(Note: An edited version
of letter to the editor listed below was published by The Washington Post
on Oct. 21, 2016 under the title No Palestinian partner)
The Oct. 20 news article
Growing movement of Israeli, Palestinian women presses for peace talks to resume noted that many Israelis do not believe there is a negotiating partner on the other side but did not detail the Palestinian rejectionism that helps contribute to that skepticism.
As the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America and others have noted, Palestinian leadership has on numerous occasions rejected U.S. and Israeli offers for statehood in exchange for peace with and recognition of the Jewish state. In 2000 at Camp David, 2001 at Taba and 2008 after the Annapolis Conference, the Palestinian Authority turned down opportunities for peace and statehood, refusing to so much as make a counteroffer.
Similarly, the Palestinians refused both U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerrys 2014 and Vice President Joe Bidens March 2016 proposals to restart negotiations. Instead, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has incited anti-Jewish violence, paid salaries to imprisoned Palestinian terrorists and their families, and
as recently as his Sept. 22 speech before the United Nations
denied Israel's right to exist.
If some Israelis are concerned about a lack of a negotiating partner on the other side, one could hardly blame them.