We knew that Mahmoud Abbas never wanted to discuss a peace agreement. Anyone with half a brain knows that is not what Abbas or the Arabs want. We know that all the concessions, or murderers released by Israel, to be hailed as heroes, will not bring peace.
Israel represents 0.01% of 1% of the Middle East and that is too much for the Arab world. One tiny prosperous State is a thorn in their side.
Israel is desperate for peace, but that peace will never come and the sooner Israel realises that and annexes Judaea and Samaria the better.
There is a consistent pattern.
- In 1948 five Arab countries chose to go to war, rather than accept the UN’s decision to partition Palestine between its Jewish and Arab populations.
- In 1967 Israel offered to relinquish the land it had acquired in exchange for peace with its neighbours. The Arab world’s response was issued at a summit in Khartoum. It was not one NO, but THREE:
“No peace with Israel, no negotiations with Israel, no recognition of Israel.’’
- In 2000, Camp David offered Arabs a sovereign state with shared control of Jerusalem and billions of dollars in compensation for Palestinian refugees.
Yasser Arafat refused the offer, and returned to launch the deadly terror war known as the Second Intifada.
- In 2008 Ehud Olmert offered Mahmoud Abbas a peace agreement that would have guaranteed a Palestinian state in virtually all the West Bank, Gaza, and part of Jerusalem. Once again, the Palestinians turned down the offer.
An Israel Arab, a friend of a friend, recently did research in Ramallah for an article he is writing. In his own words.
“I spent three days interviewing people from all casts of life in the de facto capital of the PA in Ramallah and let me assure you that 90% of the working class poor want Israel too annex Judea Samaria and retake the PA run city and expel the Parasite Authority.
It’s time for Israel to make up its mind now and forever, it must take the bold step of disbanding the Parasite Authority and Annexing Judea and Samaria and granting Judaea and Samaria an Israeli Commonwealth status, granting its residents citizenship and the right to vote for a Governor of the commonwealth. This is the same relationship that the United States has with its Island commonwealth Puerto Rico.
This isn’t my Idea it was spoken of during a meeting Bibi Netanyahu had with President Bush some time ago. Any resident of Judaea Samaria who is willing to become a loyal citizen of Israel and serve in the IDF should be allowed to do so. All residents of Judaea and Samaria deserve to have a referendum for annexation free and democratic ASAP. Let the silent majority speak via this referendum.”
In March the Israeli government missed the legally required deadline for releasing 26 Palestinian prisoners due to be set free as part of the peace talks. Israeli law requires the government make the names of the prisoners selected for release known at least 48 workday hours before they are set free.
The Palestinian Authority just couldn’t wait.
On MAY 4, 2014 the New York Times announced a move that had clearly been in the pipeline for some time.
Now, with the collapse of the American-brokered Middle East negotiations, the Palestinian leadership is focusing on its diplomatic and legal struggle for international recognition of Palestine as a state under occupation and for Israel to be held accountable as the occupier.
Last month, in a move that angered Israel and Washington, President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority signed applications to join 15 international treaties and conventions after Israel missed a deadline for releasing Palestinian prisoners.
In the absence of negotiations, the Palestinians plan to proceed cautiously as they join more than 40 other treaties and agencies, culminating in an application to join the International Criminal Court in The Hague, which was established in 2002 to prosecute perpetrators of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.
The court is seen by the Palestinians as a powerful tool because, experts say, Israel risks prosecution there for its policy of settlement building in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, territories Israel seized in the 1967 war and which, along with Gaza, the Palestinians claim for their state.
“Israel cannot maintain the status quo,”
said Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator, in a recent interview.
“I hope Netanyahu has a good legal team studying this,” he said of the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, “so he won’t be surprised if we take further action to defend ourselves.” Read more.
The United Nations Human Rights office announced that the five were human rights treaties.
These treaties ban torture and racial discrimination. The Palestinian Arabs also joined treaties promoting women’s rights, children’s rights, and the rights of the disabled!!
Think about this. The PA had to have had this in mind all along, it didn’t just happen in a couple of days which is all the delay was.
Well, well, well it now comes to light that the PA Planned to Torpedo Talks Weeks in Advance. According to Israel National News a Document reveals
“Erekat told Abbas to apply to international conventions well before fourth prisoner batch”.
National Security Adviser Yossi Cohen has sent protest letters in the last two weeks to the White House as well as various other Western governments, in which he argues that the Palestinian Authority (PA) planned the failure of peace talks.
In the letter, Cohen states that the PA deceived US Secretary of State John Kerry regarding its intentions in the talks. Haaretz published the letter on Wednesday, after having received a copy on April 22.
A 65-page document submitted to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas by PA Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat on March 9 is attached to the letter.
The date places the document three weeks before the planned fourth batch of terrorist releases by Israel as a “gesture” for talks, a release Israel decided not to conduct due to the lack of progress in talks, and statements by PA officials who said they were only talking with Israel in order to have more prisoners released. Days later the PA breached talk conditions by applying to 15 international conventions, effectively torpedoing the talks.
In the document, Erekat makes recommendations regarding the policy the PA should take in the last month of peace talks, which were set to end on April 29, as well as what policy should be followed after their end.
Among other things, Erekat recommends submitting requests to join the Geneva Conventions along with a slew of other international conventions, as well as telling the US and Western powers that the PA will not extend the peace talks past their deadline.
The revelation is particularly meaningful, because Kerry blamed Israel for the failure of talks in early March before the Senate, referencing Israel’s delay in releasing the terrorists. Kerry simply noted that Abbas’s breach of talk conditions was “clearly unhelpful,” effectively treating it as a reaction to Israel’s move.”
Then as a kick in the guts to the USA and Israel, a marriage made in hell between Hamas and Fatah is announced.
President Ronald S. Lauder President of the World Jewish Congress says
Like many people around the world, I was dismayed when Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas embraced Hamas last week. This was one of those moments when people realize what’s really happening, and there is no question about it: Abbas has thrown in his lot with an organization whose main purpose is to destroy Israel.
Many people have been critical of Israel and the peace process, but Abbas’ decision to forge a unity agreement with the terrorist regime in Gaza produced a moment of clarity.
I met with Mahmoud Abbas two years ago, and he seemed sincere about making peace with Israel. But now, he sent an entirely different signal and put the peace talks, which are so crucial for his people, into jeopardy.
Abbas complains that he has does not have a peace partner in Israel, but even he knows that is not true. He did what he did in order to stop the process without appearing to want to stop the process.
He finishes by saying:
Abbas’ move seems to send the message to the world that the Palestinians don’t want a negotiated peace, because Hamas does not want negotiations with Israel; it wants to destroy the Jewish state.
Abbas now bets on winning statehood through the UN. He wants it handed on a platter.
This desperate strategy is doomed to end in failure.
Al Monitor says
The agreement calls for an interim government to be formed in five weeks consisting of political independents (aligned with neither Hamas not Fatah), followed by executive and legislative elections in six months.
PLO Chairman Mahmoud Abbas considers the unification of the Palestinian people in the West Bank and Gaza Strip as one of his legacy issues. Although Asmaa al-Ghoul reported that Gaza’s streets were mostly quiet after the announcement of the agreement, Abbas’ move is a boost to his sagging popularity and a likely mortal blow to any challenge from Mohammed Dahlan and other potential rivals if elections go ahead.
Fortunately we have an organisation such as CAMERA – Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America who say:
Until September 2007, Fatah’s constitution calling for the eradication of Israel was on its English-language Web site in translation. Fatah’s English-language Web site (www.fateh.net) has apparently since been removed, but caches of that Web site remain. Below is the English translation of the Fatah Constitution as it appeared on the Fatah English-language Web site on August 25, 2007:
Amongst many other things it says,
The Movement’s Essential Principles
- Article (4) The Palestinian struggle is part and parcel of the world-wide struggle against Zionism, colonialism and international imperialism.
- Article (5) Liberating Palestine is a national obligation which necessities the materialistic and human support of the Arab Nation.
- Article (6) UN projects, accords and reso, or those of any individual cowhich undermine the Palestinian people’s right in their homeland are illegal and rejected.
- Article (7) The Zionist Movement is racial, colonial and aggressive in ideology, goals, organisation and method.
- Article (8) The Israeli existence in Palestine is a Zionist invasion with a colonial expansive base, and it is a natural ally to colonialism and international imperialism.
- Article (12) Complete liberation of Palestine, and eradication of Zionist economic, political, military and cultural existence.
- Article (13) Establishing an independent democratic state with complete sovereignty on all Palestinian lands, and Jerusalem is its capital city, and protecting the citizens’ legal and equal rights without any racial or religious discrimination.
- Article (17) Armed public revolution is the inevitable method to liberating Palestine.
- Article (19) Armed struggle is a strategy and not a tactic, and the Palestinian Arab People’s armed revolution is a decisive factor in the liberation fight and in uprooting the Zionist existence, and this struggle will not cease unless the Zionist state is demolished and Palestine is completely liberated.
Please save this for future reference and to read on; HERE
The Hamas Constitution is very flowery and encourages violence. HERE
Article Seven: The Universality of Hamas
Hamas is one of the links in the Chain of Jihad in the confrontation with the Zionist invasion. It links up with the setting out of the Martyr Izz a-din al-Qassam and his brothers in the Muslim Brotherhood who fought the Holy War in 1936; it further relates to another link of the Palestinian Jihad and the Jihad and efforts of the Muslim Brothers during the 1948 War, and to the Jihad operations of the Muslim Brothers in 1968 and thereafter. But even if the links have become distant from each other, and even if the obstacles erected by those who revolve in the Zionist orbit, aiming at obstructing the road before the Jihad fighters, have rendered the pursuance of Jihad impossible; nevertheless, the Hamas has been looking forward to implement Allah’s promise whatever time it might take.
The prophet, prayer and peace be upon him, said: The time will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them); until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: O Muslim! there is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him! This will not apply to the Gharqad, which is a Jewish tree (cited by Bukhari and Muslim).
Article Eight: The Slogan of the Hamas
Allah is its goal, the Prophet its model, the Qur’an its Constitution, Jihad its path and death for the case of Allah its most sublime belief.
Reading the above, how can anyone think there will ever be peace.
This comes from Alarabiya and worth reading this week
Abbas held “positive” talks with Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal in Doha Monday in the first meeting since their surprise unity deal last month, Palestinian officials said.
However, the deputy leader of Hamas, Moussa Abu Marzuq, insisted earlier this week that despite the unity deal his group would never recognize Israel.
“We will not recognize the Zionist entity,” he told a press conference in Gaza City.
From the Algemeiner and well worth reading
Hamas released a video for Israel’s 66th anniversary, entitled “No Hope,” (a play on Israel’s national anthem, Hatikva, or “Hope”). It is vile, putrid and an absolutely true rendering of Hamas thinking, breathing, and being. The Times of Israel described it in all its slavish devotion to death, delusion and Hamas imperialism:
“The army of the Zionists was built of wax and now it is melted and has no hope,” the singer croons as a computer generated militant character smashes Israel’s state symbols into rubble. The song says that smart Israelis will be allowed to leave the country and return “to their homelands” while those who are stubborn and remain will have their fates “sealed beneath the dirt.” The YouTube clip intersperses various historical photos of the conflict with computer-generated Hamas gunmen who are seen driving the Jews out of Jerusalem and onto ships and celebrating on top of the al-Aqsa mosque, as the bodies of IDF soldiers riddle the streets. “The Holy city will return to its former name,” the singer warbles as the distorted anthem draws to a close. “My capital Beyt al-Maqdis, not Jerusalem.”
Yes, “sticks and stones” and all that, but this isn’t about the words — it is about the intention of Hamas to stick to its Charter, kill Jews, and be master of Jerusalem. It is about Hamas’s intention to override whatever niggling negotiations the Palestinian Authority (PA) feels it has to conduct — whether with Israel or with the bodies of the UN. Hamas plans to roll over the first and ignore the second. It is about the inutility of negotiations because Hamas plans no compromise with anyone — first and foremost, it will not compromise with the PA.
Moussa Abu Marzouk, head of Hamas’ political bureau, told Al-Monitor-US:
“Hamas will not recognize Israel. This is a red line that cannot be crossed.” He said the Quartet’s requirement that Hamas recognize Israel “does not concern us one bit.” “We would have spared ourselves seven years of misery under the siege and two wars in 2008 and 2012 had we wanted to recognize Israel.” He also reiterated Hamas’ refusal to disarm the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades. “The Quartet negotiations require that violence be renounced, which, in effect, means that the al-Qassam weapons must be decommissioned. But this is unacceptable, and Hamas will reject it outright.”
For English sub titles click the small box to the left of the cog wheel in the bottom right hand corner of the video.
Elsewhere I read that Hamas has said they will not give up their weapons.
I think this marriage will quickly, hopefully end in divorce.