Not One Thin Dime for Abbas

[National Review] Andrew C. McCarthy - On Monday, a Palestinian suicide bomber killed three innocents in Eilat in an operation carried out by the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, working in conjunction with Palestinian Islamic Jihad. The Aqsa Brigades are the terror wing of Fatah, led by Mahmoud Abbas, which is regarded as the "moderate" Palestinian faction. There is nothing moderate about them. Peace would require two sides desirous of coexistence. We're one short. Palestinians do not seek to coexist with Israel. They seek to destroy Israel. The Fatah constitution still calls for the "eradication of Zionist economic, political, military and cultural existence" through an "armed revolution" which is to be the "decisive factor in the liberation fight and in uprooting the Zionist existence." Fatah may occasionally say it will live with Israel, but it has demonstrated repeatedly that it will never agree to the commonsense requirements of coexistence: It not only demands land and Jerusalem as its national capital; it refuses to disarm terrorist militias and insists on a refugee "right of return" - an influx of well over a million Palestinians that would effectively destroy the tiny Jewish state from within. Before Congress gives Abbas a dime, let's first hear him unambiguously condemn the Aqsa Brigades and purge them from Fatah.

2007-02-01 01:00:00

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