The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) charged today that the general closure of Judea and
The ZOA raises the question why, if Abbas’ PA is genuinely a peace-seeking, moderate Palestinian leader who is allegedly preventing and fighting terrorism against
ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said, “How are we to understand that Israel’s Ehud Olmert and Tzipi Livni and the US’ George W. Bush and Condoleezza Rice repeatedly praise Mahmoud Abbas as a moderate peace-seeker who is sincerely devoted to fighting and preventing terrorism while the IDF finds itself obliged on Jewish holy days to mount a massive security effort to prevent Palestinian terrorism emanating from Abbas’ PA? Why hasn’t Mahmoud Abbas given a speech in Arabic to which own people warning that there will be terrible repercussions for any Palestinians who engage in terror and kidnapping? Why isn’t he rounding up and jailing terrorists and potential terrorists to ensure a safe holiday season? And if can’t or won’t, why are we negotiating with him?
“One would have thought that the much-vaunted peace process that is supposed to be in progress with Abbas would mean, among other things, that terrorism and incitement to hatred and murder within the PA would be something of the bygone past. One must also wonder why the Olmert government is still proclaiming Abbas as a moderate and peace partner, when Abbas has taken absolutely no action to fulfill signed Palestinian commitments under the Oslo agreements and the 2003 Roadmap peace plan to arrest terrorists, confiscate their weaponry and end the incitement to hatred and murder that permeates the PA-controlled media, mosques, schools and youth camps.
“If this is the situation today, 15 years after the start of the Oslo process, what can the Olmert-Livni government believe and expect will be the situation this time next year or the year after?
“In these circumstances, it is dangerously unrealistic to proceed with a signed agreement with a PA regime that, to this date, has never honored a single one of its commitments. The Olmert government’s drive for creating a Palestinian state regardless of what Palestinians think and do is bound to lead to still more bloodshed and disaster. We have no reason for assuming that a sovereign Palestinian state, in a Judea and
“At no time has giving violent movements control of a country been a sound method for preventing terrorism or producing peace.