- Major premise 1: Most Westerners, including pro-settlement Israelis, favor a "two-state solution" to resolving the Israel-Palestine conflict. This concept traces back at least to November 1947, when a 2/3rds majority of the UN General Assembly proposed to partition Western Palestine into Jewish and Palestinian states; the plan was finalized in May 1948.
- Major premise 2: Creating two states requires the agreement of three governments, according to Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal:
Unless you bring Hamas in tune with what is happening on the peace side, you are really not fulfilling a basic requirement. One man cannot make peace; not even half a people can make peace. There has to be consensus about peace among the Palestinians for this to go smoothly.
- Minor premise 1: The view from the West Bank:
Mahmoud Abbas’s Palestinian Authority continues to paint a picture for its people of a world without Israel.
- Minor premise 2: The view from Gaza:
Hamas on Thursday called on the UN to rescind the 1947 decision to partition Palestine into two states, one for Jews and one for Arabs.
The group said in a statement, released on the 60th anniversary of the UN vote, that "Palestine is Arab Islamic land, from the river to the sea, including Jerusalem... there is no room in it for the Jews."
Regarding the partition decision, Hamas said that "correcting mistakes is nothing to be ashamed of, but prolonging it is exploitation."
Conclusion 1: The Annapolis conference failed; a negotiated settlement remains impossible for the foreseeable future.
Conclusion 2: A bust-up beats the alternative:
[T]he conclave [could have been] a gang-rape of a nation on a scale not seen since Munich in 1938, when the British and French allowed Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini to have their violent way with Czechoslovakia.Conclusion 3: It's all Israel's fault. Always is.
This time, the intended victim is Israel. As with the effort to appease the Nazis and Fascists nearly 70 years ago, however, the damage will not be confined to the rapee. The interests of the Free World in general and the United States in particular will suffer from what the Saudis and most of the other attendees have in mind for the Jewish State — namely, its dismemberment and ultimate destruction.
Saturday, December 01, 2007
Spot the Error
The Annapolis peace conference sputtered into an anodyne abstraction. What's the bottom line? Here's three alternatives--two of which are supported by syllogism. Can you identify the illogical outlier?