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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?

Senior Hamas Official: Time Ripe for 3rd Intifada

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

(JNi.media) Mahmoud al-Zahar, a senior Hamas official, said that the conditions are ripe for a new intifada against Israel, but, unfortunately, the Palestinian Authority prevents it and uses its security forces to block the emerging uprising. In an interview with Hamas’ website, Al-Zahar said that the only way to protect the Al Aqsa mosque would be with the Arabs in Judea and Samaria and Jerusalem taking up weapons, but, as he put it, the sad reality is that these weapons are being used to protect the settlers.

“The image of Palestinians from the West Bank and Jerusalem throwing stones and Molotov cocktails has dealt a blow to the occupier,” Al-Zahar said.

So far, no Palestinian Authority officials have condemned the murders of Jews by Arabs in the past three days in Jerusalem.

Saeb Erekat, one of the Palestinian Authority negotiators of the Oslo accords and chief of the PLO Steering and Monitoring Committee until 2011, told Radio Palestine Sunday, following the lethal stabbing incidents in Jerusalem: “The events remind us of September 2000. Israel’s isolation is causing it to take forceful measures. Experience shows that you cannot deprive the Palestinians of their freedom by force.”

Erekat added: “We are in contact with leaders in the Arab international world, to prevent a large Israeli operation. We are preparing to convene the Palestinian leadership soon to start implementing the declarations stated in the Abbas [UN] speech.”

Obama’s UN Speech Ignores Israel but Hits Hard at Putin and Assad

Monday, September 28th, 2015

President Barack Obama’s address to the United Nations General Assembly Monday was extraordinary in its total exclusion of Israel and the Palestinian Authority and its hard-hitting attack on the Assad regime in Syria and its ally Russia.

A strong indication that President Obama has finally realized what he and numerous predecessors did not understand was this statement:

There are no simple answers to the changes that are taking place in much of the Middle East and North Africa.

It is not the first time he has said that, but unlike previous speeches, it was not followed up by the usual pie-in-the-sky statements that “Peace is made with enemies.” or “Solving the Israel-Palestinian Authority struggle is the key to bringing peace to the Middle East.

Saeb Erekat, who chief negotiator for the Palestinian Authority and is secretary-general of the parent PLO, was extremely disappointed with Obama’s speech. He said:

Does President Obama believe that he is able to defeat the Islamic State (ISIS) and terror or bring stability and security to the Middle East by ignoring the continuing Israeli occupation, settlements and the ongoing Israeli attacks on Al Aqsa [the mosque on the Temple Mount]?

Obama’s speech was a resounding “yes” to Erekat.

The “occupation” never was a threat to the Middle East, but the United States foreign policy gurus couldn’t figure that out, even when the Arab Spring rebellions upended stability and brought anarchy, termed by the United States as democracy, to Egypt, Libya, Iraq and other boiling pots in Arab Muslim countries.

Years after the United States ignored ISIS, it has become Public Enemy No. 1 and is being used brilliantly by Russian President Vladimir Putin to justify direct Russian military force in Syria.

When Putin told the United Nations he is fighting the Islamic State, he could have been more accurate, Russia may be the only country fighting ISIS.

The American-led strike force has proven to be pitiful, as the JewishPress.com reported here last week on the American-trained Syrian rebels who betrayed the United States and delivered American weapons to Al Qaeda.

The President verbally attacked ISIS but he was extremely careful to be polite to Islam, stating:

Part of that effort [against ISIS] must be a continued rejection by Muslims of those who distort Islam to preach intolerance and promote violence, and it must also a rejection by non-Muslims of the ignorance that equates Islam with terror.

President Obama mentioned “Israel” zero times in his speech. Ditto for the terms “Palestinian Authority” and Palestine.”

The only time he mentioned “Middle East” was in the context quoted above, that there are no simple solutions.

But he mentioned Syria eight times and Russia 15 times with harsh comments that were nothing short of cold war speech.

For example:

The history of the last two decades proves that in today’s world, dictatorships are unstable.

Consider Russia’s annexation of Crimea and further aggression in eastern Ukraine. America has few economic interests in Ukraine. We recognize the deep and complex history between Russia and Ukraine. But we cannot stand by when the sovereignty and territorial integrity of a nation is flagrantly violated. If that happens without consequence in Ukraine, it could happen to any nation gathered here today. That’s the basis of the sanctions that the United States and our partners impose on Russia. It’s not a desire to return to a Cold War.

But his speech was remarkably chilly towards Moscow. He flatly stated:

Russia’s state-controlled media may describe these events as an example of a resurgent Russia… And yet, look at the results. The Ukrainian people are more interested than ever in aligning with Europe instead of Russia. Sanctions have led to capital flight, a contracting economy, a fallen ruble, and the emigration of more educated Russians

Imagine if, instead, Russia had engaged in true diplomacy, and worked with Ukraine and the international community to ensure its interests were protected. That would be better for Ukraine, but also better for Russia, and better for the world.

President Obama claimed he does not mind a strong Russia so long as it works with the United States “to strengthen the international system as a whole.”.

That gave him a platform to plow into the Assad regime Putin and Russia’s presence in Syria and ISIS, which he still refers to as ISIL and which he called ” an apocalyptic cult.

President Obama stated:

When a dictator slaughters tens of thousands of his own people, that is not just a matter of one nation’s internal affairs… Likewise, when a terrorist group beheads captives, slaughters the innocent and enslaves women, that’s not a single nation’s national security problem — that is an assault on all humanity.

Putin has taken the military offensive in Syria, giving him a military and political base across from Israel’s northern border. Putin knows that the Muslim Middle East understands only one word – “force” – but Obama dealt with the issue from weakness because without a military presence, the United States has little ammunition except Obama’s oratory.

He told the United Nations:

But while military power is necessary, it is not sufficient to resolve the situation in Syria. Lasting stability can only take hold when the people of Syria forge an agreement to live together peacefully. The United States is prepared to work with any nation, including Russia and Iran, to resolve the conflict. But we must recognize that there cannot be, after so much bloodshed, so much carnage, a return to the pre-war status quo.

He could have used that as an excuse to throw in something about the “Israel-occupied Golan Heights,” but he did not.

His speech was remarkable in that it exposed how weak his administration has become in international affairs following the debacles in Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan, which now is under growing ISIS influence.

American influence had been on the decline for years but accelerated with the inevitable failure of the “peace process.” which was focused on the wrong country and the wrong issue at the wrong time.

PLO Protesting Israel’s New Rules of Engagement Against Rioters

Saturday, September 26th, 2015

(JNi.media) PLO secretary-general Saeb Erekat said on Saturday that the new Israeli rules of engagement, which permit police to use live ammunition to stop Arab stone and Molotov-cocktail throwers, “dehumanize” the Palestinians. He said the “Israeli government continues to incite against Palestinian lives, with a culture of hate that dehumanizes a whole nation,” Ma’an reported.

Over the past three weeks, Arabs have been waging “popular terrorism” on Temple Mount and in the neighborhoods of eastern Jerusalem, with violent riots spreading to other parts of Judea and Samaria. Both Hamas and the PLO have been inciting Arab youths to use violence against Jews. One Israeli was killed on the eve of Rosh Hashanah from a rock attack on his car. Several police and security officers have been injured. And PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas stressed in mid-September that that the mosque of “Al-Aqsa is ours, the Holy Sepulcher is also ours. [The Jews] have no right to dirty the mosque with their filthy feet, we won’t let them do it.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stated that Israel calls on the Palestinian Authority stop its wild incitement to Arab violence. He stressed that all the claims by PA officials, including by its Chairman, about Israel’s intention to harm Islamic holy places are nonsense.

Erekat said the PLO would hold Netanyahu and his security cabinet responsible for “the new crimes to be committed under this new regulation,” threatening that violations of international law under the new rules of engagement would be reported to the International Criminal Court in the Hague.

Israeli rights group B’Tselem warned last week that the approval of live fire against stone throwers in east Jerusalem would “exacerbate the cycle of violence with lethal results.” But Minister Yuval Steinitz said that the next few weeks will entirely change the security reality of stone and Molotov cocktail throwing, thanks to Thursday’s decision of the security cabinet. He told Israel Radio that these steps should put out the volcano before it erupts.

Exposé: Settlements Frozen as Netanyahu Strikes Secret Deals with Abbas, Herzog

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

(JNi.media) A series of secret meetings between Israeli and Palestinian officials, representing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas respectively, is being held for several months now, and has led to a series of measures to ease the tension between the two parties, Walla revealed.

Among other things, the ongoing, secret meetings have stopped the Palestinian appeal to the UN and other international organizations, while slowing down construction in the settlements.

A Palestinian source described this as merely “a new assessment of the situation in the region, not an agreement.”

Also: a new understanding is emerging between Netanyahu and Labor leader Yitzhak Herzog regarding expanding the current coalition government (see at the end of this report).

The secret meetings were the forum that forged the Israeli decision to make meaningful concessions to the Palestinians during the holy month of Ramadan, as PA residents were given dawn-to-sundown permits to cross the green line in order to worship on the Temple Mount.

Although given for the daytime only, the permits were otherwise unrestricted, and many Palestinians took advantage of them to visit Israel’s beaches and other tourist attractions.

But that concession was just the tip of the iceberg in thawing Israeli-Palestinian relations (mixed metaphor in the original Walla story). This new understanding between the two sides has been in place for three months, driven by both sides’ desire to keep the calm in view of the geopolitical unrest sweeping much of the Middle East.

“The parties understand each other’s needs,” one anonymous source told Walla.

As to building in Judea and Samaria settlements, current construction continues, but for several months now there have been no new permits issued for future construction plans.

An Israeli source told Walla that permits are only being issued for construction classified as “natural expansion,” and nothing more. But the source attributed the slowdown in construction to fear of negative reaction from the international community, rather than the application of a negotiated understanding with the PA.

On Monday, a group of council heads in Judea and Samaria who had met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israeli media that he said to them “it is impossible to further develop the settlements, we need instead to maintain what there is.

Netanyahu reportedly told one council head at the meeting: “You’re worried about your community’s interests, I’m worried about the interests of the entire country.”

According to senior sources on the Palestinian side, further trust building measures between Netanyahu and Abbas are expected soon. Among other things, a senior cabinet minister will be meeting with a senior PLO official overseas. There is an expectation that Israel will unfreeze economic plans in the Israeli-controlled Area C, facilitate Palestinian family reunification inside green-line Israel, and arm Palestinian security forces.

The Prime Minister’s Office said that the report is incorrect. There was no response from the office of PLO head negotiator Saeb Erekat.

The new understanding with the Palestinians is only one of a few revelations of the Netanyahu Administration. The other, which may soon generate a minor earthquake in Israeli politics, is with the Zionist Camp, a.k.a. the Labor party.

The Prime Minister met on Tuesday night with leader of the Knesset opposition parties, Yitzhak Herzog (Labor), to discuss the Iran deal. Netanyahu updated Herzog on the reports given at the cabinet meeting regarding the security implications of the agreement. Speaking to the press, Herzog stressed his commitment to doing everything for Israel’s security in the new situation. Netanyahu said he values very much the agreement with the opposition on the danger to state security, adding that on this issue, relating to the most significant national interest, it is important to show the world a united front.

Saeb Erekat Takes Over as Head of PLO

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015


Saeb Erekat, who has been Mahmoud Abbas’ key man in so-called negotiations with Israel, has moved into the chair of the secretary-general of PLO, two weeks after Abbas appointed him to the post.

Erekat is the most likely successor to Abbas, who now is 80 years old and is serving his seventh year beyond the four-term to which he was elected in the first and last PA elections.

Assuming there will be new elections some day, Erekat may face opposition from Mohammed Dahlan, who was Abbas’ strong man in Gaza until he became too strong and a threat to Abbas.

Another likely candidate is arch-terrorist Marwan Barghouti, who is serving five life terms in prison for his involvement in the murder and injuries of hundreds of Israelis, which makes him the most popular man in the Palestinian Authority.

As head of the PLO, Erekat is its top leader except for Abbas. The PLO is in effect the senior organization to the Palestinian Authority.

Ashraf Khatib, a senior adviser for the PLO negotiations affairs department, told the Ma’an News Agency that Erekat is not being groomed as Abbas’ successor and that he was appointed to head the PLO to help restructure the organization.

Erekat replaces Abed Rabbo, who was fired by Abbas, reportedly because of suspicions that he and Dahlan were conspiring to undermine Abbas and take over the Palestinian Authority.

Erekat has become increasingly belligerent towards Israel. Last month, he recommended that the PLO withdraw its recognition of Israel, try to bring Hamas under the PLO umbrella and escalate the “peaceful struggle” against Israel, meaning “let’s kill the Jews.”





he PLO umbrella and escalate the “peaceful struggle” against Israel, meaning “let’s kill the Jews.”

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