The Trump administration thinks appealing to North Korean dictator
Undeterred, the administration's front man for
Kushner told Reuters the plan includes $50 billion in economic incentives, if the Palestinian leadership will simply recognize
One critical element is being left out of what we know so far about the proposal and that is religion. Kushner, who is Jewish, should have some particular insight into the conflict that eludes secularists. The Palestinians and Muslims in some neighboring countries believe they have a religious mandate to wipe out
Evidence that Kushner's plan is likely to experience the same fate as those that have gone before is contained in a study of textbooks used by Palestinian schoolchildren.
The study, conducted by
Even math books use martyrs to teach arithmetic.
In upper grades, writes Pardo, "The strategy of violence and pressure (in place of negotiations) is advocated as the most effective action to achieve Palestinian goals. ... And in these upper-grade textbooks, the concept of 'eternal war' is instigated through the abuse of Islamic terminology."
Real history is replaced with Palestinian and Islamic reinterpretations and even reinventions of history. One example: Pardo says Palestinians are being taught that they have always occupied the land. In fact, even their name -- Palestinians -- is a modern invention. As noted on the
There is much more from the study. "The Palestinian national anthem is taught in third-grade," writes Pardo, and "instills the spirit of fighting, revenge and sacrifice." And then there's this from the same third-grade text: "
Add these incitements to the sermons from Palestinian mosques and media in which
How does a Jewish-American who will be doubly hated for his citizenship and his religion bribe Palestinian leaders into reversing their religious mandate and political goals? If that strategy is not revealed in the rest of Kushner's peace plan, and if the Palestinians refuse to take the bribe, the plan will fail.
In the mind of Palestinian Authority President
The Kushner plan is a miscalculation similar to those made by previous administrations. Aside from abandoning the land-for-peace formula, which never worked, this plan appears to differ only in the amount of money being offered.
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