Meir Panim implements programs that serve Israel’s neediest populations with respect and dignity. Meir Panim also coordinated care packages for families in the South during the Gaza War.
It was not for nothing that last June, President Bush declared that for any progress towards Palestinian goals, there must be a “new and different Palestinian leadership … not compromised by terror.” Plainly the President had enough of Arafat’s duplicitousness and deceit.
“Today, Palestinian authorities are encouraging, not opposing, terrorism,” he said. He went on to say that any new Palestinian leadership must “engage in a sustained fight against the terrorists” and “dismantle their infrastructure.” Finally sensing that the President was serious, the post of Prime Minster was created by the Palestinians to run their “government”, ostensibly to demonstrate that Arafat was out as leader even if he remained on the letterhead. Abu Mazen was then designated to serve as Prime Minster and assume the reins of power and confront among others, Fatah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad, head-on. Yet, the debate over the “road map” and whether the Palestinians or Israel must take the first step, indicates that the Palestinians are at it again, turning things on their head. Indeed, Israel is being asked to “empower” Mazen with concessions in order to enable him to take power away from Arafat! It is downright perverse, even by Middle Eastern standards.
We and others have noted that Mazen came to power only because Arafat allowed him to do so. And Arafat continues in effective control of the Palestinian Authority and remains as its Chairman. His supporters now dominate Mazen’s Cabinet. Arafat controls Palestinian finances. While Mazen appears to have control over something referred to as “internal security,” Arafat still has direct control over various armed groups such as the Tanzim and Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades and “national security.” Further, Arafat announced the other day that he has established a National Security Council, which will have oversight over all of the security agencies, and is to be under the direct control of Arafat!
Still, Mazen is being offered by the Palestinians as their response to President Bush’s statement about the need for Palestinian “regime change.” Moreover, as reported in The Jerusalem Post, Palestinian Legislative Council Speaker Ahmed Queri told U.S. envoy William Burns that Mazen could only fulfill Palestinian security obligations if Israel ceases IDF operations in the “territories” and takes other confidence-building measures as easing the closure, releasing the tax revenues it is withholding from the PA, and releasing Palestinian prisoners like West Bank Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti and PLO Executive members such as Abdel Rahmim Maluah and Taisir Khaled.
Queri also told Burns that Mazen plans to talk to the militants rather than crack down on them:
There are two understandings. The Israeli understanding, which calls for a [Palestinian ]civil war … and there is a Palestinian understanding based on dialogue and the Palestinian national interest.
So at best, Mazen & Company intend, in any event, not to disarm Hamas and the others, but rather to try and get them to agree to a cease fire. Of course this would just allow the terrorists to recover from the devastation wrought by the IDF operations in recent months which have staunched the number of attacks.
In sum, for Israel to agree to suspend its anti-terror efforts prior to any decisive move by Mazen against the terror groups is simply a prescription for business as usual. We have seen where that leads. President Bush should hold true to his June vision.
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Myth #1: It is easy to be a B’nai Noach. It is extraordinarily hard to be a B’nai Noach.
The question of anti-Semitism in Europe today is truly tied to the issue of immigration.
Polls indicate that the Palestinians are much more against a two state solution than the Israelis.
Emigration from Israel is at an all-time low, far lower than immigration to Israel from Europe.
Leon Klinghoffer’s daughters: “‘Klinghoffer’ is justified as ‘a work of art’…This is an outrage.”
Do you seriously think that as you kidnap our children we should medically treat and help yours?
Sometimes collective action against the heinous acts of the majority is not enough. The world should not only support the blockade of Gaza; it must enforce the dismantling of Hamas.
The Arab Spring has challenged Jordan with the task of gradual reform with regard to its monarchy.
Israel offered Syria the entire Golan Heights, only to find that the Syrians were demanding MORE!
Israeli hasbara too can be described at best as pathetic, at worst non existent.
A ‘good news’ story from the Nepal avalanche disaster to warm your heart. Take out your Kleenex.
Journalists see the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as morality play: Israel=evil; Palestine=innocent
Warsaw Ghetto: At its height, the Nazis walled in some 500,000 Jews within the1.3 square mile area.
While police officers face dangers every day on the job, Jews also face danger in their daily lives.
That key is the disarming of Hamas and the demilitarization of Gaza – as the U.S., EU, and others agreed to in principle at the end of Operation Protective Edge.
Given the vitality of Hamas, Israel can hardly rely on the commitments, even if sincere, of PA President Mahmoud Abbas for its security.
Is the president oblivious to polls saddling him with some of the lowest presidential popularity rankings in recent history?
There is not even a hint of recognition that Hamas deliberately fires rockets at civilian targets in Israel while storing arms and rocket launchers among its own civilians in Gaza.
No one with any sanity would dream of rationalizing or justifying the depredations perpetrated on the Arab world by ISIS.
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