Israel should bolster the PA Police? Are you for real?  

As the bloody “Social Media War” continues against the Jews of Israel, (see “Knife Intifada,” “3rd Intifada,” etc. — I refuse to legitimize the term “Intifada” or the narrative that this is some kind of “popular uprising”), with yet another stabbing outside the walls of the Old City this morning, oh wait — as I type another reported stabbing on a Jerusalem bus, it boggles my mind to hear reports, that certain elements within the IDF are actually recommending bolstering the PA security forces. 

The plan reportedly includes allowing the PA police to acquire more weapons and armored vehicles, while at the same time Israel would release jailed terrorists with “light” offenses.


Talk about short-term memory loss.

In the year 2000, it was the Palestinian Authority security forces under the direct orders of arch mass-murder and PA head Yasser Arafat who were commanded to turn their weapons on their Israeli counterparts.

It is no coincidence that one of the first casualties after the order was given was Border Police Supt. Yossi Tabeja, 27, who was murdered by his Palestinian counterpart on patrol near Kakilya.  And it didn’t stop there, with our “partners” behind the murder of countless Israelis during that period.

These days some suggest that the PA has helped in thwarting attacks.

But what happens if this force, which was created to fight Hamas — but instead implemented a revolving door policy of arresting Hamas members for the cameras only to release them soon after, while at the same time continuing to target and murder Jews, is once again, this time by Mahmoud Abbas, given the order to turn their weapons against IDF soldiers, and Israeli civilians?

This is the same Mahmoud Abbas who is playing a key role in this “Social Media War” spewing incitement and blood libels against the Jews.

Abbas’ Fatah movement continues to glorify martyrdom naming a road after Muhannad Halabi, the Jihadist who murdered two Israelis and injured others including a two-year old infant in Jerusalem’s Old City in October. A memorial in Halabi’s memory was also erected at the site.

So why even suggest this idea, which up until this point has reportedly been rejected by Prime Minister Netanyahu (I say until now, since minds can be changed.)?

A disturbing Friday, November 27, Jerusalem Post editorial advocated for this plan saying that Israel should cooperate, “with whoever can bring calm to the area,” even if it is the PA security force.

The editorial claims that this route should be taken instead of restricting movement of PA residents since “Collective punishment in the form of an increased clampdown on movement or civil liberties or house demolitions only serves to radicalize more of the population.”

First off, it should be mentioned that a more accurate definition of collective punishment is when the population of an entire country has to walk down the street looking over its shoulder hoping they won’t become the next victim.

Secondly I ask, isn’t the population living under 24/7 PA incitement radicalized enough? When 11-year old boys leave their homes in the morning with the goal of becoming ‘martyrs’ by murdering Israeli Jews, how much more radical can it get?

With this type of flawed logic, perhaps Israel should not have launched operations in Gaza against Hamas, since Israeli Air Force strikes against Hamas and the unintended collateral damage caused may “radicalize” the population in Gaza even more.  In other words, why fight terror at all if according to this rationale you’re only going to get more radicalized terror?

In my view, Israel should shut down the villages responsible for producing these monsters while launching a public diplomacy campaign in Arabic telling the average non-violent PA resident that the only ones to blame for their situation are their leaders, neighbors, and perhaps relatives who continue launching Jihadist attacks. Maybe then parents will order their kids not to even think about martyrdom and keep them at home instead of roaming the streets of Jerusalem or Gush Etzion looking for targets.

But the bottom line here is that bolstering the PA security force would be a terrible mistake. The proposal is high-risk with a likely catastrophic return.

About the Author
Joshua Hasten is the International Spokesperson for Gush Etzion. He is host of the weekly “Israel Uncensored” radio broadcast on The Land of Israel Network, as well as an international Middle East Correspondent in print and on television. Joshua is also a sought-after speaker around the world. His workshops and lectures on pro-Israel advocacy have impacted thousands. Joshua was the CAMERA organization’s 2009 Letter Writer of the Year, and is a member of the Judea and Samaria Speaker’s Bureau. Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, he resides in Gush Etzion, Israel.