"Although we have chosen peace, we maintain the right to launch an armed resistance, which is legitimate as far as international law is concerned."
Just so we're clear, peace means destroying Israel and seizing Jerusalem. That being the case, what does resistance look like? And I can understand Abu in a suit's confusion regarding what is legal under international law. A number of "human (not Jews) rights" organizations have made various attempts to pretend that Abbas and his pals have not been intentionally trying to blow up Israeli children and their parents in buses, markets, and restaurants, failing to condemn Fatah and PLO for these actions. But I hate to inform Abu in a suit...intentionally blowing up civilians is a war crime, and you are extraordinarily guilty. Conversely, inadvertently killing civilians that have been herded into buildings where you store your weapons is not a war crime committed by the party that targeted those areas. It is in fact a crime committed by the parties that put the civilians and the weapons there in the first place. Again, Abu is guilty, along with Ismael "Thunder Thighs Haniyeh, and the rest of the douchebags at Pally Terror Central.
And just to make things even more stupid, the idiots at Fatah have decided to make a new demand before "negotiations" resume. First they wanted the settlement freeze. Then they wanted all Palestinian prisoners freed. Now they want all of Jerusalem...east and west as a precondition to resuming talks. Congratulations Resident Nobama, your wish is coming true. You have enabled the terrorists to rise to their ultimate level of racism and genocidal hysteria.
According to an Israel Radio report:
a document adopted by the Fatah delegates of the assembly declared that Palestinians would "continue to be sacrificed until residents of Jerusalem are free of settlements and settlers." The document went on to state that all of Jerusalem, including the surrounding villages, belonged to the Palestinians, and lands conquered following the Six Day War shared the same status as those located within the Green Line.
It would be foolish to Israeli leaders to not prepare for a siege of the city. And I agree with Minister Katz. It is time to expand the Jerusalem Municipal Authority now, and not only reject America's call for a construction freeze, but to double the efforts. It is also time for Israel to reject American financial aid.
Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz blasted the statement Saturday, saying that the declaration was a clear message to all those who maintained the "illusion that the Palestinians were prepared for compromise," Israel Radio reported.
Israel should take legal steps in response to the decree, Israel Radio quoted the minister as saying. According to the report, he urged the government to expand the municipal authority of Jerusalem to include Ma'aleh Adumim, Givat Ze'ev, Gush Etzion, and Beitar. In addition, Katz encouraged further construction in surrounding neighborhoods so as to increase Jewish presence in the city.
It is becoming increasingly obvious to this blogger that it is about time that Jordan be rid of its oppressive and fake Hashemite regime so that it can be the "Palestinian" state it was meant to be. The Arabs of Judea and Samaria can then choose whether they wish to live peacefully in the states of Judea and Samaria or move to the Palestinian state on the other side of the Jordan River. Terrorists would be deported without choice. Refugees would be settled in Jordan.
All of this could have been avoided 61 years ago if the Arabs had chosen coexistence instead of genocide. Every opportunity they have had to embrace coexistence they have rejected. The Arabs of Judea and Samaria pay the price, as do Israelis who have buried more than their share of their sons, daughters, babies, husbands, wives, grandparents and friends.
In her latest column, Caroline Glick illustrates the mentality that has dominated Israeli politics since the days of Oslo; that the best way for Israel to advance American interests is to be a weak strategic asset. This has been a miserable failure which led to the legitimization of Fatah as something other than a genocidal terrorist organization by George Bush I, Bill Clinton, George Bush II, and of course Marack Blowbama, who actually wants Israel destroyed. It has lead to withdraws from land that have only brought more violence and death to Israelis. In light of Fatah's conference, and Marack's appeasement of Iran, and his further legitimizing of the terrorists, Glick feels, as do I, that the time has come for Israel to assert herself again. And it seems that politicians like Yisrael Katz agree.
TODAY, WITH Iran on the cusp of a nuclear arsenal, Fatah openly calling for a renewal of the Palestinian jihad against Israel, Hizbullah pointing its expanded missile arsenal at Tel Aviv and Dimona, and the Obama administration, with the help of an ever-expanding chorus of foreign policy "realists," advocating full-blown appeasement of both Iran and the Palestinians at Israel's expense, it is clear that the time has come for Israel to end the Arabist charade. The time has come for Israel to stop being an engine of its own demise.
The Netanyahu government has a clear choice before it. On the one hand, it has Defense Minister Ehud Barak calling for business as usual. This week Barak recommended that Israel preemptively surrender to the Obama administration and accept its demand that Israel capitulate to Fatah. On the other hand, Ministers Yuli Edelstein and Yisrael Katz pointed out that at its leadership conclave in Bethlehem, Fatah exposed itself as an implacable enemy of Israel. Both Edelstein and Katz demanded that the government stop pretending Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas is a moderate who is interested in peace and expose him for the fraud that he is.
Edelstein and Katz are right. It is vital for Israel to stop catering its foreign policy rhetoric to the preferences of its Arabist camp. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu must courageously acknowledge that Fatah remains a terrorist organization dedicated to Israel's violent demise.
But more important than harsh words about Fatah are actions against Iran. With a growing international consensus that Teheran has passed the point of no return on its nuclear program and will produce nuclear bombs in the next six to 12 months if left to its own devices, it is clear that as far as Iran is concerned, words are of no value today. Only actions count.
Israel's willingness and capacity to effectively strike Iran's nuclear installations will be the ultimate proof that Arabists like Kaplan are wrong to castigate Israel as a strategic burden. By freeing itself, the region and the world from the threat of a nuclear armed Iran, Israel will strike a blow not only at Iran's ability to wipe it off the map, but at the threefold contentions of the false realists.
An Israeli strike would prevent a regional nuclear arms race by freeing Arab states of the need to develop their own nuclear arsenals and so prove that a strong Israel enhances regional stability. An Israeli strike will rebuild Israel's eroded deterrent posture and put paid to the notion that Israel is no longer a military power to be reckoned with. And the destruction of Iran's nuclear capacity will weaken its military posture throughout the region and so weaken its terror proxies from Iraq to Lebanon to Gaza to Afghanistan.
In short, a successful Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear installations will demonstrate to real rather than fake realists that a strong Israel is indispensable to regional stability and international security.