Palestinians Love to Say "No"

July 25, 2011 – New York – When it comes to peace with Israel, the Palestinians have mastered the ability to say “no,” says AJC Executive Director David Harris in his national radio commentary.

It dates back to 1947. And it continues to this day,” says Harris. “It revolves around the word ‘no.’ And that word keeps coming from the Palestinians every time an effort’s made to strike a deal with Israel.”

The AJC weekly radio messages are broadcast on the CBS radio network, before The Osgood File. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at www.ajc.org/radiocommentary.

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The full text of this week’s commentary follows:

Unfortunately, it’s the same old story.

It dates back to 1947. And it continues to this day.

Precious lives have been lost, opportunities squandered.

It revolves around the word “no.”

And that word keeps coming from the Palestinians every time an effort’s made to strike a deal with Israel.

The UN tried as early as 64 years ago, but failed.

American presidents and Israeli prime ministers have given it their best shot, but always come up short.

It’s hard for us Americans to understand. How can one side in this conflict always find an excuse or justification for refusing to grasp an outstretched hand?

That hand offers a brighter future for Palestinians and Israelis alike, yet it’s never materialized.

Again now, Israel has said yes to compromise, yes to the creation of a Palestinian state, and yes to a new dawn.

The Palestinian response? The all-too-familiar “no.”

How tragic!

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