Daily Israel Report

US Funds Left-Wing PA ‘Peace Partner’ PR Campaign

The US has spent $250,000 to fund a Palestinian Authority PR campaign that it is "peace partner.” Left-Wing Israelis are behind the publicity.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 8/30/2010, 7:57 PM

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The United States Information Agency (USIA), which has pumped hundreds of millions in dollars for pro-Arab activities in Israel, has paid $250,000 for the new Palestinian Authority public relations “Peace Partner” campaign, UPI reported.

The publicity effort is the initiative of the left-wing Geneva Institute, chaired by former Meretz party chairman Member Yossi Beilin. The campaign promotes the PA as a “peace partner’ on billboards throughout Israel and asks, “What about you?” implying that Israel is not engaged in the diplomatic process.

Beilin initiated the 1992 Oslo process, which blew up into the Second Intifada, also known as the Oslo War, in September 2000.

The depth of the USIA role in promoting Palestinian Authority policies was first exposed by Israel National News two years ago. Documents that were accidentally sold with supposedly empty files in a U.S. State Department auction revealed the extent of USIA activity to promote American policies in what it calls ”occupied Jerusalem” andj Judea and Samaria.

In another expose reported by INN last November, David Bedein revealed that “the massive USAID program for the Palestinian Authority helps build schools where children learn incitement and that the State of Israel does not exist.”

The "document blunder” affair two years ago gave an inside look at official papers that had been stored at the United States Consulate in Jerusalem. It revealed two decades of American efforts to create a setting for a new Arab country in Judea, Samaria and Gaza.

Thousands of documents dating back as far 1985 showed that the U.S. government openly tried to win over Palestinian Authority Arabs as part of covert and overt efforts to undermine the Israeli development of Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza.

The American government pumped millions of dollars into cultural exchange programs, Fulbright scholarships and even promoted overseas meetings between the Likud and Fatah party youth movements to try to pave the way to meet Arab demands that the Jewish State return to the 1949 Armistice Line, also known as the Green Line.

The single-minded aim of the USIA and the casual acceptance of terrorist attacks that literally blew up the Oslo peace process were clear in a memo that noted, "A bright spot in the otherwise downhill side of the peace process was an unusual meeting between Likud and Fatah youth leaders in Israel in mid-July [1998]. A follow-up meeting in Ramallah...had to be cancelled because of the [suicide] bombing in Jerusalem."

Many of the USIA documents disclosed programs to arrange PA-controlled television interviews with visiting American university academics in an effort to promote popular support for the regime of Yasser Arafat.