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Wednesday, September 01, 2010

'Palestinians' didn't really condemn Tuesday's terror attack

I'm sure you've all heard that 'moderate' 'Palestinian' President Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen condemned Tuesday night's terror attack near Kiryat Arba. Even the Wall Street Journal tweeted that he condemned it. But did he really? Let's look at what he said. Here's his statement in English, according to the WAFA news agency website.
President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Leadership condemned Tuesday the military operation in Hebron, stemming from condemnation of any acts against Palestinian or Israeli civilians.

In a press release, the Palestinian Leadership confirmed that the target of the operation which Hamas hold responsible, is overcrowding the political process. It could not be considered as an act of resistance, since Hamas stopped the resistance in the Gaza Strip and pursued the people who wage resistance.
Here's the Arabic version. And here's a Google translation of the Arabic version (emphases mine). Note that it came from Salam Fayyad - the darling of the West - and not from Abu Bluff.
Prime Minister Dr. Salam Fayyad said that what took place Tuesday evening, in the Hebron area at a time that efforts are be made by the Palestine Liberation Organization to mobilize international support for the Palestinian position regarding the demands of a successful political process to end the occupation, and achieve freedom and independence of our people, contradicts the Palestinian national interests and strategic vision adopted by the National Authority, which combines the political struggle led by the Palestine Liberation Organization at the regional and international levels, on the one hand, and the completion of building the institutions of the State of Palestine and infrastructure, and strengthens the popular resistance peaceful occupation, on the other hand, to achieve the goal of ending the occupation and the establishment of independent State of Palestine with its capital in East Jerusalem on the 1967 borders.

This came in an exclusive statement made by the Prime Minister, this evening, commenting on the incident, he said: 'We condemn this incident, that is contrary to Palestinian interests, and the efforts of the Palestinian leadership to mobilize international support for the rights of our people and protecting their interests, as well as the commitments we assumed '.

The Prime Minister called all citizens to be vigilant and to renounce violence, to protect the path of peaceful popular resistance against the settlements and practices of the occupation. [Note that the 'Palestinians' consider stone-throwing at cars 'peaceful resistance.' CiJ]

He pointed out that, despite that the incident took place in areas that fall outside the responsibility of the Palestinian security, the Authority will continue to take all necessary measures to prevent the recurrence of such events, while stressing the need for Israel's response to the demands of the Palestinian National Authority to enable them to take over security in all areas.

He warned of the risk of being sucked into a spiral of violence, which experience has confirmed to be detrimental to national interests, he added 'our people are well aware that it serves the objectives and the supreme national interests of ending the occupation and suffering to renunciate violence in all its forms' .

In conclusion, the Prime Minister said: 'This is the way of salvation, and not continue to exploit the suffering of the Palestinian people in the service of class and regional agendas contrary to the interests of our people, and under empty slogans'.
In other words, the terror attack was wrong because it harmed 'Palestinian' interests. Otherwise, it would be fine. As Aaron Lerner points out:
Is the "renunciation of violence in all its forms" a blanket renunciation? Again, it is presented not as a matter of principle but as a matter of

The flip side?

Should the day come that PM Fayyad believes that murdering Israeli civilians serves Palestinian interests then - let the blood bath begin.
But don't let that spoil the party in Washington.


At 7:22 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Carl - the upside is the freeze is now a dead letter. The murders have made it politically impossible for Netanyahu to renew it as a gesture to the Palestinians. And their mealy-mouthed condemnation of the terrorist attack only underlines how determined Israelis are not to want to reward them for that crime.

The Palestinians helped to sweep continuation of the revanant freeze off the table.

At 2:20 PM, Blogger Mr. Gerson said...

Norman, people have just been murdered - now is not the time to discuss "upsides". **** any "upsides".

At 5:10 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Yes, people were murdered. I am not making light it at all of except to note that Israel's goodwill was wasted upon the Arabs. They do not appreciate Jewish kindness.

Here Mr Gerson, the words of the Sages come to mind: "He who is cruel to the merciful will be merciful to the cruel." No more fitting words could have been written about the farce Israel is participating today in Washington - which will never lead to real peace.

Let us be reminded five Jews were murdered only because they were Jews and this reason alone drove the enemy to kill them. He murdered them but no more than all those who have hated the Jews in the past, will they be able to uproot them from the earth.


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