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Timeline: History of Palestinians Rejecting Peace Agreements with Israel

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Foreign Desk News put together a comprehensive timeline detailing “the History of Palestinians Rejecting Peace Agreements with Israel.”  FDN notes the history is important as “various media outlets, organizations, and politicians continue to push false narratives against the Jewish state, blaming Israel for deserving the terrorist attack over its ‘occupation’ of the Palestinian people while ignoring critical facts about the Israel-Palestinian issue.”

Before the re-establishment of the Jewish state of Israel in 1948, the Jerusalem Mufti Hajj Amin Husseini, the leader of the Palestinian Arabs from the 1920s to the 1940s, told Britain, which was attempting to find a way to establish cooperation between Arabs and Jews in what was then British-mandate Palestine, that residents of Jewish lands would “not be awarded citizenship in our future country.” The Mufti suggested that the Jews be deported from Palestine, rejecting any notion of a Jewish state.

Husseini promised that if a Jewish state was established, the Jews living in it would be expelled from a Palestinian Arab state.

In the Fall of 1947, the Mufti refused to adopt the U.N. partition plan that offered to establish a Jewish State and an Arab State. According to historians and experts, had the Mufti agreed to the U.N.’s plan, the Palestinian Arabs would have gained a much larger area than anything they would have received going forward.

Following the series of invasions by Arab neighbors against Israel, the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) came to form, with its chairman, Yasser Arafat, continuing to reject Israel’s right to exist. Under Arafat, Palestinian terrorist fighters engaged in hijackings, kidnappings, and armed attacks against Israel and Jews worldwide.

Arafat and his organization were responsible for various conflicts in the Middle East, including the infamous Black September event in 1970 when he threatened to overthrow the King of Jordan. Arafat also supported the Iran mullahs in their overthrow of the Israeli-friendly Shah of Iran, leading to the formation of the most dangerous Islamic-based regime in the world.

When then-Egyptian President Anwar Sadat signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1979, the PLO called for Egypt to be boycotted. The Arab states adopted that boycott and prevented Cairo from participating in the Arab League from 1977 until 1989. Many of the Arab ambassadors in Egypt were recalled, and Arabs visiting Egypt were considered either traitors or spies.

In 1993, the Israeli government decided to make peace with the PLO, signing the Oslo Accords, whereby the PLO was supposed to renounce terrorism and recognize Israel’s right to exist. Additionally, both sides agreed that a Palestinian Authority (P.A.) would be established and assume governing responsibilities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip over five years.

However, despite the flowery promises, Arafat and his organization did not carry out their primary task of stopping terrorism against Israel. Instead, the P.A. did not stop suicide bombers from the Islamic Palestinian group Hamas from carrying out to the streets and buses of the cities of Israel. Even when Arafat and his organization obtained the Gaza Strip, his corrupt practices prevented the area from flourishing.

In July 2000, at a Camp David Summit, the Israeli government offered Arafat a series of concessions as part of a comprehensive peace arrangement. In return, Arafat was asked to end the conflict and assist the Israeli government in stopping Hamas terrorist attacks.

The P.A. rejected the Israeli proposals and never offered a counterproposal. The Palestinian Authority enacted a massive wave of violence known as the second intifada against Israeli civilians and soldiers. According to reports, a total of 1,184 Israelis were murdered.

In 2005, Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip, handing the entire territory to the P.A. in hopes of a final peace. In response, the Palestinian population elected Hamas to Gaza in 2007 and destroyed the infrastructure, businesses, homes, and greenhouses left behind.

Since then, the Palestinians have been launching missiles and rockets at Israeli towns and villages from the Gaza Strip for years.

In 2008, the Israeli government offered P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas a massive peace proposal, which granted unprecedented territorial concessions. The P.A. rejected the concessions because they viewed the offer as insufficient and stressed the right to control the holy sites in Jerusalem.

Under the Trump administration in 2019, the Palestinian leadership rejected the “Deal of a Century” proposal, refusing to participate in the economic conference held in Bahrain.

Once the plan was published, the P.A. outright refused the offer, which would have led to economic growth and generated new livelihoods for the Palestinian Arabs. Since then, the P.A. has lost its influence among Palestinian Arabs, who have increased their support for Hamas and Islamic Jihad, which have vowed to wipe all Jews from the face of the earth.

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Good Riddance to UNRWA as it Supports Hamas

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The head of UNRWA recently accused Israel of waging an “expanded, concerted campaign” to destroy the UN agency. The leader of UNRWA does have a cause for concern, as Israel’s Defense Minister Yoav Gallant stated that UNRWA has “lost legitimacy and can no longer function as a UN body.” UN Watch’s Hillel Neuer stated that “The rot is systemic, and that’s why we’re holding a conference…to replace UNRWA.” And now Congressional Republicans are probing the Biden administration’s decision to restore US funding to UNRWA in 2021, following the Trump administration’s suspension of that funding in 2018.

Good riddance to UNRWA if it ends up folding under pressure; UNRWA and the UN are Hamas apologists at best, and facilitators at worst. For example, the UN’s Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator actually insisted that “Hamas is not a terrorist group for us,” but merely a “political movement.” And the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the Palestinian Territories, in a rejoinder to the French president calling the October 7 attack “the largest anti-Semitic massacre of our century,” stated that “No, Mr. Macron. The victims of [the October 7 attack] were not killed because of their Judaism, but in response to Israel’s oppression.”

UNRWA Employees Provide Material Support to Hamas, PIJ

Israeli Defense Minister Galant has named 12 specific UNRWA employees who “actively participated” in Hamas’ October 7 attack on Israel, and also stated that Israel has “significant indications based on intelligence” that implicates “over 30” additional UNRWA employees. Gallant stated that of UNRWA’s 13,000 staff in Gaza, “1,468 workers are known to be active in Hamas and PIJ, 185 UNRWA workers are active in the military branches of Hamas and 51 are active in the PIJ military branch.”

Additional to those numbers are the 30 UNRWA teachers known to have celebrated the October 7 attacks on a UNRWA Telegram group that had 3,000 members.

Hamas’ “Data Center” Found Underneath UNRWA Headquarters

Israel also found a Hamas “data center” under UNRWA’s headquarters in Gaza, equipped with an electrical room, computer servers and rooms where Hamas operatives could work and sleep, and that there were power lines connecting UNRWA’s headquarters to this data center. And surprise, some of the equipment found was made in Iran and China. Interestingly, while the Hamas “data center” contained electronics, a server room in the above-ground UNRWA headquarters had most of its electronics missing, which appears to be indicative of “actions of someone who knew the army was coming and wanted to hide the evidence,” according to Col. Benny Aharon of Israel’s 401st Armored Brigade. After the head of UNRWA denied that UNRWA knew of this data center ahead of time, Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) tweeted “Oh, you knew,” and stated that Israel had warned UN officials about the data center but those officials chose to ignore those warnings.

Additional Evidence of Strong UNRWA/Hamas Partnership

Additionally, UN Watch cited instances of UNRWA/Hamas synergy, including that Israel found:

  • At the UNRWA headquarters above ground, weapons and “documents that indicated that the same offices were also used by Hamas”;
  • UNRWA aid bags in Yahya Sinwar’s bunker;
  • UNRWA concrete in Hamas’ tunnels that housed hostages;
  • Missiles and rockets under UNRWA equipment;
  • That Hamas stashed ammunition, explosives, and weapons in UNRWA bags, and that Hamas also had UN vests;
  • That Hamas stored weapons in and fired weapons from a UNRWA school; and
  • That Hamas’ “Ministry of Health” stole 24,000 gallons of fuel from UNRWA.

And to further emphasize the scope of how seriously UNRWA is compromised by Hamas, every single UNRWA “site, school, mosque, [and] kindergarten” that Israel has inspected had weapons, according to Israel’s commander of the 646th Reserve Paratroopers Brigade.

Calls to preserve UNRWA merely deflect away from the “systemic” “rot” found in the organization. Israel should make sure that UNRWA does not operate in any post-war Gaza, as the organization compromises the security of the Jewish state.

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