Jared Kushner is right, the Palestinian problem cannot be solved. As Pres. Trump’s son-in-law and US representative to the Israel-Palestine situation, Jared has been meeting with the parties and collecting information. He confessed to a group of Congressional interns that he has concluded that the problem cannot be solved. Perhaps it takes a non-diplomat to state the obvious. This will not please his father-in-law, the President, because Trump likes to make deals and he thought this being the hardest deal it would be the best one to make. But, it can’t be done. Why not?
The simple reason is that the Palestinians have never shown any intention of resolving the problem. To the Western mind it seems simple, two peoples, two countries, one for each, living side-by-side in peace. But, forget that, this is not the West, this is the Middle East. Look around, do you see anything simple and peaceful here, the answer is a resounding no! The Palestinians do not want to live in peace with Israel, simply put they have never accepted Israel and they want to destroy it. They don’t want to make a state they want to destroy one. That is the be-all and end-all of their policies, strategies and aims.
One major difference between the Fatah/PLO which runs the Palestine Authority on the West Bank and Hamas that runs Gaza, is that the former pretend for Western audiences that they want peace, whereas in fact they do not, while Hamas don’t even pretend. They openly brag about their intentions of destroying Israel and they have a huge cache of missiles ready for the purpose. They also don’t care about their own people, they spend aid money given for the rebuilding of Gaza on building tunnels and other military infra-structure. Yet, the Western democracies foolishly indulge them, they give money to Gaza, which goes for building tunnels to infiltrate Israel and they give money to the PA, which is used for rewarding terrorism.
Taylor Force was a US marine on a training course in Israel who was stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist in Tel Aviv two years ago. The Taylor Force Act is about to be passed by the Senate and become US law, and it forbids the US Government from paying any funds to the PA until they stop the egregious practice of rewarding terrorists who survive, and their families if they don’t, for murdering Israelis. If that isn’t encouraging terrorism I don’t know what is.
Apparently when Pres. Trump visited Israel and the PA several months ago he got angry with Pres. Abbas of the PA and said to him “You stood there on the White House lawn and lied to me.” He was referring to Abbas’ statement that he wanted peace, which he clearly does not. Not only is it not his or any Palestinian leader’s intention to make peace with Israel, but if he tried he would be assassinated and at 82 he hopes soon to be able to enjoy his retirement. But, is this surprising, we have known for decades that Palestinian leaders lie, Arafat did it all the time, and it is documented in many narratives of the situation. For example, former White House Middle East Adviser Dennis Ross admitted that he and the US Government knew that Arafat was lying, but pretended that they did not know. Also, the Western media know that Palestinian casualties and deaths are usually fraudulent, but report them as if they are real out of sympathy for the Palestinian cause (which is destroying Israel) as well as to sell newspapers.
There is no conception on the Palestinian side for any kind of compromise with Israel. They are maximalists, they think their cause justifies their aims to destroy Israel, even though after 70 years of trying they have failed to do so. This is the definition of insanity, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome. There will be no different outcome, Israel is here to stay and until the Palestinians accept that there is no solution. Essentially this is a Palestinian problem and the only way they will accept that is being forced to, either by defeat by Israel or by the Western community stopping support for their insane pursuit.