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From Monday night’s Fox News All-Stars.

On the Palestinians’ U.N. statehood push:

Look, by going to the U.N. unilaterally to get statehood without having negotiated a peace with Israel, what the Palestinians are doing is officially tearing up all the peace agreements [the PLO] signed starting with Oslo.

And to me it’s refreshing, because [the Palestinians] never had any intent of abiding by these treaties. When it was signed in ‘93, the idea of having a state in return for recognition of Israel and peace and giving up of terror — was always deceit on the part of the Palestinians. They never intended it. But Americans and Israelis believed it and talked themselves into believing.

After they were offered — the Palestinians — a state in 2000 by President Clinton and said no, that was our first clue. Secondly, in 2001, lastly in 2008, when the Israelis offered Abbas a state with all of the West Bank and Jerusalem as a capital, independence.

The Palestinians said no. Why? Because they have no intention of establishing a state while recognizing a state of Israel as a Jewish state and living in peace.

The idea [by going] now to the U.N. is to have a Palestinian state remaining in a state of war with Israel and to continue the war until Israel is destroyed. And that’s what all of this is about. …

Juan, with all due respect, Abbas is the one who was in negotiations with the prime minister of Israel, Ehud Olmert, at the end of 2008, [and] was offered everything he’s ostensibly asking for and said no. It isn’t as if the Israelis have held out. The Israelis have been negotiating for 20 years over this and always get the answer of no [from the Palestinians].

The premise of negotiation was land in exchange for peace. The problem is the Palestinians are not and have never been prepared to offer reciprocal peace.

That’s why they’re [at] the U.N. In negotiations, you get the land, you get the sovereignty, and you get a Palestinian state. But you have to give Israel peace. And that’s what the Palestinians have always refused. And that’s why Abbas is now at the U.N. so he can have his land in the absence of peace.



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