Palestinians: Is Abbas Being Asked to Sign His Death Warrant?
PLO President Mahmoud Abbas
undoubtedly knows that the minute he signs a peace deal with Israel, the
Palestinian terrorist organizations will assassinate him. The
mismanagement by Europe, the UN and Abbas's own weakness have prepared
the ground for a takeover by radical elements, and it will occur in the
foreseeable future. If elections were held today in the West Bank, Hamas
and other Salafist-Jihadi organizations would win.
Ashton, Kerry et al are trying to create another
artificial state, "Palestine," which will quickly become another
Islamist country, officially refusing as a matter of policy, to
recognize the State of Israel and seeking to destroy it.
If the West were genuinely interested in Palestinians
and peace in the Middle East, its top priority would be to campaign for
their citizenship in the Arab world, a quest that would quickly clear
their heads of the nonsense of the "return;" stop the tide of money
flowing into UNRWA and end the fiction of the "Palestinian refugees."
The European and American attempts to impose an academic and economic
boycott on Israel increase in direct proportion to the signs that the
Palestinian-Israel peace process is sinking into the mud. Boycotts,
however, will simply make the Israelis more obstinate and worsen the
President Obama tried to reassure Israel recently by
promising that the future final status agreement would not turn the West
Bank into "a replica of Gaza." He was referring to the rockets the
Palestinians began launching from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory
as soon as Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip, and stressed that in any
peace agreement, the United States would not allow another Palestinian
terrorist state, this one in the West Bank, to shell Israel.
The Israelis, who have already agreed to the
establishment of a Palestinian state bordering on Israel, justifiably
demand that it be demilitarized and that Israel itself be responsible
for security along the Jordan River. Their demand is based on past
experience and meant to prevent rockets, mortar shells, explosives and
arms in general from being smuggled into the West Bank. The
Palestinians' outright rejection the West's demands might well raise
suspicions in the objective observer. The Palestinians claim that Israel
has a peace agreement with Jordan and therefore should have no fear
that weapons will be smuggled into the West Bank. Such a claim is made
only by those who conveniently forget about the thousands of rockets and
other weapons used by Palestinian terrorists to attack Israel, and that
have been smuggled into the Strip from Egypt, which also has a peace
agreement with Israel.
Mahmoud Abbas not only refuses to recognize the State of
Israel as the national homeland of the Jews, but, notably, he demands
that Israel be forced to absorb Palestinians as part of the so-called
"right of return," instead of demanding, more naturally, that they be
absorbed into the future Palestinian state -- all the while demanding
that there be no Jews in the Palestinian state.
What the Palestinians do not yet understand is that the
West is losing both interest in and patience for the Palestinian cause.
Millions of refugees, an unprecedented number since the 1930s, are
massed at borders and seeking ports of entry all over the world. Today,
millions of starving Syrian refugees -- having become burdens
threatening the internal security and economy of countries such as
Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon and even Bulgaria -- are freezing in cardboard
cartons and flimsy tents.
Millions of Africans crowd into leaky boats and then
drown seeking the shores of Europe, where they hope to find a decent
living, while others are interned and humiliated by the Italian
authorities on the island of Lampedusa. No one seems to care that in the
Arab countries, masses of Muslims die in terrorist attacks at the hands
of other Muslims.
In the meantime, industriously ignoring these
humanitarian catastrophes, the West closely focuses on what it likes to
call "finding a solution for the Palestinian problem." This focus has
nothing to do with concern for the Palestinian people; it is rather a
symptom of the West's complete inability to cope with the world's
genuine refugee problems.
Only few of the real Arab refugees from the 1948 War in
Palestine remain, and would be at least 65 years old today if their
families had left when the Arab leadership called on the Arabs to flee
from Palestine. All those who fled were promised that once the Arab
armies won the war and slaughtered or expelled the Jews, they would
return to their homes and could loot and despoil Jewish property as they
pleased. Hundreds of thousands of Arabs therefore abandoned their homes
in 1948 and settled in the neighboring countries, eventually
engendering millions of descendants who have built their lives in the
host countries and need only to receive citizenship.
The United States and the Arab countries perpetuate the
issue of the so-called "Palestinian refugees" with the aid they give to
relief organizations, primarily UNRWA. They waste time, money and energy
on the Palestinians, in both "Palestine" and other countries, and delay
interminably the day when the descendants of the original refugees
become citizens of the Arab countries in which they now live.
It should be recalled that the Arabs who did not flee from Palestine in
1948, now live in Israel where they make up one-fifth of the
population, hold equal rights to the Jews there, have their own
political parties, members of Knesset, judges on the Supreme Court,
senior diplomatic posts, serve in the army only if the so wish, and are
welcomed in all leading professions, including professorships in
university and as senior physicians in Israeli hospitals.
Perpetuating the status of "refugee" to five generations
of their descendants means the Palestinians and the West continue to
foster the false hope of the "right of return," making it increasingly
difficult to offer these poor souls -- whose ancestors chose to chose to
displace themselves - the right to a productive life, as all other
refugees and their descendants enjoy in the countries to which they
chose to go.
The Americans and Europeans cynically manipulate the
Palestinians, to whom they are nothing more than insignificant pawns in
the plot to prolong and escalate the Arab-Israeli conflict in order to
justify their continued involvement in the Middle East; in reality,
their motives are in no way humanitarian.
The lack of a solution for the Palestinian problem is a
tragedy; the situation should sadden every Arab with a conscience. The
Palestinian leadership and interested parties throughout the Arab-Muslim
world delude the Palestinians into thinking that some day in the
slight-of-hand foggy future they will return to "Palestine," that is,
the territory of the State of Israel. They manipulate the Palestinians
even as it is perfectly clear to the entire world that the Jews will
never agree to absorb the millions of descendants of the 1948
Palestinians refugees who today live in the Arab countries: to do so
would mean destroying Israel by flooding it with its enemies. If the
West were genuinely interested in peace in the Middle East, its top
priority would be to clarify the situation for the Palestinians and
campaign for their citizenship in the Arab world. It is clear,
therefore, that the ultimate goal of the West, and particularly Europe,
is to destroy Israel by using the descendants of these Palestinians as
weapons -- first of displacement, then extermination. One need only look
at how Muslims are currently treating Christians, as well as other
Muslims -- as there no longer any Jews to speak of; as the saying goes:
"First the Saturday people, then the Sunday people" -- in countries as
diverse as the Sudan, Nigeria, Iraq, Mauritania and Egypt.
International law does not allow refugee status to be
inherited, but both the West and our Palestinian brothers continue to
use the unjustified and incidentally illegal status of refugees as
profitable political-economic merchandise. The corrupt agencies of the
United Nations, particularly UNRWA, perpetuate and fatten themselves on
the obscene amounts of money flowing into the "Palestinian problem,"
which for years has not been a humanitarian issue. The Palestinian
problem is nowhere on the agenda of the Arab countries, which are caught
up in the internal chaos created by the Arab "Spring," and instead has
become a lucrative economic project for a whole series of racketeers,
rob the millions of genuine refugees around the globe, many of who are
also Arabs, of their rights.
The situation in Europe is complex and complicated.
Thousands of immigrants knock on the gates of the West in search of
employment and a better life, even though the West itself is on the
brink of bankruptcy. To them, compared to the countries they are
fleeing, the West still looks like Paradise.
The Europeans have also
muddied the definition of "refugees seeking political asylum" -- people
who genuinely need protection from persecution. Those who go Westward in
search of work cross many poor countries where they are not in danger
yet claim, unjustly, that they are refugees fleeing for their lives.
This confusion also makes it difficult for the West to solve the problem
of millions of genuine refugees who clearly are in imminent danger.
The worst problem of all, however, is the cynical game
of manipulating world public opinion played by the rival Palestinian
leaders in their undying efforts to perpetuate the Palestinian issue,
which has now become Big Business, to ensure it is never resolved. Not
only is Mahmoud Abbas, the leader of the Palestinian Authority, not
considered the legitimate leader of the West Bank and was never elected
in a fair and honest election, only a manipulated one but the
Palestinians dispersed among the various Arab countries, and especially
the West Bank and Gaza, do not consider him as representing them - as
well as opposing any political arrangement with Israel for fear it might
interfere with the glittering hypnotic promises of their return to
Mahmoud Abbas undoubtedly knows that the instant he
signs an agreement with Israel, the Palestinian terrorist organizations
will assassinate him. No Palestinian will agree to an arrangement that
would limit his return to the future Palestinian state, currently the
territory of the State of Israel.
No Palestinian leader will recognize Israel and
certainly not one of them will agree to the final, definite end of the
conflict. Mahmoud Abbas' refusal to recognize Israel as the national
homeland of the Jewish people, his refusal to waive "the refugees' right
of return," his refusal to stop adding to his endless list of demands
to end the conflict and his refusal to allow Israel to oversee the
Jordan River are all proof that the Palestinians' plan to destroy the
State of Israel has not been altered since its inception, even if
perhaps its methodology has been tweaked from time to time.
The real tragedy is that nowhere on the Palestinian
horizon is there a mechanism in place for a democratic way to end the
conflict. Many Palestinians favor the violent, radical Salafist-jihadi
agenda of the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, while others reject the
Islamist agenda and its lifestyle. The conflict between the two has
trapped and dead-ended the Palestinians.
The Gaza Strip has been under the control of Islamists
for years, and they are gradually taking over towns and cities in the
West Bank. It is this situation that prevents the fractured Palestinian
leadership from reaching an internal reconciliation and constructing a
model for united governance that could end the confrontation between the
Jews and the Palestinians. It is clear that if elections were held
today in the West Bank, Hamas and other Salafist-jihadi organizations
would win. It would seem there is only one model around which
Palestinians can unite: the desire to end not their conflict but rather
the State of Israel. The Jews are fully aware of the Palestinian model
and refuse to accept any arrangement that will endanger their security.
Thus, tragically, Palestinian politics are at the moment
leading the Palestinian people noplace. It was recently made known that
the Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip, who lob rockets into Israel and
mine the security fence separating Israel from Gaza, are currently
having logistical problems of electricity, concrete, fuel and food -- the
result of flooding caused by recent severe rainstorms. Faced with
insurmountable problems, the Hamas leaders turned, indirectly, to Israel
For years Hamas has been guilty of the criminal neglect
of the people who live under its rule, and now its leaders are calling
for help, claiming that they are "besieged" -- by the Egyptians as well
as the Israelis -- and that they are facing a "humanitarian crisis," and
are prepared to accept aid from Israel, but only secretly!
Since the violent takeover of the Gaza Strip, Hamas has
poured millions of tons of concrete into building tunnels the sole
purpose of which is to provide easy access for terrorist operatives
seeking to infiltrate into Israel. Hamas could have used the concrete to
build houses, schools and hospitals, but instead diverted it to
reinforcing terrorism. Hamas evidently far prefers to spend its billions
on weapons it can use against Israel rather than on the agriculture,
economy, health and welfare of the people who are dependent on it.
In the meantime, while the Palestinian Authority
announced that it did not intend to pay the salaries of its Gazan
employees, it was Israel that recently agreed to help Hamas out of its
difficulties and provide it with fuel, concrete, medicine and food,
despite the fact that throughout the years Hamas has killed hundreds of
Israelis with its rockets, bombs and suicide bombers and is still
overtly planning to wipe Israel off the map. How lucky for the
Palestinians that their enemies are the Jews. While the Palestinian and
Islamic terrorist organizations plan their attacks on Israeli civilians,
the government of the Israeli occupation, despite the apparent
indifference of their leaders, regards the Palestinians themselves as
The rampant mismanagement by Europe, the UN's treatment
of the Palestinians and Mahmoud Abbas's floundering and weakness as a
policy-maker have prepared the ground for a general takeover of the
Palestinian issue by radical Islamic elements, and it will occur in the
foreseeable future. On the West Bank it is claimed that in the meantime,
only Israeli intelligence, which props up Abbas, has prevented the
Islamists from taking complete control.
It is shocking, but not surprising, that in such a
complex situation people such as the EU's Foreign Minister Catherine
Ashton and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry are trying to force Israel
to give up assets critical to its security. They are exerting their
pressure in the wrong direction: they should instead campaign for
citizenship for the Palestinians in the Arab countries, a quest that
would quickly clear their heads of the nonsense of the "return;" stop
the tide of money flowing into UNRWA and end the fiction of the
As the Arab countries -- relatively new artificial
creations temporarily pasted together with the lies of the Sykes-Picot
Agreement, disintegrate into their original warring tribes and sects --
Ashton, Kerry, et al are nevertheless trying to create yet another
artificial state, "Palestine," which will quickly become another
Islamist country, officially refusing, as a matter of policy, to
recognize the State of Israel and seeking to destroy it.
At his last meeting with Kerry, Abbas rejected the
Israeli demand for security control along the Jordan River. Abbas and
his supporters are planning to smuggle weapons into the West Bank from
Jordan and to transfer them to the local Palestinian terrorists who will
use them to attack Israel from the east -- exactly as Hamas began
attacking from the south the instant the IDF withdrew from the Gaza
Strip. Obama's recent assurances that the United States will not allow
the West Bank to become "a replica of the Gaza Strip" are as valid as
his assurances regarding other cardinal issues, such as Syria and Iran
-- further "replicas of promises" never kept.
Related Topics: Ali Salim
Labels: Defence, Gaza, Hamas, Israel, Negotiations, Palestinian Authority, Peace, Security