Zionist Organization of America, August 9, 2006.
Palestinian Authority (PA) president, Mahmoud Abbas, often mistakenly
regarded as a ‘moderate’, has explicitly praised the Lebanese Islamist terrorist
group, Hizballah, for its hostilities with Israel, saying that it is a source of pride
and sets an example for what he termed the “Arab resistance” (Jerusalem Post,
August 6, 2006).
He also told reporters in Yemen that Hizballah reawakened the Arab world with
honor (Israel National News, August 8, 2006).
He made these remarks shortly after the lethal rocket attacks on northern Israel
that murdered 11 Israelis.
The terrorist group Hizballah that Abbas is praising says it will never recognize
Israel and believes it should be destroyed along with all Jews.
As Hizballah’s Hassan Nasrallah has said, “if they [Jews] all gather in
Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide.” (The Daily
Star, October 23, 2002).
Nasrallah also referred to Israel recently as a “temporary country”
(Associated Press, July 29, 2006).
Additionally, a poll taken early this month by Near East Consulting, a
Ramallah-based data analysis firm, shows that virtually the entire Palestinian
Arab population — 97% of those polled — support the Hizballah terrorists. This
position is also held by 95% of Christian Palestinian Arabs as well.
Over 90% of the Palestinian Arabs said that kidnapped Israeli soldiers should
not be freed unconditionally while 55% said they identified with Hizballah’s goal
of destroying Israel (Israel National News, August 8, 2006).
ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said, “There can be few things that
more clearly expose the myth of Mahmoud Abbas’ supposed moderation than
his statement of support of and admiration for Hizballah. Not only is Hizballah a
terrorist group listed on the US list of terrorist organizations, not only has it
committed acts of terrorism in several countries, but it has been almost
universally accepted that the current hostilities are due to the unprovoked
attack it launched on Israel last month. Mahmoud Abbas clearly approves of
Hizballah’s acts and goals, or else he could not possibly describe it as the pride
of the ‘Arab resistance’.
This demonstrates that Mahmoud Abbas is a sympathizer, supporter and
promoter of Islamist terrorism and the murder of Israelis and Americans. Let it
not be forgotten that Hizballah murdered 241 US marines in Beirut in 1983,
several dozen US servicemen at Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia in 1996, and
tortured and murdered US CIA official William Buckley and Marine Colonel
Mahmoud Abbas words of praise for Hizballah should not surprise anyone,
because he has previously described Palestinian terrorists wanted by Israel as
‘heroes’ (Age (Melbourne), January 3, 2005).
Campaigning for the Palestinian presidency in early 2005, he labeled
Israel the “Zionist enemy” (CNN.com. January 7, 2005).
He has refused to carry out Palestinian obligations under signed agreements and
the 2003 Roadmap peace plan to disband terrorist groups, arrest and jail their
members and confiscate their weaponry, saying that dealing with Palestinian
groups is “our affair” (Daily Star (Beirut), September 22, 2005).
He has criticized Palestinian terrorist acts only for harming “the
Palestinian interest” (New York Times, October 26, 2005) not because
murdering Jews is a despicable crime.
Last December, he approved a PA budget that provided for payments to
the families of suicide bombers (Judith Apter Klinghoffer, History News
Network, December 5).
He has even said that “Israel calls them murderers, we call them
strugglers” (Jerusalem Post, December 25, 2004).
Abbas was also Arafat’s top deputy for 40 years, co-founded with Arafat the
Fatah terrorist group and wrote a PhD thesis denying the Holocaust. This latest
Abbas statement extolling Hizballah is but a further example of his unreformed
extremism and underscores why he is no peace partner for Israel.
Similarly, this latest poll showing near-total support for Hizballah from
Palestinians indicates that it is not only the Palestinian leadership that is part of
the problem, but Palestinian society in general.
It is often suggested that Palestinians really want a reasonable peace
settlement with Israel but are led by extremists, but this poll is merely the latest
evidence proving this to be untrue. This poll confirms that the Palestinian
leadership faithfully reflects the attitude of Palestinians.”