If this news somehow escaped you, you’re not alone:
Hamas was quick to condemn Sunday’s appointment of Rami Hamdallah as the Palestinian Authority’s new prime minister, saying the move was illegal and that the government in Ramallah “does not represent the Palestinian people.” The terror group which controls Gaza is correct in this statement, Middle East expert Dr. Guy Bechor told Arutz Sheva on Monday.
Bechor noted that Mahmoud Abbas’s term as PA Chairman ended years ago, but he continues in his role despite no one having given him the mandate to do so. The PA parliament which was elected for a four-year term in 2005 has yet to be dissolved, despite the fact that nearly two terms have already passed since its election, he added.
An illegitimate “president” appoints a less legitimate Prime Minister. Naturally the rival factions—not to mention the purported electorate—are unimpressed.
But you know who is impressed:
He added that politicians in Israel and the U.S. are aware of the fact that Abbas has no authority, but the Americans choose to ignore this and promote peace talks with Abbas. Israel, said Dr. Bechor, should make clear that it will not engage in any negotiations as long as there is no elected PA parliament and chairman with whom to negotiate.
He added that the U.S. is “obsessed” with the peace process and that Secretary of State John Kerry is working to get the two sides to talk while ignoring pressing issues such as the Syrian civil war or the Iranian nuclear threat.
Washington was quick to hail the nomination of Hamdallah, who has been described as “a moderate pragmatist.”
Kerry “obsessed”? You tell me:
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday issued a stark warning to Israel to resume long-stalled peace talks with the Palestinian Authority, saying that if efforts fail now they may never get another chance.
“We are running out of time. We’re running out of possibilities… If we do not succeed now, we may not get another chance,” Kerry told a forum held by the American Jewish Community, according to the AFP news agency.
“The absence of peace becomes perpetual conflict,” he stressed, urging the Jewish forum to reflect on what will happen if his peace bid does not work.
“We will find ourselves in a negative spiral of responses and counter-responses, that can literally slam the door on a two-state solution, having already agreed, I think, that there isn’t a one-state one,” Kerry said, according to AFP.
No, not “literally”, John: figuratively. There is no tangible door between the Israelis and the Arabs, though there is a wall, thank God. But it’s just that kind of wooly thinking for which Kerry is noted:
“And the insidious campaign to de-legitimize Israel will only gain steam,” he said…
Of course! The flood of antisemitism swamping the world today (figuratively speaking) is Israel’s fault. By refusing to lie down and bare its (figurative) throat to its (literal) sworn enemies, Israel only assures its guilty verdict in the (figurative) court of global opinion. To which Israel’s only answer can be: go [bleep] yourself—literally.