Now, the Obama administration is doing the same thing. And it is Barack Obama’s own secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is pretending that Palestinian terrorism — and the incitement to hatred and murder that feeds it — is nonexistent or unimportant.
Recently, Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) wrote to
He noted that “posters of children brandishing weapons” were displayed; senior Fatah officials routinely “glorified perpetrators of terrorism”; and leaders addressing the audience “continuously championed the notion that Palestinians maintain the right to commit violence against
Accordingly, Specter urged that the $800 million in
How did Secretary Clinton reply? With a flat-earth letter of rebuttal to Specter, claiming that the Fatah conference showed “a broad consensus supporting President Abbas, negotiations with
She also claimed that Abbas and Fatah “reaffirmed” their “strategic choice to support a peaceful resolution of the conflict.” She noted that “some individual Fatah delegates issued problematic texts and statements … . It is important to note that those texts and statements did not represent Fatah’s official positions.”
In fact, as the Zionist Organization of America has documented, the conference reaffirmed Fatah’s refusal to accept
Another senior Fatah figure, Fahmi Al-Za’arir, said: “It is not possible to rule out or to marginalize the military option. The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades [Fatah’s armed force and a recognized terrorist group under
These are not merely the views of “individual Fatah delegates,” as
Moreover, the Fatah platform calls for increased international pressure on
Moreover, at this conference, Fatah openly honored terrorists, including Khaled Abu-Isbah and Dalal Mughrabi, responsible for a 1978 coastal-road bus-hijacking, in which 37 Israelis, including 12 children, were slaughtered.
In view of these easily ascertainable facts,
Ironically, as a senator,
Now, however, confronting this matter and in a position to act, she ignores her own insights and advice. Worse, she praises Fatah for its commitment to peace.
The time has come for American Jewish and pro-Israel organizations to demand conditioning
Morton A. Klein is national president of the Zionist Organization of