Policymakers envision an era of “normalization” after the current round of fighting in the Middle East concludes.

That would sit well with Israel.

After all, the icon of Zionism, Theodor Herzl, dreamed of a “normal” Jewish state.

There is one catch, however: “Normalization” between Israel and Palestine does not ​​exist in law or diplomacy.

Incredibly, the enthusiasm for normalization stems from the fact that Israel’s adversaries have conducted a war on the Jews from first day of the country’s creation in 1948.

The League of Arab States sent a cablegram to the United Nations the next day declaring its policy to be the liquidation of the Jews in Palestine, and the war against the Jews continues to this day.

The same goes for the Palestine Liberation Organization, which on its creation in 1964 issued a charter for the annihilation of the Jews of Palestine.

Defying Arab League policy, Egypt and Jordan signed separate peace treaties with Israel, while Syria and Lebanon each agreed to an armistice with the Jewish state.

Saudi Arabia, kingpin of the Arab League, has yet to agree to any armistice or peace treaty with the Jews.

The PLO, which now operates as the Palestinian Authority, signed a peace treaty with Israel, the first Oslo Accord, Sept. 13, 1993.

But the five-year “transitional period” passed without a final agreement being reached, and PA head Mahmoud Abbas, leader of Fatah, the PLO’s largest faction, has declared Palestinians will “no longer continue to be bound” by it.

Reports have it that both the Saudis and the PLO are finally ready to normalize ties with the Jews.

What should normalization look like?

Begin with four steps:

  • Remove Palestinian teachers and texts that continue to preach war against Jews.

PA schools feature a fourth-grade textbook dedicated to the legacy of Dalal Mughrabi, a Fatah member and woman terrorist who commandeered a bus and murdered 38 Israeli passengers, including 13 children.

In the spirit of normalization, the PA war curriculum would have to go.

  • Resettle descendants of Arab refugees from the 1948 war in dignified conditions — instead of the nearly 60 “temporary” UN refugee camps to which they have been confined since the 1948 war under the pretense of the “right of return” to villages that no longer exist.

The Palestinian Authority instills in all children’s minds that their only future lies in villages that were left in 1948, an inappropriate goal if normalization is ever to happen.

  • Repeal the PA law that provides a salary for life for anyone who murders a Jew.

A policy of normalization would require a repeal of this legalized incentive to murder.

When I first heard of this law in 2015, I thought it had to be an urban legend with no credibility.

Our agency thus hired two Palestinian journalists within the PA to ascertain whether such a law exists.

They found the record of this unprecedented law at the Palestinian Ministry of Justice: If you kill a Jew, you get a salary for life.

The PA spends hundreds of millions of dollars on these payments every year.

  • Remove PA maps that obliterate Israel.

Since the new PA curriculum came into effect in August 2000, Palestinian maps replace the names of all Jewish communities with the names of Arab villages in all textbooks used in all schools run by the Palestinian Authority and the UN Relief and Works Agency.

Simply put, a new generation of Palestinian children has yet to see Israel on any map.

A policy of normalization would present maps that portray all UN members of good standing, including Israel.

These four steps towards normalization would bring new hope for a new Middle East.



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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: www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com and www.cfnepr.com. A new site,unrwa-monitor.com, will be launched very soon.