The Palestinian Authority: A Continuing Breeding Ground For Terror

Except for rockets from Gaza—which, meanwhile, have stopped since Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense in November—you haven’t been hearing much about Palestinian terrorism. But it’s not for lack of trying.

Israel’s Shin Bet (domestic security agency) has released its figures for 2012. It says it thwarted 100 “serious” terror attacks over the year, a third of them planned kidnappings, four of them attempted suicide bombings. The Shin Bet also arrested 2,300 terror suspects in 2012, leading to 2,170 indictments.

For the first time in four decades, no Israelis were killed in terror attacks in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) in 2012. But the number of attacks there rose sharply, from 320 in 2011 to 578 in 2012. That included a steep, 68% rise in Molotov cocktail attacks, which are intended to burn victims to death.

These are big numbers—100 attempted serious attacks, over 2,000 suspects arrested, 578 attacks in one year in the West Bank. Considering that perhaps two million (the figure is disputed) Palestinians live in the West Bank, it would justify calling it a terror entity. As for Gaza, it numbers about 1.5 million Palestinians and fired 2,327 rockets into Israel during the year, finally necessitating Pillar of Defense.

Meanwhile, as Evelyn Gordon details, the Palestinian Authority is in dire financial straits. When PA president Mahmoud Abbas went to the UN General Assembly last November to seek—and obtain—recognition for the PA as a nonmember observer state, he was warned of consequences by both Israel and the U.S., since his move was a direct flouting of Israeli-Palestinian agreements—signed under U.S. auspices—requiring issues to be settled solely through negotiations.

Two months later the PA, says Gordon, “faces the worst financial crisis of its crisis-filled history.” Israel has been withholding about $100 million a month in tax revenues it collects for the PA. Salam Fayyad, the PA prime minister, calls this “piracy,” but actually Israel is using the funds to pay off the PA’s enormous debt to the Israel Electric Corporation.

As for the U.S., Congress has been withholding $450 million in aid. The Obama administration wants it to free up the money, but Congress keeps refusing.

Results for the PA: its 150,000 employees got only half their November salaries and nothing for December; it owes over $1.3 billion to local banks; it expects it poverty rate to double.

Israel’s and Congress’s insistence on exacting a price for Abbas’s November move is a welcome development; it lets the PA know that it is no longer outside the normal human cost-benefit calculus, with Israel indefinitely propping it up and the U.S. continuing to funnel it political and financial support no matter how it conducts itself.

Add to the picture the fact that, after almost two decades of existence, the PA—and not only Hamas-ruled Gaza—remains a breeding ground for terror, with only the Israeli security forces preventing it from taking a horrific toll, and there is all the more reason to reconsider automatic backing for “the Palestinians.”

While the Obama administration, for its part, remains committed to the idea that upgrading the Palestinians to statehood is somehow a U.S. interest, and Israel is constrained by the effort to get along with the Obama administration, it’s to be hoped that Congress will keep taking a hard look at the Palestinian reality after all the earnest effort to cultivate them as a positive force.

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  • AdinaK

    The PA/Fatah terror junta is as adept at killing, as their cousins in Gaza, however, they are shielded by Israel's left as well as by the international community.

    Few dare to talk about the part leftists play in Israel, as they contribute to the reign of terror by propping up Abbas, Arafat's right hand (terror) man. In essence, aside from David and a few other commentators/analysts, Abbas's gang are mostly given a free pass –

    Don't believe for a nanosecond that a so called "right wing" leadership is not being yanked by leftist (civil society "elites") strings They are!

    Adina kutnicki, Israel –

  • ddd

    Nuke the Islamic countries now!

  • Poupic

    “The poor Palestinians!” They did not get to do their favorite terror, slitting the throats of Jewish babies in the crib and knifing their parents and siblings. How can anyone not feel sorry for them? We now know the PA can’t pay it’s workers, but what about the poor terrorists jailed in Israel did they get paid as usual for being jailed terrorists?

  • Abdul Razaq

    good luck PA, do well and have well. whatever you will do it will return upon you. by the way they uses USA money against American people and country. USA open your eyes, they are not your friends, but you are feeding snaks.

  • Chanameel

    Next thing ya know,
    this administration will announce that Hamas,
    is a legitimate government.

  • cjk

    Why in the world anyone contributes a dime to an organization which ACTIVELY TEACHES IT'S YOUTH to be at the very least rabid supporters of vicious terrorists intent on the genocide of a people and the enslavement of women and children is beyond me.
    The militarization of children alone should be enough reason to treat them all like the thugs they are.

  • κατεργάζομαι

    Yes. Muslims are a Breeding Ground.

    Islam is not a religion, nor is it a cult. In its fullest form, it is a complete, total, 100% system of life.

    Islam is a supremacist political ideology. – According to their hadith,- a special reward in paradise is reserved for the killers of apostates.) Muslims broke world records of genocide (270 million victims), slavery, religiously sanctioned rape, abuse of human rights, and prohibition of scientific inquiry.

    Two years after Adolf Hitler became the Chancellor, the Haavara Agreement permitted emigration of German Jews to Palestine.

    Haj Amin El- Husseini, the mufti of Jerusalem, persuaded Adolf Eichmann and Adolf Hitler that Jews should be killed before they flee Germany.

    Islam forbids Muslim emigration to the lands of the infidels because a Muslim minority cannot enslave the infidel majority. Despite this prohibition Muslims emigrate to the West, not as migrants, but as conquerors.

  • κατεργάζομαι

    MUSLIM BREEDING GROUND: The average European couple now has fewer than 1.4 babies, compared to 3.6 babies born to the average Muslim immigrant couple in Europe.

    Across Western Europe 16 to 20 percent of babies are being born into Muslim families… By 2025, one-third of all European children will be born to Muslims…

    In Italy, 95% of all rapists are Muslims. Eighty-five percent of all murderers are Muslims…

    France will have a Muslim majority in less than 25 years! Another telling statistic is that although the Muslims are 12% of France's population, 70 percent of a total of 60,775 prisoners in France are Muslims! All of France's urban suburbs are being roamed by Muslim black African or Arabic gangs…

    A very high proportion of French Muslims rely on welfare. Muslim neighborhoods are listed as "violent".
    Violence ranges from rape (95% of rapists are Muslim), murder (85% of murderers are Muslim), theft and looting of cars (58% committed by Muslims) and street fighting to assault on teachers and civil servants… source: