Yet he failed to mention why an Arab-Israeli conflict exists: because the Arabs in general and Palestinian Arabs in particular reject Israel’s existence as a Jewish state. Abdullah also said nothing about Palestinian Arab extremism, hate education and terrorism. Some ally, some moderate.
It is time the U.S. acknowledge that these states and leaders who repeat all the rhetoric and propaganda that inflame Arab and Muslim opinion against Israel and the West work actively against peace while pocketing U.S. aid. It is also time to understand that nothing comes of appeasing these regimes and ignoring their extremist actions. They will certainly not moderate and behave like allies unless they are held publicly accountable. It is high time for this tragic farce to stop.
About the Author:Gary Bauer is president of American Values, formerly served as deputy secretary of education in the Reagan administration and sought the Republican presidential nomination in 2000. Morton A. Klein is national president of the Zionist Organization of America.
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We often hear about moderate Arab leaders. Do they exist? Let’s examine the record.
PA president and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas is one of those touted as a moderate. Yet Abbas co-founded the terrorist Fatah with Yasir Arafat, served as Arafat’s deputy for 40 years and wrote a Ph.D. thesis and book denying the Holocaust. He has refused to implement Palestinian commitments under signed agreements with Israel and also the 2003 road-map peace plan to fight and arrest terrorists, confiscate their weaponry and end the incitement to hatred and murder in the PA-controlled media, mosques, schools and youth camps that feeds it.