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In Search of Appalled, Sickened Palestinian Arabs

(Photo: kerenmalki.org)

(Photo: kerenmalki.org)

“This Ongoing War” is a blog written by Frimet and Arnold Roth – two Israeli Jews whose daughter, Malki, was murdered in a terrorist attack in Jerusalem in 2001. Earlier this week, the remains of the suicide terrorist who murdered their little girl were given a “state funeral” attended by every major Palestinian official. They ask the compelling question: where are the moderate Palestinians we always hear about?

… representatives of the major segments of Palestinian Arab society took part in the funeral. If you were looking for moderates – for instance the so-called moderates of the Mahmoud Abbas regime – they were indeed there. But they were not moderating anything. Nor were they expressing viewpoints that came close to moderate. When it comes to murder and incitement to murder of Israelis and of Jews, they are not moderate; they are enthusiastic.

In last Wednesday’s funeral procession in Tubas, they participated, heart and soul, to ensure the strongest possible message of support, encouragement, adulation for acts of calculated murder like the one in which the dead human bomb had engaged – and that stole the life of our daughter Malki.

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Thursday, May 8th, 2014 at 8:19 AM  | Stand For Israel

Running Away From Statehood, Again

Palestinian flagProfessor Efraim Karsh, head of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, undertakes an analysis of the is-it-or-isn’t-it unity agreement between Fatah and Hamas and concludes that such theatre was always inevitable because of the fundamental Palestinian unwillingness to do the dirty work of building and administering a state:

Why should the Palestinians engage in the daunting tasks of nation-building and state creation if they can have their hapless constituents run around in circles for nearly a century while they bask in international sympathy and enrich themselves from the proceeds of their self-inflicted plight?

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Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 at 8:30 AM  | Stand For Israel

With Unity Deal, a Catch-22 for Abbas

(Photo: wikicommons/ Peter Fedynsky)

(Photo: wikicommons/ Peter Fedynsky)

Elhanan Miller, writing in The Times of Israel, has a unique, fascinating, and entirely plausible theory for the sudden interest in unity with Hamas by P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas: the Palestinian failure to hold elections since 2006 harms his international standing and makes it more difficult for him to pressure Israel in the world community:

The truth of the matter is that Abbas plainly did not turn to Hamas for the sake of negotiations with Israel, but rather for the sake of national elections in the Palestinian territories, in a bid to regain something the Israeli government has long argued he sorely lacks: legitimacy to rule.

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Friday, April 25th, 2014 at 8:21 AM  | Stand For Israel

Hamas Wins, Abbas Loses

(Photo: wikicommons/ Kimdime)

(Photo: wikicommons/ Kimdime)

Yesterday, we predicted that unity talks between Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah would, at best, amount to a framework agreement. That happened yesterday. The deal now gives the parties five weeks to put together a unity government and a timeframe for elections. Ron Ben-Yishai, writing at Yediot Achronot, says Hamas is the big winner:

Hamas is the agreement’s biggest winner. The radical Islamist group controlling Gaza is currently facing a severe economic and political crisis, and is unable to meet the needs of the Strip’s 1.5 million residents. After it turned its back on Syria and Iran, Hamas also lost Egyptian support following the ascent of the current regime there …

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Thursday, April 24th, 2014 at 8:32 AM  | Stand For Israel

Abbas’ Fictional State

(Photo: White House)

(Photo: White House)

Dr. Reuven Berko, writing at Israel Hayom, illustrates why the Palestinians had no interest in the latest round of peace talks actually succeeding and why Israel’s strategy of engaging in the negotiations eventually made evident the emptiness of Palestinian demands for statehood:

The inception of a Palestinian state alongside Israel is a recipe for internal Palestinian disaster. The objective limitations of security and space would force Palestinian leaders to refuse the descendents of the refugees’ demand for a right of return. The Palestinians would be forced to conduct transparent fiscal policies, devoid of the assistance of the Arab world and the West; they would have to put an end to corruption and take actual responsibility for their citizens, as they would have no “occupation” to blame for their failures.

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Thursday, April 24th, 2014 at 8:26 AM  | Stand For Israel

Dismantle the Palestinian Authority? Not Likely.

(Photo: wikicommons/ Uriber)

(Photo: wikicommons/ Uriber)

Avi Issacharoff, writing at The Times of Israel, notes that the probability of the P.A. being disbanded is extremely low because what would follow would be the total societal meltdown of what remains of Palestinian civil society and the Palestinian economy. The saying in Israel is that the Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity – but Issacharoff thinks they won’t make this mistake this time:

A scenario in which the Palestinian Authority is dissolved is possible, but its probability is low, very low. The discussion in recent days over the possibility of the P.A. being dismantled has been held mainly in the Israeli media, with little to no presence in the discourse of the Palestinian media and among P.A. leaders.

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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 at 8:22 AM  | Stand For Israel

Violent Clashes Between IDF and Palestinians Break Out in Hebron

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

As many Jewish people traveled to the Cave of the Patriarchs and other holy sites around Jerusalem in order to celebrate Passover, and as many Palestinians gathered to demonstrate for the release of Palestinian prisoners, violence erupted in Hebron:

On Wednesday evening, the IDF injured seven Palestinians in Hebron when a riot broke out in the city.

The IDF said that dozens of Palestinians demonstrated and threw stones at an IDF post situated between the Jewish settlement of the city and the rest of the Palestinian city.

During its attempts to disperse the demonstrators using riot dispersal methods, seven Palestinians were injured, the army confirmed.

We pray for the safety of the IDF troops protecting the Holy Land, as well as the protection of those celebrating Passover, God’s liberation of His people.

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Thursday, April 17th, 2014 at 10:16 AM  | Stand For Israel

The Palestinians Are to Blame for the Failed Peace Talks, But Not for the Reasons You Think

(Photo: White House/ Paul Morse)

(Photo: White House/ Paul Morse)

Lee Smith, writing at Tablet, says that the real reason Mahmoud Abbas wants out of the peace talks – or wants to be seen as holding a hard line should he remain at the table – is due to internal Palestinian politics. Specifically, Abbas fears that his rivals will use any concessions he makes against him. We’ve discussed this problem before and Smith’s piece is another example of the poisonous nature of Palestinian politics:

For Abbas, staying in power requires keeping his rivals at bay. In particular, there’s Mohamed Dahlan, the former Gaza-based Fatah strongman who’s been licking his wounds ever since Hamas routed his men from the Strip in 2007. At just 52, Dahlan is still young. For the past four years, he has been living in the United Arab Emirates; my sources in the region tell me he recently spent a month in Marrakesh with Saudi intelligence chief Bandar bin Sultan, the former ambassador to Washington, who was in Morocco recovering from shoulder surgery.

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Thursday, April 17th, 2014 at 8:19 AM  | Stand For Israel

Palestinian Blackmail

(Photo: wikicommons/ Uriber)

(Photo: wikicommons/ Uriber)

Professor Efraim Inbar, director of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University, writes that Israel should stop giving unilateral concessions to the Palestinians for the purpose of enticing them to the negotiating table and, in fact, the international community should stop pushing the negotiated peace paradigm:

At the same time, Israel should seriously consider the wisdom of continuing to go along with the preferences of the international community to implement the two-state paradigm when evidence mounts that this paradigm is not working. The attempt to impose a statist rationale on the Palestinian national movement by hoping that a proto-statist structure such as the P.A. would behave like Jordan or Egypt has failed.

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Monday, April 7th, 2014 at 8:57 AM  | Stand For Israel

John Kerry, Thwarted by the Middle East

(Photo: U.S. State Dept.)

(Photo: U.S. State Dept.)

Jeffrey Goldberg has a habit of laying blame as evenly as possible in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which usually means blaming Israel a bit too much. In this piece, he forgives John Kerry for an ill-advised, poorly executed push for a peace deal while concluding that both sides are currently too stubborn for peace:

Abbas is under the illusion that membership in various international conventions means he rules a country. But the moral support of Bolivia and Thailand and Norway and Malawi will not bring about the creation of a state. Only Israel can conjure a Palestinian state into existence.

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Friday, April 4th, 2014 at 8:24 AM  | Stand For Israel

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