When Will Any Palestinian Leader Prepare Palestinians for Peace?

When do we stand up and call out political posturing for something far, far worse?

A popular sentiment, at least in the pro-Israel camp, is to lament the absence of Palestinian leadership that actively prepares the Palestinian people for reconciliation with Israel.  Instead, in the press, in schools, in Arabic statements and in officially sanctioned communication outlets, there is a steady stream of anti-Israel incitement that crosses any kind of political disagreement line and enters into the clear realm of existential warfare.

The latest example, reported by The Jerusalem Post and then by The New York Times, is so incredibly absurd that it boggles the mind:  there is no Jewish connection to the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

The claim was made in a November 22, 2010 Arabic-language article posted on the Web site of the Ministry of Information, Palestinian National Authority.  (We were not able to locate the article in the English version of the Web site.  If the Arabic article is not on the English version of the site, it is yet another example of Palestinian leadership saying one thing in English to the western world and something different in Arabic to its own people.)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made these remarks on November 25, 2010:

The Palestinian Authority Information Ministry’s denial of the link between the Jewish People and the Western Wall is reprehensible and scandalous.

The Western Wall has been the Jewish People’s most sacred place for almost 2,000 years, since the destruction of the Second Temple.

This is not the only instance in which Palestinians are trying to distort historical facts in order to deny the deep and historic link between the Jewish People and its homeland.

When the Palestinian Authority denies the link between the Jewish People and the Western Wall, it calls into serious question its intentions of reaching a peace agreement, the foundations of which are coexistence and mutual recognition.

The Government of Israel expects Palestinian Authority leaders to disavow and condemn the aforesaid document, refrain from distorting historical facts and encourage the creation of a bridge to peace that will lead to an historic reconciliation between the two peoples.”

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