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Here are some recent news headlines you may have overlooked. The headlines—and the commentary--cover the period January 3 -7, 2014.
-EU-Funded NGO Dehumanizes Jews on PA TV (01/03/14, Arutz Sheva)
-'Palestinian Authority under Abbas is Anti-Semitic' (01/04/14 Arutz Sheva)
- [Israeli Arab] MK Tibi: Abbas Will Never Concede (01/05/14, Arutz Sheva)
- Abbas said to reject Kerry call to recognize Israel as Jewish state (01/04/14, Times of Israel).
- Kerry: Netanyahu, Abbas Made Significant Concessions (01/06/14, Arutz Sheva)
- US-Brokered Deal 'Just the First Stage' in Israel's Demise (01/06/14, Arutz Sheva)
- Ex-PM Olmert Calls Bibi a 'Fool', Urges Deal with PA (01/06/14, Arutz Sheva)
Israel’s Left has come out swinging at Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The cause for this attack is the peace plan that US Secretary of State John Kerry says he’s about to present (by March, 2014).
Israel’s Left is like that. When they see something they think will give them a happy ending, they don’t celebrate their victory. They attack someone.
They’re doing it again this week, this time calling their nemesis Benjamin Netanyahu a fool. This attack is a good one. It’s cute. It’s creative. It makes Netanyahu a fool no matter what he does about current peace talks. He’s fool if he rejects all the hard work Kerry is doing on Israel’s behalf. But he’s also a fool if he accepts Kerry’s peace—or, as Leftist ex-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert so smartly put it, “even a foolish Prime Minister will turn out well," after accepting a peace plan.
Notice how the word, ‘foolish,’ got placed into that sentence. It’s the Left’s way of complimenting the Prime Minister: even a fool can get something right!
But as Olmert slams Netanyahu, he reveals himself. For example, he says that an Israeli proposal to identify land swaps to exchange with the Palestinian Authority (PA) as part of a peace agreement is, essentially, a non-starter. There’ll be no peace with such a proposal, he said in a recent speech at Hebrew University.
That’s interesting. The current peace talks are supposed to be based on swaps. This idea is from US President Barack Obama. Peace is supposed to be based on 1967 lines—with land swaps so Israel could keep its largest ‘settlement’ blocks in Judea-Samaria.
Now Israel’s Left rejects that plan?
Olmert doesn’t spell out how Israel finds peace. But that’s okay because that’s how the Left works: slam the opposition --and be sure to ignore reality. The Left in Israel plays a hit-and-run game: hit hard when no one’s looking and then run.
But the reality Olmert refuses to address is visible in this week’s news cycle: first, the PA under Abbas is anti-Semitic; and second, as a consequence of that Jew-hate, PA leaders see a Kerry peace plan as just the first stage in the ultimate destruction of Israel.
This last statement is not the mad ravings of religious Jews or Right-wing extremists, as the Left might want you to believe. These words come from the PA itself. Specifically, they come from Abbas Zaki. Zaki is a senior member of the central committee of Fatah. Fatah is the Arab political Party which controls the PA. Fatah is headed by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.
Zaki told a Syrian TV interviewer that any peace agreement with Israel will simply be the "first stage" in eradicating Israel altogether. Zaki was so proud of his interview he posted a clip of it on his Facebook. It was quickly translated and circulated by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW). You can watch the interview at palwatch.org. It’s a PMW Bulletin, dated January 6, 2014, titled, “PA leader: Stages plan to eliminate Israel is basis of PA policy”. It’s also available at Arutz Sheva, embedded in the article, “PA leader: Stages plan to eliminate Israel is basis of PA policy”, January 6, 2014.
Zaki explained that the Palestinian goal of eradicating the Jewish state will not be achieved through military conquest. Israel is too strong for that approach. The defeat of Israel will come through stages—through diplomacy and terror.
Israel’s Left shows why. Every time a series of terror attacks hits Israel—and every time the West and/or the PA threaten Israel--it is the Left that cries first that we can get peace only through surrender.
It’s an odd—and suicidal—belief. But it’s what the Left wants.
Read the news. Read how the Left, essentially, says, ‘we must surrender land or perish’. Then read how the PA repeatedly declares it will destroy us.
Read also how, during peace talks, no less--when Arabs should be talking about a ‘peace dividend’--terror attacks don’t fall. They skyrocket.
The Left sells national suicide. They sell a poison pill—a peace they say will save you but which will actually kill you.
Don’t buy it.