On December 5, 2012, the New York Times published an op-ed from Saree Makdisi, a professor of English literature at UCLA, titled "If Not Two States, Then One."
Professor Makdisi and his cohort of fairy-tale-weavers are finally caught up in a fantasy of their own making. It is a textbook example of the unraveling of propaganda, the development of which can be summarized as follows:
First, create the myth of a hitherto unknown "Palestinian people" entitled to "self-determination" in Judea (of all places), a territory allocated to the Jewish people by an act of international law adopted in 1920 and which recognized the necessity of reconstituting the Jewish national home in Palestine.
Second, starting in 1970, gather support for that sham in the notorious General Assembly of the United Nations, where an automatic backing is guaranteed through the practice of bloc-voting by the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), the Non Aligned Movement (NAM) and the Organization of African Unity (OAU).
Third, enter into make-believe agreements -- from the Oslo accords onwards, and with no intention to abide by their provisions -- where the Arab objective of destroying Israel, clearly spelled out in the three Palestinian Charters of Fatah, the PLO, and Hamas, is cleverly masked in order to draw support and funding from gullible Western politicians whose sympathies for the presumed underdog "are quicker than their comprehension," as Jeane Kirkpatrick, former U.S. ambassador to the U.N., aptly noted in 1989.
Fourth, reject all concrete peace plans proposed by Israel and launch the most obnoxious terror campaigns in the guise of "resistance to the occupation," while nurturing the vilest prejudices of gangs of useful idiots with slanderous accusations of Israel, centered on apartheid and Palestinian victimhood, and with calls for boycott, divestment, and sanctions.
Fifth, jump the gun and submit a unilateral declaration of Palestinian statehood for approval by the ever-compliant U.N. General Assembly, and, in the process, openly violate all past agreements and implicitly threaten legal action against Israel.
And now that the Israeli government has finally run short of patience with these protracted antics and is all but on the verge of giving up on any accommodation with the Palestinian weasels, here comes Prof. Makdisi, feigning righteous indignation but actually admitting (perhaps unwittingly) that "the fiction of a separate Palestinian state is revealed to have no more substance than the Wizard of Oz." Always a puff of fresh air when truth emerges from the staunchest obfuscators, even if is just a slip of the tongue!
It is worth noting that the underlying reason for the Palestinian acceptance of the so-called "two-state solution" has always been the dismantlement of the state of Israel, as Abbas Zaki, a member of the Fatah Central Committee, candidly stated in September 2011.
This hidden objective -- which was obvious to everyone but the wishful thinkers -- emerged last week, when President Mahmoud Abbas reiterated his willingness to associate Hamas with the Palestinian Authority, after Khaled Mashaal galvanized a huge crowd in Gaza with the promise to obliterate Israel.
And so, what is the whole purpose of this latest rant from Prof. Makdisi? To revert to the original and unspoken goal of the Arabs -- namely, the destruction of Israel through another gimmick: the "one-state solution," where waves of so-called "refugees" swamp the Land of Israel and put an end to the Jewish State.
But let's go along Makdisi's suggestion with one inserted word, and support a "one-Jewish-state solution" from the Mediterranean to the River, as it was adjudicated under international law at the San Remo Conference on April 25, 1920, a decision never altered since.
This would close the most recent sad chapter of a nightmare that has been plaguing the region for almost a century. Once this principle is restored, the practical implementation of a real peace could be worked out for the betterment of all the populations concerned.