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Abbas and Israel’s Murdered Teens: No Remorse in Sight

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sits with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas before they meet and celebrate iftar, the breaking of the daily fast during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, in Amman, Jordan, on July 16, 2013. Photo: U.S. Department of State.

The world’s praise for Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ opposition to the kidnapping of the Israeli teenagers has been as loud and frequent as the world’s condemnation of the kidnapping itself.

President Obama, in his statement following the discovery of the victims’ bodies, went out of his way to claim, not once, but twice, that Palestinian leaders were just as opposed to the kidnapping as Israel’s leaders.

Why this ludicrous insistence on portraying Abbas and the PA as Israel’s friend in the fight against terrorism?

Perhaps because it is a myth. And the way for a myth to gain acceptance is to repeat it so often that people get used to it and soon believe it to be true.

As news of the June 12 kidnapping spread, the Palestinian Authority responded not with condemnations of the deed but with praise. The PA’s official daily newspaper, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, published an editorial cartoon on June 15  that celebrated the kidnapping: it used the three hands in the logo of the World Cup soccer tournament to show three hands each holding the “trophy” of a kidnapped boy.

That same day, the official Facebook page of Fatah – the movement chaired by Abbas – depicted a large hand holding up the traditional “victory” sign – except with three fingers instead of the usual two. The caption:  “For your interpretation : ).”  That was a smiley-face symbol at the end. A photo on the Fatah web site showed a hand holding up three fingers, with the words “Three Shalits” written on them – a reference to the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit whom Hamas kidnapped in 2006.

Meanwhile, the official Facebook page of Abbas’ Palestinian National Security Forces displayed a cartoon showing three Israeli soldiers with gigantic noses slaughtering innocent Palestinians as they search for the kidnappers.

On June 16 – four days after the kidnappings – Abbas finally issued his first condemnation of the attack. But to call it a “condemnation” is overly generous. It was a statement by “the Palestinian President’s Office,” without mentioning Abbas by name. Instead of explicitly condemning the kidnapping, the statement said that “the Office condemned the chain of events that took place last week, from the kidnapping of the three Israeli youths to the series of consecutive Israeli violations – both concerning the prisoners’ hunger strike and the break-ins into the Palestinian homes, the attacks of the settlers and the occupation army, which led to the death of a young Palestinian as a Martyr, and the persecution of numerous innocent people.”

The statement was so weak that even American friends of the Palestinians refrained from claiming it was a “condemnation.” Behind the scenes, they undoubtedly urged Abbas to come up with something better. And so, on June 18 -fully six days after the kidnappings – Abbas finally issued a statement. That’s the statement that resulted in all the gushing praise from around the world.

Let’s took a careful look at what he said, and where he said it.

“Where” is important. If Abbas sincerely wanted to send a message to the Palestinian public that kidnapping is wrong and that they should help find the kidnappers, he could have delivered an address from PA headquarters in Ramallah and broadcast it live on official PA television and radio in prime time. Instead, he made his statement at a meeting of Arab foreign ministers in Saudi Arabia.

Incredibly, Abbas did not even use the word “condemn.” He said the kidnapped boys were “human beings,” as if that acknowledgement was some major concession. Most of his so-called condemnation consisted of accusing Israel of having “found a suitable opportunity to use violence against us, to destroy everything and wreak havoc and destruction throughout the land, especially in the Hebron area.”

Meanwhile, back home, the official PA media did not let up in its incitement. An editorial in the PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida on June 18 speculated that the kidnapping was a hoax – “an Israeli political trap meant to justify its punitive measures against the citizens.” Regular columnist Muwaffazq Matar wrote in the same edition that the kidnapping might be “a deliberate act on the part of Israel.”

In the next day’s edition, Bakr Abu Bakr called the kidnapping “a golden opportunity for the Israeli Khazar prime minister.” That was a reference to the old antisemitic theory that Israelis are not real Jews, but are descendants of a medieval central Asian tribe.

And so it went, day after day. PA Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki called the kidnapping “a childish game on Israel’s part.” (June 22) An op-ed in Al-Hayat Al-Jadiida called the victims “three settlers who were on land that did not belong to them.” (June 23) PA Television broadcast a declaration by the mother of one of the kidnap suspects that “if it is a true accusation, I will be proud of him until Judgement Day.” (June 29)

When the victims’ bodies were discovered on June 30, the official PA News Agency, WAFA, issued two reports: one in English, which called the boys “three allegedly abducted settlers” but did not condemn the murder; and one in Arabic, which said nothing about the victims and instead condemned Israel for its tactics in searching for them. Meanwhile, Fatah’s Facebook page posted photos of crying Israelis (but no condemnation) and called the teenage civilian victims “soldiers.” (All translations courtesy of Palestinian Media Watch.)

Those who want to protect Mahmoud Abbas’ image, in order to keep promoting the goal of Palestinian statehood, will no doubt continue to claim that he condemned and opposed the kidnapping. But his actual words, and the words of his official media, say otherwise.

The authors are members of the board of the Religious Zionists of America.

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  • Yoel Nitzarim

    This Obama administration is a scoundrel and a threat to the Free World! Deceit, odium, anti-Semitism, and anti-Zionism hold hands in the face of honesty, respect, and acceptance of all decent human beings irrespective of their religious affiliations or ethnic origins. The Obama administration is a FAILURE on every account! On this July 4, I am ashamed to be represented by such utter abysmal miscreants in the White House, and I make no bones about it!

  • judorebbe

    The bastard got his PhD for a thesis denying the Holocaust . So, he’s going to feel remorse when Jewish kids are murdered by jihadis?

  • Lauren Goldman

    America is funding the terrorist Unity Government, and the U.N. has given it official recognition. Hamas needs to somehow be made to state that it is at war with Israel, then Israel can respond accordingly. The longer this is delayed, the terrorists will just keep getting stronger, and there will be an increasing ISIS presence. The public relations program the ‘palestinians’ have been using for years has paid off. No matter what they do, any response by Israel is viewed by the world as unreasonable force, and brutalizing the poor ‘peaceful palestinians.’ There doesn’t to be any solution that is acceptable, but the situation is reaching critical mass.

  • Have you lived in Israel? Do you have a son or daughter or any other close relative in Israel?
    I supervised the building of a 5 star hotel in Jerusalem right across from the old city, I walked the old city streets daily. I traveled all over Israel, including Jordan. I travel to Israel often. I worked with both Arabs and Jews. You have to live there or be there for an extended amount of time, before you make statements that are uninformed and biased. There are some nice hard working Arabs, but unfortunately the extremists overshadow any good. They milk, defraud, intimidate and brainwash the Arab-Palestinian population to no end. Sadly even young children are programed to hate. (Look at other Arab-Moslem countries, it is no different).
    After a century of educating and promoting hate and destruction, the Arabs would have to go through some kind of deprogramming and therapy to undue the hate mentality. I would like to see that happen, but talk is cheap, let us see actions that match the worlds and a substantial amount of time to prove that they have changed and can co-exist with the Jewish and Christian population.
    If you get rid of the extremists you would have a very good standard of living for all and a flourishing economy for both Jews and Arabs that the world would envy.
    YJ Draiman

  • The Palestinian Arabs are the occupiers of Jewish land by YJ Draiman
    The Palestinian Arabs are the occupiers of Jewish land. Tell the world at large that they are delusional in thinking that Arabs belong in Israel. There are 21 Arab countries where the Arab Palestinians came from originally – There will never be an Arab/Palestinian State together or adjacent to Eretz Israel. There has never been such a nation as the Palestinian/Arab People. The Arab/Moslem Koran specifically states in The Qur’an 17:104 – states the land belongs to the Jewish people If the historic documents, comments written by eyewitnesses and declarations by the most authoritative Arab scholars are still not enough, let us quote the most important source for Muslim Arabs: “And thereafter we [Allah] said to the Children of Israel: ‘Dwell securely in the Promised Land. And when the last warning will come to pass, we will gather you together in a mingled crowd’.”. Any sincere Muslim must recognize the Land they call “Palestine” as the Jewish Homeland, according to the book considered by Muslims to be the most sacred word and Allah’s ultimate revelation. Any building of housing in The Greater Israel is the right and duty of the Israeli government. There is no such a thing as occupied territory. It is the land of Israel for over 4,000 years. A continuous habitation by Jews, Sequence of historical events, agreements and a non-broken series of treaties and resolutions, as laid out by the San Remo Resolution, the League of Nations and the United Nations, gives the Jewish People title to the city of Jerusalem and the rest of Greater Israel. Let the Arab nation take the Palestinian Arabs and settle them in the Million plus Jewish home that they evicted from their countries and allow the Jewish nation to live in peace.
    A true peace in the Middle East will be an economic phenomenon that the world has never seen. But this can only be accomplished when there is a real peace. The Arabs must stop preaching and teaching hate. Any liberal Israeli that is delusional about Arab intention and wants to give any land in Israel to the Arabs should leave Israel; he does not belong in Israel.
    YJ Draiman

  • Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu do you have what it takes to destroy Hamas and put an end to Arab missiles and violence, or do you care too much about your political future than the future of Israel and its people.
    Talk is cheap, let us see some major all out action that wipes Hamas out and restore safety and confidence in the Israeli population. Enough is enough – Never again.
    YJ Draiman

  • Arab constant dissemination of lies and false history is ingrained in their culture.
    It is the naivety of some Israelis and the world at large that the Arabs can be trusted. If anything the past history has proven is that the Arabs cannot be trusted at all.
    Judea and Samaria is Jewish Land under international law.
    The Arab mentality and practice is to fabricate reality, to their own people and to the world at large, they have done that for centuries. Obfuscation, rewriting history and factual realities is their mantra.

    Stop living in fantasy, the Arabs do not want peace, they want to destroy Israel – it is time to face reality.
    “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

    YJ Draiman.

  • The butchering of the 3 Israeli teens by Arab terrorists is no different than the indiscriminate killing of Jews by the Germans in World War 2.

    The daily missiles from Gaza emulate the V2 rockets shot at the English people in World War 2 that killed civilians indiscriminately.

    When is Israel and the rest of the world take the threat and violence of terrorism with utmost response and protect their citizens.
    YJ Draiman.

  • I hear the excuse that if Israel responds harshly to terror, it will escalate to a war between the Arabs and the Jews. This is a fantasy of the left and the ultra liberals – Let them go and live with the Arabs and see how they like it.
    Indiscriminate murder and mayhem by the terrorists – The only remedy is the harshest military action to wipe out the terrorists. This is the only language the terrorists understand, any limited response is counterproductive and will only cause more terror and missiles. The Arabs teach their children hate and destruction, with that mentality there is no chance for peace.
    Israel must protect its citizens at all costs and tell the U.S. to concentrate on their own problem at home. The current leaders in the United States are bankrupting the country.
    Israel has a vibrant economy. If Israel does not curtail and diminish the terrorists attacks it will affect the economy.
    YJ Draiman.

  • 1.”The best of snakes ought to have its head crushed”

    Abbas is a terrorist.
    Can a leopard take away its spots? Neither can you start doing good, for you have always done evil.
    This applies to Hamas, Fatah and all current terrorist organizations.
    All they know is terror, abuse, blowing themselves-up in a crowded area, hijacking planes, kidnapping and anything evil.
    They would have to prove themselves first, before I would believe it.

    It is a known fact that if there was a true and lasting peace in Israel and its Arab neighbors.
    There would be one of the most successful economic boom the world has ever seen, This would benefit both sides.
    All you have to do is utilize Israeli technology and know-how, combine it with Arab natural resources and labor, and you have the most robust economy in the world and a high standard of living.

    YJ Draiman.

  • Let’s not concern ourselves with what the so called World leaders or press have to say about anything in regard to Israel or the Jews. Remember these are the same countries that handed over their Jewish citizens to the Nazi’s very well knowing they would be butchered. In several cases they abetted in the slaughter. The main concern for these leaders is OIL. Israel has to do whatever it takes to survive and not worry about an anti-semitic world.