Meretz visit with Abbas : But what did he say in Arabic?

On Thursday, August 22, 2013, members of the Meretz political party faction of the Israeli Knesset met with PLO leader Mahmoud Abbas, whose term as the elected leader of the Palestinian Authority finished three years ago.

Meretz is a political party which endorses the concept of ceding areas of the land of Israel to the PLO, in exchange for peace.

In a statement broadcast on the 11PM August 22 newsreel of the “Voice of Israel” Israel Broadcasting Authority Radio, Meretz Knesset leader Zahava Galon read out Abbas’s policy statement delivered to Meretz that he would relinquish the PLO vision of the “right of return” to the areas lost in 1948- Tzfat, Jaffa, Acre, BeerSheva, and more. However, Galon and other Meretz MK’s did not ask Abbas to repeat that statement in Arabic on the “Voice of Palestine”‘ – the PBC Palestine Broadcasting Corporation radio or TV network,in the Arabic language, where the uncompromising “right of return” is broadcast almost every day as a practical poltical agenda for the Palestinian people to adere to.

Meretz did not ask Abbas to change the curriculum for the PA and UNRWA educational system, in the new school year, where the

PA/UNRWA school curriculum is based on the “Right of Return” through the “armed struggle” to liberate Palestine, all of Palestine

Here are some resources in that regard:

The time has come to challenge Galon about the credibility of the reassurance that they received from Abbas, who has facilitated a society which is being prepared for total war with Israel, to liberate Palestine, all of Palestine.

This is not a right wing issue.

This is reality, ignored and played down by the Oslo process advocates for 20 years.

Abbas is a better master of disinformation than Arafat. Abbas is a well dressed charming man who will say the right thing in English for delegations that visit him. He knows that visitors will not ask the right questions.

Meanwhile, Abbas’s reassurances now dominated the Israeli media, let alone the foreign press. .

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: