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Abbas is “Stayin’ Alive” by Dancin’ Away
By Mark Langfan
22 March, 2014
The only way Abbas can stay alive is by killing the peace process.
In the 1970’s, when Mahmoud Abbas wasn’t murdering Israeli Olympic athletes in Munich, or US diplomats in Khartoum, he must have been watching John Travolta disco-dancing to the hit song “Stayin’ Alive” in the cult movie “Saturday Night Fever.” Because one can see that Abbas knows that the only way to remain alive, and not become another Sadat, is to dance as far from Israel as quickly as possible.
In order to “live to see another day,” Abbas is a “dancin’ man” who discos away from Israel. Abbas knows that to listen to Obama and “take risks” to tango with Israel means a bullet in his head. His latest disco move is his demand to inject 5 million Palestinian “refugees” into pre-1967 Israel. With enemies like Abbas, who needs friends?
First, one must appreciate the lyrics to the Bee Gees’ fantastic song, “Stayin’ Alive”:
“I'm a dancin’ man and I just can't lose. You know it's all right. It’s ok. I'll live to see another day.”
Now how is Abbas acting out “Stayin' Alive”? The heart of Abbas’ latest incendiary demand about Palestinian “refugees” is as follows:
1. "He [the Palestinian “refugee”] can also decide to return to the State of Israel. In such a case, he will receive compensation and return.”
2. "All the refugees, who number 5 million today, along with their offspring, are considered 1948 refugees. There are no refugees who came from Nablus or Ramallah. They are all from Tiberias, Safed, Acre, Nazareth, Jaffa, Beersheba, and so on."
I don’t want anyone to think I took Abbas’ quotes out of context. So, just watch and read Abbas' recently publicly stated positions, reported by MEMRI:
“Mahmoud Abbas: "Our position is that the settlements – from start to finish – are illegal. They talk about settlement blocs, or about settlements here and there, but we say that every house and every stone that were placed in the West Bank since 1967 and to this day are illegal and we do not recognize them." […]
"No resolution that we agree upon with the others will be passed unless it is confirmed by popular referendum of all the Palestinians worldwide."
"Every Palestinian, from Canada to Japan – that includes the Palestinians living abroad as well – will have to agree on the proposal. They will vote in favor or against. If they say "no," the proposal will not pass." […]
"The Right of Return is a personal right. If you are a refugee, your son is a refugee as well. Perhaps you will decide to relinquish this right while your son decides not to, or vice versa. Your son is free to do so. When we say that this is a personal choice, it means that he can decide for himself. We will all be making a choice: One option is to remain where we are – in Jordan, in Syria, in Lebanon, and so on – and receive compensation…Of course…
"The second option is to go to another country, as part of an agreement. If someone wants to immigrate to Canada, he is free to do so. Wherever one goes, one remains a Palestinian. In this case, he will receive compensation as well.
"The third option is to decide to return to the Palestinian state, and to receive compensation.
"He can also decide to return to the State of Israel. In such a case, he will receive compensation and return.
"These are the options that we place before the Palestinians. They will choose. If you want to stay where you are – fine. If you want to go abroad– fine. If you want to come to Palestine– fine. If you choose to return [to Israel] and hold Israeli citizenship… This is what it means. Someone asked me how he could become an Israeli citizen. I asked him if he wanted to continue to be stateless after he is back. He will be returning to the State of Israel.
"All the refugees who number 5 million today, along with their offspring, are considered 1948 refugees. There are no refugees who came from Nablus or Ramallah. They are all from Tiberius, Safed, Acre, Nazareth, Jaffa, Beersheba, and so on." […]
"What we do not want to accept is the 'Jewish state.' We shall never agree to recognize the Jewish state."
Abbas’ red-line vision of the two-state solution is one that doesn’t solve the Left-wing’s “demographic” problem, it makes the Left’s “demographic time-bomb” explode in their faces today. Imagine, 5 million Palestinians moving into the pre-1967 Israel of Tel Aviv and Haifa in 2014. Talk about national suicide!
Whatever Israel’s offer, Abbas will disco dance away, and demand more. In fact, the more the Israelis concede, the more Abbas thinks they want to get him murdered. Why shouldn’t he escalate his demands? For Abbas, making a deal with Israel - even a great deal - means he gets murdered, and not making a deal means he stays alive.
So, when Abbas makes more demands after Israel makes more concessions, Abbas is simply saying he prefers fancy hotel rooms and media attention to a pine box six feet under the ground. Who could blame him?
And the Israelis should stop making concessions at all as all of their new concessions become the starting point for future negotiation. Israel’s “peace” strategy is suicide by concession.
What should be placed in a pine box 6 feet under is the “Peace Process” itself. It is a pure fraud being played out on Israel, World Jewry, and the United States taxpayers. It’s time to give the “Peace Process” the final burial that it has deserved for 21 years. For the number of Israelis the “Peace Process” has murdered, the “Peace Process” should rest in Hell, not in peace.
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The writer, who specializes in security issues, has created an original educational 3D Topographic Map System of Israel to facilitate clear understanding of the dangers facing Israel and its water supply. It has been studied by US lawmakers and can be seen at www.marklangfan.com.