by Adam Kredo
The Biden administration deletes the entire section referencing to Palestinian terror from Congressional report, issued under a mandatory reporting statute included in the 1990 Palestine Liberation Organization Commitments Compliance Act.
The State Department deleted references to the Palestinian Authority’s terror incitement in a report sent to Congress recently, highlighting what some see as an effort by the Biden administration to downplay Palestinian violence as it restarts US taxpayer aid to the government.
In the latest report, the Biden State Department removed a section of text detailing how Palestinian Authority schools and media outlets routinely employ violent rhetoric.
“Some PA schools and media outlets continue to promote the idea that Israel does not have a right to exist and supports the elimination of Israel on maps that show ‘Palestine’ covering over Israel with the indication ‘Palestine’ will be ‘liberated’ in the future,” the Trump administration’s October report stated in a now-removed section.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken promised in June to condition US aid to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which oversees education in territories controlled by the Palestinian Authority, on the agency removing calls for Israel’s destruction from its textbooks. By omitting reporting on this issue from its latest report to Congress, the State Department could be trying to bypass oversight on Blinken’s vow.
Another portion on the Arab League’s boycotts of Israel omits an entire paragraph detailing how the Palestinian Authority is undermining regional peace with Israel.
“The PA expressed its strong disapproval of Arab states normalizing relations with Israel,” the October report stated in a now-deleted paragraph. “Referring to the (United Arab Emirates) diplomatic normalization agreement with Israel, Abbas said, ‘We consider this a stab in the back and we absolutely reject it.’”
The Trump administration’s report also stated: “PA diplomats also worked to encourage statements, including from the Arab League, condemning normalization. The PA also expressed support for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement against Israel.” These findings are also omitted from the Biden administration’s version of the report
Food for Thought. by Steven Shamrak
When national pride and sovereignty is involved, most countries ignore international opinion – China is defying international opinion and accelerating building its artificial islands; Russia is still occupying Sothern Ossetia and Abkhazia, ignoring outcries against annexation of Crimea and sending arms and military personnel to Eastern Ukraine. Only the Jewish state is unable to shake off it’s ‘galut’ mentality!
Israel is Jewish State!
Israel’s Supreme Court rejected 15 petitions aimed at repealing the nation-state law, effectively upholding it. The law, which recognizes Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish People, “does not hurt the individual rights of any Israeli citizen,” regardless of faith or ethnicity, Justice Minister Sa’ar said. (At least, the Supreme Court has agreed with this!)
The Palestinian Authority announced a new mechanism for disbursing payments to terrorists and their families by using ATMs at PA post offices. In spite of a severe deficit in the PA budget, which stood at $417 million in the first half of 2021, the payment to terrorists is still a national and social obligation, and will not be stopped despite intense Israeli and international pressure to do so.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett was welcomed at the royal palace in Amman last week, where he met with King Abdullah II. King Abdullah signalled he was willing to turn over a new leaf in Israeli-Jordanian ties, leaving behind years of rocky relations with former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The President Herzog’s spokesman said the King expressed his happiness that relations with Israel are going back to normal. He also congratulated Herzog on his new position.
Hundreds of (so-called) Palestinians have gathered in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah (Yes, Jewish land, Judea and Samaria, is occupied by enemies of Israel. There are no Jews and IDF in Ramallah!) to demonstrate against President Mahmoud Abbas, hoping to inject new momentum into a protest movement sparked by the death of an outspoken critic in the custody of security forces. The Palestinian Authority (PA) was established as part of the peace process in the 1990s and governs parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
The IDF on Wednesday night demolished the home of Muntasser Shalabi, the terrorist who carried out the May attack in which Yehuda Guetta, 19, was murdered. The US government had asked the Defense Ministry to avoid destroying the Shalabi home, since he is an American citizen. “We believe it is critical for all parties to refrain from unilateral steps that exacerbate tensions and undercut efforts to advance a negotiated two-state solution,” a spokesperson for the US Embassy responded. (When terrorists kill Jews it is always called “ALL parties to refrain”! The “two-state solution” is a fiction, created to undermine independence of Israel, and destroy Zionist aspiration for reunification of Eretz-Israel!)
A visit by Foreign Minister Yair Lapid to the United Arab Republic and Bahrain, the first by an Israeli minister to the signatories of the Abraham Accords, was extensively covered in the Saudi media as an historic event, the columnist noted. One paper front-paged a picture of Lapid backed by the Israeli flag. TV channels have begun inviting Israeli pundits to live talk shows, often introducing them as experts “in Jerusalem.” Decades-long taboos are being tossed, as the Saudis eye the booming trade ties their neighbours are binding with the Jewish state.
The new American administration has decided to put on hold its mega-investment fund that was supposed to help strengthen regional ties after last year’s signing of the Abraham Accords. It was to be underwritten by some $3 billion from both the US government and private financial institutions to “promote economic cooperation and to encourage prosperity in the Middle East and beyond.” At least one of the reported reasons for the kibosh is that the Biden administration wants to focus its spending internally, in order to pull the country out of the economic crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. (At the same time, Biden has reversed Trump’s foreign aid freeze to fake Palestinians – hypocrisy!)
The Citizenship Law, which prevents the unification of Palestinian Arab families, did not pass in a vote in the Knesset – 59 MKs voted in favour of the law, 59 voted against it and two abstained. Two members of Ra’am, including chairman Mansour Abbas, voted in favour of the law. MK Amichai Chikli (Yamina) voted against. (This is shameful performance by opposition MKs from Likud and religious parties!)
The United Nations passed a resolution condemning the use of civilians as human shields by terrorist groups, a strategy frequently used by organizations such as Hamas and Hezbollah. The international body also condemned anti-Semitic terrorism for the first time, as well as the use of the internet as a tool for the recruitment of terrorists.
After claiming that it had thwarted the sabotage, Iran blames Israel for a sabotage operation that targeted a building belonging to Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO) in Karaj last month. Iran claimed that the sabotage had failed and caused no damage. It was reported that the target of the attack was a factory producing aluminium blades for uranium-enrichment centrifuges, which had suffered damage as a result. (Time to end the Iranian nuclear program – only Israel can do it!)
Quote of the Week:
“The Oslo accord was a prelude to the Palestinian Authority, and the Palestinian Authority will be a prelude to the Palestinian state which, in its turn, will be a prelude to the liberation of the entire Palestinian land.” – Abdul Asis Shaheen, PNA Minister of Supply, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, January 4, 1998 – No room for Jews or Israel!
by Mitchell Bard
The two-state solution is so uncomplicated, so elegant, so eminently fair. If only the Palestinian Arabs were not determined to destroy Israel!
Following the Oslo Accords signed by the Palestinians, Israel withdrew from more than 40 percent of the ‘West Bank’. As for the other 60 percent, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin stated, “I wish to remind you, we made a commitment… to the Knesset not to uproot any settlement in the framework of the Interim Agreement, nor to freeze construction and natural growth.” The agreements do not prohibit or restrict the establishment or expansion of Jewish communities in the ‘West Bank’.
For J-Street, the pro-Palestinian lobby that advocates two states, the group’s simplistic worldview. The number of (so-called) illegal (Jewish) outposts in the ‘West Bank’ is 100, according to J-Street.
J Street does not have a statistic for the number of Palestinian Arab buildings illegally constructed in the West Bank nor does it care about these violations of the peace agreement. The Oslo Accords give Israel full control of “Area C” and any construction by Palestinian Arabs in the area without Israel’s permission is illegal. In 2016, the European Union funded at least 91 illegal structures and, in 2017, another 57. In July 2020, the E.U., Denmark and the Palestinian Authority signed a nearly $7 million agreement to build 16 infrastructure projects in “Area C,” which brought the total EU contribution to more than $18 million for 58 projects.
The pro-Palestinian lobby advocates the ethnic cleansing of Jews from their historic homeland. How many Jews are to be removed?
Most peace plans assume that Israel will annex the major settlement blocs to incorporate 75 to 80 percent of the settlers. The problem is that only about 71 percent of the Jews live in those blocs today. That means Israel would have to remove roughly 140,000 Jews from their homes. Even if the percentage in the blocs reached 80 percent, more than 90,000 Jews would still need to be evacuated. This excludes the 325,000 Jews the Palestinian Arabs want removed from eastern Jerusalem.
Zvika Krieger wrote in The Atlantic in 2012 that “getting the 100,000-plus Israelis out of the ‘West Bank’ would likely be the most practically and politically challenging element of an agreement to implement.”
You think? (It would be in violation of the international law – Ethnic Cleansing of Jews – again, nobody cares!)
The cost of the Gaza disengagement was at least $1.3 billion. These expenses were to compensate for the evacuation, the value of homes, land and businesses, unemployment benefits, replacement of synagogues and the length of time living in their homes. If these figures are accurate, the cost per settler was about $165,000. In addition, the Israel Defense Forces was expected to spend about $500 million to remove bases and equipment from Gaza.
Jews in the ‘West Bank’ would likely demand more money than the Jews in Gaza received. In the end, the numbers are irrelevant because the Palestinian Arabs have no interest in peace at any price. (It has never been about cost, but about Jewish national aspirations, home and pride! Israel and Jews need to regain all of them!)
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