Trump has not accepted Middle East reality – yet

This political chess game has just begun, and the opening moves have given the Muslim world an advantage. Israel, beware.

By Meir Jolovitz, INN

The irony was hard to miss. The headlines throughout the free world this week were quite similar, each a version of the following: President Trump asks the Muslim world to unite against terror. His thirty-five minute speech was the essence of the inability to accept reality. In what is sure to be called by some his ‘magnum opus,’ it was rather a case of historical amnesia.

With the lights shining brightly on his much-anticipated visit to the Middle East, Trump addressed the leaders of fifty Muslim-majority nations gathered in Saudi Arabia and decided to distance – and divorce – himself from the ‘apology tour’ untaken eight years before by his predecessor. For those who wanted so much to see a new American foreign policy as a road to peace, it required the suspension, or loss, of objectivity. And many seemed willing. For the moment.

But those Muslim nations who attended the Arab Islamic American Summit will not long be willing to suspend their thinking. They will simply argue that Israel wasn’t offering enough concessions, and that Trump had not pressed them enough. You can bet your last petro-dollar on it.

For the moment, the Americans believe they have secured a unified group of partners. Any reputable historian (this already seems to disqualify a large number of them) or political analyst with critical thinking skills (now, we’ve really thinned the herd), might wonder how a collection of despotic nations can be so readily willing to turn their very religious/ideological foundation on its head. We will soon find out that they are not.

President Trump’s well-scripted and carefully-read speech – clearly the result of endless hours of rewrites – was meant to deliver a stern anti-terrorism message without offending the intended audience. It offended the truth.

The audience of dignitaries, shrouded by opulence, listened patiently if not dispassionately, knowing that the US president (and American military hardware) was their meal ticket to repelling any future Iranian military threat. Trump was the antidote to Obama’s prostitution in service to a Shiite world. For those who attended, it was the art of the deal. And accordingly, the Sunnis applauded the message.

There is background. The Muslims had already leveraged the president and his State Department. Playing their trump card, several Arab leaders were uniform in delivering their own message prior to his visit, most recently in Washington by Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas and Jordanian monarch Abdullah II. It was a rather simple one: peace was possible. But, if the United States would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and move its embassy there, it was certain to create a violent reaction throughout the Muslim world and scuttle any hopes of a peace process; and with it, the peace agreement that the new US president had boastfully promised. It was a card that the Arabs intended to use any time – every time – it was needed.

When the US president reneged on his promises to Israel, the Arabs’ table was set.

With Trump reeling domestically from the twin offensive launched against his presidency by the Democrats and the media, and with the relentless calls for investigations in search of scandals, he needed a victory on another front. A successful visit to the Middle East, beginning with the Riyadh Summit, was the perfect countermeasure. Trump needed to appear more than simply presidential; he needed to appear to be the statesman that Obama was not, notwithstanding his Nobel Peace Prize for potential participation.

If everyone was made to feel a part of the great design, Trump’s advisors reasoned, a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs would be possible – given the consent of the larger Muslim world.

To be sure, Israel’s enemies understood that quite well. Facing four and possibly eight years of a pro-Israel president, with tongue in cheek they rehearsed and schemed for weeks flattering the man who was desperate to be flattered. Consult your Islamic dictionary. Look up taqiyya.

And it worked. With each party ostensibly satisfied that it had won, the Israelis must take care not to be the losers. Credit them this: Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, no less than his Arab counterparts, understands that Trump needs to be flattered, a painful undertaking given the disappointments that proponents of a strategically secure Israel had already suffered. In the next four – or eight years – there was a greater goal. Preventing a two state solution.

This political chess game had just begun, and the opening moves have given the Muslim world an advantage. Israel, one imagines, is reluctantly willing to sacrifice the pawn today to gain leverage tomorrow when the peace process fails to produce a peace agreement. There is a looming expiration date. Count on it.

The Israelis have to cleverly expose the myth of Muslim compliance to a US president who is intoxicated with the hope that the applause of Riyadh would continue during his presidency. It will not. The more pervasive myth that is perpetrated by the Arab states is that the “core issue” that underscores the Arab-Israeli conflict is the Palestinian issue. It is a lie as transparent as the fact that the entire Arab world refuses to recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish State. Abbas’s PA confirmed as much the day before the Trump visit, as it competes with Hamas for the hearts and minds of its citizens. It is a lie as transparent as the misbegotten belief that the Muslims would partner with the US to combat terrorism. Many, after all, still sponsor it.

The Muslim leaders who politely tolerated Trump’s remarks represent a block of nations where there are no free elections, no freedom of speech, where the violation of basic human rights is the rule rather than the exception, where corruption is endemic, and where non-Muslim religious life is less often tolerated than it is persecuted.

American common sense is sacrificed on the altar of expectation. Rather like the mosquito in a nudist camp, advocates of Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, know what they need to do, but don’t know where to begin. Donald Trump’s advisors have misled him to believe that it began in Riyadh, in May 2017. It did not.

Just imagine. Asking the Islamic world to serve as agents against terror! Was the Obama promise that the Islamic Republic of Iran could be trusted to work to prevent a military nuclear capability any more unrealistic? Hell, why didn’t someone think to recruit Charles Manson to a neighborhood crime watch?

Fifty-plus Muslim entities, representing an Islamic world with a history of terror that requires several volumes to catalog. Fine print, single spaced. And Team Trump is willing to bet his presidential reputation on it. Really? It raises one’s eyebrows, and reminds us that the only lesson of history is that there seem to be no lessons to be learned from history.

With apologies to Mark Twain and his comment about newspapers, we paraphrase: “If you didn’t read the Koran, you are uninformed; If you spoke to Abbas, or Abdullah, or King Salman, you are misinformed.”

But, if you did read the Koran, you are fully informed. And history will not be kind.

The clash between Islam and western civilization is undeniable, unless you suspend objectivity. During the festivities the evening prior to the speech, the president and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson each danced with a ceremonial sword in hand, as did their moderate hosts. They are the same scimitar sabres used to behead Saudi citizens on a regular basis – a policy that was resumed when the president continued with the second stage of his foreign excursion.

In 2016, candidate Donald Trump offered that “radical Islam is anti-woman, anti-gay, and anti-American,” and referred to Islam as “a hateful foreign ideology.” Oscar Wilde infamously said: “The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.” President Trump, a good man who is not accepting reality, has taken it a bit further: the only way to defeat terrorists is to partner with them. Just study the roster of those who attended. Has that populist and unapologetic common sense that set candidate Trump apart  vanished, lost to a false applause?

He was right about one thing. It is a struggle between good and evil. Yes, the irony was hard to miss.

Meir Jolovitz is a past national executive director of the Zionist Organization of America, and formerly associated with the Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies.

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  1. Hi, Ted. It takes a very, very long time for your website to load. It may be time for a checkup.

    Mr. Jolovitz seems to be complaining about something; but I can’t quite pick out what it is.

    Concerning Trump’s tour, Charles Krauthamer gave our President credit for definitively ending Obama’s futile attempt at rapprochement with Iran, and replacing it with support for the incipient Sunni-Israeli alliance. That was a positive development.

    Concerning Israel’s dealings with Abbas, nobody really expected much, and nobody got anything. Trump barely got back in the US, and Abbas has rejected everything (as usual).

    Moving on to Europe, I never have expected much from the Pope; but it would have been a waste of a trip if the US entourage neglected so colorful a historic relic. The meetings with the European leaders also went well, in my estimation: If those snarky, spoiled leaders thought they would see Trump relent from his sound scolding of them, they can put away such thoughts: the POTUS has largely demonstrated that he says what he means, and means what he says.

    It’s been a very busy week. I hope he gets a medical checkup and some rest, while his staff fights the continual warfare against imaginations that has filled Washington, DC since last November.

    As a footnote, I see that former somebody Obama and former somebody Clinton have both tried to make comebacks during the week. Both failed miserably.

    God bless and keep you and Israel

  2. xx
    I am stil waiting to see if anyone else picked up what I’ve posted TWICE already. that;

    “When Trump was speaking, the camera was focussed on Salman’s face as he listened (to the translation (?) intently. Whe “ISRAEL was mentioned there was an IMMEDIATE reaction, a quick eye roll, grimace and shake of the head.

    Has ANYONE ELSE SEEN THIS. Please look at the tape again. I knew right there that it was as I suspected, ALL BUMPFH…..

  3. “Get off my land.”

    “Who gave you the land?”

    “I got it from my father.”

    “Who did your father get it from?”

    “He got it from his father.”

    ‘Who gave it to him?”

    “He fought the Indians and took it from them.”

    “I’ll fight you for it.”

    =====================================================

    From one of John Steinbeck’s writings about the dustbowl Okies in the Great Depression. “Grapes of Wrath, I think.

    This is the way all life functions. You can ignore it, but you can never escape it. Nothing that has lived, is now living, or shall ever live, can escape the overriding control of the territorial imperative.

    Arnold Harris, Outspeaker

  4. “Trump furious with Abbas: You lied to me
    President Trump reportedly outraged with Palestinian Authority leader. ‘The Israelis showed me that you are involved in incitement.'”

    Is Trump for real? Has he been living in a bubble? Or is this some kind of act?

    “Senator Hillary Clinton:
    Good morning everyone, and thank you very much for being here.

    ‘It is my privilege once again to join Palestinian Media Watch for this press conference, and for the latest report that they have compiled about the Palestinian textbooks.
    Director Itamar Marcus, who has been a steadfast leader, has helped to deliver this message which we repeat again today – we must stop the propaganda to which Palestinian children are being exposed. That must be a priority for all people who care about children, who care about the kind of peace, stability, safety and security that Israel deserves to be guaranteed. And it should be a priority for everyone who cares about the future of the Palestinian people. I’m also pleased that with us today is Associate Director Barbara Crook, with whom I have also met in the past to discuss these issues.

    ‘I have been speaking out against the incitement of hate and violence in Palestinian textbooks for years. In 2000 I joined Nobel peace prize winner Elie Wiesel in New York to denounce the lessons of hatred and violence that are part of the curricula in Palestinian schools. I wrote, with my colleague Senator Schumer, a letter to President Bush, urging his Administration to do everything in its power to persuade the Palestinians to reverse their hateful rhetoric and embrace the opportunity to move toward a strong and lasting peace in the region.

    ‘I joined with Itamar at a Senate hearing, where I reiterated the importance of our country making it clear in every way – these children deserves an education that instills respect for life and peace instead of glorifying death and violence. The videos we viewed at that Senate hearing were a clear example of child abuse. I said that at the time and I repeat it again today. Children were encouraged to see martyrdom and armed struggle and the murder of innocent people as ideals to strive for.

    ‘Today, we are here once again to release a report that is deeply disturbing, particularly for the denial of Israel’s existence and the historical omissions of the Holocaust, to cite just two examples.

    ‘These textbooks do not give Palestinian children an education; they give them an indoctrination. When we viewed this report in combination with other media that these children are exposed to, we see a larger picture that is disturbing. It is disturbing on a human level, it is disturbing to me as a mother, it is disturbing to me as a United States Senator, because it basically, profoundly poisons the minds of these children.
    Hate has no place in the curriculum of schools, and the glorification of violence has no place in the education of children.

    ‘This propaganda is dangerous. You know, words really matter. Some people sort of downplay the importance of words. But words really matter. Because in idealizing for children a world without Israel, children are taught never to accept the reality of the State of Israel, never to strive for a better future that would hold out the promise of peace and security to them, and is basically a message of pessimism and fatalism that undermines the possibility for these children living lives of fulfillment and productivity.

    ‘This has dire consequences for prospects of peace for generations to come.
    Very briefly, the report finds the following in these textbooks: the founding of Israel is described as “a catastrophe that is unprecedented in history.” There is a portrayal of the region in both maps and text in which Israel does not exist. There is the denial of the Holocaust by the omission of historical facts connecting Nazi ideology and actions with the persecution and murder of Jews. For example, the report states, “The textbook teaches the military and the political events of WWII in significant detail including sections on Nazi racist ideology, yet neither the persecution of Jews or the Holocaust is even mentioned.”

    ‘Now we will hear more in a minute about this, but I believe education is one of the keys to lasting peace and security in the Middle East and the greater region. For this reason I am deeply concerned by these findings. We cannot build a peaceful, stable, safe future on such a hate-filled violent and radical foundation.

    ‘In the years since, I and others – who have been doing it long before I did in 2000- raised this issue, there has still not been an adequate repudiation of this by the Palestinian Authority. A few days ago several of my colleagues from the New York City Council, including my friend the Speaker Chris Quinn, were in Sderot, and the city came under attack from Palestinian rocket fire. The attacks are not diminishing, they are continuing. Every opportunity that there can be for an attack seems to be seized by those who are rejectionists of any different future. And I worry about the chance for peace when the next generation is learning that fighting Israel is a glorious, religious battle for Islam, as this report points out.

    ‘So it is now my privilege to introduce Itamar Marcus, Director of Palestinian Media Watch, who will present the deeply disturbing findings of this report and speak to the importance of action.”

    What They’re Saying About Us
    Senator Hillary Clinton and PMW in joint press conference introducing report on Palestinian schoolbooks
    Feb. 8, 2007

    http://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=92&doc_id=101

    In the unlikely event that any one remotely interested in this subject might visit Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) at http://www.palwatch.org they would find the following menu:

    Search Palestinian Media Watch

    Join Email list – enter email
    Submit
    Home Page
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    ?????
    PMW Research Center
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    PA depicts a world without Israel
    Violence and terror
    PA salaries to terrorists and their familes
    Violence-Diplomacy strategy
    Suicide terror & Shahada
    Children as combatants
    Religious War
    Rewriting history
    Israel is a colonialist implant
    Holocaust denial and distortion
    Historically important
    Western funding
    Children & Youth
    PA and Fatah personalities
    Hatred of West & Pan-Islamism
    Jerusalem under assault
    Polls & trends
    Internal Palestinian issues
    Views on peace-making
    About Palestinian media
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    PA Terror Campaign – October 2015 – 2016
    THE PALESTINIAN WORLD
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    Purchase “Deception”
    ?????

    Does Trump read newspapers?

    Abbas: Terrorist prisoners are ‘heroes’ 25/5/17

    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/230220
    Norway demands PA return funds for women’s center named after terrorist

    http://www.timesofisrael.com/norway-demands-pa-return-funds-for-womens-center-named-after-terrorist/

    Or did he think it would all magically stop on a dime for him.

    Did someone show him this:

    “PMW Bulletins
    Abbas’ lie to Trump exposed – one month of PA terror glorification
    by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
    May 25, 2017

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    Special Report
    A month of PA terror glorification
    exposes Abbas’ great lie to Trump

    Abbas told Trump he fights terror and its “hateful ideology”

    Abbas hid from Trump that his PA and Fatah had just honored 44 terrorists involved in the murders of 440 people, in the one month surrounding their first meeting

    Honored by PA and Fatah in one month:
    14 Suicide bombers and other murderers,
    16 Bomb builders and terror attack planners
    14 Terrorists involved in terror attacks
    Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

    Introduction
    US President Donald Trump said this week in Bethlehem that he was “gratified” that PA leader Mahmoud Abbas told him that he was “committed to taking firm but necessary steps to fight terrorism and confront its hateful ideology.” [The White House website, May 23, 2017]

    What Abbas did not tell Trump is that in just one month surrounding the first Trump-Abbas meeting in Washington on May 3, Abbas’ Palestinian Authority and Fatah honored at least 44 terrorists who murdered 440 people. Those honored and praised included suicide bombers, bomb makers, hijackers, and planners of terror attacks. Some of the worst terrorists were honored multiple times. Abu Jihad, responsible for the murder of 125, was honored at least 10 separate times. Dalal Mughrabi, who led the bus hijacking and murder of 37 was honored at least 6 separate times.

    Abbas holding a picture of terrorist prisoner Khaled Khdeish, who was involved in the murder of 2. [WAFA, official PA news agency, April 28, 2017]
    Not only does Abbas not fight terrorism and its ideology, as he deceitfully told Trump, he and the institutions he heads actively embrace Palestinian terrorism, promote its ideology, and glorify and reward the terrorists themselves.

    This Palestinian Media Watch report illustrates the depth and intensity of Palestinian Authority and Fatah terror support under Abbas by documenting what a typical month of PA terror glorification looks like. The period chosen is the month surrounding the first Trump – Abbas meeting in Washington, from April 15 to May 15, 2017.

    It’s ironic that Trump – while standing next to Abbas in Bethlehem on the day of the suicide bombing in Manchester – spoke words of utter condemnation of those who “aid and comfort” terrorists and suicide bombers:

    “Our society can have no tolerance for this continuation of bloodshed, we cannot stand a moment longer for the slaughter of innocent citizens. The terrorists and extremists, and those who give them aid and comfort, must be driven out from our society forever. This wicked ideology must be obliterated.”

    Ironic, because Trump’s words, in bold above, also applied to Abbas, the very person standing next to him, who he was about to praise.

    The full PMW report describing how each of the 44 terrorists was honored, some multiple times, in just one month, can be viewed as a PDF and has three parts:

    Part 1: Examples of Abbas, the PA, and Fatah honoring terrorists
    Part 2: Names of 44 terrorists and details of their crimes honored by the PA and Fatah
    Part 3: In detail: PA and Fatah leaders’ statements and activities, PA and Fatah TV reports, newspaper articles, and Facebook posts, honoring terrorists

    Click to read the full report as a PDF

    The following is part 2 of the report, listing the names and details of the crimes of the 44 terrorists who were honored by the PA and Fatah in the month from April 15 – May 15, 2017.

    Raed Misk- Hamas suicide bomber, murdered 23 including children and babies on bus no. 2 in Jerusalem on Aug. 19, 2003.

    Andalib Takatka – Female Fatah suicide bomber, murdered 6 and wounded more than 80 on Jaffa Road in Jerusalem on April 12, 2002.

    Muhammad Musleh – serving 9 life sentences for involvement in the murder of 8 and injuring of over 50 in shooting attacks. He also took part in the Ramallah lynching on Oct. 12, 2000, in which a Palestinian mob brutally murdered and mutilated the bodies of 2 Israeli reserve soldiers, Vadim Nurzhitz and Yossi Avrahami, who accidentally entered Ramallah. He was a member of Tanzim, Fatah’s terror faction.

    Dalal Mughrabi – led murder of 37, 12 of them children, in most lethal attack in Israel’s history when she and other Fatah terrorists hijacked a bus, in 1978.

    Muhammad Naifeh ‘Abu Rabia’ – serving 13 life sentences for involvement in the murder of 5 Israelis at Kibbutz Metzer on Nov. 11, 2002, the murder of 3 Israelis in Hermesh on Oct. 29, 2002, and the murder of 5 others in shooting attacks in 2001, some of which he carried out himself. He was a member of Tanzim, Fatah’s terror faction.

    Nasser Abu Hmeid – serving 7 life sentences for murdering 7 Israelis, and for 12 attempted murders. He was a commander of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, Fatah’s military wing.

    Samir Kuntar – Lebanese terrorist who murdered 4 Israelis in Nahariya in 1979: 3 members of the Haran family – 4-year-old Einat Haran, who Kuntar murdered by smashing her head with his rifle butt, 2-year-old Yael, who was accidentally suffocated as her mother tried to keep her silent while they hid from the terrorists, and their father, Danny Haran – and Eliyahu Shahar, the first policeman to respond. Kuntar was sentenced to 4 life sentences. He was released in a deal between Israel and Hezbollah in July 2008, exchanged for the bodies of Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser, Israeli soldiers kidnapped and murdered by Hezbollah in 2006. On Dec. 19, 2015, he was killed in an explosion in Syria. An Israeli airstrike is suspected by some, though the Free Syrian Army took credit.

    Karim Younes – an Israeli Arab serving a 40-year sentence for kidnapping and murdering Israeli soldier Avraham Bromberg in 1980. Karim Younes was originally sentenced to life in prison, but Israeli President Shimon Peres reduced his sentence in 2012.

    Maher Younes – an Israeli Arab serving a 40-year sentence for kidnapping and murdering Israeli soldier Avraham Bromberg in 1980. Maher Younes was originally sentenced to life in prison, but Israeli President Shimon Peres reduced his sentence in 2012.

    Nael Barghouti – serving a life sentence for murdering 1. Was released in the Shalit prisoner exchange deal but rearrested for violating the terms of his release and is now again serving a life sentence plus an additional 18 years.

    Diya Zakariya Shaker Al-Agha “Al-Faluji” – serving 1 life sentence for beating Israeli civilian Amatzia Ben Haim to death with a shovel in Ganei Tal in the Gaza Strip on Oct. 11, 1992.

    Mahmoud Abu Sorour – serving 1 life sentence for participating in the planning and carrying out the assassination of Israeli security agent Haim Nachmani on Jan. 3, 1993, in Jerusalem.

    Abd Al-Mun’im Muhammad Yusuf Naji Abu Hmeid – was a member of the military wing of Hamas, Izz A-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, and planned and carried out the ambush and murder of Israeli intelligence officer Noam Cohen on Feb. 13, 1994.

    Rizq Salah – Murdered Israeli soldier Guy Friedman and injured 2 others with a bomb in Bethlehem in 1990. He was arrested in 1993 and was sentenced to life in prison, but was released in October 2013 as one of 104 terrorists whom Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA’s precondition for renewing negotiations.

    15 Bomb builders and terror attack planners

    Abdallah Barghouti – Serving 67 life sentences for building bombs for terror attacks in which 67 people were murdered: Sbarro restaurant in Jerusalem, Aug. 9, 2001 – 15 murdered; triple attack at Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall, Jerusalem, Dec. 1, 2001 – 11 murdered; Moment Café, Jerusalem, March 9, 2002 – 11 murdered; Sheffield Club, Rishon LeZion, May 7, 2002 – 15 murdered; Hebrew University, Jerusalem, July 31, 2002 – 9 murdered; Bus 4 in Tel Aviv, Sept. 19, 2002 – 6 murdered.

    Hassan Salameh – serving 46 life sentences for heading the terror infrastructure that carried out 3 suicide bombings on buses in Jerusalem on Feb. 25, 1996 and March 3, 1996, and at the Ashkelon Junction hitchhike point on Feb. 25, 1996. 46 people were murdered and around 100 were wounded. He was a member of Hamas.

    Abbas Al-Sayid – Serving 35 life sentences for planning suicide bombings that murdered 35, one at a Passover dinner at the Park Hotel in Netanya on March 27, 2002 – 30 murdered, and another outside a shopping Mall in Netanya on May 18, 2001 – 5 murdered.

    Anas Jaradat – Serving 35 life sentences for planning bombing attacks in which 31 people were murdered. Leader of the Islamic Jihad terror organization in Jenin, planned and organized 3 car bombings in Israel: bus from Tel Aviv to Tiberias on June 5, 2002 – 17 murdered. Karkour junction on Oct. 21, 2002 – 14 murdered. An attempted attack thwarted when a car loaded with hundreds of kilograms of explosives was seized near Haifa, Sept. 5, 2002.

    Abd Al-Halim Sakeb Omar Al-Balbisi – Serving 23 life sentences for planning the Bet Lid double suicide bombing on Jan. 22, 1995, in which 21 Israeli soldiers and 1 Israeli civilian were murdered.

    Marwan Zalum – involved in the murder of 9, including sending the terrorist who shot and murdered infant Shalhevet Pass on March 26, 2001. He also provided the explosive device for Andalib Takatka’s suicide attack in Jerusalem on April 12, 2002, in which 6 were murdered and 80 wounded. He organized other attacks in which at least 2 were murdered. Was commander of the Hebron branch of the Tanzim, Fatah’s terror faction.

    Hamza Omar Shamarkha – serving 6 life sentences and another 20 years for sending the suicide bomber Andalib Takatka to her suicide attack in which she murdered 6 and wounded more than 80 people, in Jerusalem on April 12, 2002.

    Marwan Barghouti – serving 5 life sentences for orchestrating three shooting attacks that murdered 5 people: one attack in Jerusalem (June 12, 2001) in which Greek monk Tsibouktsakis Germanus was murdered by terrorist Ismail Radaida and another unidentified terrorist, another attack at a gas station in Givat Zeev near Jerusalem (Jan. 15, 2002) in which Yoela Hen, 45, was murdered by terrorists led by Mohammed Matla, and one shooting and stabbing attack at the Sea Food Market restaurant in Tel Aviv (March 5, 2002) in which Eli Dahan, 53, Yosef Habi, 52, and Police Officer Sergeant-Major Salim Barakat, 33, were murdered by terrorist Ibrahim Hasouna. When arrested by Israel in 2002, Barghouti headed the Tanzim, Fatah’s terror faction. After he was convicted and imprisoned, he was re-elected member of the Palestinian Authority parliament. On Dec. 4, 2016, he was elected to Fatah’s Central Committee.

    Yasser Abu Bakr – serving 3 life sentences for being responsible for attack in Netanya on March 9, 2002 in which a nine-month-old baby, Avia Malka, and 1 adult, Israel Yihye, were murdered, and for the murder of Israeli border policeman Constantine Danilov, 23, who was shot while trying to stop two terrorists from infiltrating Israel on their way to committing a suicide bombing on March 30, 2002. Was member of Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, Fatah’s military wing.

    Ahmad Salim -serving 2 life sentences for involvement in the murder of Avi and Avital Wolanski and wounded their 3-year-old son in the town of Eli, North of Ramallah. Terrorists Bilal Abd Al-Fattah and Ahmad Hussein Madi shot and murdered the young couple on Aug. 5, 2002. He was a Fatah terrorist.

    Zaid Bassisi -serving 1 life sentence and an additional 55 years for planning a car bombing outside a school in Netanya on May 30, 2001, in which 8 people were wounded. He was an Islamic Jihad terrorist.

    Ahed Abu Gholmeh – serving 1 life sentence for planning the murder of Israeli Minister of Tourism Rehavam Zeevi “Ghandi” in 2001.

    Raed Abu Zaher -serving 1 life sentence for planning a suicide bombing on Nevi’im St. in Jerusalem on Sept. 4, 2001, injuring 11, and a car bombing in the Pisgat Ze’ev neighborhood of Jerusalem on July 29, 2001, injuring 2. Was member of Hamas

    Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) – responsible for the murder of 125 Israelis in the many deadly Fatah terror attacks he planned, including the most lethal in Israeli history, the hijacking of a bus and murdering of 37 civilians, 12 of them children, in his role as head of PLO terror organization’s military wing.

    Abu Iyad (Salah Khalaf) – planned the murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics on Sept. 5, 1972, and the murder of two American diplomats in Sudan on March 1, 1973, in his role as head of the terror organization Black September.

    Abu Yusuf Al-Najjar – involved in planning the murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics on Sept. 5, 1972, as commander of Al-Asifa, Fatah’s military unit and also the Commander of Operations of the terrorist organization Black September.

    14 Terrorists involved in terror attacks

    Majdi Za’atri – serving 23 life sentences for driving suicide bomber Raed Misk to the bus stop for his suicide attack in which 23 were murdered, including children and babies. Was member of Hamas.

    Hatem Al-Jayousi – serving 6 life sentences for providing the car used in an attack in Hadera, in which a terrorist shot and murdered 6 Israelis and wounded dozens of others at a Bat Mitzvah celebration on Jan. 16, 2002.

    Nasr Abu Hmeid – serving 5 life sentences for involvement in two terror attacks and arms dealing. He was a member of Tanzim, Fatah’s terror faction.

    Sharif Abu Hmeid – serving 4 life sentences. Carried out terror attacks including accompanying a suicide bomber to his attack in March 2002.

    Bassem Al-Khandaqji – serving 3 life sentences for involvement in a suicide bombing at the Tel Aviv Carmel Market on Nov. 1, 2004 in which 3 were murdered. Member of the PFLP terror organization.

    Muhammad Abu Hmeid – serving 2 life sentences and 30 years for involvement in terror attacks.

    Khaled Khdeish – serving 2 life sentences for involvement in the murder of 2 Israeli soldiers and the wounding of 3 others.

    Zaid Younes – serving 1 life sentence, for driving suicide bomber Safwat Khalil to his attack in Tel Aviv on Jan. 25, 2002 in which 25 people were injured. Younes also aided the escape of a terrorist involved in the murder of Binyamin and Talia Kahane on Dec. 31, 2000 in a shooting attack in which 5 of their daughters were also wounded. Was member of Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, Fatah’s military wing.

    Wael Al-Jaghoub -serving 1 life sentence for establishing PFLP terror cells and carrying out terror attacks. Member of PFLP.

    Muhannad Jweihan – serving a 25 year sentence for being member of a group of terrorists that murdered 25-year-old law student Moran Amit in Jerusalem on Feb. 8, 2002.

    Wajdi Joudeh – DFLP terrorist serving a 25 year sentence for involvement in the Geha Junction suicide bombing on Dec. 26, 2003 in which 4 were murdered and 24 wounded.

    Lina Barghouti – Israeli Arab convicted of contact with Islamic Jihad members, aiding an enemy during war, and conspiring to commit terror attacks. She served a sentence of 15 years in prison and was released in April 2017.

    Ahmad Sa’adat – Serving a 30 year sentence for heading the PFLP terror organization. PA TV has broadcast PFLP videos in which they credit him for the murder of Israeli Minister of Tourism Rehavam Ze’evi, by PFLP terrorists.

    Fuad Al-Shubaki – a senior PA official who is serving a 20-year prison term. He was behind the attempt to smuggle 50 tons of illegal weapons to the Palestinian Authority aboard the Karine A weapons’ ship in 2002.

    Click to read the rest of the report

    This is the second explicit lie that Abbas has told Trump. After Abbas told Trump the PA was teaching Palestinian children a “culture of peace,”
    Palestinian Media Watch proved him false by producing a short video, documenting numerous examples of PA hate and violence promotion to children.”

    http://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=21153

  5. @ Michael S:
    Yes, it is difficult to load the site. We have redesigned the site and are having difficulty loading everything wo we are causing the problem. Maybe a couple of days to fix everything.

  6. @ Sebastien Zorn:
    Earth to Trump: How many times must the elephant in the room be revealed for the first time to great fanfare? Stop talking and DO SOMETHING!

  7. @ Michael S: I agree with you Michael S, about Jolovitz (who does not know the difference between a sword or scimitar, let alone the significance of that dance being a tribal initiation), and what POTUS did achieve on his 9-day trip. At minimum, Iran and Hezbollah now know there IS a realignment. So do Lebanon and Iraq. PM Hariri was at the summit, would be caliph Erdogan was not. The real dupes are Merkel and Macron, laying out new path for Turkey’s EU-accession at the NATO meet in Brussels.

    @ Sebastien Zorn:
    In other surprising news:
    http://www.breitbart.com/jerusalem/2017/05/28/norway-demands-palestinian-authority-return-funds-for-center-named-after-infamous-terrorist/

    THAT is a message to Abbas from left field, Norway.

  8. Birdalone Said:

    THAT is a message to Abbas from left field, Norway.

    Which has never happened before. Trump’s doing? Is this mock surprised outrage to give himself the moral high ground as the betrayed neutral arbiter who had been acting in good faith with no biases whatsoever? Dorothy, fresh from Kansas versus Atttila the Honey? The murdering bastard does have a nice smile, you have to admit. A lot of these World-Class serial killers do, have you noticed? Like yer old grandpa would hurt so much as a flea, right?

    Humor:

    Monty Python-Holy Hand Grenade

    https://youtu.be/xOrgLj9lOwk

    “Rabbit of Caerbannog
    Fictional character
    The Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog is a fictional character in the Monty Python film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It is the antagonist in a major set piece battle, and makes a similar appearance in Spamalot, a musical inspired by the movie. Wikipedia
    Created by: Eric Idle”

  9. @ Sebastien Zorn:
    xx
    That’s odd. I now find it much faster to load, beginning last night. Before that I could not get it at all. I knew that Ted was having difficulty with getting his new system going, so when It began to go well (for me) I assumed that he’s successfully taken the wrinkles out

    ONE thing which is still with us-with me anyway. The highlight and Quote blots out the first line of nearly every post I can read making the meaning of the comment dubious.. I avoid this myself by making an xx and then a single space, so my posts, i assume, are all readable.. I’d appreciate someone letting me know of they are or are not. Because maybe the site machinery makes a post readable only to the poster and the blotted out first line still intact for the posts of others.

  10. :
    The USG needs to stop butting its horned head into the affairs of every nation under the sun.

    The internationalizt DEMs support the activity because it makes them feel worldly. The warmongering GOPs support the activity because it’s sure to turn up a bullyable enemy somewhere in the third world.

    Foreigners would rather be left alone to struggle with their own problems, free from USG interference. Small government Americans would rather be left alone so as not to have to pay the high taxes necessary to support the chaos and destruction.

    P.S.

    The DEM-controlled space bureaucracy needs to be stopped from its search for extraterrestrial, intelligent life. If such beings were to be found,

    1) The discoverer would be a teenage, amateur astronomer.
    2) The Republicans would politic for a War of the Worlds.

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