June 19, 2007

Dopey Philly Inquirer Letter of the Week

Jason Weinberg believes that handing over the West Bank to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas would further isolate his party's rival Hamas in Gaza (my emphasis):

"Palestinians on path to even deeper divide," Thursday, states that "rival governments in the West Bank and Gaza would . . . push prospects of a Palestinian state even further away." Rather, this division can catalyze lasting peace.

Fatah, for now, supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, while Hamas sees Israel's destruction through terror as its goal. Fatah and Israel could begin a peaceful resolution by creating Palestine, starting in the West Bank.

An isolated Gaza led by Hamas, on the other hand, would demonstrate that terrorism to achieve a state doesn't work and won't be tolerated or rewarded with concessions.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas could become a more credible negotiator by securing a West Bank Palestinian state. If that happens, a Gaza-West Bank split can be the beginning of real peace.

Really? What about the Fatah Charter, specifically Article 12 which states

Complete liberation of Palestine, and eradication of Zionist economic, political, military and cultural existence.

And then there are these "inconvenient" following items from Abbas' own mouth:

  • "It is not required of Hamas, or of Fatah, or of the Popular Front to recognize Israel."
  • "We have a legitimate right to direct our guns against Israeli occupation ... Our rifles, all our rifles are aimed at The Occupation."
  • On Jews: "The sons of Israel are corrupting humanity on earth."
  • On suicide bombers: "Allah loves the martyr."
  • On Hamas: "We must unite the Hamas and Fatah blood in the struggle against Israel as we did at the beginning of the intifada." (Boy, THAT worked out well, eh?)
  • On disarming Palestinian terrorists: a "red line" that must not be crossed.
  • On the so-called 'right of return' of Palestinian refugees and their millions of descendants which, if implemented would end Israel as a Jewish state: "The issue of the refugees is non-negotiable."

The above are not old utterances. They were offered in the last couple years. And then there's Abbas' own "contributions":

  • He wrote a PhD thesis and published a book denying the Holocaust.
  • As senior PLO official, he funded the Munich massacre of Israeli Olympic athletes in 1972.
  • In May 2006, he endorsed the so-called 'Prisoners' Plan', a document produced by jailed Palestinian terrorists, that endorses continued terrorism against Israel, legitimizes the murder of Jews, does not accept Israel's existence as a Jewish state, abrogates Palestinian obligations under the signed Oslo agreements and the 2003 Roadmap peace plan, and insists on the 'right of return.'"
  • In December 2005, he approved legislation mandating financial benefits to be paid to families of killed Palestinian terrorists.

A "two-state solution" with Abbas will be little better than the "two-state solution" under Yasser Arafat I'm afraid ...

Posted by Hube at June 19, 2007 10:01 AM | TrackBack

Comments  (We reserve the right to edit and/or delete any comments. If your comment is blocked or won't post, e-mail us and we'll post it for you.)

Hube, I know you are unwilling, but you need to at least try to look at Abbas as he is today, not yesterday.

I find it remarkable that the current situation has turned up any hope for peace whatsoever; but perhaps it has.

What kind of a response from Palestinians can one expect after:
1) A Hamas government was duly elected democratically.
2) Immediately the Israelis, the EU and the US financially and materially strangled the Palestinians, withholding fees and aid, creating an embargo, and effectively isolating the Palestinian people from the outside world and from each other. It's like imprisonment in solitary confinement, in this case an entire nation!
3) All the while expecting the Palestinians to effectively deal with the resultant despair and desperation.

Now we have Abbas emerging from the ashes of Palestinian misery, and suddenly the Israelis, the EU and the US are jumping on his bandwagon. Now what happens to 1.5 million Gazans, two thirds of whom are refugees from earlier wars and territorial take-overs.

And with all this, you still do all you can to demonize Abbas. Have you no heart, Hube?

You, Hube, represent a major element of this century old problem initiated by western interests against the residents of the Middle East. You ought to be thoroughly ashamed, then motivated to reconsider your pro-Israeli extremism!!! I sincerely hope you do!

Posted by: Perry Hood at June 19, 2007 11:09 AM

The above are not old utterances. They were offered in the last couple years.

Did you miss that part of the post, Perry? Please refrain from telling me I "should be ashamed." It is YOU, with your disgusting moral relativism, that deserves the shame.

You make me sick.

Posted by: Hube at June 19, 2007 11:46 AM

Wow Perry, that is some tasty leftist extremism you served up there. I especially appreciate the nuts.

Posted by: jef at June 19, 2007 06:39 PM

Hube, maybe if you get sick more often you will be more inclined to see past your obvious biases. I know, it's not easy.

And on the subject of moral relativism, isn't that where we should all be, instead of postulating some version of absolute truth that we all must accept because you, or your god, said so? Stick to your own absolute truth, and I'll stick to mine. That, sir, would be a step taken toward a more peaceful climate.

And jef, I gather that seeking for fairness in the Middle East is "leftist". How has this contribution of yours added to the discussion, other than to rally your base. Why not discuss instead? Is your case that weak? What is it that I said that you would like to counter?

Posted by: Perry Hood at June 20, 2007 10:36 AM

Sorry, Perry. My "biases" when it comes to obvious rights and wrongs will not change. Your disgusting need to "side with the underdog," despite their utterly vile nature, will continue to make me want to vomit.

Posted by: Hube at June 20, 2007 10:42 AM