Israel’s Ambassador Dermer: It’s a Disgrace to Call Abbas a Peacemaker (VIDEO)
Israel’s ambassador to Washington, Ron Dermer, on Sunday launched an unprecedented attack on Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas, saying he “educates Palestinian children to hate Jews, and wants a Palestinian state free of Jews”, according to a transcript.
“The Palestinian President wrote a dissertation denying the Holocaust,” he said, and added that it is a “disgrace” that “anyone in the world embraces this man as a peacemaker,” said Dermer, speaking before some 5,000 participants at “A Night to Honor Israel,” held in Washington under the auspices of pro-Israel evangelist pastor, John Hagee.
The ambassador, referring to Abbas’ recent speech at the United Nations General Assembly, in which the Palestinian leader claimed that Israel is inflicting a “genocide” against Palestinians in Gaza, said, “…since 1967, the population of the Palestinians in Judea, Samaria and Gaza has increased fourfold to between 3 to 4 million people today. And yet President Abbas stands before the world at the United Nations and accuses Israel of genocide? What a disgrace! What an embarrassment that anyone in the world embraces this man as a peacemaker,” Dermer charged.
Standing before a largely evangelical Christian audience, Dermer spoke at length about the threat posed by radical Islam, and noted that “Sunni and Shiite extremists are slaughtering each other and even among themselves, which reminds us again that the greatest sufferers from radical Islam are Muslims themselves.”
But, Dermer added, “the dark clouds of Islam are threatening not only the Middle East. There are beheadings not only in Iraq but also in Oklahoma (a month ago, a Muslim employee who was fired from a food factory decapitated a co-worker). Brutal murders are done not only in Benghazi and in Sinai, but also in Ottawa and Fort Hood [TX].”
Dermer devoted a large part of his speech to the agreement emerging between Iran and western powers.
“It’s one thing when fanatics are armed with axes, but it’s quite another when they are armed with a nuclear bomb, and this danger is approaching as the world approaches the agreement with Iran. I do not know if there is an agreement, but Israel is very concerned,” he said.
“We’re concerned because a year ago some hoped that the tough sanctions regime on Iran would be dismantled only if Iran’s nuclear weapons program were dismantled. Today, the international community is prepared to make a deal that would suspend and ultimately lift the sanctions.
“But no one is talking about dismantling Iran’s nuclear weapons program anymore.
“You don’t have to be a nuclear expert to understand that reducing pressure on the world’s most dangerous regime and leaving it on the threshold of developing the world’s most dangerous weapons is not a good deal. The international community is prepared to leave Iran with thousands of centrifuges to enrich uranium – when Iran doesn’t even need a single centrifuge to have peaceful nuclear energy.
“We’re told not to worry, that UN inspectors will prevent Iran from breaking out or sneaking out to build the bomb. Well, I’m sure you all feel as safe as I do knowing that a few Inspector Clouseau’s at the UN is all that stands between fanatic Ayatollahs and nuclear bombs,” Dermer said.
Christian evangelicals believe in the validity of Biblical prophesies about Israel, and are considered the largest organized religious group in the United States. For the most part they support Israel religiously.
Dermer talked about the traditional Jewish belief of the biblical connection to the Land of Israel and said, “The establishment of the State of Israel gives meaning to history. The claim that Israel is the occupier is a false statement. When the nation of Israel is in the land of Israel it is in its home.”
“The battle for Jerusalem has begun,” Hagee, the founder and national chairman of Christians United For Israel (CUFI), told a worldwide audience on Oct. 14, according to Charisma News.
“Americans need to recognize the historical fact that the Palestinians have absolutely no historical claim to the land of Israel. There has never been, historically, an autonomous group of Palestinians who ever existed,” Hagee said at the event.
In August, during Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, Hagee led a group of 51 pastors – one from every state, and the District of Columbia – on a solidarity mission to the Jewish State.
Watch Hagee at a similar pro-Israel event in July:
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NOTE: This article has been updated to correct earlier misquotes of Ambassador Dermer’s speech.