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Abbas Stuns Israel, Implies Surrender of ‘Right of Return’

Abbas has caught Israel sleeping at the political chessboard and has checked, if not checkmated, the government by stating he will give up the demand for foreign Arabs to flood Haifa and Jaffa.

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Abbas and the Temple Mount: "It's mine, all mine. No Jews allowed.

Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas played his ace Thursday and told Israeli leftist Knesset Members he will make the grand concession of giving up a “demand in the future to return to Jaffa, Acre or Haifa.”

The United States will jump on his statement, which in effect concedes the so-called “right of return,” as the greatest goodwill gesture since the deadly Oslo Accords, leaving Israel in a weak and almost defenseless corner in discussions with the Palestinian Authority.

Abbas previously has talked out of both sides of his mouth on the issue of flooding Israel with 5 million foreign Arabs who claim Israel as their home, based on the United Nations designation of “Arab refugees” even though they are three and four generations away from those who fled or were chased out of Israel in previous wars.

He has hinted several times that the demand is not realistic while telling Palestinian Authority Arabs it is a condition for an agreement with Israel.

With the resumed peace talks less than a month old, Abbas has taken the initiative and leaves Israel holding the bag of goodies that it now will be pressured to give up to match Abbas’ ostensible generosity.

Abbas has outfoxed Israel, which is not hard to do considering the deck of cards stacked in favor of the Palestinian Authority.

First, The United States, the European Union, Russia and the entire Muslim world considers Israel an “occupier.” It took Israel 45 years to come up with a much-too-late report of legal experts that Jews have every right to live anywhere they want in Judea and Samaria and all of Jerusalem, including areas occupied by Jordan between the War of Independence in 1948 and the Six-Day War in 1967.

Second, the United Nations has condemned millions of Arabs to be “refugees” by making them the only people in the world whose refugee status carries on from generation to generation.

Third, the United States has allowed the Palestinian Authority to ignore, time and time again, parts of the Oslo Agreements to the point that they are not even worth the paper on which they were signed. The only value of the document was for Yitzchak Rabin and Yasser Arafat, both of whom were crowned Nobel Peace Prize laureates, but that was before Arafat turned his Israeli-supplied rifles on Jews.

“The Palestinian people is ready for and wants peace,” Abbas told Knesset Members from the left-wing Meretz party in Ramallah Thursday. “We will not demand in the future to return to Jaffa, Acre or Haifa. Peace with Israel will be final and binding.”

By giving up the so-called “right of return,” a term that in itself is a perverted play on the Israeli term that for Jews all over the world to become citizens in Israel, Abbas has delivered a knockout punch to Israel.

All of Israel’s demands – security, United Jerusalem, and building for Jews in areas claimed by the Palestinian Authority – now will be seen as obstacles to peace.

Abbas has proven himself to be very clever, which is not very difficult to do considering the universal anti-Israel sentiment.

Ever since he was elected to take over from Arafat in the first and only election, Abbas shunned Arafat’s kefiyeh and pistol on the hip and globetrotted with a suit and tie.

He painstakingly drummed up international support, and last year he cashed in his chips by thumbing his nose at the United States, circumventing direct talks that had not existed since 2010, and going to the United Nations General Assembly for a non-binding recognition as a country based on all of its political and territorial demands.

His meeting on Thursday with Meretz MKs takes the direct discussions with Israel out of the realm of secret talks. He has been making noise the past several days that the discussions are not going anywhere.

The Arab world’s demand to flood Israeli with foreign Arabs, as formulated in the Saudi Peace Initiative of 2002, has been considered as a ploy to end Israel as a Jewish state.

It also has been assumed that the Arab world would not agree to give up the condition, but it is not coincidental that Abbas flew to Saudi Arabia last week.

Abbas’ statements that were reported Thursday night will make him out to be a partner for peace. Israel has made hundreds of concessions over the years, but they now are forgotten and are useless in the diplomatic war that Abbas is winning.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.

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  1. The Jewish Press says:

    Retraction in three.. two…

  2. Josh Barrack says:

    Listen to the Arabic. I’m sure it was “We’ll give up Jaffa in return for Tel Aviv and you can have Haifa if we get Beersheva, Zichron Yaakov, Tiberias, and Eilat.”

  3. Hadassah Nicole DeJack says:

    this should be interesting.

  4. they don't want peace they want to steel are land and kill us.we cant trust them.

  5. William Schmidt says:

    Instead if worrying about Israel he should spend more time on helping his own people.

  6. Ben II says:

    Abbas will get his right of return straight to hell.

  7. Shirley Gruenhut says:

    I don’t believe a single word this terrorist murderer utters – even if he swears on his ugly mother’s eyes. Camel dung.

  8. Charna Carole Ball says:

    bull !!

  9. Charlie Hall says:

    If Abbas did say this, it is a game changer.

    "It took Israel 45 years to come up with a much-too-late report of legal experts that Jews have every right to live anywhere they want in Judea and Samaria and all of Jerusalem, including areas occupied by Jordan between the War of Independence in 1948 and the Six-Day War in 1967."

    Nobody with any morality ever said that Jews don't have the right to live wherever Jews want to live. The problem is that every government of Israel since Levi Eshkol subsidizing settlements on land that is not recognized by anyone else (and often not even by the Israel) as being within Israel's boundaries. Here is the definitive US position, stated over 45 years ago:


    "the United Nations has condemned millions of Arabs to be “refugees” by making them the only people in the world whose refugee status carries on from generation to generation."

    This is a false statement. If you are a refugee who ends up in a country that does not grant birthright citizenship, you children can be stateless and therefore remain refugees. One such example are the Tibetan refugees in India (who are not citizens of India even though they may be third generation born in India). Most countries in the Eastern Hemisphere, including Israel, do not grant birthright citizenship and as a result refugee status can carry on for multiple generations. Most countries in the Western Hemisphere grant citizenship at birth to any person born with in the country's borders.

    "Israel has made hundreds of concessions over the years".

    That isn't really true. Rather, Israel has had a consistent position: It will recognize a Palestinian Arab State if and when the Arabs accept Israel as a Jewish State assuming that sufficient security arrangements can be made. The abandoning of "right of return" is the most important aspect of the recognition of Israel as a Jewish State (if Abbas really did to that).

  10. Eli Neuberger says:

    Abbas is quite adept at telling the crowd he is addressing, what they want to hear

  11. Charlie Hall says:

    Eli Neuberger That is why I'm questioning the veracity of this report. After all, the PLO accepted Israel's right to exist in the Oslo Agreements. It is right there in the text.

  12. In fact I once read that even in the United States the concept of becoming a U.S citizen at birth was originally instituted for the benefit of the African Americans.

  13. Charlie Hall says:

    Winston Smith That is correct — it is right there in the 14th Amendment which was added to overturn the Dred Scott decision.

    In the US you also are a natural born citizen if you are born outside the US if at least one of your parents is a US Citizen. That is how Ted Cruz can run for President even though he was born in Canada. And because Canada (and Mexico as well) have almost identical nationality laws to the US, Cruz is also a Canadian Citizen.

  14. So let me see if I understand this ridiculosity. In English or Hebrew, but never in Arabic, he proposes to "give up" Haifa and Jaffa, and in exchange we're supposed to be so happy about that we give him Jerusalem? Screw him.

  15. The nerve of Abbas to go around in a suit and tie.

  16. Bear Klein says:

    Abbas always says one thing to the West and contradictory things to the Arabs. PA state is a trap.

  17. Shira Louis Yashin says:

    Who does he speak for? He’s holding office illegally and has no support among the people.

  18. The fact that Abbas is presumably willing to give up this demand doesn't mean that Israel must surrender its principles.

  19. Alan Kardon says:

    When will he state that Israel has a right to exist?

  20. Alan Kardon says:

    Let him stand up at the UN General Assembly and state that Israel has a right to exist. We do not accept guess work.

  21. The Palestinian peoples are not to be trusted ever. They have never followed what they said they would do and I don't see them changing at all. They are the snake in the garden, the broken reed in Egypt, No good at all for Israel.

  22. Eric Edelman says:

    Not buying that he said this.

  23. Cody Flecker says:

    Knowing Israel like I do, the Israelis will capitulate to the Americans and half of Jerusalem will be lost to these savages. Trusting Obama and Kerry along with Abbas, is like trusting the Devil. Only with the Devil you have a choice as to which way you should go.

  24. Why should we trust him? He supposedly said that peace with Israel will be "final and binding". But, what does that mean? He has repeatedly said that he will never recognize Israel's RIGHT TO EXIST. Without that "concession", everything else is meaningless. And, what is Abbas telling his own people in Arabic? It is well known that he and other Arabs/Moslems say one thing to non-Moslems and quite another to their own people. After Oslo, Arafat told his own people to "remember the Treaty of Hudaybiya" which meant that any treaty with Israel was to be only temporary until the Moslems were strong enough to pursue their war. Abbas is a follower of Arafat. Is Abbas also thinking of Hudaybiya? What is Abbas doing to prepare his own people to give up Jaffa and Haifa? So far, nothing at all. On the contrary, those Israeli cities are continually referred to as "Palestinian" cities occupied by Israel.

  25. TomTuna says:

    Why give a psycho-killer a foot in the door?? And to ‘give sovereignty over Temple Mount’ ? What would King David say? How would that make G-D feel? How about this: close all borders and withhold all aid and provision for one month the next time a rocket enters Israeli air space? Now THERE’S a bargaining chip!

  26. This is God’s land and God allow’s no one to give it away. Iran continues unwavering on it’s march in the development of nuclear weapons and Assad the dictator of Syria is still in power. Current intelligence seems uncertain of when Iran will get the bomb and Israel cannot afford to gamble with this. Assad of Syria has allegedly used chemical weapons against his own people and has targeted Tel-Aviv with his missiles. If this situation does not drastically change soon for the better, I believe the war in Isaiah Chapter 17 will likely take place. Damascus Syria would be destroyed. The worlds economy would likely collapse as a result and could usher in a one world government movement. I wrote a small 6 page book that outlines what I believe the Bible states will take place soon as well as the potential trends I see at this time. I don’t accept donations and it’s free. It’s a short read. I encourage you to have a look: http://www.booksie.com/religion_and_spirituality/book/richard_b_barnes/after-the-rapture-whats-next.

  27. Israel's pollicy is weak, since 1973 Yom Kipur war, with hard policy Israel would be respected in all the world, including 1967 war till 1973.

  28. benisrael says:

    Is this the same Abbas who denied giving up the “ROR” in the Olmert peace plan and then refused the peace offer into the bargain? 
    Sounds more like the loony left reading what they want to hear, rather than what was actually said.  Any leftist wishful thinking is not worth a red cent till Abbas signs on the dotted line of an accepted peace treaty and we all know his life expectancy after that will be exactly, Zero!  Not to mention the fact that it wont include Gaza and it will not end the conflict (another piece of leftist wishful thinking).
    The Palestinians have bred and indoctrinated two generations of cannon fodder with the promise of destroying Israel.  Does anyone but the loony left think they will lay down their arms and accept peace?

  29. Tim Upham says:

    They would be returning to a foreign country. Their grandparents houses would be gone. It would be once upon a time, grandpa used to live in this city.

  30. Abbas is full of crap. He mentioned Jaffa, Acre and Haifa–but he did not mention the rest of Eretz Yisrael. You believe this despicable Holocaust denier? I would spit in his face and walk out of the meeting. Tzipi Livni will be forever known as the Chamberlain of the Jews. She is a morally confused women who has been brainwashed by the Left.

  31. Dale Moshe Sumbureru says:

    Stunned? It was inevitable! Abbas knows if he insists on the right of return we would insist on the right of Jews from Arab lands being compensated for their losses. It would be in the billions of dollars they could not afford to repay.

  32. The only correct statement of fact in this article is that Abbas talks out of both sides of his mouth. His goal to dismantle Israel is the only "piece" whether through violence or western type dialogue. The liberal left like Livni, the US, and the EU are the true traitors and criminals because they are assisting his goals.

  33. What ever this "gentleman" said is totally useless and not relevant.

  34. What ever this "gentleman" said is totally useless and not relevant.

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