Fresh from her tete-a-tete with PA leader Mahmoud Abbas last week, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni instructed her press flack to tell her fellow cabinet ministers to remain mum on Abbas’s latest “diplomatic” gambit. In the words of her communications director Shai Ben Maor, Abbas’s decision to turn a document written by convicted Palestinian murderers and attempted murderers sitting in Israeli prisons into the centerpiece of his diplomatic policy is “an internal Palestinian issue” and so Israel should not be weighing in on it.
What is the context of Abbas’s new initiative regarding which Israel is supposed to have no official position?
After receiving the Bush Administration’s full-throated endorsement during Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s visit to Washington, DC last week, Abbas sprang into action. Following Bush’s characterization of Abbas as a man who “favors and speaks for peace and negotiations,” Abbas – who has never lifted a finger and indeed pledged never to lift a finger to fight Hamas, Fatah or any other terrorist organization – announced that he has a new plan.
Abbas’s plan has two central components. First, he wants to get the PA’s Hamas government to accept the document authored by convicted murderers and attempted murderers. Second, Abbas wants Israel to allow him to raise, arm and field a new militia with 10,000 soldiers to supplement the 20,000 soldiers Abbas already hired in the lead-up to the Palestinian elections in January.
It is true that the document speaks specifically of Israel’s retreat from Judea and Samaria as well as Jerusalem. Yet led by convicted mass murderer, Fatah head and darling of the Israeli Left, Marwan Barghouti, the terrorists reiterated the “liberation of the land,” that is, all of Israel, as their real objective.
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