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Liberman Plans to Bypass Chairman Abbas, Forge Direct Relationships with PA Arabs

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman told military correspondents in his Kirya office in Tel Aviv on Wednesday that he intends to seek out Arab leaders living in the Palestinian Authority and bypass the PLO-run authority government. He wants a personal dialogue with academics, business people and intellectuals. In fact, according to Liberman, his staff has already put together a list of these people whom he now intends to pursue.

There’s also going to be a new website in Arabic, reporting the news of the day from the Defense Ministry’s perspective. It will cost about $2.5 million.

“I want to connect with them directly, not through the [PA headquarters in Ramallah] Muqata,” Liberman reiterated, saying he expects the new website to hit the Internet by the end of January. He admits it’s an ambitious and challenging project, but he’s going for it nonetheless, budgets, regulatory standards and all.

According to Liberman, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has been an obstacle to a working solution for the area. Indeed, he asked, “if there are intellectuals, academics, those who stand out on the municipal level — why should they talk to us through Abbas?” Also, if “[Abbas] is talking directly to the Israeli society, why can’t we speak directly to the Palestinian society?”

When asked why, then, if he is seeking out PA Arabs for a dialogue, did he bar the entry into Israel of Muhammad al-Madani, chairman of the Committee for Interaction with Israeli Society, Liberman said al-Madani, a senior PLO official, was not coming to have a dialogue and seek co-existence, but the opposite.

Liberman also told the military correspondents about a rift between himself and the Attorney General Avihay Mandelblitt, who objects to the Defense Minister’s policy of holding on to the bodies of terrorists killed while carrying out attacks against Israelis and has gone so far as to state that he would refuse to defend the new policy before the Supreme Court. Liberman said that’s fine, if need be he would defend the policy before the court. Liberman said he asked Prime Minister Netanyahu to discuss the issue in the cabinet, because “it looks a little grotesque that the two ministries (Internal Security and Defense) maintain contradictory policies on this matter.”

The Justice Ministry also objects to Liberman’s new policy on terrorist bodies, because it contradicts fundamental Supreme Court rulings. They do support conditioning the release on the families’ committing to small funerals that won’t erupt into riots.

JNi.Media

Abbas Sues History. Not a Parody.

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

{Originally posted to the Commentary Magazine website}

This week, the leaders of the Palestinian Authority decided to take action. It wasn’t to reform their corrupt government, make progress toward genuine peace, or anything else that might improve the plight of their people. Instead, they’re going to sue Britain over the 1917 Balfour Declaration. It’s no joke. The Palestinians are serious about legal action to undo a historical document. The plan is the brainchild of PA leader Mahmoud Abbas and was announced by Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki. They are asking Arab states to support them and plan to launch the suit in an as yet unnamed international court.
Is this a publicity stunt intended to buttress their campaign to get the United Nations to recognize their independence without first making peace with Israel? Maybe. Perhaps they think some court in an increasingly anti-Semitic Europe might actually rule in their favor. But though walking back a century of history is pretty much the definition of futility, this effort not only speaks volumes about the inanity of Palestinian politics, it also demonstrates why peace is not possible for the foreseeable future.

The Balfour Declaration was a brief statement issued in a public letter in which the British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour said the following:

His Majesty’s government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.

The text didn’t commit the British to building a Jewish state and also pointedly including language that protected the rights of Arabs living in an area that today encompasses all of Israel, the West Bank, Gaza, and Jordan. By 1917, Jews had already begun to return to their ancient homeland (from which they had never completely departed) in large numbers, but Balfour’s letter was the first formal recognition by a great power of the justice of the cause for which Zionists had been working the previous 20 years and for which Jews had prayed for 2,000 years.

It’s true that the British decision to back the Zionists was as much the result of London buying into anti-Semitic myths about Jewish power (that would presumably solidify U.S. support for the war against Germany as well as keeping Russia in the fight) as it was also philo-Semitism and sympathy for Zionism on the part of men like David Lloyd-George and Balfour. The British promise led to the creation of a Mandate for Palestine by the League of Nations after World War I that was tasked with facilitating the creation of a Jewish national home. That’s why Palestinians who rejected any idea of sharing the land a century ago as much as they do today regard the declaration as the start of all their troubles.

The irony is that while the Arabs are seeking legal redress against Britain for setting in motion the process that led to Jewish statehood, the truth is that they soon betrayed their promise to the Zionists. By 1939, Britain had shut the gates to Palestine to Jews fleeing Hitler, a move that might have destroyed the growing Jewish polity and doomed millions to die in the Holocaust.

But even if we ignore that historical fact, the real blame for the plight of the Palestinians (a term that only began to be associated with Arabs rather than Jews after the birth of the State of Israel in 1948) belongs to their own leadership. They rejected every offer of partition from the 1930s to the current day. Instead, they choose war and with each defeat their share of the country decreased. Nevertheless, they were still offered a state in almost all of the West Bank, Gaza, and a share of Jerusalem by Israel and rejected each one. If they are seeking intervention by the UN or international courts, it is only because they refuse to engage in direct negotiations with the Israelis. Doing so would require them to make peace and end the conflict for all time.

But there is more to this than just a diplomatic evasion. By focusing on Balfour and treating it as illegal, what the Palestinians are doing is rejecting the very legitimacy of the Jewish presence anywhere in the country. It is not for nothing that Abbas has often referred to pre-1967 Israel as being occupied territory rather than just the West Bank.

For years, those intent on pressuring Israel into making more territorial concessions to the Palestinians have tried to claim that “moderates” like Abbas truly want peace. But every peace negotiation or Israeli gesture such as Ariel Sharon’s withdrawal of every soldier, settler, and settlement from Gaza in 2005 hasn’t budged the Palestinians from the same intransigent position they’ve held since they rejected Balfour, the Mandate, and the 1947 UN partition plan.

So rather than merely a nonsensical diversion into fantasy, the Palestinian lawsuit illustrates the plain fact that their goal remains reversing the verdict of history altogether; not merely a demand for an Israeli pullout from the West Bank and Jerusalem. This reflects the state of Palestinian public opinion and the fact that their national identity has remained intrinsically tied to the century-old war against Zionism. Not until they give up this futile quest will peace be possible–something that the majority of Israelis already understand but which has eluded the U.S. government and many liberal American Jews.

As the Obama administration and the Europeans plot their next move to pressure Israel into making the same mistake in the West Bank that Sharon made in Gaza, they ought to be paying attention to the signals Abbas is sending to the world. So long as the Palestinians are still trying to erase Balfour, the idea that they are prepared to accept the state of Israel is the real joke.

Jonathan S. Tobin

Latest gimmick: Abbas to sue UK over 1917 Balfour Declaration. Sign my petition!

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

{Originally posted to the author’s website, Elder of Ziyon}

TOI reports:

The Palestinian Authority is preparing a lawsuit against the British government over the issuing of the 1917 Balfour Declaration that paved the way for the creation of the State of Israel.

The PA’s Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki told Arab League leaders gathered in Mauritania Monday that London is responsible for all “Israeli crimes” committed since the end of the British mandate in 1948.

Signed by British Foreign Secretary Lord Arthur James Balfour in 1917, the declaration was seen as giving the Zionist movement official recognition and backing on the part of a major power, on the eve of the British conquest of the then-Ottoman territory of Palestine.

The decision, al-Malki said, “gave people who don’t belong there something that wasn’t theirs.”

Interestingly, Hamas had called for Great Britain to apologize for Balfour back in 2010.

Similarly, the “Palestine Return Center” started a petition to the UK Parliament to apologize for Balfour and compensate all Arabs of Palestinian descent. It compared the “nakba” with the Holocaust. It received 1,278 signatures in six months, far short of the 10,000 required for the UK Parliament to respond and the 100,000 required for Parliament to debate the issue.

This is Abbas’ latest gimmick. He wants to make it appear to his people as if he is actually doing something but everything he does is symbolic.

For an honor/shame society, where appearances are more important than facts, this can play well. But the rest of the world is more and more impatient with Abbas’ adamant refusal to do anything positive for the peace process or for his people.

Of course, two can play at this game.

I started an online petition demanding that the PLO and PA apologize for over a century of terror attacks aimed at Jews.

The Palestinian Authority, as the self-appointed leader of the Palestinian Arab people, must assume responsibility for the historic crimes done against Jews in the region known as Palestine in the 1800s and 1900s.
These include attacks in Rishon LeTzion in the 1880s, the Nebi Musa riots in 1920, the Jaffa and Jerusalem attacks in 1921, the massacres of 1929, the violent riots between 1936-39, the many attacks in 1947 and 1948, as well as the terror attacks that have occurred nearly continuously since 1948 including the Munich massacre that was financed by Mahmoud Abbas and the wave of suicide bombings in the 21st century. Constant antisemitic incitement from Palestinian leaders and official media since the 1920s must be apologized for as well.
Only by the Palestinians accepting responsibility for its part of the conflict can the conflict be solved.

Sign it and show that both sides can do useless gimmicks as PR stunts.

Elder of Ziyon

Netanyahu’s Message to President Abbas: 5 Steps for Peace [video]

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

My Message to President Abbas: 5 Steps for Peace

President Abbas,

Since over the past several years, you refused to meet me and sit down and negotiate peace, I hope you’ll hear this message.

First, your advisor, Sultan Abu al Einein recently called to slit the throat of every Israeli.

Three days later, a Palestinian terrorist turned these words into action when he slit the throat of a 13-year-old beautiful girl, Hallel Yaffa Ariel, as she slept.

She was a little, innocent girl. She didn’t deserve this.

I ask that you fire this advisor because advocating genocide is not consistent with peace.

Second, your party recently praised a terrorist on Facebook who murdered 24 civilians, innocent Israelis in cold blood.

I ask that you to pick up the phone and instruct your party’s social media manager to stop praising mass murderers.

Impressionable children read these posts. They should be taught harmony, not hate.

Such words seriously harm the chances of peace.

Third, next week the Palestinian Authority will dedicate a monument to Abu Sukar. Abu Sukar murdered 15 people by detonating a refrigerator filled with explosives on a busy Jerusalem street.

Rather than dedicate a statue to a mass-murderer, I ask that you consider honoring a champion of co-existence.

This will help educate future generations to love peace over war, compassion over violence. It will also help convince Israelis that they have a true partner for peace.

Fourth, the PLO currently pays a monthly salary to anyone who murders Jews. This money provides direct incentive to commit terror.

I ask that you stop paying murderers and instead use this money to fund co-existence education, teach tolerance not terror.

Fifth, every Israeli and Palestinian child deserves a life of hope, of tranquility and opportunity.

I will continue to work tirelessly for peace. It’s time that you join this effort.

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Abbas Fools the World

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

{Originally posted to the Jerusalemonline website}

Mahmood Abbas, the man who is on the twelfth year of a four-year mandate as President of the Palestinian Authority, gets away with lies, lies, and more lies, and the world’s only response is to nod and smile.

In a speech at the United Nations in September 2014, Abbas made the preposterous accusation that Israel is involved in the “genocide” of the Palestinians. Despite this bald-faced lie and other lies within the same speech, it earned him a standing ovation. This is only one example of Abbas’ habitual lying and the world’s refusal to take him to task on it.

This week, on June 23, 2016, Abbas told European Parliament lawmakers in Brussels, “Once the occupation ends, terrorism will disappear; there will be no more terrorism in the Middle East or anywhere else in the world.” According to Abbas, from Kabul to Paris to Istanbul to Jakarta to Baghdad to Orlando to many other cities where hundreds of terrorist attacks take place yearly, all terrorists have one motivation and one motivation only, the establishment of an independent Palestinian state!

Abbas told his EU audience that “certain rabbis in Israel have said very clearly to their government that our water should be poisoned in order to have Palestinians killed.” Even Haaretz, one of Israel’s harshest critics, admitted that this accusation is a lie. Abbas later retracted the accusation, but the damage is done and he undoubtedly knows it. Accusations against Israel are widely disseminated, but retractions are not.

Despite Abbas’ long history of lies and despite his pro-terror incitement, when he said to the EU politicians, “we are against terrorism in whatever form it may take and whoever carries it out,” according to the Jerusalem Post, “his statement was greeted by strong applause.”

Instead of exposing Abbas’ blatant lies, France 24, an international news channel based in Paris, headlined, “Abbas accused the rabbis of wanting to poison Palestinian wells; Israel cries out to slander,’ gives equal weight to the lie and its denial. The Belgium site 7sur7 headlined, “Abbas defends Palestine to European deputies” and made no reference to his lies.

Why is Abbas’ habitual lying not called out for what it is?

Is it due to anti-Semitism that causes Abbas’ audiences to believe any accusations against Israel? Does it result from fear that criticizing him may lead to Abbas being replaced by someone even worse? Is it a form of appeasement based on the hope that paying lip service to the Palestinian cause through Abbas may reduce terrorism? Is it because of what was called in Huffington Post, “The soft bigotry of low Palestinian expectations”?

Whatever the reason, letting Abbas get away with lying hurts the Palestinians more than anyone else because it leaves the Palestinians without a genuine champion for peace. European leaders refuse to face the reality that the Palestinians are led by a charlatan and they pretend that organizing a peace conference will deliver the peace agreement that has repeatedly eluded U.S. administrations.

In his speech to the EU, Abbas made the same claim that he has made numerous times in the past when he said, “We favor a two-state solution based on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as the capital.” Yet in 2008, he rejected a proposal that met those criteria and his predecessor Yasser Arafat rejected in 2000 a previous proposal that also met those criteria.

Despite Abbas’ flowery words, “Our hands are extended with a desire for peace,” it is obvious that Abbas has no interest in a two-state solution. This lie is left unchallenged, yet when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the honest observation that a two-state solution is not possible under current circumstances, even though he later reiterated his support for two states, Israel was criticized and threatened by its strongest ally, the United States. Israel was criticized and threatened despite its prime minister’s often-stated willingness to negotiate a two-state solution without pre-conditions and despite Abbas’ refusal to negotiate or even meet with Israeli officials.

The insistence of the world to hold Israel to an impossibly high standard while expecting nothing from the Palestinians is not new or unique to the issue of Abbas’ lying habits. It is part of a pattern of the international attitude towards the Israel-Arab conflict. This pattern has ensured that real issues, such as the Palestinian hate culture and Hamas’ stranglehold on Gaza, are never discussed honestly and that they continue to fester and to make peace impossible.

If world leaders, including European and U.S. leaders, wish to see the reason why there is no peace today in the holy land, all they need to do is look at a mirror.

Fred Maroun

Abbas’ Advisor May Have Inspired the Hallel Ariel Murder

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

The murder of 13-year-old Hallel Ariel Thursday morning may have been inspired by an exceptionally vile statement made this week by a high PA official, Abbas’ advisor and Fatah Central Committee member Sultan Abu Al-Einein, who on Monday urged Arabs to seek out Israelis in order to cut off their heads.

The statement was made during an interview with Donia Al-Watan, an independent Palestinian news agency, about building peaceful and normal relations with Israel, according to Palestinian Media Watch. Abu Al-Einein explained that he rejects “negotiations, meetings, and normalization” activities and believes that when a Palestinian meets an Israeli he should kill him.

“Regarding the matter of normalization [with Israel] and the participation of members of the Fatah leadership and members of the PLO Executive Committee in Israeli conferences, Abu Al-Einein said: ‘If you would ask me about my personal position, I would tell you — every place you find an Israeli cut off his head. Likewise, I am against talks, negotiations, meetings, and normalization in all its forms with the Israeli occupation,’” Donia Al-Watan reported.

According to PMW, based on his previous statements and Facebook posts it is clear that his statement promoting murder should be taken literally. Abu Al-Einein has stated in the past that killing Jews and Israelis is not merely a Palestinian national goal but is what Allah demands of Palestinians as an Islamic necessity. After the bloody terror attack in November 2014 in which four rabbis were murdered during prayer in a synagogue in the Har Nof neighborhood of western Jerusalem, this Abbas advisor posted pictures of the dead rabbis and a shot of a pool of their blood on his Facebook page to celebrate the murder. He wrote that the butchering of the rabbis with axes and kitchen knives was “the heroic operation at the religious Zionist institute.”

The Coordinator of Government Activities in Judea and Samaria, Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, warned on his Facebook page that Abu al-Einein’s incitements would have “repercussions.”

“Such words, in the summer of 2016, in a region that wakes up and falls asleep to the news of terrorist actions… cannot be allowed to stay within the bounds of rhetoric,” Maj. Gen. Mordechai warned.

Considering that Hallel Ariel’s killer was attempting to cut her throat while stabbing her body repeatedly, it could be established that Abbas’ advisor’s instructions were the driving force behind the despicable attack and that the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories should at least pick the man up for questioning.

David Israel

Abbas Retracts His “Poisoned Well” Lie after Being Called Out

Saturday, June 25th, 2016

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas retracted the lie he told to the EU on Thursday, where he claimed Rabbis gave orders to poison Arab wells.

The libel was reminiscent of the Middle Ages libel of Jews poisoning the wells and of Suha Arafat claiming Jews poisoned the air, and Arafat claiming Jews shot uranium tipped bullets at Arabs.

The difference was this time Abbas was quickly called out on his lie and found himself in a position where he was forced to retract.

Abbas’s office released the statement, “After it was clarified that the alleged statement attributed to a rabbi regarding poisoning wells was unfounded, the Palestinian president stresses that he did not intend to harm Judaism or the Jewish people, in accordance with the deep respect he feels for all religions, including Judaism.”

We’re sure everyone believes that statement coming from the man who’s PhD dissertation was Holocaust denial.

Shalom Bear

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