The raising of the PLO flag at the United Nations, coupled with the anti-Israel speech by Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas at the the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, constitute “major acts of aggression” that are “harmful to peace,” said pro-Israel activist Dr. Joseph Frager.
In addition to his activism, Frager is a clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Gastroenterology & Liver Diseases) at the Einstein School of Medicine as well as a practicing physician who sponsors and coordinates many Zionist events.
“I am not a big fan of Mahmoud Abbas,” he said. “To me he is still a Holocaust denier, who wrote his thesis on Holocaust denial. People forget about that. He is not a partner for peace and never has been. Israel has bent over backwards to make peace with him first with Yasser Arafat and then with Abbas, and it has only cost Israel many Jewish lives.”
In his speech Wednesday, Abbas said that the PA was no longer “committed” to the Oslo Accords, the international treaty that the Authority owes its existence to, accusing Israel of effectively "destroying" the agreement.
Maybe Abbas is right, said Frager and it is time to shelve the entire Oslo deal.
“The Oslo Accords didn't do much for Israel. Israel gave away land and lost lives, and for Abbas to shatter all these nice and generous gestures by Israel to shatter them is beyond belief. He is not helping himself and he is not helping the region. We should start all over again with a much different framework. The sacrifice is not worth it and has never been worth it.”
In his speech before the UN General Assembly later on Thursday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu should point that out, said Frager.
“He needs to point out the flaws in the Oslo Accords, and how the PLO never really changed it stripes, just covered up its terrorism. Israel keeps giving, we are the most generous nation in the world. To give up our treasured land to a terrorist organization and hope that it will bring success and peace is ridiculous – they have never improved their people's lives, and never will. I am sure the Arab man in the street, given a choice, would prefer Israel to rule over it. I know that this sounds like heresy to anti-Israel activists, but this is a fact.”
The Jewish community is also behind Netanyahu – and would be very supportive if he made a speech denouncing Oslo, too.
“There are many people who feel like me, perhaps even more strongly. The community put a lot of effort into the Iran deal. Unfortunately that was a big loss for us. We are still recovering from those efforts. But they are up in arms over the flag raising. Next Abbas will try to put Israeli soldiers on trial in the Hague. This does nothing to bring peace.
“Netanyahu has had tremendous support from American Jewry and Congress, and I am sure they will respond in the same way to his speech Thursday,” Frager added. “There haven't been many prime ministers who have lasted as long as he has, and there is no question that American Jewry is behind him. There is at this point in time no one who can compare to him.”