Several possible outcomes: the Palestinians could agree, and then renege on some trumped-up pretext down the road, once they have reaped the benefits of agreeing. Or they could continue on their present course, with Hamas holding firm in jihad and Fatah dissimulating for the West but also fighting the jihad against Israel, and figure that this will blow over and that the aid will soon resume on trumped-up humanitarian grounds anyway, as it always has before. Or the Palestinians could agree to this with a sincere heart, renouncing the jihad and Islamic supremacism and vowing to create a stable society in which Jews and Muslims live together as equals in a society that is not ruled by Islamic law.
The third choice, of course, is sheer fantasy without any hope of ever becoming reality, and yet it is the one that the learned analysts are all sure is most likely to come to pass.
“Clinton Tells PA to Recognize Israel or No Aid,” from CBNNews, March 12 (thanks to RMM):
CBNNews.com – JERUSALEM, Israel – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that Congress will not approve the $900 million in aid pledged to a Palestinian Authority (PA) unity government unless it agrees to recognize Israel’s right to exist, renounce terrorism and accept previous Israeli-Palestinian agreements.
The three benchmarks proposed by the Quartet (United States, United Kingdom, United Nations and Russia) must be in place before substantive negotiations on the establishment of a Palestinian state can move forward….