EVERY PARTY NEEDS
A POOPER . . . .
By Jeff Dunetz (www.jeffdunetz.com)
"There should be
no doubt about the commitment of the United States to this process
at this time, no doubt about the commitment of the president and no
doubt about my own personal commitment," Condoleeza Rice said during
a news conference with Abbas at the Palestinian Authority's
headquarters in Ramallah, just north of Jerusalem. "This is a time
when we want to seize the opportunity."
time once again to play, �Who Wants to Make Mid-East Peace?� Your
Government�s favorite board game. It has been a long time since we
played� so let me give you a refresher course on how the game works.
Each round starts
with a Palestinian leader renouncing terror. Well Sort of.
Oslo? Recall those promises to
remove the call for the destruction of Israel from the PLO�s
charter? Ever wonder the destruction of Israel is still in the PLO
charter eleven years later? The reason is that a key part of the
opening move for the Palestinian leadership is to convince the US it
wants peace, but to use fuzzy language to provide an �out.� Abbas
for example has called for the end of attacks on Israeli civilians,
but when push comes to shove, he knows that most Israelis have
served in the military so there are very few civilians. Cool game
Palestinian side makes its opening move governments across the world
practically trip over their own underwear to get a seat at the
game. Usually the big player at the table is the
The US has an important role at the table, we bring to the game a
combination of threats and Jewish guilt (hey if guilt doesn�t work
in Israel, it won�t work on anyone). The purpose of the US prodding
is to pressure Israel to make concessions that the US Government
would not make in the same situation. This part of the game is
called "do as I say not what I do.�
Israel has agreed to release about
900 terrorists from its prisons. The US is prodding for more, but
at the same time, we have hundreds of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.
There is a difference of course between the Israeli prisoners and
the American captives, the ones in Israeli jails have access to a
Another rule of
�Who Wants to Make Mid-East Peace?� is called Jewish blood is cheap.
This is the part of the game that enables Condoleeza Rice to call
Israel to release prisoners who
have killed Jews. And on the same day, she can Abbas a condition of
receiving US aid was that the people responsible for the killing of
three American security guards in the Gaza Strip must be put in
jail. Confused? Do not be it�s the American way. In fact, this is
one of the most popular parts of the game. The part that says that
a fence in Israel to keep out terrorists is bad, but a fence in the
US to keep people from coming over from Mexico to get a job, is
good. France has developed a full-blown game out of this rule,
called �Liberty, Equality, Fraternity---but No Jews� This game is
all the rage across Europe and on US college campuses.
Once the verbal
part of the game is up and running, we begin the �hard choice�
concession stage. The concession segment probably the most
interesting segment of the game. You see in the concession stage,
Israel gets to play. Working on the
advice (and prodding) of its best friend the US, Israel gets to make
territorial concessions without getting anything from the other
side. With Oslo, it worked like this: Israel had to give up most
of Judea and Samaria, and the top of the Temple Mount (Judaism�s
Holiest site, not even hinted ad in the Quran). In addition, every
Jew that lives in the newly created Palestinian territories has to
leave. The Palestinians get a state, control of Jewish Holy sites,
such as the Temple Mount, Joseph and Rachel�s tombs and guns
supplied by Israel. Don�t think that it is totally one sided, they
do get to give up something too. They have to give up some of their
people. You see they insist that hund reds of thousands of
Palestinian Arabs get to move to Israel, to insure that the country
no longer viable as a Jewish democracy.
The �hard choice�
concession stage signals that the game is nearing its end. Just
when everyone thinks that peace will be at hand, the Palestinian
side will begin to back out. At first, this is a negotiation move.
The American becomes so afraid to lose credibility that they become
even more desperate for one-sided Israeli concessions. The game
ends when an Israeli leader visits a Jewish holy site (G-d Forbid!),
giving the Palestinians the out that they were looking for, and an
excuse to start the violence.
President Bush and
Ms. Rice are saying that they have found a new version of game.
They say that the Palestinian ruler is board with the same old rules
and wants to do play differently. To be honest, I think we are all
tired of the same old thing, and would welcome peace. However, Ms.
Rice�s statements about �hard choices� or Mr. Abbas� comments about
�the Zionist enemy� and never giving up the right of return seem
like the beginning of same old tired board game.
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