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Peace, Trust and Mahmoud Abbas

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

Demonstrating the utility of utterly flexible principles, the man at the top of the Palestinian Arab power structure, Mahmoud Abbas, is quoted in an Associated Press report tonight calling for the Obama administration “to intervene to save the peace talks“.

Alert readers may recall yesterday’s somewhat different message from Abbas, one in which he “rejected most of the proposals made by Obama during their meeting at the White House“… and presented himself to the Palestinian ‘street’ as the political figure with “the guts to say no to Obama…

This Saturday variation on the Friday man is connected to what happened in Jenin today. The AP version comes from Mohammed Ballas:

“Israeli troops killed three Palestinians in an early morning raid that was followed by a clash with angry protesters in a West Bank town on Saturday, the military and Palestinian security officials said, in the deadliest incident in months… [It] started with an Israeli raid, which the military said aimed to arrest Hamza Abu el-Heija, a 22-year-old Hamas operative wanted for involvement in shooting and bombing attacks against Israelis. Lt. Col. Peter Lerner described el-Heija as a “ticking bomb” and said he was wanted for months and was allegedly in the final stages of planning a major shooting attack against Israelis. Palestinians officials said the military ringed the house in the Jenin refugee camp overnight and ordered el-Heija outside. When he refused to come out, the soldiers stormed the building and a shootout ensued. Lerner said everyone but el-Heija had left the building before the shootout. The military says el-Heija first shot an attack dog that was sent inside and then opened fire on the troops outside, wounding two soldiers. When he attempted to escape while still shooting at the Israelis, the troops returned fire and killed him, Lerner said. [AP]

So just where was Abbas and his PA forces in all this? Avi Issacharoff, writing in the Times of Israel today, explains that there’s a “new reality in the refugee camps of the West Bank“, and here’s how it looks:

Palestinian Authority security forces generally stay out of the camps, and especially those in Jenin and Nablus. PA forces did try to arrest Abu al-Hija a few months ago, an incident that prompted intense Palestinian public criticism of the PA. Lesson learned, PA security personnel have since stayed away. Israel, as Saturday’s events showed, however, has not. Hamza Abu al-Hija is from his family’s second generation of wanted Hamas operatives, the son of one of the icons of the Islamist group in the West Bank, Jamal Abu al-Hija, who’s been in prison in Israel since 2002. The father, who lost an eye and a hand in an explosion at the beginning of the Second Intifada, is serving nine life terms for involvement in at least six bombings, including the Meron Junction attack that killed nine Israelis in 2002 and the Jerusalem Sbarro pizzeria bombing that killed 15 in 2001. Israel had tried in December to arrest Abu al-Hija the younger, but he escaped, and fierce clashes ensued between IDF troops and hundreds of Palestinians at the time. [Times of Israel]

And in another report tonight, Israel’s Channel 2 News expanded on the comprehensive rejection put forward by Abbas in Washington earlier in the week:

Abbas rejected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s demand that he recognize Israel as a Jewish state. He also refused to abandon the Palestinian demand for a “right of return” for millions of Palestinians and their descendants — a demand that, if implemented, would drastically alter Israel’s demographic balance and which no conceivable Israeli government would accept. And finally, he refused to commit to an “end of conflict,” under which a peace deal would represent the termination of any further Palestinian demands of Israel.

For the record, President Barack Obama – plainly ignoring the photos we published here ["20-Mar-14: Questions to visiting politicians about what lies at the heart of a peace process"] on Friday – summed up Abbas in the White House this week by calling him:

a leader who “has consistently renounced violence, has consistently sought a diplomatic and peaceful solution that allows for two states, side by side in peace and security — a state that allows for the dignity and sovereignty of the Palestinian people and a state that allows for Israelis to feel secure and at peace with their neighbors.” [TIME Magazine]

Even relatively well-informed observers of the Arab -v- Israel conflict might admit to some surprise at elements of today’s events:

• Abbas, who is already unable to visit his own home in the Gaza Strip, has been unwilling and/or unable to send his forces into key parts of the areas he purports to control.In parts of the PA-controlled West Bank – Nablus, Jenin, Hebron at least – Hamas demonstrably has free rein. Only the IDF is willing to do anything about this and then only when they have to. Abbas and his forces no longer even pretend. • Both criticizing and embracing the Obama administration’s strategy within a single 24-hour period is no problem at all for a man like Abbas. So long as there are reporters out there who have little factual background, no clue about context and little or (more usually) no familiarity with the Arabic language, he will say and do whatever advances his immediate short-term interests. • Even if he signs on to peace in some form, it’s not a resolution of the dispute/s. He makes it clear this would be just another stop en route. How anyone can seriously urge Israel to place its trust in this man’s good faith and ability to deliver on a peace that requires painful compromise on both sides is simply beyond our comprehension.

Palestinian Arabs Spurn Peace, But Israel Will be Blamed

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

They say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

The positions of the Palestinian Arabs in the latest round of peace talks, being pushed by Obama Administration and Secretary of State John Kerry, and the concessions being expected of Israel by the U.S. and media, will most certainly lead to a failure.

In the parallel universe in which Israeli-Palestinian Arab peace negotiations take place, the Palestinian Authority’s outright abrogation of prior agreements (Oslo Accords) and rejections of prior proposals (Camp David 2000 and 2008), which were pretexts for engaging in a terrorism war, the intifadah, must be placed back on the table as the starting point for the next round.

In every other situation throughout the world, when two parties are negotiating for something, there is the expectation of compromise, recognition and respect for the other side. Yet, none exists on the Palestinian-Arab side, nor do the media hold them to account. Is there no price to pay for intransigence and rejection? Or defeat in war?

Moreover, the head of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, has a limited and questionable authority: his term as president expired five years ago, and he only “rules” the West Bank/Judea-Samaria. The Gaza Strip is under the thumb of Hamas: an elected terrorist Islamic resistance movement, whose genocidal intentions against Jews and Israel are evident and proudly displayed.

There is no proof that even if Abbas signs an agreement, it will be honored by Hamas, let alone that it will be binding on the PA.  This is blithely disregarded by the media.

Yet, it is Israel that is held to impossible standards by the media.

Even the venerable Wall Street Journal labeled the recently passed Knesset law requiring any ceding of territory to Palestinian Arabs in a future peace deal to be approved in a public referendum as “yet another hurdle to the U.S-backed peace efforts to achieve a peace accord between Israel and the Palestinians.”

But why in the world doesn’t Israel, a sovereign, democratic nation, have the absolute right to bring such a momentous decision and choice to its own people in exchange for an elusive piece of paper peace?

Israel’s Security Needs Minimized

The international media have been willing to blame Israeli “settlements” – even on land that has been under Israeli control since their capture in the defensive war of 1967, and per the Oslo Agreements of 1993; and “restrictive security practices” in PA controlled areas (i.e. checkpoints); and even the Israeli-built security barrier, which has prevented innumerable terrorist attacks and saved countless lives on both sides- as the biggest obstacles to Middle East peace.

What is rarely ever discussed are Israel’s strong rights to the land, both historic and legal.  Israel has recently begun to redress this by its issuance of the Levy Report, which unfortunately has not yet been formally adopted by the government.

The late Israeli Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin of the Labor Party, was considered by many in his time a pro-peace leader. Like the authors of U.N. Security Council’s Resolution 242, he recognized that Israel’s pre-1967 armistice lines left the nation too vulnerable to future aggression.

Rabin insisted Israel must hold onto a significant portion of the “West Bank” to block traditional Arab invasion routes from the east and to protect both Jerusalem and the low-lying coastal plain, home to more than 70% of the nation’s population.

In his last speech in the Knesset before his assassination in 1995, Rabin declared, “The borders of the State of Israel, during the permanent solution, will be beyond the lines which existed before the Six-Day War. We will not return to the 4 June 1967 lines.”

Abbas Latches on to Obama’s Big Lie for Release of Terrorists

Monday, March 17th, 2014

President Barack Obama sat down his Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas at the White House Monday, but the usual photo-op flattery was more of a case of a Big Lie facing a Big Con Man.

The president described Abbas as “somebody who consistently renounced violence, consistently sought a diplomatic and peaceful solution.” Even more surprising than the lie is that Obama was able to keep a straight face.

One of the most evil tactics used by the Obama administration in the past several years has been to bury the truth and dress it up with a beautiful lie.

The president knows very well that Abbas has been building up support among his constituents by glorifying terrorists, naming public squares after them and praising the most horrific murderers as martyrs.

The painting of Abbas as a peacemaker has support from Israel’s eternal bearer of the white flag, President Shimon Peres, who provided a warm-up for the Obama-Abbas meeting by declaring, “Abu Mazen [Abbas] is a true partner for peace and a man of principles who opposes violence and terror.”

Abbas, whose history includes a doctoral dissertation on “The Other Side: the Secret Relationship Between Nazism and Zionism,” has hitched his political success by having backed terror and then renouncing it so long as he gets what he wants. When he doesn’t, he pulls out the “resistance” card as a threat. He does not have to say it very much because his spokesman, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, does that for him. Kerry warned Israel this year it was asking for a new intifada if the Netanyahu government does not “negotiate” by not negotiating and simply say “yes,” “yes,” because it sounds better than Abbas’ saying “No, no, no.”

And what did Abbas reply to Obama on Monday?

The flattery was limited to thanking the United States for economic and political support, and Abbas then added that if Obama and Israel really are serious about the non-existence peace process, the president will pressure Israel to release the last of 104 terrorists who are to be released from Israeli jails as the talks advance,.

The talks have not advanced. All that has advanced is the clock. Everyone knows that Kerry knows that. He was so desperate that he told a Congressional hearing last week that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made a “mistake” by demanding that Abbas declare Israel a Jewish state,

It was a “mistake” because Abbas is not able to do so, and that means Kerry cannot get out of making himself look like a fool for trying to resurrect the “peace process” that died and was buried more than three years ago.

As noted in The Jewish Press here last week, Abbas agreed to Kerry’s nine-month plan for more talks on condition that Israel release the terrorists.

Netanyahu said at the time that their release, in four batches, would depend on a halt in incitement and progress in the talks. Incitement has increased. The more the Obama administration calls Abbas a partner for peace, the more the glorification of terrorists is drilled into the Palestinian Authority public.

The only thing that has advanced is time, which is running out on Kerry and Obama.

The play is not over, but the script is leading towards a very unhappy ending for Obama, whose foreign policy has been consistently catastrophic.

Obama told Abbas he must take the “risks” for peace.

Abbas is not about to choose peace at the risk of death. He said last week, “I am 79 years old and am not ready to end my life with treason.”

Thousands Rally in Palestinian Authority for Abbas

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Thousands of Arabs in the Palestinian Authority rallied in major cities on Monday in support of “Palestinian national rights,” the official WAFA news agency reported Monday.

The supporters waved pictures of Yasser Arafat, the first terrorist to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said at one rally, “We are here today to affirm our support to President Abbas’ efforts and endeavors to find a solution to our just cause, leading to the end of occupation and the establishment of the state of Palestine within the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.”

PA Websites Mock Kerry (Video)

Monday, March 17th, 2014

A YouTube video-song buy a Palestinian Authority singer has gone viral on Palestinian Authority websites and provides evidence that Mahmood Abbas has no intention of taking President Barack Obama seriously when they met today in the White House.

The video was posted this week as a statement of encouragement to Abbas and mocks the United States in general and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in particular. Whoever translated the YouTube couldn’t even get Kerry’s name right, spelling it “Kire.”

The 5-minute message sums up every demand of the Palestinian Authority and dumps on the Obama administration for pleasing the “Zionist interest.”

“Go tell Obama and America that my land is not a piece of cake for you to share,” croons the singer, but in the background is a PA of Israel that clearly is intended as Palestine, exposing the honest intentions of Abbas to eventually whittle Israel down to non-existence.

Listen up,” John Kire, sings songwriter Qassem Najjar, whose artistic propaganda was posted on Facebook sites and all over the Palestinian Authority website. Gatestone Institute contributor Khaled Abu Toameh wrote Monday that a senior Palestinian Authority official explained that the new song is “100% accurate and honestly sums up the whole Palestinian position toward peace.”

Speaking of peace, the video-song states, “In the name of martyrs, prisoners, home and revolution, Jerusalem is our free capital and will always be.”

The songwriter then blames Israel for spoiling this “dove of peace, “which undoubtedly will be emblazoned on Abbas’s shirt when he sits down with Obama.

As for Kerry’s “framework,” the lyrics say it is an “American plan for killing the Palestinian cause to please Zionist interest[s].”

It chides the United States for not following the vote of “the great Russia and China” for voting to recognize the Palestinian Authority as a new Arab country based on Abbas’ own definitions of borders.”

One popular Arab website, Al Watan Voices,” posted articles Monday encouraging Abbas to stand up to Obama.

If he doesn’t, Abbas might as well design and make his own coffin on the way back to Ramallah. One article in Al Watan stated that “brother Abbas,” who will meet President Barack Obama today in Washington, “is armed with a majority of the Palestinian people, and clearly announced his rejection Israel’s conditions of extreme dictations [of] America, and it was clear in his refusal to recognize the Jewish state, as well as the refusal of a request Israelis ignoring the right of return of refugees, or the survival of any force occupying the borders of a Palestinian state.”

The article noted that the real loser in Kerry’s Peace Talks Follies is none other than the United States of America, which it said “will record her next successive loss in the Middle East.”

Abbas Has 26 Reasons to Extend Talks and All of Them Are Terrorists

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas chose his official WAFA news agency Thursday to declare that the United States has not made any formal request to extend the non-negotiations that began last July and are to conclude next month.

For the record  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said way back when that the Palestinian Authority and Israel had nine months to come to some kind of an agreement after having failed for nearly 20 years to do anything but come to agreements that ended up as disagreements.

Time is running out and even Kerry admitted at a Congressional hearing Wednesday, “The level of mistrust is as large as any level of mistrust I’ve ever seen, on both sides” of course he added, “I still believe it’s possible, but difficult.”

So much for the non-news from the illustrious Secretary of State. Abbas has been twiddling him around his fat little finger, crying to the media when Israel insists in negotiating instead  of serving up Netanyahu’s head on a silver platter, threatening to run to the United Nations in another attempt to declare the Palestinian Authority a country on paper, and making no concessions except to agree to let his “negotiators” go through the motions of sitting down with their Israeli counterparts, Tzipi Livni and Shlomo Molcho.

One of the Palestinian Authority negotiators has quit and the other has officially quit but is hanging in there, a true diplomatic martyr.

Abbas has been out-staging Kerry every step of the way and now is playing cute. He did not say he won’t extend the talks. He didn’t say he will. He simply stated that the United States has not sent  an embroidered invitation for cocktails after 8.

But if the invitation comes, and it will come soon, Abbas “would examine it and define its position in this regard,” his official news agency reported.

At a joint press conference with visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron, Abbas added, “We have agreed to negotiate for nine months in hope that we bring about a tangible achievement within this period. However, we have not discussed the issue of extending negotiations.”

“Negotiate” in the world of the Palestinian Authority  is not the same “negotiate” that appears in Webster’s. It is a  camouflage for achieving the one and only aim of the peace talks – freeing 104 terrorists, including several who are not so loyal card-carrying Israeli Arab citizens.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu agreed to begin the talks on condition that there was no formal commitment to freeze new construction homes for Jews in Judea and Samaria, although on paper, most new construction has been stopped until recently.

Abbas agreed on condition that he win Brownie points to keep his popularity from sagging, in the form of the release of terrorists. He also vowed that eventually every one of the several thousand security prisoners and terrorists, beyond the 104 on the wanted list, also will go free. That includes the terrorists who have murdered and tried to murder Jews since the Kerry talks began in July.

The Israeli Cabinet, against public opinion, approved the first batch of terrorists to be released. Netanyahu said the next three batches would be approved if the Palestinian Authority showed it was serious in advancing peace talks. Instead, Abbas has glorified terror, his media, school systems and official documents continue to show all of Israel as “Palestine,” and incitement to violence against Israel has become routine.

In return the Cabinet approved the second batch and then the third batch, each time making awesome facial gestures to demonstrate how painful it was to raise the arm and vote “yes” to freeing terrorists with multiple life sentences in jail for committing some of the most horrid crimes.

Abbas Says ‘No Way’ to Jewish State Recognition

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said there is “no way” he will recognize Israel as a Jewish State as part of a framework deal with Israel, the Palestinian official WAFA News Agency reported.

Recognition of Israel as a Jewish State is one of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s key demands during the peace talks. Reports indicate that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will add this demand to the U.S. framework for peace, which is expected to be released soon.

According to WAFA, Abbas said he has withstood pressure by the U.S. before over U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state, and suggested that he could do it again.

Lieberman: Israel Won’t Agree to ‘Further Conditions’ for Talks

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman blamed the Palestinians for lack of progress in peace negotiations, and said Israel would not agree to additional conditions for the continuation of the talks.

“The Palestinians are the ones torpedoing the talks by setting conditions,” Lieberman told Israel Radio Thursday, according to the Times of Israel. “Israel would not agree to any further conditions for the continuation of talks.”

The statement comes in response to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ call for Israel to freeze West Bank settlement expansion in order for talks to continue.

The negotiations, which began last July, are nearing the nine-month deadline that Secretary of State John Kerry set at their start. Kerry hopes to persuade both sides to agree to a framework for ongoing negotiations that would extend beyond the original deadline. Recent reports indicate that significant gaps remain between the Israelis and Palestinians.

Lieberman is set to meet Kerry in Rome later in the day Thursday.

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