On 15 July 2005, Newsday reported as follows:
Francisco J. Gil-WhiteFrancisco J. Gil-White is an anthropologist and psychologist specializing in ethnicity and the psychology of ethnic conflict. He is also editor of the Historical and Investigative Research online journal.
"Rocket Kills Israeli Woman. A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit a house in the village of Nativ Haasara, killing an Israeli woman in her 20s yesterday.
"A Palestinian militant group, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, said the rocket attack was retaliation for the killing of a fugitive militant hours earlier in a West Bank raid by Israeli forces."(1)
To understand the above, it is necessary to translate the word "militant", which the Western press invariably uses for terrorists who kill innocent Jewish civilians. Thus translated, we learn that when the IDF kills an Al-Aqsa Martyrs terrorist, this group says it "retaliates" by killing another innocent civilian. But retaliating is what the IDF did. Al-Aqsa Martyrs was simply killing another innocent civilian.
Second, it is important to point out that Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade is part of Al-Fatah, which controls the PLO and the Palestinian Authority (PA). At the top of Al-Fatah, the PLO and the PA sits Mahmoud Abbas, and he presides over a perfectly authoritarian structure. What this means is that the above-mentioned attack by Al-Aqsa Martyrs, which is to say, by Fatah, requires authorization from Mahmoud Abbas.
What do we have, then?
That the organization that is about to receive Gaza, cleansed of its Jews courtesy of (is this really possible?) the Israeli government, is the same organization that is killing Israeli civilians as the date of the Disengagement approaches. Moreover, the above is hardly an isolated incident. This is from July 15th: "Terrorists, including those from the PA's Fatah party military arm, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade, recently have attacked Jewish communities in the western Negev and Gaza with almost 100 shells and rockets every week." (2)
For a long time, the PLO has been represented, by the Israeli government, as the 'relative moderates' among the Arab terrorists who attack Israel. This representation was obligatory so that the Israeli Jews would accept handing the PLO the government over West Bank and Gaza Arabs (in the Oslo Accords), and it is obligatory now in order to convince Israeli Jews that the PLO ought to be given total control over strategic territory in the Jewish state in exchange, supposedly, for an end to the murders of innocent Jews (which murders the Oslo process in fact accelerated).
But this representation of the PLO as the 'relative moderates' is false. Even Newsday, which cannot bring itself to call anti-Semitic terrorists by their name, nevertheless conceded, in a different piece, that Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades is "the deadliest Palestinian militia."(3) In other words, Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah, of which the Brigades is a component, and which controls the PLO and the Palestinian Authority, is the deadliest Palestinian Arab terrorist group.
It is easy to demonstrate, therefore, that the PLO under Mahmoud Abbas is no more inclined to make peace than it was under Yasser Arafat. In fact, I have shown elsewhere that the February 25th bombing that quickly shattered the February 9th Sharm El-Sheikh cease-fire was ordered by Mahmoud Abbas.(4) My reasoning in that case is identical to the above, because that attack was also carried out by Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades.
None of this should be surprising, really. After all, shortly before the election of Mahmoud Abbas, the most committed Fatah terrorists (including those of Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades) pledged themselves publicly to go on killing Jews, and it was precisely these people who advocated most passionately that Mahmoud Abbas inherit Arafat's job.(5) In fact, Zakaria Zubeidi, the West Bank leader of Al-Aqsa Martyrs, was quite upset that Marwan Barghouti was running against Mahmoud Abbas, for in Zubeidi's opinion Abbas should have run unopposed.(6)
What does all this show? That the representation of Mahmoud Abbas as the 'partner for peace' - in supposed contrast to the Hamas and other groups supposedly not affiliated with the PLO - is a total sham. There has been no cease-fire: Abbas himself has been murdering Israeli civilians from the get-go. The so-called Roadmap is therefore a phony. (The basic analysis hardly changes if anybody argues that Abbas has no control over his own terrorists, because if he doesn't, why is the Israeli government negotiating peace with someone incapable of delivering it?)
Given that showing all of this is trivial, it is shocking to find Ariel Sharon, the prime minister of the Jewish state, apologizing for Mahmoud Abbas and insisting that Jews ought to be cleansed from Gaza so that Abbas can have total control over this strategic territory. For example, "Prime Minister Ariel Sharon made the following remarks following his meeting with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Jerusalem on 21 June 2005 (translated from Hebrew): 'I clearly expressed to the chairman of the Palestinian Authority our great concern regarding the security situation. We see many good intentions on the part of the Palestinian Authority, however, unfortunately, at the same time, there is no concrete preventative action. ...[P]olitical advancement will not be implemented without real cessation of terrorism.'"(7)
One is forced to wonder. If, as Sharon says, "there is no concrete preventative action" by Mahmoud Abbas' Palestinian Authority, and if, moreover, it is easy to show that Mahmoud Abbas is directly behind much of the current violence, then where exactly did the Israeli prime minister "see many good intentions on the part of the Palestinian Authority"? If someone were to punch the prime minister in the face, followed by, "My intention was good," would he accept that? If not, why does he accept an identical argument when his fellow Israelis are being murdered?
But notice that the Israeli prime minister does not even honor his own policy statements. If, as he says, "political advancement will not be implemented without real cessation of terrorism," then how come the Gaza Disengagement is still scheduled to go forward despite the fact that Mahmoud Abbas himself is killing Israeli civilians? Where is Ariel Sharon's "great concern regarding the security situation"? Are we supposed to infer his "great concern" in the same way that he infers Abbas's "good intentions"?
The most amazing thing here is that Mahmoud Abbas turns out to be the intellectual author of the strategy to talk 'peace' in order to divide Israelis and prepare them for slaughter. He invented the idea of fraudulently representing the PLO as relative moderates whom Israel can supposedly negotiate with. (To see the documentation on that, visit http://www.sas.upenn.edu/~fjgil/ally2.htm#2005.)
So, when Ariel Sharon, despite everything, vouches for the supposedly "good intentions" of Mahmoud Abbas, he is doing precisely what Abbas needs for the strategy he authored to work. Why? Because no Israelis would believe that Mahmoud Abbas has "good intentions" if the Israeli government, instead of vouching for him, documented for the Israeli public who Mahmoud Abbas really is.
Imagine a Martian political scientist, just arrived, and observing in context Ariel Sharon's behaviors. He could be forgiven for refusing to believe that Sharon was the prime minister of Israel. And could we blame this Martian if he developed a different hypothesis about whom Sharon was working for?
1) "WORLD BRIEFS", Newsday (New York), July 15, 2005 Friday, ALL EDITIONS, NEWS; Pg. A24, 253 words, Compiled from news dispatches
2) "IDF Widens Attacks to Samaria; 7 Terrorists Killed"; Israel National News; 17:53 Jul 15, '05 / 8 Tammuz 5765; by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu.
3) Newsday (New York, NY), September 8, 2002 Sunday, NASSAU AND SUFFOLK EDITION, Pg. A05, 1333 words, WEST BANK; "Inside the Crucible; An occasional series on the Israel-Palestine conflict; Militia Goes More Quietly; Al-Aqsa changes tactics after losses", By Matthew McAllester. MIDDLE EAST CORRESPONDENT
4) "Can Israel Survive if it Does Not Defend Itself?"; The Soapbox; 27 February, 2005; by Francisco Gil-White.
5) "...in the Balata refugee camp near the West Bank city of Nablus, about 1,000 Palestinians - including scores of armed, masked militants affiliated with Fatah - demonstrated for the continuation of the uprising. The demonstrators also declared their support for Mahmoud Abbas [Abu Mazen], the new head of the Palestinian Liberation Organization and Fatah's candidate in Jan. 9 presidential elections." SOURCE: Associated Press Online, November 27, 2004 Saturday, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, 991 words, "Palestinian Security Unit to Be Disbanded", IBRAHIM BARZAK; Associated Press Writer, GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip.
6) "Abbas already has been nominated as Fatah's presidential candidate, so Barghouti must run as an independent. But as a leading Fatah member, he would likely undermine Abbas' prospects... Zakaria Zubeidi, the 29-year-old West Bank leader of the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, a violent group linked to Fatah, said he would back Abbas. 'Barghouti... should resign from Fatah,' he told The Associated Press." SOURCE: "Barghouti Seeking Palestinian Presidency", Associated Press Online, December 1, 2004 Wednesday, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, 836 words, MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH; Associated Press Writer, RAMALLAH, West Bank
7) "PM Sharon meets with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas"; Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs; 21 June 2005.