Don’t be fooled by the seemingly spontaneous outburst of Palestinian rage. It’s actually a well-orchestrated show, run by the Palestinian leadership and Islamists, who seek to gain a few points at the expense of Israeli lives.
During his four years as Pope, Francis has continually put significant barriers in the way of peace between Israelis and Palestinians, and instead strengthened Abbas’s refusal to negotiate with the Jewish State.
In an effort to communicate directly with the Palestinian people, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman warned, in a rare interview with the Al Quds daily, that Hamas would be destroyed if it dares attack Israel again.
The editorial board of the English-language Saudi Gazette wrote the Palestinians could bend the arc of history if they accept Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s invitation to address the Knesset.
Palestinian leaders are refusing to meet with Israeli leaders in Cairo unless Israel meets their demands which include a freeze on construction in Judea and Samaria, set a timetable for negotiations, and agree to negotiations based on the 1949 armistice lines.
During the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, ‘[Abbas] last week again proved… that he is not interested in direct negotiations with Israel… I think that people can conclude from this who wants to advance peace and a peace process – and who does not.’
Addressing the European Parliament on Thursday, Palestinian Authority (PA) head Mahmoud Abbas claimed Israel’s presence in Judea and Samaria is the root cause of global terrorism and is encouraging extremists. Abbas also refused to meet Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.
In an address to the Arab League in Cairo over the weekend, Palestinian Authority Head Mahmoud Abbas admitted that Palestinians incite against Israel, but he accused Israel, falsely, of doing the same.
Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende confronted the Palestinian leader on the PA payments to terrorists. Abbas confirmed that such payments still exist, but said that the salaries are not paid with Norwegian funds.