Book Review: ‘Genesis of the Palestinian Authority’ by David Bedein

Edited by Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg, BEHR Publishing House, Inc.

Over the past 30 years, David Bedein has been covering the Israeli-Arab conflict. In 1987 he established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel and balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies. However, during the “peace process” between Israel and the PLO, Bedein’s credibility and integrity was called into question as he became among the most prominent whistleblowers of the “peace process”.

More than 20 years after being shunned and ignored by the same media outlets he had previously assisted, Bedein has been vindicated. The stories that were not given airtime or coverage because they disturbed the peace narrative are now mainstream news.

Bedein has compiled many of his key stories of the past twenty plus years into a book aimed at informing policy makers and giving them context to the regions occurrences of the past twenty years. In “Genesis of the Palestinian Authority”, David Bedein takes us inside one of the worlds most covered conflicts and shows us what the mainstream media and most governments have spent the past two decades ignoring- the terror entity that is the Palestinian state in the making, which has no real desire for peace and co-existence with Israel.

Here are a number of topics that Bedein’s book sheds light upon:

The Palestinian Authority:

Bedein hired an Arab TV crew who filmed the PNC (Palestinian National Council) session where the PLO covenant was being discussed, and was the first reporter to reveal that the PLO covenant- which called for Israel’s destruction- was never cancelled. One of the more interesting and telling moments of the peace process was Yasser Arafat’s answer to Bedeins question right after the signing of the Oslo accords revealing his true intentions regarding the disarmament of Hamas – “Hamas are our brothers. I will handle them in my way”. His research into the PA constitution and security forces was groundbreaking, though it did not sit well with most peace hopefuls.


Bedein brings numerous sources and quotes documenting that the “moderate” faction of the PA is not so moderate after all, as its leaders still facilitate terror and do not regret their terror activities, which include the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre and many terror attacks that have taken place since the beginning of the peace process.


UNRWA has refused to search for a permanent living solution for 650,000 refugees from 1948, limiting them to refugee camps and passing refugee status to roughly five million descendants. UNRWA was formed in order to promote the supposed “inalienable right” of Arab refugees to return to villages where they lived before to 1948. To this day UNRWA continues to keep hundreds of thousands of descendants of Arab refugees in refugee facilities, where they languish under the premise and promise of the “Right of Return” to villages that no longer exist.

Bedein provides voluminous research documenting how UNRWA camps have become breeding ground for terrorists, largely due to the education at UNRWA schools.

Palestinians are quoted throughout the book describing UNRWA’s assistance as “meaningless”, since it does not improve their day to day lives in the slightest, but rather holds out hope for the destruction of Israel at which time – and only then – UNRWA refugees would be allowed to return to their villages. The Hamas terror organization’s takeover of UNRWA is well documented in this book, which explains how it used UNRWA schools and facilities to store and fire rockets at Israel.

Numerous articles in the book point out how the media, along with successive American and Israeli administrations have turned a blind eye to Arab incitement and terror, instead attempting to push forward the peace process while the Palestinian leadership has done everything besides promote peace.

This book should serve as a guide to policy makers about which mistakes should not be repeated in the pursuit of a lasting peace. It is an important read for anyone who is curious as to why there is no peace in the region. It is a well written and highly recommended book which paints a brutally honest – and often disturbing – picture of one of the world’s most misinterpreted conflicts.


About the Author
Amram Sherby was an intern at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Spokesperson for Bar-Ilan University's Model UN Society and the co-host of the "Bus N' Tank NFL Weekend Analysis" show on
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