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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Dear Abu Mazen: It's the thought that counts

'Moderate' 'Palestinian' President Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen announced today that he has withdrawn plans to present the 'Palestinian people's highest honors to murderers Ahlam Tamimi (the planner of the 2001 Sbarro attack in which fifteen people - including seven children and five members of one family - were murdered) and Amra Muna (who lured a 17-year old boy into a death trap over the Internet). The two terrorists were to have received the 'al-Quds mark of honor' today.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas confirmed that plans to present two female Palestinian terrorists with a medal of honor have been withdrawn.

Abbas informed Knesset Speaker Dalia Itzik of the decision in a telephone call from Moscow late Wednesday.

The Al Kuds Mark of Honor, the PLO's highest medal, was meant be awarded in a ceremony in Ramallah Thursday to two female terrorists who helped kill Israelis. The terrorists' families were slated to receive the honors in their stead.

Abbas informed Itzik that the awards for the two terrorists, as well as for other Palestinians imprisoned in Israel, had been revoked.

Itzik said that the plan had caused outrage among the Israeli public and MKs, adding that it certainly would not have been not conducive to peace negotiations.
If that's really all Itzik had to say, then she doesn't get it either. To quote a pithy phrase, "it's the thought that counts." The fact that under intense Israeli and international pressure, Abu Mazen backed off the intention to make the awards, is meaningless. It certainly gives no indication that he felt that there was anything improper about giving them. The fact that he even thought of giving awards of this nature shows that in Abu Mazen's mind, there is still nothing wrong with terrorism. The intention to give out awards like this is not only "not conducive to peace negotiations." It shows that we're not even sitting at the same table.


At 10:24 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

The two Ehuds and Tzipi aren't bothered by the murder of Jews. There's no reason to think Abbas honoring Sbarro terrorists would lead them to call off the talks with the PA. As I was saying, this kind of behavior is to be expected from the PA. What's more revealing is the Israeli government's dismissal of the value of Jewish life - now that's gone back to shipping fuel and other goods back into Gaza as though nothing has changed.


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