Much is being made of the speech that Mahmoud Abbas made at the United Nations. A lie told often enough, said Vladimir Lenin, becomes the truth. It is ironic that the Arabs hold so much faith in this notion and it is even more ironic that much of the world is stupid or ignorant enough to believe it.
Lie: Abbas spoke of the “Palestine refugees, who are the victims of Al-Nakba (Catastrophe) that occurred in 1948.”
Truth: The Arabs chose war in 1948 – they were not victims; they were the aggressors. They believed, they were led to believe that five Arab nations could “push the Jews into the sea” – their words, their promise. They failed. No catastrophe and certainly no victims on their side.
Lie: A year ago, at this same time, distinguished leaders in this hall addressed the stalled peace efforts in our region. Everyone had high hopes for a new round of final status negotiations, which had begun in early September in Washington under the direct auspices of President Barack Obama and with participation of the Quartet, and with Egyptian and Jordanian participation, to reach a peace agreement within one year. We entered those negotiations with open hearts and attentive ears and sincere intentions, and we were ready with our documents, papers and proposals. But the negotiations broke down just weeks after their launch.
Truth: The Arabs chose war in 1948 and they did not come to any negotiations – not then, not later, and not last year with “open hearts and attentive ears” and certainly, there were no “sincere intentions.” They were not ready for anything. Israel released prisoners – killers – the Palestinians did nothing but threaten and whine until they accepted a unity deal with Hamas, a terrorist organization who has fired over 20,000 rockets at Israeli cities, murdered our children – including three teens this past summer. Negotiations didn’t break down, they were sabotaged by the Palestinians.
Lie: But all of these sincere efforts and endeavors undertaken by international parties were repeatedly wrecked by the positions of the Israeli government, which quickly dashed the hopes raised by the launch of negotiations last September.
Truth: The Arabs chose war in 1948 and last September they chose a terrorist organization as their partner. There can be no negotiating with someone who not only refuses to recognize your right to exist, but promises at every turn to do all it can to annihilate you.
Lie: The core issue here is that the Israeli government refuses to commit to terms of reference for the negotiations that are based on international law and United Nations resolutions, and that it frantically continues to intensify building of settlements on the territory of the State of Palestine.
Truth: The Arabs chose war in 1948. They have ignored international law repeatedly – as they target civilians, including children. They continue to build illegal housing at a much faster pace than any building we have done. New settlements? Not for a long time – new neighborhoods on established areas – yes, some, but not much – and nothing compared to the thousands of new apartments and buildings the Palestinians have added.
Lie: The occupying Power also continues to undertake excavations that threaten our holy places.
Truth: The illegal excavations done by Palestinians on the Temple Mount have resulted in tremendous damage – so much so that some of the ancient walls have nearly collapsed. We have found numerous relics and evidence of a Jewish presence here in Israel dating back thousands of years thrown out with mountains of dirt from the Temple Mount. It is they who deny our history here – claiming, among other things, that the Western Wall, the last remaining retainer wall for the Temple Mount, was nothing but the place that Mohammed parked his donkey.
Lie: At the same time, the occupying Power continues to impose its blockade on the Gaza Strip and to target Palestinian civilians by assassinations, air strikes and artillery shelling, persisting with its war of aggression of three years ago on Gaza, which resulted in massive destruction of homes, schools, hospitals, and mosques, and the thousands of martyrs and wounded.
Truth: The Arabs chose war in 1948 and they chose war this summer. Most of what Abbas said above is true – with the exception of one key word. We did not target Palestinian civilians by “assassinations, air strikes and artillery shelling” – not once. We targeted Hamas and other terror organizations. By contrast, the Palestinians targeted most of Israel this summer, including my home and the homes and cities of many of my friends – perhaps even 90% of them. As for the “massive destruction of homes, schools, hospitals and mosques” – they ceased to be these things the minute the Palestinians turned them into arsenals. A mosque cannot be an arsenal and an arsenal cannot be a mosque, a hospital, a school. As for the “thousands of martyrs and wounded” – this is true – we targeted their terrorists, their gunmen, their fighters and if we wounded them and turned them into martyrs…good.
Omission: In 1974, our deceased leader Yasser Arafat came to this hall….stating ‘Do not let the olive branch fall from my hand”.
Truth: He came with a “freedom fighter’s gun”…remember that? And he started off by mentioning that – he carried an olive branch and a gun…heck of a way to make a statement that you want peace. It was a warning. At least Arafat was more honest than Abbas.
Lie: [Palestinians]…were forced to leave their homes and their towns and villages, carrying only some of our belongings and our grief and our memories and the keys of our homes to the camps of exile and the Diaspora in the 1948 Al-Nakba, one of the worst operations of uprooting, destruction and removal of a vibrant and cohesive society that had been contributing in a pioneering and leading way in the cultural, educational and economic renaissance of the Arab Middle East.
Truth: The Arabs chose war in 1948 and told the Arab population of Palestine to get out of their way…and most CHOSE to leave. What they took with them was up to them. Unlike the Jewish populations of the Arab countries – close to 900,000 of them – who were truly forced from their homes – usually with nothing. Diaspora? Exile? Look how Abbas attempts to hijack the very terms Jews have used for 2,000 years. Sinister, this man is; evil in his attempt to turn a lie into truth. “A vibrant and cohesive society” – the Arabs of Palestine were a bunch of clans and nomadic tribes – there was nothing vibrant about them and certainly nothing cohesive. They lived on land owned by absentee landlords and lived simple lives with almost nothing. “Contributing in a pioneering and leading way in the cultural, educational and economic renaissance of the Arab Middle East”? Wow – he should get an academy award for that lie. Just wow.
The ONLY pioneers in the Middle East have been the Jews. There is no Palestinian culture, no economic or educational renaissance. There isn’t a single university in any Arab country (or any area under Palestinian authority) in the list of 200 top universities in the world. By contrast, five out of six of Israeli’s universities appear in the top 200.
Some facts from Wikipedia:
- As of 2012, ten Nobel Prize winners have been Muslims. Half of the ten Muslim Nobel laureates were awarded the prize in the 21st century. Six of the ten winners have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, including a controversial award to Yasser Arafat. Muslims make up over 23% of the worlds population and have earned 1% of Nobel Prizes.
- Nobel Prizes have been awarded to over 850 individuals, of whom at least 20% were Jews or of Jewish descent, although Jews comprise less than 0.2% of the world’s population, (or 1 in every 500 people). Overall, Jews have won a total of 41% of all the Nobel Prizes in economics, 28% of medicine, 26% of Physics, 19% of Chemistry, 13% of Literature and 9% of all peace awards. Jews have been recipients of all six awards.The oldest person ever to receive a Nobel Prize was Leonid Hurwicz, a Polish-American Jew who received the 2007 prize in Economics when he was 90 years old.
Omission:The goal of the Palestinian people is the realization of their inalienable national rights in their independent State of Palestine, with East Jerusalem as its capital, on all the land of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, which Israel occupied in the June 1967 war.
Truth: The Arabs chose war in 1948 and they chose war in 1967. And when they lost…worse than even THEY or WE could have imagined, they began a path or rewriting history. THEY attacked. They lost. Jerusalem was never – not in the 1947 and not in 1949, not in 1967 and not in 2014, nor in any year in between those dates, the capital, past, present, or future, of any Palestinian state. Only in their wildest dreams would they, could they, ever get Jerusalem. A few years ago, I heard a previously-Muslim woman state one of the fundamental truths, “Even if you give them Jerusalem, EVEN if you give them Jerusalem, there will be no peace.” True then, true now. The goal of the Palestinian people is the realization of an Israel-free Middle East. That was their goal; that is their goal. THAT is the truth.
Lie: Achieving this desired peace also requires the release of political prisoners and detainees in Israeli prisons without delay.
Truth: So long as the Palestinians continue to claim that a man who butchered a three-month old child or stabbed a three year old in the heart is a “political prisoner or a detainee, there will be no peace agreement and there will be no peace.
Lie: The PLO and the Palestinian people adhere to the renouncement of violence and rejection and condemning of terrorism in all its forms, especially State terrorism, and adhere to all agreements signed between the Palestine Liberation Organization and Israel.
Truth: Tell that to the family of Baruch Mizrachi, who was murdered as he drove his family to their Passover Seder; tell that to the families of Eyal, Naftali and Gilad. Tell that to thousands of families in Israel who know the bitter truth that the Palestinians believe firmly in the use of whatever methods will get them their goals – terror, lies, death, suicide, rockets, firebombs, missiles, boulders, tractors, bullets, arson.
Lie: We adhere to the option of negotiating a lasting solution to the conflict in accordance with resolutions of international legitimacy.
Truth: The Arabs chose war in 1948 and all they have ever offered since that time was a hudna – their word for Mohammed’s deceitful actions. It is allowed, even honorable in the eyes of Islam, to make an agreement with an infidel, and then break it. Mohammed agreed to ten years of peace and broke it after two. So too, would Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and the Palestinian Authority. Hudna is NOT peace; peace is NOT hudna.
Lie: Our people will continue their popular peaceful resistance to the Israeli occupation and its settlement and apartheid policies and its construction of the racist annexation Wall, and they receive support for their resistance, which is consistent with international humanitarian law and international conventions and has the support of peace activists from Israel and around the world, reflecting an impressive, inspiring and courageous example of the strength of this defenseless people, armed only with their dreams, courage, hope and slogans in the face of bullets, tanks, tear gas and bulldozers.
Truth: There is nothing peaceful about the Palestinian “resistance” – the only question is how violent they choose to be, how much death they succeed in accomplishing. Their people are armed with a heck of a lot more than just “dreams, courage, hope and slogans.” Try 20,000 rockets fired at Israel already and more where they came from; try knives with which they slit the throat of an infant; guns used to kill fathers and turn children into orphans. Try boulders that have murdered child and adult. Try bulldozers that they have used to attack buses and cars. Yes, there were two truths that Abbas said above – they won’t stop, and they thankfully don’t have tanks. They do, however, have anti-tank missiles, which they shot at a school bus and killed a 16-year old.
Lie: Our efforts are not aimed at isolating Israel or de-legitimizing it; rather we want to gain legitimacy for the cause of the people of Palestine.
Lie: We only aim to de-legitimize the settlement activities and the occupation and apartheid and the logic of ruthless force, and we believe that all the countries of the world stand with us in this regard.
Lie: I am here to say on behalf of the Palestinian people and the Palestine Liberation Organization: We extend our hands to the Israeli government and the Israeli people for peace-making..
Lie: During the last two years our national authority has implemented a program to build our State institutions. Despite the extraordinary situation and the Israeli obstacles imposed, a serious extensive project was launched that has included the implementation of plans to enhance and advance the judiciary and the apparatus for maintenance of order and security, to develop the administrative, financial, and oversight systems, to upgrade the performance of institutions, and to enhance self-reliance to reduce the need for foreign aid. With the thankful support of Arab countries and donors from friendly countries, a number of large infrastructure projects have been implemented, focused on various aspects of service, with special attention to rural and marginalized areas.
Truth: They have squandered billions of dollars on greed, luxury homes and malls and fancy cars. They built a vast underworld of tunnels used to smuggle drugs, women, and weapons in and planned to use other tunnels to attack and murder Israelis. The cement that could have, should have been used to build schools, hospitals and homes was used to build these tunnels. THAT is the truth Abbas refuses to admit.
Omission: It is neither possible, nor practical, nor acceptable to return to conducting business as usual, as if everything is fine. It is futile to go into negotiations without clear parameters and in the absence of credibility and a specific timetable.
Truth: As Abbas attempted to hijack terms that we have used for centuries – diaspora and exile, here too he is attempting to hijack an often-used complaint of Israel – we have no partners in peace and it is neither possible, practical or acceptable to continue negotiations with the Palestinians at this time.
Omission: I come before you today from the Holy Land, the land of Palestine, the land of divine messages, ascension of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and the birthplace of Jesus Christ (peace be upon him), to speak on behalf of the Palestinian people in the homeland and in the the Diaspora, to say, after 63 years of suffering of the ongoing Nakba: Enough.
Truth: Gee, let’s ignore the Jewish people; the history written in the Bible that supposedly Islam believes is holy. God gave this land to the Israelites…that would be the Jews. If he wants to invoke history – I’m right there with him – but you can’t quote Jesus and ignore Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. As for peace be upon Mohammed, the man wouldn’t know peace if you slapped him across the face with it.
Abbas came to the United Nations to speak on behalf of the Palestinian people – that I believe and after 66 years (I have no clue where the idiot came up with the number 63…do the math, Abbas), of ongoing terrorism and war that began in long before 1947 when the Arabs chose war, it is, indeed, time to say enough.
Written and posted by Paula R. Stern at her Blog “A Soldier’s Mother”