Entitled Abbas' ICC-Gate

Dr. Joseph Frager,

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Dr. Joseph Frager
The writer is a leading American pro-Israel activist who sponsors and coordinates many Zionist events. He is clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Gastroenterology & Liver Diseases) at the Einstein School of Medicine as well as a practicing physician.
Now we see why Hamas/PLO precipitated a War with Israel this past summer and made absolutely certain to use as many Human Shields as possible during Operation Protective Edge. It was all part of a well thought out strategy that is quite obvious right now.

Hamas/PLO wanted to increase the death toll in order to put Israel on trial via Mahmoud Abbas at the International Criminal Court at The Hague. No doubt this was part of the agreement signed by Hamas and Abbas last spring. The timing is just too convenient. First the agreement was made, then the three Yeshiva Students were kidnapped and killed, then the thousands of missiles came upon Israel and then Israel did what any other nation would do under similar circumstances. It struck back and stopped the missiles.
Now we are told that June 13, 2014 is the cutoff for Abbas. Had Israel gone to war before that date, Abbas would not be able to bring charges against Israel. How convenient. This proves that this whole thing was "rigged" from the start. UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon confirmed that Abbas and his cohorts will formally become a member of the ICC on April 1, 2015 and court officials said that jurisdiction would date conveniently back to June 13,2014. Again it is clear that Hamas sent thousands of rockets against Israel to inflict as much damage as possible upon Israel but to also manufacture war crimes against Israel.

Hamas killed its own directly or indirectly in order to gain a pseudo-PR victory at The Hague. How low can you go? Unfortunately, this strategy is not foreign to other Muslim Countries including Iran. It is up to the United States and the West to make sure to follow through on their Laws on the books that cut funding to the PLO if Abbas goes ahead with his pre-meditated plans. As it stands now America has not signed onto the Rome Statute so it is not a party to the ICC. Under U.S. Law America's support for Abbas (400 million dollars per year) ceases if the PLO joins the ICC. Despite knowing this Abbas defiantly and scandalously joined anyway.

Abbas is probably counting on President Obama to give him another pass. Obama would be wise not to break the Law and finally hold Abbas' feet to the fire. Time will tell. More likely Obama will re-sign the Rome Statute making America once again a member of the ICC. This would force the Republican led Senate to stand firm and reject the Treaty. Obama's State of the Union Address made it clear that he was prepared to take on the Republican controlled Congress at every turn. Obama threw down the gauntlet goading on Congress to defy him. Obama is trying hard to make Congress look like Rejectionists prior to the 2016 Election.

The more he placates Abbas and insults Bibi Netanyahu the further his approval rating falls and the higher the chance for a Republican President in 2016. Abbas' use of the ICC will ultimately backfire on many levels. Abbas-Gate will be his Un-doing