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Word of the Day: Support your Local Moderate Palestinian

Of course, they also fanned the flames that sent Arab youths out to throw rocks and firebombs at passing Israeli cars.
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and a friend reviewing Palestinian security forces. It isn't clear if these forces still inspired.

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and a friend reviewing Palestinian security forces. It isn't clear if these forces still inspired.
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On occasion, it’s fairly easy to read through the lines of a political campaign, especially when the source is on the desperate side. A case in point is the campaign that’s been launched this week by the PA leadership in collaboration with Israel’s leftist media. The theme of this campaign was nicely phrased by Reshet Bet Radio Friday morning, following an hour of interviews with a garden variety of Palestinian officials:

The Moderate Camp in the Palestinian Street Is Losing Power

It turns out that without any political achievements to speak of in Mahmoud Abbas’s ledger book, that mythical “moderate camp” which has allegedly been pitched in the “Palestinian street” (you live by the mixed metaphor, you die by the mixed metaphor) is losing strength.

Every day, a source in the Palestinian security forces (moderate chaps every last one of ‘em) told Reshet Bet, the Palestinian Authority is losing the justification for its existence—and it’s all on account of Israel’s policy and actions.

In the past, reminisced the source, there was such a thing as “political horizon,” which fueled the day to day activities of the PA security forces. I’m not making this up. Today, with the horizon gone (replaced by a more realistic horizon that shows no interest in the 2-state solution), the only drive behind those forces are the orders of Chairman Abbas. But how long can those suffice, the source was wondering.

Now, it’s in Israel’s best interest to keep those Palestinian security forces inspired and with a heart full of hope for an independent future, says the source, because they’re the only thing standing between Israel and a third intifada. After all, since the beginning of this year, Palestinian security has frustrated as many as 10 terrorism attempts aimed at civilians in Israel.

Of course, they also fanned the flames that sent Arab youths out to throw rocks and firebombs at passing Israeli cars, and the reason those have subsided had nothing to do with the PA or its security apparatus – it had to do with a new IDF commander taking over the Judea and Samaria command and making the necessary number of arrests of known hooligans (or close to the necessary number).

Then there’s the surefire warning used so often by the PA in these pleas, that Hamas is breathing down their necks, recovering its foundation in the PA, and if the PA continues to lose popularity, get ready to face the Hamas.

That argument actually exposes the entire communications effort as the raw and empty propaganda that it is. Hamas is “on the floor” as the Israeli idiom goes (“down on its face” is another good one). With its great patron in Cairo fighting for his own horizon, and with the new powers that be in Egypt actually doing war with Hamas and taking revenge on their caged population – it’s doubtful Hamas has the time of day for renewing its threats in the PA – and it’s even more doubtful that anyone over at the PA would be interested. No one likes a loser.

In the interview, the Palestinian source suggested that a “gift” as he put it, of releasing a few Palestinian terrorists currently in Israeli jails would be very nice. It would renew the people’s faith in the boss, Abbas.

Did you ever take a course in Middle-East market bargaining? I haven’t either. But I’m pretty sure you have to be in a good position when the other side stops talking about demands and rights and starts asking for gifts.

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About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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10 Responses to “Word of the Day: Support your Local Moderate Palestinian”

  1. Les Le Gear says:

    Moderate palestinian? Oxymoron; a contradiction in terms.

  2. Horizon? At night, in the dark, there is no horizon. There is no Palestine.

  3. Ken Kelso says:

    Crazy article about Fatah being moderate.
    Its like saying Hamas is trying to reign in Islamic Jihad.

    Just look how many streets Fatah has named for terrorists who murdered Israeli civilians.
    The Palestinians have run out of streets and are now naming park benches after terrorists!

    It amazes me that people on the left support these Palestinian murderers.
    How hard it is for these people to go on Palmediawatch and see Abbas racist evil media against Jews?

    Maybe the reality is, the left isn’t bothered when Abbas media glorifies the Sbarros Massacre, Disco Massacre, Passover Massacre, Munich Massacre, Maaalot massacre, 1978 Coastal Road massacre where Palestinian terrorists murdered 37 Israeli civilians.

    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/165753#.UTEQGqI3uSo
    PA TV Glorifies Terrorists Responsible for Maalot Massacre.
    PA TV broadcasts a tribute to the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, responsible for the 1974 Maalot massacre.
    3/1/2013

    http://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=1526
    Abbas honors terrorist Dalal Mughrabi, killer of 37.
    12/31/09
    This week Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas once again honored the memory of the terrorist Dalal Mughrabi – this time by sponsoring a ceremony celebrating the 50th anniversary of her birth. Mughrabi led the worst terror attack in Israel’s history in 1978, when she and other terrorists hijacked a bus and killed 37 civilians. Present at the ceremony were Palestinian dignitaries and a children’s marching band. Earlier this year, Abbas sponsored a computer center named after Mughrabi. The PA further glorified Mughrabi on the date of her birth when the Governor of Ramallah announced the naming of the “Dalal Mughrabi Square”.

    http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=2531
    Abbas honors mastermind of Munich Olympics massacre.
    Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik.
    July 6, 2010.

    http://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=5581
    PA TV honors Sbarro pizza shop terrorists.
    Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik.
    Sept. 4, 2011
    PA TV host sends “best wishes” to “our glorious” prisoner who transported suicide bomber to attack that killed 15, including 7 children.
    http://www.jewishpress.com/news/pa-official-if-we-had-a-nuke-wed-use-it-this-morning-video/2013/05/09/

    PA Official: ‘If We Had a Nuke, We’d Use It This Morning’ (Video).
    The Palestinian Authority doesn’t need rocks, firebombs, guns and suicide bombers. Senior Fatah official Jibril Rajoub has a better way to kill Jews: “If we had a nuke, we’d use it this very morning.”.
    Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
    May 9th, 2013.

    Abbas Hate media glorifies Palestinian terrorists for slaughtering Holocaust survivors at Passover massacre, Jewish Kids at a Bat-Mitzva celebration, students at the Hebrew University massacre, Jewish children being murdered eating Pizza by Palestinian Nazis at the Sbarros massacre in 01.
    http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=458&fld_id=458&doc_id=9295
    PA Glorifying terrorists and terror.
    June 27, 2013.

  4. Ken Kelso says:

    http://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=8636
    UK Parliament debates hate incitement and UK funding of PA, based on PMW findings
    by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
    Mar. 17, 2013

    UK Parliament scrutinizes Palestinian hate incitement, terror glorification and British funding of PA in debate examining PMW findings

    MP Ellman: “The matters… are truly shocking and put a question mark over the status of the Palestinian Authority as a partner for peace”
    MP Henderson: “No peace agreement will be able to guarantee…peace if a generation of Palestinians is growing up indoctrinated to hate Israel, Jews and the West”

  5. Tim Upham says:

    West Bank violence has decreased because of the Palestinian Authority security forces, working with the Israel Defense Force. Let them work together some more,

  6. Tim Upham says:

    West Bank violence has decreased because of the Palestinian Authority security forces, working with the Israel Defense Force. Let them work together some more,

  7. What a total load of BS. It is because of the IDF.

    To date the PA has arrested exactly nobody EVER for attacking any Jews.

    You are full of ****

  8. What a total load of BS. It is because of the IDF.

    To date the PA has arrested exactly nobody EVER for attacking any Jews.

    You are full of ****

  9. Tim Upham says:

    So this article is full of BS, right Mr. Elitist Californian?

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