Abbas Charm Offensive Not Reflected in Abbas’s Arabic Language Media Outlets


The official Arabic language media Palestinian Authority outlets: PBC  TV, PBC Radio and the PA controlled newspapers: Al Quds, Al Ayyam and Al Hayat Al Jadida, make no mention whatsoever of the statement quoted in today’s the Times of Israel  that Abbas used a meeting with Jews in New York to condemn recent Palestinian murders of Jews in Kalkilya and Hebron.

“Abbas in New York condemns soldiers’ killings”

What counts in conflict resolution is what leaders communicate to their own people in their own language.  

 The consistent absence of Arafat/Abbas declarations for peace and reconciliation with Israel in the Arabic language in their Arab language media outlets and educational institutions….a consistent policy implemented during  the 20 years of the Oslo process, where we have yet to see any evidence of PLO/PA expression of interest in peace and reconciliation.

The PLO and its PA administrative partner, the PA, have used their Arabic language media outlets and educational institutions over the last past 20 years to prepare their people for war, to conquer Palestine, all of Palestine, in stages, while conveying a charm offensive in other languages.

About the Author
David Bedein, who grew up in Philadelphia and moved to Israel in 1970 at the age of 20, is an MSW community organizer by profession and an expereinced investigative journalist. In 1987 he established the Israel Resource News Agency, with offices at the Beit Agron Int’l Press Center in Jerusalem, where he also serves as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research. In 1991, Bedein was the special CNN middle east radio correspondent. Since 2001, Bedein has contributed features to the newspaper Makor Rishon. In 2006, Bedein became the foreign correspondent for the Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. He is the author of " The Genesis of the Palestinian Authority" and "ROADBLOCK TO PEACE- How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict: UNRWA policies reconsidered"and the director and producer of the numerous short films about UNRWA policy which can be located at: