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No, Mr. President. The Palestinian Authority Should Not Be in Charge of Gaza Post-Hamas



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The Biden administration is frustrated that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu doesn’t want the Palestinian Authority to govern Gaza once Israel destroys Hamas. But would the Palestinian Authority be able to bring about a durable peace in Gaza? Even more statements from the Palestinian Authority and its affiliates (“the PA”) since October 7 have been translated into English, showing that the PA encourages hatred, violence, and genocide against Jews and Israel, just like Hamas does (Fatah even admits to taking part in the Hamas attack). So, allowing the PA to rule over Gaza would not be wise. The PA shows its true intentions in its own words:

Oct. 7

A member of Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades admits he is showing “live images from the battle” and that “we killed soldiers and stepped on their heads.” Another Fatah terrorist claims “we had a prominent and clear role.” [Fatah Movement – Bethlehem Branch, Telegram channel, Oct. 7, 2023]

Oct. 18

Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Religious Affairs and Islamic Relations Mahmoud Al-Habbash praises genocide of the Jews, and jihadism, stating that “[w]e will not leave Palestine…they (i.e., the Israelis) will leave,” praises those “who are carrying out Jihad for it on the path of Allah…” and calls PA President Mahmoud Abbas “…commander of the Jihad fighters in Palestine.” Al-Habbash also states that “Palestine is not just a cause of land and borders and a political cause. Palestine is a religious cause and a cause of faith…” and that it is “…the legacy of Allah’s Messenger [Muhammad].” [PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Religious Affairs and Islamic Relations Mahmoud Al-Habbash, Facebook page, Oct. 18, 2023]


Oct. 21

Promoting violence against Israel, Fatah’s Nablus Branch Secretary Muhammad Hamdan states that “[w]e as the Palestinian people are united in all the arenas of confrontation. We are united and aiming our bullets at the occupier and at the settlers.” [Fatah Movement – Nablus Branch, Facebook page, Oct. 21, 2023]


Oct. 23

Promoting terrorism and jihadism, Fatah praises the founders of terrorist organizations Hamas and Islamic Jihad, as well as former PA president Yasser Arafat and the former Secretary General of the terrorist group Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and calls for the “sons of the West Bank…” to “[c]all out Allahu Akbar…from the rooftops…from your mosques…” and that “[t]his is a call of mobilization to all those who have a weapon.” [Fatah Movement – Bethlehem Branch, Telegram channel, Oct. 23, 2023; Tulkarem Brigade, Telegram channel, Oct. 23, 2023]

Oct. 24

On Official PA TV, Palestinian political commentator Kamal Zakarneh calls Jews “human waste.” [Official PA TV, Oct. 24, 2023]

Oct. 25

Fatah official and An-Najah National University political science lecturer Raed Debiy states that “[t]he Zionist movement” is “making a pact…with Satan, to achieve its racist goals and eliminate the Palestinian people.” [Official PA TV, Oct. 25, 2023]

Falestinona, the website of Fatah’s Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon, publishes a political cartoon of US President Joe Biden feeding a baby Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with a bottle containing a red liquid labelled “The blood of Palestine’s children.” [Falestinona, Oct. 25, 2023]


Oct. 27

Promoting genocide against Jews and Israel, a student faction of Fatah calls on Allah to “take care of the attacking Jews and those who helped them, supported them, and aided them,” to “separate them and scatter them in every direction,” and to “count them and kill them one by one, and do not leave even one of them.” [The Student Union Council and Fatah Shabiba Student Movement at Palestine Polytechnic University, Facebook page, Oct. 27, 2023]

Oct. 28

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Religious Affairs and Islamic Relations Mahmoud Al-Habbash states that Israel’s retaliation against Hamas is part of a joint Israeli-American “satanical plan.” [PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Religious Affairs and Islamic Relations Mahmoud Al-Habbash, Facebook page, Oct. 28, 2023]

Nov. 6

Promoting terrorism against Israel, WAFA, official PA news agency, calls the 16 year old that stabbed an Israeli border policewoman and then was killed by Israeli forces a “martyr,” and counted him as the 144th such “martyr” to die in the West Bank since Hamas’ attack on October 7.  [WAFA, official PA news agency, Nov. 6, 2023]

The Palestinian Authority would be a horrible custodian of Gaza, given that it, like Hamas, supports Jew-hatred, genocide and jihadism. Israel should first be allowed to destroy Hamas. Then Israel, after consulting with the Biden administration and moderate Arab states, should devise a more sustainable path forward than handing Gaza over to the Palestinian Authority, which is a perennial obstacle to peace.

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Good Riddance to UNRWA as it Supports Hamas



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The head of UNRWA recently accused Israel of waging an “expanded, concerted campaign” to destroy the UN agency. The leader of UNRWA does have a cause for concern, as Israel’s Defense Minister Yoav Gallant stated that UNRWA has “lost legitimacy and can no longer function as a UN body.” UN Watch’s Hillel Neuer stated that “The rot is systemic, and that’s why we’re holding a conference…to replace UNRWA.” And now Congressional Republicans are probing the Biden administration’s decision to restore US funding to UNRWA in 2021, following the Trump administration’s suspension of that funding in 2018.

Good riddance to UNRWA if it ends up folding under pressure; UNRWA and the UN are Hamas apologists at best, and facilitators at worst. For example, the UN’s Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator actually insisted that “Hamas is not a terrorist group for us,” but merely a “political movement.” And the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the Palestinian Territories, in a rejoinder to the French president calling the October 7 attack “the largest anti-Semitic massacre of our century,” stated that “No, Mr. Macron. The victims of [the October 7 attack] were not killed because of their Judaism, but in response to Israel’s oppression.”

UNRWA Employees Provide Material Support to Hamas, PIJ

Israeli Defense Minister Galant has named 12 specific UNRWA employees who “actively participated” in Hamas’ October 7 attack on Israel, and also stated that Israel has “significant indications based on intelligence” that implicates “over 30” additional UNRWA employees. Gallant stated that of UNRWA’s 13,000 staff in Gaza, “1,468 workers are known to be active in Hamas and PIJ, 185 UNRWA workers are active in the military branches of Hamas and 51 are active in the PIJ military branch.”

Additional to those numbers are the 30 UNRWA teachers known to have celebrated the October 7 attacks on a UNRWA Telegram group that had 3,000 members.

Hamas’ “Data Center” Found Underneath UNRWA Headquarters

Israel also found a Hamas “data center” under UNRWA’s headquarters in Gaza, equipped with an electrical room, computer servers and rooms where Hamas operatives could work and sleep, and that there were power lines connecting UNRWA’s headquarters to this data center. And surprise, some of the equipment found was made in Iran and China. Interestingly, while the Hamas “data center” contained electronics, a server room in the above-ground UNRWA headquarters had most of its electronics missing, which appears to be indicative of “actions of someone who knew the army was coming and wanted to hide the evidence,” according to Col. Benny Aharon of Israel’s 401st Armored Brigade. After the head of UNRWA denied that UNRWA knew of this data center ahead of time, Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) tweeted “Oh, you knew,” and stated that Israel had warned UN officials about the data center but those officials chose to ignore those warnings.

Additional Evidence of Strong UNRWA/Hamas Partnership

Additionally, UN Watch cited instances of UNRWA/Hamas synergy, including that Israel found:

  • At the UNRWA headquarters above ground, weapons and “documents that indicated that the same offices were also used by Hamas”;
  • UNRWA aid bags in Yahya Sinwar’s bunker;
  • UNRWA concrete in Hamas’ tunnels that housed hostages;
  • Missiles and rockets under UNRWA equipment;
  • That Hamas stashed ammunition, explosives, and weapons in UNRWA bags, and that Hamas also had UN vests;
  • That Hamas stored weapons in and fired weapons from a UNRWA school; and
  • That Hamas’ “Ministry of Health” stole 24,000 gallons of fuel from UNRWA.

And to further emphasize the scope of how seriously UNRWA is compromised by Hamas, every single UNRWA “site, school, mosque, [and] kindergarten” that Israel has inspected had weapons, according to Israel’s commander of the 646th Reserve Paratroopers Brigade.

Calls to preserve UNRWA merely deflect away from the “systemic” “rot” found in the organization. Israel should make sure that UNRWA does not operate in any post-war Gaza, as the organization compromises the security of the Jewish state.

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