This morning 13 year old Israeli Hallel Yaffe Ariel was stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist while she was asleep in her own bed at home.
This is a direct result of the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) anti-Semitic incitement campaign. In all public spheres the PA spreads anti-Semitic propaganda and encourages terrorism: in schools, in the media, by naming streets after known terrorists, and by paying salaries to convicted and released terrorists, just to name a few examples.
Only a few days ago an adviser to Mahmoud Abbas stated in the media: “Wherever you see an Israeli, slit his throat.”
This incitement must end and all Western countries who give aid to the PA must make that aid conditional on the PA stopping this anti-Semitic incitement. Enough is enough.
By the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office (June 27):
In announcing the agreement with Turkey on Monday in Rome, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said:
- “Israel has reached an agreement of strategic importance for the State of Israel, for security, for regional stability and for the Israeli economy….The world and the Middle East are in turmoil and my policy is to create centers of stability in this unstable and stormy region….Israel and Turkey are two major powers in the region and the break between us is not good for our vital interests.”
- “The first thing in this agreement is protection for IDF commanders and soldiers from criminal and civil claims, both those being prosecuted now and those that might be prosecuted in the future….The agreement…stipulates that the Turkish parliament will pass a law cancelling all of these processes in Turkey.”
- “The second thing that this agreement gives is maintaining the maritime security blockade of the Gaza Strip….This interest is vital to prevent the strengthening of Hamas….Of course, we are allowing ships to dock at Ashdod port and unload civilian and humanitarian cargoes there for the Gaza Strip.”
- “The third thing that this agreement does, along with maintaining the security arrangement, is to allow for dealing with humanitarian issues in the Gaza Strip, subject to Israel’s security procedures and considerations….Beyond the humanitarian consideration, this is also an outstanding interest of Israel’s, especially in two areas – water and electricity.”
- “An additional thing that the agreement gives is a commitment to prevent all terrorist or military activity against Israel from Turkish soil, including collecting funds for these purposes.”
- “This agreement opens the way to cooperation on economic and energy matters, including the gas issue…creating markets for the gas that we are extracting from the sea….[Israel’s] Leviathan [gas field] could supply both the Egyptian market that we intend to work with and also the Turkish market, as well as the supply of gas through Turkey to Europe.”
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By Efraim Karsh for the Jerusalem Post (June 21):
- The declaration of principles (DOP, or Oslo I) signed on the White House lawn in September 1993 by the PLO and the Israeli government provided for Palestinian self-rule in the entire West Bank and Gaza Strip.
- On September 28, 1995, despite the PA’s abysmal failure to clamp down on terrorist activities in the territories under its control, the two parties signed an interim agreement, and by the end of the year Israeli forces had been withdrawn from the West Bank’s populated areas with the exception of Hebron (where redeployment was completed in early 1997).
- On January 20, 1996, elections to the Palestinian Council were held, and shortly afterward both the Israeli Civil Administration and military government were dissolved.
- Israel relinquished control over virtually all of the West Bank’s 1.4 million residents. Since that time, nearly 60% of them have lived entirely under Palestinian jurisdiction (Area A). Another 40% live in towns where the PA exercises civil authority but Israel has “overriding responsibility for security” (Area B). Some 2% of Palestinians continue to live in areas where Israel has complete control, but even there the PA maintains “functional jurisdiction”(Area C).
- In short, since the beginning of 1996, and certainly following the completion of the redeployment from Hebron in January 1997, 99% of the Palestinian population of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip has not lived under Israeli occupation. As the virulent anti-Israel and anti-Jewish media, school system and religious incitement can attest to, during these years, any presence of a foreign occupation has been virtually non-existent.
- This means that the presentation of terrorism as a natural response to the “occupation” is not only completely unfounded but the inverse of the truth.
The writer is emeritus professor of Middle East and Mediterranean Studies at Kings College London, and a senior research associate at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, Bar-Ilan University.
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By David Harris for the Huffington Post (June 3):
- 49 years ago this month, the Six-Day War broke out. In June 1967, there was no state of Palestine. It didn’t exist and never had. Its creation, proposed by the UN in 1947, was rejected by the Arab world because it also meant the establishment of a Jewish state alongside.
- The West Bank and eastern Jerusalem were in Jordanian hands. Violating solemn agreements, Jordan denied Jews access to their holiest places in eastern Jerusalem, and they desecrated and destroyed many of those sites.
- Meanwhile, Gaza was under Egyptian control, with harsh military rule. And the Golan Heights, which belonged to Syria, were regularly used to shell Israeli communities below.
- The Arab world could have created a Palestinian state in the West Bank, eastern Jerusalem, and Gaza any day of the week. They didn’t. There wasn’t even discussion about it. And Arab leaders, who today profess such attachment to eastern Jerusalem, rarely, if ever, visited. It was viewed as an Arab backwater.
- The 1967 boundary at the time of the war was an armistice line dating back to 1949 – known as the Green Line. That’s after five Arab armies attacked Israel in 1948 with the aim of destroying the Jewish state.
- In the weeks leading up to the Six-Day War, Egyptian and Syrian leaders repeatedly declared that war was coming and their objective was to wipe Israel off the map. 22 years after the Holocaust, another enemy spoke about the extermination of Jews. The record is well-documented.
- Today, there are those who wish to rewrite history. They want the world to believe the 1967 war was a bellicose act by Israel. It was an act of self-defense in the face of blood-curdling threats to vanquish the Jewish state, not to mention the maritime blockade of the Straits of Tiran, the abrupt withdrawal of UN peacekeeping forces, and the redeployment of Egyptian and Syrian troops. The aggressors have failed to take responsibility for the actions they instigated.
The writer has led the American Jewish Committee since 1990.
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