On September 30, 2015, the Palestinian Authority (PA) leader Mahmoud Abbas went to the United Nations. There, before the world, he repudiated peace accords with Israel (Paul Richter, “An Abbas surprise: Palestinians no longer bound by 1993 Oslo peace accords”, Los Angeles Times, September 30, 2015). But he mustn’t have been very clear about that repudiation because as soon as he did it, hardly anyone became angry.
A leader from a region aflame in war repudiates peace. No one reacts? That’s amazing.
It’s also anti-Semitic. Think about how the world would react if Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had repudiated peace. Would it shrug in the same manner it shrugs at Abbas?
I don’t think so. If the Jewish Netanyahu had made that announcement, the world would have reacted with absolute outrage. Peace, the world would cry, is too important to repudiate. The world would ask, why do you Jews want to destroy peace?
Netanyahu, the world would complain, you’re not trying hard enough. Netanyahu, you’re a warmonger.
With Abbas, however, the world says nothing. Usually, when someone repudiates peace, he does so for a reason--to start a war. But with Abbas, the world doesn’t worry about war.
That’s a mistake. Then again, perhaps it’s not a mistake. Maybe it’s a silent nod of approval.
After all, Abbas doesn’t want just any kind of war. The war he wants is against Jews.
Look at the facts. Abbas went to the UN. He repudiated peace. Arabs in Israel, meanwhile, rioted and attacked Jews, Jewish Holy places and Jewish property in Jerusalem.
What does that tell you? It says Abbas meant what he said: from this point forward, when it comes to Israel, it’ll be war, not peace.
Ask the Jews of Jerusalem’s Old City about that. They know the truth. They’re the ones being attacked.
Those Arab attacks are racist. They’re fuelled by religious hatred. None of the attacks are ‘pro-statehood’. None of them are about ‘self-determination’. They all have one focus only: get the Jew.
Abbas is arrogant. Instead of going to the UN to speak about peace, he went to lie about Israel. He declared that Israel is responsible for Arab-inspired (and initiated) clashes on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount (ibid). He declared that Israel is responsible for the Arab-led call for religious war against Israel (ibid).
Abbas didn’t go to the UN to seek peace. He went to attack Israel. He didn’t go to find truth. He went to tells lies.
For example, Abbas and his Fatah officials stoke attacks against Jews on the Temple Mount—and blame both Israel and Jews for those attacks. Abbas and his PA pals have been using this ‘start a riot; blame the Jew’ tactic for years. They’re doing it again now.
Let’s get something straight here. Mahmoud Abbas may talk about ‘statehood’ in his UN speech (Jessica Schulberg, “Mahmoud Abbas Tells UN He Will No Longer Observe Oslo Accords”, Huffington Post, September 30, 2015). But if statehood was his real goal, what the hell is he doing on PA TV talking about filthy Jewish feet defiling Al Aqsa [The Temple Mount]? (“Abbas: We won’t allow Jews with their “filthy feet” to “defile our Al-Aqsa Mosque [the Jewish Temple Mount]” “We bless every drop of blood... that has been spilled for Allah”; Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 16, 2015”, as reported by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jaques Zilberdik, “PA and Fatah officials behind Jerusalem terror”, Palestinian Media Watch, September 20, 2015).
At the UN, Abbas talked about ‘self-determination’ (“Abbas: Palestine no longer bound by agreements with Israel”, Ma’an News Agency, September 30, 2015). But if he really wanted ‘self-determination’, why do his PA officials call on the ‘Palestinian’ people everywhere to come to Al-Aqsa [The Temple Mount] to ‘carry out Ribat [religious conflict/war]’ against the Jew (ibid)?
What the hell is that all about? On whose planet does a desire for ‘statehood’ get translated into religious war? In what world does ‘political self-determination’ mean a call to turn someone else’s Holiest site into a war zone?
Mahmoud Abbas mocks the United Nations. He mocks religious freedom. He mocks peace.
He laughs—and the whole world laughs with him as if he’s the world’s favourite satirist. He attacks Israel—and the world offers him gentle applause as if he’s just read a beautiful poem.
He went into Man’s Temple of Peace (the UN) and, essentially, declared a religious war against Jews. Nobody heard a discouraging word. But those riots in Jerusalem tell a different story. They tell a story of pure Jew-hate.
Abbas doesn’t want peace. He doesn’t want statehood. He doesn’t want ‘self-determination’. He wants war. He wants to rid Israel of, in his words, ‘filthy Jews’.
He should be careful what he asks for. He should be careful who he calls ‘filthy’.