In the hullabaloo around Palestinian efforts to gain UN recognition as a state, there is almost no discussion about what kind of country Palestine will be.
A country free of Jews, if the Palestinians have their way.
In a meeting with reporters, PLO Ambassador to the United States Maen Areikat said, in response to a question about the rights of minorities in a future Palestine, “After the experience of the last 44 years of military occupation and all the conflict and friction, I think it would be in the best interest of the two people to be separated.”
Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Libya, and Egypt—to name a few—have almost entirely cleansed themselves of their ancient Jewish communities. It seems a Palestinian state would be no different than its neighbors—dangerous for non-Muslim, non-Arab minorities, vulnerable to violent Islamist groups, and susceptible to the influence of America’s adversaries.
Then again, perhaps this should not surprise us. After all, Palestinian Authority TV has long called Jews “apes and pigs” and broadcast official PA sermons with messages like, “The Jews … are the enemies of Allah and His messenger, the enemies of humanity in general, and of the Palestinians in particular.”
And these are the moderates.
This is not to say that the Palestinians should not have their own state when they meet the minimum standards of responsible behavior as a polity. But the United States and European nations must make it clear that if Palestinians are serious about building Palestine and not about destroying Israel, the only path is through negotiation and reconciliation, not using a state as a means of perpetuating violent attacks and anti-Semitism against their Jewish neighbors.