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Michael Devolin

An Old Enemy Down On His Luck
By Michael Devolin
Sep 25, 2011 - 12:35:38 AM

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Euripides wrote, "There's nothing like the sight of an old enemy down on his luck." Reading in the newspaper recently that the Palestinians will face stiff opposition from the United States and Canada to their bid for United Nations membership does not cause me any grief. In fact, I am happy that there are at least two countries out there who have allied themselves to Israel and who remember just exactly what Mahmoud Abbas and his henchmen are really made of. Who should feel sorry for a political leader (or his ersatz people) who, when being interviewed by Western media, positions himself before a portrait of Yassir Arafat, a terrorist of bloody renown and responsible for the murder of numerous innocent Jews, both in Israel and beyond. No, I do not feel sorry for the Palestinian's failed attempt at statehood. Why should I?

Avigdor Lieberman points out in an interview with Jonathan Kay of the National Post that Mr. Abbas, when asked why Israel should continue with "peaceful" negotiations with the PA when they are still under missile attacks from Gaza, replied, "I'm not responsible. I'm not in power [in Gaza]." And yet, Lieberman points out, Abbas claims, "I'm the representative of all the Palestinian people....including Gaza" when expounding about his future bid for "a sovereign state of Palestine" to the UN General Assembly. Is Mr. Abbas saying, therefore, that he also represents Hamas, the democratically elected terrorist entity presently dictating the rule of law in Gaza? If so, such a proclamation by Mahmoud Abbas would drum up very old and very painful memories for many of Israel's Jews. It would seem that Mr. Abbas has forgotten or has willfully obfuscated the very criminal and terrorist past of those "former" Islamists (police and intelligence personnel) now in his employ. Why would anyone wish success to such a party of religious savages? It would be imprudent to do so.

Alain Juppe, the French Foreign Minister, stated (as reported in the National Post Sept 20/2011) that the present Palestinian position is "neither acceptable nor tenable." Apparently Mr. Juppe is afraid to come right out and state the obvious, which is that these so-called Palestinian people have never behaved toward Israeli Jews in an "acceptable" or "tenable" manner. They have a problem keeping even their allies in tow: Arab donor states have "failed to distribute promised funds," which means that the Islamists in the employ of Mr. Abbas' PA will soon have to find work elsewhere. And we all know where unemployed Palestinians find work when times are tough: killing Israeli Jews. These unrealistic demands from Mahmoud Abbas are nothing out of the ordinary for those of us who have been following events in the Middle East for decades now.

Mr. Lieberman related to Jonathan Kay that since the disengagement of Gaza in 2005, 12,000 missiles and shells have fallen on southern Israel, "on peaceful towns." It would seem that if the West (and those Arab Muslim "donor states") fails to send multiple millions in aid to these Palestinian politicians, violence and bloodshed against Israel's Jews is the choice of alternatives for those Muslims who now dream of an independent state contiguous to Israel. How does a Muslim people with such a penchant for violence and anti-Jewish hatred remain so naive as to believe that the allies of Israel in the Western world should ever forget or fail to notice that such an overt penchant for terrorist violence and anti-Jewish hatred crouches in their midst. Old sins cast long shadows.

My Dad once remarked philosophically, "The good Lord said, 'Turn the other cheek,' but watch out when I run out of cheeks." Israel has run out of cheeks when it comes to dealing with her enemies, but especially so in dealing with the Palestinian people. Abbas' refusal to come to the table again for "peace talks" (not that Abbas ever had any intention for peace anyway) is indicative of the total and absolute hatred the Palestinian leader holds against Israel and the Jewish people. Do Israel's Jews know this? Of course they do. Do Israel's Jews wish Abbas well in his bid for Palestinian statehood? Certainly not, and who can blame them? There's nothing like the sight of an old enemy down on his luck.

Michael Devolin


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