Watching Palestinian Authority President-for-Life Mahmud Abbas marching in the front line among other world leaders in Paris at the anti-terror rally over the weekend is the height of hypocrisy - but nothing new for European leaders who are gung ho on the creation of a Palestinian statelet beside Israel (even though that statelet in fact already exists).

But how does the Palestinian man-in-the-street feel about European support for that Palestinian state?
The answer to that has been provided by one Bassam Tawil, identified as a Palestinian academic, writing in a recent column online for the Gatestone Institute.  The answer seems to be thank you – but no thank you.
“As Palestinians discuss among themselves,” writes Tawil, “far from the diplomats in their five-star hotels, rather than accept this “gift” that Europe seems determined to push down our throats, many people increasingly see no choice but to launch a “Palestinian Spring” revolution. It would not be, as you might think, to rid them of Israel but finally to rid us of our wretched leadership and corrupt system of government – and to stop the European countries that are imposing this brutal system on us by financing it.”
He suggests that the Palestinian State, now being promoted in Europe, “will not only be a threat to the stability of the entire region, but to us who have to keep living here, as well to those countries in Europe who promote it”.
Tawil writes that the Palestinians have been fortunate enough to see from Israel how a democracy works. So, he continues, although a Palestinian Spring revolution might cause chaos in the region and elsewhere for a while, its chances of success are far more assured than in the other places in the Middle East, where it has been tried but has not always succeeded.
“We do not want to do this,” he points out, “but, if we are forced by Europe to have this corrupt dictatorship called Palestine, terrorist groups such as Hamas, Al-Qaeda, Islamic Jihad, and ISIS will flood the West Bank in less than week, and our lives will be even worse than what we have now. We simply do not know what else to do to defend ourselves from these “Goodists” of Europe.”
He charges that the Palestinian leadership (“which represses people rather than confers with them”, he adds) would of course deny all this to the European diplomats. “The Palestinian leaders just want to keep the funds coming and keep their jobs” he writes. “And of course, the European diplomats do not talk to us, the man on the street, the frustrated rest of us. They only talk to each other, their “counterparts,” as they call them, in their air-conditioned meeting rooms and hotels.”
He points out that the situation of the Palestinians is not the fault of the Israelis. “In a weird way,” he notes, “the Israelis are just the other victims whom the Europeans – in collusion with our leaders – are manipulating us to hate. The Europeans pay our leaders to shape how we think. It is a brainwashing that never lets up.”
He points out that the Europeans put their own people on trial for “hate speech” when they have said nothing but the truth; and yet they pour millions into non-stop propaganda and bloodthirsty hate-speech on Palestinian government-controlled TV (“the only kind we have here”, he notes).
“The truth is,” he notes, “that Mahmoud Abbas’ appeals to world leaders are to help him circumvent the Israeli government, peace negotiations and legally binding peace agreements, all in order to achieve a Palestinian state unilaterally – without having to recognize Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people and without reaching a final status agreement with it.
“If European leaders really cared about us, instead of sending money to us to help rid them of the Jews, they would help us find a betterleadership – a leadership that would care about the daily lives and well-being of its people instead of just taking more and more free money from Europe. The current leadership here, of course, has, as usual, been seeking to turn these feelings of rising anger and frustration against Israel. But increasingly the people here see through that and keep talking about the literally hundreds of millions of euros a year the Europeans are giving to the leadership and politicized so-called “human rights charities” to keep it that way.
Refreshing coming from a Palestinian - Tawil writes that the Israelis are only “occupying” (his quotation marks) the West Bank “because we – in the form of Jordan – occupied land promised to them, and then repeatedly attacked them”.
As for the “settlements” issue, he points out that the Palestine Liberation Organization [PLO] was formed in 1964, before there were any “settlements”. “So what exactly was it planning to “liberate”?” he asks. “If you look at any Palestinian map to this day, it encompasses the entire country of Israel. To the Palestinian Authority and many Arabs and Muslims, all of Israel is one big “settlement.”
“There never has been a Palestinian state. Ever. The West Bank was Jordanian, the Golan Heights were Syrian and the Gaza Strip was Egyptian.
“What is becoming more and more clear is that just about everything going wrong here can be laid at the feet of Europe,” Tawil writes, “at the feet of the leaders there who fund and cheer on the corruption and lawlessness which they would not tolerate in their own countries for a minute, but which they expect us to.”