State Department’s Touts Palestinian Charade

by Rachel Ehrenfeld, AMERICAN THINKER

Judging by the standard used by the authors of State Department’s reporting on Israel in the newly released Country Reports on Terrorism for 2016, the Palestinian terrorist who violently stabbed to death three Israelis and seriously wounded another as they celebrated the Shabbat and the birth of a new grandson should not be held responsible.

Why?  Because as the State Department puts it, it is the “frustration” with and “perception” of Israel’s policies that drives Palestinian terrorists to murder Israelis.

The State Department’s report claims that the “[c]Continued drivers of [Palestinian] violence” are Israel’s policies.  Accordingly, Palestinian terrorists like this one commit violence not because schools, television, newspapers, mosques, and social media are constantly inciting to violence against Israel and its Jewish citizens.  Moreover, the report praises Mahmoud Abbas’s “commitment to fight terrorism” and call for “culture of peace and tolerance and the renunciation of violence and extremism.”  It also notes that the “PA’s Palestinian Broadcasting Company’s code of conduct does not allow programming that encourages ‘violence against any person or institution on the basis of race, religion, political beliefs, or sex.'”  Apparently, in a thin effort to disguise State’s siding with the Palestinians, the report admits that “[i]n practice, however, some instances of incitement took place via official media. There were also some instances of inflammatory rhetoric and the posting of political cartoons glorifying violence on official Fatah Facebook pages.”  “[S]ome instances”?  Try every day, everywhere, all the time.

The Palestinian terrorists, according to the State Department, are driven to such extreme violence because of “lack of hope in achieving Palestinian statehood, Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank … [and] the perception that the Israeli government was changing the status quo on the Haram Al Sharif/Temple Mount.”  Moreover, the report also blames the IDF for its effort to curb such violence “with tactics that the Palestinians considered overly aggressive.”

The authors of the report don’t consider Palestinians murdering Israelis at their homes, streets, bus stations, stores, and coffee houses, “overly aggressive.”  If this outrageous attitude continues, how long before the State Department describes the actions of Palestinians breaking into Israeli homes and murdering the elderly, women, and children at their dinner table as “defensive actions”?

In addition to murdering a 70-year-old grandfather who was celebrating the birth of a new grandson with family, the terrorist severely wounded his 68-year-old wife, who is fighting for her life at the time of this writing.  The rest of the family, including grandchildren, escaped a brutal death because their mother succeeded in hiding them, and a neighbor shot and neutralized the terrorist.

The report’s justification of Palestinian terrorism and violence while blaming Israel reads like another Al Jazeera propaganda piece.

This is not surprising, considering the State Department’s intervention on behalf of Qatar, as noted by Norman Bailey’s Globe article, “US support lets Qatar off the hook.”  Because Qatar is the host of the biggest U.S. base in the Middle East, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson forced the Saudis, the UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt to cancel their thirteen “non-negotiable” demands that Qatar stop its sponsorship of the Muslim Brotherhood and radical Islamic incitement and terrorism, and its support of the Iranian and Turkish regimes.  Qatar, and its mouthpiece, Al Jazeera, also sponsor and promote Palestinian terrorism.

The U.S. intervention on behalf of Qatar, and the State Department praise of P.A. president Abbas and the Palestinian leadership for their imaginary intolerance of “[e]xplicit calls for violence against Israelis, direct exhortations against Jews,” at the time President Trump repeatedly, publicly, at home and abroad, condemns Islamic terrorism, Iran, and P.A. sponsorship of terrorism, highlights the inconsistency of U.S. foreign policy.  Moreover, this puts another obstacle in the way of President Trump’s declared ambition to achieve “peace between Israel and the Palestinians.”

Since last week, Palestinians have been violently clashing with Israeli security forces because Israel had finally installed metal detectors and additional security cameras at the entrance to Temple Mount, the holy site to Jews and to Muslim.  Israel has installed them to prevent terrorist attacks only after Muslims carried weapons into the al-Aqsa mosque to kill three Israeli soldiers.

Similar and much stricter security measures exist in Mecca and are present at major mosques in the Muslim world.  Nonetheless, the Palestinians are using deadly violence to force Israel to remove the metal detectors.  They are violently rioting again because they know that no matter what President Trump says, the State Department most likely, as evidenced in the latest report, would claim Israel efforts to prevent terrorism on Temple Mount as “the driver” of Palestinian violence.

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  1. Perhaps the State Department would like to explain why Arab violence against Jews in the Holy Land has been on going for almost 100 years?
    There was never any request for a Palestinian state by anyone until Jews won control of Judea and Samaria in a defensive war in 1967.
    Their “frustration” is because they cannot expel all the Jews and destroy Israel.

  2. No, It is because of Islam. Read: The Arab Mind, The Third Choice, Culture and Conflict; The Haj. The Muslim believe everything belongs to them; They are the only boss; We are the Slaves and are not allowed to tell them what to do. This has not been going on for a 100 years it has been going on for 1400 years. The State Department is the Department of Lilliput.

  3. Just another example of State Dept. anti-semitism. Another Washington swamp sorely in need of draining.

  4. This is another swamp Donald has to drain. If “State” waits long enough, they will be able to blame the frustrated Israeli soldiers, reservists and police for taking much more appropriate action against rock and Molotov cocktail throwing “protestors”.
    Just by the way, the considerable restraint shown in Hamburg recently also deserves the same treatment. The poor frustrated protestors with their Molotov cocktails, etc, could also have been dealt with in a more appropriate manner.

  5. Arabs live in countries without traffic lights. They don’t know how to stop, wait, proceed with caution. We shouldn’t be surprised these Arabs can’t act civilly.

  6. @ deanblake:
    I once rode in a car with a Jordanian musician who said that unlike here, where you won’t get a ticket for speeding as long as you go with the flow, in Jordan, they pull everybody over. It’s a mistake to think the Arabs are being spontaneous. Their leaders start, stop or slow the mass violence like the turning of a faucet, in accordance with long term strategy while making allowance for short-term bumps in the road.
    They are the ones thinking long-term and strategically; we are the ones thinking short-term and tactically.
    We can’t afford the luxury of looking down on them. You have to respect and mirror your enemy to win.
    The whole palestinian narrative is a distorted mirror-image opposite copy of the Zionist narrative, just as Islam is with Judaism, with some nods to Christianity thrown in.
    Seriously, we need to wise up.
    This all began because at Trumps initiative, one country at a time, even long-time supporters of the pals had begun holding them accountable for terror. So, what did they do? They changed the subject. The important thing, from their point of view is that Israel should always be under the diplomatic gun.

    “The world is opposed to Israel’s actions in the territory—our
    main aim must be to exploit intelligently this international
    attitude. We must differentiate between the possible and the
    impossible; we must address the world in its own language and
    go with it as far as we can go… We must besiege Israel and
    isolate it internationally … It is absolutely not in our interest to
    allow Israel to escape from this impasse. We could raise issues
    which we know, without even thinking about it, that the world
    atmosphere is not prepared for—issues which would provide
    Israel with new arguments to convince sections of world public
    opinion that throughout the history of the conflict the Arabs
    have thought only about the destruction and elimination of
    Israel … Briefly it is not right…to allow Israel to escape the grip of world society by raising ideas which would make the world
    forget Israeli extremism by pointing to what it might imagine to
    be Arab extremism …We must not take steps unless we are
    sure they bring us closer to our goal.13

  7. The State Department is an obscenity and always has been. Way back in 1794, when Thomas Paine was being held in a french revolutionary prison, slated for the guillotine, the U.S. Embassy refused his pleas that they intervene with the French authorities and obtain his release-which they certainly could have done. Thomas Jefferson, that all-American hypocrite, supported the radical French Jacobin dictatorship, and the U.S. embassy probably assumed he would come down on them if they intervened to save Paine’s life. He survived only because on the very day that he was slated for the guillotine, only one hour before, the dictator Robespierre was overthrown–no thanks to the State Department! Since then, there have been an endless flow of betrayals, double-crosses, acts of inhumanity (such as denying Jews the passports they needed to escape being murdered by the Nazis), appeasement of tyrants and terrorists, passports for Nazi war criminals, etc. etc. About 4,000 pro-Soviet State Department officials were identified by the Sate Department and forced to resign in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The State Department is not a swamp. It is a sewer, or a cesspool.

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