Surprising: Comparing Israel and Palestinian Authority Goodwill Gestures
There is a lot of talk these past few weeks about Gantz’s goodwill gestures toward the Palestinian Authority. But these are not really all that new, we find, when using a simple Google search.Here are the first ten results on Google for the search term ‘Israel goodwill gestures’:
14 Sept 2021 — Israel goodwill gestures fail to hook Palestinian fishermen
Here we see Israel expressing goodwill toward the PA at least between 2010 and now.
The dictionary defines ‘goodwill gestures’ as friendly or helpful feelings toward other people or countries. I thought it would be interesting to compare the friendly or helpful feelings that are publicly expressed by the other partner in the Two-State-Solution the whole world wants to see come about.
When I searched Google using the term ‘Palestinian Authority goodwill gestures’, I was surprised to get mostly items on the list above. But where are the friendly and helpful gestures offered to Israel by the PA, I asked myself? I am stubborn. I wanted to get a unique list of ten articles on goodwill gestures the PA offered Israel. Therefore, I expanded the search to include the terms ‘Palestine goodwill gestures’, Palestinian goodwill gestures’, ‘Abbas goodwill gestures’, and even ‘Hamas goodwill gestures’. Here are the results in no particular order as there was no singular list of ten items:
1 Sept 2021 — U.S. lauds Israeli goodwill gestures to Palestinians
23 Dec 2003 — Israel makes goodwill gestures
06 Oct 2005 — Israel to offer PA goodwill gestures
10 Feb 2009 — Source: Goodwill gestures for Abbas mulled
14 Dec 2011 — Goodwill gestures for Christians during the holiday season [Israel eased restrictions on Christians from Judea-Samaria and Gaza]
12 Dec 2008 — Over 200 Palestinian prisoners freed in goodwill gesture
and here is what I found for Hamas goodwill gestures:
11 Nov 2015 Hamas hands over Arafat’s Gaza home in goodwill gesture [to the PLO, that is]
Now, if goodwill gestures are friendly or helpful overtures, then Israel can be said to be very very friendly and the PA not so much.
What can we understand from this?
Since there are articles such as:
Palestinians meet Israeli economic goodwill gestures with skepticism (13 Sept 2021) and leaders of neither country seem helped by Israel’s expressions of friendliness because of their own domestic issues — Boxed in: Bennett, Abbas can’t win despite ‘goodwill gestures’ (3 Sept 2021),
and if Palestinians show lack of respect to Israeli goodwill gesture by glorifying terrorism (4 June 2012),
then perhaps at least one of our elected representatives had the right idea long ago: Lieberman: Palestinian PM does not deserve any goodwill gestures (6 July 2011).
What do you think?