Should President Trump Reconsider the PLO as a Partner for Peace?

The British statesman Sir Edmund Burke is said to have stated: “The end is the means in process” in explanation for his lack of support for the French Revolution – despite his support for the American Revolution.

Thus, to paraphrase Sir Edmund, a movement that begins with the murderous excesses of Robespierre will wind up with a regime based on Robespierre.

One thing we know about the Middle East Peace Proposal that US President Trump now considers is that the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) will be left in power to run the lives of the Palestinian Arab people.

The time has come for those who advocate an independent state run by the PLO to examine what the PLO envisions, based on its track record of 26 years, during which the PA (Palestinian Authority), the administrative arm of the PLO, has been governing the Palestinian Arab people.

What a PLO regime would entail

I. The PA has not conducted a Presidential election since 2005, nor an election for any other positions since the PA Parliamentary elections of 2006.

This leaves Muhammad Abbas and whoever he chooses as a successor for the position of “president for life”, a notion which stands in opposition to the principles of electoral choice and accountability held so dear to those who live in functioning democratic nations which support the concept of a PLO state

II. The PA regime violates basic international criminal codes.

Palestinian human rights expert Bassem Eid prepared a monograph for the Henry Jackson Society in 2016 in which he documents the following:

  1. The PA legislates that there are no fewer than 42 acts for which the penalty is death can be imposed.
  2. The PA uses extra-judicial killings and torture as an instrument to obtain evidence.
  3. The PA generates voluminous human rights complaints.In 2015 alone, there were 42 allegations of violation of free speech, and similar violations of basic personal human rights.
  4. The PA does not allow freedom of the press, a right thatpeople in the free world have cherished and sought to protect for centuries.
  5. The PA has an egregious record for incitement to violence, notwithstanding its numerous written claims to restrain such use of both oral and written speech.
  6. The PA imposes the penalty of death on any Arab who sells real estate to Jews.
  7. The PA has accumulated a long and inglorious history of embezzling funds and other forms of aid intended for humanitarian purposes.

The PA’s guiding spirit, Yasser Arafat, accumulated a fortune well in excess of one billion US dollars in this fashion: stealing money intended to be used to build schools, hospitals, roads, and the like. “Transparency International” investigation (January 19, 2012) found that Arafat had misappropriated at least eight hundred million $800,000,000.00) dollars. Abbas follows in his footsteps with his own family’s history of embezzlement from the PA.

III. Texts supplied to the schools in the PA and UNRWA contain false and prejudicial information, indoctrinating the next generation for war by means of demonization, delegitimation and the advocacy of a violent struggle. These texts are well documented, and may be seen on the website of Center for Near East Policy Research. www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com

IV. According to an on ordinance of PA law, the PA provides an unprecedented automatic bank transfers to anyone who murders (or attempts to murder) a Jew.

This allocation is for the killer and for the family of the murderer – for life.

The PA allocates at least seventeen million (17,000,000.00 NIS) per month as rewards for capital crimes against Jews.

The time has come to ask the president of the United States to reconsider the bestowal of power on the PLO. What has not worked for 26 years will continue to not work.

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: http://tinyurl.com/lxc6xvs
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