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Peace: the road that leads to war — Part 12

Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO): In January 1995, sixteen months after the signing of the Declaration Of Principles (DOP) in Oslo and just eight months after the signing of the peace agreement in Cairo between the PLO and Israel, the PLO leader—the late Yasser Arafat—gave a speech on “Fatah Day”—the PLO’s annual celebration commemorating the start of its 30-year-long war with Israel. Arafat said:

“And I say to the martyrs who died, in the name of the martyrs who are still living: We stand by our oath and hold to our commitment…to continue…the revolution.”

Arafat also told them again of Mohammed’s temporary agreement in 627 AD with the Quraish people of Mecca, and alluding both to Israel and the Arab proverb, “We can remedy the present only with the remedies of the past,” went on to say: “But there are people who will not learn from history. As for us, our history is our best teacher.”

Arafat was blatant in his proclamations that the PLO’s war against Israel will continue. He was also being belligerent as well as arrogant when he declared that the peace accord with Israel was only temporary, that it would only remain in force until such time—like his mentor, Mohammed—he believed that the PLO was sufficiently strong enough to destroy an indefensible Israel. But, Arafat could afford to be arrogant. He knew that the late Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres, together with the entire Israeli coalition government at that time, were locked into the “peace process”—they were prisoners of their own policies. To reverse the course of the peace process then would have been equally as disastrous as going further ahead. The PLO’s plan of stages—the phased plan—was progressing beyond its expectations. Prior to the signing of the Oslo accords, Arafat’s “Foreign Minister” Farouk Khadoumi said:

“We shall pitch our tent in those places which our bullets can reach. This tent shall then form the base from which we shall later pursue the next phase.”

And in 1994, after the signing of the Cairo peace agreement, Khadoumi said:

“Everyone in the world should know there is no way that we will relinquish one grain of sand of Palestinian land. We carry our weapons and there is no way we will stop. We will not rest until the occupiers [Israelis] have been thrown out.”

Terrorist attacks against Israelis were increasing daily. After the suicide bombing in January 1995, which left 21 Israelis dead and more than 60 injured, an Arab poll revealed that 53 percent of Palestinian Arabs would like to see more “military actions” against Israelis. A similar survey conducted at that time by The Voice of Israel Radio found 60 percent wanted more attacks. A “scientifically” conducted poll among Arabs on November 17, 1994, showed that “more than two-thirds supported continued attacks on Jews.” Recent results of polls in 2014 are practically the same. Arab terrorist “military actions” are nearly all attacks against the innocent—against civilians, against women and children and schools. A Gazan Arab explained that such attacks are “legitimate operations against military targets, we have no civilians on the other side, Israel is a military state.” And Arafat vowed “in the name of the martyrs who are still living,” that the bloody war would continue, and often declared his intention of establishing “the peace of the brave”—the same peace that Mohammed made with the Quraish tribe before he annihilated it.

Israel has traveled a further ten years along the “peace” road since Arafat died on November 11, 2004, and the spewing forth of belligerence and arrogance from the PLO with regard to peace with Israel is only matched by its sheer bitter, hatred of Jews in general. Arafat was the prince of murderers and the godfather of international terrorism—the PLO trained almost all the world’s terror groups in the art of terror, only the recent rise of the fanatical Islamic State a.k.a. ISIS, IS, ISIL, and Daesh has been able to topple the PLO from its top spot of being the most brutal and sadistic group that ever walked this earth.

After Arafat died his deputy Abu Mazen, whom the West knows as Mahmoud Abbas, replaced him. The international community deems Abu Mazen a moderate, but in reality he is a clone of Yasser Arafat who simply wears a suit and tie instead of military fatigues and a kaffiyeh representing the state of Israel. Abu Mazen has not budged one inch in the so-called peace negotiations that have taken place over a period of almost 20 years. An opening Arab position is more often than not the final position. The “peace” process long ago became a “piece” process whereby Israel is being broken down piece by piece. Israel has given and the PLO has taken.

Abu Mazen is a leader in the field of incitement against Israel and Israelis in general. After each official speech where Abu Mazen speaks of the “martyrs”—the terrorists—whom Israeli security forces have killed—“assassinated” according to Abu Mazen—during Palestinian attacks upon Israelis, a new spate of terror attacks against Israelis break out. The family of a Palestinian who shot a rabbi four times at point-blank range in November 2014 and who was later killed by Israeli security forces, received a condolence letter from Abu Mazen saying that the man “would go to heaven as a martyr” and that his death was a “vicious assassination.” In the letter Abu Mazen said:

“With anger, we have received the news of the vicious assassination crime committed by the terrorists of the Israeli occupation army against son Mu’taz Ibrahim Khalil Hijazi, who will go to heaven as a martyr defending the rights of our people and its holy places.”

Violence and hatred against Israel is ongoing because Palestinian leaders continually load fuel on the fire. The Al-Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount has stocks of firebombs and piles of rocks inside for throwing at Israelis and tourists alike. On December 10, 2014, the sheikh preaching in the Al-Aqsa mosque called for the slaughter of the Jews and called the Jews “the most evil creatures to have walked on earth.” The sheikh, Omar Abu Sara, was both filmed and audio-taped, his anti-Semitic vitriol included:

“I say to the Jews loud and clear: The time for your slaughter has come. The time to fight you has come. The time to kill you has come. Please do not leave in our hearts a single grain of mercy towards you, oh Jews, because when the day of your slaughter arrives, we shall slaughter you without mercy.”

Palestinians have been raised in a culture of hate. Israel has bent over backwards to lessen the tension between it and the Palestinians, but Palestinian hatred has no limits or boundaries. When Israel got to the point where it said Enough!, the PLO turned to the United Nations (UN), which is the most anti-Semitic organization in the world.

The UN General Assembly, which is almost 50 percent Islamic, overwhelmingly voted the Palestinians into becoming a “Non-Member Observer State” on November 29, 2012, the UN’s date for the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. Buoyed by his success at having the Palestinians upgraded to a UN observer state, Abu Mazen ducked all further negotiations with Israel and created a “staged confrontation” on December 30, 2014, by tabling a UN Security Council Resolution on calling for the establishment of a sovereign Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital and an end to Israel’s presence in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza—the resolution called for a complete Israeli withdrawal from these areas within two years. Of the 15 members that made up the Security Council, eight voted for the resolution, two voted against, and five abstained.

Within hours of Abu Mazen’s failed bid at the UN to bypass negotiations with Israel and force an Israeli withdrawal from all “disputed” territories, he signed 18 applications to join international organizations, the most significant being the International Criminal Court (ICC). Abu Mazen hopes to bring Israeli leaders before the court on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Israel, however, says that the Palestinians have the most to fear and lose by joining the court, because Israel will bring the same charges against PLO and Hamas leaders and have actually filed some charges already, which should give Abu Mazen reason to rethink his strategy due to one Israeli legal brief to the ICC targeting him personally.

Abu Mazen has virtually renounced all talks aimed at reaching a peace with Israel and has instead opted to fly in the face of reason and attempt to gain statehood and legitimacy by turning to the international community of nations, most of whom have shown that they are firmly on the side of the Palestinians and equally as firmly set against Israel. With Abu Mazen’s April 2014 signing of a unity deal with Hamas—designated a terrorist organization by the European Union, Israel, Australia, Canada, the US, and others—some member states of the international community are going to find it difficult to push Abu Mazen’s agenda forward. The Palestinians are today deliberating whether to table their resolution to the Security Council again early in 2015 after new members have taken their seats for a two-year term. Some of the new members on the Security Council may be more sympathetic to the Palestinian cause and a majority vote may be in the offing, which would force the US to have to use its veto power.

Abu Mazen knows that the US will use its veto power against the resolution if the Palestinians got its necessary nine Security Council votes, but he could then blame the US for preventing a sovereign state of Palestine, with East Jerusalem as its capital, and a forced two-year withdrawal of all Israeli presence from beyond the 1967 Six-Day War ceasefire lines. There will be many new twists and turns ahead on the Israel-Palestinian “peace” road; however, there is no peace, there will be no peace, and there can be no peace until Yeshua (Jesus), the King of the Jews, returns to rule and reign from Jerusalem. All other scenarios are mere delusion.

End of series

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