Op-Ed: The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: Mahmoud Abbas
Mahmoud Abbas, Israel’s Palestinian peace partner, (an oxymoron if ever there was one) just announced that: “In a final resolution, we would not see the presence of a single Israeli – civilian or soldier – on our lands.” And this was uttered by Abbas even as the farcical but perilous peace talks in Washington, DC., had hardly begun.
According to Arab affairs expert, Dalit Halevy, writing on Arutz Sheva, “ … when Abbas talks about Israelis, he means Jews” and that spells Arab apartheid in its most naked form. It also exposes what sort of peace will exist between Israel and the territory the Palestinian Authority currently occupies and hopes to further gain. It is no different from the German Nazi policy of “Judenrein” which was the chilling word for ethnic cleansing and genocide of European Jewry, as A7 columnist Giulio Meotti incisively observed.
And, as Gil Ronen, also writing on A7, points out, “… of course, within Israel the Arabs continue to live enjoying full equal rights, elect representatives to the Knesset, are allowed to openly demonize the state in whose parliament they serve, support terrorists and issue calls to their fellow Arabs to rise up against the Jewish State.” And the morally compromised BDS sewer rats accuse Israel of apartheid?
It would be instructive to reveal more about Mahmoud Abbas. Who, for instance, among you would ever shake hands with a Holocaust denier or give your money to one? If you answered no to both question then why would you respect such a one as Mahmoud Abbas whose terror nom de guerre is Abu Mazen? Indeed, Abbas is the archetypal wolf in sheep’s clothing.
In 1983, Abbas wrote a dissertation for his doctorate degree at a university in the Soviet Union. Remember, the Soviet Union at that time supported the PLO and provided it with ideas, lavish funds and diplomatic support.
His hate filled topic was: “The Secret Relations between Nazism and the Leadership of the Zionist Movement.” A translation was provided by the Simon Wiesenthal Center and some of the main claims are as follows:
Abbas claimed that Jews artificially raised the number of Holocaust victims in order to gain world sympathy. He even parroted the Holocaust deniers who have suggested that the number of Jews murdered by the Germans was less than 100,000. He ridiculed the fact that six million Jews were murdered or that a war of extermination was aimed primarily at the Jews; claiming that no one can either confirm or deny this figure.
Despite the overwhelming documentary evidence that six million Jews were indeed systematically targeted and murdered by the German Nazi regime, Mahmoud Abbas chose to echo the mendacious words of the malevolent denial industry, thus consigning six million Jewish ghosts to suffer yet again and the remaining survivors to unbearable agony.
Yet Abbas is the darling of the U.S. State Department, as well as not a few in the administration of President Obama and the president himself. Israeli Prime Ministers are seemingly quite prepared to shake the hand of Abbas and trust him as a viable “peace partner.” They had even made the same colossal error with the arch terrorist, Yasser Arafat.
That Mahmoud Abbas still demonizes the Zionist movement, refuses to accept Israel as a Jewish state, is a Holocaust denier and is quite happy to accept that the figure of Jewish victims of the Holocaust could be below one million, did not even seem to outrage past Israeli Prime Ministers. It is, perhaps, a sad indication of how low the level of moral outrage has sunk. And now Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel’s current Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has agreed to new peace talks even as Abbas spews more poison.
Indeed, Binyamin Netanyahu is now again forced to offer a brutally painful sop to the very same Abbas by releasing Arab thugs with blood on their hands in a “gesture” to the Palestinian leader and to the latest Secretary of State, John Kerry. This is an appalling surrender to pressure from the Obama regime, and one which is tearing apart the surviving families of those Israelis so horribly butchered by Palestinian monsters.
There is another baleful outcome to this grotesque tragedy, namely that Jewish lives have no worth and that men, women and children can be slaughtered with no price to pay. And Mahmoud Abbas takes careful note of this oh so base reality.
But let’s also look at the immense con-trick Abbas continues to play on the European Union, the United Nations, the Quartet, the U.S. Administration and successive Israeli leaders.
According to Yoram Ettinger, the highly respected Israeli commentator and demographer, Mahmoud Abbas, aka Abu Mazen, is a serial terrorist whose roots are in the Muslim Brotherhood and who was part of the inner circle of Yasser Arafat.
Ettinger reminds us that Abbas was expelled from Egypt in the 1950s for subversion. He was expelled from Syria in 1966 for subversion. He was expelled from Jordan in 1970 for subversion. He was part of Yasser Arafat’s leadership, which caused havoc in Lebanon and he and Arafat were expelled in 1980 from that ravaged and once predominately Christian country. Sadly, the U.S. provided him and his terror cronies with safe passage to Tunis. Another error, which has led to untold thousands of more deaths and misery.
Abbas was part and parcel of the betrayal by the PLO of Kuwait in1990 when the Palestinian terror machine spearheaded the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. He institutes hate education inside the Palestinian Authority schools, mosques and state controlled media. This has inevitably led to such atrocities as that committed by Palestinian “youths” who slit the throats of the Israeli Fogel family, including a toddler and a three month baby girl. These Palestinian brutes are lauded as “heroes” by Abbas and the Palestinian Authority media; as will their fiendish and blood soaked cronies who may soon be released.
Let us again remember that while under his control as President of the Palestinian Authority, the Gaza territory was handed over to Mahmoud Abbas by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in the “disengagement” plan.
In addition, James Wolfensohn urged wealthy liberal Jewish Americans to purchase at great cost the existing Israeli green houses and gift them to the Palestinian Arabs to help them create an independent economy. Instead, Abbas allowed mobs of Arabs to destroy the once highly productive greenhouses and permitted the police to simply stand by and watch. None of the Arabs were punished. This took place while under the watch of Mahmoud Abbas.
While Abbas controlled all aspects of the PA, millions of charity dollars were siphoned off into Swiss bank accounts or to Palestinian suicide bombers. None, or very little, of the cash ever reached the ordinary civilian population in order to improve their lives. The U.S. and EU donors simply turned a blind eye to Abbas’s connivance with this corruption on a grand scale.
Much of Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) is now Fatahland and controlled by Mahmoud Abbas. Meanwhile CIA training of Palestinians continues and yet more “aid packages” are sent to Abbas and his Fatah party. A Palestinian policeman recently murdered a Jewish worshipper at the biblical Joseph’s tomb in Nablus. This was one of the CIA’s trainees: A scandal that continues to exist.
The American taxpayer is being forced to hand over millions of dollars to Abbas and his “security apparatus.” Secretary of State, John Kerry, recently sent $500 million to the PA. According to Patrick Deveny, “Training our enemies,” in a report as far back as October 18, 2005, many of the Palestinians trained in various U.S. military installations simply joined the terrorist organizations, such as Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and Fatah itself, and committed atrocities against Israeli civilians. Abbas simply shrugged.
The farcical policy of endlessly throwing money at Mahmoud Abbas and holding him up as the great hope for a true and lasting peace by the Palestinian Arabs with Israel continues, notwithstanding his history of corruption, ineffectiveness, mendacity, Holocaust denial, introducing hate education in schools, and his sickening embrace of Arab apartheid.
It is vital to keep the spotlight on terrorists like Abbas even if a world, guilty of moral equivalence, ignores the Palestinians’ ultimate goal of genocide against a member state of the United Nations: Israel.
Abbas and his cronies always receive a free pass because most of the world has little or no interest in Jewish victims, especially no interest at all in the survival of the besieged and embattled Jewish state.
Indeed I am increasingly of the opinion that support for Abbas and the Arabs who call themselves Palestinians has little to do with genuine support for them but rather as a convenient way to express the corrosive anti-Jewish hatred that never dies.
Victor Sharpe is a freelance writer with articles and essays published in FrontPageMag.com, Outpost, American Thinker, Renew America, Family Security Matters, Canada Free Press, Page One Daily, The Jerusalem Connection, Israel National News, and many other publications. He is also the author of the trilogy Politicide: The attempted murder of the Jewish state, as well as a book of short stories titled, The Blue Hour.