The world isn't willing to accept — and we won't change that in 2010 — the expectation that Israel will rule another people for decades more ... It's something that doesn't exist anywhere else in the world ... Palestinians aspire to a state of their own and there is no other way, whether you like it or not, than to let them rule themselves.Riiight. As if Hamas doesn't control Gaza. As if Abbas isn't at the helm in the West Bank primarily because of Israel, which is all that is preventing Hamas from throwing him out. As if when the Palestinians and their abettors talk about "occupation" they aren't referring to the "occupation" of Israel by sovereign Jews, a patent impossibility according to Islamic doctrine. As if, unlike the Israel-Palestinian situation, in which Palestinians have self rule if not "official" nation status, China doesn't control Tibet, India doesn't control the Punjab, etc., etc., etc.
I don't know what's wrong with Ehud Barak, but here's an educated guess: He's suffering from Oslo Syndrome. And he doesn't "get" the jihad. Someone who does, thankfully: Israeli Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe “Bogie” Ya’alon. He observes that
From the dawn of Zionism there has not been a Palestinian leadership willing to recognize Israel’s right to exist as the national home of the Jewish people. This is the source of the problem, and not what is called the occupied territories since ’67. The opposition to Zionism began before we liberated Judea, Samaria and Gaza; before we established a state.Don't expect to see his comments posted on Fatah's facebook page any time soon, though--or ever.
Update: Another quote that'll never make the Fatah cut (because it makes mincemeat of the argument that it's all about the "occupation")--by Kevin Levin, author of The Oslo Syndrome, from FrontPage magazine:
Indoctrination to genocidal anti-Semitism is epidemic among Palestinians and in Arab and other Muslim states. “Peace” plans that do not recognize this as the major obstacle to genuine peace, but rather push steps which ignore it, inexorably lead to more violence and are doomed to fail. Even worse, by their silence on this issue they pander to and help promote such deadly hate-mongering.
Demonization not only of Israel’s Jews but of all Jews, and calls for their mass murder, are a staple of Palestinian institutions, those controlled by Mahmoud Abbas’s Palestinian Authority as well as those of Hamas.
Hamas’s charter quotes a Hadith in which Allah declares that the Day of Judgement will not come until the Jews are all killed and even the stones and trees will help in murdering them. The charter adds that Hamas “aspires to the realization of Allah’s promise, no matter how long that should take.”
Hamas systematically employs its media, mosques and schools to convey the same message. Its schools and children’s television programming teach their young audience the virtues of killing Jews.
The Palestinian Authority hardly lags behind its Islamist rivals in peddling genocidal Jew-hatred. PA media depict Jews as a cancer that must be excised and, like Hamas, insist it is a religious duty to do so. PA indoctrination includes delineations of the nature of Jews that entail virtually every hoary anti-Semitic caricature. While PA leaders such as Mahmoud Abbas talk of “peace” to Western leaders and media, they use their vehicles of incitement to instill in Palestinians not only commitment to annihilating Israel but also dedication to extirpating the Jews.
For example, a recent official Palestinian Authority Friday sermon, broadcast on PA TV and translated by The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), had the preacher declaring: “The Jews are the enemies of Allah and His messenger… the enemies of humanity in general… Our mutual enmity with the Jews is a matter of faith more than an issue pertaining to occupation and land… The prophet Muhammad said: ‘You will fight the Jews, and you will kill them…’”