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PAGE 4A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, FEBRUARY 23, 2018 By Caroline Glick When asked about the implications of his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital for prospects for peace, Trump turned to On Tuesday a delegation of diplomats from Netanyahu and said, "You [Israel] won one the US Consulate in Jerusalem came to Beth- point, and you'll give up some points later lehem to participate in a meeting of the local on in the negotiation, if it ever takes place. chamber of commerce. When they arrived in I don't know that it ever will take place." the city, Fatah members attacked them. Their Jason Greenblatt, Trump's chief peace ne- vehicles with diplomatic license plates were gotiator, seems less sanguine at the concept pelted with tomatoes and eggs by a mob of that the peace process is over. protesters calling out anti-American slogans. At a meeting in Ramat Gan this week with After the Americans entered the hallwhere ambassadors from EU member states, one of the meetingwas scheduled to take place, some the ambassadors asked Greenblatt whether of the rioters barged in. They held placards Jerusalem is still a subject for negotiations condemning America and they shouted, between Israel and the Palestinians, or "Americans Out!" whether, as Trump said in Davos, the issue Some of the demonstrators cursedthe Pal- is settled and is in Trump's words, "off the estinians present, accusing them of treason table." forparticipatinginameetingwithAmericans. Greenblatt reportedly answered that According to the news reports, the scene Trump mischaracterized the situation at became tense and violent. The American of- Davos. Jerusalem is still a topic for nego- ficials beat aspeedy retreat. As they departed tiation between the sides, as Trump made the city, the Fatah rioters continuedattacking clear in his December 6, 2017, declaration their cars, kicking them and throwing eggs recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, at them, until they were gone. Greenblatt said. On Saturday, Fatah members in Bethle- Greenblatt's statements over the past sev- hem-area UN camps convened to carry out eral days paint apicture of an administration a very public "people's tribunal." Trump and unclear on what to make of the Palestinian Vice President Mike Pence were tried for response to Trump's recognition of Jeru- "racism" and"bias" against the Palestinians. salem. On the one hand, they continue to The "tribunal" found them guilty and maintain that peace can only be based on sentenced the president and vice president to reality and therefore, recognizing Jerusalem death by hanging. Their bodies, the "judges" was necessary for peace to ever be achieved. decided, were to be burned. Along these lines, at his meeting with The implication of the "trial" was clear, the European ambassadors, Greenblattalso Americans like Israelis should be killed, told them that their insistent condemnation The burning effigies themselves were a of construction in Israeli communities in natural consequence of PLO and Fatah chief Judea and Samaria as an obstacle to peace and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mah- is wrong. Construction of housing in the moud Abbas's call last month for Trump's settlements has no impact on prospects for "house to be destroyed." peace, he insisted, rightly. That is, both the assault on the consular The last time any US envoy said anything officers Tuesday and the riot on Saturday were approaching Greenblatt's reported remarks simply Abbas's followers carrying out his or- was 2003. ders. He put the Americans in his crosshairs. But then, Greenblatt wouldn't let go of the And they are pulling the trigger--for now, hope that the Palestinians are interested in with effigies and eggs. cutting a peace deal. It isn't hard for Abbas to set his people SpeakinginBrusselsatadonorconference against the Americans. Palestinians hate for the Palestinian Authority, Greenblatt Americans. repeated over and over that the US is corn- In large part, anti-Americanism among mitred to the peace process. Palestinians redounds to two things. First, Then there was his fawning message to incitement. For 25 years, the US-financed PA"Prime Minister" Rami Hamdallah, who PA has used all the tools at its disposal to participated in the conference. indoctrinate the Palestinians to hate America The sole reason the conference in Brussels almost as much as they hate Israel.was convened was to raise tens of millions of Second, like the Iranian regime, the Pales- dollars for Hamdallah to shove into bank ac- tinians view the US and Israel as two sides of counts controlled by Abbas and his kleptocrat thesamecoin.Andindeed, theirhatredforthe underlings. It would have been rather odd US is the mirror image of Israelis' love for it. if Hamdallah wasn't there to beg in person. While the Palestinians topped the list of And yet, Greenblatt didn't treat Hamdal- people who view the US as their enemy, Israel |ah's presence in the meeting room as no big topped the list of nations that view the US as deal. He didn't call him out publicly for the their partner. Ninety percent of Israelis view dangerous assault by Fatah activists against the US as their partner. US diplomats in Bethlehem the day before. AllAbbasneededtodowascallforTrump'sInstead Greenblatt gushed, "I am par- house to be destroyed and mobs of Fatah ticularly pleased to see you Prime Minister members were only too happy to go into the Hamdailah--I hope, as a sign of the Pales- streets and burn the president in effigy, tinian Authority's continued commitment President Donald Trump and his advisers to the process which we have undertaken can play by Fatah's rules or they can walk away. together. Despite our differences, we remain Trump, for his part, seems more than will- committed to continue working together to ingtowalkawayfromthewholebusiness.Over use our best efforts to resolve the Israeli- the past week Trump threatened to cut offall Palestinian conflict." US aid to the Palestinians three times. In his Given the fact that the day before Fatah appearance with Prime Minister Benjamin members attacked US diplomats in Beth- Netanyahu at Davos last week, Trump made lehem, and four days earlier they burned clear that he wouldn't be overly upset if the Trump and Pence in effigy, it would have peace process disappears, been reasonable for Greenblatt to publicly "Icantellyouthatlsraeldoeswanttomake excoriate Hamdallah and the PA for their peace," Trump said. actions. The Palestinians, he continued, are "going The fact that Greenblatt failed to call him to have to want to make peace too, or we're to account, but rather gushed at Hamdallah's goingtohavenothingtodowithitanylonger." presence like a teenage girl over a rock star, THE VIEWS EXPRESSED ON THIS PAGE ARE NOT NECESSARILY THE VIEWS OF HERITAGE MANAGEMENT. CENTRAL FLORIDA'SINDEPENDENTJEWISHVOICE ~ ~ 1SSN 0199-0721 Winner of 46 Press Awards Editor/Publisher Editor Emeritus Associate Editor News Editor Gene Stare Nm Fischer Christine DeSouza HERITAGE Florida Jewish News (ISN 0199-0721) is published weekly for $37.95 per year to Florida ad- dresses ($46.95 for the rest of the U.S.) by HERITAGE Central Florida Jewish News, Inc 207 O'Brien Road, Suite 101, Fern Park, FL 32730. Periodicals postage paid at Fern Park and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes and other correspondence to: HERITAGE, P.O. Box 300742, Fern Park, FL 32730. MAILING ADDRESS PHONE NUMBER P.O. Box 300742 (407) 834-8787 Fern Park, FL 32730 FAX (407) 831-0507 emaih Society Editor Office Manager Gloria Yousha Paulette Alfonso Account Executives Kim Fischer Marci Gaeser Contributing Columnists Jim Shipley Ira Sharkansky David Bomstein Ed Ziegler Production Department David Lehman Gil Dombmsky Joyce Gore shows that the Americans are still unclear why the Palestinians have taken a sword to their relations with Washington. Greenblatt, like his colleagues at the con- sulate and the State Department, don't under- stand what is happening because they think that the peace process is about negotiating. But that's never been what the peace process has been about. If it were about negotiating then the Palestinians would have been held accountable for their breaches of every com- mitment they ever made to Israel. But they have never been held to account. Only Israel has been held to account. Indeed, Israel has been attacked despite the fact that it has upheld all of its commitments. Meantime, the Palestinians have never honored any of their commitments to Is- rael-or to the US. They never canceled or amended the PLO Charter that calls for Israel's annihilation. They never ended their incitement to murder Israelis. They never ended their sponsorship or finance of ter- rorism. They never extradited terrorists who murdered Americans to the US to stand trial. They certainly never extradited terrorists to stand trial in Israel. Indeed, they have never recognized Israel's right to exist. As far as the Palestinians are concerned, the peace process is a process of unconditional Israeli surrender to all of their terms. The role of the US as the sponsor of the peace process is to coerce Israel to make concessions that together will lead to its unconditional surren- der. And for the better part of the past quarter century successive US administrations have played by the Palestinians' rules. But then Trump showed up. When Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, he took something away from the Palestinians. That has never happened before. And now, reports that the administration is considering holding the UN's Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA to the same definition of "refugee" as the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees means another Palestinian high card is in danger. If Trump carries out his threat, then the only Palestinians who will be eligible for refugee status will be the 20,000 Palestinians who left Israel between 1947 and 1949. In one fell swoop, Trump would wipe out the Palestinian demand to destroy Israel through mass immigration of five million foreign-born Arabs to its territory--in the framework of peace. In an interview with Fox News, chief Pal- estinian negotiator Saeb Erekat was asked what the administration can do to placate the Palestinians' anger and convince them to renew their contacts with Washington. Erekat said the only thing the US can do is cancel its recognition of Jerusalem. Mean- ing only unconditional American surrender to Palestinian demands will bring America back into the PLO's good graces. At the entrance to Jericho a sign is hang- ing saying that Americans and dogs are not welcome. Signs on shop windows in Ramal- lah and Jericho inform all US and British visitors thinking of coming inside that they are required to apologize for their govern- ments' policies. It's time for Greenblatt to understand that the peace process is over. And unless Trump intends to humiliate himself and America and sell Israel down the river like his predecessors did, the peace process will not be resuscitated. The longer he and his colleagues pretend away the truth, the more they imperil themselves and empower a people that will be more than happy to move beyond eggs and tomatoes and effigies and banners. Originally published in The Jerusalem Post. Caroline Glick is the senior Middle East Fellow at the Center for Security Policy in Washington, DC, the deputy managing editor of The Jerusalem Post and a contributor to the Jewish World Review. Jim Shipley Therefor, choose life Here are some late night thoughts as I approach my 89th year. God knows (he or she, assuming of course ) that I am not a theologian, or for that matter--in the eyes of many who are--a religious person. A Jew? Oh yes--first and foremost and for at least the last two thirds of my life. If I am a Jew, certain things become self- evident. I have a DNA that is consistent with millions and millions of people both living and dead. Many of those dead of course, not of natural causes. I am a descendent of a people who in essence invented a belief system which became a religion. I am a minority. I have a responsibility to my fellow man--that is to see that, at least in my life, to do what I can to see that each and every human being has an equal shot at respectability, responsibility and success. As a Jew, I have a DNA that makes it natural for me to disagree with many, to take every "truth" with a respectively sized grain of salt. I don't believe that Lot's wife was turned into a "pillar of salt"---although I've seen the mythical location of that stark result of a lady disobeying her husband. I don't believe that Methuselah lived 900 years. I do believe the earth is at least a few million years older than we know it to be at this point in our lives. I do believe in evolution in almost all its forms. I believe that any Jew with this DNA knows that in his deep background there was a per- sonal connection to the State of Israel in one of its first two Commonwealths. I believe that if indeed the head of J Street really said that if the Jews want to stop anti-Semitism they should dissolve the State of Israel he should be struck by lightning--but I don't believe he said it. I find certain sections of the Torah and the various religious observances, stories and philosophies ringing true to me. There is a section in the High Holy Day services that tell of God speaking to the Jews. "I set before you death and life therefore choose life " That's an easy one to believe and follow--un- less you dig behind the words and seek their true meaning. "Choose Life'--does that mean our own life or the lives of others as well? We are directed to "Chose Life"--and I in- terpret that to mean to choose life over death for every human being. Where possible. If it comes to a choice I am going to cherish and protect those closest to me. I feel there is a need to develop and distribute life-saving drugs. I appreciate the amount of time and money spent by pharmaceutical companies to bring a new life-saving drug to market. I also believe that our government with our money has a responsibility to keep those costs "within reason." Not the company's--the patients. It is just stupid that our government is prohibited by its own doing from negotiating prices for we the people. "Choose life." It states in the Torah that "he who saves one life it is as if he has saved the world." Well, we Jews are famous for overstate- ment--but that is a good start. When Jews are murdered simply because they want to live in peace in their own land I believe that "an eye for an eye" comes into play at that point. As a Jew through DNA I know that while I was born in Brooklyn I have a stake in Israel. That is not "Dual Loyalty." I served in the armed services of the U.S. Our oldest son served in the IDF. We spread it around and salute both flags. Neither of us has ever taken a knee--but we can empathize with those who have. I learned how to shoot in the U.S. Coast Guard. The U.S. was at war in Korea. I never felt I would fire a shot in anger and I didn't. Our son learned how to shoot in the IDF and in Lebanon he heard a lot of shots fired in anger, but it was a war. I see no reason why a weapon like an AK-47 is allowed to be manufactured for any buyer except the military of the United States. A magazine holding more than seven bullets should be illegal. "Hunting and sport" does not mean the rush from firing off 50 rounds in a row--even at a target. Jews know all these things if they take the time to think them through--you do, don't you?