The Misplaced Faith in Abbas

Photo: Flickr/ World Economic Forum

Photo: Flickr/ World Economic Forum

Seth Mandel, writing at Commentary, notes that the fundamental problem in the so-called peace process continues to be on the Palestinian side – though Mandel doesn’t lay the whole blame at the usual suspect of Palestinians rejectionism. Instead, Mandel argues that Arafat, who could have enforced peace, chose war instead. Abbas, who might not have been able to enforce it, didn’t have the courage to take the chance. And Abbas’ only successor is Hamas which will never make peace.

Abbas’s health is failing, Birnbaum reports, though it’s unclear how quickly. And Fatah is a mess. And Hamas is willing to let the Jews live on the condition they go back to Germany. And yet it is unclear why this is such a compelling case to sign a deal with Abbas. He appears to represent virtually no one, which means there is no one to uphold any deal after Abbas. What could such an agreement be worth, even if miraculously signed?

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Tuesday, March 12th, 2013 at 8:29 AM  | Stand For Israel

Houses Demolished, Outcry Missing

Palestinian Legislative Council, Ramallah (Photo: Wikipedia/ Lockesdonkey)

Palestinian Legislative Council, Ramallah (Photo: Wikipedia/ Lockesdonkey)

When Israel demolishes Palestinian homes that have been illegally built or that have been co-opted for terrorist use, there is international outcry. Elliott Abrams, writing at the Council on Foreign Relations, notes that, when the Hamas terrorists who run the Gaza Strip do it – and do it without any judicial oversight – there is … silence.

The government of Israel sometimes demolishes homes, saying that they were illegally built on public land. And of course, it is a member state of the United Nations, not a terrorist group. But when it does, one can expect various governments to condemn the action and can expect action in the UN Human Rights Council, perhaps even a debate in the UN General Assembly or Security Council in New York.

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Thursday, February 14th, 2013 at 10:08 AM  | Stand For Israel

Israel Punished in Survey of Press Freedom for Targeting Hamas

Seth Mandel, writing at Commentary, notes that Israel is under attack for limiting freedom of the press – a liberty that Israel takes very seriously – because it targeted Hamas terrorists who called themselves journalists. Pretending to work for the media is, in fact, a convenient cover for Hamas operatives to try to avoid being targeted by Israel.

Israel was of course not targeting journalists; Israel was targeting terrorists aided by gullible and biased journalists. But since Hamas started the fighting with rocket attacks, fired at Israeli residential areas, and dressed up terrorists as journalists to attract Israeli fire, surely the Palestinian territories were punished by Reporters Without Borders as well? Nope: the Palestinians’ ranking  jumps ahead seven spots.

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Thursday, January 31st, 2013 at 9:13 AM  | Stand For Israel

Hamas to Establish Military Academy for Gaza Children

Photo: Wikipedia/ Thephotostrand

We’ve written about this issue in the past (herehere, and most recently here), but Hamas’ efforts to rear child terrorists never cease to amaze us.

Yesterday, JPost reported the disturbing news that Hamas plans to establish a military academy for school-aged children. Kids as young as 12 will be able to enter the academy to study state-sponsored terrorism, and ultimately get a Bachelor’s degree for their efforts!

The announcement was made by Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh during an equally disturbing, militaristic ceremony celebrating the birth of the Muslim prophet Mohamed. According to JPost, Haniyeh said that the “new military academy, the first of its kind in the Gaza Strip, would prepare the children for the ‘phase of liberating Palestine’.”



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Friday, January 25th, 2013 at 2:26 PM  | Stand For Israel

A New Thaw Between Hamas and Fatah?

While much of the news is being made by Europe’s ongoing overreaction to a local zoning issue on the outskirts of Jerusalem, and by the news that forces loyal to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad have fitted chemical weapons onto warheads, the story that may have the lasting impact on the Middle East began playing out yesterday with relatively little fanfare.

As we’re reporting in this morning’s SFI Daily Dispatch, there is fresh evidence of a rapprochement between Fatah (the faction that runs the Palestinian Authority and governs the West Bank) and Hamas (the terrorist organization that runs Gaza). For a variety of reasons, these two factions hate each other and have spent the better part of the last two decades killing and torturing each other’s activists. The position of Israel and the United States is that Hamas is a genocidal terrorist organization and that neither country will negotiate with them. Fatah, the parent organization of, among other terror groups, the al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, is only slightly better than Hamas but is accorded a different status by the international community and, since the onset of the Oslo Accords in the early 1990s, by Israel. (more…)

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Monday, December 10th, 2012 at 10:21 AM  | Stand For Israel
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Seeking Prayers for Safety and Comfort in a Time of Crisis

The news from Israel continues to grieve me deeply. Twenty-seven Israeli soldiers have been killed thus far during Operation Protective Edge.

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