Pres. Trump has sent his representatives, Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, to the region again to see if they can revive the peace process. Actually they would need to resuscitate it because it has been dead for a long time. And anyone knowing the details of the situation will realize that, as with resuscitating a dead person, this game is not feasible. Every time the possibility of a real peace compromise comes close the Palestinians manage to evade it.
This time they are considering dissolving the Palestine Authority (PA) that has been their representative entity that was established by the Oslo Accords in 1994 as a step in the direction of a possible Palestine State. But, State-building is not their thing, they are more concerned with destroying a State – Israel – than with building one. In order to do this they have lied and prevaricated. They have been split into many factions, each trying a different strategy to destroy Israel. The Fatah faction of the PLO, that runs the PA, has the strategy of pretending to want peace, while at the same time inciting violence against Israelis, sponsoring terrorism and educating their children to hate Jews. Hamas that controls Gaza has no such reservations, they are at war with Israel and they openly proclaim their intention to destroy Israel with no pretensions. They fire rockets from Gaza at Israeli population centers and have waged several wars.
The leader of Fatah and the PA is Pres. Mahmud Abbas, who at 82 years old is past his sell-by date, he should have retired years ago, but cannot. He has no selected successor and cannot allow elections since they will end in violence. He cannot make any moves towards peace that would be seen as concessions to Israel or the US and he would end up dead, assassinated probably by Hamas. His regime is illegal, corrupt and incompetent. His people know it, but can’t do anything about it. His main aim now its to avoid a violent end and to retire with his ample funds stolen from the donations that the EU and US continue to lavish on an intransigent and unrepentant community.
Taylor Force was a former US marine on a course in Israel who was stabbed to death in Tel Aviv by a Palestinian terrorist. The terrorist was shot dead but his family are being paid a large sum each month, a subsidy that supports terrorism. The funds for these payments to terrorists and their families comes from the aid that the US and others pay the PA. At last someone is doing something about this. The “Taylor Force Act” that is before the Senate would stop all aid payments to the PA until this financial support for terrorism stops. Not one Democrat has signed on to support this Act, so we see where their interests lie. Let’s hope it passes and the PA loses all its support, as well as UNRWA that subsidizes terror in Gaza and the so-called refugee camps, and let’s hope the PA collapses. Then we will see the true reality of the situation, that the US and other western countries are subsidizing the terrorist murders of Israeli Jews.