June 9, 2013—SnyderTalk Editorial: Pushing Israel and the Palestinians toward Peace will Increase Violence


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Pushing Israel and the Palestinians toward Peace will Increase Violence

The 2000 Camp David Summit was President Bill Clinton’s best effort at achieving peace between Israel and the Palestinians.  He called together the leading players—Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and PA President Yasser Arafat—and they did what Clinton and the Palestinians do best: they talked for 15 days.

Beforehand, the three participants agreed that every issue was on the table for discussion but that they would use an “all or nothing” approach.  That meant they could talk about anything and reach tentative agreements on individual issues that might be problematic, but a final deal would require agreement on everything or there would be no deal.  For the most part, the discussions were not recorded and transcribed, so the record is sketchy, but at the end of the summit, no agreement was reached.  We do know this, though: Barak offered Arafat the moon and he turned it down.

According to the BBC, each one of the players—Clinton, Barak, and Arafat—deserve some of the blame for the summit’s failure:

Of the three men, none can entirely evade responsibility for the failure at Camp David. Bill Clinton won points for trying. But it is legitimate to ask whether he was right to force the pace, given the intractable nature of the issues the parties were grappling with.

A leading American specialist, William Quandt, has commented that Clinton was right to try, but should have done so a year earlier, rather than waiting until the tailend of his presidency.

One of the weaknesses of the Oslo peace process, after all, was that it deliberately left the most difficult issues – Jerusalem, refugees, borders – until last, in the mistaken belief that this would make them easier to resolve.

For his part, Ehud Barak showed he has guts but is a poor politician. Even Palestinians privately admit that no Israeli prime minister has ever gone so far towards meeting their demands.

Whether bravely or (as his critics allege) recklessly, Barak has pushed the limits of the possible – gambling that he could reverse his political fortunes at home by bringing back a comprehensive peace deal, and then winning convincing endorsement for it in a popular referendum.

For the moment, that gamble has not paid off. But even Barak’s enemies grudgingly admit he has shown vigour and single-mindedness.

Both Barak and Clinton have, in differing degrees, blamed Yasser Arafat for the Camp David breakdown. In their eyes, the Palestinian leader has proved impossibly stubborn and inflexible.

But in one important respect Barak seems to have misjudged Arafat’s position, believing that he would bargain away sovereignty in Jerusalem in return for most of the West Bank. For any Palestinian leader, such a trade-off was never on the cards. Jerusalem is as much of a red line for Arafat as it is for Barak.

Information Regarding Israel’s Security (IRIS) said that Barak made concessions to Arafat on Jerusalem that were almost unthinkable:

The most painful concessions of all were those made on Jerusalem, the spiritual and (when the Jews lived in their homeland) political capital of the Jewish people for almost 3000 years. All Israeli governments since 1967 and Prime Minister Barak himself have frequently repeated that Jerusalem will remain Israel’s undivided capital forever. Mr. Barak himself said that Jerusalem’s unity was one of his red lines as he prepared to go to the Camp David summit.

But Camp David quickly put an end to this red line. The accompanying map and analysis show the results of Mr. Barak’s capitulation and an American “bridging proposal” which followed and weakened the Barak’s position still further. The final map is an unworkable patchwork that not only would be a cause for constant friction, but would have surrendered the Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest site, to Yassir Arafat. Nonetheless, Arafat flatly rejected this far-reaching proposal.

(To see a larger version of the map plus further analysis, click here.)

Clinton blamed Arafat publicly for the failure, and Arafat initiated the 2nd Intifada:

The Second Intifada, also known as the al-Aqsa Intifada, broke out in September 2000 following a visit by Israel’s then-opposition leader Ariel Sharon to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount (or Haram al-Sharif). Since the site is sacred in both the Islamic and Jewish religions, and the question of sovereignty over it has been one of the thorniest issues in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, it is not surprising that Sharon’s visit was considered a deliberate provocation.

The following day, Palestinian demonstrators gathered around the al-Aqsa mosque threw stones at Jewish worshippers at the Western Wall below, and Israeli security services responded by firing rubber-coated metal bullets and live ammunition at the crowd. Five Palestinians were killed. Palestinian demonstrations throughout the territories and within Israel followed, and the vicious cycle of violence known as “the Second Intifada” began. By February 2005, when Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas agreed to a mutual truce with Prime Minister Sharon and persuaded the main Palestinian armed groups to declare a cease-fire, 3,307 Palestinians, including 654 children, and 972 Israelis, including 117 children, had been killed.

Sharon’s visit was only the spark that set off the uprising, not its root cause. After seven years of the Oslo peace process, both Israelis and Palestinians had lost faith in its underlying premise that small steps on both sides could build trust between the two parties. Many Israelis felt that their withdrawal from Palestinian territory had not brought them greater security, while Palestinians saw an expansion of settlements and no genuine Israeli interest in creating a viable Palestinian state. The failure of the Camp David Summit in July 2000 entrenched these views. From an Israeli perspective, the Palestinian refusal to accept what Israelis regarded as the most generous land offer they had ever made showed that the Palestinians were not negotiating in good faith and had never accepted Israel’s right to exist securely. Many Israelis came to believe that the subsequent uprising was orchestrated by Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat to pressure Israel into concessions he could not achieve through negotiation.

I believe that Arafat started 2nd Intifada to save face as much as anything else and that the Palestinian and Israeli people suffered needlessly because of his insecurity and intransigence.  Be that as it may, these facts are indisputable:

  1. In July 2000, Israelis and Palestinians met at Camp David to hammer out a peace agreement.
  2. Barak made generous concessions that surprised everyone, including Arafat.
  3. Arafat rejected Barak’s offers.
  4. Clinton blamed Arafat for the failure.
  5. Arafat instigated a bloody Intifada.

The whys and wherefores are still unclear.  I think Arafat knew that if he signed a deal with Israel, any deal, he would be a dead man.  Barak is no dummy, and I suspect that he understood the situation and was willing to make magnanimous concessions because he knew that nothing he offered would be accepted in the form of a final peace deal.  If that’s true, he wasn’t putting anything at risk.

It’s probably accurate to say that the vast majority of Palestinians would like to live in peace with Israel and that they are willing to negotiate to achieve peace.  But there exists in the Palestinian community a sizable minority that may be as small as 15% of the population that will not accept Israel’s existence no matter what.  Unfortunately, they are the most vocal and the most violent Palestinians of all.  They regard any attempt to reach a deal with Israel as treason, and they will try to kill anyone who signs a peace treaty that recognizes Israel’s right to exist.  As we learned in 1995 when Israel’s Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated by an Israeli Jew because of his involvement in the Oslo Peace Process, some Jews in Israel feel just as strongly about a Palestinian state in the Holy Land.

Mahmoud Abbas, the current PA president, understands reality.  That’s why it’s no surprise that he is lobbing grenades at the peace process right now while Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obama are pushing Israel and the Palestinians to begin face-to-face peace talks again.  In yesterday’s SnyderTalk editorial, I discussed the Latrun issue and why it’s a nonstarter.  A few days ago, Abbas also said that there will be no peace without Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital.  That’s another nonstarter.  Abbas is walking on very thin ice where Israel is concerned.  One step too far may mean that he’s as good as dead.  Likewise, Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu must wonder about his safety if he signs a peace treaty.

If Obama and Kerry understood the situation correctly, it might change their perspective, or maybe they know and don’t care.  Whatever the case may be, pushing for peace between Israel and the Palestinians is more likely to produce violence than anything else.  That’s what history and the facts tell us.

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