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Abbas in Paris: Hypocrisy Isn’t Progress

(Photo: twitter/israelipm)

(Photo: twitter/israelipm)

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…

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Monday, January 12th, 2015 at 8:35 AM  | Stand For Israel

The ICC Threat

(Photo: de.wikipedia.org)

(Photo: de.wikipedia.org)

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…

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Tuesday, January 6th, 2015 at 8:15 AM  | Stand For Israel

What the Palestinian Authority Did Not Tell the UN

(Photo: flickr/UN)

(Photo: flickr/UN)

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 …

The crackdown on Palestinian women in the…

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Tuesday, December 30th, 2014 at 8:46 AM  | Stand For Israel

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?

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(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

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