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Another Palestinian ‘Moderate’ Is Exposed

avatar by Stephen M. Flatow / JNS.org

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Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh gestures during an interview with Reuters, in his office in the West Bank city of Ramallah, June 27, 2019. Photo: Reuters / Raneen Sawafta.

JNS.org – Every time a new Palestinian Arab leader begins to emerge, journalists, pundits and diplomats rush to crown him “moderate.” Well, one of those “moderates” just claimed — to a US congressional delegation, no less — that Hamas has only been shooting “fireworks,” not missiles, at Israel.

Funny, I don’t see that being reported by any of the journalists who previously praised him. I don’t see any of those pundits or diplomats publicly acknowledging that they were wrong about him.

The latest fallen moderate is Mohammed Shtayyeh, who in 2019 was appointed prime minister of the Palestinian Authority by the PA’s apparent chairman-for-life, Mahmoud Abbas.

As soon as Shtayyeh’s name was announced, Western journalists raced to paint him as a reasonable, moderate, all-around wonderful kind of guy. They did that for an obvious reason: They want to see a sovereign “Palestine” created in Israel’s backyard, and the only way to make that happen is to convince Israel—and its supporters around the world—that it would be safe to do so.

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Agency France Presse called Shtayyeh “a political moderate.” USA Today assured us that Shtayyeh is not some wild-eyed radical; he’s “a British educated economist.”

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