The Arab Indecisiveness Gene?

Nate Beeler

Miraculously, the New York Times has discovered the real reason why the Arab-Israeli conflict cannot be resolved. In today’s editorial, the geniuses write:

The main responsibility [for the stalemate] right now belongs to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel who refuses to make any serious compromises for peace. He appears far more concerned about his own political survival than his country’s increasing isolation or the threat of renewed violence in the West Bank and all around Israel’s borders.

Well, at least, Palestinian “President” Mahmoud Abbas doesn’t have to worry about his political survival. His term officially ended in January of 2009, but not to worry: He unilaterally extended his term for another year and continues in office even after that second deadline expired. No mention of that from the Times.

And then they excrete this:

There is no mystery to what a final deal would look like, just a lack of political courage to push it to the end. In The Times on Thursday, Ehud Olmert, Israel’s former prime minister, wrote about his own 2008 peace offer to Mr.[Mahmoud] Abbas, which would have led to the creation of a Palestinian state on territory equivalent to the pre-1967 West Bank and Gaza Strip, with mutually agreed land swaps.

Mr. Olmert said his ideas were never formally rejected by Mr. Abbas, who, despite recent assertiveness, suffers from an inability to make decisions [my emphasis].

The Times didn’t say whether this affliction is “suffered” only by Mr. Abbas or whether it is endemic to Arabs and Muslims in general. If it’s a racial trait, that would explain a lot: The Arabs are simply torn between making peace with Israel and wiping them off the face of the earth. Maybe it’s like the “gay gene”: They can’t help themselves. They’re indecisive, get over it?

One wonders if, perhaps, there exists an indecisiveness gene not yet discovered. If so, we have been beating our heads against a wall for all these years trying to get the Arabs to settle with Israel, when all that time they have been congenitally incapable of giving peace a chance. The Israelis, it seems, have all along been mistaking indecision for murderous intent. Who knew?

Perhaps “stem cell” research, rather than politics, will solve the conflict.

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  • Sugel  On October 3, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    .As a consequence of the fighting in Palestine Israel between 1947 and 1949 over 700 000 Palestinian Arabs became refugees. The official Israeli position holds that the refugees fled on orders from Arab political and military leaders. One Israeli military intelligence document indicates that at least 75 percent of the refugees left due to Zionist or Israeli military actions psychological campaigns aimed at frightening Arabs into leaving and direct expulsions.

  • ron james  On October 4, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    So? Perhaps the Arabs should have accepted the two-state solution back then. Don’t the Jews whose possessions and property were confiscated when they were expelled from the numerous Arab countries have a legitimate grievance as well?

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