My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

When will the Palestinians do anything for peace....

It's only the Israelis who do anything...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had a successful meeting with President Obama this week but it doesn’t look like it’s going to gain him much ground or goodwill. Netanyahu is still the guy who has to “prove” he’s serious about peace. Netanyahu’s the one who is asking for direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority and yet, it is the Palestinians who instead of playing defense, instead of having to explain their reasons for refusing to meet with Israel, are the ones who remain on offense and continue with their demands.

“Words, not deeds,” was the assessment of chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, who dismissed Netanyahu’s lip service to the peace process in an interview Tuesday with The New York Times. “We need to see deeds.”

As ever, the most effective weapon the Palestinians posses is rhetorical reversal. Whereas the list of actual concessions delivered by Israel to the Palestinians is long, the evidence that Palestinians are serious about peace with Israel is sparse to non-existent. Israel has ceded territory, Israel has ceded authority, Israel has trained and armed the Palestinians, Israel has allowed rejectionist terrorists to take control of territory that threatens Israel’s security. And what have the Palestinians done? Palestinians refuse to negotiate directly with Israel, Palestinians refuse to change their education curriculum to reflect an acceptance of Israel’s right to exist, Palestinians create children’s television programs that praise the holy war against the Jewish State.


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