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Why is This Man Smiling?

A massacre of Jews, and he’s not (directly) to blame? What’s not to smile about?


His Excellency, François Hollande

Dear Mr. President,

First, I wish to express my deep condolences over the killing of innocent citizens in the recent terror attacks in Paris.

Second, I want to apologize to Your Excellency for not revealing my true identity. After you read my letter, you will realize why people like me are afraid to reveal their real identity.

I decided to write to you this letter after hearing my president, Mahmoud Abbas, declare that you had invited him to attend the anti-terror rally in Paris earlier this week.

Like many Palestinians, I see President Abbas’s participation in a rally against terrorism and assaults on freedom of speech as an act of hypocrisy — a condition that is not alien to Palestinian Authority leaders.

In fact, many Palestinians nearly fell off their chairs upon seeing their president march in the front row of a rally in your capital, in protest against terrorism and assaults on freedom of the media.

President Abbas’s participation in the rally is an insult to the victims of the terror attacks. It is also an insult to Western values, including freedom of expression and democracy.

Your Excellency, myself and other journalists living under the rule of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank were the first to be offended by the invitation you extended to President Abbas to attend the anti-terror rally.

Undoubtedly, you are unaware of the fact that Abbas is personally responsible for punishing Palestinian journalists who dare to criticize him or express their views in public. Of course, Your Excellency, we cannot blame you for being unaware of this assault on public freedoms because the mainstream media, including French newspapers and magazines, deliberately turn a blind eye to these practices. Every day we see that the Western media does not care about such violations unless they are committed by Israel.

That is why, Your Excellency, you are probably unaware of the cases of several Palestinian journalists who have been arrested and intimidated by President Abbas’s security forces over the past few years. Yes, this is the same Abbas who came to Paris to express his condolences over the brutal killing of the Charlie Hebdo journalists.

The most recent example of Abbas’s crackdown on Palestinian journalists occurred shortly before Your Excellency phoned President Abbas to invite him to Paris. The case involves my female colleague, Majdolin Hassouneh, who was detained for “extending her tongue,” or insulting, President Abbas.

And, Your Excellency, if you want further evidence of President Abbas’s clampdown on political satire, you can ask Palestinian comedians Abdel Rahman Daher and Mahmoud Rizek. The two men are currently in Jordan because they are afraid to return to the West Bank. No, Your Excellency, they are not afraid to return home because of Israel. They are afraid of being arrested by President Abbas’s security forces, which accuse the two men of insulting their leader.

President Abbas, Your Excellency, should be the last person to walk in a march honoring journalists who were massacred because of their satirical work. His participation in the Paris rally is not only in an insult to the memory of the slain journalists, but to all those who believe in freedom of expression and media.

I also want to bring to the attention of Your Excellency that while President Mahmoud Abbas was attending the rally in Paris, a human rights group published a report accusing the Palestinian Authority of “waging war” against university students in the West Bank. According to the report, 24 students have been arrested in recent weeks by Abbas’s security forces for “political reasons.”

Again, I’m sure Your Excellency did not hear about the crackdown on university campuses because Western media outlets and foreign journalists based here do not report about such stories. You read and hear about such incidents only when the Israeli army or police are involved.

I do not want to take much of your time, Your Excellency, by telling you about President Abbas’s double standards and hypocrisy on the subject of terrorism. You can learn a lot about this by going on the Internet and seeing, with your own eyes, how our president often condones and glorifies terrorism and terrorists.

You will even discover that our president, who will soon celebrate his 80th birthday, is prepared to stay awake all night to welcome Palestinians released from Israeli prison for murdering Jews and committing terror attacks no less serious than the ones your country experienced last week.

You will also discover, Your Excellency, that our president also rewards terrorists by granting them monthly salaries and other privileges.

What would be your reaction, Your Excellency, if someone decided to reward financially the families of the terrorists who massacred the innocent civilians in Paris?

Your Excellency, perhaps it is now too late to talk about the decision to invite President Abbas to the anti-terror rally. The damage has already been done, as far as I and many Palestinians are concerned. The way we see it is as follows: President Abbas has once again managed to deceive you and the rest of the international community by placing himself on the side of the good guys in their fight against terrorism and extremism. Even worse, President Abbas has managed to create the false impression that he cares about freedom of speech and independent journalism.

Undoubtedly, now Palestinians like me will now pay a heavier price because President Abbas has been emboldened by his participation in the Paris rally. President Abbas will now step up his assaults on public freedoms because he knows that the international community will only see photos of him marching together with Your Excellency and other world leaders in defense of freedom of expression.

By extending the invitation to President Abbas, you have caused damage to Palestinians like me who have been hoping that someone — maybe even a leader like you — would finally expose the dictatorship of the Palestinian Authority for what it is. President Abbas’s participation in the Paris rally is a severe blow to people like me who are genuinely opposed to terrorism and suppression of free speech.

Your Excellency, now that the damage has already been done, all that is left for people like me is to beg you to take all what I have said into account in your future dealings with President Abbas. Please do not hesitate to raise these issues with President Abbas the next time he requests your support for the creation of an independent Palestinian state. Otherwise, France will be helping to establish another corrupt and repressive Arab dictatorship — one that glorifies and rewards terrorists no different from those who carried out the Paris attacks.

Finally, Your Excellency, I hope that by now you understand the reason why I am too scared to reveal my identity.


A Palestinian Journalist with No Name or Voice

I wanted to cut more, but I couldn’t.

Aussie Dave at has the best response.


Lame And Lamer

But which is which?

For the first time since the beginning of the current wave of terrorist attacks in Jerusalem, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday issued a condemnation of the latest such act.

Abbas was forced to condemn the Har Nof synagogue attack after facing pressure from US Secretary of State John Kerry, who had phoned the PA president twice over the past few days to demand that the Palestinians stop anti-Israel incitement. On Tuesday, Kerry issued a call to the PA leadership to condemn the Har Nof attack.

Kerry’s pressure prompted Abbas to issue two condemnations of the incident. The first came in the form of a terse statement published by official PA news agency Wafa, in which the Palestinian leadership condemned the “killing of worshipers in a synagogue and all acts of violence regardless of their source.”

The statement also called for an end to “incursions and provocations by settlers against the Aksa Mosque.”

Later, Abbas’s office issued a second statement, which again condemned the Har Nof attack and “assaults on the Noble Sanctuary [Temple Mount].”

News Flash: Jews will continue to go to the Kotel and Jerusalem – all of it – is the capital of Israel. But, leaving that aside, who’s more of a dolt, John Kerry or Abu Mazen?

– Aggie


We Get Results

Sound like anyone you know?

In response to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ threat to unilaterally seek UN Security Council approval for statehood, Likud MK Danny Danon urged the government to annex the Jewish settlements of Judea and Samaria.

“A unilateral step should be met with a unilateral step,” Danon said. “Every unilateral declaration by Abu Mazen needs to be answered by the application of sovereignty over the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.”

Okay, it sounds like Moshe Feiglin. And Naftali Bennett. And Caroline Glick. And more than a few others. But it also sounds like us because we print their opinions all the time. Build, baby, build, and annex, baby, annex.


WHAT?!? Another Unlawful Seizure of Sovereign Land?

Has Israel no shame?

What? Oh. Never mind:

Two thousand, five hundred (2,500) new housing units were slated for building in Jerusalem on Wednesday, [following] the cancellation of thousands of building tenders just two days ago.

The international community remained silent at this announcement, however, as Wednesday’s building tenders were for Arab – not Jewish – neighborhoods in Jerusalem.

Hey, Arabs gotta live somewhere.

Speaking of which:

Speaking to a gathering of his Fatah party in Ramallah Sunday, Abbas said that an unnamed senior Egyptian official recently approached him and suggested settling Palestinians in an area 1,600 square kilometers (618 square miles) large adjacent to Gaza, reviving an idea originally proposed by former Israeli national security adviser Giora Eiland.

“They [the Egyptians] are prepared to receive all the refugees, [saying] ‘let’s end the refugee story’,” Abbas was quoted by Ma’an news agency as saying.

It would end the refugee story: such a transfer would increase the area of Gaza five and-a-half times! Forty acres and a mule, baby! Peace breaks out across region.

The Palestinian leader noted that the idea was first proposed to the Egyptian government in 1956, but was furiously rejected by Palestinian leaders such as PLO militant Muhammad Youssef Al-Najjar and poet Muin Bseiso who “understood the danger of this.”

“Now this is being proposed once again. A senior leader in Egypt said: ‘a refuge must be found for the Palestinians and we have all this open land.’ This was said to me personally. But it’s illogical for the problem to be solved at Egypt’s expense. We won’t have it,” Abbas said.

A state to call your own. Right of return to anyone you want. Peace with Israel. Acceptance by, and the protection of, Egypt.

We won’t have it.

I couldn’t have said it better myself. Never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity, Arab occupiers.


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.


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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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.


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.


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!


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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