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Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

Despite humbly admitting to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that he is “not a psychic,” acting Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas told the U.S. diplomat that “during this year and next year there won’t be any type of clashes.”

Abbas gave this astonishing reassurance to Kerry who, along with representatives of other donor nations, had expressed concerns about the ceasefire which ended this summer’s 50 day conflict between the Hamas-led Gaza Strip and Israel.

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The concerns were raised in the context of donor aid pledged to rebuild areas of Gaza which suffered serious damage during the conflict.

The pledge made by Abbas was intended to assure the donors that their money would not simply go up in smoke during the next round of fighting triggered by Hamas rockets and terror tunnels into Israel.

“We told them we are responsible for the ceasefire,” Abbas told Arab businessmen at his headquarters in Ramallah, according to the Palestinian Arab Maan news site.

Really? The PA hasn’t even been capable of stopping Gazan violence against PA members, how will they stop Hamas from committing violence towards Israel?

Not only is Abbas promising to stop all violence towards Israel, he’s also promising his careful oversight regarding how and where the billions of dollars of aid money is spent.

“We informed the whole world that the government will take charge of the issue of aid and no one else,” Abbas added, “and it will send them to the correct addresses.”

Next we can expect Abbas to assure the donors that the money spent will be put in the ground and grow new money, which will be tended by tiny green men with radar antennas instead of ears. The donor nations, including the U.S., will dutifully report this back to their nations’ leaders in the hopes of persuading them to provide even more aid money.

Never mind that the Palestinian Authority is even less trustworthy than Hamas when it comes to honesty and financial integrity.

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Lori Lowenthal Marcus is a contributor to the JewishPress.com. A graduate of Harvard Law School, she previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email: Lori@JewishPressOnline.com

36 COMMENTS

  1. How magnanimous of him. A whopping 2 years, how fortunate for Israel and after that Israel will wait for the next round of terror. Really something to look forward to. Don't promise anything you cannot guarantee. No one can live under conditions of terror. Neither the Palestinians or the Israeli's. Work for a permanent peace. Start talking to each. Peace will only happen when it begins in the heart of each person.

  2. When was the last time we gave peace a chance? Abbas is offering a window of opportunity. It is in Israel's best interests to endorse this position on every level. We can meet it with doubt and cynicism, or support. If it can create calm after the madness and be the basis for creative solutions and give/take from both sides, then Abbas has done us all a mitzvah. If not, it's just where we've been, which is nowhere constructive. Israel must understand that there is also an issue of hearts and minds. In the US now Israel is loosing (and has been for sometime). Kerry's recent comments are terrible and demonstrate how bad it has become. So, what is at risk in giving peace and Abbas a chance? Even Bibi can save face by saying he is listening.

  3. y on earth should there be a Jewish state? do u think u better than the rest of the world? should we have a Christian state, which would be far kinder and more tolerant than those of the “chosen ones” lol.. u r terrorist, disgusting, and since u keep breaking covenents ur also out of being chosen ll

  4. SO, ABBAS SAYS FOR 2 YEARS THERE WILL BE NO VIOLECE,
    WHAT AFTER THET, MR LIAR ABBAS?
    SO HE SAYS THAT HE IS RESPONCIBLE FOR THE CEASEFIRE. BUT AFTER 2 YEARS, WHEN HAMAS HAS RE BUILT HER WEAONS ARSENEL, WHICH WILL BE SUPPLIED BY IRAN, AND POSSIBLY HAVE NUCLEAR WAR HEADS, THAT WILL BE THE END OF THE CESEFIRE.
    AND THE WORLD FALLS FOR THAT.
    SORRY DONOR COUNTRIES, YOUR MONEY WILL GO UP IN SMOKE AGAIN.

    GET RID OF CHRIS GUNES WHO IS BASICALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE VIOLENCE AND THE TUNNELS. HE KNEW WHAT WAS HAPPENING TO THE MONEY AND WHAT HAMAS WAS BUILDING.
    CLOSE UNRWA.
    THEY ARE A HAMAS RUN ORGANISATION
    FOR REAL PEACE, GAZA MUST NOT BE ARMED, AND NEITHER MUST ANY FUTURE STATE OF PALESTINE.
    WHY WOULD THEY NEED ARMS? WHO ARE THEY GOING TO FIGHT? NOT IRAN. YES, ISRAEL.
    IF HAMAS FIRES ROCKETS AT ISRAEL AGAIN, IT WILL BE WITH IRANIAN NUKES,.
    ISRAEL WILL FLATTEN THE WHOLE OF GAZA.
    WILL THE WORLD STILL BLAME ISRAEL WHEN THEY SEE THE TRUTH?
    HAVE THEY EVER "PUT THEMSELVES IN THE PLACE OF ISRAEL?"
    HAVE THEY EVER THOUGHT OF "WHAT IF IT WAS ME BEING FIRED AT?

    Jerusalem MUST NEVER BE DIVIDED.
    WHEN JORDAN ILLEGALLY OCCUPIED PARTS OF JERUSALEM, THEY DESTROYED MORE THAN 50 SYNAGOGUES AND WOULD NOT ALLOW ANY JEWS TO PRAY AT THE HOLIEST JEWISH SHRINE, THE WESTERN WALL.

    UNDER ISRAELI RULE, THERE IS FULL FREEDOM OF RELIGION.

  5. There is no peace with "palestinian" arabs, as they are popularly called. Wake up and realize that there is no solution,not in 2 states,nor in any state. They font want peace.and now they have proven that they are not interested in piece either. Israel stays, arabs must be exported to countries they came from initially. Jordan, Egypt,Syria, Saudi. ..Israel must not allow these celebrated criminals to stay in or around our country. Especially those who created havoc,terror must be prosecuted severely or exported out of the country. Stop feeding and babysitting snakes. All they want is your death.

  6. Could you lie to these foolish donors for your half of $5.4 billion? We all know the track record of the PA has been corruption big time. Hamas is still entrenched in Gaza and Abbas plays the good cop against Hamas' bad cop.

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