The ‘two-state solution’ is terrorism

by Daniel Greenfield
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Giving terrorists a state only leads to more terrorism.

(JNS) “We must keep pursuing peace. We must keep pursuing a path so that Israel and the Palestinian people can both live safely, in security, in dignity, and in peace. For me, that means a two-state solution,” U.S. President Joe Biden told Israelis during his recent visit to the Jewish state.

A two-state solution dividing up Israel into a state for the Jews and a state for the Muslim terrorists has been on the minds of Biden, administration officials, E.U. leaders and the media.

Before his visit to Israel, Biden called Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas and scheduled a meeting with him. Secretary of State Antony Blinken had met with Abbas the day before.

According to an official from Abbas’ Fatah Party, which runs the P.A., “Blinken even demanded before he met with him that there be a condemnation” of the Hamas attacks. But no such condemnation was forthcoming.

Nevertheless the media falsely reported that Abbas had disavowed Hamas. In reality, a statement was planted in a readout of a call with Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro without Abbas’s knowledge. When Abbas found out, he had it removed.

Abbas’s actual reaction to the Hamas murder of women and children was to assert the right of the “Palestinian people to defend themselves against the terrorism of settlers and the occupation forces.”

While Biden and Blinken were preparing to meet with the terrorist leader, a terror unit that is part of Abbas’ Fatah Party was claiming credit for collaborating with Hamas in the Oct.7 attacks.

A spokesman for the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades boasted that they, “together with the rest of the Palestinian resistance factions” had “carried out several operations behind enemy lines as part of ‘the Al-Aqsa Flood’ battle,” which is the Hamas name for the attacks, and claimed that “we killed and took captive occupation soldiers” as part of a “joint operations room.”

Biden’s alternative to Hamas was actually killing Israelis in coordination with Hamas.

While the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades appears on the list of foreign terrorist organizations, making it a crime for Americans to fund it, its parent organization, the P.A., benefits from massive infusions of cash and political support from Washington, D.C.

Last year, Biden met with Abbas and bragged, “I reversed the policies of my predecessor and resumed aid to the Palestinians—more than a half a billion dollars in 2021.”

A meeting between Abbas and Biden didn’t happen on the president’s recent trip, not because the leader of the free world refused to meet with a terrorist leader, but because the terrorist leader refused to meet with Biden, in protest against Israel’s bombing of Hamas terrorists. Half a billion dollars didn’t even buy Biden a photo op with the terrorist he would like to see running a country.

None of that has stopped Biden and D.C. officials from continuing to talk about the “two-state solution” and warn that if Israel defeats Hamas in Gaza, it must replace it with the P.A. and its terrorists to begin the cycle of violence and terror all over again.

But Biden didn’t bother to ask the “Palestinians,” 72% of whom don’t support a two-state solution in “which an independent Palestinian state existed alongside an independent state of Israel.”

Among the young, there’s only 16% support for coexistence with Israel.

Eighty-one percent of them don’t believe that a permanent peace will ever be achieved. Two-thirds believe that life was better before the Oslo Accords began the two-state solution process and support abandoning it.

If an election were held today, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh would defeat Abbas by 58% to 37%—which explains why Abbas has not held a presidential election since 2005. After Hamas won legislative elections in 2006, all elections were canceled.

Despite the clear evidence to the contrary, Blinken put in a call to Abbas to tell him “that Hamas terrorists do not represent Palestinians.” He didn’t mention that the only reason they don’t is because the P.A. won’t hold elections to allow them to.

As the Hamas attacks were underway, Al Jazeera reported that mosque “minarets in the West Bank began making calls of ‘Allahu Akbar’ in an expression of support,” while “massive processions set out in a number of places in the West Bank… in Jenin, Tubas, Ramallah… in Hebron, and Bethlehem… to celebrate the ‘Al-Aqsa Flood’ battle.”

P.A. television rejoiced that “Gaza landed a blow that this occupation will yet remember… We are talking about dozens of detainees and captives, both dead bodies and captive soldiers and settlers… Today they are imprisoned in the Gaza Strip.”

The idea that the values of Hamas are fundamentally different from those of Fatah and the P.A., and that those differ from the values of the Arab Muslims living in the territories under their control, has no basis in actual fact. Politicians keep repeating these evidence-free claims because the alternative is to admit the grimness of the situation.

The two-state solution is based on a myth and a lie. It defies history, geography and reality. Decades of efforts to implement it have foundered on the simple fact that the issue is coexistence, not territory, and no matter what impossible maps are drawn, the violence never ends because it does not originate in the wars of ‘48, ‘67’ or ‘73, in Israel’s decision to close the Gaza border once Hamas seized power or in anything that happened in the last two centuries.

The myth that the P.A., born out of the PLO, was a moderate alternative to Hamas has long since been exposed as a lie, but no matter how often Arafat and then Abbas showed their true colors, how many innocent people were murdered, the big lie was too big to fail. And now, in the face of the worst terrorist attack in Israeli history, it’s still too big to fail.

The only way that Biden and the rest of Washington, D.C., can countenance removing Hamas is by replacing it with another bunch of terrorists to maintain the “two-state solution.”

But the issue is not just one terrorist group. Hamas and Fatah are reflections of their people.

Twenty years ago, a Hamas terrorist disguised as a woman walked into a Passover seder filled with elderly people, including Holocaust survivors, and set off a bomb, killing over two dozen and wounding over a hundred. The year after, the P.A. sponsored a soccer tournament in the terrorist’s honor, to the approval of 71% of Palestinians. (That same poll found that 74% of “Palestinians” supported Saddam Hussein, 82% viewed Hamas as “freedom fighters” and 79% believed that bombing Israeli restaurants and buses were not acts of “terrorism.”)

“There is no limit to Palestinian barbarism,” the Israeli government spokesman bitterly observed at the time. The spectacle of “bleeding and dazed survivors” who were “dragging moaning victims across a marble floor streaked with blood and littered with body parts and crushed matzo” set a new standard for evil. One woman saw “a little girl lying dead on the ground with her eyes wide open.”

The latest Hamas horrors were more of the same, only executed on a grander scale.

There is indeed no limit to “Palestinian” barbarism, and no limit to the lies that the rest of the world will swallow to avoid confronting it. The “two-state solution” is the worst of those lies. As the Jewish families massacred by Hamas found out, no one can live next door to monsters who lust for the opportunity to torture, mutilate, rape and kill them. That’s the “two-state solution.”

Biden’s push for a ‘Two-State Solution’ would hand over Gaza from one Islamic terrorist group to another. The Palestinian Authority provides payments to Hamas terrorists and their families as part of its ‘Pay-to-Slay’ program. It celebrates their atrocities and collaborates with them.

The Hamas butchery finally convinced the Biden administration that the terror group needed to go, but the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade has admitted that Fatah took part in the Hamas attacks. Where did the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade come from? It was founded by a member of Tanzim, another Fatah terrorist group responsible for multiple suicide bombings that was created by Arafat and led by Marwan Barghouti.

While Barghouti is serving several life sentences in Israeli prison, if he were to run for president of the Palestinian Authority, polls show he would defeat the Hamas leader, 60% to 37%.

That’s the future of ‘Two-State Solution’.

The ‘Two-State Solution’ is not an end to violence, it’s perpetual violence. If we want an actual solution, it begins with ending our political and financial support for Islamic terror groups in Israel. The experiment of giving the terrorists an independent state has been tried and failed. The death toll from the terrorists of the ‘Two-State Solution’ continues to grow every year.

The solution to terrorism is not more terrorism, it’s ending terrorism.


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