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“Moderate” Mahmoud and the Useless Rockets

With the rocket attacks on Israel continuing on a regular basis, PA Chairman Abbas has instructed his forces to help prevent them.

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas called on Saturday for his security forces to step up efforts to prevent rockets from being fired into Israel from the Gaza Strip.

At a graduation ceremony for his personal security guard, Abbas was quoted by the official WAFA news agency as saying it was necessary that “all parties work with maximum effort, especially the presidential guard and national security forces, to spread security and safety in the homeland, end security anarchy and stop aimless rockets.”

Ynetnews has a slightly different translation.

At a graduation ceremony for his presidential guard, Abbas was quoted by the official WAFA news agency as saying it was necessary that “all parties work with maximum effort, especially the presidential guard and national security forces, to spread security and safety in the homeland, end security anarchy and stop useless rockets.”

Aimless or useless, same difference. Had the rockets been more effective, Abbas would not object to them being fired into Israel. He is not objecting to them on moral grounds, but rather on practical grounds.

That’s “moderate” Mahmoud for you.

Update: Predictable, Reuters are not reporting the telling section of Abbas’ speech, instead focusing on a more benign part.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on members of his presidential guard and national security forces to step up efforts to prevent the rocket fire so “that our people can lead a safe life.”

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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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