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Yet Another Enemy of Israel Poised to Join US Foreign Policy Team

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

For people who pay close attention to what is happening in the world of U.S. government diplomacy and the players not just on the field, but those on deck, Robert Malley is a name that rings a bell.  For those who care deeply about the security of Israel, the bell that is rung has an ominous, if familiar, tone.

Rumors have been circulating for about a week that Robert Malley will soon be named by Secretary of State John Kerry for a senior advisory role with a portfolio that focuses either on Syria or on the Arab-Israeli conflict.

According to various sources Malley is “under serious consideration” or the decision to appoint him is already “a done deal,” according to the Washington Free Beacon.

So what’s wrong with Malley?  He couldn’t possibly be as bad as Samantha Power, or John Kerry or Chuck Hagel, could he?

Well, that depends who you ask.

Robert Malley is so offensive, he was actually kicked off (despite the lipstick smear called “resignation”) the Obama election committee in 2008 for meeting with the terrorist organization Hamas, although he had been one of Obama’s closest advisors for Middle East issues until his affinity for Hamas became public.

Malley is a Harvard-trained lawyer who currently works at the George Soros-affiliated International Crisis Group.  There are those Israel supporters who see Malley as an international crisis all on his own – his father, Simon Malley, was a virulently anti-Israel member of the Egyptian Communist Party and a close confidante of Yassir Arafat.  (Malley’s mother, who raised him, is named Barbara Silverstein – we’re not going there.)

Robert Malley blamed Israel for the failure of the Camp David Peace Talks in an op-ed in the New York Times.  As Ed Lasky pointed out in an on-point article  in 2008, Malley’s recollections of what went wrong at Camp David was in direct contrast to every other major player present, including President Bill Clinton and Clinton’s Middle East Envoy, Dennis Ross.

In another op-ed from the same era, Malley revealed his strong support for the Syrian regime, and scoffed at the idea that Assad should be treated as a pariah.

This past fall Malley explained why he believes it is not only likely, but essential for Hamas and Fatah to unite.

 I think at this point it’s inconceivable that Fatah will eliminate Hamas, and I can’t see that Hamas is going to eliminate Fatah, so the only solution if what you want — if what people want — is to see a meaningful negotiation between an empowered Israeli government, a representative Israeli government, and an empowered and representative Palestinian national movement, the only way to do that is for Palestinian ranks to unify.

And as Adam Kredo at the Washington Free Beacon pointed out, Malley even criticized U.S. President Barack Obama for taking off the table the concept of containing a nuclear Iran – in other words, allowing Iran to obtain nuclear weapons, and then asking the Islamic regime to pretty please not use them was a reasonable position Malley resented Obama’s failure to consider.

So, will Malley be the worst person in the U.S. administration with a foreign policy portfolio that could have a significant impact on Israel?  Maybe not the worst, but as an addition to a group which already have raised serious concerns, if Malley is selected by Kerry it is certain to make things even worse.

 

 

Hawking’s Boycott Falls into a Black Hole

Monday, May 13th, 2013

The Israeli Presidential Conference that Stephen Hawking is boycotting because of the “occupation” of supposed Palestinian land has drawn in the past none other than several senior Palestinian Authority officials, including one who two weeks ago said he would like to drop a nuclear bomb in Israel.

Thanks to a bit of Internet homework by Times of Israel reporters, it appears that former Palestinian Authority minister and negotiator Ziyad Abu Zayyad spoke at all three of the prior presidential conferences that have been held since 2008.

Another former speaker was former teenage terrorist Jibril Rajoub, who as an adult terrorist was head of Yasser Arafat’s “preventive security.” He also heads the central committee of Fatah, the party of Mahmoud “peace Process” Abbas, and last week he said he wished he had a nuclear weapon to destroy Israel.

So why didn’t Rajoub boycott the conference?

Because it is a lot easier to undermine Israel from within than staging a useless boycott, which is a total fake since a true boycott would mean no generic drugs from Teva Pharmaceuticals, the world’s largest generic drugs manufacturer. Everyone who has read about Hawking’s boycott probably already knows that Teva is working on a drug that could cure the brilliant physicist of the motor neuron disease that has afflicted the 71-year-old Hawking for the past 50 years.

The boycott would also include Intel chips, but who needs them? Besides the rest of the world, Hawking needs them, and probably more than anyone else. He communicates through a computer-based communications system that runs on a chip made by Intel.

And who designed the chip? Intel’s Israeli team. Intel’s factory operations in Kiryat Gat, north of Be’er Sheva, are among the largest in the world.

A handful or more of other Palestinian Authority political leaders and academics have spoken at the presidential conferences, one of President Shimon Peres’s pet projects to bring Israeli and Palestinian Authority leaders together, based on the still-to-be proven maxim that if they talk forever, someone will listen.

Of course, no one can listen if everyone boycotts.

Enter Hawking. His hearing from his left is exceptional, but he apparently filters out anything else, whether on the right or even in the center.

That is why his boycott of the  conference is one of the best things that has every happened to Israel’s “hasbara” program of trying to explain itself to the rest of the world, a policy whose main accomplishment is that it keeps a lot of people from being unemployed.

It is current history that Cambridge University stated that Hawking is boycotting the conference because of Israel’s awful policy of not letting the world dictate what is good for Israel, because who knows more about the Middle East than Westerners?

It is current history that Cambridge backtracked and said he was not attending the conference because of his poor health.

And then Hawking said, no, that’s not so. “I really am boycotting Israel,” he said, explaining that the international leftists [Read: anti-Israel], convinced him it was the right – or left – thing to do.

So Cambridge struck out.

And now comes the report that blows another hole in the Black Lie of the international community’s effort to drive Israel back to the “Auschwitz Lines” of 1949-1967, as former Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Abba Ebban called the old borders.

The anti-Israel, or pro-Palestinian Authority effort, if you prefer, is talking to itself.

It camouflages its built-in hatred of Israel with a bleeding heart sympathy for the poor Palestinians.

Their do-good effort to break their boredom in life is to boycott Israel. But a funny thing happened on the way to Hawking’s boycott of the presidential conference. Palestinian Authority officials love to speak there. Why boycott an opportunity to stand on a soapbox and deliver a rant against the people that gave you the soapbox.

Only in Israel

One would think that someone like Jabril Rajoub – the former adviser to Yasser Arafat, the former 16-year-old terrorists, the head of the council of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s own Fatah party, the man who two weeks ago said he really wished he had a nuclear bomb so he could destroy Israel today – would not stoop so low as to accept an invitation by the President of Israel to speak at the conference.

Kerry, UN Bias, and a Hamas Cell

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Israel this week on a mission that promised no groundbreaking news. His aides called his Middle East excursion just a “listening tour,” and certainly not one featuring any new grand plans for peace.

True, it was relieving to hear the PA’s announcement just before the visit that it had agreed to put off suing Israel at the International Criminal Court on charges of “settlement building.” But though this decision was disguised as a “goodwill gesture” to Kerry, the PA likely does not have any real interest in endangering its standing with the United States and others by actually bringing Israel to court.

Most specifically, the PA leadership is concerned about possible Israeli plans to construct a new Jewish neighborhood in the area known as E-1, across the highway from Maaleh Adumim and just east of Jerusalem.

Israel, for its part, knows that developing E-1 is critical for its own existence. The new Jewish location will not only protect areas of Jewish eastern Jerusalem, but will also save the city of Maaleh Adumim (population: over 40,000) from becoming a Jewish enclave surrounded by PA-populated territory.

Though Israel suffered intense international criticism for its announced plans to build in E-1, Prime Minister Netanyahu has not taken actual steps to do so. In fact, he told his Cabinet months ago that he was not about to embark on actually “building” E-1 but would rather simply continue zoning and planning the neighborhood.

We at KeepJerusalem.org feel the continued lack of genuine progress in building E-1 is a danger to regional peace. The project was announced in response to the upgrading of the PA’s status in the UN, despite the unchanged PLO charter that still calls for Israel’s destruction. Failure to carry through on building E-1 thus encourages the PA populace to believe that its bid to destroy Israel is a realistic one.

In honor of Kerry’s visit to the region, the PA announced yet again its strange position regarding the resumption of negotiations with Israel. It stated that that it will not enter into such talks until Israel ceases all housing construction – not only in Judea and Samaria, but also in the areas of Jerusalem liberated in the Six-Day War, such as Ramat Eshkol, Gilo, Pisgat Ze’ev, and much more.

Almost unbelievably, the PLO also insists that it will not meet with Israeli negotiators until Israel releases all Arab terrorist prisoners imprisoned before the signing of the Oslo Accords. The PLO does not explain by what right it demands that convicted criminals, lawfully deemed to have murdered or maimed Israelis, or attempted to directly or indirectly murder or maim them, be freed from prison. A similar demand of any other country would be laughed out of town.

These demands were nixed by none other than President Obama. During his visit to Israel and neighboring countries two weeks ago, Obama said it would be pointless to set conditions simply for the holding of talks – for then what would the talks be about?

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In case there were any doubts regarding the lengths to which the Human Rights Council – a United Nations body – was willing to go to express its anti-Israel bias, note the following recommendation it made in its 22nd Session just over a month ago:

“Israel must…cease all settlement activities without preconditions. In addition it must immediately initiate a process of withdrawal of all settlers from the Occupied Palestinian Territories.” Note that the UN body is thus actually calling upon Israel to uproot, expel and resettle the hundreds of thousands of Jews living in Ramat Eshkol, N’vei Yaakov, the Old City of Jerusalem, Maaleh Adumim, Ariel, Kedumim, Beit El, and dozens of other locations.

In addition, by calling these areas “occupied’ and “Palestinian,” it is taking a very controversial and one-sided stand on a matter of intense dispute among scholars. “Occupied” implies that Israel conquered the lands from their sovereign government – but Jordan, which controlled Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem from 1949 to 1967, was far from sovereign. In fact, its rule over these areas was recognized by only two countries in the entire world: Great Britain and Pakistan. Even the Arab League did not approve of Jordan’s annexation of these areas.

World Bank Distorting Truth, Blaming Palestinian Failures on Israel

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

It’s that time of the year again, when the World Bank’s latest Economic Monitoring Report is being issued, and it includes a special segment on how things are in the Palestinian Authority.

The bank’s press release says that this year’s report stresses that “while the donor community’s efforts are directed towards short-term relief for Palestinian fiscal stress, it is important to recognize that the prolonged system of closures and restrictions is causing lasting damage to the competitiveness of the Palestinian economy.”

So, there’s a narrative in place, which is: Palestinians are poor, wealthy countries are sending in the funds, but Israel is limiting movement within the Palestinian Authority so badly, what with checking if their cars are carrying weapons, bombs, or suicide bombers, and what with the security wall that physically bars terrorists from sneaking into Israel – those things are ruining the Palestinian economy.

The problem with press releases of this kind is that one occasionally gets the feeling that their authors haven’t read their own text all the way through.

For instance, take a look at the following two paragraphs:

The economy is in danger of losing its capacity to compete in the global market, according to the report. It shows that the structure of the economy has deteriorated since the late 90’s as the value-added of the tradable sectors has declined, illustrated by the productivity of the agriculture sector having roughly halved and the manufacturing sector having largely stagnated.

The share of exports in the Palestinian economy has also been in steady decline since 1994, dropping to 7 percent in 2011, one of the lowest in the world. Moreover, Palestinian exports are concentrated in low value-added goods and services, the majority of which is exported to Israel.

So, starting in 1994, Palestinian poverty has been increasing steadily, until it really started revving down, so to speak, in more recent years.

And what magical event started in 1994? You guessed, the Paris Economic Protocol happened, which followed the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords, creating the Palestinian Authority and handing over the keys to the terrorist organization PLO, and its leader, the late Yassir Arafat.

Let’s consult Wikipedia for a somewhat different narrative than the one offered by the World Bank:

GDP per capita in the Palestinian territories rose by 7% per year from 1968-1980 (correlating with the “occupation”), but slowed during the 1980s. Between 1970 and 1991 life expectancy rose from 56 to 66 years, infant mortality per 1,000 fell from 95 to 42, the percentage of households with electricity rose from 30% to 85%, the percentage of households with safe water rose from 15% to 90%, the percentage of households with a refrigerator rose from 11% to 85%, and the percentage of households with a washing machine rose from 23% in 1980 to 61% in 1991.

You’re with me so far? After 19 years as a proud and free people under the loving rule of the Kingdom of Jordan, the Israeli takeover spelled a stunning prosperity for the occupation victims. But then the geniuses from Labor—Shimon Peres, Yossi Beilin, and Yitzhak Rabin—liberated the suffering Palestinian by imposing a gang of ruffians on them, complete with street executions and the exacting of protection money from every businessman and every productive person. The fruits of liberty ripened fast:

Economic conditions in the West Bank and Gaza, where economic activity was governed by the Paris Economic Protocol of April 1994 between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, deteriorated in the early 1990s. Real per capita GDP for the West Bank and Gaza Strip (WBGS) declined 36.1% between 1992 and 1996 owing to the combined effect of falling aggregate incomes and robust population growth. The downturn in economic activity was due to extensive corruption in the newly governing Palestinian Authority, and to Israeli closure policies in response to security incidents in Israel, which disrupted previously established labor and commodity market relationships.

This is years before the security wall, years before the complex system of checkposts, this is in a mere four years of Palestinian self rule.

“Continued financial support by the donor community, and increased reform efforts by the Palestinian Authority to manage the current fiscal challenges must remain a high priority,” said Mariam Sherman, World Bank Country Director for the West Bank and Gaza. “However, much bolder efforts to create the basis for a viable economy need to be made to prevent the continued deterioration that will have lasting and costly implications for economic competiveness and social cohesion.”

Not going to happen. You can’t run a competitive economy with armed thugs at the helm. For real prosperity, you must first kill all the gangsters. I say “kill” because throughout history we haven’t come up with a better, softer method of asking gangsters to leave.

Supporting Hamas, Al-Jazeera Looking to Pin Arafat’s Murder on the PA

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Even as Mahmoud Abbas’ minions were extracting the bones of Yasser Arafat from his grave, the Palestinian Authority upgraded its status at the United Nations to “Palestine” and was accepted as a non-member observer state by the UN General Assembly. The timing of the request for recognition by the UN and the grisly exhumation of the PA’s “president” were part of the contest between Hamas and the PLO for Palestinian leadership. The contest was won by Hamas.

There are Palestinians who claim that the Palestinian Authority, which was unceremoniously expelled by Hamas from the Gaza Strip in 2007, rules the West Bank only from nine to five — the day shift; the night shift is run by Israeli intelligence. Otherwise, they say, the Palestinian Authority would long since have collapsed.

For quite some time the leadership of the new Islamic world — the one that grew like a weed after the Arab Spring — has been of the opinion that the Palestinian Authority and Mahmoud Abbas are no longer relevant and should depart.

Before and during Operation Pillar of Defense, Hamas received the support of the Emir of Qatar and was visited by senior officials from Turkey and Tunisia. Hamas received backing from Egypt and became the target of pilgrimages from Arab League representatives as well as a panoply of Islamic luminaries, who were all, like Shakespeare’s Brutus, “honorable men.”

They all gave Hamas a wind at its back, and, at the expense of the Palestinian Authority, supported it as the “victor” in the battle against Israel, despite the fact that Israel had just defeated Hamas in Operation Pillar of Defense — a retaliation by Israel for weeks of being bombarded by missiles and rockets from Gaza.

Meanwhile Al-Jazeera TV, owned by the Emir of Qatar, broadcasts that it suspects that the Palestinian Authority was involved in a plot to poison Arafat. Al-Jazeera TV in Arabic also accuses Israel of poisoning him, but hints that the deed itself was actually done by someone on the inside, one of Arafat’s loyal followers or bodyguards. That is why the Palestinian Authority gravediggers dug up Arafat’s bones with such serious, frozen faces. The skeleton in the closet is the Palestinian Authority, because Al-Jazeera wants to destroy the Palestinian Authority’s reputation by accusing its senior figures of complicity in Arafat’s death, and forcing an investigation into his “poisoning.” Al Jazeera’s objective is to bury the Palestinian Authority, such that gaining UN recognition for “Palestine” is the last act the PA will ever perform.

Originally published at the Gatestone Institute.

The U.S. Lays Down The Law

Friday, January 4th, 2002

The recent developments in U.S. Mideast policy are nothing short of stunning. Over the past few days, in unusually blunt and unequivocal language, President Bush and Secretary of State Powell have left no doubt that they have had it with Yassir Arafat's duplicity regarding the violence directed at Israel. And in Tuesday's order freezing the financial assets of organizations allegedly linked to Hamas, there is also no doubt left that the day is past when we will prevaricate regarding funding for Palestinian terrorists. Yet, while most are viewing these welcome actions in terms of support for Israel ? and it certainly is that ? we also believe that they are key to our continuing war against terror.

On Sunday, President Bush condemned the suicide bombings in Israel as “horrific acts of murder” and demanded that Arafat apprehend those responsible and bring them to justice. He said, “This is a moment where the advocates for peace in the Middle East must rise up and fight terror. Chairman Arafat must do everything in his power to find those who murdered innocent Israelis and bring them to justice.” He pointedly did not urge that Israel show restraint in responding to the deadly bombings.

On Monday, White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer reported that President Bush,

[H]as believed for quite a period of time that Yassir Arafat is capable of doing much more than he has ever done, and now the burden is on him even heavier to show it…. What's new and different is the severity of the violence that rocked Israel over the weekend, and the outrage that the world feels about the murder of all the innocents in Israel. It's important that Chairman Arafat move beyond where he has been before ? to take concrete actions, to show that this is not the way of the future and it should not be the way of the present.

And at his Tuesday news conference, alluding to Arafat's past practice of publicly arresting accused terrorists and later quietly releasing them, Fleischer said, “The President thinks it's very important that the Palestinian jails not only have bars in the front, but no longer have revolving doors at the back.”

Secretary Powell was even more explicit. In a revealing interview on Sunday with CNN, he used uncommonly direct terms in his comments about Yassir Arafat.

When asked about a statement by Arafat condemning those engaging in terror, Powell said:

Well it's a good statement. Now we need to see action. Statements aren't enough any longer. He has to go after future perpetrators. He has to go after these organizations that are training and preparing these suicide bombers and preparing for further future actions of violence. That is what he has to do.

And he has to go after these organizations that are taking credit for these kinds of actions.

I think he should shut down and go after all those organizations [i.e. Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad].

As to whether the U.S. is requesting any restraint on Israel's part in responding to the terror, Powell said that, “Mr. Sharon is a freely elected leader of a democratic nation, and he will respond in a way that he thinks is appropriate.”

In announcing the actions against the Hamas related groups, the American Islamic Foundation, the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development Al Aqsa International Bank, and the Beit-El Mal Holdings Co., the President declared,

The net is closing. Today it just got tighter….The message is this: Those who do business with terrorists will do no business with the United States or anywhere else the United States can reach.”

Plainly, these dramatic actions were either prompted or hastened by the terrible events in Israel these past few days. But it is also clear that they not only fulfill a moral obligation to the Jews of Israel being targeted by terrorists. To be sure, they tell the Arab world that while a concern for Arab participation in the anti-terror coalition is important, it will not be allowed to drive our Mideast policy. But it also leaves no doubt that we are really serious about rooting out terror, and the usual rules of political winks and nods are no longer in play.

Peres' Trip

Friday, October 12th, 2001

September 13, 2001 marks the 8th anniversary of the greatest swindle ever perpetrated on the Jewish people. That is the date President Clinton announced the Oslo agreement on the White House lawn to the fawning applause of countless heads of Jewish organizations. And it is poetic coincidence that the expected meeting between Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and Yassir Arafat is to take place at this time. Even more so than the late Prime Minister Rabin, Peres is identified with the failed Oslo “peace process.” This is not only because he emerged as its chief proponent and intellectual patron ? he said it reflected the millennial economic driven intersection of Israeli and Arab interests. It was also because he led the worldwide suppression of any dissent and the demonization of anyone who sought to point out that the Emperor really had no clothes.

In retrospect, after the collapse of Oslo and the realization by most of those who had far too long been blinded by their desire for reconciliation, that Arafat and company never really accepted the existence of the State of Israel, it seems inexplicable that Oslo could have held sway for as long as it did. Yet, for years, the Peresian crowd characterized as warmongers those of us who saw Arafat's refusal to keep the promises made to Israel, not as isolated violations, but as part of a cynical game plan. Members of The Jewish Press family were advised that they would not be welcome in Israel, and distribution of the Israeli edition of The Jewish Press was disrupted. The Arutz Sheva radio station was closed down. Preventive detention of dissidents became an everyday occurrence in Israel, as were midnight raids of their headquarters. A top government minister, Chaim Ramon, declared open warfare: “We will crush you,” he told a group of protesters. Efforts were made to decertify the membership of the National Council of Young Israel and the Zionist Organization of America in the Presidents Conference.

But politics is a strange business and once again ? despite his tragic frolic, Shimon Peres has moved once again to center stage, this time to try and secure a cease fire between Israel and the Palestinians. But whereas before he was in a position to muzzle the marketplace of ideas, his own Prime Minister is on record as being skeptical about his mission. So he should not be able to bulldoze his way again.

Hopefully, Mr. Peres will not dangerously complicate things by going beyond his mandate. Even now he seems itching to go beyond discussing a one-dimensional cessation of fighting to tying it to the broader question of implementing the Mitchell proposals.

Prime Minister Sharon, with the full backing of President Bush, has said that Israel simply will not negotiate while Palestinian terrorism is being directed at its people. Israel will not allow terrorism to create leverage to be used against it. To do so, Mr. Sharon has said, would work to encourage similar tactics in the future.

We would also add a more philosophical dimension. The premise of Oslo was one that must underlie any effort to negotiate with the Palestinians. This is a commitment to resolve differences around the conference table and not through force of arms. Even by their own admission, the intifada is the violent expression of Palestinian dissatisfaction with what Israel offered at Camp David. Unless and until the Palestinians show themselves to be serious about negotiations ? and a cease-fire without strings attached would be a good beginning ? there is really nothing at all to talk about.

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