As I wrote previously, I have no desire to rain on the Israeli-Palestinian "peace" parade
. We must all hope against all rationality that the negotiations in Washington will end the seemingly eternal state of belligerence of the entire Arab world against Israel, no matter what the cost in territory.
But Tuesday night's terror attack
cannot be set aside or spun away. It has a profound significance. Not surprisingly, it is therefore being studiously ignored by fashionable opinion-makers. In the Huffington Post, Israel Policy Forum's Peter Joseph was ecstatic
about the prospects for peace. Writing after the attack
, he gushed:
...violence is down because security cooperation between Israel and the Palestinians is at an all-time high.... With such cooperation already in place, these talks will have a distinct advantage over all other previous efforts.
The Hebron area attack of Tuesday night is very dangerous to "peace." It demonstrates at the very least that Mr. Abbas's Palestinian Authority "government" has no authority a few kilometers from Ramallah, and certainly not in Gaza. Therefore, the attack has become a non-event. It never happened. Histories of this round of negotiations will omit that terror attack,
More ominously, the earlier report that the Al Aqsa Martyrs brigades of "moderate" Fatah claimed responsibility for the attack has simply vanished. It is a non-datum. If it is not found anywhere, it never happened, right? Here it is again, so that if it wiped off the Web everywhere else, it will still remain in at least this one place:
Al-Aqsa Brigades, unknown group claim responsibility for attack
Published: 08.31.10, 22:08 / Israel News
Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, Fatah's military wing, claimed responsibility for the West Bank shooting attack that killed four Israelis on Tuesday.
Fatah and Palestinian Authority senior officials estimated that the declaration was meant to cover for the true perpetrators and mainly embarrass Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as Fatah's leader. An additional group known as al-Haq also claimed responsibility for the attack. (Ali Waked)
There is an explanation, you see. The Palestinian Authority officials "estimated that the declaration of their own organization was a fake intended to embarrass them!" How very clever! It must be another "Zionist" plot. How entangled in wishful thinking about "peace" does one have to be to believe that transparent lie?
Of course, the attack has been roundly (and routinely) condemned by the Palestinian Authority (PA). But dare I suggest that these condemnations have less sincerity behind them than one might think? Before you explode with self-righteous anger at this ''right wing" "propaganda," remember how the PLO, father of the Palestinian Authority, dissociated itself from the Munich Olympics terror attacks and the Black September movement that took "credit" for them. The Palestinian Authority and the PLO have a long history of denying, and later admitting, culpability or taking "credit" for terror attacks.
Recently, officials of the Palestinian Authority mounted and attended the state funeral of Amin el Hindi one of the planners of the Munich attack. Al-Hayat al-Jadida, the official PA daily, noted that al-Hindi was ďone of the stars who sparkled... at the sports stadium in Munich...Ē Attending the funeral were the "moderate" Salem Fayyad and the "moderate" Mahmoud Abbas, who sang the praises of al-Hindi. Abbas himself has been accused of masterminding the finances of the Black September movement that "took credit" for the Munich Olympics massacre.
"Black September," was a fiction, like the Fatah al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades that took "credit" for Tuesday's cold-blooded massacre in their conveniently forgotten statement. The al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades were invented as an address for the terror organized by the Palestinian Authority in anticipation of their sabotage of the 2000 peace talks. The Black September Movement was a fiction of the 70's.
The known leaders of "Black September" were Salah Khalef ("abu Iyad") who was Yasser Arafat's chief of security, Mohammad Daoud Oudeh (abu Daoud) and Amin el Hindi. They were all key members of the PLO and Fatah. Abu Daoud and Amin el Hindi died recently and were suitably honored by the Palestinian Authority.
In 1999, the Palestinian Prize for Culture was granted to abu Daoud for his book Palestine: From Jerusalem to Munich, in which he describes how he planned and executed the Munich terror attack. Abu Daoud was awarded 10,000 French Francs by the Palestinian Authority for this masterpiece. In the same book, abu Daoud admitted that "Black September" was a front for the PLO and the Fatah. But he, as well as abu Iyad, had admitted all this previously, in the 70's.
In his book Stateless, Salah Khalaf (abu Iyad) a founding member of Fatah, wrote that,"Black September was not a terrorist organization, but was rather an auxiliary unit of the resistance movement, at a time when the latter was unable to fully realize its military and political potential. The members of the organization always denied any ties between their organization and Fatah or the PLO."
Abu Daoud went further. He told Jordanian police: "There is no such organization as Black September. Fatah announces its own operations under this name so that Fatah will not appear as the direct executor of the operation." A March 1973 U.S. State Department document seemed to confirm the Fateh -Black September link.( source).
The U.S. document was released only in 1981. It also implicates the Fatah and the PLO in the Khartoum massacre of U.S. diplomats. The U.S. knows, and has known for a long time, the nature of the PLO and the Fatah.
In a condolence letter to Daoud's family following his death, the "moderate" Mahmoud Abbas wrote, "He is missed. He was one of the leading figures of Fatah and spent his life in resistance and sincere work as well as physical sacrifice for his people's just causes."
The PLO and PA have always invented ghost organizations that could be blamed for terror attacks. But Tuesday's attack did not require the invention of a Black September fiction. It was not even necessary to resuscitate the transparent fiction of the "al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades," though the quickly scuttled statement indicates that such a revival was contemplated and discarded.
There is no longer a need to invent "dissident factions." The "moderate" Palestinian Authority now has a very convenient villain in the form of the Hamas, a group that can be blamed for every manifestation of violence and extremism, leaving the PA pure as the driven snow in the eyes of all who want to believe.
But is Hamas really the all-culpable arch-fiend? Who is behind the boycott initiatives? The Hamas? Are you sure? Who has been threatening those who have any contact with Israelis? Not the Hamas, but rather the PACBI, which is located in the land of the "moderate" Palestinian Authority, not the Hamas, surely, but officials of the Fateh and of the Palestinian Authority. Nobody else has the power to strike terror in the hearts of the West Bank residents and organizations. No Hamas organization exists in the West Bank. There is nobody to scare people, and nobody to carry out terror attacks. Only the PA, the Fatah and the organizations they permit could exist in the West Bank.
Can anyone believe that anything happens in the West Bank without the knowledge of the Palestinian Authority?
Can anyone believe that the "Fatah al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades" took "credit" for the terror attack "by accident," without the knowledge and approval of the head of the Fatah himself, namely the very same Mahmoud Abbas, who is also chairman of the Palestinian Authority? This then, is Israel's peace partner.
Can anyone really believe that the Fatah al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades took "credit" for the terror attack in order to embarrass their bosses, and if this is really true, what does it say about the chaotic nature of the state that the Palestinians are supposed to be building?
Surely all right-thinking people want peace, and share President Obama's vision of a Palestinian state living in peace, side by side with Israel.
But no decent person can stand by silently as the foundations are laid for a nightmare Palestinian terror state founded on deniability. A Palestinian state that will use its state apparatus, international recognition and resources to delegitimize Israel. A state that will allow fanatics to murder innocents and explode themselves in the public places of Israel. A Palestinian state that fools whoever wants to be fooled by enacting a farcical melodrama on the theme of "good cop - bad cop," staged with mythical villains of its own invention. That Palestinian state will not bring us peace, nor will it end the miserable epic of the Palestinian people.
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BEFORE SAYING "NO MATTER WHAT IS THE COST IN TERRITORY" COME AND LIVE IN THE FIRST LINE OF DANGER WITH US PLEASE OK ?
THANKS TO BE COURAGEOUS ENOUGH (I hope) TO PUBLISH THIS MESSAGE
DAN, Monday, October 18th
Of course there is not going to be peace.
The Arabs have never reconciled themselves to the legitimacy of Zionism and a Jewish nation.
And until they do more Jews will die and peace in the Middle East will remain a distant dream.
NormanF, Wednesday, September 15th
If you think Arafat's motives can be explained, so explain them
Zonism-Israel, Saturday, September 4th
Arafat's objectives in 2000 might have been repugnant and ultimately miscalculated, but they can be explained.
a) Arafat created a state founded on multiple gangs of thugs because he thought it would give him more control, because it will give him flexibility, and because it enabled him to keep a lot of young people employed and under his thumb.
b) Arafat believed that violence and Israel's reaction to it will result in the 'world' stepping in and forcing Israel to comply to his wishes, while causing Israel itself to be weak and therefore accept these dictates.
When I'm asking for abu-Mazen's objectives I'm not saying that he couldn't have any, or that he might not have wrong objectives. But I would like to know what they are.
Micha, Friday, September 3rd
What reason had Arafat to start and run the violence of 2000? Can anyone doubt that he did it?
This is the middle east, after all.
Zionism-Israel, Friday, September 3rd
If Abu-Mazen orchestrated the attack, what is his objective?
Micha, Thursday, September 2nd
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