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Saeb Erekat Says Only ‘a Few People Believe in Two States’ Idea

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Secretary-General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Saeb Erekat said that only a “few people” are left who believe in the “two states” proposal “28 years after the painful historic compromise made by the PLO.”

He blamed Israel for having “continued to destroy the prospects of a two-state solution to an extent where very few still believe that this goal could be achieved. Israeli policies, including land grabs, theft of natural resources, forcible transfer and collective punishments among others continue to derail Palestinian fundamental human rights.”

His statement on “Palestine’s Independence Day” referred to what he called “the painful historic compromise made by the PLO” 28 years ago, which would mean it was in 1987.

That was the year that the Intifada started, giving Peace Now a launching pad to promote the “peace process.”

But that was not the “painful compromise” Erekat meant. He apparently got his math wrong and meant 27 years, which would mean the “painful compromise” was in 1988, first PLO triumph from the Intifada, when the PLO leadership promised the United States that it would delete its principle to destroy Israel and in effect accept two states.

U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in 1975 had refused to deal with the PLO until it accepted his condition in order to eliminate the possibility that a terrorist organization would be involved in peace talks with Israel.

After Yasser Arafat stated. ‘We want peace…we are committed to peace, and we want to live in our Palestinian state and let others live,” the United States was satisfied.

Saed Erekat: Dead Terrorists Are ‘Men Who Lost Hope’

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

What do you call an Arab who stabs Jews to death?

If you are PLO secretary general Saeb Erekat, who was the chief negotiator for the Palestinian Authority when it talked as if there were “negotiations,” the answer is: “They are dead men who have lost hope.”

That is what Erekat told BBC’s HARDtalk in an interview aired Wednesday. He also maintained that “violence is not the answer,” but when the interviewer asked him about the stabbings, some of them in the backs of children and elderly men and women, Erekat could not say a bad word.

Instead, Arabs murder Jews because they have lost hope, all because Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has not “negotiated” non-negotiable demands presented by Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

Erekat insisted in the interview that there will be a Palestinian Authority country, sooner or later. He said:

For Palestinians and Israelis there is only one option, if not this year, next year, or 10 years’ time is to live and to let live, it’s a two state solution. It’s Palestine to live side by side with the State of Israel in peace and security on the 1967 lines. That’s the only option.

I couldn’t do it through the Security Council; I couldn’t do it through negotiations, not because I failed, because I was foiled by the likes of Benjamin Netanyahu.

However, he said he is thinking about leaving his post at the helm of the PLO.



PLO Official Saeb Erekat Threatens to Yank Recognition of Israel

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

PLO executive committee chairman Saeb Erekat threatened Thursday that he “would not rule out the possibility the Palestine Liberation Organization might withdraw its recognition of Israel,” according to a report published in Al Quds al Arabi.

There is nothing new about this announcement, other than the bald-faced announcement itself. The PLO “recognized” Israel in 1988, accepted United Nations Security Council Resolution 242 and supposedly renounced terrorism after the United States twisted the arm of PLO chairman Yasser Arafat.

But in fact, the Palestinian Authority government that has operated under the aegis of the PLO always supported terror under the Arafat administration. It subsequently supported terror under the administration of Mahmoud Abbas as well, as documented and translated by the media watchdog organization, Palestinian Media Watch (PMW).

Last month Abbas awarded the entity’s Order of Merit for Culture, Sciences an Arts to the cartoonist at the Al-Ayyam daily newspaper who has been glorifying terrorist stone-throwing attacks on Israeli motorists.

The Yasser Arafat Youth Center in Jenin this month named a football tournament after the terrorist who murdered two Israeli rabbis and wounded the wife and baby of one of them in a stabbing attack Oct. 3 in the Old City of Jerusalem.

According to a Nov. 2 report in Al-Hayat al-Jadida translated by the PMW, a PA municipality also named a street after the “martyr shahid” Muhanned Halabi, with the town’s mayor saying “This is the least we can do for Martyr Halabi.”

The Fatah faction led by Abbas fanned the flames further, officially bringing soil from the grounds of the Al Aqsa Mosque at the Temple Mount to Halabi’s grave. The Palestinian Authority Bar Association awarded an honorary law degree to the 19-year-old murderer.

The PA Ministry of Education and Higher Education, and the General Union of Palestinian Teachers also held meetings and issued news releases praising Halabi’s attacks.

And to this day, maps of the territory of the Palestinian Authority – “Palestine” to PA residents – are comprised of the entire area of the State of Israel, which is completely erased.

All this, decades after the PLO and PA supposedly had “recognized” the State of Israel and had “renounced terrorism.”

Or not.

So what is really new about the former lead negotiator of the PLO telling the world that he doesn’t rule out the possibility of withdrawing a recognition that never really existed?

Abbas Blames US for Stealing His Thunder at UN General Assembly

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas no longer plans to drop a “bombshell” in his speech scheduled for Wednesday.

And he’s blaming the United States for that.

Abbas religious affairs adviser Mahmoud Habbas told reporters in New York on Monday that his boss had “difficult talks” with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry over the weekend. The two allegedly discussed the threatened “bombshell” in the address that Abbas plans to deliver on Wednesday.

According to reports quoted by various international media, some Abbas aides claimed the PA leader had planned to announce a PA state “under Israeli occupation.” Such a unilateral move would be another violation of the internationally-recognized Oslo Accords, in addition to those he has already committed, but one the United Nations could not fail to act on.

In an interview with Palestine TV on Sunday, Abbas said he raised three points with world leaders on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly: the ongoing tensions at the Temple Mount, Israel’s “failure” to implement agreements with the PA and revival of Israeli-PA peace talks.

It is unclear at this point exactly what Abbas will say in his speech on Wednesday. Various Palestinian officials are giving statements to media in the Arab world and abroad, including in New York. But given the current political climate and the fact that Abbas is barely tolerated in his own territory, let alone in the halls of the Arab nations with whom he must parley in order to survive, it is likely he will keep his cards close to his chest until he steps up to the podium, if only for his own survival.

Exclusive: Abbas’s UN Bombshell Revealed, and Why it Doesn’t Matter

Sunday, September 20th, 2015

For those of you who have not been following this story, let me bring you up to date. Abu Mazen (Abbas), who is the current Chairman of the Palestinian Authority, threatened two weeks ago to step down from his position.

I guess Abbas expected his threat to make waves in the press, but considering this his 5th time threatening to step down, he is now known as the little boy who cried wolf and no one took his announcement seriously.

What Will Abbas Do For Attention? Abbas is expected to speak at the UN General Assembly on September 29th. The last time the PA Chairman visited the UN, he failed terribly as he tried to get the UN to accept Palestine as a State and let’s just say; close but no cigar.

With the Palestine State declaration a failure, every political analyst is playing the guessing game as to the new “bomb” Abbas has threatened to drop on the U.N. (Sorry, the pun was just too funny not to use)

Some contemplate he will announce the cancellation of the Oslo Accords. If he does, I for one will celebrate! The Oslo accords are the biggest farce of a peace deal and has caused thousands of deaths. The only thing the Oslo accords did was give radical Muslims a fake national claim to parts of Israel.

Go ahead Abu, cancel away!

Others believe he will be announcing his resignation from the Palestine Authority….*Yawn.

Grandma Settler Fortells The Future A good friend of mine stopped over at my house on Shabbat afternoon with his family and his mother.

We were discussing the recent Arab attacks in Jerusalem when his mom interrupted us with statement that silenced the entire house, “You know what Abbas is planning on announcing at the UN, right?”

It took her a couple of seconds to realize we were all staring, waiting for her answer and then it came…

“Abbas is going to say he accepts Israel as the Jewish State and proclaim he is willing to negotiate a full and extensive deal based on the 1967 borders.” There was another pause of silence till I yelled, “Holy cow! you’re right!”

I have absolutely no inside information about what Abu Mazen’s plans are for the UN speech and from what I hear, neither do his closest aids, BUT, what Grandma Settler said makes perfect sense!

Abas’s is walking the same path as his predecessor, arch-terrorist, Yasser Arafat.

Arafat proclaimed time and time again that he recognized Israel’s right to exist while he continued to preach terrorism against Israel and continued to support radical jihadist’s war against Israel and in response, he was given the Nobel Peace prize. Abu Mazen is about to do the same thing!

After writing his doctorate on Holocaust denial and constantly stating he will NEVER recognize a Jewish State (and talks about filthy Jews), Abbas will now drop a “bombshell” that he himself designed.

See, Abu Mazen has been such a rabid racist, terrorist and anti-semite for most of his life that when he makes a statement that he recognizes the Jewish right to LIVE, the world will applaud and raise the man who was the brains, backbone and financial sponsor for the 1972 Munich Olympic massacre of 11 Israeli athletes onto a pedestal.

Just in case this is the “bombshell” Abbas is planning, let’s get some things straight…

Israel does not need the permission of an Islamic terrorist to exist. Abbas coming to terms with the reality that Israel exists and is a Jewish State is not a bombshell, it’s a fact.

Now let’s take a look at the second part of the “bombshell”.

US Court Imposes Mere $10M Bond on PLO and PA in Terrorism Case

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

The judge in a New York terrorism case that ended in a victory for the plaintiffs on Monday, Aug. 24, imposed a $10 million bond on the defendants, the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority. The defendants must also make $1 million monthly payments during the duration of any appeals of the $655 million award to the plaintiffs at the end of the jury trial back in February.

Judge George Daniels presided over Sokolow v. PLO in U.S. District Court in the Southern District Court of New York.

Daniels accepted the recommendation made by the defendants and by the U.S. government, which intervened in the case earlier this summer. The government claimed that a standard bond amount would bankrupt the Palestinian Arab organizations.

The U.S. government claimed in its Statement of Interest that ensuring the viability of the PA and PLO are “essential to key U.S. security and diplomatic interests,” which include the “peace process” and “fighting extremism and terror.”

The plaintiffs in the case had all either been injured themselves or lost family members in terrorist attacks carried out by or with the support of the PLO and the PA between 2001 and 2004.

Attorneys for the plaintiffs, which included the Israeli law firm Shurat HaDin, had requested a $30 million monthly bond be paid into an account until the case is resolved.

The plaintiffs’ lawyers argued that evidence the Arab entities coffers are not in danger of collapse is the continued payment by them to jailed terrorists and the families of PLO members who died during terrorist attacks. That practice continues to this day.

Lawyers for the defendants had originally asked the court not to impose any bail at all. During the hearing on Monday, a lawyer for the Palestinian Arabs suggested his clients would be able to deposit $10 million by next month and continue depositing $1 million per month.

An attorney for the plaintiffs dropped the demand during Monday’s hearing to $20 million per month, following an initial deposit of $30 million. That attorney, Kent Yalowitz, told the Investigative Project on Terrorism that he was “disappointed” in the size of the bond. He called it a “token amount” for the defendants.

Obama Asks NYC’s US District Court Judge to Waive Bond for PA, PLO

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

The Obama administration asked a United States judge on Monday (Aug. 10) to “carefully consider” the size of the bond he sets for the Palestinian Authority while it appeals an award for damages in the deaths and injuries of Americans in six terror attacks in Israel.

Both the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority were determined to be financial liable for the attacks in the civil trial that ended in a New York court in February.

Under U.S. anti-terrorism law, the jury’s award of $218.5 million was automatically tripled to a total of $655.5 million.

Attorneys for the defense argued the PA could not afford to post the bond for the appeal, typically 111 percent of the judgement. They asked the judge to waive the bond requirement altogether instead.

The Obama administration concurred, and took the highly unusual step late Monday night of filing a formal “Statement of Interest of the United States of America” with Justice George B. Daniels of the Federal District Court in Manhattan.

The plaintiffs, who were opposed to the request, included ten families of victims of terror, comprising some three dozen members, eight of whom were physically injured in the attacks and others who were related to those who were murdered in the attacks that took place between 2002 to 2004.

The attacks left a total of 33 dead and more than 450 injured, including a number of U.S. citizens. They were carried out by terrorists from the Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades and Hamas.

“The United States strongly supports the rights of victims of terrorism to vindicate their interests in federal court and to receive just compensation for their injuries,” the Department of Justice wrote in the brief.

However, requiring the Palestinian Authority to pay “a significant portion of its revenues would likely severely compromise the PA’s ability to operate as a governmental authority,” wrote deputy secretary of state Antony J. Blinken.

“A PA insolvency and collapse would harm current and future U.S.-led efforts to achieve a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

In court last month, Judge Daniels made it clear he intended to set the bond as a “significant demonstration” that the Palestinian Authority and PLO were both “willing and able to pay a judgment, if a judgment is entered and affirmed on appeal.” The families have taken the position that the defendants should deposit at least $30 million per month with the court as a show of good faith.

Blinken added in the DOJ’s brief Monday that the government was not taking a position on the merits of the case; only the impact of the bond itself.

There has been some friction over the case – and over the issue of intervening on behalf of the PLO and PA for the bond – between the State Department and the DOJ.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/obama-asks-nycs-us-district-court-judge-to-waive-bond-for-pa-plo/2015/08/11/

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