestinians. But the idea of living alongside them? Unthinkable. Just ask the Christians in the West Bank and Gaza. That is, if you can find any. Kuttab continues to be unsubtle:
"Today many Palestinians are favoring the one-state solution, in which Jewish Israelis would be part of the citizenry of this single state between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean."Wow, really? A people whose only reason to exist has historically been to conquer Israel are in favor of conquering Israel without having to fire a shot? Who would have thought? That's mind-blowing! Unfortunately no one is going to fall for it. Israel certainly won't. And there is no political will there to make them agree to it.
Kuttab then exploits the suffering of South Africans and signs off. Just another day at the Huffington Post. It will be interesting to see how the Huffington Post blogger stable defends the next round of Palestinian intransigence though.