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Another Round of Violence?

(Photo: flickr/ crazymaq)

(Photo: flickr/ crazymaq)

In yesterday’s Daily Dispatch, we noted that Israel and the Palestinian Authority (P.A.) are disputing the cause of death of a P.A. official who died during a protest this week. While the autopsy showed that Abu Ein died of a heart attack, The Times of Israel’s Avi Issacharoff writes that the P.A. could use this incident to incite further violence:

A heart attack. That’s what the Israeli doctors who participated in the autopsy of Palestinian official Ziad Abu Ein determined as the cause of his death. What’s more, they found that “the deceased suffered from an ischemic heart disease, and old scars were found in the blood vessels in his heart indicating that the deceased suffered from heart blockages in the past.”

In plain English, the man had a heart condition.

Everyone who knew Ziad Abu Ein personally knew he was not well, that he was a heavy smoker and was overweight. All the facts point to him dying of a heart attack.

And still, the Palestinians are saying that Abu Ein died from suffocation and tear gas …

The worse news is that once the funeral procession reached the cemetery near el-Bireh, heavy fire began in honor of Abu Ein. In addition, at least according to the statements of two Fatah heads, Saeb Erekat and Jibril Rajoub, the Palestinian leadership that gathered Wednesday night decided to stop West Bank security cooperation with Israel.

According to the two officials, a decision was also taken to request to join the International Criminal Court, to ratify the Rome Statute (which paves the way for joining the ICC), and to appeal to the UN Security Council to recognize Palestine as a state. If this is true, and this is not some PR move, then we are on the brink of a new era in Palestinian-Israeli relations. And not a good one.

Only on Sunday, during the meeting of the PA leadership, will a final decision be made, and only then will we know if Erekat and Rajoub are right. If they are, then we are…

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Friday, December 12th, 2014 at 8:29 AM  | Stand For Israel

Who Needs Abbas’ Approval?

(Photo: White House/ Paul Morse)

(Photo: White House/ Paul Morse)

While so much of the world might see Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas as a leader who is striving for peace with Israel, they need only look at what he says when the whole world’s not his stage. Writing at Israel Hayom, Dr. Ronen Yitzhak looks at Abbas’ true feelings on the Jewish state and the Jewish people’s historic right to Israel:

“We will never recognize Israel as a Jewish state,” Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas declared at an Arab League foreign ministers’ meeting over the weekend in Cairo.

This declaration, like others made by Arab and Palestinian leaders, was intended not only to undermine Israel’s historical right to and international legitimacy as a Jewish state, but also to signal that the Palestinians are not ready to move forward with serious negotiations for a resolution to the conflict.

But Israel is not defined as a Jewish state by this or that Arab leader. It is defined as such by the international understandings and agreements that recognize the historic link between the Jewish people and the Land of Israel, as our Declaration of Independence states. This is a link that the Palestinians have been denying for years.

Indeed, many declarations and agreements have clearly outlined not only the link between the Jewish people and Israel, but also their right to establish a Jewish state in this land. Among those is the 1917 Balfour Declaration, which expressed the willingness of the British government to support the establishment of a Jewish homeland in Israel; the Faisal-Weizmann Agreement of 1919, in which the Arabs recognized the establishment of a Jewish state in Israel in exchange for the establishment of a large Arab nation (not a Palestinian one) in the Middle East; the British White Paper of 1922, which explicitly states that Jews have the right to the Land of Israel “as of right and not on sufferance,” and there are more.

A genuine…

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Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 at 8:23 AM  | Stand For Israel

Why Abbas Will Not Condemn Terror Attacks

(Photo: White House/ Paul Morse)

(Photo: White House/ Paul Morse)

As Israelis have been killed and injured by Palestinian terrorists over the past weeks, Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas has yet to condemn these attacks. Writing at the Gatestone Institute, Khaled Abu Toameh explains that this is because the very people Abbas has radicalized would turn against him if he spoke out against violence toward the Jewish state and its people:

The recent spate of terror attacks in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and the West Bank did not come as a surprise to those who have been following the ongoing incitement campaign waged by Palestinians against Israel.

This campaign escalated immediately after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s last failed “peace process” between Israel and the Palestinians. Kerry’s “peace process” actually put Israelis and Palestinians on a new collision course, which reached its peak with the recent terror attacks on Israelis.

Kerry failed to acknowledge that Palestinian Authority [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas does not have a mandate from his people to negotiate, let alone sign, any agreement with Israel. Abbas is now in the tenth year of his four-year term in office.

Nor did Kerry listen to the advice of those who warned him and his aides that Abbas would not be able to implement any agreement with Israel on the ground. Abbas cannot even visit his private house in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, and he controls less than 40% of the West Bank. Where exactly did Kerry expect Abbas to implement any agreement with Israel? In the city-center of Ramallah or Nablus?

What Kerry and other Western leaders do not want to understand is that Abbas is not authorized to make any concessions for peace with Israel, and has even repeatedly promised his people that he would not make any concessions for the sake of peace with Israel.

In a speech in Ramallah on November 11, marking the tenth anniversary of the death of his predecessor, Yasser Arafat, Abbas declared: “He who surrenders one grain of the soil of Palestine and…

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Friday, November 14th, 2014 at 8:29 AM  | Stand for Israel

Liberty and the Palestinian Authority

(Photo: wikicommons/ Uriber)

(Photo: wikicommons/ Uriber)

When it comes to human-rights violations, much of the attention of those of us who stand for and with Israel is on those blatant and horrific abuses at the hands of Hamas, or those of other, very visible terrorist groups like the Islamic State (IS or ISIS) or al-Qaeda. But former U.S. National Security Advisor Elliott Abrams reminds us that the Palestinian Authority are also quite proficient at curbing the lives and liberties of the people it supposedly represents:

Palestinian Authority officials have given thousands of speeches  over the years about removing the Israeli occupation, freeing Palestinians, self-government, and the like. But today –as in the days of Arafat– the PA itself is a threat to the liberty of the Palestinians it rules …

Even Human Rights Watch, whose bias against Israel is notorious, had to acknowledge basic facts about the PA:

Complaints of torture and ill-treatment by West Bank PA security services persisted….PA security services and men in civilian clothes identified as security employees violently dispersed peaceful protests and arbitrarily detained protesters and journalists….Palestinian courts did not find any West Bank security officers responsible for torture, arbitrary detention, or prior cases of unlawful deaths in custody.

Donors to the PA do not like to acknowledge and discuss these violation of human rights by the PA, because they do not fit into the usual narrative: Palestinians want and deserve self-government, but are denied it by Israel; the only problem for the cause of liberty is the Israeli occupation. Simple, but wrong: the PA itself is an increasingly repressive entity, with President Abbas abusing the powers of his office to fight political enemies (and protect corruption). This is not exactly news, but until it is recognized and fought by donors it will continue and expand. It’s ironic that all those groups, especially in Europe, who consider themselves champions of Palestinian rights wish only to condemn Israel– while they continue to ignore the threat to Palestinians that emerges from their own officials…

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Thursday, October 30th, 2014 at 8:09 AM  | Stand For Israel

Abbas’ Responsibility for Murders

AbbasIn today’s Daily Dispatch, we report on the death of a second person – a young woman from Ecuador – because of last week’s terror attack at a train station in Jerusalem. While the terrorist who committed the attacks had ties to Hamas, Khaled Abu Toameh writes that recent rhetoric full of anti-Israel incitement by Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority must also share the blame for the deaths of an infant and this young woman:

While Hamas’s rockets and suicide bombers have been killing Israelis over the past twenty-five years, the Palestinian Authority’s rhetoric has not been less lethal.

In fact, it is this fiery rhetoric that has created the inviting atmosphere for launching terrorist attacks against Israel, such as the attack that took place in Jerusalem on Wednesday, October 22 …

The Palestinian who carried out the attack was identified as 20-year-old Abdel Rahman al-Shalodi of the Silwan neighborhood in east Jerusalem. He was shot on the scene and later died in hospital.

Abbas and the Palestinian Authority [PA] cannot avoid responsibility for killing the baby.

In order to understand what drives a young Palestinian man to carry out such a deadly attack, one needs to look at the statements of PA leaders during the past few weeks. These are the kind of statements that encourage young men such as al-Shalodi to go out and kill the first Jews he meets on the street.

These statements refer to three developments linked to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Operation Protective Edge last summer, visits by Jewish groups and individuals to the Temple Mount (or “Noble Sanctuary”), and Jews moving in to apartments in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan.

During the 50-day military confrontation between Israel and Hamas in July and August, PA President Mahmoud Abbas and his senior officials in the West Bank made it a daily practice to incite their people against Israel.

The anti-Israel campaign of incitement reached its peak with Abbas’s speech at the UN General Assembly last month, when he accused Israel of waging a “war of genocide” in the Gaza…

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Monday, October 27th, 2014 at 8:23 AM  | Stand for Israel

The West Bank Without Israel?

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

At last week’s conference in Cairo, Palestinian Authority (P.A.) head Mahmoud Abbas called for Israel to leave the West Bank. Now the P.A. is headed to the United Nations Security Council to demand the same. The Times of Israel’s Elhanan Miller wonders if the Palestinians’ demand is sincere, and if it is in the best interests of anyone – Israelis and Palestinians alike – involved:

The Palestinian leadership is bound for the UN Security Council, where it will demand a deadline for Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank. But, given the risk of a swift Hamas takeover of the West Bank, a former Israeli security official questioned the sincerity of the Palestinian demand, speculating that it may be acting against its own self-interest just to spite Israel.

Addressing donor states in a conference for the rehabilitation of Gaza last week, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas did not cite November 2016 as the final date by which Israeli troops are to leave the West Bank (as indicated in a draft resolution). He did, however, stress the need to set a time frame for Israeli withdrawal …

But Yaakov Amidror, who was national security adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu until November 2013 and is currently a senior fellow at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University, said that “the end of the occupation” would soon become the end of the PA and its leader, Abbas.

“Without Israel, Abu Mazen (Abbas) and Fatah cannot survive for even 10 minutes,” Amidror told The Times of Israel. “The problem is, they can’t say it. Their overt behavior — driven more by emotion than by logic — would lead to the end of their regime if Israel were to withdraw, which it won’t do because of its own interests.”

Whether the Israeli withdrawal be quick or slow, Amidror asserted that without Israeli boots on the ground, Abbas had no realistic way of overcoming a Palestinian Islamic movement bent on his destruction.

“Abu Mazen and his people will have to…

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Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 8:20 AM  | Stand for Israel

Palestinians Still Won’t Negotiate

(Photo: wikicommons/ Peter Fedynsky)

(Photo: wikicommons/ Peter Fedynsky)

While the meeting yesterday between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu was marred by the White House’s reaction to Israel’s declaration to build in East Jerusalem, it was also marred by the actions of Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas. Right before the Obama-Netanyahu meeting, Abbas submitted his latest U.N. proposal for Palestinian statehood. Writing at Commentary, Tom Wilson says that while the proposal’s demands are ridiculous, it is even more ridiculous that Abbas expects these demands to be met before he’ll even negotiate:

The draft of the Palestinian proposal, submitted just as Prime Minister Netanyahu was about to step into the Oval Office for a meeting with President Obama, seeks to win UN Security Council backing for a deadline that would force Israel to cede the West Bank by November 2016. But that is not all. The petition also gives an extensive rundown of what the final settlement must look like. In addition to the total Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank and Jerusalem being turned into the Palestinian capital, the resolution also calls for a complete end to all Israeli military activity in the territories, an end to any Israeli settlement construction, an opening of all Gaza’s borders, and the deployment of an international force throughout the disputed territories–for the protection of Palestinian civilians, of course. Naturally the resolution draft also calls for a just settlement of Palestinian refugees, which is code for Israel being obliged to allow several million Arabs claiming Palestinian descent to relocate to the Jewish state.

Now, you can think these demands are reasonable or you can think that they are not. But what is undeniable is that it is ridiculous for Abbas to have essentially made meeting all his demands the precondition for his participation in any further peace talks. What kind of negotiation is it that can only begin once all of the outcomes have already been decided? In effect what the Palestinians have said is that there will…

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Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 8:47 AM  | Stand For Israel

Abbas Incites and Israel Is to Blame?

(Photo: wikicommons/ Peter Fedynsky)

(Photo: wikicommons/ Peter Fedynsky)

The U.N. address given by Palestinian Authority (P.A.) President Mahmoud Abbas was abhorrent in all facets – from its incitement to its accusations of genocide. But Israel Hayom’s Dror Eydar writes that one of the most outrageous moments in Abbas’ speech was his juxtaposition of the Islamic State with what he considers an even more loathsome entity – the state of Israel:

We watched as he stood up and lied in the worst speech of incitement a Palestinian representative has ever made to Westerners, using the verified accusations made against the Palestinian Authority and turning them against Israel without batting an eye. Not a word about the reason for the war this past summer; not a word about the putsch Hamas planned against him. And we’re expected to trust him?

Here are some of the terms he used heavily in his speech: genocide, a new “nakba” (“catastrophe”), a racist occupier state, apartheid, colonialism, a state above the law. This is our fault. For years, the Israeli media and academia have pounded this false doctrine. Zion was the starting point for the dogma that reached the strongholds of Western fundamental liberalism, the ones that are ashamed to admit their hatred for Jews and find a substitute in hating and slandering Israel.

Genocide? In the second half of the 20th century alone, across the Muslim world — in Algeria, Sudan, Afghanistan, Somalia, Bangladesh, Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen, Jordan, Chad, Kosovo, Tajikistan, Syria, Libya — Muslims slaughtered millions of other Muslims and Christians. In most places, it was a brutal, methodical extermination that fit the chilling definition of genocide. Who cares? They were Muslims, not Jews trying to protect themselves.

Toward the end of his speech, this so-called moderate partner asserted that what had caused terrorism in our region was — get ready — international leniency toward Israel. He then discussed the Islamic State group, saying: “Confronting the terrorism that plagues our region by…

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Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 8:44 AM  | Stand For Israel

Diplomatic Terror

(Photo: flickr/U.N. General Assembly)

(Photo: flickr/U.N. General Assembly)

Addressing the U.N. General Assembly last week, Palestinian Authority (P.A.) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas proved once again that he is about as interested in cultivating peace with Israel as Hamas Chairman Khaled Mashal is interested in demilitarizing the Gaza Strip. In a speech mired with blatant lies and incitement against the Jewish state, Abbas accused Israel of committing “genocide” in Gaza this summer, and laid the blame for the latest breakdown of peace talks on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Brazenly, yet unsurprisingly, on Monday morning chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat claimed that 96 percent of those killed in this summer’s Operation Protective Edge were civilians. Erekat’s claim is false and easily refuted. In fact, the Israeli army has the lowest civilian casualty rate of any army in the world, including U.S. and NATO forces.

Clearly the P.A. is not too concerned with facts, since according to them the truth is whatever you desire it to be. And so the Palestinian President feels no shame when he stands before the UN General Assembly and says Israel committed “genocide.” The Palestinian leadership consistently spreads lies about Israel not only to the U.N., but to their own people as well.

For decades, the Palestinian Authority has been teaching its children that Jews have no historical claim to the land of Israel, and that Jerusalem was never a Jewish city. But who cares about the truth, when a lie repeated often enough will eventually take its place?

Here we see the strategy of the Palestinian Authority: Reject every Israeli offer for peace, blame the Jews entirely for the conflict, play the part of perpetual victim, accuse Israel of apartheid, genocide, ethnic cleansing, and every other atrocity found in the dictionary. Eventually, their hope is that the international community will offer Israel to the Palestinians on a silver platter.

By perpetuating the conflict while blaming and inciting against Israel, the P.A. hopes to turn the Jewish state into an international pariah. Then, through international bodies such…

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Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 8:31 AM  | Stand For Israel

Breaking News: Hamas Coup Against Abbas Foiled

(Photo: White House/ Paul Morse)

(Photo: White House/ Paul Morse)

Arutz Sheva is reporting that the IDF and Shin Bet have foiled an attempt by Hamas to overthrow the Palestinian Authority:

A large scale operation mounted from May to August by the IDF and Israel Security Agency (ISA or Shin Bet) foiled a Hamas network’s plot to carry out a coup in the Palestinian Authority (PA) in Judea and Samaria.

The news about the operation was under a gag order until today.

The Hamas infrastructure in Judea and Samaria was controlled by a Hamas HQ in Turkey. The plot was to carry out a series of cruel terror attacks against Israel and create a situation of security instability, then take advantage of that situation to take over the PA.

Israel announced that 93 Hamas terrorists were arrested in the operation. Of these, 46 were taken to interrogation by the ISA. Hamas terror funds amounting to over 600,000 shekels were confiscated and weapons including 60 guns and 7 RPGs were seized.

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