Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger, â€œSecond Thoughtâ€
YnetNews, April 27, 2010
Since 2007, US foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority and to PA-controlled NGOs reached nearly $2BN, in addition to $3.7BN contributed by the US to UNRWA since 1950. Has American foreign aid to Abu Mazen advanced moderation, the pursuit of peace and US national security interests?
On April 20, 2010, Abu Mazen named a Ramallah street in honor of Abu Jihad, the architect of PLO terrorism during 1965-1988. For example, Abu Jihad masterminded the March 11, 1978 Israeli Coastal Road Massacre, hijacking two civilian buses, murdering 38 civilians, including 13 children and wounding 71. He also orchestrated the March 1975 Tel Aviv Hotel Savoy Massacre, murdering 7 civilians. But, Abu Mazen is a man of peaceâ€¦
On March 11, 2010, Abu Mazen-controlled TV and dailies (Al-Ayam and Al-Khayat Al-Jedida) praised Dalal Mughrabi – who commanded the Coastal Road Massacre – as a martyr. On January 16, 2010, Abu Mazen announced that a major square in El-Bireh shall be named in honor of Mughrabi. The PA also named a Hebron girls school, a computers center, a summer camp and a sport tournament in honor of Mughrabi. But, Abu Mazen is a man of peaceâ€¦
Abu Mazen and Salam Fayyad authorize the transfer of monthly allowances to families of Palestinian â€œmartyrsâ€/terrorists. They pay condolences visits to families of suicide bombers, acclaiming them as national heroes. But, Abu Mazen is a man of peaceâ€¦
In 1994 Abu Mazen instituted â€“ as Arafatâ€™s Deputy – an unprecedented system of hate-education through the PA-controlled school, media and mosque systems. Since January 2005 â€“ when he replaced Arafat â€“ Abu Mazen has perpetuated the anti-Jewish, anti-Israel and anti-US hate education. Mein Kampf and the anti-Semitic â€œProtocols of the Elders of Zionâ€ are best sellers. Hitler and suicide-bombers are folk heroes. Hate-education, and not a dialogue with Western policy-makers and public-opinion molders, reflects Abu Mazenâ€™s ideology/strategy. Hate-education cements Palestinian national identity. It feeds the root cause of the Arab-Israeli conflict: the de-legitimization of the existence â€“ and not the size â€“ of the Jewish State. Hate-education has been the main manufacturing line of terrorists in general and suicide bombers in particular. Western indifference toward Hitler’s hate-education facilitated unprecedented human calamity. But, Abu Mazen is a man of peaceâ€¦
Abu Mazen’s education system de-humanizes the Jewish State, heralds a religious war against the Jewish State (10th grade “Islamic Education â€“ part II, p.50), idolizes martyrs/suicide bombers who â€œlive next to Allahâ€ and â€œwhose blood is pure,â€ (5th grade “Our Beautiful Language” pp.26, 31,36,70; 10th grade “Grammar” p.30, 146), denies Mideast roots of the Jewish State, fuels anti-Semitism, glorifies “the claim of return” (code name for Israel’s destruction) and promotes Holocaust Denial (â€œModern World History, p. 83). But, Abu Mazen is a man of peaceâ€¦
On August 13, 2009, Abu Mazen ratified the resolutions of Fatahâ€™s 6th General Conference. For instance, â€œArmed struggle is a strategy, not a tacticâ€¦ for the elimination of the Zionist presence. The struggle shall not end until the Zionist entity is eliminated and Palestine is liberated (article 19)â€¦ Popular armed revolution is the only way to liberate Palestineâ€¦Opposing the recognition of Israel as a Jewish Stateâ€¦â€
The US would not fund hate-education in America, but it funds a hate-education regime. Has the US examined the proposition that Abu Mazen is, supposedly, a man of peace?
Abu Mazen was Arafatâ€™s top confidant and First Deputy for 50 years, partaking in the betrayal of Arab host countries: Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Kuwait. He enrolled in KGB courses and submitted a doctorate thesis – which reaffirmed Holocaust Denial – at the Moscow University. Abu Mazen coordinated PLO ties with ruthless Communist regimes, supervised the logistics of the 1972 Munich Massacre (11 Israeli athletes murdered), co-supervised the March 1973 murder of two US ambassadors in Sudan, was a key member of the Palestinian cell of the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo and earned the nickname â€“ â€œMr. 20%â€ – due to his corruption. But, Abu Mazen is a man of peaceâ€¦
Ignoring Abu Mazenâ€™s horrific track record of the last 50 years, and applying moral equivalence and even-handedness, constitutes a victory to wishful-thinking, rewarding terrorism, adding fuel to the fire of terrorism and Middle East turbulence, at the expense of peace and vital US interests.
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