I’ve been arguing for quite some time – along with about a million other people – that the Palestinians do not want a state in peace next to Israel, because they refuse, time and again, to accept such a state. As I’ve noted repeatedly, they turned down such offers in 1937 and 1947 and 2000 and as recently as 2008.
Well, guess what? A brand spanking new poll from the Arab World for Research and Development (AWRAD) neatly demonstrates the truth of the claim.
With regards to the final status of Palestine and Israel please indicate which of the following you consider to be Essential, Desirable, Acceptable, Tolerable or Unacceptable as part of a peace agreement.
Historic Palestine – from the Jordan River to the sea as a national homeland for Palestinians – Essential, 78.2%
Two state solution – two states for two peoples: Israel and Palestine according to UN resolutions – Essential, 17.7%
One joint state – a state in which Israelis and Palestinians are equal citizens between the Jordan River and the sea. – Essential, 9.6%
In other words, almost 80 percent of Palestinians want their future state to include all of existing Israel and virtually none of them (under 10 percent) find it essential that it be a state with equal political rights for Jews.
This means, needless to say, that the conflict will continue and the Palestinians will, therefore, continue to live in misery, even as Israel thrives.
They made their choice long ago, have been living with the consequences of that choice ever since, and, despite poverty, misery, and the lack of political autonomy, refuse to change their minds. They still do not want a Palestinian state in peace next to Israel. What they want is a 23rd Arab state to replace the lone Jewish state.
Meanwhile, anti-Zionist and Israel Hating westerners, mainly within the left, will continue to blame the Jews.