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PA Accuses Israel of ‘Blackmail,’ Threatens Return to UN

It's an old pattern, this "let's talk some more about it but I can't sit down with you until you give me what I want."
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, March 31, 2014

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, March 31, 2014
Photo Credit: Issam Rimawi / Flash 90

The Palestinian Authority is accusing Israel of “blackmail” and instead says it is heading back to the United Nations to appeal for recognition as a sovereign nation if U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry can’t force Israel to release 30 terrorists.

The group comprises the final of four tranches to have been released last Friday from Israeli jails. Included were at least 20 Israeli Arab citizens, a controversial list opposed by nearly all of the ministers in Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s coalition government, especially in view of the fact that all of the major concessions since the talks began — as before — seem to have been made by Israel only.

Incensed PA officials rejected the alternate proposal advanced instead of the release last Friday by Israel’s government. Israel allegedly offered to released hundreds more terrorist prisoners if the PA continue final status negotiations beyond the April 29 deadline – but this time take the talks more seriously.

The response of Israel’s “peace partners” was not encouraging.

“Israel is practicing a policy of blackmail and linking its agreement to releasing the fourth tranche of prisoners with the Palestinians accepting an extension of the negotiations,” a PA official told news agencies in Ramallah.

“If Kerry doesn’t provide a clear answer on the release of the 30 prisoners [we] will initiate steps for acceptance to United Nations organizations,” Mustafa Barghouti, an independent PA parliament member, told news agencies Monday night.

The move would be a clear violation of all agreements the PA has made with Israel and the United States.

Since July 2013, Israel has freed 78 PA Arab terrorists and made numerous other concessions that endanger the security of its citizens in “good will gestures” to encourage the PA to remain at the negotiating table.

But the four-stage release of terrorists incarcerated in Israeli jails was conditioned upon the active participation in direct talks by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas — and the Arab leader has not made good on his end of the deal.

It’s an old pattern, this “let’s talk some more about it but I can’t sit down with you until you give me what I want” — a game as beloved, familiar and ingrained in the Middle East as that being played out with Washington by the Iranians in Tehran.

Youngsters and tourists quickly learn the drill in the storefront alleyways of Jerusalem’s Old City market. And it’s profitable and even fun, until it turns deadly.

Survival makes it essential to learn to tell when the game is deadly, and when you can’t, it is equally important to have enough sense to trust your friends to tell you when it is.

About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


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31 Responses to “PA Accuses Israel of ‘Blackmail,’ Threatens Return to UN”

  1. Screw them, don’t give in, Israel.

  2. Abbas and his terrorist war criminals are not to be dealt with, unless its with guns, bombs, rockets.

  3. Gary Gien says:

    What kind of breed is this thing in this picture

  4. How many more times will they go to the UN?

  5. Yori Mendel says:

    Speaking of the Kettle of Hate calling the Boiling Pot Black!!!

  6. They come to the UN for pleasure, comfort and freedom they don’t have in their country..LOL

  7. Magapon Urun says:

    It’s an old pattern, this “let’s talk some more about it but I can’t sit down with you until you give me what I want” — a game as beloved, familiar and ingrained in the Middle East as that being played out with Washington by the Iranians in Tehran.

  8. he just want to come back to, the U.S that’s all.

  9. Loch Burns says:

    Let the PA kiss ass

  10. Is this character really helping Arabs in the PA?

  11. CRY BABY ….. ABASE

  12. Abbas will need to be flexible, because success can not be achieved unless they meet at the middle of the road on all points or concerns of negotiation. He wants the prisoners released before he agrees to a recognized state of Israel. Well, Abbas has no intention of recognizing Israel as a state if these prisoners or Palestinians are released before. So, Israel will not release them until a recognized state of Israel is confirmed and a recognized state of Palestine is confirmed. This is the first step to true peace and a solid foundation for trust in the future. So with what I have said – the ball is in Abbas’s court – if he can truly be trusted this is the first step.

  13. Ken Man says:

    “Pot calling the kettle black” as my good mother would say

  14. Your the Black Sheep calling this Blackmail yah sure Abb-Ass go to the UN know one trust them or cares about their options. And if you people were following the law there wouldn’t be any prisoners.

  15. Greg Hampton says:

    But the PA wants the total destruction of Israel as their primary goal. The want Israel to dissolve as a nation or they will never stop working to kill Jews. Who is doing the blackmail? It isn’t Israel.

  16. Karen Bryant says:

    Who is calling who a blackmailer? That is the Arabs game and has been all along.

  17. who cares what he thinks. Israel stand strong and don’t give in to this bs

  18. They (PA) will not be satisfied until Israel is pushed into the sea !!! That will not happen therefore they need to get over it !!

  19. Sure,the Arabs-scumbags are the ones that danced in the Palestinian areas and gave candy out on 9/11 when they found out the towers and Pentagon were hit. Let them rot-killers all!

  20. Alberto Calo says:

    Enough is enough. Who is blackmailing who? We have already released too many terrorist assassins for getting nothing.

  21. Its just another propaganda against Israel!!! don’t engage lets our G.D deal with it for us.
    Amen

  22. Sarah Williams says:

    Hah! This the same week as Fatah boasting that the Palestinians "blackmailed Israel" into releasing the prisoners.

  23. Hey you!,go crying! to the United Nations.

  24. Jacques Daniel, How can one make peace with another country if they do not recognize you as a Jewish Nation. Kerry's Plans have no principal, may be he is using the Arabs way of doing business.

  25. Neil Golan says:

    Beware of iron dome misfire on Abbas's head.

  26. Neil Golan says:

    Pal government does not want peace and have a death wish for their people and are wanting to commit suicide . Death by Cop!

  27. Neil Golan says:

    The Palestinian government are terrorists and want to commit their constituents to death by cop. Lets get it over with. Go to the UN,Give them state hood, then they will commit an act of war with a missile and we can level the playing fiend! No monuments!

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