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Since Hamas Attack, The Palestinian Authority Proves It Is Against Peace

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The Biden administration continues to call for a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians, but is that wise? By seeing what the Palestinian Authority (PA)/Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)/Fatah said since Hamas’ October 7 murder of 1,400 Israelis, one can readily see that the PA is not a viable peace partner. Recent statements by high officials in the PA and in its PA-run press show that the PA glorifies the Hamas attack, incites Palestinians to murder Jews (and like Hamas claims Muslims have a religious obligation to do so), demonizes Israel and Jews, and rejects Israel’s right to exist. Some examples are the following:

October 7

Glorifying the attack, PA TV states that “Gaza landed a blow that this occupation will yet remember,” and that the Palestinians need “to take its right to self-determination by force.” [Reporter on Official PA TV, Oct. 7, 2023]

Fatah’s military wing, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, calls on Palestinians to “[b]reak into the settlements, strike the sons of apes of pigs, kill everyone who is a settler, slaughter everyone who is Israeli…” [The Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades – Palestine the Occupied Land, Telegram channel, Oct. 7, 2023]

October 8

PA President Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor and PA judge claims that Hamas attack is “our legitimate right in resisting these invaders…and defending our holy sites and our people…” and views “this occupation,” (i.e., Israel), as “temporary.” [PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor Mahmoud Al-Habbash, Official PA TV, Oct. 8, 2023]

Fatah’s Bethlehem Branch shows a video on its Telegram channel, including an image of Israelis portrayed “as a rat being trampled by a boot with the colors of the Palestinian flag on its sole.” [Fatah Movement – Bethlehem Branch, Telegram channel, Oct. 8, 2023]

PA claims that the Hamas attack perpetrators are “martyrs” and that “their blood will cause victory and holiness to bloom.” [Official PA TV, Oct. 8, 2023]

PA claims Israeli towns that were attacked are mere “colonies,” i.e., not legitimately part of Israel. [WAFA, official PA news agency, Oct. 8, 2023]

Fatah Tubas Branch Secretary Mahmoud Sawafta calls on Palestinians to “land more blows on [Israel],” who is “weaker than cobwebs.” [Official PA TV, Oct. 8, 2023]

Fatah Tubas branch member Ghassan Daraghmeh similarly states that Israel’s “undefeatable army” is “weaker than cobwebs.” [Official PA TV, Oct. 8, 2023]

October 9

Abbas states that Hamas attack is one of self-defense: “[Abbas] again emphasized our people’s right to defend itself and its members from the occupation’s aggression.” [Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 9, 2023]

Rather than condemn Hamas attack, Abbas stresses suffering of Palestinians: “Our people in the Gaza Strip are being subjected to a comprehensive act of aggression, attacks, and killing by the Israeli occupation forces. This obligates us to give everything that could ease their suffering.” [Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 9, 2023]

Abbas’ advisor and PA judge says that violence and bloodshed will end once Israel ceases to exist. [PA Supreme Shari’ah Judge Mahmoud Al-Habbash, Facebook page, Oct. 9, 2023]

October 10

Fatah Central Committee member justifies Hamas attack, stating that Hamas is “defending their freedom and the justice of their cause,” and Israel is acting like “Nazis.” [Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki, Facebook page, Oct. 10, 2023]

Fatah Tulkarem Branch Secretary Iyad Jarrad states that the Hamas terrorists are “a source of pride, heroism, and honor for the Palestinian people.” [Official PA TV, Oct. 10, 2023]

October 15

Abbas manages to condemn Hamas by name, but edits that out only a few hours later [bold shows changed text].

  • Abbas’ statement as a result of US, international pressure: “Hamas’ policy and actions do not represent the Palestinian people. The policy, fundamentals, and decisions of the PLO are what represents the Palestinian people, as the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people.”
  • Abbas’ amended statement, a few hours later: The policy, fundamentals, and decisions of the PLO are what represents the Palestinian people, as the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people – and not the policy of any other organization.” [WAFA, official PA news agency, Oct. 15, 2023]

October 17

Fatah member Raafat Alayan calls the Hamas attack a “heroic operation.” [[Al-Mashhad TV (Dubai), YouTube channel, Oct. 17, 2023]

The PA Ministry of Religious Affairs issued guidelines for sermons to be delivered on Fridays, including quoting a hadith that calls on Muslims to kill Jews as a requirement of Islam. [PA Ministry of Religious Affairs, Facebook page, Oct. 18, 2023]

October 20

 Fatah Tulkarem Branch Secretary Iyad Jarrad states that that the Hamas attack “taught [the West] a lesson in the Gaza Strip.” [Fatah Movement – Tulkarem Branch, Facebook page, Oct. 20, 2023]

In addition to the above quotes, Palestinian Media Watch has calculated that the PA, under its existing “pay-to-slay” laws, will pay nearly $2.8 million to the families of the 1,500 Hamas terrorists that were killed in retaliation for Hamas’ October 7 killing spree. These payments, as well as the quotes above, clearly demonstrate that the PA is not a viable peace partner with Israel.

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Military was prepared to deploy to Gaza to rescue U.S. hostages

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The Washington Post released an in-depth report on the intelligence support the United States has provided Israel during its war with Hamas. The assistance has not only helped to find and rescue hostages, but the Post writes it has “also raised concerns about the use of sensitive information.”

The United States provided some of the intelligence used to locate and eventually rescue four Israeli hostages last week, The Post has reported. The information, which included overhead imagery, appears to have been secondary to what Israel collected on its own ahead of the operation, which resulted in the deaths of more than 270 Palestinians, according to Gaza health officials, making it one of the deadliest single events in the eight-month-old war.

Sullivan, the White House national security adviser, stressed that U.S. forces did not participate in the mission to rescue the four hostages. “There were no U.S. forces, no U.S. boots on the ground involved in this operation. We did not participate militarily in this operation,” Sullivan told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. He noted that “we have generally provided support to the [Israel Defense Forces] so that we can try to get all of the hostages home, including the American hostages who are still being held.”

One critical piece of information from The Post involves a “canceled” U.S. mission to rescue eight Americans:

In October, JSOC forces in the region were prepared to deploy in Gaza to rescue U.S. citizens that Hamas was holding, said current and former U.S. officials familiar with planning for what would have been an exceptionally dangerous mission.

“If we managed to unilaterally get information that we could act on, and we thought we could actually get U.S. people out alive, we could act, but there was genuinely very little information specifically about U.S. hostages,” one official said.

However, the intelligence-sharing relationship between the United States and Israel is not without scrutiny and concern. The Post reports:

In interviews, Israeli officials said they were grateful for the U.S. assistance, which in some cases has given the Israelis unique capabilities they lacked before Hamas’s surprise cross-border attacks. But they also were defensive about their own spying prowess, insisting that the United States was, for the most part, not giving them anything they couldn’t obtain themselves. That position can be hard to square with the obvious failures of the Israeli intelligence apparatus to detect and respond to the warning signs of Hamas’s planning.

The U.S.-Israel partnership is, at times, tense. Some U.S. officials have been frustrated by Israel’s demand for more intelligence, which they said is insatiable and occasionally relies on flawed assumptions that the United States might be holding back some information.

In a briefing with reporters at the White House last month, national security adviser Jake Sullivan said Washington “has provided an intense range of assets and capabilities and expertise.” Responding to a May 11 Washington Post report, Sullivan said that the intelligence is “not tied or conditioned on anything else. It is not limited. We are not holding anything back. We are providing every asset, every tool, every capability,” Sullivan said.

Other officials, including lawmakers on Capitol Hill, worry that intelligence the United States provides could be making its way into the repositories of data that Israeli military forces use to conduct airstrikes or other military operations, and that Washington has no effective means of monitoring how Israel uses the U.S. information.

The Biden administration has forbidden Israel from using any U.S.-supplied intelligence to target regular Hamas fighters in military operations. The intelligence is only to be used for locating the hostages, eight of whom have U.S. citizenship, as well as the top leadership of Hamas — including Yehiya Sinwar, the alleged architect of the Oct. 7 attacks, and Mohammed Deif, the commander of Hamas’s military wing. The State Department in 2015 designated both men as terrorists. Three of the eight U.S. hostages have been confirmed dead, and their bodies are still being held in Gaza, according to Israeli officials.

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