Palestinian lies, American delusions to resolve the conflict – opinion

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The ability of peace seekers to deceive themselves about the Palestinian war against Israel is as bottomless as it is strange. Ultimately, it is their repeated attempts to resolve the conflict that have failed.

The only real change in perception and action on this issue came from former President Donald Trump.

As a businessman with no political or diplomatic background, he refused to follow in the footsteps of his predecessors in many areas, including the Middle East.

His approach, which was based on rewarding America’s allies and refusing to appease enemies, worked. His replacement by President Joe Biden in November signaled a relapse into the tired, old, false paradigms associated with the Middle East.

The Palestinian Authority leaders breathed a sigh of relief. For them, dealing with Democrats in the White House, the State Department and on Capitol Hill is just as natural as manipulating the European Union and the United Nations.

Their satisfaction with the US presidential election result only increased when Biden appointed Hady Amr – a foreign affairs wonk with a history of hostility towards Israel and sympathy for Hamas – as deputy assistant secretary of state for Israeli and Palestinian affairs. Because of his role in the new administration in Washington, Amr received an official letter from the PA to the White House last Saturday.

The letter, the contents of which was revealed by the Palestinian news site Amad, stated that all factions in Ramallah and Gaza, including Hamas, agree to establish a state along the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as the capital. undertake to comply with international law and recognize the Palestine Liberation Organization as the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people. The letter also contained the vow to continue to offer “peaceful resistance of the population” until statehood is achieved.

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TWO DAYS later, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken reiterated the Biden government’s vision of “a more peaceful, secure and prosperous future for Israelis, Palestinians and the greater Middle East” in a phone call with Secretary of State Gabi Ashkenazi.

This dream, of course, included the “belief that the two-state solution is the best way to secure Israel’s future as a Jewish and democratic state living in peace alongside a viable and democratic Palestinian state”.

It is not clear whether Blinken’s conversation with his Israeli counterpart on Monday was in any way connected to the lying letter from the PA addressed to Biden and immediately put into Amr’s clutches. Not that it really matters.

First, Hamas and other terrorist groups like Islamic Jihad have failed to confirm the PA’s claims because they are not trying to destroy Israel – not to live next to it. Second, the PA has never entered into the so-called “peaceful resistance” advertised in the letter – unless the killing of Jews counts as such – and is currently engaged in an alleged election campaign, which is also being staged to favor the West procure.

Third, Biden and his team do not need false assurances from the PA to use a two-state solution rhetoric. PA President Mahmoud Abbas and the Democrats who poke fun at him love to pay lip service to high ideals – albeit for opposite reasons.

The former is committed to keeping part of the so-called “international community” in a blissful land and encouraging the rest to hold Israel and the Jews responsible for a lack of peace. The latter simply cannot bear to lose confidence in his long-cherished nonsense, especially after being repeatedly proven wrong.

NOR HABEN Biden’s views on this point were far from open, both before and after his election. For example, last month the acting US Ambassador to the United Nations, Richard Mills, told the UN Security Council: “Under the new administration, the policy of the United States is to support a friendly two-state solution in which Israel lives peace and security alongside a viable Palestinian state. “

Mills said: “To advance these goals, the Biden administration will restore the US’s credible engagement with Palestinians and Israelis. [which] will include the renewal of US relations with the Palestinian leadership and the Palestinian people. “

Biden, stressed Mills, “knew that he intended to restore US aid programs that support economic development programs and humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people, and to take steps to resume diplomatic ties established by the previous US administration.”

This is a failed diplospeak for the resumption of funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA). Now, only members of the far left harbor and spread the illusion that UNRWA is not what Trump calls an “irrevocably flawed operation” whose sole purpose was to perpetuate a fabricated “refugee crisis”.

As a sideline, the UN agency, which put Palestinians in its own fraudulent category – one that allowed them to remain “refugees” for generations instead of helping them move quickly – also supported terrorists. It not only allows Fatah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad to store weapons in and below their schools. His revisionist textbooks indoctrinate Palestinian children into hating Israelis and seeking to kill them.

This is in addition to the violent, anti-Semitic cartoons and abuse that UNRWA teachers post on Facebook with impunity. If one organization deserves to be broken up, let alone with no cash, this is it. Thanks to Biden, however, the registers will soon be heavily refilled.

The financially troubled PA spoke of “economic development and humanitarian aid programs” and never interrupted its “Pay for Slay” program to stimulate terrorism. It’s a budget priority that Abbas and his henchmen haven’t given up on, even during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a recent report from research institute Palestian Media Watch (PMW), the PA spent at least NIS 512 million ($ 159 million) on terrorist salaries in 2020. The PMW documentation shows that the real number is much higher, but is still paid in a roundabout way to scam international donors.

While the PA must be fully transparent about its spending, the PLO is not bound by such restrictions. Nonetheless, both have confirmed that sending hundreds of millions of shekels a year as a reward to terrorists is sacred and will continue.

Then there is the difficult way the PA rushed to transfer a lump sum to its “prisoner fund” to circumvent Israeli anti-terrorism legislation that came into effect in late December 2020.

The 2016 Anti-Terrorism Act, which provides that anyone involved in a transaction that “aids, encourages, funds or rewards” the commission of acts of terrorism, is punished with up to 10 years’ imprisonment and Samaria (West Bank) passed. last february. Although the adoption was scheduled for May 9, 2020, the novel coronavirus crisis spurred Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz to postpone its implementation.

In April, three weeks before the original May deadline, PMW warned PA banks that they could face criminal charges if they did not stop providing accounts that the powers-that-be-funneled salaries for Palestinian prisoners were through in Israeli prisons pay on the one hand and civil claims by the victims’ families on the other.

These banks refused to submit to liability or jeopardize their relationships with foreign financial institutions and promptly refused to act as “pay for slay” channels. But Abbas did not let himself be stopped from paying the jihadists he had cultivated.

He hastily handed them three months’ worth of salaries and went to work building an “independence bank” that is not bound by international treaties or laws that apply to the PA. It is precisely this kind of deception that Trump would not tolerate.

IF BIDEN envisions that the Palestinian people who are merely trying to put food on their family’s table will benefit at all from resumption of US aid to their corrupt and anti-peace leadership, they will disappoint him.

It goes without saying that it should come as no surprise to someone who served eight years as the deputy of former President Barack Obama and watched the PA’s behavior deteriorate despite gigantic American efforts.

Unfortunately, it still reminds of that.