(from dailyalert.org, Oct. 3, 2014)
Abbas Is Not a Partner for Peace – Michael Oren
In his address to the UN General Assembly, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas proved that he is not a partner for peace. A Palestinian leader who accuses Israel of committing genocide in Gaza, apartheid, and ethnic cleansing has no intention of becoming a partner for peace. He does not want negotiations – not even American-brokered talks – and is not interested in durable peace based on security arrangements and mutual recognition.
Abbas’ remarks at the UN mark the opening shot of a political Palestinian initiative aimed at isolating Israel in the international arena, delegitimizing it and imposing sanctions on it. The writer served as Israel’s ambassador to the U.S. (Ynet News)
Abbas at the UN – Avi Issacharoff
At the UN, PA President Mahmoud Abbas sounded one of his most aggressive speeches against Israel, including accusations of genocide. Yet Abbas is the same man who gave us information on the three kidnapped teens.
Israel didn’t commit any genocide in Gaza and the PA knows it. So why did Abbas go so far and say what he said? Palestinian public opinion. If elections were held today, Hamas’ Ismail Haniyeh would defeat Abbas. He also knows that Hamas is more popular in the West Bank than in Gaza. According to Monday’s poll from Khalil Shikaki, more people in the West Bank than in Gaza support firing rockets at Israel from population centers. Abbas’ extreme words were meant to prevent a further drift of public opinion, which does not look kindly upon Abbas’ security cooperation with Israel. (Times of Israel)
Telling the Truth in the Hall of Lies – Dror Eydar
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address at the UN General Assembly was broadcast to millions of American viewers. Israelis know the things he said in his speech, but we need a messenger to relay our truth to the world. It is important that once every year, the head of the Jewish state comes to New York to tell the truth at the UN.
As far as we’re concerned, the Arabs are the ones who invaded our land in the seventh century. Ever since the 1880s, the Zionist waves of immigration (aliyah) brought with them hundreds of thousands of people from Arab states. They came here looking for work, while the Jews were coming back to their homeland – the only place for them on earth. That is why the IDF is not an army of occupation, but rather a force tasked with protecting Jews. (Israel Hayom)