Palestinians Plan Violence to Force U.S. to Extract Israeli Concessions

February 26, 2013 2:27 am 1 comment

Mahmoud Abbas and Barack Obama meet in the Oval Office. Photo: White House.

This article by Khaled Abu Toameh was originally published by the Gatestone Institute.

There are many signs that the Palestinian Authority (PA) is seeking to escalate tensions in the West Bank ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to the region next month.

Although the PA probably does not want an all-out confrontation between Palestinians and Israelis at this stage, some PA officials in Ramallah believe that a “mini-intifada” would serve the Palestinians’ interests, especially on the eve of Obama’s visit.

The officials hope that scenes of daily clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians in the West Bank will prompt Obama to exert pressure on the Israeli government to make far-reaching concessions to the PA.

This is why the PA leadership has been encouraging its constituents lately to wage a “popular intifada” against Israel, each time finding another excuse to initiate confrontations between Palestinians and Israel.

Now the PA is using the issue of Palestinian prisoners who are on hunger strike in Israeli prisons as an excuse to call for street protests and clashes with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

In recent days, dozens of Palestinian protesters have been injured in clashes with IDF soldiers in various parts of the West Bank. The protests are being held in solidarity with four hunger strikers.

Before that, the PA used the issue of settlements as a reason to call for widespread protests in the West Bank.

Before that, the PA leadership encouraged Palestinians to protest against Israeli “plans” to destroy the Aqsa Mosque and replace it with the Third Temple.

By encouraging a “popular intifada,” the PA leadership is hoping to bring the Palestinian issue back to the top of the agenda of the U.S. administration and Israel.

PA officials have in recent months expressed concern over the lack of interest in the Palestinian issue both in the U.S. and Israel.

The Palestinians have been absent from speeches delivered by Obama over the past few months, and the majority of parties that ran in the last Israeli elections did not even mention the Palestinian issue.

But now that all eyes are once again turned toward the Middle East in anticipation of Obama’s planned visit, the PA is working hard to draw the world’s attention to the Palestinian issue, and hoping to achieve its goal by encouraging clashes between Palestinian protesters and the IDF and Jewish settlers in the West Bank.

Although the violence has thus far remained on a low flame, it is expected to intensify as the date of Obama’s visit approaches.

The belief in the PA is that the violence on the ground will push Obama to exert pressure on the Israeli government to comply with the Palestinian conditions for resuming the peace process, namely a full cessation of settlement construction and the release of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails.

There is also talk in Ramallah about organizing demonstrations during Obama’s visit to the West Bank, where he is scheduled to meet with PA President Mahmoud Abbas. The demonstrations will be held to protest against U.S. “bias” in favor of Israel.

The PA leadership is hoping that the anti-U.S. protests will scare Obama and force him to exert even more pressure on Israel.

The PA’s message to Obama: You must act quickly against Israel before things get out of hand.

It now remains to be seen whether Obama is aware of this attempt to put pressure on him, or whether he will continue to turn a blind eye to the PA’s new-old tactic of initiating an escalation with the hope of extracting concessions from the U.S. and Israel.

This article by Khaled Abu Toameh was originally published by the Gatestone Institute.

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  • Lies, deceit, and obfuscation will not bring peace to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. An escalation in violence brought on by the Palestinians will incur neither rewards nor benefits. Violence does not reap any positive consequence; conversely, peace engenders openness to the needs and desires of others. Instead of making demands on Israel and the United States, the Palestinians would create a much better matrix for change with overtures for peaceful discussion without preconditions.

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