The dark side of Mahmoud Abbas

Source: Wikimedia/Matty Stern

Source: Wikimedia/Matty Stern

Mahmoud Abbas’ 1982 doctoral thesis:

  • Doubts the existence of gas chambers
  • Questions the number killed in the Holocaust
  • Accuses the Zionist movement of secretly working with the Nazis, and supporting the extermination of European Jewry.

As Ynet puts it:

Since then, Abbas has decisively rejected these accusations, claiming that his words were taken out of context and that the accusations were based on biased translations of only parts of the introduction, rather than a reading of the full text.

But as Ynet also says, referring to Abbas’ book based on his doctoral thesis:

It’s important to note that when the book and the topics mentioned in it were discussed in the Arab media, Abbas spoke differently than he did in the Israeli or American press.


…more thorough research, conducted in the past six months by Dr. Edy Cohen, a research fellow at the center for international media at Bar-Ilan University, found that there is a wide gap between the more or less clear-cut statements Abbas makes, declares and publishes in English, and the things he writes in Arabic and that are published by the Palestinian Authority and appear on his personal website.

The fact the books were recently reprinted with funding from the Palestinian Authority and are recommended on the PA president’s official website, negates the claims made by Abbas and his associates several times that this is just a thesis paper released over 30 years ago.

It’s an old trick from the Arab world. Say one thing in English to the western world. Say another in Arabic to the Arab world. Any similarity in meaning is typically accidental. Or, to put it another way, people like Abbas have no qualms about lying, lying, and lying to the west. (Anything to keep the donor dollars flowing.)

And when the smoke clears, the hate and incitement remains alive and well and thriving in the Arab world.

Here’s something about one of the conspiracy theories Abbas promotes in his work:

Abbas also claims that anyone who tried to tear this mask of lies and conspiracy with the Nazis off from the face of the Zionist movement paid for it with his life.

For example, he claims that Mossad abducted Adolf Eichmann from Argentina after he revealed the details of this plot to the American magazine “Life”. In other words, it was not Eichmann’s responsibility for implementing the Final Solution that led Mossad to its abduction mission in Buenos Aires, but the desire to silence the high-ranking Nazi on the subject of who was behind the execution of the Holocaust.

Incidentally, Abbas ignores the fact that this argument is rendered invalid due to its basis on an incorrect sequence of events: Eichmann was seized in Argentina on May 11, 1960, after a long-lasting Mossad operation to catch him, and it was only five months later that his two-part Life interview was published.

Good old time travelling Zionist assassins, eh? What a nutty, racist, and hateful conspiracy theory.

The Ynet article (read it all, here) has some good material, including information about the sources of Abbas’ output – the former Communist Bloc has a large part of the responsibility.

But after you have read it – something I encourage you to do – you may wonder about certain things.

For example, how do world leaders take him seriously? Why would anyone believe a single word he says or writes? Why doesn’t the west – wake up at the back, Obama! – call Abbas out on this? Why isn’t he called to account for his dark side?

Laziness? Because it does not fit the Guardian/BBC style agenda? Ignorance?

This article is a small contribution to exposing the darkness, but there needs to be more done. The prospects for any meaningful peace are not helped, to put it mildly, by allowing Abbas the freedom to maintain the incitement, all the time while smiling sweetly for the western camera corps.

A slip of the blame

Credit to the Guardian for establishing a live report on this morning’s terror attack. Unfortunately, it was blighted momentarily by this:


They got the headline wrong. It has since been corrected.

Inevitably, Hamas have praised the attack. They claim it is in retaliation for the lynching of an Arab bus driver earlier in the week. The police say the bus driver’s death was suicide. I do not know any reason to doubt the police. However, for the avoidance of doubt, if it were a lynching, that would be a despicable crime and the perpetrators should be hunted down and subject to the full force of the law. But even if it were a lynching, in no way, shape or form does that justify or excuse this morning’s attack.

There will be plenty of blame to go around. If the media – and western politicians – were being honest, they would own up to the root cause being incitement. Incitement by Hamas, but also by Abbas and Fatah. Incitement that has almost entirely been ignored. Kerry’s condemnation is to be welcomed, but it’s late; very late.

It would be good if this were the last such attack. I’m praying that this is the case, and for a full and speedy recovery for the surviving victims.

The end of the Abbas era?

The Times of Israel has an interesting, wide ranging, and rather fresh – and honest – perspective on the current position of Israel, Bibi, and the Palestinians by Haviv Rettig Gur. It is all worth reading. However, I want to highlight this part:

As a young recruit in the elite IDF commando unit Sayeret Matkal, Benjamin Netanyahu, known then and now by the nickname “Bibi,” was taught a powerful lesson by his brother Yoni, who outranked him in the unit and would go on to be one of its most famous commanders.

The older Yoni took the future prime minister to a hilltop on the training grounds of an IDF base and asked him how he would conquer the hill in battle. Bibi offered a plan of attack, probably laying out the usual IDF battle doctrine taught to every 18-year-old infantryman for the past six decades: deploy a flanking force covered by suppressing fire and initiate a staggered advance to close the distance to the entrenched enemy.

While his opponents too often plan for a static opponent, Netanyahu prides himself on his ability to maneuver

But Yoni was unimpressed. The problem with Bibi’s plan, the veteran commander explained, was that the enemy also moves. It was a fatal flaw for a military commander to construct his strategy on the assumption that the enemy would not react, surprise and seek to disrupt the plan of attack. By the time his troops arrived at the enemy position, the enemy could have flanked Bibi’s own moving column.

It was a lesson Netanyahu took to heart. While his opponents too often plan for a static opponent, Netanyahu prides himself on his ability to maneuver.

As I have said before, one of the reasons Bibi is disliked by some is because he has done a terrific job, all things considered, of keeping the people of Israel safe. Sure, he has made mistakes. But those who characterize him as shallow and power seeking (which may at least in part be true) overlook (a) what a consummate politician he is; and (b) that he is, following his late brother’s advice, always on the move. We should be grateful that is the situation.

Read it all here – there is lots of excellent analysis worthy of your attention  – and at the end, you may well come away with a wistful smile. So who will follow Abbas? And will it matter?

Calling all journalists

From YNET:

Abbas threatens to dismantle Palestinian Authority
PA president’s proposal to declare West Bank under occupation would annul Oslo Accords, leave Israel with full responsibility over Palestinians.

The era of the two-state solution may soon be rocked by a decision that could signal its demise. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is mulling the merits of a proposal to dismantle the Palestinian Authority, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Sunday morning.

Palestinian sources confirm that the government in Ramallah was considering the unprecedented move. Senior sources in the IDF’s Central Command, who recently met with the heads of the Palestinian security services confirmed their West Bank counterparts were sincerely debating dismantling and disarming the PA’s forces.

I read that and thought, he’s done this before. This is not new. Why isn’t this pointed out? Am I going mad?

Minutes of browsing, courtesy of the irreplaceable Elder of Ziyon, produced the following. Abbas made the same threat in

  • December 2012
  • December 2010
  • November 2009
  • September 2008
  • July 2008
  • June 2007

Where are the real journalists who do things like fact checking?

As for the threat, isn’t this the same PA that has just applied to join several international bodies? How stupid does that make him look if he meant it?

This threat is a nonsense – like much of Abbas posturing – so when will somebody call him on it?

Past, present, and future?

“if the leadership of the PA is not willing to disassociate itself from its terrorist past, and is unwilling to see the Munich massacre as a brutal act of terrorism, then in Israeli eyes there will be big questions regarding their true commitment to peace and reconciliation.”

See here.

The sad thing, the really sad thing, is that it’s only in Israeli eyes that there will be a question about the Palestinian leadership’s commitment to peace and reconciliation. Nobody else seems to care. Nobody else seems to notice. But, sure as hell, when they have a certain constituency to appease, they – the world’s political leadership – will be pressurising Israel to make more concessions. More concessions? What, I ask you, is the point? Abbas has shown no interest in making peace, and some say he never will.