Updates 7 pm Israel time Saturday:
An IDF force came under attack last night at Budrus where seven Molotov cocktails were thrown at soldiers who returned fire. One soldier was moderately wounded and treated by medics on the spot. Elsewhere, IDF soldiers were assaulted by “rock” throwers near Beit Ummar–and again returned fire. Two Palestinian terrorists were wounded. In a third incident, an IDF soldier was wounded in Palestinian riots in Bethany (near Ramallah). He had to be evacuated to a hospital for treatment.
The World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa opened today in Shuneh, Jordan, 34 miles southeast of Amman on the shores of the Dead Sea. It is being attended by the usual cast of Arab characters, but also a sizable Israeli delegation headed by Israel President Shimon Peres.
It didn’t take long for Mahmoud Abbas, the head of the PLO and the Palestinian Authority, to express his desire for “peace”. Turning to the Israeli delegation, Abbas mellifluously sang the song of a two-state solution: “Come, let this make this peace a reality achieved on the ground, so that our current and future generations would reap its benefits.”
However, in the next breath, these dulcet tones were replaced by the shrill voice of the terrorist that we all know Mahmoud Abbas to be:
“Ending the occupation of our land (read “ending the right of Jews to live in their historic Jewish homeland”–and when did Palestinians ever have sovereignty over Judea and Samaria?),
and releasing our prisoners (read “terrorists”)
and the eviction of settlers and settlement activity (read “ethnic cleansing”),
and dismantling the apartheid wall (the “apartheid” wall that was successfully built to stop the waves of Palestinian suicide bombers that blew up more than 1000 Israeli men, women, and children),
is what makes peace and guarantees security for you and for us.”
Abbas went on to ludicrously accuse Israelis of “maneuvering, procrastinating, and ignoring the prerogatives of peace.” (See yesterday’s israelstreet blog to discover just how much Israel has sought to block peace negotiations.)
Abbas concluded that “the whole world waits for the efforts that are currently exerted which shall lead to a solution to end the Israeli occupation since 1967, and guarantee for the Palestinian people the right to an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital.”
That may be what the world waits for Mr. Abbas, but your humble servant waits for a day that will never come–a day when the Arabs recognize Israel as a Jewish state, renounce the claim that “refugees” should be relocated to Israel, and recognize that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the nation of Israel.