Abbas Shows True Colors in Merging With Hamas
On Wednesday, following the breakdown of “peace” negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas proudly announced that his Fatah faction had reconciled with its Palestinian rival, Hamas, the terrorist organization controlling the Gaza Strip.
As expected, there was weak, if any, international condemnation following Mr. Abbas’ decision to join forces with Hamas, a group which, in its charter, declares that, “The Day of Judgement will not come until Muslims fight the Jews, when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees.” The charter then goes on to say: “The stones and trees will say, ‘O Muslims, O Abdullah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.'”
After the Israeli government expressed outrage at the move, Abbas declared that his faction’s decision to cooperate with Hamas does not change the reality on the ground and, more importantly, that it does not negatively affect the prospects of ‘negotiations’ with Israel.
I have to admit that, for the first time, I believe Mahmoud Abbas. After all, negotiations have been used as nothing more than a ploy by the Palestinian Authority (PA) to build international condemnation against Israel. It seems as if every other day, the Obama Administration and the European Union take turns in chastising Israel and urging her to freeze settlement construction or to release Palestinian murderers from its jails as a means of building confidence with the PA. With Hamas in the picture, Mr. Abbas is right: none of that will change.
Following in the footsteps of his predecessor Yasser Arafat, Mahmoud Abbas has successfully convinced the world that he wants peace. But his actions, and, in many cases, inaction, clearly suggest otherwise. The author of a college thesis, “The Connection between the Nazis and the Leaders of the Zionist Movement,“ Abbas has done nothing to curb hatred and incitement within his own ranks, only adding to it at every turn.
Every few weeks, Mr. Abbas honors another suicide bomber in the streets of Ramallah, throwing parties and paying out millions of dollars to those who have dedicated their lives to murdering Israeli civilians.
As if this public exposure is not enough, Palestinian children are taught to hate simply by turning on their TV sets. On PA TV, children are watching shows called “Raids of the Prophet” and “Sights of Jerusalem.” The former teaches children, through the use of various cartoon characters, that Jews are conspiring with the Devil. The latter, which is produced by a EU funded NGO, compares religious Jews to crows, Israeli soldiers to rats, and portrays the common Israeli as a “foreigner.”
It goes on to teach that the city of Jerusalem should never accept any language other than Arabic, and any nationality other than Palestinian. Various other channels show children repeating the vitriol, calling Jews “barbaric monkeys” and “wretched pigs.” And then, people wonder why violence against Jews continues to rise.
Earlier this month, Baruch Mizrahi, an Israeli husband and father of five, was driving with his family to a Passover meal in the Israeli city of Hebron. A Palestinian terrorist opened fire and killed him while injuring his wife and children.
Meanwhile, the PA’s new ally, Hamas, has a TV show of their own, “Pioneers of Tomorrow,” which used to feature a Mickey Mouse-like character named Farfour who urged its young viewers to kill Jews. In the show’s final episode, Farfour is killed by Israelis and hailed as a martyr.
Despite these facts, somehow, the world continues to assert that Israeli actions are the barrier to ‘peace,’ not those of the Palestinians. While the International community continues to bask in a bubble of ignorance, the reality remains that the PA’s reconciliation efforts with Hamas will not change the willingness of Israel to create a lasting peace, nor will it minimize the eagerness of the Palestinians to incite hatred against Israeli civilians.
Until the day that the Palestinians teach their children that violence is reprehensible, there will be no peace, and that seems a long way away.
Isi Stein is a recent graduate of the University of Miami, where he earned a Bachelors of Business Administration. An active participant in campus life, Isi served as a student leader of Chabad UM, the Jewish home-away-from-home for students on campus. Follow him on Twitter @Isi_Stein.