The Palestinians´ Israeli "Advisors" / What the Europeans and Americans are Funding (GateStone Institute) by Abdel Karim Saleh 04/09/12)
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How come we didn´t hear Beilin and his associates making a similar
offer to Abbas before? They are inciting Abbas to achieve their own
political goals: the removal of Benjamin Netanyahu from power.
Former Israeli minister and negotiator Yossi Beilin -- along with
with a number of Israelis, including former army chief of staff Amnon
Shahak and Zahav Gal´on, leader of the left-wing Meretz Party -- met
this week in Ramallah with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud
Abbas and gave him some advice as how to deal with the Israeli
government and the peace process.
The meeting in Ramallah came one day after Beilin called on Abbas to
dismantle the Palestinian Authority so that Israel will be forced to
manage the day-to-day affairs of the Palestinians in the West Bank
and Gaza Strip -- basically meaning the abrogation of the Oslo
Accords, which the two men played a major role in creating two
Beilin and his friends are, in fact, inciting Abbas against the
Israeli government: they are encouraging him to resist American and
European pressure to stay away from the peace talks with Israel.
The problem is that Beilin and his friends are doing so not out of
concern or love for the Palestinians. They are, instead, inciting
Abbas to achieve their own political goals: the removal of Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from power.
But Beilin is not the only Israeli who regularly offers different
types of advice to the Palestinians. The list of "advisors" consists
of politicians, Knesset members, journalists and columnists
and "peace activists."
If Beilin, his colleagues and associates really cared about the
Palestinians, they would be urging Abbas to stay away from Hamas and
return to the negotiations with Israel immediately and
unconditionally. They would also be urging Abbas to implement large-
scale reforms in the corruption-riddled Palestinian Authority and
stop violations against human rights and freedom of expression in the
areas under his control.
It would also be a good idea to advise Abbas to stop the
indoctrination and incitement in the mosques, media and rhetoric of
Palestinian officials -- which are causing tremendous damage to the
peace process and relations between Jews and Arabs.
Beilin wants Abbas to disband the Palestinian Authority so that
Israel will find itself in an embarrassing and difficult situation
where it would be forced to resume direct control over nearly four
million Palestinians. The advice to dissolve the Palestinian
Authority is one that would plunge the whole Middle East into
instability and pave the way for another round of violence. Such a
move would only embolden the radicals among the Palestinians and
other Arabs and confirm their argument that the entire peace process
is nothing but a farce.
How come we did not hear Beilin and his associates making a similar
offer to Abbas before, when Ehud Olmert and Tzipi Livni were in power
in Israel? Most likely because Beilin and they share virtually the
same positions and views as Olmert and Livni.
Nor is this a new phenomenon. Some of the "advisors" used to tell
Yasser Arafat and his aides what to say to Israeli government
officials and the Israeli public about different issues. Some of
these "advisors," according to Palestinian sources, were on Arafat´s
payroll or benefited from funds provided by Americans and Europeans.
Abdel Karim Saleh is a London-based Jordanian journalist.
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