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Palestinian Authority Finds Perfect Prime Minister

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Originally published at Rubin Reports.

The Palestinian Authority (PA) leader Mahmoud Abbas has appointed a new prime minister. He is Rami Hamdullah.

Who?

It is useful to remember that the post of PA prime minister was originally forced on PLO, PA, and Fatah leader Yasir Arafat ten years ago in the hope of getting the PA to be more moderate and more competent as an economic and administrative entity. It has not worked too well.

But once you think about it, Hamdullah is the perfect PA prime minister. His predecessor was Salam Fayyad. Fayyad, named six years ago, was a serious economist who actually tried to curb the ruling Fatah party’s corruption. The Western donors liked Fayyad and kept him in office for years against the will of the Fatah bosses, who periodically tried to get rid of him. They feared that if they forced out Fayyad, the money would be cut off. At any rate, they blocked all of Fayyad’s reform measures and he never played any significant role in negotiations with Israel.

The Fatah bosses run the PA’s broad policy. Of the 18 members elected in 2009 they are mainly hardliners, either radicals or old Arafat loyalists. After the election, a moderate, Ahmad Qurei (better known as Abu Ala), who missed out on election by two votes said, albeit with exaggeration, that the Fatah elections were more dishonest than the recent ones in Iran.

But even he, perhaps the most moderate individual in the higher ranks of the organization, showed the culture of Fatah by accusing Israel of fixing the election and those who won as being Israeli agents! So the arguably most moderate leading figure claimed that Israel conspired to control the election by picking hardliners. This tells you part of the problem

The victory of people like Jibril Rajoub, Muhammad Dahlan, and Tawik Tirawi—all security force commanders—showed, he claimed that “someone wants to see rubber stamps” in Fatah’s leadership. He implied that these people were too soft on Israel and were actually willing to make concessions as part of a comprehensive peace agreement. Of course, such a comprehensive agreement has not appeared in the last four years and is nowhere in sight.

No need to wonder why this conflict continues when you look at thinking and behavior like this.
At the same time, Gaza Strip leaders of Fatah have resigned. Even aside from vote-fixing they do have a case. After all, since Hamas prevented many from attending the meeting they couldn’t vote for candidates from Gaza.

And there is still more. Who beat Abu Ala for the position on the Fatah Central Committee? Tayyib Abd al-Rahman. He was for many years the head of Arafat’s personal public relations’ operation.  I remember him well from the 1980s running Arafat’s press conferences. So much for new leadership.

Now, however, it is a sign of the contempt that the Fatah bosses feel toward President Barack Obama, as someone too powerless or unwilling to pressure them. In fact, it is a sign of their low respect that the replacement of Fayyad comes only a few days after Secretary of State John Kerry offered them a fund of $4 billion of the PA went back to negotiations with Israel. The PA refused.

According to the theory that the PA really wants a two-state diplomatic solution with Israel, this makes no sense. Doesn’t it want to compromise to end “oppression” and ”occupation” as soon as possible? No, unfortunately they would rather wait decades in hopes of wiping Israel off the map, or leaving the issue open for the next generation, or fear that compromise would mean their being called traitors and pushed out by their Islamist rival, Hamas.

Hamdullah is sort of the perfect compromise. He is a nobody, a technocrat, lacking all political experience so he won’t try to challenge the party bosses and cannot do so. Hamdullah will do what he is told.

But also Hamdullah, dean at al-Najah University, is a Fatah party member (plus 1), is British-educated (plus 2), and an English professor (plus 3). In other words, he knows how to deal with the West and will hopefully keep the money rolling in but cannot do anything and won’t try.

Hamdullah cannot negotiate even if he wanted to do so. He will ignore Western encouragements to return to the bargaining table but will keep accepting the checks and provide the PA with a moderate face that will gain public relations’ points with his British-accented English.

Long forgotten was the late Bush and early Obama Administration strategy. The idea was that with the PA’s cooperation, the West Bank would be turned into a relatively successful entity while heavy pressure would be put on the Hamas regime in the Gaza Strip. Palestinians would allegedly see the difference, support the PA and not Hamas, a wave of moderation would start, and a compromise peace result with Israel.
Today, however, Hamas survives, is entrenching itself, and now has–despite serious frictions between them–a patron in the advancing Muslim Brotherhood movement. The PA is still a mess, with aid having a bigger chance of ending up in the PA leaders’ Swiss bank accounts than in building a stable economy.

Meanwhile, we will all wait for a year or two or three to see who Abbas’s successor will be. Abbas has long passed the end of his elected term without anyone in the West pointing out that his government is no longer legitimate. His desire to become partners again with terrorist Hamas gets a pass as does the fact that the PA has now rejected the Oslo Accords of 1993 with Israel on which its own existence is based.

Yet corrupt, incompetent, and hardline as it is the PA serves a purpose. It preserves the fiction that the “peace process” is still alive and keeps Hamas out of power.

Of course, on the positive side, it also keeps Hamas from overthrowing the PA–which means the West Bank, since Hamas already controls the Gaza Strip–out of the hands of the revolutionary Islamists who would use it to launch an immediate war on Israel backed by the other Muslim Brotherhood regimes.

That in itself is worthwhile given the fact that there is zero alternative of a moderate Palestinian leadership that would make peace with Israel.  Of course, the PA has no interest in doing what is necessary to actually obtain a Palestinian state.

Quick Takes: News From Israel You May Have Missed

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

Terror U

A Palestinian university that receives U.S. funding counts among its students senior members of the Islamic Jihad and Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades terror groups.

One Brigades leader currently enrolled at the college – Al-Najah University in the northern West Bank town of Nablus (Shechem) – described the school as a main jihad recruiting ground. Another terror leader told this column he was studying chemistry at the university to learn how to enhance the deadly effects of suicide bomb belts.

Since September 2004, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has provided $4 million to Arkan, a Palestinian program that funds law schools at several universities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, including Al-Najah University. The Arkan program is entirely funded by USAID.

Last Sunday, the Arkan section of Al-Najah University hosted a law symposium at which the trial of deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was deemed “illegitimate,” America’s war in Iraq was slammed as “illegal,” and Saddam was hailed for encouraging insurgents to “fight American occupation.”

Israeli security officials say Al-Najah University is one of the most important recruitment grounds for West Bank terror organizations. The Israel Defense Forces has repeatedly raided the college and arrested terror suspects. At least 15 Palestinians who carried out suicide bombings in the past six years attended the school.

According to the U.S. Foreign Operations Bill of 2006, it is illegal to fund universities which the secretary of state “knows or has reason to believe advocates, plans, sponsors, engages in, or has engaged in, terrorist activity.”

Former Mossad Chief: Assassinate Ahmadinejad

Iranian President Ahmadinejad should be assassinated or otherwise “made to disappear from the arena,” Meir Amit, a former chief of Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency, advocated in an exclusive interview with WorldNetDaily.

Amit, one of the most esteemed figures in the Israeli intelligence establishment, said that while he was director of the Mossad from 1963 to 1968 he regularly argued against the assassination of world leaders. But he said the case of Ahmadinejad is different.

“Ahmadinejad is the pusher of all the Muslim world toward fanaticism and extremism. In his case, he should be made to disappear from the arena. He has said he wants to become a shahid, a martyr, so I think he should get his wish and be sent to heaven,” Amit said.

Amit said he is intimately familiar with the political structure of Iran, having gone on special missions to the country during the 1960′s while Israel had a relationship with Iranian leaders.

He said he does not advocate an Israeli military attack against Iran’s suspected nuclear facilities. Instead he said Israel should adopt a defensive position, deploying a working anti-missile system to intercept possible Iranian missile attacks.

He said Israel and the U.S. should work with the international community to undermine Ahmadinejad’s regime and foster a popular uprising.

New Syrian Terror Group Threatens Israel

Marking its official public debut, a purported new Syrian terror group last week claimed it is holding a missing Israeli soldier and would free the captive in exchange for nine Syrians held in Israeli jails.

A group calling itself the Syrian Committees for the Liberation of the Golan Heights faxed a statement to reporters addressing “the Zionists” and offering a prisoner-swap deal for Israeli soldier Guy Hever, who has been missing since 1997 and who the group claimed is in its custody. Hever disappeared in the Golan Heights near the Syrian border.

The Syrian Committees for the Liberation of the Golan first announced its establishment in a widely-circulated exclusive interview with WND last June.

At the time, and again during a second, in-person interview with this column and American radio host Gordon Liddy in December, leaders for the Syrian group threatened that if Israel didn’t vacate the Golan Heights within months, the group would launch “resistance operations” against Israeli positions and Jewish communities in the Golan Heights.

The leaders said the group is modeling itself after the Syrian-backed Lebanese Hizbullah militia.

Terror Campaign To ‘Drive Out Christians’

Twin bus bombings in Lebanon last week were a bid by anti-government elements to destabilize the country and part of a general campaign to intimidate Lebanon’s Christian population, Samy Gemayel, brother of assassinated Lebanese politician Pierre Gemayel told WND in an interview.

The bus bombings came on the eve of the second anniversary of the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, whose death has been widely blamed on Syria. The attacks occurred as the two buses passed through the Christian town of Ein Alaq, the ancestral home of Samy Gemayel’s father, former president Amin Gemayel, and his uncle Bashir, also a former president.

“These bombings are intimidating Christians and also Lebanese in general,” said Gemayel. “Ninety percent of all the assassinations the past two years and most of the bombings have occurred in Christian population centers.”

“You don’t hear this on the news too often, but I’m telling you, Christians are fleeing Lebanon. It’s a major problem,” Gemayel said.

A recent study in Lebanon found 30 percent of the country’s Christian population is working actively to emigrate. And according to several reports, nearly 600,000 Christians departed Lebanon over the past 16 years.

Christians made up the majority of Lebanon’s population as recently as the mid-20

thcentury, but recent surveys cited by the CIA Factbook state Muslims now constitute a solid majority with 60 percent.

Aaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief for WorldNetDaily.com. He appears throughout the week on leading U.S. radio programs.

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