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Since news broke of Benjamin Netanyahu’s overwhelming victory in Israel’s elections, much of the world’s media has been attacking Israel for the result. Writing at the Gatestone Institute, Alan Dershowitz says that Israel and her people have only done what they have been forced to do:
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Those around the world who are upset with Prime Minister’s Benjamin Netanyahu electoral victory over the Zionist Camp party should put much of the responsibility for Israel’s rightward turn squarely where it belongs: on the Palestinian Authority (PA).
At least twice over the last 15 years, Israel has offered the Palestinians extraordinarily generous two-state solutions …
Israel is a vibrant democracy, in which people vote their experience, their fear and their hope. In 2000-2001 and 2007, most Israelis had high hopes for a peaceful resolution of the Palestinian conflict. These hopes were dashed by Arafat’s rejection and Abbas’ refusal to accept generous peace offers. It is not surprising therefore, that so many Israelis now vote their fear instead of their hope …
The Obama administration also contributed to the election results in Israel by refusing to listen to Israeli concerns — concerns shared by Israelis of every political stripe — about the impending deal with Iran. Many Israelis have given up any hope of influencing the Obama administration to demand more from the Iranians. The current deal contains a sunset provision which all but guarantees that Iran will have nuclear weapons within a decade. Zionist Camp leader Isaac Herzog made a serious mistake when he said he trusted President Obama to make a good deal with the Iranians. Few Israelis share that trust, as do few members of Congress, and few Sunni Arab governments. That lack of trust was reflected in voting for a Prime Minister who has been more confrontational and less trusting.
Thursday, March 19th, 2015 at 8:53 AM | Stand For Israel
While the world’s media spends so much of its time, energy, and ink criticizing and demonizing Israel, it rarely does the same for those who are truly at fault. Writing at The Daily Beast, though, David Keyes calls out Palestinian Authority dictator Mahmoud Abbas, whose wrongdoings are ignored by the world:
Which “moderate” Arab president publicly hugged the genocidal leader of Sudan last week? Which Middle Eastern “reformer” just entered his 10th year of a four-year term? Which Western “ally” days ago ordered an investigation into a cartoonist for possibly drawing Mohammed?
The answer is Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
These three stories barely made it into Western press. Why? Put simply, the bar has been set so low that they were not deemed newsworthy. An Arab leader who doesn’t allow elections? Yawn. A Middle Eastern president who embraces one of the worst mass murderers in recent history? Nothing to see here.
There is a tragic disconnect between Western rhetoric and Arab reality. Abbas, if one listens to leaders of the free world, is a moderate, reformer and ally. He is better than Hamas, after all, isn’t he?
Never mind that Abbas said in 2013, “There is no difference between our policies and those of Hamas.” The point is this: Being better than a genocidal terrorist organization does not a “moderate” make. Pretending it does demeans the word. It is condescending to Palestinians and insulting to true moderates.
Less than a month ago, Abbas marched in Paris in solidarity with the cartoonists who were murdered in the attack on the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo. Last week, he ordered an investigation into a Palestinian cartoonist who may have drawn Mohammed.
Under Abbas’s rule, the Palestinian Authority has arrested activists for Facebook posts and jailed atheists. Two weeks ago, a 22-year-old student was imprisoned for insulting the head of the Palestinian Football Federation. Torture is rampant and Abbas refuses to hold elections, even though his…Read More » Comments (0) »
Friday, February 13th, 2015 at 8:52 AM | Stand for Israel
Palestinian Authority (P.A.) head Mahmoud Abbas has long found ways to try to pressure Israel into conceding to his demands. The Jerusalem Post reports that the P.A.’s latest tactic may be to stop any semblance of security cooperation with Israel in the West Bank unless a Palestinian state is created:
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An unnamed international diplomat well-versed in the vicissitudes of the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations of recent years told Israel Radio on Thursday that “it is not inconceivable to envisage a scenario in which Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas would put a halt to security cooperation with Israel in the West Bank.”
Israel Radio quotes the official as saying that if the Palestinian leader feels he has exhausted all other options in his quest to establish an independent state on the West Bank, he would in effect abdicate the provisional government’s responsibility – as per the terms of the Oslo Accords – to combat rejectionist violence from organizations like Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
The official predicted that the United States would move to renew the peace process shortly following Israel’s upcoming parliamentary elections …
Washington would block unilateral Palestinian efforts to win statehood through UN Security Council resolutions by applying various levers of pressure.
Thursday, February 5th, 2015 at 8:50 AM | Stand for Israel
This weekend, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s presence in France seemed in stark contrast to that of his Palestinian Authority counterpart, Mahmoud Abbas. Abbas attended the same rally, appearing in the picture above, and putting on a show of standing against terrorism. Yet, Commentary’s Jonathan Tobin writes, progress will come not when Abbas marches in Paris, but when he stops supporting terror at home:
Though the Obama administration and all of Europe treats him as a hero of peace, his personal record as well as that of his government gives the lie to such assurances. His critics will bring up his long service as a deputy to arch terrorist Yasir Arafat as well as his doctoral thesis denying the truth of the Holocaust. But we don’t have to go back to the period preceding his service as president of the PA (an office in which he is currently serving in the 10th year of the four-year term to which he was elected). Since taking over the PA after Arafat’s death, Abbas has not only turned down peace offers and refused to negotiate seriously with Israel, he has repeatedly stated that he will never accept the legitimacy of a Jewish state no matter where its borders are drawn. He has also continued to support the “right of return,” which is inconsistent with Israel’s existence though at times he has said things to the English and Israeli press that contradicts those given to his own people.
Moreover, rather than standing in unity with the world against terrorism, Abbas signed a unity pact with Hamas terrorists last year, an act that blew up the peace talks Secretary of State Kerry worked to keep alive.
But even more than that, Abbas has in recent months personally incited his people to commit acts of violence as part of an effort to falsely convince them that the mosques on the Temple Mount are in danger … Indeed, had the Charlie Hebdo and kosher market murderers committed their acts in Israel, there is little doubt…Read More » Comments (5) »
Monday, January 12th, 2015 at 8:35 AM | Stand For Israel
The Palestinian Authority (P.A.) unsuccessfully tried to pass a U.N. Security Council resolution calling for Israel to withdraw from the territory it gained during the Six-Day War in 1967, including East Jerusalem. Now the P.A. has turned to the International Criminal Court (ICC) as the next venue in which it can continue its diplomatic attacks against Israel.
By sidestepping negotiations and seeking to join international bodies in the absence of a peace agreement with Israel, the P.A. has fractured the peace process. It has not just created an environment hostile to peace, it has erased every effort made by Israel, the U.S., and the international community to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The P.A. was created – at the inception of the peace process – and allowed to govern the West Bank with the understanding that it would work to end the conflict. In fact, it has done the opposite. When Israel extends its hand in peace, the Palestinians respond with terrorism. And this terrorism has now taken two forms – Hamas‘ violent attacks, and the P.A.’s diplomatic warfare.
These seemingly different approaches work hand-in-hand. Hamas initiated a bloody war this summer – forcing an Israeli military response – and then placed its civilian population on the receiving end of Israeli fire. After the smoke cleared from the battered Palestinian towns in Gaza, the P.A. began maneuvering in order to prosecute Israeli leaders for war crimes at the ICC, trying to rob Israel of its right of self-defense.
Thus, the idea that Israel can negotiate a lasting peace with the P.A. is ludicrous. No democratic nation should have to sit at the negotiating table with a terrorist organization, and the Palestinian Authority is a terrorist organization. And yet, even Israel’s friends in the U.S. continue to insist that Israel do just that.
In case you aren’t convinced the PA is a terrorist organization: The P.A. sat with Hamas in a unity government throughout the summer as Hamas kidnapped Israeli kids on their way home from school, attempted to attack Israeli communities…Read More » Comments (8) »
Tuesday, January 6th, 2015 at 8:15 AM | Stand For Israel
In today’s Daily Dispatch we reported that the Palestinians have submitted the final draft of their resolution for statehood to the United Nations (U.N.) Security Council. But, writing at Gatestone Institute, Khaled Abu Toameh says that the Palestinian Authority (P.A.) did not tell the U.N. that the state they seek will do away with freedom:
Palestinian women have become the latest victims of the Palestinian Authority’s assault on freedom of expression in the West Bank.
In the male-dominated Arab culture, an insult from a woman is considered far more offensive than one that comes from a man.
That is the main reason why the Palestinian Authority [PA] has been quick to take action against women who dare to speak out or make critical remarks.
The Palestinians also know that women are more vulnerable than men. By targeting women, the PA is not only trying to intimidate and silence them, but also deter others from speaking out. The PA is hoping to send a message that no one is immune to arrest or harassment, even if it is a woman …
But what the Palestinians did not tell the Security Council is that the state they seek to establish is one that does not respect public freedoms, first and foremost freedom of expression.
This would be a state where people are detained and intimidated for using social media to express their views. It will also be a state where the president or any of his senior officials could order the arrest of anyone who dares to speak out against lack of democracy and reforms.
The draft resolution that was submitted to the Security Council fails to mention the fact that the Palestinian Authority is harassing and persecuting political opponents and critics, including Facebook users.
Moreover, the PA does not want the Security Council and the rest of the international community to know that, in the future Palestinian state, female journalists, writers and political activists can be detained for interrogation and threatened because of their work …
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Tuesday, December 30th, 2014 at 8:46 AM | Stand For Israel
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…Read More » Comments (0) »
Friday, December 12th, 2014 at 8:29 AM | Stand For Israel
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.
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Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 at 8:23 AM | Stand For Israel
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…Read More » Comments (8) »
Friday, November 14th, 2014 at 8:29 AM | Stand for Israel
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…Read More » Comments (2) »
Thursday, October 30th, 2014 at 8:09 AM | Stand For Israel
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