ZOA: Palestinian Arab Ceasefire Meaningless Without Reforms (ZOA-ZIONIST ORGANIZATION AMERICA) NEW YORK 01/24/05)
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With major news organizations around the globe focusing on the
potential "cease-fire" proposed by Palestinian leader and Holocaust
denier Mahmoud Abbas, the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA)
reminds American and Israeli foreign policy leaders that such
agreements are hardly new and will not work without serious reforms
in the Palestinian Authority and Palestinian Arab community.
"We´ve all been here before," said Morton A. Klein, National
President of ZOA. "If Abbas does not dismantle and disarm the terror
groups, arrest the terrorists, stop the vicious incitement that
promotes the hatred and murder of Israelis in the Arab media,
schools, children´s camps, speeches and sermons, any cease-fire will
likely fail, because otherwise, they can turn the terrorist apparatus
on and off like a spigot."
Said David Hacham, an Israeli reserve colonel who advises the
government of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Palestinian issues, "All
these promises about what the Palestinian forces can do are like a
check that can bounce at any moment." (Los Angeles Times, Jan. 23).
In fact, regarding Abbas´ current efforts, a local spokesman for Al-
Aqsa Martyrs Brigades even told Reuters, "This is not a cease-fire.
This is a Palestinian tactic to avoid giving the enemy any pretext to
escalate the situation during the dialogue which would foil it." (The
New York Times, Jan, 24).
Such shifts in semantics and commitment are part of a long tradition.
Hamas and Islamic Jihad, for example, rejected a proposal made under
Egyptian auspices in January 2003. "Our position is clear: there can
be no cease-fire with Israel,"(Jerusalem Post, 2003). Only weeks
later, when a Palestinian official said the leadership had accepted a
one-year truce, the PFLP, Islamic Jihad, Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, and
Hamas all announced that they had no intention of ending the
violence, and planned to intensify their attacks. (Jerusalem Post,
January 19 and February 22, 2003).
As far as trusting Abbas´ commitment to a long-term end of terrorism
against Israelis, we only need to see his comments in Saudi Arabia on
December 15, 2004 when he said, "I don´t want my comment on the
demilitarization of the uprising to be misunderstood . All I meant is
that we are in a phase that does not necessitate arms because we want
to negotiate." (UPI, Dec. 15)
Last year Abbas said, "We did not say, however, that we are giving up
the armed struggle. The Palestinian people have a right to oppose,
using all means at their disposal to protect their
Some may be shocked by Abbas´ comments, but not if we remember that
Abbas was Arafat´s top deputy for 40 years, co-founder of the terror
group Fatah, financier of the Munich massacre, and a Holocaust
"Any breaks in horrific attacks on Israelis are, of course, welcome,"
said Klein. "But without real institutional reforms such ´cease-
fires´ cannot be depended on. This is why we are urging the Bush
Administration not to negotiate with Abbas, and not to have U.S.
funds sent to the Palestinian Authority until serious, lasting
reforms are implemented." (©2005 Zionist Organization of America
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