Sunday, May 2, 2010

How to Pick a Palestinian Terrorist

Ever wondered what it's like being The Australian's opinion page editor Rebecca Weisser?

Guided by your near supernatural ability to differentiate between what you call mainstream and radical opinion, and your unerring sense of exactly what it is the readers want to read (See my 26/4/10 post Do You Want Your News Limited?), you and you alone can decree the following 'opinion' mainstream and so worthy of gracing the pages of The Australian:

"What is more, any Palestinian state would materialise only amidst compromise. There will be no return to the 1967 borders; at most Palestinians would be compensated for territorial adjustments made necessary by large blocs of Jewish settlements and Israeli security concerns. There will be nothing more than a token right of return for Palestinians to Israel. Jerusalem will remain undivided and at most shared. Terrorists would see all this as a sellout, and they would target not just Israel but those Palestinians and Arab states that made peace with it." (The Palestinian peace distraction, Richard N Haass, The Wall Street Journal/The Australian, 30/4/10)

So if you're a Palestinian and you cannot bring yourself to graciously accept (a) Israel's hanging on to large chunks of occupied West Bank territory in defiance of international law and the resolutions of the United Nations; (b) the ongoing 62-year exile of Palestinian refugees from their homes and lands in pre-1967 Israel; (c) Israeli sovereignty over occupied East Jerusalem; and you dare to suggest that any Palestinian leader who does is a sellout, then, hey, you're a terrorist.

Got that?

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