Saturday, September 27, 2014

Analysis of Mahmoud Abbas' United Nations Speech of September 26, 2014

For quite some time, I have been waging a war on the Internet against anti-Semitism, lies about Israel and Prime Minister Netanyahu, and revisionist history. Today, I watched one source of those distortions of reality in action. Mahmoud Abbas' speech in front of the United Nations was a total, complete fabrication, containing nothing but self-serving distortions of reality and outright lies. Although it was time-consuming, I have reproduced his remarks in their entirety, inserting my commentary along the way.
After invoking the obligatory affirmation of "allah", President Abbas said the following:
"In this year, proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly as the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, Israel has chosen to make it a year of a new war of genocide perpetrated against the Palestinian people...."
Mr. Abbas, here is the definition of genocide, as well as those acts that constitute genocide, as set by international law:
When you can prove that Israel is engaging in the systematic eradication of the Arab world, and/or raping, mutilating, torturing, etc. "Palestinians", then you have a grievance.
 "...In this year, in this year in which this assembly on behalf of the countries and peoples of the world convey the world's yearning and determination to realize a just peace that achieves freedom and independence for the Palestinian people in their state of Palestine alongside with Israel, the occupying power has chosen to defy the entire world by launching its war on Gaza, by which its ships and tanks brutally assassinated lives and devastated the homes and schools and dreams of thousands of Palestinian children, women, and men, and in reality destroying the remaining hopes for peace...."
Israel launched the war? There were not, say, thirteen thousand rockets sailed at Israeli populations from Gaza since 2005? Two hundred rockets in one day? Three Israeli teenagers were not kidnapped and murdered by Hamas? You did not use concrete intended for civilian infrastructure to build tunnels with the purpose of infiltrating Israel, killing Israelis, and kidnapping soldiers? Prime Minister Netanyahu just got drunk one day and decided to unleash the IDF on poor, innocent Gaza?
"...I have addressed you, ladies and gentlemen, in this hole during similar days in 2012 and I cautioned that the colonial occupying power was preparing for a new nakba against the Palestinian people...."
Rich. Israel was "preparing for a new nakba". Mr. Mazen, you know as well as I do that the original Nakba was perpetrated by the Arab world, resulting in the mess you refer to as "Palestine". Now, I realize you have worked your entire life to perpetuate the myth that Israel is responsible for everything that is wrong with the world, but who was digging tunnels to infiltrate whom? Were the thousands of rockets fired from Gaza in "self-defense"? Can you provide proof that Israel fired first...thirteen thousand times?
"...I appealed to you: Prevent a new nakba, (unintelligible) for the establishment of a free and independent state of Palestine now. I returned to this same hole two months later, as Palestine was healing their wounds and her people were burying beloved martyred children, women, and men after yet another war waged against the Gaza strip. On that day, I stated certainly there was not a single person in the world needing the loss of the lives of tens of thousands of Palestinian children in order to confirm that Israel insists on occupation and there was no need for thousands of deadly raids and tons of explosives to remind the world that there is an occupation that must end and that there is a people that must be freed...."
Tens of thousands of "Palestinian" children? Mahmoud, you are engaging in a bit of hyperbole there. Besides, if you were so concerned about "Palestinian" children, you would not allow this:
"...Here we are again today. We find ourselves full of grief, regret, and bitterness, raising the same longstanding conclusions and questions after a new war, the third war, waged by the racist occupying state in five years against Gaza, this small, densely populated and precious part of our country...."
Racist? Arabs serve in the Knesset, in city councils, in the IDF (that must really "get your goat"), as judges, etc. As for "occupying", Israel completely withdrew from Gaza in 2005, and was rewarded with incessant rocket fire and homicidal attacks on Israelis. Personally, I think it is time they "occupy" Gaza, for real this time.
"...The difference today is that the scale of this genocidal crime is larger, and the list of martyrs, especially children, is longer, as well as lists of the wounded and disabled, and that dozens of families have been completely disunited. The difference today is that approximately half a million person were displaced from their homes, that the number of homes, schools, hospitals, public buildings, residential buildings, mosques, factories, and even cemeteries destroyed is unprecedented...."
I have an idea. Leave Israel alone, and they will leave you alone. How difficult is it to translate "stop firing rockets at us" into an Arabic dialect you can understand? Those "martyrs" would not be martyrs if you did not indoctrinate them from the time they are toddlers to hate Jews and to crave giving themselves as sacrifices for "allah". The buildings you mention would not have been destroyed had you not been firing rockets from those locations, and hiding those rockets within those buildings.
"...They followed our youngsters and people to avenge themselves on them and the cemeteries. The difference today is that the devastation caused by this recent aggression is unmatched in modern times as confirmed by a witness, the Honorable Commissioner General of UNRWA...."
President Abbas, you dare to quote an organization responsible for this curriculum in Gaza?:
"...This last war against Gaza constituted a series of absolute war crimes carried out before the eyes and ears of the entire world, moment-by-moment. No one can pretend today that he wouldn't realize the size of the crime. No one can support Israel's right to self-defense without regard for the fate of the thousands of victims of our people ignoring a simple fact that we remind them of today, that the life of a Palestinian is as precious as the life of any other human being...."
Then, Mr. President, no human being's life means anything to you:
"...Ignoring facts on the ground cannot erase them. We must also assume that no one will wonder anymore why extremism is rising, and why the culture of peace is losing ground and receding and why the efforts to achieve it are collapsing...."
You, Hassan Rouhani, and Barack Obama all had a meeting to get this story together did you not? It is not Islam that is the problem, right? The doctrine of Jihad is not the problem, right? The Hamas Charter is not the problem, right? The Koran is not the problem, right? Hatred and intolerance of anyone who does not follow "allah" is not the problem, right? No, of course not. It is Israel.
"...Yet we believe and hope that no one will try to aid the occupation this time in its impunity and its attempts to evade accountability for its crimes. In the name of Palestine, Madam President, ladies and gentlemen, I affirm here today, we will not forget nor will we forgive, for allah, for war criminals to escape punishment. I affirm before you that the people of Palestine hold fast--steadfast--to its legitimate right to defend itself against the Israeli war machine and to its legitimate right to resist this colonial racist Israeli occupation...."
Please allow me to quote Ambassador Ron Proser: "One cannot 'occupy' one's own home." Besides, Gaza has been Jew-free for nine years. What "occupation" is being aided? As for "the Israeli war machine", you would not have to worry about it if you would stop attacking Israel. Would a translation of that statement into Farsi help you to understand the concept?
"...At the same time, I would like to affirm that our grief, trauma, and anger will not for a moment make us abandon our humanity, our values, and our ethics...."
Your humanity, values, and ethics? Shooting at civilians?:
Attacking wedding parties and killing the groom for the "crime" of singing?:
"...We will always preserve our respect and commitment to international law, international humanitarian law, and the international consensus...."
Like firing from civilian populations?:
Like using human shields?:
"...We will maintain the traditions of our national struggle, established by Palestinian Fedayeen of martyrs and to which we committed ourselves since the onset of the Palestinian revolution in early 1965...."
Did Abu Mazen just renew his Jihad for the world to hear?
"...Madam President, ladies and gentlemen, in the midst of a torrent of massacres and storms of massive destruction we witnessed the peoples of the world gathering in huge demonstrations in the streets of many cities declaring their condemnation of aggression and occupation and their support for freedom for Palestine. We also witnessed the overwhelming majority of countries on the various continents declaring the same novel position and rushing to provide all kinds of support and assistance to our people. We witnessed the qualitative and quantitative broadening of activities of the international group Grass Roots' boycott campaign against Israel's policies of occupation, apartheid, and colonialism, especially among academia, cultural, student, and youth groups...."
Mahmoud, you certainly are verbose. "Massacres and storms of mass destruction". What massacres? Surely you do not refer to the 1929 Hebron Massacre. As for mass destruction, again, stop firing rockets at Israel! If you people would leave Israel alone, you would be amazed at the results. Peace. But, you do not want peace, and we know that. To the "overwhelming majority" who demonstrated and boycotted and showed their support for the "Palestinian" cause: My father always said, "If you find yourself marching in lockstep with the rest of the world, you are usually wrong." He was correct. For "academia", and the "cultural, student, and youth groups" I say: The terms "occupation", "apartheid", and "colonialism" are emotionally-charged words. Does that phrase ring any bells from your college days? The use of such words is a logical fallacy, designed to inflame the emotion of the listener and elicit the desired reaction. Congratulations. You have fallen victim to propaganda. Perhaps you should go back to your alma maters and demand a refund of your tuition.
"...In the name of Palestine we thank you to everyone who chose to stand with human values and demanded freedom, justice, and peace. All of those manifestations of (unintelligible) constituted an important message to those who were facing genocide in Gaza, helping them to feel, they felt that they were not alone...."
Yes, thank you for supporting Jihad. (Meanwhile, to the United Nations: It would be far easier to create a transcript if you would find interpreters sans accents.)
"...The recent Israeli war confirmed on the ground the crux of what the Israeli government had been declaring in closed rooms in conversations. This war came after long, difficult negotiations for more than eight months under the auspices of the United States and the efforts of President Barack Obama, and tenacious efforts of his Secretary of State, John Kerry...."
Tenacious, and back-stabbing....
"...We engaged in this endeavor which opened lines in good faith, and with a positive spirit we engaged with the efforts of the American administration and put forth our firm positions based on resolutions of international legitimacy. We genuinely respected all of our commitments and understandings as we watched ongoing and escalating Israeli violations...."
What violations would those be, Mr. Abbas?
"...We exercised unimaginable self-restraint, silencing our cries, and tending to our own wounds in order to give American efforts the best possible chance for success...."
Yes, I can see you "Palestinians" were really miserable:
 "...However, as usual, the Israeli government did not miss the opportunity without undermining the chances for peace. Throughout the months of negotiations, settlement construction, land confiscations, home demolitions, killing and arrest campaigns forced displacement and large campaign on the West Bank continued unabated and the unjust blockade on the Gaza strip was tightened...."
Those "settlements" are called "apartments", the land that was "confiscated" has not been designated as "Palestinian" by any legal authority, homes belonging to terrorists are routinely demolished (just as in America items belonging to drug lords are confiscated by police), the "killing and arrest campaigns" are part of Israel's fight against terrorism, and the "unjust blockade" was tightened after a ship was intercepted from Iran en route to Gaza to bring Hamas more weapons. Any other questions?
"...The occupation's campaign specifically targeted the city of Jerusalem and its inhabitants attempting to officially alter the spirit, identity, the character of the Holy City, focusing on the Aqsa Mosque, threatening grave consequences...."
Was that a threat? Let us get something straight: Jerusalem will never belong to the Arabs. If you recall your Koran, Mahmoud, you are supposed to turn your backs on Jerusalem when you pray. Are you not violating Islam with this obsession of possessing Jerusalem? What will you do with it? Live there? So, five times a day you will drive east until you are out of the city limits so you can pray?
"...At the same time, racist and armed gangs of settlers consisted (sic) in their crimes against the Palestinian people, the land, mosques, churches, properties, and olive trees. As usual, the Israeli government once again, failed the test of peace. It reached an agreement with the American administration regarding the release of a number of Palestinian prisoners and the occupation's days, and we continue to insist on releasing all of them...."
I think Prime Minister Netanyahu has rethought that whole idea, and I am pretty sure you will not be seeing any more prisoners.
"...When confronted with simple questions in the direct negotiations or through the American mediator, they did not--the Israeli government did not--hesitate to reveal its true positions. Israel refuses to end its occupation of the state of Palestine which they occupied in 1967...."
Well, Mahmoud, you certainly do not seem to have any objections to the "occupation" by Jordan and Egypt of the so-called "West Bank" and Gaza, respectively, before 1967. Why is it only disturbing to you that Israel is allegedly "occupying" them? By the way, you seem to forget the part where there was a war. Israel, to your chagrin, won. Guess who gets to keep the land? Sorry about that.
"...Rather, it seeks its continuation and entrenchment. It rejects the Palestinian state...."
If you wanted me to recognize your state, and your method of persuasion was to send homicide bombers, kidnap and execute soldiers, infiltrate my country via tunnels, and lob tens of thousands of rockets at my state, I would probably reject you, too.
"...It refuses to find a just solution to the plight of the Palestine refugees...."
Take it up with the Arab countries who created that refugee situation in 1948 when they descended upon Israel and attempted to wipe her off the map. Ask Jordan why they refused to take their own people back.
"...This is the official position of the government of Israel...."
No, it is not, but I think it should be.
"...The future proposed by the Israeli government for the Palestinian people is, at best, isolated ghettos for Palestinians on fragmented land without border and without sovereignty over its airspace, water, and natural resources, which will be under the subjugation and control of the racist sinners and the army of occupation and, at worst, will be almost a form of apartheid...."
Gaza has a border, and the "Palestinians" would not be in ghettos if Hamas did not use all of the aid sent to the Palestinian authority to create tunnels and buy weapons with which to attack Israel. Sovereignty over air space and water? President Abbas, you are a funny man. Can you say "rockets"? As for natural resources, I believe you get much of that from Egypt. Why aren't you decrying Cairo? "Almost a form of apartheid"? Did you not just accuse Israel of apartheid a few paragraphs ago? Make up your mind; is there apartheid, or are you afraid a "form of apartheid" will develop?
"...(They) say we are for two states; where is the state of Palestine? These are the characteristics they intend for the state of Palestine. Israel has confirmed in the course of negotiations that it rejects making peace with its victims, the Palestinian people...."
What? Since when are the "Palestinian" people victims of Israel? You are confused, Mahmoud. Perhaps old age is setting in. Israel is the victim of the "Palestinians". Whatever "innocent Palestinians" there may be in Gaza are being victimized by Hamas, who were voted in by those very same "Palestinians" who, by the way, were recently polled and by an 83% vote said they would have Ismael Haniyeh as their president. The "Palestinians" do not sound very "innocent" to me.
"...This has all been done concurrently with an attempt to give a religious nature to the conflict and with rising and rampant racism in the Israeli political and media discourse and its entrenchment in the school curriculum, and in a series of laws and practices of the occupation and its settlers...."
Really? Oh, my God. Talk about the pot calling the proverbial kettle black. President Abbas, you wish to speak about school curriculum, and racism in the media? How about this?:
(Credit goes to "The Times of Israel" for the second half of this transcript.)
"...This has all been done concurrent with an attempt to give a religious nature to the conflict and with the rising and rampant racism in the Israeli political and media discourse and its entrenchment in the school curriculum and in a series of laws and practices of the occupation and its settlers...."
And, of course, there is no "religious nature" to your Jihad:
"...This culture of racism, incitement and hatred was glaringly manifested in the despicable, appalling crime committed months ago by fascist settlers, who abducted the young Jerusalemite boy Mohammed Abu Khdeir, burnt him alive and killed him...."
Teenagers with too much testosterone are hardly "fascist", but there is no excuse for what they did. As for "racism, incitement and hatred", Israel is so "racist" that Arabs are allowed to drive taxis which, as I recall, is how one Israeli teenage girl got her throat slit.
"...Over the past years, the occupying Power has also pursued a policy aimed at deliberately weakening the Palestinian National Authority to undermine it and, in essence, to fully negate its role...."
President Abbas, I believe you have done that all by yourself, in concert with your "Palestinians" who prefer to have Hamas rule over Gaza. Why no mention of the fact that Hamas tried to have you assassinated, and the fact that it was the "occupying Power" who saved your sorry life?
"...The occupation targeted the work we have been relentlessly undertaking to establish the foundations of the State of Palestine that we want:..."
Do you mean tunnels for the infiltration of the State of Israel, the kidnapping and killing of soldiers and civilians, the collecting of rockets, grenades, AK-47's, IDF uniforms, and tranquilizers?
"...a sovereign and independent State living in peace and building bridges of mutual cooperation with its neighbors; that respects commitments, obligations and agreements; that strengthens the values of citizenship, equality, non-discrimination, the rule of law, human rights and pluralism; that deepens the Palestinian enlightened traditions of tolerance, coexistence and non-exclusion; that strengthens the culture of peace; that promotes the role of women; that establishes effective administration committed to the standards of good governance; and that cares for the needs and interests of its people...."
Which neighbors? Surely not Israel; you refuse to recognize the only Jewish State. "...that strengthens the values of...the rule of law, human rights and pluralism..."? You mean, like this?:
"...The occupation has, and continues to, to strike at this effort because it is the antithesis of its settlement policies and because it wants to destroy the chance for the realization of the Palestinian existence in an independent State within the framework of the two-State solution...."
So long as you continue to wish for the destruction of Israel, and focus all of your energies on that goal, there will never be a "two-State solution".
"...When our efforts to end the internal division through national dialogue succeeded a few months ago and we prepared to restore the unity of our land, nation and institutions and formed the national consensus government and began the process to lead to the holding of presidential and legislative elections, all countries of the world welcomed this achievement, with the exception of Israel, which has constantly sought to fragment our land and our national unity...."
Do you mean unity with Hamas? You are kidding, right? Some of us remember who the Palestinian Liberation Organization is, Mr. President. We remember the games Yasser Arafat played, even before the advent of the Internet, instant video access, and closed-captioning. You may rest assured Israel remembers, and Israelis are not fools. You will never achieve your goals so long as you use terrorism in your attempts to obtain them.
"...Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen,
"And now, where do we go from here?
"The idea that it is possible to simply return to the past patterns of work, which repeatedly failed, is naive at best and, in any case, is wrong, as it ignores the fact that it is no longer acceptable, nor possible, to repeat methods that have proven futile or to continue with approaches that have repeatedly failed and require comprehensive review and radical correction...."
Mahmoud: "Physician, heal thyself."
"...It is impossible, and I repeat – it is impossible – to return to the cycle of negotiations that failed to deal with the substance of the matter and the fundamental question. There is neither credibility nor seriousness in negotiations in which Israel predetermines the results via its settlement activities and the occupation’s brutality...."
You are correct that "it is return to the cycle of negotiations that failed..."; when will you "Palestinians" learn that violence and hatred of Jews will never lead to peace? Oh, that is right. My previous statement assumes facts not in evidence, that the "Palestinians" want peace. You do not:
"...There is no meaning or value in negotiations for which the agreed objective is not ending the Israeli occupation and achieving the independence of the State of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital on the entire Palestinian Territory occupied in the 1967 war...."
You are correct that "there is no meaning or value in negotiations", but you fail to mention that in Islam there are no negotiations. Only hudnas. All you Arabs do is pause long enough to regroup, and then you attack again. You are relentless in your efforts to eradicate the State of Israel. Well, my deepest apologies, Mr. President, but you have selected the wrong foe in Prime Minister Netanyahu. He knows far more about your tactics than I ever will. Perhaps you should pray to "allah" to find some dimwit to replace him someday. But, then again, good luck finding an Israeli "dimwit".
"...And, there is no value in negotiations which are not linked to a firm timetable for the implementation of this goal.
"The time has come to end this settlement occupation...."
Abu, I am tired of your use of the terms "settlers", "settlement(s)", and "occupation". The Israelis are not "settlers", and their homes are not "settlements". That is their land. The "Palestinians" are the settlers. Jordan refused to take your people back after they attempted to annihilate the State of Israel, so you hijacked their land. "Justice", which you so boldly demand, would be if the "Palestinians" were expelled from Israeli land and sent back where they belong. "Palestinians" were given seven--seven--different lucrative offers of land. All were refused. Why? Because you do not want your own state unless it means the eradication of the State of Israel.
"...Palestine refuses to have the right to freedom of her people, who are subjected to the terrorism by the racist occupying Power and its settlers, remain hostage to Israel’s security conditions...."
"Terrorism"? Name one Israeli homicide bomber. Take your time. I will wait.
"...The people of Palestine are actually the ones who need immediate international protection, which we are seeking through international organizations, and who are in need of the security and peace that they are missing more than any other people, and the children of Palestine are worthy of the world’s efforts to ensure that their childhood, dreams and lives will not be devastated once again...."
Um, who is devastating the childhood of your "Palestinians"?:
"...It is time for the chapters of this prolonged, ongoing tragedy to be closed...."
"...Those who were uprooted from their warm homes, good land and beautiful country in Al-Nakba 66 years ago, pushed into the misery of exile and life as refugees and now being forced into new waves of expulsion or onto the ships of death in the world’s seas, are in need of assurances that they will not be displaced from their homes again, that their homes will not be destroyed again, and that they will not spend their lives waiting for the explosion of a new war...."
Tell it to Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Egypt. They are the ones who displaced you. Of course, that was after your "Palestinians" (who were then Jordanians) massacred countless Jews in an attempt to prevent the establishment of the State of Israel.
"...It is time for this long tragedy to end...."
"...We will not accept to forever be the ones being demanded to prove their good intentions by making concessions at the expense of their rights and to remain silent as they are killed and their land is stolen, and to understand the conditions of the other party and the importance of preserving its coalition government, while it entrenches its occupation...."
Mahmoud, get it straight. You do not have a "land". You have repeatedly refused to accept land from Israel, and frankly you should be glad I do not run that country, because I would not offer you a single acre. As for your incessant references to "occupation", would you like to provide current photos of the tanks and IDF troops present in the streets of Gaza? Because all I have seen is this:
"...We are exhausted of the additional tests we must undergo to prove our efficiency, competence and eligibility to earn our natural, simple right to live a normal life and our inherent right to expect a stable and ordinary tomorrow, to dream about more beautiful days, and for our youth to be able to plan their coming days and years safely in peace and freedom over our land, like other peoples of the world...."
You brought it on yourselves, Mahmoud. Your behavior over the years demands that you prove yourselves. Only a fool would take you at your word after a century of hostility by the Arab world directed at Israel.
"...The time has come for a real, just peace to prevail in the land of peace...."
"...Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen,
"We, and all the Arab countries, have constantly cautioned about the disastrous consequences of the continuation of the Israeli occupation and the denial of freedom and independence for the people of Palestine...."
As you stated earlier, there is no "Palestine". Where is it? Where are its borders? You are pleading the cause of a country that does not exist, and will not exist, unless and until you get over your hatred of the Jewish people.
"...We have repeatedly draw attention to the fact that allowing Israel to act as a state above the law with impunity and absolving it of any accountability or punishment for its policies, aggression and defiance of the international will and legitimacy has absolutely provided fertile ground and an environment conducive for the growth of extremism, hatred and terrorism in our region...."
You forgot to mention poverty. President Abbas, it is very nice of you to have coordinated your message with the current anti-Semitic American administration and the Islamic State of Iran. The collective use of the term "aggression" to describe "terrorism" has clearly been a foundation to set up your attack against the State of Israel. Suddenly, "extreme, radical Islam" is no longer the problem in the Middle East. Now, it is Israel. Good job, except for one thing. Some of us studied critical thinking in college. You will not persuade us with your incessant propaganda. You speak only to the addle-brained.
"...Confronting the terrorism that plagues our region by groups – such as “ISIL” and others that have no basis whatsoever in the tolerant Islamic religion or with humanity and are committing brutal and heinous atrocities – requires much more than military confrontation...."
"...tolerant Islamic religion..."?:
"...It is an urgent matter that requires much more than condemnations and declarations of positions, which are of course necessary. What is primarily needed is a comprehensive, credible strategy to dry out the sources of terrorism and eradicate its roots in all political, intellectual, economic and social spheres in our region. It requires the creation of solid foundations for a reasonable consensus that makes the fight against all forms of terrorism in any place everywhere a collective task that is undertaken by the alliance of nations, peoples and civilizations. It requires, in this context and as a priority, bringing an end to the Israeli occupation of our country, which constitutes in its practices and perpetuation, an abhorrent form of state terrorism and a breeding ground for incitement, tension and hatred...."
Thank you for making my point. Equating Israel with Islamic terror is nothing short of obscene.
"...Mr. President,
"At this moment in which we are still suffering from the horrors of war, we face a formidable challenge to reconstruct what has been destroyed by the occupation...."
It has been destroyed by Hamas' reign of terror.
"...At the invitation of the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Kingdom of Norway, which we deeply appreciate, the city of Cairo will host next month an international conference for the relief and reconstruction of the Gaza Strip. Our government will present comprehensive reports to the conference on the losses inflicted by the aggression on the different sectors of life, and it will provide details of the plans and programs that will be rapidly implemented and supervised in the Gaza Strip to meet immediate relief needs and the requirements of reconstruction, in full coordination with United Nations agencies and bodies...."
Cute. You fail to mention that Cairo has repeatedly said it is sick to death of Hamas.
"...While we reiterate our appreciation and gratitude to all countries and organizations that rushed to provide assistance to the Palestinian people during and after the war, we are confident that brotherly and friendly countries will not waver in supporting support the plans and programs we will present and that the conference will achieve practical results that fulfill the expectations and needs of the victims o0f this aggression...."
Again, Mahmoud, your memory fails. What about the eleven humanitarian cease-fires in this latest conflict in Gaza, during which Israel tried (or attempted) to provide supplies to your precious "Palestinians", but were repeatedly thwarted by Hamas? On those missions that were successful, where is your gratitude to Israel?
"...We reaffirm here that the primary prerequisite for the success of all these plans and efforts is an end to the ongoing Israeli blockade that has for years suffocated the Gaza Strip and turned it into the largest prison in the world for nearly two million Palestinian citizens...."
Stop importing rockets and other weapons from Iran.
"...At the same time, we affirm our commitment and the necessity to consolidate the cease-fire through negotiations under the auspices of Egypt...."
You mean "hudna", which has--at the outside--an expiration date of ten years.
"...However, in order to avert repeating the cycle of war and cycle reconstruction every two or three years, it is imperative to focus on the fundamental issue and starting point, which is that the suffering of Gaza will not be completely alleviated except by ending the occupation and achieving the independence of the State of Palestine...."
Wrong. The "fundamental issue and starting point" is terrorism waged by Hamas, et. al. The "suffering of Gaza will not be completely alleviated" until you recognize the one and only Jewish State, accept Israel's existence, and stop attacking them every chance you get.
"...Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen,
"During the past two weeks, Palestine and the Arab Group undertook intensive contacts with the various regional groups in the United Nations to prepare for the introduction of a draft resolution to be adopted by the United Nations Security Council on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to push forward the efforts to achieve peace...."
No resolution is going to stop your aggression against the State of Israel.
"...This endeavor reaffirms our commitment to achieve a just peace through a negotiated solution and our adoption of a diplomatic and political effort through United Nations bodies. This endeavor is inspired by and based fully on the spirit and provisions of the many resolutions you have approved in the General Assembly and those adopted by the Security Council, which have set the foundations for a lasting solution and a just peace.
"This endeavor aspires to correct the deficiency of the previous efforts to achieve peace by affirming the goal of ending the Israeli occupation and achieving the two-State solution, of the State of Palestine, with East Jerusalem as its capital, over the entire territory occupied in 1967, alongside the State of Israel and reaching a just and agreed upon solution to the plight of the Palestine refugees on the basis of resolution 194, with a specific time frame for the implementation of these objectives as stipulated in the Arab Peace Initiative...."
"Arab Peace Initiative." Now there is a contradiction in terms.
"...This will be linked to the immediate resumption of negotiations between Palestine and Israel to demarcate the borders, reach a detailed and comprehensive agreement and draft a peace treaty between them...."
Israel is not buying your hudnas.
"...Ladies and Gentlemen,
"We are confident that this endeavor will receive broad and full support by those who are committed to ensuring that our country will not witness new wars and atrocities, by those who wish to support a campaign to combat terrorism, by those who believe that it is necessary to act expediently to rectify the historical injustice inflicted by Al-Nakba on the Palestinian people, and by those who wish to see peace prevail in the land of the monotheistic religions...."
Your country, should you ever obtain one, will always "witness new wars and atrocities" so long as you continue to start them.
"...The adoption of this resolution will affirm what you strived to realize in this year is the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, who will continue their struggle and steadfastness and will rise brave and strong from the rubble and destruction.
"We, as our poet Mahmoud Darwish said: “are infected with an incurable disease, that is hope, and we love life if we are given the chance for it”...."
Golda Meir: "We will have peace when the Arabs love their children more than they hate us."
"...Mr. President Ladies and Gentlemen,
There is an occupation that must end now.
There is a people that must be freed immediately.
The hour of independence of the State of Palestine has arrived...."
If so, Mr. President, you are doing everything wrong to accomplish it.

Thanksgiving: A Lesson in Gratitude

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