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Mahmoud Abbas became president after Yasir Arafat died. His term of office expired January 9, 2009. He then claimed that his term could not end because the PA rules say elections for the Presidency and the Parliament must take place together. And the parliamentary elections were set for January 2010. If they were so fired up on democracy but wanted the elections of the parliament and president to occur simultaneously, they could have held both January 9, 2009. Instead, his buddies just extended his term to January 2010.
At this point, the issue is academic. January 2010 too has passed.
And Abbas lingers on, ranting and demanding -- kept on by the PA,
which ignores its own "laws"; kept safe by the IDF; kept around as a
"peace partner" by the U.S.A. He will be worth nothing to anyone when
the next election votes Hamas into power. Meantime, Israel is being
pressured to give away land it legally owns by international law --
what the Jordanians named the "West Bank" -- to this Palestinian arab
who runs a bunch of second-rate terrorists, whose preference is to
shoot/knife/run-over/slice-up unarmed men, children too young to run
and pregnant women. If these aren't available, they make do with
school children, or whomever they can get.
Hamas won the last election held for the Palestinian people to decide their leadership. The only way it could lose the next -- unless of course the election is completely rigged by Fatah and Hamas is not allowed to field any candidates -- is if some other local terrorist group shows more moxie in killing Jews.
Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas publicly proclaimed three terrorists who murdered a Jewish father of seven children to be "shaheeds" holy martyrs, according to a report by the PA media watchdog, Palestinian Media Watch. Abbas declared the killers all members of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, part of the Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement to be shaheeds and sent his personal emissary to visit their families following last Thursday's attack: [emphasis added]
Rabbi Meir Avshalom Chai, a 40-year-old Israeli resident of the Samaria Jewish community of Shavei Shomron, was murdered in a hail of bullets fired by four terrorists in car that overtook him as he drove home from a nearby community. On Friday night, IDF soldiers tracked down three of the terrorists and killed them after they opened fire during an attempt to arrest them. The fourth surrendered to PA police, who have not turned him over to Israeli authorities.
The response of the PA government has been one of unequivocal support for the terror attack, with statements by its leadership and that of the Fatah faction referring to the terrorists as Palestinian heroes and shahids. One member of the faction's central committee described the terrorists as "[militar commanders, brave heroes, and fighters," according to a news report in the daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida translated by PMW.
PA government-controlled media, meanwhile, has described Israel's killing of the rabbi's murderers as an "assassination" and "murder in cold blood."
Abbas claimed in an English-language interview posted this week on the Palestine Media Center web site, and clearly intended for international readership, that he is opposed to violence and terrorism, regardless of circumstance. The PMC is the media outlet and "general secretariat" for the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), of which Fatah is a member.
The statement was made in response to a question regarding his views on whether the PA would agree to a single-state solution or insist on the establishment of an independent PA country, as stated in the Road Map plan.
"I will not turn to violence," he replied. "No matter where you drag us, I will not return to violence."
"And if violence forces itself upon you?" he was asked.
"Not me. I am against this,"
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Abbas Turns 3 Latest Terrorists Into Palestinian Heroes
Palestinian Media Watch
Rabbi Meir Avshalom Hai - a 45-year old Israeli and father of seven children - was killed in a drive-by shooting last Thursday. The Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, part of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement, took responsibility for the killing. On Friday night, Israeli forces located and killed three of the terrorists involved in the attack. The fourth surrendered to the PA police.
The response of the PA has been unequivocal support and backing for the terrorists. Since Friday, the leadership of the PA, the heads of Fatah, the heads of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades and the PA-controlled media have continuously portrayed the killers as Palestinian heroes and Shahids -- holy Martyrs -- while describing Israel's killing of the three terrorists as "murder in cold blood" and "assassination."
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas declared the killers "Shahids" (holy Martyrs) and sent his personal emissary to visit the families:
"Secretary General of the President's Bureau, Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim, conveyed condolences on behalf of President Mahmoud Abbas to the residents of Nablus and to the families of the three Shahids [Martyrs] for the Martyrdom of their sons, who were assassinated by Israeli occupation forces yesterday morning. He conveyed to the fighting families letters of condolences from the President [Abbas] and updated them as to [Abbas's] decision to declare them as Shahids [Martyrs] of the Palestinian revolution..."
PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad went even further, personally visiting the families of the terrorists along with other senior PA officials. "Prime Minister visits Nablus and conveys condolences to the families of the Shahids (Martyrs). Prime Minister Dr. Salam Fayyad today visited the city of Nablus in the wake of the Israeli military operation, and presented condolences to the families of the three Martyrs who were murdered by the occupation forces. Dr. Fayyad was accompanied by Internal Affairs Minister Dr. Said Abu Ali, leaders of the security agencies, and Police Director-General Major General Hazem Atallah, and they visited the house of mourning, which was held in the Trade Unions compound in the city... The Prime Minister condemned the Israeli military operation in the city." [WAFA news agency, Dec. 26, 2009]
The Fatah movement is glorifying the terrorists:
"Mahmoud Al-Aloul, member of the Fatah Central Committee, said that the occupation murdered these three young men as well as another three in Gaza, in cold blood. He described them as '[military] commanders, brave heroes, and fighters.'" [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 27, 2009]
PA TV focused on the Fatah poster (above), signed with condolences of PA Chairman Abbas, honoring the three terrorists. The following is the text on the poster with pictures of the terrorists:
"With honor and admiration to those who are more honored than all of us."
It's important to note that in condemning Israel's killing of the terrorists, the PA is not denying that those killed were responsible for the murder of Rabbi Hai:
"The Shahid Imad Mughniyeh group [named after Hezbollah terrorist] of the [Fatah's] Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades has denounced the [Israeli] crime of the assassination in Nablus, killing three Fatah activists, including Anan Sobh, who, according to the [Fatah's Al-Aqsa] Brigades, planned the Tulkarem operation which led to the death of the settler in a shooting operation." [Ma'an News Agency, Dec. 26, 2009]
In the official announcement right after the terror attack, Fatah took responsibility, while calling the killers "Jihad Fighters" and warning of more "quality operations":
"A group announcing that it belonged to the Fatah's Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades claimed responsibility for the shooting... 'The Jihad Fighters confirmed that the person who was in the car had taken a direct hit, and praise to Allah - the Jihad Fighters escaped unharmed...' The announcement said that 'this action is part of a series of operations; you can expect more quality operations [terror attacks] from us.'" [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 25, 2009]
After the terrorists were killed, Fatah changed from threatening more "quality operations" to warning that it would avenge the killing of the "Jihad Fighters":
Headline: "The occupation murders three residents of Nablus in cold blood... the President's [Abbas's] Bureau denounces the Israeli crime..."
President Mahmoud Abbas: No To Violence, Terrorism, Gunfire, or Military Intifada
In two recent interviews with the London daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat and the Egyptian daily Al-Ahram, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud 'Abbas clarified that his decision not to run for reelection was final, and said that negotiations with Israel would only be renewed if the latter recognized the 1967 borders and put a complete freeze on settlements for a six month period even an undeclared freeze.
Following are excerpts from the interviews:
Olmert Promised Us 100% of the Territory; We Could Have Reached an Agreement
Q: "Could you have reached an agreement with Olmert?"
Renewal of Talks in Return for a Six-Month Complete Settlement Freeze, Recognition of 1967 Borders
Q: "What is the way to out [of the deadlock] and towards renewing the negotiations [with Israel]?"
No to a Bi-National State or a State with Temporary Borders; No to a Return to Violence
Q: "There are those who call to establish a single [bi-national] state."
Q: "And if violence forces itself upon you?"
Q: "But you are in favor of a nonviolent popular struggle?"
Q: "Are there concerns that a third intifada might break out?"
Q: "But if the people see their president backed into a corner, what will they do?"
Q: "They will not necessarily turn to armed resistance. They might stage an uprising along the lines of the first intifada of 1987.."
Q: "Why have you chosen to step down as PA president? Was [your declaration] sincere, or was it merely a bid for attention..?"
Q: "If [intra-Palestinian] reconciliation is achieved, will you reverse your decision?"
Q: "Is that your final decision?"
Hamas Is Funded by Iran
Q: "What happens if there are elections and Hamas [wins] and runs the PA?"
Q: "Are you prepared to sit [and negotiate] with Hamas?"
Q: "You signed the [reconciliation] agreement sponsored by Egypt.. and Hamas also agreed [to sign it], but reneged at the last moment.. How do you explain that?"
Q: "Instructions from where?.. From Syria.. or perhaps Iran?"
Q: "Did Iran torpedo the reconciliation?"
Q: "Why would it want to [do that]?"
Q: "How much is it paying for this bargaining chip [i.e., Hamas]?"
Q: "It pays this sum every year?"
Q: "Is that the reason behind Khaled Mash'al's repeated visits to Iran?"
Hamas Gaza Wants Reconciliation, But Hamas Damascus Is Refusing
Q: "You say that there is an internal struggle within Hamas regarding the [intra-Palestinian reconciliation process]?"
Q: "What if you tell Hamas, 'I am the PA president and I will come [to Gaza] to discharge my duty?"
Q: "[But] you have a house [there].. and a palace for hosting visitors."
Yes to Prisoners Exchange Deal, Even at the Cost of Strengthening Hamas
Q: "If Hamas manages to free dozens of [Palestinian] prisoners whom Israel claims 'have Jewish blood on their hands,' it will be a victory for Hamas, because you did not manage to free a single one of [these prisoners] in 16 years of negotiations.. from the 1993 [signing of the] Oslo Agreement until today."
Q: "Are you not concerned that the prisoner [exchange] deal will increase Hamas' popularity at the expense of the PA's?"
Hana Levi Julian writes for Arutz-Sheva (www.IsraelNationalNews), where this article appeared December 31, 2009.
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