President Donald Trump is on his way to the Middle East with a mission – the same mission that countless previous US Presidents have had, and at which they all failed miserably, and all for the same reason. This reason is obvious to anyone watching the Israeli-Arab conflict with an open mind: the constant, persistent and virulent rejectionism of the Arabs (nowadays mostly focused on the Palestinians) to recognize Israel as the Jewish homeland, their rejection of any Jewish connection and/or presence in Jerusalem, and worst of all, their leaders’ rejection of any Jewish presence in Israel.
These past few weeks have only clarified further the utter hatred with which the Palestinians view Israel and the Jews as we see just whom the Palestinians have chosen to be their leaders.
First and foremost there is the imprisoned murderer Marwan Barghouti (about whom I wrote a couple of weeks ago) who sees himself as Mahmoud Abbas’ successor. Many in the international community too have adopted this whitewashed vision of Barghouti, who has incited unrest amongst Palestinian security prisoners by starting a hunger strike. The fact that his own hunger strike was honoured in the breach (and caused huge hilarity as detailed by Israellycool) as he was caught and videoed eating a chocolate bar in the bathroom does not seem to dent his sense of victimhood.
As I wrote and quoted in my post:
Aussie Dave at Israellycool was spot on with his remark that the NYT “wiped the blood off the hands of a terrorist”:
Just as a reminder, here is more on this “Palestinian leader and parliamentarian”:
Marwan Barghouti is currently serving 5 life sentences for orchestrating three shooting attacks that killed 5 people: one attack in Jerusalem (June 12, 2001) in which Greek monk Tsibouktsakis Germanus was murdered by terrorist Ismail Radaida and another unidentified terrorist, another attack at a gas station in Givat Zeev near Jerusalem (Jan. 15, 2002) in which Yoela Hen, 45, was murdered by terrorists led by Mohammed Matla, and one shooting and stabbing attack at the Sea Food Market restaurant in Tel Aviv (March 5, 2002) in which Eli Dahan, 53, Yosef Habi, 52, and Police Officer Sergeant-Major Salim Barakat, 33, were murdered by terrorist Ibrahim Hasouna. When arrested by Israel in 2002, Barghouti headed the Tanzim (Fatah terror faction). After he was convicted and imprisoned, he was re-elected member of the Palestinian Authority parliament.
If one mass murderer was not enough, the Palestinians have just elected a convicted murderer of six Israelis to be Mayor of Hebron:
Tayseer Abu Sneineh, the convicted murderer of six Israelis, was reportedly elected mayor of the West Bank city of Hebron on Saturday as head of the Fatah Party list.
Abu Sneineh was one of four Palestinians behind the murder of six Israeli yeshiva students in 1980.
The students, included two American citizens and a Canadian national, were part of a group that had danced from the Cave of the Patriarchs to Beit Hadassah in Hebron when Abu Sneineh and his terror cell opened fire. The six students were killed and 16 others were wounded.
The Palestinians were convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison but were later released in various prisoner exchanges Israel carried out throughout the 1980s. Tayseer Abu Sneineh was released in a prisoner swap in 1983.
You can read about the Bet Hadassah attack at Jewish Virtual Library.
As Ambassador Dani Dayan tweeted:
Besides these miserable elections, the official Palestinian news agency marked a day of mourning on the anniversary of the death of one of the terrorists from the Munich Olympics massacre:
The top story in the Palestinian Authority’s official news agency, Wafa, is that Sunday is a day of mourning for the anniversary of Israel’s assassination of one of the more heinous terrorists of the 1970s.
Abu Hassan Salameh, leader of the Black September terror group that was part of Fatah, is mourned as a “beloved leader” and “martyr.”
Black September was the group behind the Munich Olympics massacre.
Wafa doesn’t mention Munich directly, it only praises him for being linked with many “quality operations.”
Please note the term “quality operations” – that is what the Palestinians think of murdering Israelis and Jews.
And let us consider who is the head of the Palestinian football association who has been agitating FIFA to expel “settlement football teams” from FIFA for the crime of … well, I’m not sure. I suppose just for being Jews living on their historic homeland and wanting to commit the crime of playing football. The relatively good news is that FIFA has postponed their decision for the moment. I presume it is simply too hot a potato for them to deal with. They are after all a sporting organization, not a political or diplomatic one.
But who is this self-righteous sporting afficionado who is so worried about human rights? Jibril Rajoub is an unreconstructed terror supporter and inciter against Israel. As for worrying about Israeli “crimes”, maybe he should look to his own plate:
Despite Western efforts to portray Rajoub as a moderate, he is repeatedly made incindiary remarks about Israel and its place in the Middle East. In July 2012, during international debate on whether to hold a minute of silence at the 2012 London Olympics in memory of the murdered Israeli athletes from the 1972 Munich games, Rajoub – as head of the Palestinian Olympic Committee – wrote to IOC President Jacques Rogges in opposition to the motion, saying that “sports are a bridge for love … and should not be used for divisiveness and the spread of racism.”
During an interview with Lebanese TV in May 2013, Rajoub said, “Resistance to Israel remains on [Palestinian] agenda … I mean resistance in all of its forms … we believe that popular resistance – with all that it entails – is effective and costly to [Israel].”
Mr. Trump, you are coming to Israel to try and make the deal of your life. You are an astute businessman, so I beg you – Please don’t be taken in by the pretty words of your Palestinian interlocutors. Rather look at their records and draw the necessary conclusions. Do not try to impose a solution on Israel which will only (G-d forbid) lead to more conflict and bloodshed.