by MAAYANA MISKIN — INN—
“These agreements were absurd and grave, and did serious damage to Israel’s security,” he argued.
“No less importantly, they paved the way to give legitimacy to the existence of a Palestinian people and to the argument that they deserve a state in Judea and Samaria, the cradle of our society. These accords turned the leader of a terrorist gang, Yasser Arafat, into a supposed cultured leader worthy of joining the society of nations,” he continued. When Israel gives legitimacy to the PA, “the organization that was established with the position that we turned them into poor refugees,” it then struggles to present any alternative view, he said.
Israel must inform the PA that going to the United Nations to seek recognition of a unilaterally declared PA state will mean an end to any and all agreements reached between Israel and the PA until that point, Landau stated. In addition, “They must be informed that will declare sovereignty over large territories in the national consensus, like Area C and the settlement blocs,” he said.
“The reality will be new and different.”
PA State – Arab Suffering
If the PA does go to UN, it will win majority support, even if leading democracies are against its plans, Landau said. The PA must realize that if it does go to the UN, “the price they will pay will be very high,” he said.
For example, he said, despite several dry years in a row, PA Arabs remain able to turn on their faucets and be confident that water will come out – a confidence not shared by their neighbors in Syria and elsewhere. If the PA cuts ties with Israel, the lifestyle enjoyed by those under its leadership will sink to meet the level of residents of other Arab states.
Israel Must Prepare for Violence
Despite the PA’s public talk of non-violent protests, Israel must prepare for violence, Landau warned. “We look at our neighbors and we see what ‘non-violent protests’ look like in the Middle East. We will need to defend ourselves,” he declared.
“Anyone who does not appreciate the danger is naive. For them, the distance between going out to protest and pulling a trigger is very short,” he added.