It really is amazing how openly the Palestinians discuss their plans for making Judea and Samaria "Judenrein" (German for making an area "clean of Jews"). This morning, at a Christian Science Monitor sponsored breakfast, the Palestinian Ambassador to the United States endorsed the forcible transfer of Jews out of a future Palestinian State, something that he has mentioned previously. Apparently the purpose of this is to allow the two peoples to develop "separate national identities" whatever that means. Based on this logic, he believes Israel should evict the Palestinians who currently live within the 1949 armistice lines, which I'm pretty sure is something he doesn't support. All he is really doing is using hand waving and diplomatic niceties to justify the ethnic cleansing of the Jews from Judea and Samaria. Just take a look at the map of the West Bank, with Jewish areas marked in dark blue:
murdered. This would mean that places like Hebron, which had 3,500 years of Jewish settlement (starting when Abraham bought the burial plot where eventually he and his wife were buried), would be off limits to Jews, possibly forever (the Palestinian Arabs had actually tried to do this before, in 1929, killing 69 Jews and forcing the rest to flee for their lives). Also, if Jerusalem is divided, as many anti-Israeli leftists, including Obama support, Jews might be banned from parts of the city that were first part of a Jewish state 3,000 years ago. And imagine if they are given control of the Old City and the holiest shrine in Judaism, the Western Wall?
The dichotomy between acceptable discussion within Jewish/Israeli circles and Palestinian circles just couldn't be more stark. Nobody even close to the mainstream of Jewish/Israeli political thought is suggesting the forcible removal of all Arabs from Israel, yet someone who is very much in the mainstream of Palestinian politics, and even a diplomat, is talking about the forced ethnic cleansing of the Jewish people from their homes (through forcible eviction or murder, he never really specified what happens if Jewish residents say no). How is this acceptable? And why is Israel even thinking about negotiating with these people who clearly have no regard for human rights or Jewish life for that matter?