When the wolf watches the sheep

One of the leading Arab-Israeli politicians in the Knesset, Ahmad Tibi, who was tickled pink, said it best: “This is what a diplomatic tsunami looks like.” Yes, it does, because the collapse of the body that should be devoted to protecting the world from terrorism is truly a natural disaster and it reveals the utterly miserable state of collaboration between countries today.
The fact that 76 percent of Interpol, the intergovernmental organization facilitating international police cooperation, which was established to protect world citizens from illegality, and therefore among its foremost responsibilities from terrorism itself, has voted to accept the “Palestinian State” as a full member.
Never mind it’s a state that doesn’t exist: the Palestinian Authority is the result of complex diplomatic negotiations towards a definitive solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and who knows if that will ever come about? Therefore, calling it a “state” clearly demonstrates that the decision by Interpol was purely political and has absolutely nothing to do with catching criminals. On the contrary, the obstacle lies in the fact that the Palestinians aren’t tired of practising the precise terrorism that Interpol should relentlessly be striving to defeat.
This is a very serious matter: now inside Interpol we will see the Palestinian police, which is unbelievable. Fatah, the party of the Palestinian Authority President, Abu Mazen, promotes terrorism by paying salaries to imprisoned terrorists who crowd Israeli jails and to the families of those who have been killed “in action”. On Wednesday, immediately after the terrorist Nimer Mahmoud Ahmed Jamal killed three innocent Israelis in Har Adar, northwest of Jerusalem, the PA’s official Facebook page referred to him as a “martyr”.
The latter never miss an opportunity to exalt any terrorist act and to immediately plaster their walls with terrorists’ pictures and to commemorate squares and schools with their names. Hamas also praises terrorism and responds to the spilling of Israeli blood with anti-Semitic and Islamic fundamentalist rhetoric and – like ISIS – incites them to carry out even more attacks. Hamas and Fatah recently signed a new reconciliation agreement that strengthens their fraternity in all areas, and therefore, it’s impossible to perceive Abu Mazen’s faction as being “moderate”.
What are they going to do within Interpol while the entire world is overrun by attacks carried out with the means that Palestinians themselves have invented such as car-ramming attacks on crowds, shootings, explosions and stabbings? The Palestinians are the proud parents who have encouraged their offspring to use such tactics.
Seventy-two against 24 states voted in favour of the Palestinian’s entrance into a body where they will be able, first and foremost to have sensitive information about the world’s counter-terrorism battle, to suggest actions taken, and above all, to advance initiatives against Israeli citizens or any other country they deem an enemy.
Attorney Nitzana Darshan Leiner urged Interpol to arrest the Palestinian terrorist Saleh al-Arouri, who in 2014 orchestrated the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli girls – Naftali Frenkel, Eyal Yifrach and Gilad Shaar. Will that be possible now?
Darshan Leiner says that if Interpol doesn’t immediately do so this it will have to start the entire process from scratch in the future. This, unfortunately, will also occur in many other cases because there are numerous attacks in which the Palestinian’s handiwork can be seen.
Their habit of striking throughout the world from the Munich massacre to the hijacking of Achille Lauro, to Entebbe, to numerous other airline hijackings should have crushed the spurious and useless idea that the Palestinians are different from all other terrorists given their territorial ambitions a long time ago.
However, that’s not the case: Reuters referred to Wednesday’s killer in Har Adar as a “gunman” or simply as a “man”. For many, such terrorists are perceived as “freedom fighters,” but unfortunately diffidence, fear, and negation has always rendered their actual definition difficult or awkward. However, to go so far as to put the wolf in charge of watching the sheep represents a step that should frighten anyone. What is at stake here is the battle against terrorism itself.
Translation by Amy Rosenthal 

This article originally appeared in slightly different form in Italian in Il Giornale (October 02, 2017)

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Fiamma Nirenstein is a journalist, author, former Deputy President of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, and member of the Italian delegation at the Council of Europe.
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