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December 14, 2014 12:29 pm

Pathological Findings

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U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

On Tuesday evening, U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro delivered the keynote address at a conference on “America’s Standing in the World” held at Bar-Ilan University’s Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies. In his speech, Shapiro warned Israelis not to assume that the results of last month’s midterm elections have made his bosses in Washington powerless in pressing for Palestinian statehood.

“Here is a caution, lest anyone jump to conclusions,” he said. “Divided government, in which one party controls Congress and the other the Executive Branch, does not necessarily mean foreign policy gridlock.”

On the contrary, he added, “Presidents often surge and engage even more intensively in national security affairs in their final years in office.”

Don’t worry, Mr. Ambassador. Israel is under no illusions on that score. Obsessions die hard, after all. And an American administration that is enabling Iran to laugh its way to nuclear armament (among other international catastrophes) has but one piece of low-hanging fruit to pick — and pick on — before going down in history as the disaster it has been all along.

Nothing new there.

Nor was it a surprise that the State Department rushed to dispel rumors, based on a Haaretz report earlier this month, that the U.S. was about to threaten Israel with sanctions over settlement construction. Though neither the Obama administration nor the extreme left-wing Israeli newspaper is trustworthy, in this case, the latter sounded plausible — which goes to show how much faith Israel has lost in its strongest ally.

It is in this context that two recent events must be taken. One is the fall of the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on December 2, paving the way for new elections in March. The other is the death of senior Palestinian Authority official Ziad Abu Ein on Wednesday.

Netanyahu’s coalition collapsed as a result of internal battles regarding the so-called “peace process” — a euphemism for an Israeli withdrawal to the 1967 borders. To put it simplistically, the key divide that separates the two main parliamentary blocs concerns the issue of whether the onus for a peaceful two-state solution rests on Israel. Those who believe it does understand American pressure. Those who pay attention to Palestinian words and deeds — which jibe with global jihad — view the Jewish state as under assault.

The story of Abu Ein illustrates all of the above.

During an altercation between Palestinian protesters and Israeli border police near at a closed military zone in Samaria, Abu Ein — who heads the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s “Commission against the Separation Wall and Settlements” — collapsed and subsequently died.

A video of the incident shows Abu Ein screaming hysterically at Israeli forces attempting to put a stop to the protest. One border policeman is seen shoving Abu Ein and grabbing him by the neck. An Israeli officer intervenes, ordering his men not to lay a hand on anyone, particularly not Abu Ein, whom he refers to as a “minister.”

Gasping, Abu Ein faints and a female Israeli paramedic begins to treat him. However, as was reported from the scene by Sky News Middle East correspondent Tom Rayner, she was prevented from delivering first aid by Palestinians, who whisked him into a car to take him to the hospital.

Israel’s response was swift. The border policeman who grabbed Abu Ein was suspended pending further investigation. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon expressed “sorrow over [Abu Ein’s] death,” and a wish for continued “coordination with the PA.”

Netanyahu sent a message to the PA about the need to “calm the situation and act responsibly.”

In addition, Israel asked Palestinian and Jordanian forensic specialists to be present at Abu Ein’s autopsy.

This is despite the fact that the 55-year-old Abu Ein was a terrorist who took part in the 1979 bombing of a bunch of teenagers on Lag Ba’omer in Tiberias, which left two 16-year-old boys dead and 36 other kids wounded.

Following the attack, Abu Ein absconded to the U.S. He was extradited to Israel in 1981, where he was later sentenced to life imprisonment. But in 1985, he was released in the Jibril agreement — a deal made by then-Prime Minister Shimon Peres with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, according to which 1,150 terrorists were exchanged for three Israeli soldiers taken prisoner during the 1982 Lebanon War.

PA President Mahmoud Abbas reacted to Abu Ein’s death as the enemy of Israel he is. He promptly accused Israel of “barbaric” murder, while hailing Abu Ein, who was buried on Thursday amid mass anti-Israel vitriol, as a “martyr.” Palestinian Prime Minister Rami al-Hamdallah piped in, asserting that the Israeli army had “assassinated” Abu Ein. And then the PA announced that it was halting all forms of cooperation with Israel.

As for the autopsy: The Israeli findings were that Abu Ein’s death “was caused by a blockage of the coronary artery due to hemorrhaging underneath a layer of atherosclerotic plaque. The bleeding could have been caused by stress.”

The Palestinian doctor disagreed, claiming that Abu Ein died from a blow to his body, not of natural causes.

Sounds like a postmortem of the “two-state solution,” which never existed from the Palestinian side.

Indeed, it is this overall pathology — characterized by an endless cycle of Israeli capitulation for a negotiated settlement, alongside Palestinian aspirations for Western-sanctioned jihad — that needs to be eradicated and then given a forensic exam.

Ruthie Blum is the author of “To Hell in a Handbasket: Carter, Obama, and the ‘Arab Spring.'” This article was originally published by Israel Hayom.

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  • barry panensky

    How quickly we forget 9/11 So much for We shall never forget.


  • Jack

    Tissue samples from ll major organs to look for toxins would be appropriate. After all, Abbas inherited the job from a man who was killed while being so heavily guarded that no one really got near him, even in Tunisia.
    I guess I am implying that at times martyrs are made when the chance exists,…. and he was denied proper care by Palestinians.
    Maybe I am too jaded in considering the possibilities.

  • The Palestinians, the Arabs, the Muslims in the Middle East, are no free people! They are controlled pushed from behind to do what they do to Jews and Israel! The real problem is not about how the Palestinians behave! The real problem is who are those coward people who hide behind recruited low mind people who do attack Jews not only in Israel, but world wide? Those cowards do exhaust minds not only of the Jews, but the minds of the Palestinians as well, and the mind’s of the entire global world! Wake up! Israel could have peace with Palestinians many years ago if those cowards were not involved! Soon the Palestinians will look as Scandinavians does. The uniforms of the Hamas people are not a Palestinian idea! The uniforms of Hamas are a visual trap that has no effect if man knows who stands behind the entire trap. Those cowards who stand behind the Palestinians must be taken as soon as possible! If not Israel will no have peace, will no know what peace is even after Israel has a peace agreement with Palestinians. Those cowards hiding behind recruited defenseless people to attack Jews are the cause of the entire global chaos to day! Man must fight the roots of the problem which is the cause of all events in the entire world including Israel Palestinian events. We must start to focus on the whole to be able to stop terrors crime worldwide because the disease of those cowards man who hides behind recruited defenseless people and are children abusers of birth will never stop!

  • sidney sands

    It can only be a “Mitzvah” that this murderer Abu Ein died, his killing of teenagers was his claim to fame, lauded by the Palestinians, a hero in their eyes. The eyes of Obama see only the anti Israel view, and like the Arabs his speech and intention are not the same. We pray he will not be able to do more harm in his last few months as a lame President.

  • TheAZCowBoy, Tombstone, AZ

    I guess you Jews haven’t come to the realization that – The end is near,’ for the Jewish Riff-Raff here and abtoad and that the ‘End is Near,’ for the Jewish ‘baby killers’ since, “Gaza” 07-08/2014.

    • judorebbe

      The Greeks thought that. So did the Romans. So did the Byzantines. So did …

      You go right on thinking whatever you want. But you still have one nightmare to deal with.

      We are here, to stay. Whether you damned well like it or not.



        What an idiot.

        Read what judorebbe wrote
        That means Islam.
        GOD works in funny ways, The Jews and Israel are the apple of GOD’S eye. Scum, savages, like Islam will be destroyed.
        The Jews will be here long after the death of the savage, evil cult called Islam. Funny, but wherever there is terrorism, murder, threats, masses protesting when Israel defends itself from savage sum pigs, Islam, you pigs only know murder, and terrorism.

        All over the world Islam is trying to destroy the Christians and Jews. When one of your savage bastards is killed by Israel defending itself, you have mass protests.

        Maybe if your scum pigs would work, then matters may be better.

  • steven L

    He was a terrorist and G-D said enough is enough. Time to go if you can’t do better than incite against Jews.

  • art

    Once again pa/abbas/plo/hamas propaganda has taken center stage and Israel grovels and apologizes. Abu Ein was again instigated a confrontation he as instigator and provocateur is responsible for his own demise

    • Robert Davis

      Art: this is netanyahou! This what brings pressures on Israel! The only truth ebola ever said is… “chickesh. ” unfortunately.Of course I would have preferred to say it is a lie but…it is not!First time in his delinquent’s life!

  • Emmett

    It appears that the obvious has been overlooked. After careful scrutinization, it is clear that the Arab terrorist is dead. That’s what counts. It’s not important who gets the credit.

    • Jack

      Or the blame?

  • Steven Katz

    I think everyone in the world needs to read the article
    ISIS, the Joker and Tom Friedman (URL:

    I think it will clearly explain why peace attempts with the (misnamed) Palestinians is a ludicrous prospect.

    In the words of Einstein, insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results.

    • TheAZCowBoy, Tombstone, AZ

      You don’t make peace with (Jewish) thieves. You sue to get the ‘stolen loot’ returned as they are doing on Wall Street as we talk.

    • Robert Davis

      Steven : EXCELLENT! I did not know this phrase from Einstein! It applies so well here!

  • NCS

    This journalist states concerns that many of us share. Many Americans are sorry we have this president. He has done his utmost to weaken the U.S. including being on the wrong side of G-d where Israel is concerned. But then what president have we had that wasn’t in a very long time. It seems incredulous that a Western head of state would have the chutzpah to try and direct policy of another country. Israel is one state not two. If Washington has an issue with that, perhaps it should request a hearing with the G-d of the universe.

    • Robert Davis

      NCS : I remind you that the ONLY Treaty involving Israel is the SAN REMO/Sevres(1920)Treaty which gives it international law recognition. Of course that was for Jews,Israel is the heir. Also article 80 of the UN Chart says Palestine should NOT be given to any other state. Ebola knows it of course. But for a deinquent like him,the Law is nothing!

  • judithg

    gee. i was kinda hoping that we killed him. that filthy sewer rat murderer is a “minister”. these beasts are the ones we are supposed to make peace with. that sewage and the anti-semites the world over. the only thing that stops them is to kill them.

  • yussi

    dead is less terrorist to worry about.


      Why did the Israelis not hand out sweets and dance in the streets when that savage killer/murderer died?
      After all, that is what the pigs called Palestinians are.
      Israel should return his body wrapped in pg skin