The IDF and the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) arrested a Palestinian Authority security officer and two of his brothers for an attempted murder of a 70-year-old Jew, who suffered gunshot wounds in his legs in a terrorist attack May 13.
All three suspects have confessed, military spokesman announced on Wednesday, after a gag order on the case had been lifted.
The PA “policeman,” 30-year-old Eyad Adnan Muhammad Daoud, is from Kalkilya, a large Arab city adjacent to Kfar Saba, located on the northern edge of metropolitan Tel Aviv and on the main artery to the Jewish communities of Maaleh-Ginot-Karnei Shomron and Kedumim.
The Palestinian Authority security officer, one of thousands trained by the United States, shot from his moving vehicle at the victim, who stood at a bus stop near the entrance to Kedumim. Daoud reportedly asked him for directions to Shechem , and while the victim was answering and pointing the way, Daoud fired as he sped away. His brothers assisted him both before and after the shooting, IDF spokesmen said.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has consistently praised the Palestinian Authority for maintaining security , and shortly before the murder in April of Evyatar Borovsky of Samaria, Kerry boasted that that is obvious that PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas is succeeding at keeping the peace because not a single Jew was murdered by terrorists in 2012.
He is correct. The terrorists did not succeed. They tried but failed, but the “try, try, try again and succeed” adage worked for them shortly afterwards.
Not only do Palestinian Authority security officers often use their weapons against Jews, PA officials also do their best not to hinder them. The PA had arrested Daoud on suspicion of being involved in the shooting at Kedumim but released him. Of course, that could have been a ploy to let the IDF arrest him, lest “resistance” leaders accuse the PA of collaborating with the Zionists and upsetting the “peace process” [Read: "War Process"].
There are more than 75,000 Arabs in the Palestinian National Security Forces, about double the number that originally was permitted in the Oslo Accords. But it helps solve unemployment and is an important reason for pocketing more money from American and European taxpayers.
The United States pays several million dollars a year to help finance the fledgling army, which is called a “security force” or a “police force” in order not to contravene the Oslo Agreements, which prohibit the PA from having a military force. In other words, a rose is a weed is a thorn. Or in Netanyahu’s words, “If it looks like a duck and acts like a duck, it’s a branch of a terrorist organization.”
The first chief of the “security forces” was Mohammed Dahlan, one of the most powerful and corrupt PA leaders. He was Abbas’ number one man in Gaza, until Hamas staged a military coup in 2005 and ousted Fatah officials. Another former security force chief was Jibril Rajoub, one of the most openly militant Palestinian Authority leaders and who recently stated that he really is sorry that the PA does not have a nuclear weapon. If it did, he said, he would have used it.
The New York Times posted an article last week by Barnard Prof. Kimberly Barten, who expressed remorse over the failure of ex-PA prime minister Salam Fayyad “to control the rat’s nest of overlapping Palestinian security agencies, whose constant infighting was encouraged by struggles within President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party.”
The State Department’s U.S. Security Coordinator (USSC) for Israel and the Palestinian Authority began training its soldiers – or policemen – in 2007. The State Dept. so far has provided well over $400 million for training and equipment
The United States may have created a Frankenstein by establishing and supporting the PA “security forces.”
“I feel real concern that we are reaching the level of a police state,” according to Ramallah-based human rights group director Shawan Jabarin, quoted by the Financial Times.
When the PA soldiers are not gunning down Jews, they often act as goon squads to suppress rival Hamas terrorist organization members, whom Human Rights Watch has said are routinely beaten and tortured.
Attacks on Jews, especially Israeli soldiers, are form from rare.The PA Arab who was killed in a riot against soldiers southwest of Hevron on Tuesday was Muataz Idris Sharawneh. Media focused on the whether the IDF had jailed him by running him over with a jeep, as he tried to take it over by force, or by gunfire. The fact that he was a cadet training to join the security force was totally parenthetical in the reportage.
The IDF recently arrested three PA security officers who murdered Ben Yosef Livnat, a nephew of Likud Minister Limor Livnat, at Joseph’s Tomb in 2011.
“All they wanted to do was murder Jews,” said Minister Livnat.
In late 2012, Israeli security forces arrested a terrorist cell near Bethlehem. One of those arrested was a Palestinian Authority “policeman” who participated in several shooting attacks on Jews in the Gush Etzion area, including a an attack on a bus and soldiers last November,
In January 2012, one of 13 terrorists arrested for attacks on IDF soldiers in Samaria was Manzar Abbas, an officer in PA intelligence in Ramallah who provided fellow terrorists with arms and ammunition.
In September 2011, an employee of the Palestinian Authority security forces murdered American-Israel Asher Palmer and his two-year-old son by throwing rocks at Palmer’s car, causing it to crash and overturn, leaving the driver and passenger dead.
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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