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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Third Intifada --Not Peace Planned By Abbas and Mashaal

Nadene Goldfoot
Palestinian leaders from Fatah and Hamas have decided to begin a "popular" uprising to further erode international support for Israel.  Abbas, of Fatah, who has taken over Arafat's position, and Hamas, a terrorist organization as listed in the USA, see things alike.  They feel that the latest war in the Gaza Strip  and the UN vote as their "historic achievements" and that they were military and political victories over Israel.

Mahmoud Abbas and Khaled Mashaal just recently reached a secret agreement in Ramallah to launch this popular intifada against Israel in the "West Bank" (Judea and Samaria)  and the Gaza Strip.

They think this would cause isolation of Israel and give them even more sympathy in the international arena. Just what is an intifada?  It is a shaking off, uprising, resistance or rebellion. The first intifada was  a Palestinian uprising against the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian Territories from December 1987 to 1993.    The so called 'Palestinian Territories" are the Judea-Samaria and East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.  In 1993 the Oslo Accords put them under the Palestinian National Authority.  By 2007 Hamas and Fatah warred against each other with Hamas kicking Fatah out of Gaza.  These areas had been under Jordanian rule when they took them illegally, of course in 1922.  In 1967's war against Israel, Israel won in 6 days, gaining the land.  Their relationship since then has been on and off, dickering over who is the ruler and in recognizing Israel.

I'm beginning to think that the Palestinians just enjoy the fighting for land and the act of taking it away from someone else.  They really don't want peace with Israel and haven't abided being given any land for a state . The first thought of theirs in having a state was in 1948 when it was offered.  Then again in 1967 they were tasting it with all the other Arab states at their side.   The thrill is in the taking, as empires of old.  Their relationship with each other is like hot and cold water, on and off quickly.  That's the way of the Middle East.  Everyone covets what the other has.  Iran and Iraq had a bloody war.  Syria is fighting against its own citizens now.  Egypt is just about doing the same thing.

Never in all the world history has there ever been a state of Palestine.  It was simply under-occupied and under-used land belonging for the past 400 years to the Ottoman Empire containing Jews and Arabs.  It had the history of once being Israel.   The British with the mandate decided to give the land to Jews for a Jewish Homeland.

These Arab Palestinians for the most part were originally leading nomadic lives coming in  from the surrounding states who wanted jobs from the Jews that were there, building.  Arafat, born in Cairo, Egypt on August 24, 1929, as Mohammed Yasser Abdel Rahman Abdel Raouf Arafat al-Qudwa al-Husseini, was a terrorist.  He had no desire to become a state builder.

Khaled Mashaal was born on May 28, 1956 in Silwad, "West Bank", which is only a few miles away from Ramallah, part of  Judea.  It became a military camp before 1967's Six Day War by the Jordanians.  In 2002, during the 2nd Intifada, a sniper from Silwad, Thaer Hamad, killed 10 soldiers and one man living in Ofra, a Jewish village. Mashaal attended Kuwait U. and has lived in Doha, Qatar and Cairo, Egypt.

  Mahmoud Abbas was born in Safed on March 26, 1935 when Palestine was under British control.  Safed has always been a large Jewish city where I lived for 5 years in Israel.  It is the home of many important Jewish religious leaders.  Abbas graduated from Damascus U in Syria  and then went to Egypt to study law.

If they want peace, they must deal with Benjamin Netanyahu, born October 21, 1949 in Tel Aviv, Israel.  He graduated from MIT in architecture in Massachusetts, USA.  He was first educated in Jerusalem, and is the son of a professor Benzion Netanyahu.  They lived in Pennsylvania where he graduated from high school.   "Yonatan Netanyahu. Yonatan was serving as the commander of Benjamin's former unit, the Sayeret Matkal, and was killed in action during the counter-terrorism hostage-rescue mission Operation Entebbe in which his unit rescued more than 100 Israeli hostages hijacked by terrorists and flown to the Entebbe Airport in Uganda."
Resource:  Khaled Abu Toameh, Palestinian journalist.
Added 12/19/12 video; turn on under man in pink scarf

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