If you listen to much of the left -- and especially the extreme left -- you'll probably hear that the conflict in Israel is a simply case of Israeli occupation and stubbornness. The Israelis are just a bunch of hateful people who don't want to give up land that isn't theirs -- and they're brutal occupiers, the argument goes. They just hate the Palestinians, is also a common addition. And that is just some of the misinformation campaign that has taken root across the globe.
But Israel isn't going to stand by and let that happen without a fight. No, not a physical fight -- but an information fight. Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon has just launched a PR video on his official YouTube channel title, "Israel Palestinian Conflict: The Truth About the Peace Process."
... Ayalon explains that the "main reason for the conflict is not Israel's presence in the West Bank, but successive Palestinian leaders' resistance to Jewish sovereignty."
According to Ayalon, "The Palestinian excuse for going to the United Nations for recognition is because of the so-called 'occupation' when the facts belie this. It is important to demonstrate the truth by showing that the Palestinians were offered a state many times over the last several decades but rejected each offer because it would have meant recognizing Jewish sovereignty."
Ayalon concludes: "Unfortunately, this leaves many to suspect that the Palestinian leadership wants a state less than it wants to see an end to the Jewish State. This is proven by a long history of Palestinian rejectionism."
You can watch the video below:
Ayalon's video comes as the Palestinians are set to push for an official state, an item the will propose during the upcoming UN General Assembly meeting. A move that sparked not only the video but some harsh words from Ayalon.
"What goes on in the UN is virtual reality," he said. "If the Palestinians declare statehood in an independent, unilateral and blunt manner it will nullify all the agreements that have been reached."