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Palestinian strategy revealed

September 23rd, 2007  ·  4 Comments

It is no secret to those with their eyes open that even the so-called “moderate” Palestinians belonging to Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement are neck-deep in the blood of Israeli Jews and see violence as a useful and legitimate tool in obtaining its goals. For those still on the fence on this issue, Fatah commanders themselves are now admitting that their group employs a strategy of sowing with the gun and reaping with politics.

Earlier this summer, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert decided to grant amnesty to 178 Fatah terrorists as a gesture of goodwill toward Abbas and in an effort to bolster his fragile regime, which had recently suffered a stunning military defeat at the hand of Hamas in Gaza.

Israeli and foreign media outlets portrayed the Fatah members participating in the move as almost repenting of their past violence and converting to the path of dialogue. The truth, however, is that these groups – even the “moderate” Fatah and their supporters among the general public – believe terrorist violence against Israeli Jews is a necessary component of their overall negotiation strategy.

The Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency recently interviewed Abu Jabal, a local field commander of Fatah’s Al Aqsa Brigades “military wing” in the Samarian town of Nablus (biblical Shechem). Abu Jabal, who was among those granted amnesty, had this to say of the relationship between Palestinian violence and negotiations:

We have a saying in Fatah: With the gun we plant and with the politics we harvest.

A colleague, Abu Skandar, jumped in on the interview to point out that the Fatah men did not intend to abide by the documents they signed renouncing the use of violence against Israelis forever.

We want to give politicians an opportunity, [but] we have not absolutely abandoned fighting.

Abu Jabal also stressed that he and his men did not agree to the amnesty deal because they suddenly feel remorse for attacking Jewish men, women and children, but rather because doing so presently serves Palestinian interests:

We agreed to this because it benefits the Palestinian people.

This is “moderate” Islam, this is the behavior of the most moderate Palestinians. It is a mistake to see news reports of “moderate” Palestinian leaders and assume that their moderation and behavior mirrors that of moderate folks in the West.

Our leaders in the West, however, are going to great lengths to ignore that discrepancy. They are putting their own short-term political interests first by pretending that people like Abbas and Abu Jabal hold views equal to our own when it comes to terrorist activity. These leaders refuse to acknowledge Arab admissions of remaining committed to terrorist violence because doing so would pull the rug out from under their own political agendas.

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4 comments so far ↓

  • 1 Daniel Eilat // Sep 23, 2007 at 4:45 pm

    Well, I was born in israel and I’ve lived there for 48 years. Never, but really Never beside Itzhak Rabin, was there any israeli politician from the Labor party to the right, that has had a strategy of peace. Even Shimon Peres, who claimed to opt for peace, didn’t really have that strategy. He gave up any chance for peace we had , when Rabin was assassinated. I feel that it is time to really open our eyes and make choices. IF we really want peace in the middle east ( and not just to be left in peace) we must stop talking about the ugly face of the enemy and start getting rid of OUR ugly face, and putting on another, more humane face… Our chance lies in talking peace with Abu Mazen and not claiming that he’s not a partner.

  • 2 FRANK // Sep 23, 2007 at 9:09 pm

    Cher Daniel,
    Shimon Peres is one of the most dangerous men on the face of the earth for Israel! Abu Mazen is the mirror image of his mentor Yasser Arafat and wants the destruction of Israel no less than him! If you want to be enlightened and know the truth about the enemies of Israel, I would suggest you read “Judgement Day” by Dave Hunt.
    When you speak of being more humane, I don’t think there is a people on earth more humane than the Israelis.
    I pray for the peace of Jerusalem knowing that real peace will only come with the arrival of the Prince of Peace! The Messiah, the Holy One of Israel!

  • 3 Marsha Carol Watson // Sep 24, 2007 at 11:00 pm

    Until Israel “cleans house” and ousts the current administration, nothing can Ever hope to get any better. One must know their enemies better than they know their families! Then and only then will they gain the advantage, and have the opportunity to gain respect and Victory! There is no other alternative to a clear and decisive Victory for Israel….

    We all desire that peace come to Israel and the Middle East. Would that the muslim population could learn to love and not to hate……How can they?…….from the time they are born and on the breast, they are brain-washed and programmed to hate….It is a no-win situation with them……The only thing that they understand is to hate, to kill, and to die with honor because of their allegiance to Allah.

    We can never hope to fully understand them—but we must learn as much about them as we can….what makes them “tick”

                                       then perhaps

    we can get our heads “screwed on correctly” as to what we really are dealing with as Israeli’s, Americans, and the world……….

    I am crying out to people in Israel and America not to walk…but RUN to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob….He is none other than JEHOVAH…….The Most High God..In HIM lies our Victory over our enemies……

    The Old Testament is ALIVE with the Victories that God wrought on behalf of Israel when they humbled themselves before The Most High God……He turned their defeats into victory after victory, and sent miracle after miracle to protect them and give them Hope and a Promised future.

    He will always be what He always has been….He will always do what He has always done……He never changes…..mankind fails mankind, but God can be counted on when no human can be…..


  • 4 Charles // Sep 26, 2007 at 11:30 pm

    The mentality of the Ishmaelite can be understood very easily if you read Genesis . God put enmity between the seed of Isaac and Ishmael . There is no negotiations with them , Jesus will not negotiate when He comes to save the remnant of Israel . There are some things that God has put into play that will not be changed by anyone on this earth . Israel will face a terrible threat in the future and will loose many people according to Zachariah 13 & 14 . A remnant will be saved when Christ comes back . All we can do is look to the Lords return .