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Suicide Diplomacy

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Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority; Chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organization Executive Committee. Photo: World Economic Forum.

From the group that introduced the world to the suicide bomber now another innovation: The Suicide Diplomat.

At the United Nations café, Russia, the European Union, China, The United States, Canada, Israel and a few others are seated around a table. PA President Mahmoud Abbas has entered with explosives snugly wrapped around his waist and is about to pull the detonator cord.

Since the beginning of time, warfare has taken on many forms. Terrorist tactics have been deployed on every continent and against many great civilizations to achieve political or territorial goals, justified or not. The anomaly of the suicide bomber, however, is in his singular objective to destroy as an end in itself, not one born of a desire to create a better future; for him there is no tomorrow. As for the society that cultivates, equips, indoctrinates and facilitates his heinous crime, it clearly cares not for the well being of that individual, nor his family. What of heaven? Seventy virgins? Even to those of the Muslim faith there are less destructive paths to heaven. It can be achieved through a life of piety, submission, prayer and charity.

To paraphrase Golda Meir, the logic of the suicide bomber exists only in a society that hates its enemy more than it loves its own children. As has been evidenced time and again, the Palestinian Arab hatred of Israel and the Western culture that it represents far outweighs its desire to build for itself a peaceful and productive future. A study of elementary school textbooks in Gaza or the West Bank will affirm that as a curricular objective, there is no other matter that is so firmly implanted in the minds of young Palestinian Arabs than the hatred of Israel.

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The Palestinian Arab bid for Unilateral Declaration of Independence this week appears to be strongly influenced by the same principles of hate and destruction.

A Wall Street Journal editorial earlier this week questioned the logic of the UN efforts, even from a Palestinian Arab perspective asking, “A vote at the U.N. won’t create a Palestinian state and will likely retard the creation of one, perhaps for years. It won’t remove any Israeli settlements from the West Bank and might well give Jerusalem reason to accelerate the pace of construction. It could also lead Israel to take various punitive measures against the Palestinians, including freezing tax transfers worth about $100 million a month. The U.S. Congress might follow by cutting off the $600 million in annual aid to the Palestinians.”

This week Mahmoud Abbas acknowledged what he stood to destroy in the wake of these efforts, saying, “the Palestinian people and their leadership will pass through very difficult times after the Palestinian approach to the United Nations.” Saying further, “We decided to take this step and all hell has broken out against us.”

In seeking to understand the move, The Journal referenced an opinion piece that Abbas wrote in the New York Times in May, which said that “Palestine’s admission to the United Nations would pave the way for the internationalization of the conflict as a legal matter, not only as a political one. It would also pave the way for us to pursue claims against Israel at the United Nations, human rights treaty bodies and the International Criminal Court.””

As the Wall Street Journal concluded, “In other words, what Palestinians seek out of a U.N. vote isn’t an affirmation of their right to a state, but rather another tool in their perpetual campaign to harass, delegitimize and ultimately destroy Israel.”

Understand this: ‘peace’ is no goal of the Palestinians, only to hurt, maim, isolate and ultimately destroy the sovereign Jewish presence in the Mediterranean.

The Author is the director of the Algemeiner Journal and the GJCF and can be e-mailed at [email protected].

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