PA and Other Arab Reactions to the Gaza Crisis – David Pollock
(dailyalert.org, July 11, 2014)
The most striking aspect of ongoing Arab reactions to the latest Hamas-Israeli clashes is an act of omission: the Palestinian Authority (PA) and President Mahmoud Abbas are not calling for Hamas to stop firing rockets into Israeli cities. This contradicts Abbas’s recent declarations that the new PA government and its Hamas backers would honor past PA commitments regarding nonviolence against Israel. A new statement from Abbas’s office claims that “the Palestinians have the right to defend themselves by all legitimate means” against “Israeli escalation.”
In today’s latest twist, Abbas and the PA are not just calling for Israel to stop its airstrikes against Hamas targets inside Gaza. According to several plausible press reports, they are also threatening to haul Israel before the International Criminal Court for the “war crime” or “genocide” of responding to Hamas rocket attacks.
High-level U.S. statements, from President Obama on down, have so far not asked Abbas to account for the PA’s failure to oppose the Hamas rocket fire. Washington should unconditionally demand that Hamas stop shooting rockets into Israel — and that the PA fulfill its longstanding commitment to precisely that position. (Washington Institute)