Category Archives: Israeli – Islam Conflict

Trump Is Overestimating Palestinians’ Desire For Peace

<em>Trump wants to restart the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, but the obstacles to peace that have bedeviled past U.S. presidents have not gone away.

President Trump’s direct flight from Saudi Arabia to Tel Aviv on Monday is thought to be the first of its kind. The two countries have no diplomatic relations, and the flight was meant as a kind of symbolic gesture, bridging the gap between Israel and the Arab world on the U.S. president’s first overseas trip.

But Trump appears to be interested in more than mere symbolism. Upon landing in Israel, he waded into the thicket of Israeli-Palestinian relations, declaring: “We have before us a rare opportunity to bring security and stability and peace to this region and to its people.”


Trump Can Break the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse

In Saudi Arabia on Sunday, President Trump declared unswerving American commitment to help Riyadh in “confronting the crisis of Islamic extremism and the Islamist and Islamic terror of all kinds.” A new coalition of American lawmakers believes he should make an equally important commitment to Israel when he lands there today.

Official U.S. policy on the Israeli-Palestinian dispute has long been centered on a “grievance-based approach” to conflict resolution and counterterrorism. Addressing the stated grievances of Palestinian extremists, the reasoning goes, reduces their motivations for fighting and enables their leaders and those of Arab states to make peace. Thus the perennial goal of American diplomacy has been to pressure or coax the democratic State of Israel into making concessions to the authoritarian PLO-turned-Palestinian Authority (PA) in hopes that they will placate the Palestinian masses (most of whom, including 1.6 million in Hamas-ruled Gaza, do not live in disputed territory).

While the “land for peace” formula — pressuring Israel to hand over land to those it has defeated for the promise of peace to come — pleased Arab governments and career diplomats at the State Department, it was a disaster on the ground. Each new concession was seen by Palestinian leaders as signaling an Israeli weakness ripe for exploitation, stoking their fantasies of ultimate victory and thus prolonging the misery of the Palestinian people and everyone involved.


Muslim terrorist group Hamas rejects Trump’s classifying them as terrorist group

Can you believe that Jew lover Trump called us terrorists? What an islamophobe!

The Islamist Palestinian group that controls the Gaza Strip on Sunday rejected US President Donald Trump’s linking it to terrorism and said his description of the group showed his “complete bias” towards Israel.


Humanitarian aid to the PA is embezzled for personal gain

As President Trump is about to make monumental decisions concerning the continuity of aid to the Palestinian Authority, all eyes should be trained on one overriding issue: Graft. One need look no further than the Abbas family fortune, acquired during his tenure as president of the Palestinian Authority nearly 12 years ago. Since then, Abbas’ family now monopolizes PA trade, particularly with foreign countries as his children engaged in alleged money-laundering. The fortune was cemented by Abbas’ two sons, who unabashedly peddle influence to win major contracts in the “West Bank” or serve as middlemen in foreign deals, particularly with the United States.


Could a Palestinian state be acceptable…eventually?

Martin Sherman, executive director of the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies, has devoted a new column, “Why Palestinian Statehood Obviates Israeli Victory,” to hashing out his and my differences over something we fundamentally agree on, the goal of Israel victory.

This is the idea that the “peace process” has turned into a “war process” and that the solution to the Palestinian-Israeli confrontation lies not in more painful concessions by Israel but, to the contrary, by Israel imposing its will on its enemy and crushing the Palestinian dream to eliminate the Jewish state. Washington should encourage its Israeli ally in this.


How to Solve the Palestinian Problem

…and bring peace to the Middle East.

In 1990, there were half as many Palestinians as Kuwaitis in Kuwait. Two years later there were almost none.

With the support of the international community, some 700,000 Kuwaitis expelled hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their country. If they had not done it, basic arithmetic shows that the Palestinians would have outnumbered Kuwaitis in Kuwait in a generation.


Time to Investigate Students for Justice in Palestine and Muslim Student Association

For some time now I have been writing about the nationwide activities of Students for Justice in Palestine, an organization with well over 100 chapters at universities across the nation.The organization was co-founded by University of California professor Hatem Bazian, a native of Nablus in the West Bank. Bazian studied at San Francisco State, where he was an agitator against Israeli. He is also the co-founder of American Muslims for Palestine (which supports SJP), the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Center at UC Berkeley, and Zaytuna College, the first Muslim college in America (located just off the UCB campus). American Muslims for Palestine has been tied to support groups for Hamas-a US State Department -designated terror group. They are currently the subject of a lawsuit filed by the parents of David Boim, an American teenager killed by Hamas in Israel in 1996.


Palestinians: The Threats Trump Needs to Hear

As U.S. President Donald Trump prepares to hold his second meeting with Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem next week, two Palestinian terror groups have announced that the new U.S. administration is planning to “liquidate the Palestinian cause.” The warning by Hamas and Islamic Jihad is directed not only against Trump and his new administration, but also against Abbas and any Arab leader who dares to “collude” with the U.S.

The two Palestinian terror groups, which control the Gaza Strip and its two million residents, also renewed their pledge to pursue the armed fight against Israel; they said they would not give up one inch of Palestine, from the (Mediterranean) sea to the (Jordan) river.

Trump and his administration would do well to heed the warning issued by Hamas and Islamic Jihad, especially in the wake of Abbas’s recent statements concerning a two-state solution and peace with Israel. Abbas controls only parts of the West Bank, and how he intends to establish a Palestinian state when he cannot even set foot in the Gaza Strip is anyone’s guess. Recently, Hamas announced that if and when the 82-year-old Abbas shows up in the Gaza Strip, he will be hanged in a public square on charges of “high treason.”


An Inevitable Conflict The Six-Day War

It has long been conventional wisdom to view the June 1967 war as an accidental conflagration that neither Arabs nor Israelis desired, yet none were able to prevent. Had Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser not fallen for a false Soviet warning of Israeli troop concentrations along the Syrian border and deployed his forces in the Sinai Peninsula, the standard narrative runs, the slippery slope to war would have been averted altogether; had Israel not misconstrued the Egyptian grandstanding for a mortal threat to its national security, if not its very survival, it would have foregone the preemptive strike that started the war. In short, it was a largely accidental and unnecessary war born of mutual miscalculations and misunderstandings.


Jordan Blames Israel for ‘Ugly Crime’ of Killing Terrorist in Midst of Stabbing

JERUSALEM — Instead of condemning a terrorist attack carried out by a Jordanian citizen right outside Jerusalem’s Old City on Saturday, the Kingdom of Jordan blamed Israel for the “ugly crime” of an Israeli policeman defending himself by shooting the Jordanian assailant as the officer was being repeatedly and brutally stabbed.

h/t Jill


East Jerusalem: Man stabs Israeli officer, fatally shot by police

A Jordanian Palestinian citizen was shot by Israeli forces in proximity of the Chain Gate in East Jerusalem’s Old City, Saturday, after he reportedly assaulted and stabbed an Israeli police officer.

According to Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri, the attacker pulled out a knife after he noticed that the Israeli officer was walking towards him. The man then approached the officer and stabbed him.

Israeli police released a statement in Arabic saying that the 57-year-old man was “neutralised” and “pronounced dead on the spot”. Furthermore, they added that the attacked officer, who only suffered from “medium wounds”, was brought to Shaare Zedek Medical Centre in Jerusalem for treatment.

Two knives were found by the police on the body of the attacker, who arrived in the country on a tourist visa around a week ago.