The icon of Zionism, Theodor Herzl, dreamed of a “normal” Jewish state, 

However, the term  “normalization” does not ​​exist in either law​ or diplomacy. 

Nonetheless, Jews are thrilled to hear that Israel’s enemies are now considering a policy of normalization. 

That is because Israel’s adversaries have conducted a genocidal war throughout Israel’s history. 

A breath of fresh air never hurts.

The Arab League of Nations, whose 1945 charter calls for liquidation of the Jews in Palestine, launched a total war in 1948 which continues to this day.  The same goes for the Palestine Liberation Organization, which in 1964 also issued a charter of total annihilation of the Jews of Palestine, a covenant in force to this day. 

Although Egypt and Jordan signed peace treaties with Israel, while Syria and Lebanon agreed to an armistice with the Jewish state, Saudi Arabia, kingpin of the Arab League, has never agreed to any armistice or any peace whatsoever with the Jews. 

The Palestine Liberation Organization signed a peace treaty with Israel on September 13, 1993, Yet the Fatah, the leading entity of the PLO, would not ratify that agreement.  Now news reports now have it that the Saudis and the PLO, operating under the nascent Palestinian Authority, are ready to normalize with the Jews.

The time has come to take Arabs at their word in their call for normalization.

What, however, would real normalization look like? 

Begin with four steps:

​1. Remove PA texts and teachers who advocate war against Jews. It would fly in the face of normalization if the PA were to maintain its war curriculum against the Jews.

  1. Launch an effort to resettle descendants of Arab refugees from the 1948 war who now dwell in 59 “temporary” UNRWA refugee camps  under the  pretense of the “right of return” to pre-1948 villages from 1948 that no longer exist, . The time has come to remove the “right of return”   roadblock to normalization.

  1. Repeal the unprecedented PA statute: Murder a Jew, get a salary for life.

How can there be any pretense of normalization, so long as the unprecedented incentive for murdering Jews remains on the PA law books.

  1. Remove PA maps which delete Israel. The PA has recently replaced the names all Jewish communities with names of Arab villages in all texts used in the schools of the Palestinian Authority and UNRWA.

Normalization would necessitate the presentation of maps in all schools which would depict all UN members of good standing, including Israel. 

These four steps provide the genesis of real normalization 

At this point in time, these reasonable steps are not on the agenda of normalization. 



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David Bedein
David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: and A new site,, will be launched very soon.