New Round of Palestinian Games

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The other threat may imply even greater danger.  Following Israel’s victory over the 2nd Intifada, PA security forces in the West Bank have for the most part cooperated with the IDF in preventing terrorism, even collaborating at times in the hunt for secret Hamas cells.  But if those PA forces were to suddenly cease to exist, if all government apparatus for social services and financial controls were to suddenly disappear, the Palestinian organization most primed and ready to take over would be Hamas; and Hamas would jump at the opportunity. It is perhaps not coincidental that Abbas met late last year with Khaled Mesha’al, the political leader of Hamas, to “…discuss…the present situation and the prospects of getting out of it and working out a national strategy for the future.”

So what Abbas is really trying to tell Netanyahu is that the terms of his letter are the best deal that Israel can hope to get; and if Netanyahu does not play ball, Abbas will step aside and let Hamas mount the 3rd Intifada from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip at the same time. It would take only a bit of stalling by Abbas to interfere with Israel’s assumption of these responsibilities, during which time Hamas steps in.

It is likely that Hamas would jump at the opportunity to rule all of “Palestine” and to launch a multi-front terror war-on-steroids against Israel, precisely because it has been weakened by the loss of its Syrian base due to the Muslim Brotherhood’s support of the revolution in Syria,  it has lost Iran’s financial support to competing terror groups in the West Bank and Gaza Strip (such asHizb ut-Tahrir) as punishment for Hamas’ refusal to support Syria’s Assad, and its popularity is in severe decline with its rank-and-file in the Gaza Strip and West Bank due to its lack of sufficient qassam rocket attacks on Israel.  So expanded political power and greater latitude to attack Israel is just what Hamas needs to get itself back to its position of primus inter pares amongMuslim terrorist groups.

So what are the real options?

The letter itself is obvious bluster and a postured pretense at peace-making.   Some have critiqued it noting that it is full of errors, omissions and outright lies; and it is really nothing more than a rehash of PA demands to which the PA knows Israel cannot accede.  As Israeli officials have said in the past, if one agrees to all of the other side’s demands in advance of negotiations, then what does one negotiate about?  PA officials know this just as well as do Israeli leaders.  The letter is not an opening to peace negotiations.  In fact, it is, in all probability, not even addressed to Netanyahu.

Israeli media sources received leaks from Palestinian leaders about the content of the letter almost a week in advance of the meeting.  Yet the Israeli side wanted to keep details of the meeting secret even up to the day of the meeting.  For what audienceswere those leaks, obviously in violation of Israel’s desire for secrecy, intended?

The same question was asked about Abbas’ op-ed in the New York Times before his UN bid for recognition. He stated clearly and unabashedly that the entry of “Palestine” into the family of nations and its acquisition of UN status as a bona fide state would not end the conflict.  Rather such status would enable the PA to ratchet up the conflict to a higher level of political warfare by giving the new state of “Palestine” access to the ICC and ICJ (International Court of Justice) wherein Abbas and complicit partners in evil could support the Palestinian attempts to delegitimize Israel, condemn it as the world’s worst violator of human rights and perpetrator of war crimes, and then pressure Israel’s allies, especially those in the EU, to disassociate from Israel.

Did Abbas think that such threats endeared him to the EU or reduced the likelihood of American pressure against his bid?  More likely, his audience for these comments was not those to whom he spoke, but rather those in the Arab world and their collaborators elsewhere who do not want to see the conflict end until Israel is destroyed. For that audience, Abbas’ anti-Israel credentials have been eroded by his cooperation with Israel, by his PA security forces’ collaboration with Israel, and by the relatively terror-free calm of the West Bank since Israel’s defeat of the 2nd Intifada.  His statement to the world of Israel-haters was clear: He is still at it, working with lawfare and BDS and delegitimization and accusations of war crimes, rather than with qassams and suicide bombers; but the end game is the same — Palestine from the river to the sea.

And this is probably the case with the letter to Netanyahu.  By leaking its contents prematurely, he told his constituency and financial supporters and other partners in evil that he is still in a better position than Hamas to bring about Israel’s demise, despite his temporary setbacks at the UN and ICC.

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  • Schlomotion

    Mahmoud Abbas is not alone. Benjamin Netanyahu can poke his finger in the air menacingly too.

    Up in the air:
    Poking in the chest:
    Doing the Danny Aiello:
    Testing the wind for his B.S.:
    Smelling sulfur from his boss:



      Say Hi to your osama bin lovin' for me. It's his anniversary.

      And Happy Eternal Nakba!

  • waltjr

    The coming election will not only be the future of America but with Israel as well. If Obama is reelected nothing will stop him from finishing up tearing down America and Israel because of his hate for both nations..


      And his LOVE for rev. wright and bill ayers.

  • Marty

    This is all the palestinian leadership knows how to do: threaten and pout. It's the victimization card all over again. Israelis should remember that this so-called moderate is a Holocaust denier whose pretence at scholarship includes a dissertation explaining how nazis and Zionists collaborated during World War II. abbas attempts to lie and blackmail and does badly at both. His word has been long demonstrated as worthless. abbas is only a terrorist in a suit who has indicated over and over again that he will not accept the existence of a Jewish democracy. Nothing he says is trustworthy.

  • Ghostwriter

    Here we go again. Schlockmotion bashing Jews,the very people he hate the most.

  • maria

    Israel Palestinians afraid more than their death that they will be loose Israel's citizenship. They enjoy freedom, welfare, great education, great medical aid, etc. What did "Palestinians" leaders having full scale of autonomy for their folk? All the Western world give them millions and millions non-earned money as financial aid and how they used it? They used it not to make better life for common "Palestinians", Arabs of Palestine but to enhance terror against those who built schools and universities for them, whose doctors still cure and survive their life. They don't know what gratitude means but know only hatred and barbarians instinct of murder. By the way Arabs countries not helping them (3% is all Arabs countries financial aid and 97% Westerns one). Arabs used them as hostages and never will accept them as citizens. Western Leftists who support them will have the same as those anti-Semites in many Europeans countries who enjoyed that Hitler killed Jews but than came their turn to be victims. It was and it will be so again with them. They should pray and support Israel as Israel destiny is Western civilization destiny.

    • spotter

      This is pure rubbish. I wonder why you don't know that.