New York — The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) is urging the
Bush Administration to drop the fiction that Palestinian Authority (PA)
president Mahmoud Abbas and Palestinian Arabs in general have accepted
Israel’s existence as Jewish state and seek a peaceful Palestinian state
alongside Israel, following Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s comments
to the media in Jerusalem on Sunday that, “I think that the desire for peace
and support for a two-state solution is far broader in the two communities,
among the Palestinian people and among the Israeli people, than just the two
leaders [Ehud Olmert and Mahmoud Abbas]. It’s, in fact, something that has
shown up in all kinds of polls. It’s shown up in all kinds of discussions
with people on both sides that the Palestinian people and the Israeli people
would like to have peace” (State Department, March 25, 2007).
Rice made further comments in the same vein about Palestinian Authority (PA)
president Mahmoud Abbas today, claiming that “President Abbas truly desires
to be a partner for peace. . President Abbas told his people that he could
end the occupation by ending violence” (State Department, March 27, 2007).
Yet, only weeks ago, Abbas and his Fatah Party joined the Hamas terrorist
government after signing the Mecca Agreement. Those like Condoleezza Rice
who have hung on to the mirage of Abbas’ alleged moderation must now
confront the naked reality of Abbas joining an openly terrorist regime under
an agreement which does not call for peace but for more terrorism; demands
the so-called ‘right of return’ of Palestinian refugees and their millions
of descendants to Israel and thus Israel’s dissolution; demands the release
of jailed Palestinian Arab terrorists; and does not in fact even mention
Israel let alone recognize it.
Secretary Rice’s words are completely at odds with the record of Mahmoud
Abbas’ words and deeds and innumerable Palestinian opinion polls.
Mahmoud Abbas’ own words:
On recognizing Israel:” It is not required of Hamas, or of Fatah, or of the
Popular Front to recognize Israel” (Al-Arabiya [Dubai] and PA TV, October 3,
Fighting Israel: “We have a legitimate right to direct our guns against
Israeli occupation . Our rifles, all our rifles are aimed at The Occupation”
(Jerusalem Post, January 11, 2007; Independent Media & Review Analysis,
January 12, 2007).
On Jews: “The sons of Israel are corrupting humanity on earth” (World Net
Daily, January 11, 2007).
On Israel: “the Zionist enemy” (Associated Press, January 4, 2005; CNN.com,
January 7, 2005).
On suicide bombers: “Allah loves the martyr” (Wall Street Journal, January
On wanted Palestinian terrorists: “heroes fighting for freedom” (Age
[Melbourne], January 3, 2005); “Israel calls them
murderers, we call them strugglers” (Jerusalem Post, December 25, 2004).
On Palestinian terrorist leaders Yasser Arafat, Hamas’ Ahmad Yasin and Abdel
Aziz Rantisi and Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s Fathi Shikaki: “martyrs”
(Palestinian Media Center, September 9, 2005)
On Hamas: “We must unite the Hamas and Fatah blood in the struggle against
Israel as we did at the beginning of the intifada. We want a political
partnership with Hamas” (Jerusalem Post, February 5, 2007).
On Yasser Arafat: “It is our duty to implement the principles of Yasser
Arafat” (Haaretz, January 3, 2005); “We will continue in the path of the
late president until we fulfill all his dreams” (Agence France-Presse,
November 11, 2005); “The Palestinian
leadership won’t stray from Arafat’s path” (Yediot Ahronot, November 11,
On disarming Palestinian terrorists: a “red line” that must not be crossed
(Washington Times, January 3, 2005)
On jailed Palestinian terrorists: “our heroes.” (Israel National News, May
On the so-called ‘right of return’ of Palestinian refugees and their
millions of descendants which, if implemented would end Israel as a Jewish
state: “The issue of the refugees is non-negotiable” (Jerusalem Post,
January 11, 2007).
On the Lebanese terrorist group Hizballah: A source of pride and sets an
example for the “Arab resistance” (Jerusalem Post, August 6, 2006).
Saddam Hussein: “Saddam Hussein has entered history as a symbol of Pan-Arab
nationalism” (Independent Media Review and Analysis, December 31, 2006).
Abbas’ own deeds:
Holocaust denial: He wrote a PhD thesis and published a book denying the
Terrorist group Fatah: He co-founded with arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat the
terrorist group Fatah, whose Constitution to this day calls for the
destruction of Israel (Article 12) and the use of terrorism against Israelis
as an indispensable part of the struggle to achieve that goal (Article 19).
Funding terrorism: as senior PLO official, he funded the Munich massacre of
Israeli Olympic athletes in 1972.
Terror & incitement to violence: He has refused to implement the signed Oslo
agreements and the 2003 Roadmap peace plan which requires him to fight,
arrest, extradite and jail terrorists and confiscate their weaponry and end
the incitement to hatred and murder in the PA-controlled media, mosques,
schools and youth camps that feeds it.
Terrorists’ plan for more violence: In May 2006, he endorsed the so-called
‘Prisoners’ Plan’, a document produced by jailed Palestinian terrorists,
that endorses continued terrorism against Israel, legitimizes the murder of
Jews, does not accept Israel’s existence as a Jewish state, abrogates
Palestinian obligations under the signed Oslo agreements and the 2003
Roadmap peace plan, and insists on the ‘right of return.’
Money for suicide bombers’ families: In December 2005, he approved
legislation mandating financial benefits to be paid to families of killed
February 2007: 75% of Palestinian Arabs do not think that Israel has a right
to exist; 70% of Palestinian Arabs support a one-state solution in which
Jews would be a minority, not a two-state solution with a Palestinian Arab
state living peacefully alongside Israel (Near East Consulting (NEC) poll,
February 12-15, 2007).
September 2006: 67% of Palestinian Arabs oppose Hamas recognizing Israel
(Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PCPSR) poll, September
September 2006: 57% of Palestinian Arabs support terrorist attacks upon
Israeli civilians; 75% support the kidnapping of Israeli soldiers in a bid
to obtain the release of jailed Palestinians terrorists; 63% are inspired by
the Lebanese Islamist terror group Hizballah and seek to emulate it (Harry
S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, Hebrew University
of Jerusalem, and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research
(PCPSR) poll, September 2006)
September 2006: 61.3% of Palestinian Arabs support terrorist attacks upon
Israeli civilians; 52.5% support rocket attacks upon Israeli population
centers (Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at An-Najah University,
September 7-9, 2006).
June 2006: 56% of Palestinians support terrorist attacks upon Israeli
civilians (Palestinian Center for Policy & Survey Research (PCPSR) poll,
February 2006: 83.3% of the Palestinian Arabs oppose dropping the legally
and morally baseless so-called ‘right of return’ of refugees and their
millions of descendants to Israel and reject substitute solutions to the
refugee issue (Palestinian Center for Public Opinion (PCPO) poll, February
February 2006: 56.2% support terrorism against Israeli civilians (Jerusalem
Media and Communications Center (JMCC) poll, February 8-12, 2006).
December 2005: 51% of Palestinian Arabs oppose the disarming of terrorist
groups; 82% support the absorption of members of Hamas, Islamic Jihad into
the PA. (Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, December 6-8,
December 2005: 69% of Palestinians see terrorism as legitimate; 65% support
Al-Qaeda actions in the USA and Europe (Fafo poll, December 22, 2005).
October 2005: 60% of Palestinian Arabs oppose the PA disarming the terrorist
groups Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades (Bir Zeit
University poll, October 2005).
December 2004: 66% of Palestinian Arabs oppose the PA disarming the
terrorist groups Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades
(Bir Zeit University poll, December 2004).
April 2003: 75.6% of Palestinian Arabs support terrorism against Israeli
civilians (Jerusalem Media and Communications Center (JMCC) poll, April
ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said, “We continue to be perplexed
that Bush Administration officials like Secretary Rice persist in making
flat-earth statements about Mahmoud Abbas and Palestinian Arabs in general
and their alleged desire for peace with Israel in a state alongside her. It
is especially worrying that Secretary Rice believes that Palestinian polls
bear out her completely false evaluations – Palestinian polls have
consistently shown extremism and support for violence to be widely supported
by Palestinian Arabs. The evidence we have provided (of which there is much
more) shows that these claims are simply not credible or accurate. By
stating the opposite of what the facts warrant, Secretary Rice is misleading
the American public and pursuing a policy which lacks any factual basis and
which will lead to another terrorist state while appeasing terrorists and
terrorism. It is vital to realize that policies built on illusions will
tragically fail and the sooner U.S. policy is revised the better.
“It is crystal clear from these polls and a great deal of other data that
Palestinian Arab society clearly opposes acceptance of Israel as a Jewish
state and consistently supports terrorism against Israeli civilians in an
attempt to undermine Israel’s survival as a Jewish state. When consistent
majorities of Palestinian Arabs are shown to support terrorism and
non-acceptance of Israel, it is clear that there can at present be no peace
process with such a society and its like-minded leadership. Under these
circumstances, there should be no discussion of a Palestinian state. Rather
than giving unmerited praise to Palestinian Arabs for moderation, the Bush
Administration should fearlessly state the truth and make it clear that
there will be no concessions, no negotiations and no American funds until
the PA fights, arrests, extradites and jails terrorists and confiscates
their weaponry and ends the incitement to hatred and murder in the
PA-controlled media, mosques, schools and youth camps that feeds it. All of
these promises were made by the Palestinian Arabs in the Oslo I, Oslo II,
Hebron and Wye Agreements as well as the Roadmap, yet not a single one has