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Hangin’ With Nasser

The Jerusalem Post has a story to make you all feel warm and fuzzy inside:

Longtime Palestinian Authority UN envoy Nasser al-Kidwa, who was recently named PA foreign minister, threw a farewell party Friday evening and several hundred diplomats showed up, including Israeli Ambassador Dan Gillerman, who called him a good man for the job.

 

Until the death of Yasser Arafat and the election of Mahmoud Abbas and the resurgence of hope for Middle East peace, it would have been unthinkable for an Israeli ambassador to be invited to a Palestinian reception.

 

But Gillerman joined a long line outside the Delegates’ Dining Room waiting to say goodbye to Kidwa and then mingled with diplomats at the party, joking that he wanted to make sure the new PA foreign minister was actually leaving.

 

He told reporters he thought Kidwa was a good choice for the top diplomatic job.

 

Several ambassadors expressed surprise at Gillerman’s presence, calling it a hopeful sign for an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Now imagine if the situation were reversed, with Kidwa attending a Gillerman farewell party. No doubt the PLO Arab papers would be calling Kidwa a “traitor” and “collaborator,” with the terrorist groups marking him for assassination.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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