It Is Not Enough to Replace Abbas

(Israel Hayom) Brig. Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser - In 1977, PA President Mahmoud Abbas published his book Zionism, Beginning and End, which explains at length all the claims he has repeated publicly in recent years. According to Abbas' book, Zionism was forced on the Jews by European colonialists, who forced them against their will to see themselves as a nation and immigrate to Palestine. According to Abbas, the way to bring an end to Zionism is to cooperate with Jews from Arab states such as Iraq, to convince them to return to their countries of origin, where they were of course treated very well. Abbas' remarks are not just a reflection of his personal opinion but rather the Palestinian belief system. They constitute the basis of the false Palestinian narrative that holds there is no such thing as the Jewish people. The Jews are merely a religious group and have no right to a state. "The March of Return" in Gaza and Nakba Day are a reflection of the Palestinian commitment to the long-term goal of ending Zionism, as outlined in Abbas' book. It is not enough to replace Abbas. We must replace the Palestinian narrative. The writer is the former head of the IDF Military Intelligence Research Division and a fellow at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.

2018-05-07 00:00:00

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