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Abu Mazen’s bizarre imaginings revealed in the mud-splattered walls of the UN General Assembly.

Giyusgirl_AbuMazen_23_Sept_2011_248X198 Did y’all miss that? I’ve been watching quietly for quite a while now, awaiting “Palestinian Authority President” Mahmoud Abbas’ anticipated presentation to the United Nations of a request for full membership in that august body. So the fateful day—looked for as a showdown of sorts by some—came and went last Friday. And–it seems to me at least–it came and went, not with a bang, but a whimper–a whole lot of whimpering, to be honest with y’all. And a lot of whining, and quite a bit of weaseling. 

I just finished reading the Ha’aretz transcript of Abbas’ speech, and I can’t quite bring myself to believe that anyone in their right mind and with the right information could take what he said seriously.

But there’s a saying I’ve heard that sometimes folks will throw mud at the wall to see if some of it sticks. Translation: people will sometimes make outrageous, unbelievable, unjustifiable claims against someone else, and just maybe there will be somebody gullible enough to buy it. Well, it’s true—mud happens.

And right now there are great globs of mud stuck to the walls in the UN.

At first I thought I might try taking Abbas’ diatribe apart lie by lie, but I soon saw that really the whole thing was one big lie. He starts out by making the broad false statement that there actually is a nation called “Palestine”  acknowledged by various existing UN agreements and resolutions, and that he, as the president thereof, is merely coming to solidify the standing of that nation as a full member in the United Nations organization.

There is no such thing as a nation of Palestine, and there never has been. There is an entity known as the “Palestinian Authority”  which is correctly characterized as an “interim administrative body” having limited administrative authority over defined territories which have been successively occupied over the past 100 years by the Turkish Empire followed by the British Mandate for Palestine under the auspices of the League of Nations, followed by military occupations by the Kingdom of Jordan and by Egypt, followed by Israel, but never a Palestinian national entity.

There have been many documents issued by the UN which have addressed matters of conflict between various parties involving Jordan, Egypt, Syria, Israel, Lebanon and other legitimate nations, but never any acknowledging the existence of a Palestinian national entity.

faisal-weizmann-map_RS One point worth noting here is that the standing legal document acknowledged by the UN Charter which establishes legal right to the territories in question was generated in San Remo, Italy in 1920 and specifies that the area being claimed by “the Palestinians” be designated and recognized as the Jewish National Homeland. The group which Abbas claims to represent has absolutely no historical or legal right, under UN agreements or any other stipulation of international law, to the areas they are attempting to usurp.

Oh, and for the extent of Abbas’ legitimate representation, it is correct that he was appointed “president” of the “Palestinian Authority” in 2005—but his term has long since expired.

So you have a charlatan posing as a representative of a “nation” that doesn’t exist coming to the United Nations with a bucket of mud hoping to foist off the fantasy that it’s time for the UN to acknowledge and instate his imaginary domain.

But you know what—the UN is full of gullible leaders of state who want nothing more or better than to do just that. A whole gallery of dignified men and women who are even now gazing at the muddy walls of their institution and admiring the dirt.

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On top of the overreaching falsehood of Abbas’ basic assertion are a few more outrageous claims that are too astounding to let go.

89px-Woman_nakba_dress_jug One is that the whole source of the problems he is (ever so humbly) attempting to correct is what he calls the “Al-Nakba,” or the forced expulsion of the Arabs living in the area in 1948. Well, OK, there was an expulsion of the Arabs, but not by the Jews—it was the Arab leaders themselves who forced their peons (including, apparently, Abbas’ family) to leave. Which fact Abbas himself admitted in 1976(!) The Jews actually entreated the Arabs to stay and help build a new country with them. But we don’t want to look at facts now, do we?

I’d almost be ready to think that Abbas believes his own lies, but he’s just too smug about it.

There’s another term Abbas introduces which is more of an obfuscation than an outright lie. Twice he calls the security fence (which has dramatically reduced terrorist attacks from the territories over which Abbas claims authority) the “annexation wall.” Excuse me, but what is an annexation wall? To annex is to join something to something. A wall separates. So how do you join by separating? Or separate by joining? Or—oh, never mind! Up is down, down is up, right is wrong, wrong is right, mud is truth, in Abbas La-la-land.

By the way, on the topic of annexation, it’s really not a bad idea. There’s even a move currently in US Congress to encourage Israel to consider just that. See Caroline Glick’s cogent comments on the matter here.

But perhaps the biggest, saddest whopper of the day was when Abbas claimed that they (his party Fatah, the competing party Hamas, and who knows what other “peacemaking”—yes, remember up is down–terrorist groups he meant) were just (cough! gag!) “defenseless people, armed only with their dreams, courage, hope and slogans.”

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Giyusgirl_Bibi_23_Sept_201_302X249 Ah, but this brings us to the one bright spot in the whole affair—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s follow up speech. His tone was, as always, conciliatory, continuing to extend Israel’s hand of peace to its mortal enemies (OK, maybe I don’t completely agree with this approach, but I’m not here to argue against it, either), however he also proceeded to address at least a couple of the more blatant falsehoods put forward by Abbas. One of which was the aforementioned denial of anything but peaceful means on the Arabs’ part. The PM graciously acknowledged their “hopes and dreams,” but went on to point out what everyone knows but many are loath to admit, that those dreams are augmented by “10,000 missiles and Grad rockets supplied by Iran, not to mention the river of lethal weapons now flowing into Gaza from the Sinai, from Libya, and from elsewhere.” Way to go, Bibi!

But will a dab of truth clean off the mud? One can hope, but one should not hold one’s breath. An already oft-quoted line in Netanyahu’s speech rightly pegged the UN as “the theater of the absurd. It doesn’t only cast Israel as the villain; it often casts real villains in leading roles: Gadhafi’s Libya chaired the UN Commission on Human Rights; Saddam’s Iraq headed the UN Committee on Disarmament [and] …Hezbollah-controlled Lebanon now presides over the UN Security Council. This means, in effect, that a terror organization presides over the body entrusted with guaranteeing the world’s security.”

Look for the mud to stay where it is for a while, and maybe even get smeared around some.

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Thanks as always are due to my friend at GIYUS for her input and photos which I’ve used here. Please read her blog entry, Leaders appear to lose faith – Is there still hope for peace in the Middle East? for some key points I did not take the time to address.

I could have taken a lot more time and space tonight to cover many additional aspects of this event and its ramifications—goodness knows I’ve been skimpy on comments lately—but  for I just now wanted to get across my sense of wonderment at the bald faced audacity of terrorist Yasser Arafat’s successor before the most important body of statesmen and stateswomen in the world.

The world is ‘way down a sad road when it honors men like that in the ways it appears to be doing.

Oh—did I mention that Abbas funded the 1972 Munich massacre and praised it’s perp?

God help us, is all I can say.

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Bibi & Obama, round 5 – just for show?

Obama defers to Netanyahu at White House 6 July 2010 Israeli PM Netanyahu met with US President Obama yesterday for what somebody said was the fifth time (I haven’t been counting), and by the accounts I’ve seen so far, there was a lot of publicity, but little, if any, substance, except perhaps a tentatively conciliatory attitude expressed by Obama toward Israel. Which is as it should be. There’s really nothing of substance that Israel needs from the US at the moment, but the US (or more correctly, the Obama administration) is on the ropes with respect to our treatment of Israel, and (oy, vey!) even our standing with the Arab world. Not that I, for one, am looking for any of the latter, but The Pres certainly has been. I almost feel sorry for the guy.

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Abu_Mazen_FistsUp_INN One of the points on which Obama is beginning to concede to Netanyahu is on the issue of direct talks with Abbas & his bunch. Bibi came up with the proposal, Obama began to agree, but—surprise!  (not)—Mahmoud refused (again). If you haven’t noticed the pattern so far, it’s like this: Israel reaches out, the PA rejects; Israel reaches out, the PA rejects; Israel reaches out…

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Iran_Missile_Launch-DU-WEB Something which I’ve pointed out a few times is that the “moderate” Arab states (think Egypt, the Saudis, maybe even Jordan) are as bothered by Iran, Hamas, Hezbollah and friends as is Israel or anyone else. I caught a short article yesterday that Egypt itself is afraid of the Palestinians on its border. Not that this is terribly surprising, either, but you just don’t hear all that much about it.

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And speaking of things we sometimes forget, regardless of Arab propaganda, the Arab-Israel dispute is not about who is occupying whose land. If this is somehow news to you, American Thinker has an in depth explanation here. (Thanks again, Unity Coalition for Israel!)

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Another piece of information radical Arab states would rather we didn’t know: even as committed a regime as Syria is itself at some risk of jihadist overthrow. If you take a quick look at hundreds of years of Arab history, they’ve always been at each others’ throats, and we can expect this to continue as far into the future was we can imagine. Even if they could take Israel out of the picture, this would not bring peace to the Middle East. Just sayin’.

Talk to y’all later.

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140s for 11 March 2010

No, no, no, I’m really not trying to beat up on Joe, but…

SmileyJoe_INN_35719 He keeps saying the darndest things! Today United States VP Joe Biden is quoted in Israel National News as having told the Israeli people, in praise of Palestinian Authority President and terrorist organization Fatah chief Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen):

easter_bunny_stmarys President Obama believes in Abu Mazen.

find-santa-claus-10 All right, I know that’s a little out of context, but not much. The context of the statement was that the Prez has every confidence in Abbas as a stable national leader who is fully capable of entering into state negotiations with Israel. I’m not going to take the time to go into all the details here, but very little could be further from the truth. In all fairness to Joe and the Big O, though, I must confess that I also at one time did believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. But I’m quite sure I’ve never believed in Abu Mazen.

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No, no, no, I’m really not trying to beat up on Joe – but he keeps getting in the way, dangit!

Ramat-Shlomo-WEB So, after his harsh condemnation yesterday of what is actually normal routine construction in a city over which he has no jurisdiction, he not only passes the buck today (saying, in effect, “I was only following orders”), but he performs further verbal gyrations by retroactively labeling his unwarranted meddling as somehow stating some sort of needed truth. Gosh, don’t you see that I’m your best friend, Israel, because “quite frankly, folks, only a friend can deliver the hardest truth,” he says. Well, Joe, there are those who beg to differ that what you’d said yesterday was at all true, let alone the least bit well intentioned.

Joe Biden under image of Arafat And didn’t you just say yesterday that you support a contiguous Palestinian state at the expense of Israel’s contiguity? That’s not something a friend would say, Joe.

If I live in a rough neighborhood, and gang members want to set up shop in my front yard and also have a clear path through my house, and you say you think they should be able to do just that, and I should just stuff a sock in it – well, Joe, I’m pretty sure that means you’re not really my friend. Not in the least.

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Well, what do you know – I’m finally able to get away from Joe! He’s off to Jordan next – hopefully he can stay out of trouble there.

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If you’ve been following the story of Mosab Hassan Yousef, son of Hamas co-founder Sheik Hassan Yousef, you may know that what led to his coming over to the Israeli side was witnessing the incredible cruelty and torture handed out by other jailed Hamas leaders against other Arabs whom they even remotely suspected of collaboration. That this sort of thing is not at all rare is confirmed in a BBC interview reported today in Ynet news. As the article relates,

Two former Palestinian prisoners, one from Fatah and one from Hamas, gave accounts of their experiences in Palestinian jail. The two unfurled testimonies of a web of serious abuse at the hands of Palestinian investigators, both from Hamas and the Fatah-affiliated Palestinian security services.

Read the details here if you’d like; I’d rather move on.

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Finally for today, this is not really new news, but it bears refreshing. While a certain emissary from the White House (whose name I’d rather not mention, but his initials are JRB, Jr.) has been running loose casting doubt on Israel’s sincerity with regard to negotiating for peace, this piece by Efraim Inbar in Jerusalem Post points out that the reality is quite the opposite. As he puts it,

BLAMING NETANYAHU for the current impasse assumes that the insatiable Palestinians must be placated at the expense of vital security interests, such as demilitarization of the West Bank and maintaining control over the Jordan Valley and Greater Jerusalem. Ascribing responsibility to Netanyahu for the impasse also wrongly assumes that the Palestinians have displayed flexibility in their approach to Israel. Yet it is they who insist on preconditions for resuming the talks. Even Netanyahu’s decision for the 10-month freeze on building in the settlements was rejected by the PLO.

As a matter of fact, it is the Palestinians who are dragging their feet in the peace negotiations. Abbas in his May 2009 Washington Post interview emphasized that he is in no hurry to negotiate and that he expects the Americans to force Israel to accept the Palestinian conditions. His prime minister, Salam Fayyad, announced a plan to unilaterally establish a Palestinian state in two years instead of a state emerging from negotiations.

Both “moderate” leaders honor suicide bombers as martyrs and provide their families with state pensions. They allow the PA-controlled media, education system and mosques to continue to promote rabid anti-Semitism. Both reject recognition of Israel as a Jewish state.

Unfortunately, Palestinian society in Gaza and in the West Bank is under the spell of Hamas, which has not accepted Israel’s right to exist. Consequently, the Palestinians are not moving in the direction of compromise and reconciliation.

Netanyahu’s government probably has no illusions about the ability of the Palestinians to reach an agreement and implement it in the near future, but Netanyahu keeps the option of negotiations open. In contrast, the Palestinians’ goal is to extract concessions without negotiations, hoping that Washington and/or the international community will pressure Israel into accepting Palestinian demands.

So, Joe, why don’t you bring this up with your buddy Abu some time, eh?

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