Was Monday’s rescue of an Israeli army officer from a Palestinian lynch mob by Palestinian Authority police officers a gesture of goodwill toward Israel, or simply another case of the Palestinians protecting their own interests?
Israeli leaders were quick to label the incident as evidence that the Palestinian Authority under PLO chief Mahmoud Abbas is finally starting to crack down on anti-Israel terrorism and to seek peace with the Jewish state.
While the officer who was saved certainly owes his life to the Palestinian policemen who came to his aid, the rescue must be seen in light of the upcoming US-hosted Middle East peace summit. Abbas and his government are fully aware that the abduction or lynching of a high-ranking Israeli army officer would most likely prevent them from extracting concessions from Israel in the near future.
The Palestinian forces in Jenin this week were protecting their own government’s interests, not the life of a Jewish soldier. If the Palestinians were really interested in finally combatting anti-Israel terrorism and moving toward a true peace, they would end the free reign of terror groups from Abbas’ own Fatah Al Aqsa Brigades to Islamic Jihad to Hamas.
The fact that these terrorists are allowed to continue operating, bearing arms and planning attacks is the evidence Israeli leaders should be looking at.
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