Israel and the Palestinian Authority have failed to draft a joint statement to be presented at next week's US-sponsored Middle East conference, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told a meeting of Arab League foreign ministers in Cairo on Friday.
During a briefing on the progress of talks between Israel and the PA, Abbas said the negotiations were genuine, but both sides stuck to their positions, and Israel brought about the talks failure.
And this, of course, is true. Israel is always and without exception responsible for the failure of Middle East peace talks. I say this without a hint of sarcasm. And the reason is this: any solution that leaves Israel standing, any compromise that doesn't place Israel's very existence in serious jeopardy, any resolution that includes the continuing viability of Israel as a Jewish state, will be completely and utterly rejected by the representatives of the Palestinian Authority and the rest of the Arab world.
It's Israel's fault. It really is. Because without Israel, there would be peace in "Palestine." Or, rather, there would be the absence of a conflict of any interest to the chattering masses and foreign governments who find themselves so deeply committed to ending the "cycle of violence" and resolving the "Israeli-Palestinian conflict." Arabs murdering Arabs and Muslims butchering Muslims don't ever excite the extreme moral outrage that Israel's attempts to defend herself against genocidal terrorists always does.
So please. Let the talks "fail." And let's blame Israel. Let's go on blaming Israel. It's vastly preferable to the alternative.