In Caroline Glick’s latest article The Joke’s on Us, she explains that the net effect of ending the attempt to arrest 178 wanted Fatah criminals in exchange for them signing a paper was to extend the ceasefire from Gaza to the Westbank. What you can’t do through the front door, do through the back door.
So what’s the joke?
“This is all a big joke,” they told reporters while posing for pictures. “Abbas asked us to sign a declaration saying we won’t attack Israel and so we are.” And why not? The Palestinian Authority Chairman agreed to pay them thousands of dollars in exchange for the photo opportunities. There is also the non-financial incentive. In exchange for their propaganda photos and their signatures on declarations not to engage in terror anymore, Israel has pledged to take these murderers off of its wanted list. So just for participating in a satire, these men get to walk without fear for the first time in years.