Recently, Israel’s Knesset passed another controversial “Basic Law,” enshrining Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people and Jerusalem as its “eternal capital.” This is in concurrence with historical foundations and legal declarations by the British and then the United Nations—more than 70 years ago.
The Palestinian Arabs’ DNA and heritage can be traced back just a few generations to clans and tribes in the desert lands of Arabia. Yet, these Arabians deny the demonstrable Jewish presence in the Holy Land for over 3,000 years and Islamic extremists among them exert armed resistance to modern Israel’s right to peacefully exist there today.
It is not just a difference in religious ideology (Islam vs Judaism) or an ethnic resistance (Arabs vs Jews). It is Islam’s deep, religious convictions (according to clear teachings in their holy books, Qur’an 9:29 and later hadiths) which have eternal, personal consequences for its followers.
Allah has willed it and their eternal destinies and heavenly pleasures depend on their perpetual resistance to Jewish “occupation.” Islamic polemicists re-construct recent political history, as well as change Biblical history, espousing Islam as a supremacist religion bent on ruling the world.
Islam itself is complex and often confusing. It claims to be a “religion of peace,” yet Friday sermons by Islam’s imams in mosques throughout the world often blatantly express hatred and bigotry toward Jews in general and Israel and America in particular. Their denunciations frequently incite their adherents to violence, with religious riots and terrorism often resulting immediately thereafter.
Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and one of his top advisors for the Middle East, is an Orthodox Jew. He has sought to relate to the better side of Mahmoud Abbas (Palestine Authority’s perpetual president) and negotiate steps for peace in the region.
Unfortunately, Mr. Abbas has persistently avoided being a “partner for peace,” proving again the oft-quoted maxim by Abba Eban, one of Israel’s early Prime Ministers, after the 1973 Geneva peace talks, that “The Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.”
In March of this year, Mr. Kushner sought to broaden the perspectives and regional partners by hosting a highly unusual White House conference on the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Astute observers noted that the Palestinians, who have been boycotting Trump since his announcement that the U.S. would have an embassy in Jerusalem, were not present.
Instead, Israel was there, alongside Arab states with which it does not have diplomatic relations, such as Bahrain, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. Kushner seems to be working with the young, 32-year-old, progressive Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (known to his friends by his initials, MBS), leveraging the Muslim Sunni Gulf States against Shiite Iran and the Islamic terrorist leadership in Gaza and Lebanon.
The up-and-coming Saudi Crown Prince (whose family name Salman means “blessing, peace, or to be safe”) is said to have spoken to the PA’s 83-year-old Mahmoud Abbas to stress that now is the time for them to seize the present opportunity for peace with Israel. Only then can Abbas make building a modern nation for his perpetual “refugees” and their multi-generational descendants his legacy.
However, the Qur’an does provide the practice of taqiyya, where Islamists can deceive (lie to) infidels for the good of Islam until they are in a position of strength and dominance to reverse the cursed agreement.
Jared Kushner may have to yet sweeten the pot with added incentives for Abbas, along with the terror leadership of Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon. Their fundamentalist Islamic ideology will not allow them to accept the infidel Jews and the many non-Muslims living in the multi-cultural Jewish democracy of Israel as neighbors or for the modern 70-year-old nation-state to even exist in the region.