Figuring out Abbas a generation too late

What took so long for the world to wake up?

Jack Engelhard

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Mahmoud Abbas addresses United Nations Security Council
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How many Israelis and Americans had to die before Mahmoud Abbas was finally exposed?

A good for nothing anti-Semite he was, is and always will be, but for some 50 years the world gave him the benefit of the doubt…called him a peace partner…insisted that Israel sit down to make exchanges and concessions with a man who was in plain view Public Enemy Number 1. They kept putting lipstick on him, but he was always a pig.

At last, The New York Times has come out to editorially declare that it is time for him to go, this, after Abbas blamed Jews for the Holocaust.

Doubling down, moments ago the PLO voted him back in as its Terrorist in Chief, never mind the Times and even some members of the EU who feel Abbas strayed too far off script.  

So now that the Times, one of his many enablers, has spoken, we can call it official, Abbas is a Holocaust denier and an anti-Semite. It is safe to say it now, though I said it first, at least in my neighborhood. Fact is, in column after column I called for his arrest and expulsion, but nobody listened. But now everybody dares to agree.

What took so long? The Munich Olympics Massacre, along with a thousand other atrocities – that wasn’t enough?

Or was that Arafat? Makes no difference. They are all the same and somewhere I’ve got a list of all the murders committed between the two of them, but if you don’t mind, I’d rather not check. The thought of all the Israelis left without children and still weeping for mothers and fathers is too much for a beautiful Spring Day.  

So? What took so long for the world to wake up? We are talking about a man who swaggered the stage as a proud Islamic terrorist and made no secret of it, but in blaming the Jews for everything under the sun, he found fellow travelers willing to overlook his dirty words and filthy deeds.

A simple case, perhaps, of eyes wide shut. Or call it willful blindness, of the type too familiar in Europe when the name Neville Chamberlain comes up.

They did it before for Hitler, hiding from the truth, and kept doing it for Arafat and Abbas – hear no evil, see no evil.

Finally, Abbas took it too far. When? He became unhinged and began raving like a street corner maniac the very day President Trump formally declared Jerusalem not the capital of “Palestine,” but the capital of Israel, yes Israel and yes King David who made it the capital of Israel 3,000 years before Trump.

Nothing new there, really, except to thank Trump for his blessing – but a curse for Abbas and his gang of Fatah terrorists. On that day, Dec. 6, 2017, Abbas went bonkers.

No, Abbas never said he wasn’t a terrorist. Abbas never said he wasn’t an anti-Semite – not in Arabic. Rather, WE, the World, covered for him.
But before that, before being exposed by me, you, the Times and everybody else, Abbas was an accomplished Islamic warlord…a blood-thirsty gangster often feted by the UN and the EU.

I suppose there were deadly car rammings under Arafat, but under Abbas these became routine in Israel and popular around the world whenever particular Muslims were unhappy about something, as in Nice, France. So Abbas can take “credit” for that and for something else particularly despicable – pay-to-slay, the system whereby the PA enriches a murderer and his family.

Still today, Abbas says the Taylor Force Act won’t stop the incitement or the funding – and when it comes to incitement, no one does it better than Abbas.

No, Abbas never said he wasn’t a terrorist. Abbas never said he wasn’t an anti-Semite – not in Arabic. Rather, WE, the World, covered for him.

Until he opened his mouth once too often and the obvious could not be denied. At last, but too late for too many orphans.  

New York-based bestselling American novelist Jack Engelhard writes regularly for Arutz Sheva.

He is the author of the international book-to-movie bestseller “Indecent Proposal” and most recently the two journalism thrillers “The Bathsheba Deadline” and “News Anchor Sweetheart, Hollywood Edition.” Engelhard is the recipient of the Ben Hecht Award for Literary Excellence. Website: