A week ago, Israel’s much vaunted “moderate” and erstwhile “peace partner,” Mahmoud Abbas, gave a very important speech via video link.
He was addressing the adoring masses in Gaza who had gathered to celebrate the first terror attack against Israelis carried out be Fatah, otherwise known as the Palestine Liberation Organization. The venue is significant because Gaza is ruled by Hamas, which is dedicated to the murder of Jews and the elimination of the Jewish State. The so called “moderate” Fatah, the ruling party of the Palestinian Authority, currently masquerading as the fictitious State of Palestine, plans to unite with Hamas, at which time the United Nations will no doubt declare that this new unified group is a peace partner and one to which Israel must talk and make suitable gestures.
What did Abbas include in his message of solidarity that deserves media attention? As reported, he spoke glowingly of the legacy of the infamous Mufti of Jerusalem who, during the 1930’s instigated pogroms against the Jews of Palestine, and who during his residence in Nazi Germany actively plotted a “Final Solution” to be carried out in the Middle East once his German friends had conquered the Allied armies. The “moderate” Abbas praised the Mufti as a great man whose ways should be emulated by all Palestinian Arabs. This amazing piece of advice which was part of a tribute to Fatah seems to have received little media attention. Apart from The Israel Resource News Agency and The Algemeiner which picked it up, this paean of praise for an unrepentant Nazi supporter has been ignored by not only the media but also by Israeli and Jewish leaders.
The Israel Resource News Agency has asked President Shimon Peres for a comment. In light of the fact that Mr. Peres is on record as stating that Abbas is a genuine partner for peace, one would have expected a response which expressed horror and revulsion. Instead a cone of silence has descended over the Presidential residence and nary has a peep been heard. Likewise, there have been no expressions of outrage from any other Israeli leader or politician of note. The Minister for Strategic Affairs thanked the News Agency for the information, and so far that is all. Where is the outrage? Does this not call for a serious challenging of the international community’s embrace of the leader of the Palestinian Authority?
Is the media silent because they wish to sweep inconvenient facts under the carpet lest they disturb the prevailing narrative which has been successfully peddled by those who see Israel guilty of all crimes and the Palestinian Arabs as angelic harbingers of peace? The delusional mirage of a moderate Palestinian Arab leadership promoted by Mr. Peres and fellow dreamers of a new Middle East is surely shattered by this praise of the Mufti, a symbol of unending hate towards Jews and the Jewish State.
As long as there are politicians taking their lead from Mr. Peres there will always be a willing media ready to bury the inconvenient facts of continued incitement against Jews by the UN approved moderate Mr. Abbas and his friends. It is up to all those who are disgusted with the lack of widespread outrage to make their voices heard, in the media and by challenging Jewish leaders to speak out.
The video of Abbas’s comments can be viewed below.