Obama declared that “I genuinely believe that you do have a true partner in President Abbas.".
The track record is certainly there.
Palestinian Media Watch has reported that the Palestinian Authority, led by Mahmoud Abbas, has honored Palestinian terrorist Ahmad Abu Sukkar, who murdered 15 Israelis and Americans, and wounded 77 others in the Zion Square Refrigerator Bombing on July 4, 1975. Among the dead were American citizen Rivka Ben-Yitzhak and husband Michael, who left behind two small children. Daoud Khoury, an Arab accountant at the King David Hotel, was also murdered.
Abu Sukkar was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years for his role in the terror attack, yet was released after 27-years as a good will gesture in anticipation of the Aqaba Summit. Shortly after his release, Abu Sukkar called for the kidnapping of Israeli soldiers in the midst of a rally in Bethlehem.
The PA also gave Abu Sukkar an official military funeral after he died of a heart attack at age 78. His coffin was draped in a Palestinian flag and brought from the hospital to the center of Ramallah in a military vehicle.
In a eulogy, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas stated, “’His pure soul passed on to the kingdom of Heaven during these blessed days in this honored month [Ramadan] after a journey of struggle full of exceptional giving and devoted activity for Palestine."
Yes. Nothing says giving like rigging a booby trapped fridge to kill a bunch of people.
Michael Ben-Yitzchak (Isaacs) was an Oxford graduate who was born in Glasgow, Scotland. His wife, Rifka Soifer, was a Brooklynite, who was out shopping with her husband when the bomb went off.
The fridge bomber also killed a number of Muslims.
The other dead were identified as Yosef Amar, 28; David Cohen, 46; and Yoram Aivovi, 41, all of Jerusalem; and Nahiza Mohammed Hamed, 25, or East Jerusalem; her aunt, Fatima Moussa Hamed, 53, and a relative, Mohammed Abu Khadija, both from Amman, Jordan, who had come to Jerusalem for Nahiza’s wedding.
Nazih Hamad, was 25 when she died, rose early that Friday to buy a wedding dress for her wedding, which was scheduled to take place less than a week later. She was killed with her sister and cousin in the attack
Among the critically wounded was an 11-year-old boy.
The 13th victim, an 11-year-old Jewish boy whose father was in a critical condition in a hospital, was not identified by name.