I exposed it yesterday: PA President Mahmoud Abbas saying some downright nasty things about Jews at the emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul.
“I don’t want to discuss religion or history because they are really excellent in faking and counterfeiting history and religion. But if we read the Torah it says that the Canaanites were there before the time of our prophet Abraham and their [Canaanite] existence continued since that time, this is in the Torah itself. But if they would like to fake this history, they are really masters in this and it is mentioned in the holy Quran they fabricate truth and they try to do that and they believe in that but we have been there in this location for thousands of years.”
The mainstream media has ignored it (surprise, surprise). And the US administration does not seem to have given it much regard – assuming they even know.
In response, a senior White House official said President Donald Trump “remains as committed to peace as ever.
“This rhetoric, which has prevented peace for years, is not surprising as we anticipated reactions like this,” the unnamed official said. “We will remain hard at work putting together our plan, which will benefit the Israeli and Palestinian peoples.”
But what bothers me more is the Israeli Prime Minister does not seem to have picked up on it either.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday urged Palestinians to recognize the “reality” that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital and to work for peace, instead of incitement.
Speaking at an event honoring outstanding members of the Mossad, at the President’s residence in Jerusalem, Netanyahu said that Israel was also making sure that freedom of worship for all religions was being ensured by Israel.
Netanyahu said the Palestinians should recognize another fact as well: “Not only is Jerusalem Israel’s capital, we protect the freedom of worship for all the religions,” something that does not exist elsewhere in the region.
“Therefore, all these declarations don’t impress us,” Netanyahu said of the Istanbul conference. “In the end the truth will win out and many countries will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move their embassies there.”
Don’t get me wrong, the Prime Minister raises an pertinent point about freedom of religion under Israeli rule. But Abbas’ antisemitism goes to the heart of the conflict – the Arabs are unable accept Jewish sovereignty over any of the land, and this stems from their bigoted views about Jews they justify through the Quran.
We have to stop shooting ourselves in the foot and rather go on the front foot. Expose this so-called “peace partner” for what he is, and let the world know why peace has remained so elusive.
And the Israeli Prime Minister and goverment need to be leading the charge, not some Aussie-Israeli blogger.