What for?, Re: The New Mideast Talks: Much Risk, Little Hope, but Still We Must Try, International Herald Tribune/New York Times, July 30, 2013

The Western concept of peace and the Islamic concept of peace are two very different things, which means that there can never be peace in the Western sense between Israel and the Palestinians because Islam and the Islamic concept of peace won’t permit it and because the Palestinians will never reject Islam and the Islamic concept of peace and use the Western concept of peace as the basis for any discussions or negotiations.

That in turn means that the current talks are a waste of time and effort and money and that everyone should just shut up and go home because Islam and the Islamic concept of peace makes peace in the Western sense between Israel and the Palestinians impossible.

Peace in the Western sense essentially means living in reconciliation and harmony and calm and tranquility with ones neighbors, despite whatever differences there may be. It means the absence of discord and fighting and war and that people don’t attempt to impose their viewpoints and way of life on others. Peace in the Islamic sense essentially means uniformity and conformity and strict adherence to Islam and the Islamic way of life. Peace in the Islamic sense means that everyone has to be a believer and conduct oneself according to Islam’s dictates, that peace does not and cannot exist as long as there are unbelievers. Believers cannot live in reconciliation and harmony and calm and tranquility with their unbeliever neighbors because they are mandated by Islam to turn them into believers, using violence as required. Peace in the Western sense means the absence of discord and fighting and war…peace in the Islamic sense guarantees all three.

Two very different, completely opposite concepts.

Palestinians will have to reject Islam and the Islamic concept of peace before there can be peace in the Western sense between them and Israel.

You can forget that.

Palestinians will also have to reject the Jew hatred and anti-semitism that pervades and poisons every aspect of their society and that is part of the nature and essence of Islam.

You can forget that too.

Like I said, these talks, like all talks before them, are a waste of time, effort and money and everyone should just shut up and go home.

Palestinians cannot make peace in the Western sense because Islam won’t permit it and Israel cannot make peace in the Islamic sense because that will mean committing national suicide.

Talks about ceasefire agreements or agreements about all manner of other things?

Sure.

Talks about true and lasting peace in the Western sense?

What for?

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