Israel Will Pay Bagman Abbas – That’s A Safe Bet
Israel Will Pay Bagman Abbas – That’s A Safe Bet

Busy man, this Mahmoud Abbas, who, by the way, has no authority to speak for anyone. His term as “president” of the Palestinian Authority (PA) ran out years ago, but nobody wants to stop a guy who is so entertaining. Every day he comes up with new tricks.

Weeks ago he tried to trick the United Nations into giving him the Land of Israel as a gift. The vote was too close for comfort, but the move failed.

But give him this; he and his fellow hucksters, they never sleep. They dance at every wedding.

Soon, perhaps, Abbas will ask to join the Radio City Rockettes and the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders -- or anybody who will listen to his grievances. He would certainly be most welcome as a trustee at Brandeis and the Metropolitan Opera. Speaking of that, where was he on the night when Leon Klinghoffer was murdered?

So after a temporary setback at the UN, next day or so Abbas signed papers to join the International Criminal Court (ICC).

If anybody knows war crimes, Abbas knows war crimes. He is so good at committing them.

Swiftly after his good day at the ICC, Abbas, himself a top-seeded international criminal, enlisted himself at Interpol. This is some nerve from a thug who still has to answer for raising funds that led to the 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre. Eleven Israeli Olympians were slain.

Given those credentials, it’s no wonder that the Palestinian Arabs elected him and the world embraced him.

Plus the fact that no salesman can sell a bill of goods like this fraud who rides his fake wares “on a smile and a shine.”

This Willy Loman has customers. Only this time, it appears that he may have oversold his shoddy merchandise. People in all the right places are upset. First came word that Israel will “hit back” at Abbas for cozying up to the ICC. How? By freezing the transfer of more than $100 million in tax funds that would normally go Abbas and his PA cronies.

That news was immediately picked up as headlines and cheered by those who tend to be optimistic friends of Zion.

These people, these optimists, are thrilled to see the Jewish State finally coming to its senses. This time the bagman won’t be paid.

So why am I glum? Because I am a pessimist and we have all heard this before. As a rule Israeli leaders talk big but act small.

Israel is a patsy for shakedown artists.

We heard it over the years that in response for this or that, Israel will scuttle bags of money headed for Abbas and his PA. The freeze is on.

Strong words – and then it all dissolves. Israel caves in. This is a bad habit and it must stop. Only through strength can the Jewish State prevail.

Already we hear from Israel’s president Reuven Rivlin and from the US State Department that Israel must pay up pronto. Baby needs new shoes and Hamas needs new tunnels. With a straight face the State Department’s spokesperson declared that Israel’s reluctance to pay the ransom (my word) “raises tensions.”

So I give it another day or two before Israel caves again. You heard it here first. I’ll bet that even as we speak the money is on its way.

We hear that Abbas plans to reload at the UN for another try at “Palestinian” statehood. So all those celebrating the most recent defeat, think again.

This pessimist knows what he’s talking about. The voting can go either way and Israel seldom does well when it has to rely on the kindness of strangers.

Now this: The new US Congress, also reacting to Abbas’ ICC gambit, is threatening to deny the PA the $400 million it annually gets from Uncle Sam.

More strong words and another case of where have we heard this before?

I am taking bets on this, too.

Jack Engelhard writes a regular column for Arutz Sheva. New from the novelist, the inside-the-newsroom tell-all thriller, The Bathsheba Deadline. Engelhard wrote the int’l bestseller Indecent Proposal that was translated into more than 22 languages and turned into a Paramount motion picture starring Robert Redford and Demi Moore. Website: