By Joseph Farah
Have you heard the latest great foreign-policy idea from Barack Obama?
He wants Israel to lease lands in historic Judea and Samaria from the Palestinian Authority.
This would presumably be a reward to the Arabs for waging nearly continuous acts of war and terrorism on the Jews for 62 years.
But what is even more shocking to me as a Christian American of Arabic heritage is that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approves of the idea in principle.
It's a suicide pact for the Israelis – who continue to believe they can negotiate with an implacable foe hell-bent on their total annihilation.
The proposal is for a seven-year lease of the lands in question. Netanyahu's only objection is that the term of the deal is not long enough.
"Seven years is not enough – an arrangement like this needs to last for dozens of years," Netanyahu reportedly said behind closed doors to Israeli army radio. Another senior minister was quoted anonymously as saying "anything less than a 99-year lease is not worth talking about."
But the Israeli leaders are missing the point – as usual.
Any agreement to lease the land bestows ownership of the land by their enemies. It thoroughly undermines the legitimate Jewish claim to land bestowed to the heirs of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
If Israel agrees that the land legitimately belongs to the Palestinians, how will it morally and legally defend the rest of its land?
The concession would represent an implicit admission that so-called Palestinians have a legitimate right of ownership to all lands under the control of Israel – including Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, which are contested by the same people.
Israel has tried the old "land for peace" approach too many times. It hasn't worked and it will never work – not with people whose ultimate objective remains the destruction of Israel and the Jewish people.
Perhaps some in Israel are tempted to try a new "bribe for peace" approach.
I sympathize with Israelis who only want to live in peace and harmony with their neighbors. But this is not the way.
Any such agreement will not only raise the stakes for the terrorists of the Palestinian Authority, but it will increase international pressure on Israel for even more absurd land concessions.
If you really think this conflict is about the Arabs not having enough land, please consult a map.
Arabs control more than 99 percent of the land mass of the Middle East. Israel controls less than 1 percent.
If you really think this conflict is about money, think again.
The Arabs control all of the oil resources of the Middle East. The Arab nations are among the wealthiest in the world. Israel has to import oil.
When conventional warfare against Israel proved unsuccessful in four major conflicts, the Arab nations began supporting the asymmetrical warfare conducted by so-called Palestinian terrorists to rid the Middle East of Jews. They brutally exploited the so-called Palestinian refugees rather than resettling them.
This proposal from Barack Obama represents nothing but a reward for six decades of anti-Semitic hatred and intimidation by Arabs – recently cheered on by Western leaders under the economic thumb of Middle Eastern oil interests.
Have we already forgotten how and why the nation of Israel was reborn in 1948? It was a direct result of the European Holocaust in which about half of all Jews perished. They were chased out of their homes in country after country as the Nazis hunted them down as part of their genocidal "final solution."
The ideological heirs of the Nazis in the Muslim world are hard at work once again.
And, once again, a world blinded by self-interest and the possibility of quick fixes turns its back on the Jews.
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