Jul 5 2014
At least 60% of all Palestinian Arabs say that their 5-year goal is the total destruction of the state of Israel.The Washington Institute for Near East Policy recently commissioned a survey of Arabs in the West Bank and Gaza. The results prove yet again that Palestinian Arabs want no part of peace with Israel.
Algemeiner (h/t Liz) The clear majority of Palestinians polled – 60 percent, including 55 percent in the West Bank – say that their five year national goal should be “to work toward reclaiming all of historic Palestine from the river to the sea.”
Yes, despite the insistence of biased “experts” who claim that Palestinian Arabs support a two-state solution and only want peace with Israel, the fact is that a convincing majority explicitly say that the real goal is to eliminate Israel altogether.
Only 27 percent said the goal should be to “end the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza to achieve a two-state solution,” and 10 percent said, “The goal should be to work for a one-state solution in all of the land: a state in which Arabs and Jews will have equal rights in one country, from the river to the sea.”
Sixty-four say that after a peace deal is signed with Israel, “resistance should continue until all of historic Palestine is liberated.” And 65 percent say that the Palestinian Arab leadership agrees; that any negotiated solution “would be part of a ‘program of stages,’ to liberate all of historic Palestine later.”
This is about as explicit as can be. The conventional wisdom that a majority of Palestinian Arabs want a permanent peace with Israel is a baseless myth. It is based on flawed surveys which do not list the alternative of an Arab-only state from the river to the sea. The survey, released June 25, was all but ignored in the media.
The scandal isn’t that Palestinian Arabs have these attitudes. The scandal is the conspiracy of silence to suppress this information. The scandal is the millions of dollars being spent to pressure Israel to accept a “peace” that would be anything but peaceful. The scandal is that over 20 years after Oslo, there is no credible attempt on the part of the international community to encourage Palestinian Arab acceptance of Israel as a permanent neighbor. The scandal is that as a result of the willful blindness – or malicious intent – of politicians and media “experts,” the world has exactly the wrong impression as to who wants peace and who wants to destroy the other side.
Burying the truth is the biggest scandal of all.
The same thing happened with a similar survey released in 2011, the first one to actually dig deeper into the answers that Palestinian Arabs give to pollsters. That one even went further to expose Palestinian Arab antipathy towards real peace, as I showed in this video: