Mahmoud Abbas, acting leader of the PA, speaks in front of a banner of terrorist, Jews killer Yasser Arafat. - Photo Credit: Issam Rimawi/Flash 90
It is news to no one that throughout the negotiations with Israel, despite Islam’s ban on lying, the Palestinians have consistently lied. Surah Al-Haj (Surah 22, verse 30) and Surah Al-Ghafir (Surah 40, verse 28) of the Qur’an, as well as many hadiths (the oral tradition attributed to Muhammad), strongly condemn lying for any reason. It is specifically considered an affront to Allah and Muhammad, and the liar will burn in hell.
Despite the religious ban on lying, Islam provides a number of loopholes. For example, for an Islamist, one can lie to effect a compromise between disputing parties, to deceive an enemy, to make one’s wife happy.
LOOPHOLES AROUND LYING
Thus, it is permissible to lie to the Jewish (and American) enemy, which is what the Palestinian Arab negotiators have done time after time in the negotiations with Israel. These negotiators, even those conveniently hiding under the mantle of “secular,” employ the fundamentalist moral code that dictates their actions. They have manipulated, avoided, evaded, denied, wiggled around facts and told outright lies regarding agreements already reached and their goals for future coexistence.
For these believers in moral religious pragmatism, permission to lie in the negotiations is based on designating the Jew as the enemy of Allah and Islam, worthy only of death. For the Palestinian Arab leadership, abetted by the Palestinian Authority’s educational and religious systems, the Jew is religiously labeled not only the enemy because of the so-called “occupation of Palestine,” but because of the ancient Hadith that they invoke that states that Muslims will not be redeemed on Judgment Day unless the Jews on earth are killed. Therefore, for these radical believers, lying to the Jews if it leads to their final destruction is virtually a religious fiat.
Before he met with the American president last week, Mahmoud Abbas told Fatah’s Revolutionary Council in Ramallah that he “would not recognize Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people, would not waive the so-called ‘right of return’ of the Palestinian refugees, and would not abandon the idea of Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.”
An Abbas confidante and member of Fatah’s Central Committee, appearing on official Palestinian Authority television, revealed the true Palestinian Arab intentions for the Jews during that conference. Abbas Zaki promised that “Allah will gather all the Jews together so that the Palestinians can destroy them.”
All the Palestinian Arabs’ fabricated religious, moral and historical demands on the land of Israel and Jerusalem are based on Islam’s permission to lie to the enemy, considered “legitimate” because their ultimate objective is to destroy Israel and establish “Palestine” on its ruins. No matter the current historical revisionism, honest Palestinian Arab scholars know that there was never a Palestinian state in the land of Israel (or anywhere else); there was never a Palestinian people until Jews started populating the land; and nothing was ever promised to them in the Qur’an. When the United Nations called for a Jewish state and an adjacent Arab state in 1947, the Arabs rejected it.
THE WEST AS HANDMAIDEN TO THE LIES
Because of stunning defeats visited upon the Palestinian Arabs whenever they attempt to destroy Israel with violence and terrorism, they have decided instead to implement Arafat’s “salami plan” and destroy Israel piecemeal through fraud and deception. To that end they have recruited the gullible West to do the work, if not for them, then with them. The Palestinian Arab demand for the so-called “right of return” is one aspect of the plan: its objective is to swamp Israel demographically, thus destroying its Jewish character and making it possible to establish the Muslim “Palestine” on its ruins.
Unfortunately, through the United Nations, the Western world willingly collaborates with the Palestinian Arabs. It supports their outrageous claims and deliberately refuses to resolve the Palestinian Arab issue. The “Palestinian refugee” project, directed primarily by UNRWA, has unprecedented support from the West. Although the status of “refugee” is not supposed to be hereditary, the UN agencies still label the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of the Arabs who fled in 1948 as “refugees” and funnel billions of dollars in aid to them through mechanisms established specifically for that purpose. That status allows the Palestinian Arabs to preserve indirectly the claims for “right of return” and helps motivate their murderous intention, if unstated by the more savvy spokesmen, to ultimately destroy Israel.
Nowhere in the world is there a project for refugees that even remotely resembles the Ponzi scheme the UN set up for the Palestinian Arabs. Not only does it shovel money to the “refugees,” it also supports a myriad of corrupt – and totally unnecessary – UNRWA employees who perpetuate the hatred of all Jews. It is entirely possible that only the final collapse of the European economy can stop the corruption, because cold facts and logic clearly cannot stop this ingrained corruption.
The position of the Western countries regarding the Palestinian issue is perplexing. Throughout modern history, millions of refugees, including the Jews who survived the Holocaust or were expelled from the Arab countries, have adapted and integrated into the societies of their new countries without UN involvement. Catastrophes continue to occur around the world, refugees are slaughtered on a daily basis in terrorist attacks and hate crimes, women are raped and children flee and starve to death while the UN deals with the Palestinians. UN clerks devote their time to the descendants of the Arab refugees of 1948, although many of them have long since established themselves, unlike other refugees (in Africa, for example), in the Arab states among people with whom they share a culture, religion, language and history.
Western countries perpetuate the problem of the Palestinian Arab refugees deliberately. Their motive is not love of the Palestinians Arab, but rather to prevent the issue from being resolved. On the other hand, the Arab states do not want the Palestinian Arab refugees anywhere near them, and until the Arab Spring they used the “liberation of Palestine” as a rallying cry to close ranks against the common “Zionist enemy.” Recently, however, it has become apparent that the Arab masses no longer accept hatred of Israel as their common denominator and actively work to overthrow the corrupt Arab regimes.
Unfortunately, the leaders of the Arab world, as well as many European Union and other Western leaders have had no real intention of finding genuine solutions within the Arab states for the problems of the Palestinian Arabs.
Instead, they have used the Palestinian Arabs to channel popular anger and unrest and as an excuse to wage campaigns against Israel and to divert popular anger against the ruling elites. Western leaders never admit it, but instead of demanding citizenship for the refugees in the Arab countries where they have settled, they deliberately enforce the status of “Palestinian refugees” and delude the Palestinian Arabs into assuming that they will eventually “return to Palestine.” They know perfectly well that their policies encourage the Palestinian Arabs to cling to the vain hope that with Western support, at some time in the future they will “return” to Israel and destroy it with waves of refugees and mujahideen terrorism.
The West pays the UN and other welfare agencies billions of dollars to keep the Palestinian Arab problem alive, but if they had invested the money in helping the Palestinian Arabs settle in the countries where they have already lived for years as equal, productive citizens, the issue could have long since been taken off the agenda.
Instead, the West and the Arab-Muslim world pay cold cash to prevent the issue from being resolved, contradicting all historical, legal and political logic. The West has squandered billions by sustaining corrupt UN agencies and continuing manipulative anti-Semitism through the so-called “return of the refugees,” a euphemism for the destruction of Israel.
In the current negotiations for a peace agreement, Israel countered the Palestinian Arab demand for the “return” with the demand that the Palestinian Arabs recognize Israel as the national homeland of the Jewish people, a Jewish state.
Israel’s demand was made to force the Palestinian Arabs to recognize that Israel – with full, unalienable, undeniable historic rights to the Holy Land – was demographically a Jewish country with a Jewish culture and Jewish heritage, and that the dream of destroying it with floods of refugees and jihad terrorists had to be permanently shelved. The Israeli demand is based on the assumption that by recognizing Israel as a Jewish state the Palestinian Arabs will have to abandon the plan of trying to change its demographics with a “legitimate” influx of refugees and terrorist operatives.
EVEN ABBAS ADMITS HE IS NOT A LEGITIMATE LEADER
Abbas has a full understanding of the operative and historical implications of the Israeli demand, and therefore is unwilling to include Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state in a peace agreement. He claims that the Palestinian “right of return” is the “individual right” of each Palestinian Arab, therefore he cannot, in their name, waive it and thereby resolve a core problem of the Israeli-Arab conflict. In taking this position, Abbas openly admits he is not a leader, does not represent the collective will of the Palestinian Arab people, and has no legitimate standing or legal status as far as they are concerned.
That means that Israel is being asked to accept an agreement from a disposable leader who one day will disappear, while the various branches of his administration and his religious establishment brainwash the younger generation of Palestinian Arabs to continue the conflict, to dream of the “return” and to plan Israel’s destruction.
Abbas is not considered their leader by the Palestinian Arab populations in the Arab countries or in the Gaza Strip, and even the Palestinian Arabs in the West Bank claim that without the support of Israel he would not survive for even a day. Thus the urgent American pressure on Israel to reach an agreement with Abbas, based on the claim that Mahmoud Abbas is a “unique” leader presenting a “unique” opportunity for peace, is difficult to understand. The Palestinian Arab people, exposed to unending incitement to violence against Israel, ignore the promises made by Abbas as well as the agreements he signed, as they ignore the declarations of recognition of Israel as a Jewish state made previously by Yasser Arafat.
Arafat, the legendary Palestinian leader, recognized Israel as a Jewish state. It was only natural that Abbas, his protégé and the heir to the Palestinian Arab leadership, would follow his precedent. But Abbas’ retreat shows the inherent deception in the Palestinian Arab negotiating strategy. That strategy, to which the West has blinded itself, permits Palestinian Arab officials to lie when dealing with the Jews. By calling Jewish history a “delusional myth” Abbas ignores his own side’s previous commitments and Israel’s right to preserve its own identity.
Other Palestinian Arab officials go further. Adli Sadeq, the PA ambassador to India, said in 2011 that Israelis who believe the PA recognized Israel’s right to exist were deluding themselves. “[Israelis],” he said, “fool themselves, assuming that Fatah accepts them and recognizes the right of their state to exist. No two Palestinians disagree that Israel exists, but recognition of its right to exist is something else, different from recognition of its existence.”
“Sincere” Palestinian Arab activists actually admit that “Arafat’s recognition of Israel in 1993 [was] a meaningless ornament to a deceptive peace process that is regularly cited by the PA to create a facade of sincerity.”
The only way the Americans can promote a genuine peace would be to exert pressure in three directions:
The Americans are Archimedes’ fulcrum and they now have to find the lever that can bring about peace between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs. Instead of trying to pressure Israel and encouraging the Palestinian narrative for Israel’s destruction, America should pressure both the Arab states and the West to say, loudly and clearly, “There will be no return.” The descendants of the Palestinian refugees will be absorbed as citizens with equal rights by the Arab countries and will not “return” to Israel. That is where peace will begin.
Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent remarks, in which he said that Israel had to waive its demand that the leaders of the Palestinian Authority recognize Israel as a Jewish state, was most unfortunate. It showed that the Americans would continue to appease the Palestinian Arabs, preventing an end to the conflict and making it impossible to achieve peace.
This article first appeared in The Investigative Project on Terrorism.