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Abbas Insists He Will Visit His ‘Sister’ Iran

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Mahmoud Abbas has an insatiable appetite.

The Palestinian Authority chairman insisted this week that he will visit Iran, which he referred to as a “sister and neighbor state” in comments made to Polish journalists

He declared his intentions the same day of his reported resignation from the PLO Executive Committee, an announcement that has been denounced as false and reiterated as true a dozen times.

Iran has not been particularly in love with Abbas because he removed, at least for English media, the adjective “armed” from noun “resistance,” the Arab code word for terror.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, when he was president of Iran in 2012, invited Abbas to visit but was rejected.

Since then, a lot has happened. Iran and Hamas have had an off-an-on relationship reflecting Middle East instability, particularly in Syria where Iranian Revolutionary Guards are trying to keep Basher al-Assad’s regime from falling.

Abbas, a modern Jules Verne who has circled the world several times since taking over the Palestinian Authority after Yasser Arafat’s death, has built up universal diplomatic for the Arab dream of annihilating Israel, if not by force then by simply shrinking its borders and setting off the demographic weapon called “refugees” to finish off of what would be left of the country.

Now that Iran is holding on to its uranium cake and eating it at the same time, Abbas sees political opportunity. Bringing in Iran under his international umbrella would go down well with the folks in Ramallah while showing up Hamas.

Whether or not the Iranian regime really will welcome him is a question.

Abbas sent envoys to Tehran two weeks ago to discuss “the Palestinian situation” with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Ahmad Majdalani, a member of the PLO’s executive committee, told the Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency:

Our relationship with Iran is an urgent necessity concerning international and regional developments.

The “developments” are nothing more and nothing less than the deal with Iran, which virtually every world leader with the exception of President Barack Obama acknowledges, implicitly or tacitly, as an exponential increase in Iran’s prestige and influence.

Abbas is not likely to get much out of any revival of relations with the paranoid Iranian regime except for more headlines, but that is the oxygen that has kept him alive politically.

Abbas: We Won’t Use Violence – Unless We Will

Sunday, December 21st, 2014

Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas sent mixed messages Sunday regarding violence against Israel, claiming that the PA does not plan to take up weapons against Israel – but then warning of a potential “explosion” of terrorist violence.

Abbas’ comments to an Egyptian television station were translated by Israel’s Reshet Bet.

He stated that the PA would use diplomacy, not weapons, in its efforts to claim the entirety of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza. However, he said, “if the Palestinian people feels there is no hope – it will explode.”

Abbas claimed that the PA would be powerless to prevent an outbreak of violence. His comments come in the wake of several brutal attacks on Jewish civilians.

While Abbas attempted to portray himself as an innocent observer of Arab terrorism, countless reports have shown that the PA intentionally, and systematically, incites Arab youth to commit acts of terrorism. Terrorism is lauded, and those who commit violence against Jewish civilians are embraced as heroes.

Abbas himself has referred to PA terrorists who murdered Israeli children as “heroic brothers.” Among the members of his government was Ziad Abu Ein, who suffered a heart attack in a clash with the IDF two weeks ago and  once murdered two Israeli children in a terrorist attack.

He has also aligned himself with Hamas, which openly seeks Israel’s destruction.

Abbas’ comments Sunday appear to be part of a long-term strategy of protecting his reputation as a “partner for peace” in talks with Israel without giving up his support for terrorism.

The Disappointing 4+6 Abbas Anniversary

Monday, October 6th, 2014

October 1, 2014 began the 100 day-countdown to a peculiar anniversary on the world stage. January 10, 2015, is the tenth anniversary of Mahmoud Abbas winning a four-year term as President – and then never leaving.

Abbas’s first four years (while actually sitting and ruling) watched him lose all control of the territories he was supposed to govern:

One year after his election, in 2006, his Fatah party was trounced in governmental elections. The rival Hamas party took 58% of the 132 seats in parliament. A year later, in 2007, Hamas evicted Fatah from the Gaza Strip. Abbas and Fatah have had virtually no presence there since then. Abbas showed no ability and/or willingness to stop missile attacks from Gaza into Israel (1777, 2807 and 3716 projectiles in 2006, 2007 and 2008, respectively). Those rockets killed 12 people and injured 1500. In 2008, Israel finally took action. Abbas complained about Israel’s action even though he was then elected leader of the territories that did nothing to halt the attacks.

No matter. The world seemed to love this “moderate” leader. After his term expired in January 2009, no new elections were held.

For six years, the world has continued to pretend that Abbas had any legitimacy as an elected leader. For six years, the world ignored the will of the Palestinian people who had repeatedly shown in every poll, their preference to elect Hamas, a rabidly anti-Semitic rival party to Abbas’s Fatah party. The world has been complicit in holding up elections which would confirm that there is no possibility for peace at this time. For six years Abbas did nothing to deliver peace. Rocket fire from Gaza only slowed down because of Israel’s 2008 Operation Cast Lead (858, 365 and 680 projectiles fired from Gaza at Israel in 2009, 2010 and 2011, respectively). When missiles jumped to 2273 in 2012, Israel needed to step in for Abbas’s failure, with Operation Pillar of Defense. Rocket fire dropped 95% in 2013 after the Israeli action. However, missile fire, the murders of teenagers and terror tunnels into Israel brought Israel to “quiet” the situation with Operation Protective Edge in 2014 – again, due to Abbas’s either failure or unwillingness to provide security for Israel and Gaza. For six years, the world has pushed Israel to sit and negotiate with Abbas, the straw man with neither legitimacy nor power to deliver peace. The United Nations gave Abbas the main podium to address the General Assembly, even though he was simply an acting-President for a non-country. He used those opportunities to repeatedly lie about Israel, lie about Jews in the Holy Land and lie about his performance. And why not? The world actively engaged in the charade.

Perhaps the United Nations would like to produce a 10th anniversary stamp to honor the accomplishment of holding onto a four-year presidential title for so many years, in the face of a public that does not want him. Perhaps a fitting image would be a combination of the UN’s 1981 Palestinian stamp, together with a scarecrow: the inalienable right to be a Palestinian President.

Palestinians and the “Death Boats” Scandal

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

As the past few weeks have, shown, hundreds, if not thousands, of Palestinians would rather risk their lives at sea than live under Palestinian governments and leaders whose only goal is to enrich their bank accounts.

Instead of creating job opportunities for young men and women, Hamas and the Palestinian Authority [PA] have spent the past 7 years fighting over money and power. They are now busy planning how to lay their hands on the millions of dollars that are supposed to go to the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip. Hamas wants to use the PA as a tool through which the international community channels funds to he Gaza Strip — a move that would ultimately empower Hamas to tighten its grip over the Palestinian population there.

They said that Hamas officials are providing the emigrants with forged visas and travel documents to enable them to enter Europe.

Over the past few weeks, dozens of Palestinian migrants from the Gaza Strip have been killed or injured while trying to reach Europe by sea.

At least 500 Palestinians have gone missing after the boats carrying them sank in the sea. Some reports have suggested that rival gangs deliberately sunk the boats. The gangs are fighting for the cash the Palestinians are prepared to pay to leave the Gaza Strip. Palestinians refer to the situation as their “Death Boats” scandal.

Relatives of missing Palestinian migrants who were on boats that sank near Malta demonstrate in Gaza, Sept. 22, 2014

Relatives of missing Palestinian migrants who were on boats that sank near Malta demonstrate in Gaza, Sept. 22, 2014

The Palestinian migrants are said to have paid thousands of dollars to Hamas officials and Egyptian smugglers to facilitate the exodus from the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian Authority [PA] Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki claimed that each Palestinian paid $1,000 to Hamas personnel at the Rafah border crossing with Egypt. Others are believed to have paid $5,000 each to leave the Gaza Strip.

Malki said that preliminary investigations have revealed that the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have fallen victim to Hamas and Egyptian gangsters who managed to lure them with false promises.

According to various reports, some 13,000 Palestinians have already fled the Gaza Strip to Europe with the help of the gangsters. Most left through Hamas’s smuggling tunnels or by bribing its security officials at the Rafah terminal.

Another 25,000 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip have applied to various European countries for immigration.

Although Hamas has denied any connection to the mass exodus, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip revealed that the Islamist movement had set up special offices to register those wishing to start a new life in Europe. They said that Hamas officials are providing the emigrants with forged visas and travel documents to enable them to enter Europe.

Hamas said this week that its security forces have arrested several suspects in connection with the illegal migration. But the movement refused to say whether the suspects were members of Hamas.

A Palestinian journalist in Gaza City said that Hamas has also used mosques to encourage Palestinians to immigrate to Europe. At one of the mosques in the southern Gaza Strip, a leading Hamas preacher told worshippers: “Those who are not happy can always emigrate to Europe. We do not force anyone to stay here.”

Most of the migrants left the Gaza Strip through a two-kilometer tunnel belonging to a senior Hamas operative. Survivors told a Palestinian Authority Commission of Inquiry that when they reached the Egyptian side of the border, Egyptian gangsters intercepted them and robbed them of their money.

Abbas At UN: Deception And Incitement

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

The dust is still settling following Mahmoud Abbas’s speech to the United Nations, and the consequences of his flat-out rejection of negotiations with Israel are as yet unknown. At this time, a short analysis of his remarks (especially those having to do with Jerusalem) is in order.

He began by accusing Israel of making this year one of “genocide perpetrated against the Palestinian people” in the recent war in Gaza. He added that some defend Israel and its “right to self-defense, without regard for the fate of the thousands of victims of our people.”

It has become difficult to be surprised by Arab double-speak (i.e., lies), but surely the above has set new standards for misrepresenting reality. Merriam-Webster defines genocide as “the deliberate and systematic destruction of a racial, political, or cultural group” – clearly nothing whatsoever to do with Israel’s Operation Protective Edge.

No rational person has ever accused Israel of setting out to destroy an entire people. Israel’s care in exclusively targeting combatants, also known as terrorists, by giving advance warning and frequently canceling attacks when civilians would be killed, proves that its intentions are precisely the opposite of genocide.

Ironically, it is William Schabas – chairman of the committee charged by the UN to investigate Israeli “war crimes” in Gaza, who has expressed anti-Israeli bias in the past – whose learned definition of genocide belies Abbas’s ridiculous claim. A professor of international law and expert on human rights law and genocide, Schabas maintains that the only genuine genocides in recent history were the Holocaust and those in Armenia and Rwanda. He explains that it is not genocide every time members of a group are killed within a given time frame.

Back to Abbas: In light of Israeli efforts to spare civilian lives, the claim by the PA chairman that Israel has no regard for “the fate of the thousands of [Gaza] victims” unwittingly draws attention to those who truly have no regard for them – Hamas itself. It was Hamas that instructed its citizens to ignore Israeli warnings and remain in buildings housing terrorists. And it is Hamas terrorists who use their own families and neighbors as human shields, thus causing their deaths. A famous cartoon from a number of years ago depicts the situation perfectly: A Hamas/PLO terrorist takes cover behind a baby in its carriage as he fires at an Israeli soldier – who is ready to fire back as he stands in front of a baby carriage to protect it.

In this connection, Abbas uttered his most ridiculous comment at the end of his speech, when he quoted this line from a contemporary Arab poet: “We love life if we are given the chance for it.” They love life?! How many mothers of Arab “martyrs” have rejoiced at the deaths of their sons? In these very pages we recently quoted a young Arab mother who told an Israeli, “Life is valuable – but not for us. Life is zero, life is worthless. That is why we have all the suicide bombers…. All of us, even our children are not afraid of dying. It is natural for us.”

Or consider the words of Hamas commander Raed Sa’ad : “We have succeeded in raising an ideological generation that loves death like our enemies love life.”

Regarding Jerusalem, Abbas at the UN accused Israel of having specifically targeted the holy city “and its inhabitants, attempting to artificially alter [its] spirit, identity and character… focusing on Al-Aqsa Mosque, threatening grave consequences. ”

How bizarre. Jerusalem has absolutely no “Palestinian” history. It is rather embedded in the world’s consciousness as home to Kings David and Solomon, the Holy Temples, and the center of Jewish yearning and national existence for the past 3,000 years. Yet Abbas charges Israel with trying to change the city’s spirit and identity. Even toward the close of the Jewish people’s long exile, and consecutively for the last 170 years, there has been a Jewish majority in the city. As is well known by now, Jerusalem does not appear even once in the Koran, and was the capital of no nation in history other than the Jewish nation. So which side is trying to alter Jerusalem’s spirit and character?

The United Nations Applauds Abbas’ Narrative

Monday, September 29th, 2014

{ Originally posted on author’s website, “FirstOne Through”}

Acting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas took the stage at the United Nations in September 2014. When he took the podium in 2011, 2012 and 2013, he distorted history out of all bounds as seen in the music video below.

In 2014, Abbas opted to move past simply lying about history. He chose the Jewish New Year of 5775 to repeatedly described Israel as a racist colonial occupier which was waging genocide on the Palestinian people. Hamas could not have written the speech any differently.

Abbas concluded by essentially calling for an end to negotiations with Israel.

The United States had the only immediate reaction, saying the speech “included offensive characterizations” and was “counterproductive”. Little reaction could be heard from the rest of the world.

If governments applaud complete distortions of fact and history, it abets war and undermines prospects for peace. Will the world finally call out Abbas or will it also refuse to engage with Israel?



Abbas UN speech 2014: www.timesofisrael.com/full-text-of-abbas-speech-to-un/

US comment on speech: http://www.timesofisrael.com/us-slams-abbas-un-speech-as-offensive/

US Slams Abbas for UN Speech

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

In response to PA president Mahnoud Abbas’s speech at the UN, U.S. State Dept. spokeswoman Jan Psaki called Abbas’s speech “provocative”.

“President Abbas’ speech today included offensive characterizations that were deeply disappointing and which we reject,” she stated. “Such provocative statements are counterproductive and undermine efforts to create a positive atmosphere and restore trust between the parties.”

Abbas made the astounding claim that Israel was committing genocide in Gaza.

The man must live in an alternative universe.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/us-slams-abbas-for-un-speech/2014/09/27/

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