The Palestinian ‘Unity’ Deal: The Charade Is Up!

Sarah N. Stern is Founder and President of EMET, The Endowment for Middle East Truth, an unabashedly pro-American and pro-Israel think tank and policy shop in our nation’s capital.


abbas-haniyeh-617x462-4.23.14“Our aim is the liberation of all of historic Palestine from the (Jordan) river to the (Mediterranean) sea, even if the conflict continues for a thousand years or many more generations.” - Faisal Husseini, considered a great Palestinian moderate, in his last interview, shortly before his death in 2001.

A Rubicon has just been crossed. Wednesday’s announcement by Abu Mazen of the Palestinian Authority that he has joined a national unity government with Hamas has unmasked the nature of the Fatah beast, once and for all, and revealed the naked intentions of the P.A. The fig leaf has fallen, and it does not reveal an attractive picture.

Since September 13, 1993, the Palestinian Authority has been playing a double, duplicitous, and highly dangerous game of “Good Cop/Bad Cop”.  On September 13th, when the Oslo Accords were signed, the Palestinians pledged to refrain from acts of violence or from incitement to violence, against Israel. All subsequent agreements have been predicated along that same pledge.

Israel was to trade something real and tangible, land, in exchange for peace. The only currency that the Palestinians had offered up was something illusive and intangible: a promise to refrain from acts of violence or terrorism and to refrain from the incitement towards those acts.

That was the sole condition that has ever been put on the Palestinian Authority.

Yet, scarcely a day goes by when there has not been an egregious comment cited in the Palestinian media applauding suicide bombers and inciting children “to follow in the proud path of the martyrs” ( i.e. to don suicide vests and to blow themselves up in  crowded pizza restaurants or buses.). The map of Palestine is ubiquitous within the disputed territories, including hanging on the walls of every Palestinian school, (yes, even our tax-payer funded UNRWA schools), and every official building, including on the walls under which Secretary of State John Kerry and Ambassador Martin Indyk sit. The map is one that we would recognize as Israel.

It was never their intention to just go back to the 1949 armistice lines, or the pre-1967 borders. If one picture is worth a thousand words, that is the picture that says it all.

There was essentially a division of labor that has existed for the last two decades.  While the Palestinian Authority ended their diplomatic isolation in the community of nations by signing Oslo, Wye, the Roadmap for Middle East Peace, and all subsequent agreements, they have used their enhanced diplomatic status to wage a nonphysical war against Israel through systematic campaigns of distortion and dehumanization of the Israel and the Jew in the international court of public opinion. They have never missed an opportunity to engage in the verbal war of demonization, delegitimization and BDS, (Boycott, Divest and Sanctions), against Israel.

The fact that BDS has caught on to the alarming extent that it has is testament to the success of the Palestinian Authority’s unending verbal war against Israel.

While the verbal war was effectively being fought by Fatah, Hamas engaged in the ongoing physical battle. However, this is not at all to suggest that there were not factions of Fatah who had been engaged in acts of terrorism or violence in the last two decades.

What people within Fatah would do was simply spin off and create other divisions of Fatah, such as the Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade, which has been responsible for the deaths of scores of innocent civilians in multiple heinous attacks, such as the attack on a Bat Mitzvah celebration on January 17, 2002, when 6 civilians were killed, and 33 were wounded. Or the attack on the central Tel Aviv bus station when 22 civilians were killed on January 5, 2003. Or the 2004 attack on a bus in Jerusalem, when 11 civilians were killed. And the list goes on and on.

However, for the most part, and under the watchful eye of the IDF, they have kept up to their end of the bargain and refrained from physical acts of terror.  That they left to their brothers in Hamas.

However, words eventually can kill. No-one is born wanting to be a suicide bomber. In fact, it is anti-Darwinian, against our natural survival instinct. These acts come about after years of listening to the most heinous  sorts of anti-Semitic and hate-infested propaganda that the Palestinian Authority subjects its people to from the cradle to the unfortunate early grave hat they have been inciting them to go to.

This has been going on for two decades. Life is a series of choices and the P.A. chose to align themselves with Hamas, rather than with Israel. As Prime Minister Netanyahu said, “Does Abbas want peace with Hamas or with Israel?”

Since 1997, Hamas has been designated as a terrorist organization by the State Department, and U.S. law specifically states that it is unlawful for the United States to provide any material support to a foreign terrorist organization or to an entity that contains a foreign terrorist organization.

Now is finally time to stop this deadly charade.

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  • KatharineMChapman

    This has been going on for two decades. Life is a series of choices and the P.A. chose to align themselves with Hamas, rather than with Israel. As Prime Minister Netanyahu said, “Does Abbas want peace with Hamas or with Israel?” http://sn.im/28ux95m

    • BagLady

      You forget that Hamas was the people’s choice simply because they were the ones providing social care. Fatah was nothing but a club of corrupt takers. Things change. Hamas has grown up and realizes its radical vengeful members are a disadvantage to the ’cause’ and have moderated their approach.

      Netanyahu doesn’t accept that because it doesn’t suit his agenda.

      I expect the next stage will be the same as the last one: a few rockets will fly into Israeli territory and the troops will go in.

    • BagLady

      Was that the choice then, align yourself with your own people or become a Judas?

  • Fluxus

    This deadly charade has been predicated on the idea that peace with evil people is desirable. It would, in fact, be shameful.

  • RobE

    Abbas knew what he was doing, a few days before the expiration of the peace process to embark with Hamas. It was his ticket to stop the peace process because they knew that Israel would never agree with Hamas on board. Thus, the blame was only for Israel. In addition, he explains that the Holocaust was a terrible, and his statement now want the peace process continues. And the idiotic EU and U.S. carry him on hands. Meanwhile, they sell their souls and their children who do not want peace, but domination. Please, see this palestinian chessboard well, and do not be fooled.

    • BagLady

      It was his ticket to stop the peace process because they knew that Israel would never agree with Hamas on board”

      OK, presuming you are right, how would things have turned out had Hamas not been invited to the table?

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  • Hard Little Machine

    It really doesn’t matter since they will go back to slaughtering one another and calling each other “Jews” soon anyway.

  • BagLady

    Israel was to trade something real and tangible, land, in exchange for peace.

    OK. Let’s look at this land.

    It puts me in mind of the dispute between England and Northern Ireland. Even they have now reached some sort of agreement. Of course, it necessitated Britain stop referring to the IRA as a terrorist organisation.

    • Softly Bob

      The Northern Ireland conflict was a conflict that was mainly about sovereignty. It has often been used as an example of religious
      war between Catholics and Protestants but was not a religious war at all.
      For starters the main protagonists, the Provisional I.R.A were in their own words a Marxist-Atheist association. Their chief enemy, the British government, had no religious motives in the debate either. Although many Catholics took the side of the I.R.A. (again for political reasons) and many Protestants, the British side, there were some Catholics who took the British side and a significant number of Protestants who wanted the same as the IRA, a united Ireland.
      It is worth noting that neither side used religious scripture to justify their actions. The entire conflict lasted around forty years and was finally resolved via political means. There was also no apparent global agenda.
      The Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the other hand is primarily a religious war – not as far as the Israelis are concerned but as far as the Palestinians are concerned, because it’s really all the dirty handiwork of Muslims.

      The Muslims are told to despise Jews (it’s in the Q’uran), but not only that, the Prophet Mohammed claimed that Allah told him that he was entitled to own Jerusalem. That is why the Muslims want Jerusalem and why they want to see every single Jew wiped out. This has nothing to do with politics. It’s to do with the fanatical mindset created by that truly ghastly ideology known as Islam.
      There will never be peace in the Middle East as long as people continue to worship the false god Allah. Islam and Islam only, is responsible for this entire conflict.

      • BagLady

        The Irish problem was all about money. The Protestants got all the jobs and the Catholics were sidelined. End of story.

        • Softly Bob

          Actually in the Republic of Ireland the reverse was true. Protestants knew that becoming part of a united Ireland would force them to live under Papal laws. Until recently contraceptives were illegal in Ireland and divorce was not possible. In Northern Ireland as you have rightly pointed out Catholics were discriminated against when it came to jobs.
          My point though, was that the dispute wasn’t based on religious scripture. It was mainly political. The British government had no religious involvement in it. They were targeted by the IRA who wanted all of Ireland under Irish sovereignty. The IRA, although claiming to represent Catholics were in their own words Atheist/Marxist. Their resentment against the British was also based on a long historical hatred of Britain going back to the time of Cromwell.
          There is nothing in the Bible that justified murderous activities by either side.

    • Vlorg

      What colour is your bag?

      • JBisback

        Commie red.

      • BagLady

        It’s a navy blue Kipling. Cost me $250 in Costa Rica thanks to a wannabe rich taxi driver stealing my green bag in the middle of the night in a rainstorm leaving me with nothing. I survived to tell the tale.

        So what?

    • JBisback

      It necessitated the IRA to quit terrorism.

      Not that Northen Ireland was ever anything other than England or that there is any such thing as Palestine.

      Hag lady trolltard.

      • ahad_ha_amoratsim

        Jew-hating lying hag lady trolltard.

      • BagLady

        Apart from your childish tirade, the IRA did quit terrorism. That was my analogy with Hamas.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          The IRA put down arms, and Hamas should put down arms? That’s the analog?

      • BagLady

        The island of Ireland was England?

        There are four kinds of people in the UK -

        First, there were the Scots who kept the Sabbath – and everything else they could lay their hands on;

        Then there were the Welsh – who prayed on their knees and their neighbours;

        Thirdly there were the Irish who never knew what they wanted – but were willing to fight for it anyway.

        Lastly there were the English who considered themselves self-made
        men, – thus relieving the Almighty of a terrible responsibility.[anon]

    • T800

      the IRA first had to renounce terrorism and violence,and agree to disarm,to become a solely political organization. Only then could they reach any agreement.

    • ahad_ha_amoratsim

      It also necessitated the IRA stop giving itself carte blanche to kill Brits.
      Remind, me, though — when did the IRA first demand abolishing the UK, depriving Brits of the right to self-government, turning the entire UK over to the IRA, and expelling whatever Brits they chose not to slaughter?

      • BagLady

        What a warped picture of history you have.

        • ahad_ha_amoratsim

          It’s only warped when I deliberate distort a few things (like the IRA’s goals and tactics) in order to illustrate why your analogies don’t work. The actual warpage is your bag.

          • BagLady

            The actual warpage is your bag.

            Poor Israel, hanging in their by her teeth. Surrounded by enemies that would drive her ‘people’ into the sea and kill every last Jew and… blah de blah de blah.

          • ahad_ha_amoratsim

            Yeah, it’s not like anyone ever actually tried to drive the Jews into the sea, say in 1948, 1967, 1973, or like anyone is actively trying to now. Or like anyone has ever tried to kill every last Jew, or even a big part of them. That would be unprecedented, right? Just part of that Jewish paranoia thing, right?

            From the quotation marks you placed around ‘people’, by the way, I take it you think that term does not apply to Jews.

    • Gee

      When did the IRA ever declare that their goal was the ethnic cleansing and genocide of every single British person?
      It would more akin to the dispute between the Nazis and the Soviets. Just when did they negotiate?

      • BagLady

        They never did. They felt usurped by the arrogant British government coming to their island, stealing their resources and sidelining the Catholics.

      • BagLady

        I expect that during your long life you have noticed the difference in vocabulary used by our various peoples. An Englishman would declare his goal in measured tones whilst his Arab neighbour would shout and shoot his gun in the air, promising to kill all his adversaries and die a martyr in the process.

        Same message, only the macho delivery is different.

    • Atikva

      Yeah, let’s look at this land.

      It’s called the Land of the Jews (Judea) and the land of the Samaritans (also Jews), who gave their names to the piece of land they have developed, farmed and peopled for about three thousand years.

      And if these provinces were handed over to the Arabs, believe me, it would entail much more than for them to stop referring to Israel as a terrorist organization! For starters, the two provinces would immediately become judenrein. Then the Hamas Charter, like all Arab declarations on the subject, makes no bones about what they have in store for their Jewish neighbors: “There is no solution to the conflict except Israel’s disappearance”.

      They would proceed along the lines of Arafat’s strategy: “Since we cannot defeat Israel in war, we do this in stages. We take any and every territory that we can of Palestine and establish sovereignty there, and we use it as a springboard to take more. When the time comes, we can get the Arab nations to join us for the final blow against Israel.” (1995, Jordan TV). In the meantime, of course, Judea/Samaria and Gaza would coordinate their missiles and terror attacks on Israel in order to speed up the final solution, all without risk of being reproved or stopped by the West convinced that the “injustice” suffered by the mythic “palestinians” had to be redressed.

      Even if the Arabs would honestly accept the existence of a Jewish State in the Middle East (or anywhere else on the planet, for that matter), which will never happen in this century, Israel would be left with a narrow strip of land less than 10 miles wide, bordered by the sea, and totally indefensible as recognized by the Security Council of the UN in 1967 (which is why Res. 242 never asked Israel to surrender Judea and Samaria).

      I am afraid that there is no comparison possible between the political and cultural conflict between two civilized countries like Ireland and Great Britain and the religious war launched by savages such as the islamists, who view the extermination of the Jews, Israelis or not, as a stepping stone toward the creation of a western caliphate. And that’s the sad reality we have to deal with, the rest is just takya..

      • BagLady

        “…And if these provinces were handed over to the Arabs, believe me, it would entail much more than for them to stop referring to Israel as a terrorist organization!…”

        Funny you should bring up today’s favourite subject, ‘terrorism’.

        I was just reading YahooNews and the problem with ultranationalist (imported ‘settlers’) causing trouble in advance of the Pope’s impending visit to Jerusalem.

        “…Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said on Wednesday they would ask the cabinet to classify groups behind “price tag” attacks as terrorist organizations, opening the way for the possible use of detention without trial against members.”

        It took Lemkin many years to get the term ‘genocide’ defined in law and here is present day Israel banging people up arbitrarily and without recourse to the human right of a fair trial on the weight of some ‘tag’.

        I am horrified if this is indeed the calibre of your legal system.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      Does India have peace with Pakistan?

      • BagLady

        No, and it probably never will in our lifetime. We all know the catastrophe caused in that region by British imperialism.

        What is your point?

        • objectivefactsmatter

          “No, and it probably never will in our lifetime.”

          And why is that?

          “We all know the catastrophe caused in that region by British imperialism.”

          Oh really? British imperialism still forcing poor jihadis to fight for global sharia. That’s unfortunate. So British imperialism started it 14 centuries ago. That’s an interesting view.

          • ahad_ha_amoratsim

            In fairness, the Brits did promise the Arabian peninsula to Saud and to the Hashemites, which led them to install the Hashemites over the Arabs who lived in Transjordan, thereby violating the League of Nations Mandate to establish a Jewish home in Palestine. The UK then restricted Jewish immigration, inspired murderous Arab riots against the Jews living in Western Palestine.

            After WWII, the UK continued unlawfully to restrict Jewish immigration, intercepted and imprisoned survivors of the Germans (and of the Poles, Ukrainians, French, Dutch, and other European populations who had tried to exterminate Jews), allowed the Arabs to besiege Jerusalem with no consequences, trained and armed the Arab armies, disarmed the Jewish population and imprisoned Jews suspected of defending the Jewish population, handed military emplacements over to Arabs dedicated to massacring Jews, and furnished officers who presided in Arab massacres of Jews who surrendered during the war (e.g. John Glubb at Gush Etzion).
            Imperialism may be the wrong term, but there is much to blame the British for.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            “Imperialism may be the wrong term, but there is much to blame the British for.”

            The Jihadis have nobody to blame but themselves. We can blame the British for being traitors to their civilization though.

            Then again, maybe it’s really only America where these values of liberty took root in any institutionalized way.

          • ahad_ha_amoratsim

            I agree completely. I meant that the Jews have much to blame the British for, not that the Jihadis do. The British were actively and passively aiding the Jihadis at least as far back as the 1920s.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            I wasn’t so much correcting you as adding nuance.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      “Of course, it necessitated Britain stop referring to the IRA as a terrorist organisation.”

      It necessitated the ability to come to consensus. You can’t reach non-sharia consensus with jihadis.

      Get it?

      Keep reading this over and over again until you understand. You can talk certain individuals out of being jihadi. But you can’t overcome the fact that Islamic ideology is intolerant of noncompliance when a believer has the power to coerce sharia.

      • CaoMoo

        she doesn’t get it. she’s too busy telling other people to grow up to grow up her self and lose the child like naivety she views the world through.

      • ahad_ha_amoratsim

        You mean that Hamas, the PA, Hezbollah, Fatah and the other Yemach shemam won’t give up their goal of exterminating Jews and abolishing Israel if we just stop referring to them as terrorists?
        Rats, now I’m going to have to come up with another plan.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          It would have all worked out fine except the TEA party are racists. See how it works?

          • ahad_ha_amoratsim

            And here I thought it was all Geo. W. Bush’s fault.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            At some point in history you have to take an objective look and realize that you can also blame his father.

          • BagLady

            Of course. The plan has always been the same. Only the names have been repeated.

            Will Michelle Obama eventually run for President?

          • objectivefactsmatter

            “Of course. The plan has always been the same. Only the names have been repeated.”

            You missed the joke.

            “Will Michelle Obama eventually run for President?”

            They’ll run anyone that can win. Competence absolutely is not a consideration.

        • BagLady

          Tell me (since I’m tired of the hearing of the impending extermination of Jews), how much closer are they to their supposed goal than they were, say, 50 years ago? Do they have a devilish plan?

          • ahad_ha_amoratsim

            Yeah, bags, it’s all just a figment of our paranoid imagination.

      • BagLady

        My mother taught me that there is no such word as ‘can’t’.

        First let’s use the word ‘jihad’ correctly. What you are speaking of is a bastardisation of the true meaning of the word and discriminating against an whole people because of the ignorance of the few is exactly what your government wants from you.

        I have no access to US local news stations, but I guarantee the names ‘Putin’ and “Hitler’ are being coupled together on a regular basis in order to promote auto suggestion in the minds of the masses.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          “My mother taught me that there is no such word as ‘can’t’.”

          That’s so helpful.

          “First let’s use the word ‘jihad’ correctly. What you are speaking of is a bastardisation of the true meaning of the word and discriminating against an whole people because of the ignorance of the few is exactly what your government wants from you.”

          I’m using it as Mohamed did. Sure, lots of people make up their own doctrines, but at some point any Muslim can be approached by any other Muslim and exhorted to “act like Mohamed” or “act like Mohamed wanted Muslims to act.”

          I’m not “discriminating” (irrationally) against anyone or any group. I’m passing careful judgment on ideas and ideologies. I’m parsing and evaluating. Yes, that is “discrimination” but “discrimination” is what keeps people from driving their cars past red traffic signals.

          “I have no access to US local news stations, but I guarantee the names ‘Putin’ and “Hitler’ are being coupled together on a regular basis in order to promote auto suggestion in the minds of the masses.”

          That’s bullshit. You can’t even get your paranoid “NWO” narratives straight. Is Putin in or out with the NWO? How about 0′Bama, in or out with NWO?

    • truebearing

      False equivalency alert.

      The Irish aren’t Muslims. if they were, there would be no end to the violence. Your problem is that you try to rationalize reality instead of simply accepting the truth.

      • BagLady

        I think the Irish problem went on long enough. Don’t you?

        Accepting your ‘truth’ would suggest the need for rectification of the status quo. I presume your answer to violence is more of the same.

  • wileyvet

    Islam has been at war with Jews since Muhammad first set foot in Medina. They were the first non-pagans to feel the wrath of Allah ( Muhammad). The Koran gives Muslims and by extension the PLO and Hamas, all the justification they need for their murderous and duplicitous acts. The land the “Palestinians” claim was never an independent Arab territory let alone Muslim. There were Arab types in Greater Syria-Palestine, but they differed ethnically and racially from those from Arabia when Islam seized it in A.D. 634. This land was gained through violent jihad against an overwhelmingly Christian and Jewish population, and its people subjugated under Islam. It is the Arab Muslims who are illegally occupying the Middle East. To a Muslim, the Jews are not showing proper deference to Islam, and have reversed the historic role that Jews are supposed to play vis a vis Muslims. This is what rankles the Arab. They simply cannot accept the image or character of a strong Jew who stands up to them. It is a total affront to the supremacist nature of Islam. Terrorism worked against the Jews of Medina, so they think it will work for them today much to the chagrin of the “Palestinians” and their terrorist leaders.

    • kikorikid

      Good narrative as Muslims don’t care about history,
      in general, unless it is their history of conquest.
      Jews and Isreal, armed, is inconsistent with their
      world view and “their” history.

  • Mach1Duck

    It is well past time to cut off all aid to Palestine, everything, down to toilet paper. We are supporting a bunch of crooks, just look at Arafat. We should pressure the rest of the West to follow suit, and terminate UN aid as well. If they will not negoitate in good faith, why support them.

    • BagLady

      You’d have to get everyone on your side before strangling a people to death.

  • Walter Sieruk

    It’s not so much the question “Was Muhammad a prophet?” It’s better stated “Was Muhammad a prophet sent by God or was Muhammad a false prophet sent by Satan to lead many people astray?” After all Jesus did warn “Beware of false prophet which comes to you in sheep’s clothing but are inwardly ravening wolves.” Matthew 7:15. The Bible further warns that “many false prophets are gone forth into the world.” First John 4:1. To give the acid test if a prophet, teacher, or religion is teaching truth of falsehoods is if the prophet, teacher or religion has teaching and doctrines that are in according to God’s Word, the Bible. That if a person or religion has teachings and doctrines that are in contradiction to God’s Word then that prophet, teacher or religion is false. As Isaiah 8:20. explains “To the law of the testimony : If they speak not according to the word , it is because there is no light in them.” [KJV] Islam denies that Jesus is the Son of God. This is in contrast to the Bible which teaches that Jesus is indeed the Son of God, John 3:16, 17, and 36. First John 2:22, 23. Likewise. Islam denies that Jesus is God the Son. In contrast to Islam the Bible teaches that Jesus is God the God. As seen in Hebrews 1:6-8 with emphasis on verse 8. Furthermore, Islam denies that Jesus is God. This is in strong contradiction to the Bible which teaches that Jesus is God. As shown, for example, in John 1:1-3. Romans 9:5. Colossians 1:15-17. First John 5:20. Second Peter 1; 1. Titus 2:13. Moreover, by comparing the Old Testament with the New Testament will further show that Jesus is God, As in by comparing Isaiah 45:22,23. With Philippians 2:5-11. Will show Jesus is God. Also by comparing Psalm 89:8,9. With Matthew 8:23-27 will further confirm Jesus to be God. Even by comparing the New Testament book together will confirm Jesus to be God. As in John 5:22 with Romans 14:12 will show Jesus to be God. The list can go on but this should be enough. The imams and mullahs will try to “explain” this all away by claiming that Christians had corrupted the Bible through time. This claim greatly underestimates the power of God to preserve His Word in time and keep it intact and away from the corruption of men. In conclusion, Muhammad was a false prophet and Islam is a false religion, Proverbs 14:12. John 14:6.

  • JVictor

    “No-one is born wanting to be a suicide bomber.” Indeed. Where are the human rights activists, especially the children’s advocates, who would decry the type of brainwashing Muslim children are forced to endure? If these types of “Vacation Jihadist Schools” were operated by Jews or Christians extolling the virtues of mass murder committed against Muslims, there would be a huge uproar. The anti-Semitic and virulent hatred of everyone non-Muslim by Muslims ought to raise the hackles of every human being on the planet. Sadly, that is not the case.

    • BagLady

      The anti-Semitic and virulent hatred of everyone non-Muslim by Muslims
      ought to raise the hackles of every human being on the planet. Sadly,
      that is not the case.”

      I’m sure it would, if it were in fact true.

  • Arvadadan

    Amazing how fast the PLO forgot that Hamas drug their people in to the streets in Gaza for summary execution…

    • objectivefactsmatter

      It’s about jihad. Posing as “nationalist” was always about jihad for 99% of them. Perhaps more.

    • BagLady

      “drug their people”… Is that a new 21st century past tense of drag?

  • truebearing

    Terrorist prisoners can now be executed, since they won’t be useful for phony peace talks any more. Israeli leftists can be escorted into Palestinian territory and shown their new homes. Then Israel can commennce with driving the admitted terrorists into the sea. This is what a real peace plan looks like.

  • BagLady

    Yet, scarcely a day goes by when there has not been an egregious
    comment cited in the Palestinian media applauding suicide bombers and
    inciting children “to follow in the proud path of the martyrs” ( i.e. to
    don suicide vests and to blow themselves up in crowded pizza
    restaurants or buses.).”

    I find this claim potentially outrageous without proof. Do please supply citations.