White House senior adviser and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner, who is helping the president devise and (one expects) eventually unveil his much-ballyhooed “deal of the century” for Israeli-Palestinian peace, is in the news this week for some recent comments made in an interview with Axios. In the interview, Kushner equivocated on the purported urgency of Palestinian statehood and seemed to question whether the Palestinian-Arab populace is presently deserving of an autonomous state to call its own. As summarized by Jordan Schachtel of Conservative Review:
“The hope is that they over time will become capable of governing,” Kushner said in an interview broadcast on HBO on Sunday.
“There are some things the current Palestinian government has done well, and there are some things that are lacking,” Kushner added. “And I do think that in order for the area to be investable, for investors to want to come in and invest in different industry and infrastructure and create jobs, you do need to have a fair judicial system, you need to have freedom of press, freedom of expression, tolerance for all religions.”
A people that needs more “time” to “become capable of governing” is, by definition, not capable of governing in the present. And a people that is deemed incapable of governing in the present is necessarily undeserving of a state in the present.
For this bit of axiomatic truth-telling, Kushner was lambasted by all the usual suspects. This was a “condescending slur,” bellowed Muhammad Shehada at far-left Haaretz! “Kushner very clearly hasn’t spoken to a single Palestinian if this is what he thinks,” tweeted the self-hating ignoramuses of the egregiously misnamed jihadist apologists at “Jewish Voice for Peace.”
But Jared Kushner is clearly correct. And it is easy to understand why.
Let’s start with irredeemable, ubiquitous, genocidal Jew-hatred. A landmark global 2014 survey from the left-leaning Anti-Defamation League (ADL) found that 93% of the Palestinian-Arab population in the “West Bank” Judea and Samaria and the Gaza Strip harbors anti-Semitic views. That is an astonishing statistic, and makes the Palestinian-Arab population more virulently anti-Semitic than the population of any actual nation-state polled by the ADL. Of course, this makes sense, given that Palestinian-Arab media is deeply and systemically anti-Semitic: State-run Palestinian Authority television teaches children how to shoot Jews and even lauds Hitler. Furthermore, Palestinian textbooks — even those that have been blessed with legitimacy by the wretched hive of Jew-hating scum and Western values-bashing villainy known as the United Nations — teach children arithmetic by invoking the number of Jews killed during the jihadist outbursts of the First and Second Intifadas.
Against this educational backdrop, it makes a good deal of sense that leading Palestinian-Arab activists, such as BDS co-founder Omar Barghouti, deny that Jews have any right to self-determination in their ancestral homeland and laud the sustained jihad of the Second Intifada — which killed over a thousand Israeli Jews and maimed many thousands more — as merely reflective of “the heroism and costs of the resistance.” It also ought to make a good deal of sense that the venal and jihad-funding troglodyte who is presently in the 15th year of his four-year term as Palestinian Authority chieftain, Mahmoud Abbas, has long trafficked in overt Holocaust denialism. Comically, it is Abbas — who is a true kleptocratic thief in every sense of the word — who is publicly held out by the Jew-hating “international community” as a purported Palestinian “moderate,” in contradistinction to the Muslim Brotherhood-franchised Sunni sharia supremacist jihadist death cult in the Gaza Strip known as Hamas.
The truth is that there has never existed a Palestinian-Arab leader who has shown even the faintest interest in recognizing a secure and sovereign Jewish state somewhere between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. On the contrary, PLO/Palestinian Authority leadership has consistently rejected generous peace offers from Israel and continues to insist on the so-called Palestinian “right of return” — a farcical idea, born out of the even more farcical UNRWA “refugee” definition, that would utterly destroy Zionism itself. As for Hamas? Well. Its founding organizational charter calls for the death of Israel and the murder of every Jew in the world.
What a lovely group of people the Palestinian-Arabs are.
The simple reality is that the Palestinian-Arabs are not anywhere remotely close to being deserving of their own state. They not only fail to reject jihadism — they actively embrace and inculcate it as a virtuous way of life. They not only fail to recognize Israel as a Jewish state — they seek to destroy it via both the sword and intellectually disingenuous “right of return” demographics alike. They not only do not invest in the societal building blocks of rudimentary economic and civil institutions — they actively invest, instead, in the subsidization of Jew-killing jihadi “martyrs.”
In truth, the restive Palestinian-Arab populace is among the least sympathetic in the entire world. There is a good reason why so many of the Arab world’s leading nations, such as Saudi Arabia, are increasingly unsympathetic to purported Palestinian plight and are instead interested in forging covert geopolitical ties with Israel. In the grand geopolitical scheme of things, the failure of the Palestinian-Arabs to carve their own terror state out of the Jewish biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria morally ranks somewhere far below the comparably uninteresting sovereignty disputes involving Western Sahara and Turkish-occupied Northern Cyprus. Indeed, the legal reality is also that, under any cognizable principles of international law, Israel has the unambiguously superior legal claim to control of Judea and Samaria.
Good for Jared Kushner for stating the obvious. But the fact that his comments are even controversial in the slightest ought to be deeply disturbing to anyone who lives and operates in the real world.