Abbas: “Israel Strengthening Palestinian Terror”
Vol: 49 Issue: 20 Thursday, October 20, 2005
Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas is in Washington for a White House meeting with President George Bush. But before the meeting Abbas explained in a Wall Street Journal column just exactly why Palestinians can’t break the habit of killing Israeli civilians.
It’s Israel’s fault, he wrote, in his widely-quoted and virtually undisputed opinion. It is virtually undisputed because Americans have been conditioned to understand this kind of double-talk. Anti-warriors have created a cottage industry out of explaining why America was ultimately responsible for creating al-Qaeda terrorism.
And evidently, Mahmoud Abbas has tapped into that line of reasoning to make his case for Israel being responsible for Palestinian terrorism.
So Abbas is peddling his own brand of victim responsibility and it is getting rave reviews. According to Abbas, Israel is strengthening Hamas and the al-Aqsa Martyr’s Brigade by isolating them in Gaza after pulling out.
A couple of points to consider at this juncture. The first is that the officially stated reason that Israel pulled out of Gaza was to isolate terrorism by putting Israeli civilians out of reach.
Ariel Sharon carefully explained to anybody that would listen that since the Palestinian Authority had not met a single one of its commitments under the Road Map plan, Israel had no choice but to adopt a policy he called ‘unilateral disengagement’.
Stay with me on this. The policy is still called Israel’s ‘Unilateral Disengagement Policy’. It is ‘unilateral’ since only one side is ‘disengaging’. ‘Disengaging’ from what?
I’m glad you asked. Israel is ‘disengaging’ itself from the Oslo War. Israel doesn’t want to fight it anymore. Since the Palestinians do, however, Israel has to disengage from the war ‘unilaterally’.
I can’t make this point strongly enough. The term ‘Unilateral Disengagement’ means only one side is trying to stop fighting the war. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be ‘unilateral’. It is so simple that even an idiot or a liberal (but I repeat myself) could figure it out.
Nonetheless, Abbas complained that “even though Israel completed a withdrawal of settlers and soldiers from Gaza last month, the Jewish state was keeping the territory sealed off by land, sea and air from the outside world.”
Abbas also complained about the Israeli presence in the ‘Palestinian heartland’. Not a single editorial I found seemed remotely uncomfortable with the PA’s policy of ethnic cleansing of Jews from its territories.
If Israel began expelling its several million Israeli Arab citizens, UN troops would be massing on Israel’s borders the following morning.)
Abbas’ continued to spin his fantastic story, writing in the Wall Street Journal that he, Abbas, had created “a climate of peace” since his January election and that polls consistently show a majority of Palestinians wanted to live in a state at peace beside Israel.
“Yet this climate of peace needs the help of the US and the international community: For without sustained pressure on the Israeli government to sit down and negotiate, Israel will only bolster those within Palestinian society who do not share the majority’s desire for peace,” he wrote.
“Sit down and negotiate.” It sounds like a reasonable request on the surface, but Israel has been ‘negotiating’ with the Palestinian Authority since September 13, 1993 when it entered into the Oslo Agreement with Yasser Arafat.
The fruit of those negotiations was a surrender of the West Bank and Gaza Strip to the Palestinians, from which territory the Palestinians launched an all-out war against Israel.
More Israelis have died at the hands of Palestinian attackers since the signing of the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords than were killed by Palestinian terrorists in the period from Israel’s restoration until Oslo.
During the past fifteen years, the Palestinian Authority has not met a single commitment it has ever made in any of those ‘negotiations’. The current version of the ‘peace process’ is the Road Map to Peace Plan, advanced by the “Quartet.” (The US, UN, EU and Russia)
Under the Road Map Plan, Israel is to pull out of all contested areas, out of which will be created a Palestinian State. The Road Map has two preconditions.
The first is that the Palestinian Authority be divorced from Palestinian terrorism. Mahmoud Abbas is one of the co-founders of Yasser Arafat’s Fatah Party and joined the PLO in 1968 and was a member of the PLO Executive Committee.
This might be a good place to inject a little historical perspective: The PLO was, from 1968 to 1993, the best-known and one of the most-feared terrorist organizations in the world.
Its leader, Yasser Arafat, was the undisputed father of modern terrorism who pioneered, among other things, airplane hijacking as a terrorist weapon.
And Mahmoud Abbas was the PLO co-founder and a member of the PLO Executive Committee during that entire blood-soaked period.
When Mahmoud Abbas was named Palestinian Prime Minister in March, 2003, the Quartet decided to ignore Precondition #1 and pretend that Abbas’ lifelong occupation as a professional terrorist leader was no barrier.
The second precondition of the Road Map to Peace deal was that, BEFORE ISRAEL WAS REQUIRED TO DO ANYTHING, Mahmoud Abbas had to disband and disarm all Palestinian terror groups, including Hamas and Fatah’s own personal terrorist organization, the al-Aqsa Martyr’s Brigade.
Once again, an injection of perspective is called for, here.
The al-Aqsa Martyr’s Brigade claimed responsibility for the most recent attack last week in which gunmen shot up a bus stop and killed three Israeli civilians. The al-Aqsa Martyr’s Brigade is part of the Fatah Party, which is headed by Mahmoud Abbas, who co-founded it with Yasser Arafat.
Abbas has not only done NOTHING to disarm or disband those groups, he has promised them directly at numerous Palestinian terrorist rallies that he has absolutely no intention of doing either one.
Moreover, he has invited representatives of Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the al-Aqsa Martyr’s Brigade to run candidates in Palestinian elections and join his government!
Abbas didn’t give those speeches in his bathroom. He made them in public, they were recorded and transcribed, and every word was translated into languages that the EU, Russians, UN and US could understand. So much for Precondition #2.
In fact, as Abbas is meeting with President Bush in Washington to complain about Israel, a Palestinian group released photographs of masked gunmen in front of two men who were kneeling on the floor of an empty room with their faces against a wall.
According to a verbatim quote from the Associated Press report this morning, “The gunmen said they are affiliated with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah faction, which controls the Palestinian Authority.” The two kneeling men were abducted by the masked gunmen, who accuse them of ‘collaborating with Israel’.
One of the terrorists, who identified himself as Abu Anan, told the AP in a telephone interview, “We will not make a decision on whether to execute the men until after our interrogation process is complete.”
The mere fact that President Bush would meet with Mahmoud Abbas boggles the mind. It is an equivalent absurdity with Bush meeting with al-Qaeda #2 man Ayman al-Zawahiri after the death of Osama and declaring Zawahiri a ‘changed man’ — even as Zawahiri continued to exhort his followers to jihad.
The only reason that Israel has closed the borders to the Palestinians is because when they open the borders, the grateful Palestinians respond by killing Israeli civilians.
The only reason Israel disengaged unilaterally from Gaza was because the Palestinians talked peace while continuing to make war.
The only reason Israel could possibly have for building a security fence between itself and the West Bank is to keep Palestinian terrorists on the other side of it. There is a common thread that weaves itself through all of this.
If the Palestinians would stop the terror attacks, Israel would have no reason for any of the actions the Palestinians are complaining about. It is pretty simple — if this were any other nation on earth except Israel.
But when it comes to Israel, all logic breaks down. Consider this explanation of the Arab-Israeli conflict, as offered by MSNBC:
“The establishment of the state of Israel over 50 years ago starts one of the largest population displacements in history. 700,000 Arabs leave or are driven out of the budding Jewish state in 1948 and 1949. Languishing in crude camps, their sense of displacement spawns the Palestine Liberation Organization and violent attacks, beginning in the 1960s. Today the number of Palestinians in occupied territories and surrounding Arab states passes 3.6 million.”
One of the “largest population displacements in history”? And only three years after Hitler exterminated 12 million people in death camps!
How Big a Lie is necessary? Evidently, the sky is the limit.
Only Israel (and, not coincidentally, the United States) could be credibly blamed for their own victimization. I say, ‘not coincidentally’, that also applies to the United States, and for the same ultimate reason.
Israel is the world’s only Jewish nation. The United States is perceived by the rest of the world to be the world’s most Christian nation. (Actually, the percentage of Australians who claim Christianity is almost identical to that of the United States. But this isn’t about reality so much as perception.)
Every deity invented by mankind is welcome at the United Nations. The only Deity unwelcome at the table of nations is the One Who claims to be the Inventor of mankind, rather than being a product of mankind’s invention.
The world community hates Israel and the United States for one reason above all others — they are a constant reminder of the existence of God as He is revealed in the Bible. A God Who demands accountability from men, rather than the other way around.
Both Israel and the US acknowledge the Bible’s Creator God, and acknowledge that it is under His authority they derive their individual and national rights.
The rest of the world derives their right to exist, together with their individual human rights, from the 1948 United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. The UNDHR grants pretty much the same individual rights as are set forth by the Constitution and by Israel’s Basic Law.
But the critical difference that puts Washington and Jerusalem on one side and the rest of the world on the other is that the rights granted by the UNDHR are granted by the United Nations. What the UN can grant, the UN can rescind.
On the other hand, American and Israeli individual rights are granted by God. And what God grants, only God can rescind.
The UN hates both the US and Israel for that reason above all others. It recognizes that it therefore has no binding authority over either nation. The continued existence and independence of these nations under the God of the Bible is an offense to the god of this world and a rejection of his apostles among the global leadership.
The world therefore hates Israel and the United States with an unreasoning mindless hatred that defies natural explanation.
The reason, I believe, is because that hatred is supernatural in origin. And it will only get worse as the hours tick down to the final countdown on the plains of Megiddo, some time in the not-too-distant future.
“And when these things BEGIN to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21:28)