Israel, Trump and United Nations should boycott Abbas and the PLO

Threatened monetary retaliation is a totally inadequate response to the indiscriminate murder of innocent civilians.

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Israel’s Prime Minister – Benjamin Netanyahu – has used his address to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) – to savage the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)  policy that rewards Palestinian murderers of Israelis and other innocent civilians with lifetime payments.

Netanyahu’s PLO-onslaught in front of 18000 people attending the annual AIPAC Conference in Washington was unequivocal and unrelenting:

“But to get peace, to get peace President Abbas has to embrace peace and to stop supporting terror. Raise your hands high if you agree with me that President Abbas should stop paying terrorists who murder Jews. You know how much he pays? He pays about $350 million dollars a year to terrorists and their families, each year. That’s about a little less than 10% of the total Palestinian budget. That’s an incredible number. He pays Hakim Awad. Hakim Awad is the terrorist who murdered this beautiful family of Ehud and Ruth Fogel and their three children, including a 3 month-old baby girl, Hadas. So he pays Hakim Awad, this murderer, and over the lifetime of this killer, he will be receiving two million dollars.”

Hakim Awad - aged 18 – and his 19 years old cousin and accomplice Amjad Awad - each received five consecutive life sentences for murdering the five sleeping  Fogel family members in March 2011.

Netanyahu’s attack on Abbas comes at a particularly sensitive time politically  as:

  • President Trump mulls over the final details of his “ultimate deal” to resolve the Arab - Jewish conflict
  • PLO chief – Mahmoud Abbas – has already signaled he will  not enter into negotiations with Israel mediated by Trump
  • Abbas has called on the United Nations to convene an international peace conference by mid-2018  to accept the non-existent “State of Palestine” as a full UN member
  • The US Senate is currently considering  the Taylor Force Act – overwhelmingly passed by the House in December 2017  - suspending US financial assistance to  the PLO, and any successor or affiliated organizations until these payments are terminated. Taylor Force – a US citizen – was murdered on 8 March 2016 by a Palestinian Arab during a stabbing spree in Tel Aviv that also injured ten other  people.
  • Israel’s Knesset has passed the first reading of a bill requiring such blood-money  presently being paid to 35000 Palestinian families to be deducted from the US$2.1 billion in taxes and tariffs Israel presently collects for the PLO.
  • Abbas - 83 and in poor health – faces challengers to his leadership

Palestinian prisoners serving 20-30 year sentences for these  murderous attacks reportedly receive a monthly US$3400 stipend for life.Those receiving a three-to-five-year sentence get a monthly wage of US$570. Palestinian prisoners who are married, have children, live in Jerusalem, or hold Israeli citizenship receive additional payments.

Trump called on Abbas to abandon this immoral and heinous policy during  a joint press conference in Bethlehem in May 2017:

“Peace can never take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded and even rewarded”

Abbas seems to believe he can publicly humiliate Trump and escape the consequences.

Just one month later Jared Kushner  - Trump’s son-in-law and chief Middle East adviser -  and Trump’s international negotiator Jason Greenblatt –  met with Abbas in Ramallah.

According to reports in Arabic media, the Americans then allegedly watered down Trump’s demands  – only wanting these payments stopped to some 600 prisoners serving life sentences in Israeli prisons.

Abbas defiantly rejected that proposal.

Abbas seems to believe he can publicly humiliate Trump and escape the consequences.

Monetary retaliation is a totally inadequate response to the indiscriminate murder of innocent civilians.

Israel, Trump and the United Nations should  boycott Abbas and the PLO by terminating all diplomatic contact until their vile and repulsive  “murder for money” policy is ended.