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ZOA: US Anger At Ya'alon A Double Standard

Zionist Organization of America criticizes US administration for slamming Ya'alon's comments while silent on PA outrages.
By Ari Yashar
First Publish: 1/17/2014, 12:08 AM

ZOA head Morton Klein
ZOA head Morton Klein
Arutz Sheva

The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) expressed its understanding for Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon's criticism of US Secretary of State John Kerry's peace talk proposals this week, in which he called Kerry "obsessive" and "messianic" in his push for a peace deal.

"The American security plan that was presented to us is not worth the paper it was written on," quipped Ya'alon. "It contains neither security nor peace. Only our continued presence in Judea and Samaria and the Jordan River will guarantee that Ben Gurion Airport and Netanya do not become targets for missiles from every direction."

Ya'alon has since apologized for the comments, after which Kerry stated he would continue pushing peace talks as usual.

ZOA contrasted the harsh US reaction to Ya'alon's statements with it's reactions to Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's actions.

"Abbas can say and do anything and everything - honor Jew-killing terrorists, demanding they all be released from Israeli prisons; say he'll never accept a Jewish state...and attract no criticism of censure" from the US administration, wrote ZOA.

This ignoring by US President Barack Obama's government of blatant statements holds true regarding Iran as well, argues ZOA.

The US has ignored "recent statements by Iranian top leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addressing a rally of tens of thousands calling for ‘death to America,’ calling the US a ‘great Satan’ and an ‘enemy who smiles,’ and Iranian President (Hassan) Rouhani boasting that the ‘the US and world powers surrendered to the Iranian nation’s will,’" remarks ZOA.

"The Obama Administration and Secretary Kerry are silent about all these horrific Palestinian and Iranian actions and words, yet when General Ya’alon points out that Secretary Kerry is being dangerously unrealistic in ignoring the realities facing Israel, the Obama Administration suddenly finds its voice," added the group.

Despite claims by a senior PLO official to the contrary, ZOA argues that the US is ignoring Israel's "serious and legitimate concerns," and negotiating on the PA's side.

ZOA goes on to list PA actions and inactions suggesting the PA is not interested "in peace or even statehood, only Israel's destruction as a Jewish state."

The list includes the PA failure to arrest terrorists, outlaw terrorist groups, "confiscate illegal weaponry and end the incitement to hatred and murder that suffuses the PA-controlled media, mosques, schools and youth camps," thereby breaching its signed promises to do so in the Oslo Accords.

ZOA notes how Abbas has honored terrorist murderers, insisted on creating a Palestinian state free of Jews, and demanded the influx of millions of "Palestinian refugees," meaning the descendants of Arabs who fled Israel at the founding of the state.

Notably as many or more Jews were turned into refugees at the same time, as Arab countries expelled them following Israeli independence.