Friday, September 22, 2006

Abbas Lies to UN (again)

From Yahoo! News we learn that "Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told the U.N. General Assembly Thursday that the planned national unity government will recognize Israel." The only problem with this remark is that there isn't any Palestinian "national unity government." Hamas and Fatah are too busy killing each other and their own people to form a government (not to mention the amount of time devoted by the RIFs to terrorizing the Christian world.

But now that the IDF and Israeli Security Police have seized terrorist money launderers, Abbas has been sent out to secure new funding. Abbas said to President Bush, "We are in dire need of your help and support." I'll just bet you are!! But why is Bush smiling and shaking his hand, agreeing to help him and his Hamas terrorist organization? According to the AP News:
U.S. officials acknowledged that Bush is largely a bystander in the Abbas-Hamas negotiations, even though Bush this week called creation of a Palestinian state one of the great objectives of his presidency.

Bush's top Middle East aide, Elliott Abrams, also acknowledged the possibility of failure for Abbas when he said that Bush is "aware of the fact that conditions may, in the end, not exist to make it possible."

On the other side of the fence, Haniyeh's political adviser, Ahmed Yousef, said, "there won't be a national unity government if Hamas is asked to recognize Israel." The two parties announced last week that they would team up to govern, in an effort to ease crushing international sanctions imposed on the Hamas government to pressure it to soften its violent anti-Israel ideology.

Their preliminary agreement says the new government would strive to establish a Palestinian state alongside Israel - implying recognition of the Jewish state. But coalition talks have faltered because the West and Israel want Hamas to clearly state its willingness to recognize Israel, renounce violence and accept existing peace agreements between Israel and the Palestinians.

The Jerusalem Post at least picked up on the subtle (is it subtle?) problem here:
The remarks by Haniyeh and his political adviser contradicted PA President Mahmoud Abbas's statement made to the UN General Assembly on Thursday that the planned national unity government would recognize Israel.

Abbas went onto note that the "Palestinian Authority" wants to reaffirm its commitments.
These include the letters of mutual recognition exchanged on Sept. 9, 1993, by the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian chairman Yasser Arafat, whom Abbas called "the two great late leaders."

In other words, the PA wants its own existence reaffirmed because it's so painfully obvious now, with no clear leadership and such extensive in-fighting, the only way the "Palestinian Authority" will have any authority at all is to get foreign aid flowing again. Can't do that if there's no name to put down in the "Pay to the Order of slot.

I dunno, the way Arafat worked it, you just wrote Pay to the Order of Yassar Arafat and he was "trusted" to disburse the funds...wasn't he? *smirk*


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