I’m confused.

In all the articles I see, the world is up in arms over Israel declaring that they are going to build additional housing units in a religious neighborhood in Jerusalem.

The US and the world are demanding concession after concession from Israel, so that the Palestinians can be enticed to come to “Indirect Talks” – note that that’s “Indirect”, not even face to face.

Israel has frozen new settlement activity in the West Bank, pulled out of Gaza, pulled out of Sinai (giving it up to Egypt), conceded control of the towns and cities in the West Bank to Palestinian government (keeping security and roads under their security wing), and is being pilloried for defending themselves in the South against rocket fire from Gaza.

What have the Palestinians conceded?  What are their concessions?

Yes, they’re the underdog.  So what?

The Israelis have said for many, many years that they will sit down face to face with the Palestinians (or any Arab government) with an open agenda.

They have not demanded “pre-conditions” to negotiation.

By what cockeyed scale is a negotiation for peace only the responsibility of Israel?  At what point does the world recognize that the Palestinians have not conceded anything, and are simply sitting back, waiting for the rest of the world to bully Israel into deeper and deeper concessions?

Within the Palestinian territories, anti-semitism (anti-Jew) reigns supreme.  Terrorists are deified, squares are named after them, and frankly, there doesn’t seem to be any real desire for peace with Israel.  Hell, the Palestinians refuse to even recognize that Israel exists.

So, my question is, what are the Palestinians prepared to do to gain peace?

For an interesting summary of the situation, go to: