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Being John Kerry

Not exactly a headline designed to pack ‘em in, but give me a chance.

Ynet has an “exclusive” interview with an American intimately involved in the failed negotiations between Israel and the Arab occupiers of Judea and Samaria.

You’ll never guess whom Kerry and his people blame for the collapse:

From the US perspective, the issue of the settlements was largely to blame.

You’ll have to read a lot further down to find any other explanation. Over and over, Netanyahu and the Israelis are described as inflexible, insulting, disinterested—”we were doing this for you”, the official laments.

Even Arab failures are blamed on Israel:

Abbas refused to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

“We couldn’t understand why it bothered him so much. For us, the Americans, the Jewish identity of Israel is obvious. We wanted to believe that for the Palestinians this was a tactical move – they wanted to get something (in return) and that’s why they were saying ‘no.’

“The more Israel hardened its demands, the more the Palestinian refusal deepened. Israel made this into a huge deal – a position that wouldn’t change under any circumstances. The Palestinians came to the conclusion that Israel was pulling a nasty trick on them. They suspected there was an effort to get from them approval of the Zionist narrative.”

But there was one Israeli they did like:

“Tzipi Livni was a heroine. She fought with all of her might to promote the agreement.

We noted the other day Caroline Glick’s assertion that Livni serves as an American mole in the Israeli government. No wonder we want to give her a medal (while Jonathan Pollard rots in prison).

Subsequent events—Fatah making nice with Hamass, Kerry’s “Apartheid” comments—have bolstered any Israeli skepticism. Kerry may have been insulted by accusations that he was hot in pursuit of a Nobel Prize, but let’s just say he wouldn’t have turned one down had it been offered.

And now the threats of reprisal:

“As of now, nothing is stopping the Palestinians from turning to the international community. The Palestinians are tired of the status quo. They will get their state in the end – whether through violence or by turning to international organizations.

“The boycott and the Palestinian application to international organizations are medium-range problems. America will help, but there’s no guarantee its support will be enough.

“Your extreme right wing is very happy with the collapse of the peace talks. They won’t accept any gesture, or any positive comment from the other side.”

Sigh. No doubt this anonymous American knows whereof he speaks. His account certainly fits the pattern of the Obama regime. (Is it any wonder why Israel doesn’t trust us? I don’t trust us.) There’s no reference to missiles, mortars, and rockets from Gaza; no mention of Arab anitsemitism and incitement to violence and genocide; no condemnation of the glorification of terrorists living and dead; no reminder that Abbas himself is a fictitious leader (he has no power in Gaza, and his elected term has long since expired) of a fictitious people (“Palestinian” is a modern invention); no suggestion that neighboring countries, Jordan most particularly, have played a key role in this “unsustainable” status quo—through containment camps and second-class citizenship for refugees (if Arabs among other Arabs can be so labeled, especially after 65 years of refuge). One could easily go on.

So, why not go on? Did you notice, as I did, the internal contradiction in US and Arab criticism? It’s all about the settlements, we’re told—they’re bad, bad, bad. Yet America proposed, and the Arabs seemed to agree, “to the border outline so 80 percent of settlers would continue living in Israeli territory”. How can settlements be the problem if the Arab position is that 80% of them are okay? Most new construction in Judea and Samaria is also in existing settlements, so that can’t be a problem either.

Israel was wise or lucky to have missed out on this “historic” opportunity. This was always an ego trip for Kerry. Given his ego, it’s no surprise the trip was so long and arduous. Such peace initiatives between the Israelis and the Arabs usually bring about bloodshed (as engagement and flexibility are interpreted as weakness and vulnerability). It’s odd that the one effort that has actually led to anything like peace was Jimmy Carter’s Camp David accord. But then, Israel had no strong cultural ties to the Sinai, and Egypt had no stomach for more war. Until the Arab occupiers of Judea and Samaria experience similar defeat, I believe, they will have no stomach for peace.

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I’m Glad That’s Over With!

What part of “no” don’t we get?

On his trip to Washington this week, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas rejected US Secretary of State John Kerry’s framework document for continued peace talks with Israel, and issued “three no’s” on core issues, leaving the negotiations heading for an explosive collapse, an Israeli TV report said Friday.

Specifically, the report said, Abbas rejected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s demand that he recognize Israel as a Jewish state. He also refused to abandon the Palestinian demand for a “right of return” for millions of Palestinians and their descendants — a demand that, if implemented, would drastically alter Israel’s demographic balance and which no conceivable Israeli government would accept. And finally, he refused to commit to an “end of conflict,” under which a peace deal would represent the termination of any further Palestinian demands of Israel.

Satisfied? Are we done here?

Can we move on now with the extension of Israeli sovereignty to the ancient Jewish lands of Judea and Samaria—as guaranteed by the Balfour Declaration and the League of Nations? (The latter of which automatically became UN policy.)

An invented people, occupying land not their own, have been wasting time pretending to negotiate. That’s quite enough of that.

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All I Know Is I Didn’t Kill Yasser Arafat

I would have given it serious consideration, had I had the opportunity, but I was never so lucky.

Where were the rest of youse on the night?

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has accused one of his main rivals, Mohammed Dahlan, of involvement in six murders, hinting that he might also be behind the death of former leader Yasser Arafat.

Dahlan, who lives in exile in the Gulf, denied the allegations of his arch foe Abbas, their bitter row now playing out publicly across the Palestinian media and on social media.

Once a prominent official in Abbas’s Western-backed Fatah movement, Dahlan was ousted from the group in 2011 following accusations of corruption. He denied the charges and remains a powerful figure on the sidelines, forging ties with numerous Arab leaders and maintaining links with the splintered Fatah.

Abbas said an investigation was carried out into Dahlan, for years Fatah’s strongman in the Gaza Strip, during the rule of former president Arafat. “It was found out that six people were killed by orders from Dahlan,” the president said.

Abbas said he did not have any proof that Dahlan was involved, but he read out several statements in which his 52-year-old rival had allegedly criticized Arafat.

“Who killed Yasser Arafat? This is not evidence, but indications that deserve consideration,” said Abbas, who has faced criticism from many Palestinians for pursuing apparently gridlocked peace negotiations with Israel.

An angry Dahlan hit back on his Facebook page, saying Abbas’s speech was full of “lies … stupidity and ignorance of the Palestinian reality.” He added that he would also “unveil the lies” surrounding the death of Arafat, calling it “the most important and most dangerous issue of our modern history.”

I’d say it was the best day of your modern history (if you had a history), or it could have been if, as the saying goes, you had stopped hating Jews more than you love your children. But then another saying has it that the Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. The day Arafat turned room temperature should have been declared a national holiday (if you had a nation).

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John “Shecky” Kerry

[I nearly finished this lengthy post earlier his morning when it disappeared into the ether---just gone. This is how important I feel it is: I'm writing it all over again.]

The man’s a joke, you have to admit:

Last week, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat told Xinhua, a state-run news organization in China, that Israel may initiate a military incursion in Gaza against Hamas to undermine Kerry’s efforts to forge peace.

Erekat had previously suggested that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu wanted Abbas assassinated.

Israeli officials have denied and condemned the remarks, and the State Department on Wednesday expressed “concern over the recent comments.”

“Personal attacks are unhelpful,” State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said, responding to Erekat’s comments to the Chinese media outlet. “The secretary will make clear that these comments are disappointing.”

Why stop there, Shecky? There are so many more “unhelpful comments” or “personal attacks”:

Abbas praises murderer of 2 Israeli university students:
“Heroic brother”
[Official PA TV, Oct. 29, 2013]

PA praises murderer of 4 religious studies students:
“[He] wrote the most wonderful and sublime words of sacrifice with his blood”
[Official PA TV News reporter, Official PA TV, Feb. 10, 2014]

Fatah praises murderer of 3 high school students:
“[He] saturated the soil… with his blood in his heroic operation”
[Fatah praise of killer on casket, Al-Fajer TV, Feb. 11, 2014]

“Thousands of Palestinian citizens escorted Martyr Jalal Mahamid after his remains were received from the occupation forces (i.e., Israel) in an impressive military funeral… A wreath was laid on the Martyr’s grave on behalf of President Mahmoud Abbas.”

Writing on wreath: “President of the State of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen”

Note: Jalal Mahamid planned a double suicide attack in Israel with another terrorist on Feb. 8, 2002. They entered Israel, but their vehicle exploded too soon and both were killed without harming anyone else. Israel transferred Mahamid’s body to the PA on Feb. 4, 2014.

Official PA TV News reported on the military funeral of the two suicide bombers Ayyat Al-Akhras and Daoud Abu Suway whose remains were transferred by Israel to the PA.

PA TV reporter: “The funerals of the two Martyrs (Shahids), Ayyat Al-Akhras and Daoud Abu Suway began with an impressive military and public funeral procession. Grief over parting with the loved ones mixed with happiness over the release of their bodies after a long wait of more than 12 years.

PA TV reporter: “Here is Palestine, with its elderly and youth, its trees and stones and atmosphere escorting the bodies of the heroic Martyrs and telling the Israeli occupation: ‘Oppress us all you want – history belongs to us, the present belongs to us and the future will belong to us only.’”

Notes: Daoud Abu Suway was a suicide bomber from the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization who blew himself up near the David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem on Dec. 5, 2001. 8 people were wounded in the attack. Israel transferred his body to the PA on Feb. 2, 2014.

Ayyat Al-Akhras – the youngest female Palestinian suicide bomber (age 17). She killed 2 Israelis and injured 28 in a suicide bombing near a Jerusalem supermarket on March 29, 2002. Israel transferred her body to the PA on Feb. 9, 2014.

“A delegation from Jerusalem, headed by Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, the Al-Aqsa Mosque preacher and Chairman of the Supreme Muslim Council, had a meeting yesterday [Jan. 30, 2014] — attended by Ambassador of the State of Palestine [to Qatar] Munir Ghannam — with [Qatari] Minister of Religious Affairs Dr. Ghaith Bin Mubarak Al-Kuwari. The delegation updated him on recent events in Jerusalem, specifically on the frantic efforts to assault the Al-Aqsa Mosque and make it difficult for Palestinians to reach it, as well as [updated him] on plans — both disclosed and undisclosed — to destroy it and build the alleged Temple in its place.”

Note: The PA considers any presence of Jews on the Temple Mount an “assault.” All visitors are subject to rigorous checks by Israeli security personnel before being granted access to the Temple Mount.

Oh wait, that last one is true—or at least I wish it were.

But these are just a few spatters from the endless stream of genocidal sewage spewing from official Arab media organs. And from just the past few weeks. There is a veritable Niagara Falls of this bilge day after day, year after year.

Surely, Shecky is aware of this. He can’t be so obtuse not to know. (Sure about that, BTL?) Why care now?

It’s inarguably immoral to urge a vulnerable people to make “peace” (read: submission) with those who swear on everything they hold holy to annihilate them. I argue that “peace” itself with such people is immoral. Leave it to Shecky to be in the middle of the whole mess.

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Knuckleheads

Israeli students went to hear what Mahmoud Abbas (nom de guerre, Abu Mazen) had to say:

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Eight buses packed with Israeli students and activists traveled the winding roads of the West Bank, wet with rain, to the presidential compound in Ramallah on Sunday.

The excitement of the youngsters — who disembarked at the Beit El checkpoint for packaged sandwiches before entering Ramallah with a local police escort — was palpable. The driver of this reporter’s bus, reserved entirely for the media, chose hit song “Salam” by Israeli singer Mosh Ben Ari as the wishful soundtrack for the short trip from Jerusalem.

Ophir Rosensaft, an education student at the Beit Berl college near Kfar Saba, came to Ramallah as an activist with Peace Now. Upset with the fact that his mobile phone was taken by the PA security guards at the metal detectors, he promptly borrowed mine for the purpose of selfies to be shared with his friends back home.

“I’m pretty excited,” he admitted. “I came to hear Abu Mazen’s unmediated opinions, not as they’re presented through Israeli media.”

Oh here, let us help:

Abbas to Israeli university students:

“Everything we are doing these days is for the young generation in Israel and Palestine, it’s for their future. The younger generation of Palestinians is similar to the Israeli one in that it wants peace.”

[Ynet, Feb. 16, 2014]

Abbas to Palestinians about killing Israeli students:

Abbas praises murderer of 2 Israeli university students:
“Heroic prisoner”
[Official PA TV, Dec. 31, 2013]

PA praises murderer of 4 religious studies students:
“[He] wrote the most wonderful and sublime words of sacrifice with his blood”
[Official PA TV News reporter, Official PA TV, Feb. 10, 2014]

Fatah praises murderer of 3 high school students:
“[He] saturated the soil… with his blood in his heroic operation”
[Fatah praise of killer on casket, Official PA TV, Feb. 11, 2014]

Clear now, muffin? Dumbass.

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Welcome to Our World, NATO

You can have it:

Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s suggestion that NATO forces be deployed in the future Palestinian state is not well-received by his rivals, the Hamas rulers of Gaza.

A spokesman for Hamas said Friday that the faction would regard any international military presence within a future Palestinian state as “occupation” forces, reported the Ma’an news agency.

During a rally in southern Gaza, spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said that any international forces stationed in “Palestine” as a result of a peace agreement with Israel would be treated the same as “the Israeli occupation.”

Abu Zuhri called on Abbas to withdraw from negotiations with the United States and Israel, saying the talks only served to “terminate the question of Palestine and what is left of Palestinian rights and principles.”

“Nobody has authorized you (Abbas) to speak on behalf of the Palestinian people, or on behalf of Hamas or any other faction,” he said, according to Ma’an.

He’s got a point: when did the Arab occupiers of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza last hold an election? (When they did in Gaza, Hamass won.) Abbas is almost nine years into a four-year term: I’d say he’s about as unauthorized to speak as anyone could be.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said last week that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu opposes the idea that NATO forces will secure Israel’s borders in the event of a withdrawal from Judea and Samaria.

Precisely, Bibi. Look how well UN “peacekeepers” have worked in Lebanon. No, if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. When the missiles start falling, you’re a lot more motivated to stand and fight if it’s your own family and people you’re protecting.

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Who Want to be Abu Percy or Abu Bruce?

You know the expression, “if you’re going to be a bear, be a grizzly”? It means whatever you pursue, pursue it to the max. Grizzlies are, presumably, the baddest-ass bears of the forest.

Similarly, if you’re going to be a terrorist, be an Abu Jihad. A man of many accomplishments, and owner the best terrorist name this side of Mullah Dadullah. They’re both dead; their names die with them, unfortunately.

Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has granted a post-mortem honor to arch-terrorist Abu Jihad, who was responsible for the murder of at least 125 Israelis in numerous terror attacks that he planned, including a bus hijacking in 1978, in which 37 civilians were murdered.

Official PA TV News reported that Abbas, in order “to honor the founding leaders and the first generation of the Palestinian revolution and the PLO, and out of loyalty to their history of struggle,” chose to decorate Abu Jihad with “the highest order of the Star of Honor.”

At the ceremony, Abbas handed the award to Abu Jihad’s widow. Secretary-General of the Presidential Office, Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim, read aloud the “decree” signed by Abbas, calling terrorist Abu Jihad “the model of a true fighter and devoted leader,” and praising him for “his honorable national role”.

Among the military operations planned by Abu Jihad: the explosion at the Zohar reservoir in 1955; the operation to blow up the Israeli National Water Carrier in 1965; the operation at the Savoy Hotel in Tel Aviv, which killed 10 Israelis, in 1975; the blowing up of a truck bomb in Jerusalem in 1975; the killing of Albert Levi, the senior sapper, and his assistant, in Nablus in 1976; the Dalal Mughrabi operation (i.e., bus hijacking), in which more than 37 Israelis were killed, in 1978; the shelling of the Eilat Port in 1979; the Katyusha fire on the northern settlements [in Israel] in 1981…”

In a post earlier today (about Palestinian “honor” killings), I likened Arab occupiers to caged animals in the zoo. I regret that comparison. If Abu Jihad and his ilk were animals, they would have been put down long before (Israel did the world a favor and finally took him out in 1988).

This is like giving an award to a rabid pit bull. How do you make peace with such “people”? Why?

This will be my Christmas card to John Kerry this year:


Wishing you a very Dalal Mughrabi Christmas!

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Why the Two Long Faces?

As badly as the whole Syria debacle has gone, it’s a walk in the park compared to this septic tank:

Speaking in Ramallah, Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas said that the United States had promised him that it would support the PA’s demands that Israel withdraw to the 1948 cease-fire lines as the basis for any final status agreement with Israel. The statement shoots down claims by Israeli officials, such as President Shimon Peres, that the PA had agreed to Israel’s retention of the so-called “settlement blocs.”

In the speech Monday night, Abbas stressed that the U.S. had made this promise to the PA before the start of negotiations. Without it, he said, the PA would not have agreed to participate in the talks.

It’s certainly believable that Abbas is making this up. But it’s just as believable that Kerry made rash and random promises to everybody, just to raise the curtain on “negotiation theater”. Hardly a surprise that the show was a bomb. John Kerry puts the dumb ass in Damascus.

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Honor Among Terrorists

Can someone tell John Kerry? I’m sure he’ll be shocked to learn this:

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has awarded the “highest order of the Star of Honor” to arch-terrorist Nayef Hawatmeh. This is a continuation of the policy followed by Abbas and the PA to glorify terrorists responsible for murdering Israelis, as documented by Palestinian Media Watch.

Abbas decorates Hawatmeh with the Star of Honor medal Nayef Hawatmeh is the leader of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP). The DFLP carried out many deadly terror attacks, including the killing of 22 schoolchildren and 4 adults after taking them hostage in Ma’alot, the killing of 9 children and 3 adults in an attack on a school bus, the killing of 7 in a Jerusalem bombing, the killing of 4 hostages in an apartment building in Beit Shean, all of which took place in the 1970′s. In addition, the DFLP has participated in and claimed responsibility for dozens of other terror attacks, including a suicide bombing near Tel Aviv that killed 4 in 2003.

Abbas’ honoring of terrorist Hawatmeh is the continuation of his policy to glorify terrorists:

Dec. 2012, Abbas honored 6 terrorists responsible for killing hundreds of Israelis and two American diplomats

Jan. 2013, Abbas pledged to follow path of 15 terrorists responsible for killing hundreds

March 2013, Abbas honored murderer of 2 students

April 2013, Abbas honored planner of attacks that killed dozens

May 2013, Abbas refused to condemn or dismiss his advisor who glorified murderer, as requested by 5 members of US Congress

To honor one terrorist is a tragedy; to honor a gazillion begins to look like carelessness.

But, Mr. Secretary, what say you? Still think the Arabs are serious about peace? Course you do! When have you ever used facts to make up your mind?

PS: Look who else is his good buddy?

PS: Come to think of it, so what? There is no Palestinian state; there are no Palestinians. This is just a made-up award, from a made-up president of a made-up people, worth less even tan a signet ring out of a box of Cracker Jacks. It’s about as significant as giving a Nobel Peace Prize to a hustler from the South Side of Chicago for making it all the way to the White House. And who would do such a crazy thing?

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al-Brigadoon

Blue moons or hen’s teeth, Palestinian Arab elections are rare indeed:

The Palestinians haven’t elected a president since 2005, but now they are finally getting a chance to do so – virtually – thanks to a hit reality TV show.

“The President” is broadcast weekly on Maan TV, a popular independent Palestinian TV station. It offers contestants a chance to address the Palestinian people on what they would do on a variety of subjects if elected president.

Thousands of young Palestinians who applied to take part in the show have been whittled down to 15. A winner will be crowned in the finale scheduled for late June and get to travel the world as a mock Palestinian ambassador – and perhaps win a car as well.

In their 20 years of limited self-rule, the Palestinians have had just two presidential elections. In 1996, longtime Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was elected for a five-year term. He ruled without another election until he died in 2004. The following year, Mahmoud Abbas was elected for a four-year term. He’s been in power ever since with no elections in sight.

Critics accuse Abbas of planning on following Arafat’s example, planning to rule until he dies. Abbas has no deputy, and his popular prime minister, Salam Fayyad, recently resigned in a power struggle with the president.

Abbas says he is willing to conduct elections, but first he needs to end the internal split between his government, based in the West Bank, and the Islamic militant Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip. Talks have been going on for years without any significant progress. Abbas hopes to establish an independent state that includes both territories.

No significant progress? What do you call this?

A reconciliation is in sight between the divided factions governing the Palestinians, as Hamas announced it has reached a deal with rival Fatah regarding the formation of a new unity government within three months.

Hamas’s deputy politburo chief, Musa Abu Marzook, spoke with the Palestinian news agency Ma’an and claimed that representatives from both sides have decided to go forward with the deal in wake of the talks held in Cairo.

Abu Marzook described the talks as “positive” and clamed the two Palestinian factions succeeded in finalizing the reconciliation agreement between them, as well as agreeing on its implementation until July.

See? “Positive” talks! All of you doubters just wait till July comes along. The Arabs of Gaza, Judea, and Samaria will be so “reconciled”, there will be mixed bowling leagues, camping trips, and pot luck dinners sooner than you think.

Elections are overrated anyway. The so-called Palestinians have done just fine with two in 20 years. Look what we in America do to ourselves with our biannual mess. ObamaCare and the IRS do not argue well for representative democracy.

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Salam, We Hardly Knew Ye

The loss is ours, I’m sure:

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad resigned on Saturday, ending months of tension between him and PA President Mahmoud Abbas.

Fayyad submitted his letter of resignation to Abbas during a 20-minute meeting in the PA president’s office in Ramallah.

It was not immediately clear who would replace Fayyad. However, Palestinian sources mentioned two names as possible candidates: Muhammad Mustafa, head of the PLO’s Palestine Investment Fund, and Rami Hamdallah, president of An-Najah National University in Nablus.

Abbas expressed deep confidence in Fayyad and praised the achievements of his government in serving the Palestinian national project, according to a statement released by the PA presidency following the meeting in Ramallah.

“President Abbas informed Fayyad that he has accepted his resignation,” the statement said, adding that the PA president asked Fayyad to head a caretaker government until the establishment of a new one.

Wait, that doesn’t sound like a resignation. Still, I’m glad these two finally buried the hatchet, so to speak.

No thanks to us, it seems:

Fatah officials said US pressure on Abbas to keep Fayyad in power proved to be counterproductive.

One official accused the US administration of meddling in the internal affairs of the Palestinians.

The official pointed out that US efforts to keep Fayyad in office “caused huge damage to the prime minister.”

Omar al-Ghul, an adviser to Fayyad, said that the US intervention on behalf of Fayyad was harmful not only to the prime minister, but to Abbas as well.

Sounds like a pretty good policy to me!

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What a Guy

That Mahmoud Abbas… for a Holocaust denier, he’s all right in my book:

Palestinian police on Friday released the journalist Mamdouh Hamamreh pardoned by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas after he was sentenced to one year for posting on Facebook an “insulting” image of the president, Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported on Saturday.

Reporters Without Borders was “relieved” on Friday that Abbas pardoned the journalist.

He is the second Palestinian to be sentenced to one year in prison for this offense since the beginning of the year.

The journalist, who works for the Palestinian Al-Quds TV station, was found guilty of sharing a photo on Facebook that compared Abbas to a man who played the role of a French spy in a popular Syrian TV series.

A PA court in Bethlehem found the journalist guilty of publishing a photo “harming his excellency the president, disseminating lies, libel and slander and publishing material that spreads seeds of hatred.”

“We welcome this pardon but the fact remains that it depended on the president’s will,” Reporters Without Borders said, adding “A Palestinian citizen can still be jailed for insulting President Abbas. We call for reform of the law so that news providers and ordinary citizens can no longer be sentenced to imprisonment on charges of this kind.”

Hey, now there’s an idea!

I bet you’re curious what got the intrepid reporter thrown in the can, even if only hypothetically.

Are you sitting down?

See? One is a silly buffoon, a traitor, an object of scorn and ridicule. The other is an actor on Syrian TV.

I’m surprised he didn’t get the death penalty.

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