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A Guide to the 10 Principles of the PLO Two Stage solution, not the Two State Delusion

Monday, September 5th, 2016

{Originally posted to the Israel Behind the News website}

  1. PLO War Strategy.  In 1974, the P.L.O., at its 12th National Convention, adopted a “The Strategy of Stages” – to convey the impression of “moderation”, with the Stage I as the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state in areas vacated by Israel. Stage II involved the resumption of the “armed struggle” from an enhanced power base, so as to weaken Israel and prepare the takeover of all Palestine, in Stage III.
  2.  PLO Algeria/Potemkin Summit. In 1988, the PLO convened a summit in Algiers, reportedly to launch a state alongside Israel. We dispatched a journalist to cover the session. An AP memo greeted reporters, proclaiming that the Algiers summit would approve UN resolutions 242 and 338 and recognize  UN 181 and therefore  recognize Israel. Yet the Algiers summit never witnessed any such decisions. Instead, Algiers reaffirmed the PLO platform to liberate all of Palestine, by force of arms.
  3. PLO Non-Peace Accord.   Throughout August 1993, Israeli and PLO negotiators hammered out the DOP, the Declaration of Principles, as the basis of a peace accord on the White House lawn on September 13, 1993, signed by Arafat, Abbas, Rabin and Peres. The DOP mandated that Israel and the PLO were to ratify the accord. The Knesset did so on September 25. The PLO executive was set to ratify on October 6.  Pinhas Inbari, Al HaMishmar correspondent, flew to Tunis as the Israeli reporter to   witness PLO ratification. Yet Arafat greeted Inbari with the news that he could not get  a quorum and that no ratification of the DOP would take place. The next morning, PM Rabin’s spokesman confirmed to me that the DOP   was indeed not yet ratified and that he hoped that the PLO would eventually ratify the DOP. Yet FM Peres  sent a delegate to Tunis to congratulate Arafat on the ratification of the DOP. The Israeli consul in New York issued a statement of thanks to Arafat. To this day, the Oslo accord has yet to be ratified, and the PLO remains in a state of war with Israel.
  4. PLO Charter remains.  A most important expectation of the Middle East Peace Process  process was that the PLO would renounce the PLO Charter which mandated Israel’s obliteration.  US law went so far as to forbid  opening of a PLO office in the US, unless the PLO charter was cancelled. When the PLO convened the PNC to cancel the charter, on April 24, 1996, we dispatched crew to film  the event. We  engaged a leading expert on Palestinian affairs, Prof. Yehoshua Porat, to evaluate resolutions discussed. Porat had also been a  Meretz candidate for Knesset in 1992. Yet the PNC only formed a committee yet never cancelled the PLO charter. We sent the video and protocols of the session  to FM Peres and US Ambassador Indyk. Porath conducted a press conference to explain to the world that the PLO Charter was not annulled.  Yet Peres and Indyk congratulated Arafat on the cancellation of the PLO Charter, which enabled Arafat to enter the US a few days later and  open a PLO office in DC, which has remained open ever since. Within six months, both the Israeli and US governments acknowledged that the PLO covenant remained unchanged. In December, 1998, President Clinton attended  another PNC session to cancel the PLO covenant, but  PLO spokesman Yassid Abu Rabu informed the world that the PLO Covenant was not cancelled at that event.
  5. PLO Coordination with Hamas remains. When Arafat received the Nobel Peace Prize, I asked the PLO leader at his triumphant press conference if he would crush Hamas. His answer said it all: “I do not understand the question. Hamas are my brothers”. Far from fighting Hamas, the Palestinian Authority has been financing  40% of the Hamas regime budget in Gaza and providing Hamas with weapons since May, 1995. It is understood that any election in the Palestinian entity would wind up in in a Hamas victory – and  result in terror rockets against all parts of Israel  not only in the Western Negev.
  6. PLO Claims all areas lost in 1948 .  On its maps, the PA defines all Israeli communities built in place  of pre 1948 Arab villages as “illegal settlements”. No compromise is possible when PLO theology  insists that all of Palestine is never to be shared with others.
  7. PLO  relegates  descendants of refugees from the 1948 to one place of residence – in the 59 “temporary” UNRWA refugee camps, under premise of their “inalienable Right of Return” to villages lost in 1948 . Even when the Palestinian Arab city of Rawabi was created, with open space that could accommodate thousands of Arab refugee descendants who now live in teeming overcrowded conditions, the PA will not allow the Arab refugees to dwell in Rawabi.
  8. The PLO has fostered a new war education curriculum to motivate every school child to kill Jews who live in Israeli communities that replaced Arab villages lost in 1948.
  9. PLO demands Jerusalem, all of Jerusalem. “East Jerusalem” is never mentioned as their demand in the Arabic language. “Holy Jerusalem” is the term used. Even Salem Fayad, described as a moderate PA leader, mentions Jerusalem, all of Jerusalem, in his master plan for a Palestinian state, not relinquishing the demand for full Arab sovereignty over the Jewish quarter, the Western Wall and the Temple Mount.
  10. The PLO has established a PA regime devoid of  human rights and civil liberties, which has evolved into a totalitarian dictatorship. Those who care about  Palestinian  human rights should ask where Palestinian human rights will best be protected…under a PLO dictatorial state of corruption  – or as a protected minority in Israel?
David Bedein

US 2nd Circuit Appeals Court Reverses Anti-Terror Verdict Against Palestinian Authority, PLO

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan has overturned a landmark $655 million verdict made in February 2016 against the Palestinian Authority and Palestine Liberation Organization, in favor of victims of terror and their loved ones.

The federal appeals court reversed the decision this Wednesday (August 31, 2016), finding that United States courts had no jurisdiction in the case in the first place due to the limited contacts of the PA/PLO groups with the U.S. and Supreme Court.

The three-judge panel did not question the terror under which the plaintiffs had brought the lawsuit, nor did they deny the moral right of the claim.

“The terror machine gun attacks and suicide bombings that triggered this suit and victimized these plaintiffs were unquestionably horrific,” the judges said in the brief. “But the federal courts cannot exercise jurisdiction in a civil case beyond the limits prescribed by the due process clause of the Constitution, no matter how horrendous the underlying attacks or morally compelling the plaintiffs’ claims.”

On April 24, the U.S. district court imposed a $10 million bond on the defendants during their appeal of the February verdict. They were also to make $1 million monthly payments during the duration of that appeal process.

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

Attorneys for the plaintiffs, who included the Israeli law firm Shurat HaDin, had requested a $30 million monthly bond be paid into an account until the case is resolved, arguing there was plenty of evidence that Arab coffers are in no danger of collapse.

After the appeal was upheld and the February verdict was overturned, attorneys for the plaintiffs contended that the decision contradicted the spirit of the Anti-Terror Act under which the lawsuit had been filed, and which had been passed following the terrorist murder of Leon Klinghoffer in 1985.

Attorney Kent Yalowitz said in a statement, “The very terrorists who prompted the law have now hidden behind the U.S. Constitution to avoid responsibility for their crimes.”

He added that the plaintiffs may consider requesting a review by the full Second Circuit or possibly file an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“This cruel decision must be corrected so that these families may receive justice,” he said. “No one denies — as the federal jury has found — that the Palestinians carried out these attacks and killed and injured these American citizens, who will not give up seeking justice from the courts.”

He also called for intervention by Congress and the State Department.

Attorney Gassan Baloul, representing the PA and PLO, meanwhile praised the decision, saying in a statement, “We are very gratified that the court fully accepted our clients’ consistent position that the PA and the PLO are not subject to the jurisdiction of the United States courts in these matters.”

The PA and the PLO pay high salaries to the family members of terrorists who are convicted of carrying out attacks against Israelis and Jews; the higher the number of dead and/or the longer the prison sentence, the higher the salary to the prisoner and/or his surviving family. Upon his release, he is greeted as a hero and presented with a lump sum, along with assistance in resuming life in society. Terrorists who die in attacks are lauded by the Palestinian Authority government as “martyrs” and heroes, with public squares, streets and children’s events named in their honor.

Hana Levi Julian

Palestinian Authority (Again) Rejects New Attempt at Final Status Talks

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

Palestinian Authority leaders have rejected another attempt by world leaders to arrange final status talks with Israel, this time brokered by Moscow.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has recently expressed willingness to host Israeli and Palestinian Authority leaders for direct talks, an idea first raised last week by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

But as has happened with prior such efforts, including an attempt in July by Cairo, and similar efforts by Jordan’s King Abdullah II and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, the bid was rejected.

The Arabic-language Jordanian al-Ghad daily newspaper quoted senior Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) official Wasel Abu Yousef on Sunday as saying the United States was notified of the entity’s “firm stance” on pre-conditions for such talks: 1. total freeze on Jewish construction in Judea, Samaria and anywhere in Jerusalem restored to the capital from 1967 onward; 2. release of the fourth contingent of prisoners listed for freedom during the failed 2014 “peace talks” in spring 2014.

Abu Yousef said “any meeting requires the conditions to be implemented in order to ensure the talks are not just for public relations,” journalist Nadia Sa’ad Eddin reported. “The Occupation Authorities persist in their refusal to meet their obligations while pressing ahead with escalating their aggression against the Palestinian people,” he added.

In any case, he said, the Palestinian Authority is “busy nowadays with the arrangements for local elections, scheduled for October 8…. with a national consensus on the need to make it a success…. and achieve national unity.”

Israel has consistently insisted on “direct bilateral negotiations with no preconditions,” pointing out the obvious fact that agreement to any preconditions would preclude the need for negotiations since acquiescence would have already determined the conclusion.

Israel has rejected the so-called “French initiative” which champions the Palestinian Authority cause and which pressures Israel to accept regionally-determined conditions regardless of the effect on her citizens within a limited timetable.

Hana Levi Julian

205 Experts Polled: Hamas, PLO Likely to Split October Municipal Elections

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

The Arab World Institute for Research and Development (AWRAD) last week released an online experts poll on the October 8 municipal elections, with results that reflect a balance between Hamas and the PLO, with additional play for clan candidates and leftwing groups.

AWRAD presents itself as a pioneering research, consulting and development firm based in the Palestinian Authority. Its website claims AWRAD is one of the Arab region’s leading firms providing a full range of consulting and technical services for sustainable development and state building.

Below are the results of an online study conducted August 12-18 2016, among 205 experts in local government, each knowledgeable of political and social circumstances as they pertain to the upcoming local elections, October 8, 2016. The poll was completed through a representative sample of experts across all 16 districts of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip. Participants included journalists, community activists, businesspeople, university professors, political activists, local governance experts, as well as lawyers, medical doctors and engineers.

Less than a majority of respondents believe that the scheduled local elections are important; the rest believe that they are somewhat important or not important. Only 47% are confident the elections will be held as scheduled. Only 20% of respondents believing the elections will improve the prospects for national reconciliation. 59% believes that the decision of Hamas to participate is a positive development for overall local Arab interests, while 38% believe it is either negative or of no consequence.

A majority expects that the elections will be open and transparent, with only 20% expressing doubt.

The largest plurality of experts believes that the most important issue at stake in the October election is the regular practice of democratic processes. The second most important issue is delivery of services.

Party affiliation and familial allegiance are the two factors that experts believe will exert the greatest influence on voters. The experts think the “moral reputation” and “professional competence” of the candidate do not play as significant a role in their chances as to which family they belong.

Survey respondents predict an overall turnout rate of about 60 percent. They also anticipate a tight race between Fatah and Hamas in Judea and Samaria and in the Gaza Strip. The two parties will likely share about two-thirds of the seats with, the remainder split among independents and leftwing parties.

Following are the questions and responses as reported by AWRAD:

1. In your opinion, how important are local elections scheduled for October 8, 2016?

Important 48.4%
Somewhat Important 26.3%
Somewhat unimportant 14.2%
Not important 11.1%

2. Do you believe the elections will actually occur as scheduled?

Yes 47.4%
No 31.6%
Don’t know 21.1%

3. Do you believe that the planned local elections will improve the prospects to achieve reconciliation?

Yes 21.1%
No 46.3%
will not make a difference 30.5%
Don’t know 2.1%

4. On a local level, what is the most important issue at stake in the October elections?

Communal relations 4.2%
Delivery of services (water. sanitation, electricity, education, healthcare) 37.4%
Local policing and security 1.6%
Regular practice of democratic processes 46.3%
Don’t know 10.5%

5. In your opinion, is the decision by Hamas to participate in the elections a positive or negative development for overall Palestinian interests?

Positive 58.9%
Negative 8.4%
Of no consequence 30.0%
Don’t know, no opinion 2.6%

6. Which of the following factors will have the largest influence on voters in the local elections?

Family/tribal affiliation of candidates 36.8%
Party affiliation of candidates 37.4%
Moral reputation/ethics of candidates 11.6%
Professional competence of candidates 12.6%
Don’t know/NO answer 1.6%

7. Do you expect the elections to occur in an open and transparent manner?

Yes 64.7%
No 20.0%
Don’t know 15.3%

8. So far, what is your evaluation of the Central Election Commission in managing the local election?

Positive 69.5%
Negative 2.6%
Fair 19.5%
Don’t know 8.4%

9. As of today, what is your estimation of the voter turnout rate?

Average opinion: 60.0%

10. Based on your expert opinion, if you were to predict the distribution of seats among the following political parties in the October elections, what percentage of seats would you give to each in Judea and Samaria?

Independents/non-aligned with parties 19.4%
Fatah 34.4%
Hamas 32.7%
Other nationalists/leftists groups 9.1%
Other Islamist groups 4.4%

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Phantom Nation – Religion or Nation? [audio]

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Sha’i compares the numerous Islamic groups in Gaza and the PLO’s similar chaos and dismisses Avigdor Lieberman’s new “big idea.”

Phantom Nation 22Aug – PODCAST

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Livni to British Police: ‘Absurd Arrest Warrants Have to Stop’

Sunday, July 3rd, 2016

Zionist Union leader Tzipi Livni has come out with guns blazing following an attempt by British police to present her with an arrest warrant and summon her for questioning over suspected “war crimes” committed in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead in 2009.

“What I have to say to British police I will say in every place: Israel will continue to fight terror and the absurdity of arrest warrants has to stop,” the Israeli Knesset member tweeted in response to the incident, which took place this weekend during her attendance at a Haaretz Israel conference held in the UK.

Livni, who was serving as Israel’s foreign minister during Operation Cast Lead, has also served as a justice minister.

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Palestinian Authority (PA) and pro-PA NGO groups have been waging international lawfare campaigns against Israel for more than a decade by filing criminal complaints via local the courts against senior Israeli officials and military personnel whenever they travel abroad.

The main NGOs behind the campaigns in the UK and beyond — including at the International Criminal Court at The Hague, are the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), Al Haq and Al Mezan, according to the NGO Monitor. All are funded by European governments.

Last year the legal codes were revised in Britain to prevent such tactics, but this weekend’s incident highlighted loopholes in the legislation.

At least Livni did not lose her sense of humor over the matter, tweeting her take on a recent anti-Israel comment by British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn:

The summons against Livni was ultimately cancelled after intervention by the Israeli Embassy in London and action by senior officials in the ministries of foreign affairs and justice, which required granting Livni diplomatic immunity.

It has become particularly enticing for these bodies to use the European Union nations for this purpose, since the EU has been especially supportive of the PA activities.

The European Union has financially supported and even participated in illegal PA construction in Area C territories where under the internationally-recognized Oslo Accords, where Israel is supposed to have full legal, administrative and security control.

Hana Levi Julian

Phantom Nation – English Philosemites [audio]

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Sha’i analyzes why it was the English and not the UK who voted to flee the EU. He also explores why the EU hosted the PLO’s No. 1 anti-Semite and Europe’s chronic need to drive Jews from their homes.

Phantom Nation 27Jun- SHOW

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