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Thursday, 21 February 2019

David Singer: Israel jettisons PLO as Negotiating Partner on Trump Peace Plan

Here's the latest article by Sydney lawyer and international affairs analyst David Singer.

He writes:

Israel’s decision to withhold US$138 million dollars in tax revenues collected for the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) – equalling the estimated annual payments made to Palestinian Arabs (or their families) carrying out random and indiscriminate attacks against Israeli civilians – marks a watershed in Israel-PLO relations.

Israel’s action will see the PLO being finally jettisoned as a possible negotiating partner on President Trump’s long-delayed peace plan – deferred yet again until after the Israeli elections in April.

The release of the Trump plan could now be further postponed as the president continues his so far unsuccessful search to find other Arab negotiators willing to replace the PLO – which had already rejected having anything to do with Trump’s plan well before Israel’s latest decision.

The law authorising the freezing of these PLO funds was passed by the Israeli parliament in July 2018 – three months after similar legislation – the Taylor Force Act – passed by the US Congress – was signed into law by President Trump.

Israel’s Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked stressed the funds withheld would be used to pay “fat salaries to murderers who are in prison”.

They would also be used to pay Palestinian Arabs imprisoned in Israeli jails for lesser crimes.
Israel’s action follows the discovery of the body of 19-year-old Ori Ansbacher in the Jerusalem Forest on 7 February.

Channel 12 news reported that investigators from the Shin Bet security service and Israel Police hoped to indict Arafat Irfaiya, a 29-year-old Hebron resident, for murder in the context of a terrorist act in addition to a charge of rape.

Israel is clearly not prepared to allow this continuing wave of terror to be condoned and rewarded financially by the PLO.

Al Jazeera reported that the PLO took a very different view of Israel’s freeze:
"The Palestinians have accused the Israeli government of piracy, of coordinating this with the United States to add pressure ahead of the publication of the Trump peace plan"
The PLO had,however, been unceremoniously consigned to the diplomatic scrap heap by Trump well before Israel’s tax-revenue freeze. Trump had been given the thumbs down by the PLO after Trump had:
• Recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moving the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem
 • Stopped America’s annual payment of US$350 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency
• Shut down the PLO offices in Washington
 • Cancelled more than $200m in aid for the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and West Bank
Chairman Mahmoud Abbas had already dismissed any further involvement with Trump on 5 January 2019:
“We are dealing with three issues that we can not accept: the situation with the US, the situation with Israel and the situation with Hamas. The doors are closed to the US. As long as it does not retract its decisions against the Palestinian people, no Palestinian should meet with the American leadership, no matter what their role is.”
 Paying murderers and felons who kill and maim Jews has finally become the PLO’s political downfall.

Ori Ansbacher’s murder was the final tipping point for Israel to dump the PLO as a future negotiating partner after thousands of well documented random terror attacks on Israel’s civilian population over the last four years – perpetrated by individuals, many very young, inspired by vicious incitement in Palestinian social and traditional media and rewarded financially by the Palestinian leadership.

The days of “pay for slay”and fruitless negotiations with the PLO that have gone nowhere over the last 25 years are over.

Israel has well and truly closed the door on the PLO and it should remain locked and bolted.

1 comment:

  1. Winston Churchill said this in year 1922 CE:

    “The Arabs would have sat in the dark forever
    had not the Zionist engineers harnessed
    the Jordan River for electrification.

    Now they swarm into Palestine in seeking the light.”

    SOURCE: A Peace to End All Peace

    Winston Churchill was British Prime Minister
    from 1940 to 1945 CE and from 1951 to 1955 CE.

    Harvard Law Professor Alan M. Dershowitz said:

    The Grand Mufti [Islamic leader] of Jerusalem,
    in addition to becoming Hitler’s ally during
    World War II, adapted Nazi genocidal theory
    to Islamic theology.

    He called on his Muslim brothers to:
    “Murder the Jews! Murder them all.”

    Other Islamic leaders used Nazi words
    like “extermination” in referring to
    the goals of Arab victory [against Israel].

    SOURCE: Chutzpah by Alan M. Dershowitz
    (chapter 4, page 119) published in year 1991
    by Little Brown & Co ISBN: 9780316181372 ISBN: 0316181374

    At a [year] 1937 [CE] lecture to the British
    Foreign Ministry, the King of Saudi Arabia said:

    “Verily, the word of Allah teaches us,
    and we implicitly believe this…
    for a Muslim to kill a Jew…
    ensures him immediate entry into Heaven…”

    The Holocaust’s Most Vicious Killers
    by Edwin Black, The Jewish Press,
    2011/1/21, pages 1 and 91.

    Louis René Beres said:

    “For Hamas, the Israeli enemy is more
    than just a geo-strategic opponent.
    It is, rather, a delegated religious target
    slated for annihilation, one whose obligatory
    and violent elimination will confer blessedly
    eternal life upon the Islamic sacrificer”.

    Radical Islam: Terrorism as Power Over Death
    by Louis René Beres, 2019 Jan 3

    Professor A.J. Caschetta said:

    “The truth is that no amount
    of respect will satisfy Islamists.

    Since the end of World War II, U.S.
    policy makers have nearly always sided
    with Muslims against their enemies.

    For decades, U.S. administrations sided
    with Muslim Pakistan over Hindu India.

    U.S. power and technology liberated
    Afghanistan from the Soviet Union,
    Kuwait from Iraq, and Bosnia and Kosovo
    from Yugoslavia.

    Americans have fought—and some have died—
    to save starving Muslims in Somalia
    and flooded Muslims in Indonesia.

    In 1982, U.S. power even saved
    the loathsome PLO from destruction
    by Israel in Lebanon.

    And, in spite of all this, the United States
    remains the No. 1 target of Islamic supremacists.

    U.S. policymakers should recognize that
    no act of kindness, no amount of aid
    and no military rescue mission will
    ever be enough to appease Islamists.”

    SOURCE: While 2018 was a good
    year for Islamists, 2019 is looking even better

    by A.J. Caschetta, 2019 January 11

    Who are the Palestinians?


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