Editorial: Mahmoud Abbas the Moderate?
July 3, 2007 – 11:43am Extras
By Don Winter
Yesterday, I had the unexpected pleasure of watching the great Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian people bemoaning the violence that has been planned against his person and the de-facto violence that has been committed against his own goons by Hamas. Yet, during the speech he didn’t miss an opportunity to blame Israel as the reason for the violence.
If some Jews on this globe decide to view Abbas as a benevolent moderate, they must be the same ones who believed that the Nazis had nothing against the Jews, and all they wanted was to put the starch back in the collective backbones of the defeated German people. After all, it was the Jews who did the stabbing of Germany in the back in the First World War. The pages of the Jewish newspapers were also full of the wisdom of the opinions of the Jewish leadership at the time. You were hearing the expression of the clear Jewish logic that was prevalent before the Second World War. “Why be afraid of the Nazis, when we all know that we are the only ones who can speak with them?” — meaning Yiddish. The Jews were also reasoning that since they are the ones who are best skilled and most educated, the Nazis will “need us and won’t let anything to happen to us.”
It was Rabin who was the first in the post-Holocaust era to come up with the new version of the “they need us” folly. “You can only make peace with your enemy,” he said. This declaration is as stupid as it sounds. You don’t make peace with your enemy; you defeat them first and then deprive them of their leadership that was leading them against you. After that you can start being friendly with your former enemies and begin a dialogue.
If you can’t defeat your enemy then the only thing you can do is to wait for generations until a new generation and time will lead your enemy to a new reality. The most important issue that you must make your enemy understand is to let them know that you are here to stay and that the only thing they can do is accept you as a historical reality. Instead, what is taking place is the Peace Now activist view that every Arab terrorist is a potential peace partner of Israel. The Arabs, on the other hand, view the Jews, who are among the most ancient people of the region, as foreign intruders that have no business to live in that region of the earth.
Mahmoud Abbas is the battered president of the Palestinian Authority, who has lost all his authority to the bloodthirsty and Israel-hating Hamas. The sad part about Abbas is that his authority has never come from the Palestinians but was handed to him by the peace-hungry West, mainly the Israelis and the Americans. Yet the peaceful Abbas has never had peace in his heart toward Israel and the Jews. He was and is a bona fide terrorist, and a classic anti-Semite. He is one of the founding fathers of Al Fatah, the foremost controlling political group within the PLO. Abbas the man is purported to be very intelligent, has studied law in Egypt and finished his doctorate studies in Moscow. As a result of his studies, he became the author of several books. In his supposedly scholarly work he wrote that the real number of Jews who died during the Holocaust was a mere few hundred thousand instead of the six million that the Jews were claiming.
He not only downplayed the number of Jewish Holocaust victims but also accused the Jews of collaborating with the Nazis.
This is the real Abbas, deliberately dishonest to the core.
Unfortunately the road of lies and deceit that Abbas chooses to travel on does not lead to the peace that he promised to the Israelis, nor does it lead to the victory over the Jews and Israel as he and his partner Arafat promised to their people. Instead of leading the Palestinians to the gates of nirvana his people have been led by the Abbas-Arafat duo straight to the gates of the abyss of a civil war. It is not that Abbas doesn’t know the truth, but he chooses to lie and tries to cheat because that is what he was doing all his life when wanting to gain success.
This is the same man, who with all his guile was playing the role of a pragmatist and a peaceful man. No, there can be nothing further from the truth. Abbas is instead a patient man who will never deviate from his purpose but his methods can always change according to his needs. Not once did the man give up the demand that the Palestinians have an unalterable right of
return. That of course on practical terms would mean the destruction of Israel.
He is currently working together with various terrorist groups that are mortal enemies of the state of Israel but are also the enemies of Hamas. Yet the greed forces both Olmert and Bush to sit down with that sly Jew hater and to perpetuate the continued existence of this man who represents nothing but his past failures.
With Abbas’ stock at zero points with the Palestinians, what is the incentive for the other Arab countries, Israel and the United States to prop up this unsuccessful nobody who has lost an open election to the religious fundamentalist group of Hamas, and then dramatically lost an armed conflict to them just recently. Why waste our time, money and the lives of many to prop up this politically dead agent for the sake of chasing a dream whose time has not yet come … namely peace in our lifetime?
The reason is because Abbas like his mentor and predecessor Arafat does not want peace, but victory at the expense of the existence of Israel.
—Don Winter is the co-publisher of the Resident
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