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May 5, 2014 11:54 am

U.S. Philanthropist Offers Israeli Minister $200,000 to Find Change in Palestinian Charter

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Finance Minister Yair Lapid, leader of the Yesh Atid party. Photo: Yesh Atid.

Finance Minister Yair Lapid, leader of the Yesh Atid party. Photo: Yesh Atid.

Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid on Monday was offered a $200,000 donation if he could back up a statement he made to The Wall Street Journal that the Palestinian National Council has officially renounced terrorism.

William Langfan, a Jewish American philanthropist, said the PNC’s charter, created in 1968, has, in fact, never been changed, still calling for the destruction of Israel, even though that was agreed to be removed in 1998, “pursuant to Arafat’s January 1998 letter to President Clinton.”

In a letter to the editor, seen by The Algemeiner, Langfan, a New York property investor now retired in Palm Beach, Florida, wrote:

“Nicholas Casey in his recent Wall Street Journal article ‘Palestinian Unity’ stated that some Israeli government officials say that negotiations with Hamas could one day become possible if it recognizes Israel.”

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“He then quotes Yair Lapid, ‘It’s not like it didn’t happen before.’ ‘The PLO used to be a terror organization.’ I respectfully suggest that Lapid read Article 33 of the PLO 1968 Charter and ask himself where and when the Palestinian National Council (PNC) voted to modify or annul one article of their Charter.”

“The Charter unequivocally states that the establishment of Israel is illegal and void and that they would use armed resistance until Palestine was liberated.  Charter Article 33 clearly states that no change in the Charter can occur unless 2/3 of the PNC members vote for a change.”

“I hereby offer Lapid $200,000 if he can come forward with a voted PNC resolution specifying the Articles of the Charter which have been changed or annulled pursuant to Arafat’s January 1998 letter to President Clinton.”

Rather than see the question as mincing words, Langfan’s letter spoke to the underlying environment of incitement to hatred that pervades Palestinian society:

“I also suggest that Lapid read a few days of Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) and Middle East Research Institute (MEMRI) documented translations of the Palestinian Authority (PA) controlled TV programs, newspapers, and PA leaders’ utterances,” he wrote.

Langfan concluded: “The failure to change one word of the PLO Charter and the Fatah Constitution, the daily PA controlled media, the PA instituted second Intifada (after Oslo) which caused more Israeli civilian deaths than in any previous years, and many other facts too numerous to mention, rebut Lapid’s statement that the PLO is no longer a terrorist organization.”

Langfan’s son is Mark Langfan, the New York-based chairman of AFSI, Americans for a Safe Israel, and an independent policy analyst who focuses on cartography and the geography of the Middle East.

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  • HH

    Kudos to the Langfans, William and Mark.

    Short story here is the quislings want to think Abbas is a nice guy so they can assuage their guilt and give him what he wants. The problem is that – mark – my – words – even with ‘soverignty’ the PA will find another excuse to attack Israel, which would be left without Jerusalem, maybe just a tiny enclave of Tel Aviv, but that wont be enough bc Arabs get hotter when they think they’re winning.

    Jews would be dead there in a generation – that’s what this is about, and why we hold firm.

  • MARCO SPORTICH

    SINCERELY I HATE PEOPLE LEFTISTS LIKE THIS YAIR LAPID OR TSIPPI LIVNI OR MAARAKH PARTY WUD LIKE IN THEIR PLATEFORME A CREATION OF FATAH STATE ON JEWISH LANDS OF JUDEA SAMARIA AND I SAID THAN THIS LEFTISTS AND YAIR LAPID ARE BLINDS FOR NOT SEEING THAN PALESTINIAN ARE EDUCATED THEIR SCHOOLS PROGRAMS AGAINST JEWISH PRESENCE AND WANTED PULL OUT ALL JEWISH IN THE SEA ..FOR ME ..FATAH…HAMAS ..DJIHAD ISLAMIC ETC ARE ALL TO ERASED FROM THE EARTH AND PERSONNALLY I AM FOR INTENSIVELY MAKING A HAWKISH POLICYS AGAINST THIS PALESTINIAN AUTORITY ..HERITAGE OF BOGED GADOL ..SHIMON PERES ..MUST BE JUDGED FOR BETRAYAL FOR HAVING SELL OUT ERETZ ISRAEL TO FATAH TERRORISTS IN OSLO AND MEANTIME I DONT UNDERSTAND THAN LIKUD PARTY WITH HIS LEADERS ..BENYAMIN NETANYAHOU OU ARIK SHARON HAVE MAKING A POLICY CLOSE TO LEFTISTS ISRAELI POLICYS ..AS SURRENDING HERITAGE OF ISRAEL TO PALESTINIAN FATAH §
    FOR ME ISRAEL MUST HAVE A POLICYS AGAINST THIS PALESTINIAN AND INFORM THE WORLD ..USA AND EUROPA GIVING BIG AIDS FINANCIALS TO PALESTINIANS LEADERS CORRUPTED THAN NEVER HAS HELPED THEIR POPULATION §§ ISRAEL MUST CANCELED OSLO ACCORDS AND REOCCUPATED AREA A AND B TRANSMIT TO FATAH IN SEPT 1993 WAS A BIG ERROR AND I DONT UNDERSTAND WHY LIKUD LEADERS HAS CONTINUED OSLO INSTEAD TO AMENDED OR ERASED THIS BLADDY TRAITORS OSLO ACCORDS ..BECAUSE THIS OSLO BRINGING THAN MURDERS AGAUINST JEWISH ISRAELI POPULATION AND HAVE PUSHING ARABIC ISRAELIS TO BECOMES MORE DANGEROUS AND TERRORISTS FORWARDED ISRAELIS JEWISH CITIZENS ..LIKE ASSASINATION OF THIS SHELLY DADDOUN EXIT RECENTLY FROM TSAHAL AND HAS BEEN MURDERERS BY ARABICS EXTREMIST ISRAELIS THAN ISRAELIS POLICE DONT MAKE NOTHING FOR CATCHING THEM §§§
    I HAVE FED UP THAN USA BE INVOLVED IN THESE NEGOCIATIONS WITH A SIDE PARTISAN FOR PALESTINIANS AND I DONT UNDERSTAND HOW A SON OF JEWISH RESCAPED OF SHOAH AS MARTIN INDYK ..BEING IN CHARGE OF NEGOCIATION FOR WILLING PUSHING ISRAEL TO NEGOCIATE DANGEROUSLY A FATAH STATE TERRORIST IN JEWISH LANDS OF JUDEA SAMARIA …SHAME TO THIS MARTIN INDYK ..AND I DONT UNDERSTAND HOW A SON AMERICAN EX AUSTRALIAN HAS BEEN PARTISAN FOR FATAH STATE AND I WUD LIKE TELLS HIM …IF USA LOVES TOO MUCH THIS WRONG PALESTINIAN INVENTED PEOPLE I SUGGEST TO OBAMA AND JOHN KERRY TO TAKE THEM ALL TO MOVES TO USA …§

    USA GOVERNEMENT FORGET THAN USA BEFORE BECOMES USA BEING A ENGLISH SETTLEMENT IN NEW INDIANS LANDS OF AMERICA AFTER THAN CRISTOF COLON DISCOVERS AMERICA ..THAT IS A BIG DIFFERENCE .. THEN I WANT SAIDF TO USA PEOPLE THAN USA WAS A COLONY OF SETTLERS IN 1670/1700 ..THEN THAN ERETZ ISRAEL WAS ALLWAYS GIVING BY ELOHIM TO JEWISH PEOPLE SINCE 5774 YEARS AGO §§
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY ERETZ ISRAEL AND AM ISRAEL CHAI …

  • tuvya

    People like Lapid are the reason that the Kerry’s of this world are inflated and so attack and damage Israel
    This idiot should confine himself to a small room where he can digest his views all to himself

  • Zionism is based on the principle that all men want to have fun…. and Jews are no different. Hertzel saw that even the fun loving French wouldn’t let the Jews do it so he invented Zionism, then everyone saw even the cultured, ethical Germans wouldn’t let the Jews do it so Israel got populated.
    Their only enemy now was HaShem and His Torah (despite what Rabbi Kook said: he didn’t ignore the entire Torah… only what the Rambam writes about Moshiach).
    So to show the Zionists how wrong their foundation is HaShem sent them an entire nation who invented a religion BASED on not fun but …. WAR and death. People that actually ENJOY blowing themselves up!!!
    But the Zionists (a la Lapid and Peres etc.) can’t believe it! They still actually think everyone are fun loving fools like themselves!! Hence the peace plans and peace agreements and peace concessions….
    And they call it independence!!!

  • Let me put it in the right words so you can understand it:
    The so called palestineans (a self taxonomized group of humans that will snugly fit in to the RICO statue’s definition of “criminal enterprise”) want you me and every other jew DEAD.

    • maria

      You are right. All the mohammedan terrorists has a goal to annihiliate all the Jews. According to koran(which is a Twin brother book of Hitler´s mein kampf) are at 2/3rds of all surahs antisemitic and racist.
      Besides, there are no palestinians,it was first the nazi amin al hussaini who started to use this lie and then Arafat in 1965 started to use it.
      And remember there are no “moderate2 muslims

  • JOHN TRAIN

    Too many of these fictions originate Jewish sources.

    For example Rabbi John Rosove, and Dr. Michael Berenbaum. in blogs published in the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, accept the new Abbas on the basis of his recently published Holocaust remarks. A high level IDF/intelligence official recently talked about the newly restrained Hamas.

    Obviously, Iran is being given a huge white wash by the Obama administration and by J Street. John Kerry”s staff outburst would have been impossible if it had not been supported by American and Israeli left-wing Jews.

    I suggest that American Jews should be immersed in the details of Israel’s heroic defense. For example, “From the ashes of theEtzion Bloc” by Nadav Shragai. I find it regrettable and appalling that even leading Jewish intellectuals like Rabbi Rosove and Michael Berenbaum while paying lip service to the blood and sacrifice of Israelis in the establishment of the state of Israel are so willing to risk its survival on the basis of their personal political (they claim moral) predilections.

    • rachel robinson

      just recently Abbas said he will resign and leave Israel to be responsible for all those Arabs in the west bank. and he will join all those foreign organizations that he could join them in judging Israel as a human rights violator in the international court, and thus destroy israel. is this a change you want? he is doing all kinds of crooked things to undermine Israel in every way he can and it is called a Change!! he is evil and is doing all he can to destroy Israel, and those in Israel are too stupid to realize what is happening.

  • Les Lieberman

    Words are cheap and drift lightly on the wind. What are their feet doing?

  • Efram

    Thank you Mr. Langfan for making this offer and bringing these facts to the attention of the Israeli government. My only hope is that, somehow, this information could be more widely circulated.

  • Emmett

    Lapid knows that very well. He just chooses to support terrorists because he hates Jews.

  • Dov

    Kudos to William Langfan. Its about time someone comes out in the open and makes Lapid eat the words he said. There is the old saying, lie once and people will not believe you, lie twice and some will believe but lie three times and they all will believe. Lapid is from the caliber of lying again and again till he thinks everyone believes him. Mr Langfan deserves credit for putting the truth into Lapids face.

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    • Judah

      Israel needs you more than it needs Longhorn cattle. If you care so much about Israel, why are you in California?

  • How do we allow this? How does anyone allow this? I know it is wrong, why don’t you know it is wrong?

  • Avrumeleh

    Why is it that there are so many Jews that keep on giving the Palestinians the “benefit of the doubt”…even when there is no doubt? It’s baffling to see so many Jews out there still believing that they can expect some Palestinian leader to depart from the only reason why there is even a Palestinian identity…the destruction of Israel and hatred of Jews wherever they are. I don’t have $200,000 to offer anyone, but I can give this advice: You’ll never lose money betting on Palestinian leadership’s refusal to give up the dream that some day they will destroy the Jewish State, and Jews “will all go back to Europe, where they came from.”

    • rachel robinson

      because they are on the ledt, and that makes them idiots!! Lapid is nothing but a subversive who is doing what he can to destroy and degrade Israel, together with Tzipi Livni, the other traitor idiot.

  • Rick K

    There is nothing more convincing than to back up your words with money. Mr. Langfan correctly states that the PLO is still a terrorist organization and Finance Minister Yair Lapid made comments that cannot be substantiated. That is irresponsible and Mr. Langfan is holding his feet to the fire.

    Just because the PLO has recently not engaged in an actual terror attack does not mean that now they are Mr. nice guys. Maybe the IDF is doing a better job of preventing such acts.

  • Michael Chenkin

    William Langfan’s points are relevant not only for the issue of the PLO remaining a terrorist organization committed to Israel’s destruction, but also to Iran, where we see the same dynamic taking place – Western politicians flaunt as major accomplishments PLO or Iranian “concessions” when in reality the PLO or Iran (seeking nuclear weapons) concede nothing of substance or importance.

    • Fleur

      Yes let’s look at the real issues and facts on the ground. Too much wishful thinking by politicians and joutrnalists has caused too many catstrophes!!!

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