By Richard Mather
So Greece is set to recognise a Palestinian state in a parliamentary vote to be attended by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. But what is the State of Palestine? What are its borders and its currency? What and where are its legitimate international institutions? What is its government – the Palestinian Authority or Hamas?
At present, the State of Palestine is no more than a state of mind, a political-ideological fantasy dreamt up by the psychotic Yasser Arafat. Palestine does not and never did exist in any concrete sense. It is a country of the imagination for Jew-hating fanatics.
But the world seems intent on recognising Palestine as the twenty-third Arab country at a time when the Arab world is descending into anarchy. Perhaps a State of Palestine will be a reality in ten to fifteen years. Of course, Israel is under no obligation to recognise the legitimacy of a Palestinian state. But perhaps I can be persuaded. Here’s my list of conditions:
I will only recognise Palestine if Jews are allowed to stay in their homes in Hebron and Ariel and Beitar Illit. I will recognise Palestine when the Arabs recognise Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish nation and the so-called refugees are resettled in Palestine and not Israel. I will recognise Palestine when the Palestinian Arabs relinquish their demand to make east Jerusalem their capital.
I will recognise Palestine when it calls a halt to the mass murder of Israelis in particular and Jews in general. I will recognise Palestine when Jew-hatred is purged from school textbooks. I will recognise Palestine when it rejects the dream of a Greater Palestine from the river to the sea. I will recognise Palestine when the Arabs apologise for their role in the Holocaust. I will recognise Palestine when the Arabs express remorse for massacring Jews in 1929, 1936, 1947 and 2000-2005.
I will recognise Palestine when it refuses money and arms from rogue regimes like Iran and Qatar. I will recognise Palestine when women and gays are no longer oppressed or killed, when journalists are free to report the news without risk of imprisonment, when dissident voices are given a fair hearing, when political opponents are allowed to speak their minds without the fear of being thrown off the top of buildings.
I will recognise Palestine when it stops blaming Zionists for its own problems and acknowledges that it is the Arabs and not the Jews who have consistently refused to establish two states for two peoples.
In other words, I will recognise Palestine when it starts behaving like a country that wants to join the human race and gives up the nihilistic ambition of destroying the most stable, democratic and prosperous nation in the Middle East, which is the State of Israel.