Sixty-seven years: that's how long its been since the British Mandate expired and Israel was born in its place. Israel warmly welcomed it but the Arabs living there at the time coldly rejected it and launched a bloody war with Israel. Since then, there's been a near continuous and universal hatred towards Israel and Jews amongst the Palestinians. But why? Since Israel isn't responsible for their hardships and most certainly doesn't oppress them, why would the Palestinians continue to hold such resentment towards the Jewish State? Unfortunately, a religious hatred of Israel is rooted deep into the Palestinian ideology and the flame of hatred has been passed on to the younger generations; the result of this has been seemingly endless conflict.
The Palestinian education system is without a doubt the biggest reason for the young generation's hatred of Israel. From the moment they get of age and start grade school, they're taught day in and day out that Israel is a bloodthirsty oppressor that kills their brothers and sisters and uses their blood to make matzot for Pesach. If you think the buck stops there, think again! At home, children watch cartoons which openly encourages them to kill and attack Jews. The number of videos of Palestinian children's cartoons preaching hatred is enough to make you vomit. The indoctrination doesn't take a break during the summer either. It would be quite an understatement to say that the Palestinian version of a summer camp isn't exactly the kind of place you'd want to send your kids for a summer of fun. When the cherubic little children grow up and develop the ability to make their own decisions, the results of years upon years of brainwashing boil to the surface, often resulting in an explosive ending. These children never get the chance to live their childhoods as they're meant to be. It's stolen from them and replaced with a religiously fueled hatred against Israel. It's not just children who're being spoon-fed hatred. It was almost casual for Yasser Arafat to concoct stomach-churning libel and lie about atrocities being committed by the State of Israel. It's almost difficult to blame young Palestinians for their terrorist actions, as they're brainwashed and practically programmed to be hate machines.
Don't be fooled into thinking that the current Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas is the moderate, pro-peace dove that he pretends to be either. Calling Abbas a moderate compared to his predecessor Yasser Arafat would be like calling current Syrian president Bashar Al Assad moderate compared to his father, Hafez. Instead of openly calling for the obliteration of Israel and slaughter of the Jews, he merely calls on his people to resist against Israel. Either way, I don't think he'll be worthy of a Nobel Peace prize anytime in the foreseeable future. Let's remember that Abbas's government controls Palestinian media, which means he most certainly will find it difficult to claim ignorance about the ever so wonderful children cartoons. He regularly calls on Palestinians to resist against Israel by "all means necessary," and he has been found many times to have fabricated atrocities to enrage the Palestinian population and riot against Israeli security forces. Nazi Germany's propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels realized the power that indoctrination holds, saying, "If you repeat a lie a thousand times, it becomes truth." Given Abbas's long rap sheet of incitement, it seems that he has learned from the best.
It's genuinely hard to utter the words "peace isn't possible." But under these circumstances, it'd be a lie to say otherwise. A one-sided peace is a fake peace. You can't force it on the Palestinians if they don't want it. To this day, the Palestinians refuse to even recognize Israel's right to exist and their maps don't even show Israel. An agreement will be nothing more than a worthless piece of paper if the Palestinian people themselves are unwilling to accept it. Israel has tried again and again to make peace, but it can only do so much. Israel cannot force the Palestinians to put down their weapons and embrace the light of peace. As difficult as it might be to face it, the reality has remained constant. The Palestinians to this day haven't given up the path of terror and violence against Israel. Until the Palestinians begin to teach their children the path of peace and love rather than violence and hatred, a lasting peace in the region will forever be little more than a figment of the imagination. But hey, it never hurts to dream!
My name is Benjamin Jaffe. I was born and raised in South Florida and plan on majoring in political science at Hebrew University in Israel.