UPDATE: Israeli buses stoned again this morning by Palestinian terrorists on the same Hevron-Bethlehem routes as before. Buses damaged. No physical injuries. Obvious question: why don’t the police ride the buses and stop this terrorism?
Stop, dear reader, and remember for a moment. How many times have you read, or heard it said, that Benjamin Netanyahu is “an obstacle to peace”? Or that Benjamin Netanyahu’s government is “an obstacle to peace”? You can probably recall leaders or former leaders of your own country making such statements.
In the United States, your humble servant can remember President Obama, Vice President Biden, Secretary of State Clinton, former President Bill Clinton, former President Jimmy Carter, former Obama Presidential advisors David Axelrod and Rahm Emanuel, former Obama Secretary of Defense Gates and a host of others too numerous to mention–all taking turns harshly criticizing Netanyahu as “an obstacle to peace.”
And what about the media both within Israel and outside of Israel? If your humble servant had a nickel for each time that the Haaretz newspaper or The New York Times called Netanyahu and/or his government “an obstacle to peace”, he would be a rich man.
No one has criticized Netanyahu more as “an obstacle to peace” than Mahmoud Abbas and his Palestinian cronies.
In this context, Israeli FM Lieberman’s comments over the last few days that Mahmoud Abbas is the main “obstacle to peace” and should follow through on his daily threat to resign seem tame.
Here’s what Lieberman has said in different venues–calling Abbas by his Palestinian name “Abu Mazen”:
“Abu Mazen is not reliable, he is not a man of peace, he is working against Israel on the international stage [attempting] to try Israeli officials before international courts.”
“He has decided to sacrifice the interests of the Palestinians for his own benefit, to defend his place in history.”
“Abu Mazen’s resignation would be a blessing because he represents the greatest obstacle to peace.”
In your humble servant’s opinion, every one of these statements is undeniably true, yet the rush to defend the infantile Abbas has been almost comedic: the European Union termed Lieberman’s comments “not helpful”; a spokesman for Middle East envoy Robert Serry castigated Lieberman as “inflammatory”; and even Israeli President Shimon Peres oozed that Abbas is a “serious leader that wants peace and is working to prevent violence and extremism in our region.”
But the height of hypocrisy came yesterday from the Palestinians. First we heard from Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Malki who denounced Lieberman’s remarks as “incitement to murder.”
Then as a follow-up, in yet another installment of the theater of the absurd at the United Nations, the Palestine Liberation Organization representative filed a complaint letter with the Security Council over Lieberman’s remarks.
The letter reads in part: “we unequivocally reject and object to such incitement, which we consider to be a clear threat against the life of President Mahmoud Abbas, whose commitment to peace is absolutely unquestionable.”
You have to be kidding me. A clear threat against the life of Abbas? Commitment to peace is absolutely unquestionable (click on this link to read excerpts from Condoleeza Rice’s new book about the peace deal Abbas turned down)?
As usual, FM Lieberman is exactly correct in his assessment of Mahmoud Abbas, and perhaps it is time for the crybaby Palestinian leader to resign. As U.S. President Harry Truman was wont to say: “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.”