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Palestinian leadership’s two-faced Jerusalem Embassy game

Palestinian leadership’s two-faced Jerusalem Embassy game

Palestinian Authority inciting violence behind the scenes, as its leaders argue against Embassy move for fear of violence

We reported the other day on the escalating campaign by Palestinian leaders threatening and predicting violence if the U.S. moves our embassy to Jerusalem, Palestinian leadership: There will be violence if U.S. moves Embassy to Jerusalem.

While Hamas is behind some of the incitement, an important feature of incitement regarding the Embassy is manufactured by the Palestinian Authority, headed by Mahmoud Abbas, through Mosques run by Imams loyal to the PA. Leaders, such as Mahmoud Abbas, then use the violence they are instigating behind-the-scenes to warn that an Embassy move might inspire violence.

The Times of Israel reports Top PA imam: Moving US embassy to Jerusalem a ‘declaration of war’ on Islam:

If the incoming US administration of President-elect Donald J Trump fulfills its campaign promise to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem, it would be considered “a declaration of war” on all Muslims, the Palestinian Authority’s supreme Sharia judge Mahmoud Al-Habbash declared on Friday.

“The new American administration intends to transfer its embassy to Jerusalem. In a simple, calm, and rational manner, in clear words that need no explanation and which are unambiguous: Such a step, for every Muslim, is a declaration of war on all Muslims,” said Habbash in a Friday sermon broadcast on official PA TV, and attended by PA President Mahmoud Abbas.

The speech was translated by an Israeli watchdog of Palestinian media, Palestinian Media Watch.

Habbash, who is also a top aid to Abbas, added, “We are no one’s enemies, and we do not want to be. We are not enemies of the US and we do not want to be. However, when something harms our faith and our existence, we cannot stand by and do nothing.”

He continued: “Occupied Jerusalem is our eternal capital, the capital of our existence and the capital of our state. In politics, there can be compromises here and there… In politics there can be negotiation. However, in matters of religion, faith, values, ethics, and history, there can be no compromises.”

This incitement has direct consequences. The terrorist attack by a man that killed four Israelis may have been motivated by the Embassy incitement in Mosques:

Jerusalem terrorist reportedly angered by plan to move US Embassy

The Palestinian truck driver who killed four IDF soldiers in a truck-ramming attack in Jerusalem on Sunday was reportedly motivated to act after hearing a sermon at his local mosque attacking US President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign promise to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Relatives said Fadi al-Qunbar was driven to carry out the terror attack after hearing the sermon over the weekend at his local East Jerusalem mosque excoriating the embassy move.

“He was very angry, and said transferring the embassy would lead to war,” Qunbar’s cousin said, according to the Israel Hayom daily….

According to Israel Radio, the embassy relocation was the chief subject of religious sermons throughout the West Bank on Friday, with PA leadership instructing mosques it controls to focus on the matter.

Inciting on the ground violence is the behind-the-scenes face. The public face is to warn that the Embassy move might inspire violence:

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas sent a letter to US President-elect Donald Trump, calling on the latter not to move the American embassy to Jerusalem, Palestinian media reported Monday.

According to Israel Radio, Abbas listed the dangers of such a move and warned the move would have a “disastrous impact on the peace process, on the two-state solution and on the stability and security of the entire region.”

The only certainty from this two-faced game is that there will be violence.

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“Occupied Jerusalem is our eternal capital, the capital of our existence and the capital of our state.”

Wow. The insane lies are strong with this one…

As I remember things…. Jerusalem wasn’t a big item for the Palestinians in the past… and now it’s everything? Aside from Buraq the flying horse taking The Prophet (PBUH or else) there for a brief side trip on to Heaven… this wasn’t like Medina or Mecca.

I’ll bet it would really piss the Pali’s off if Trump told them that their beloved Dome of the Rock was really just an existing Byzantine structure that the Moslems refurbished and redecorated when they conquered Jerusalem in the 7th century.

    Granny in reply to Tom Servo. | January 9, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    If we could post pics here I would post one from the 1800s of that beloved “Dome of the Rock”. It was nothing but a ruin. I’ll see if I can find the link/

So—

If the US moves the embassy, the Palis threaten violence (against, presumably, Israel).

If the US doesn’t move the embassy, the Palis will … what? Threaten no violence against Israel? But I’m not hearing anything like that. Apparently, if the embassy status quo is maintained, Israel can look forward to the usual stabbings, bombings, and rocket attacks it’s enjoyed at Pali hands for the last few decades.

This is not an effective negotiating tactic. The Palis want to up the ante, but are unwilling to add anything to the pot.

Hey, good luck with that.

“There will be violence”??

There is ALREADY violence that has been ongoing for longer than I’ve been alive. It’s only a week or so ago that the Palestinians responded to Kerry’s “Two State” farewell speech with the statement that they will NEVER accept a two state solution.

And then there is history. The Romans certainly recognized Jewish title to the land of Israel and specifically Jerusalem. They documented their conquest of it on an Arch in Rome that stands to this very day. There is no such equivalent history for the “palestinians.”

We’ve already seen what “land for peace” accomplishes. The Israelis pulled out of Gaza completely, lock, stock and barrel. What did they get in return? A flood of rockets and still more violence.

Move the Embassy. It is about time that people stop tiptoeing around the palestinians.

It is always wise to adjust our foreign relations based on the threat of violence.

Let’s hope they don’t threaten to hold their breath.

Palestinians don’t seem to mind dying, so if more of them die, what the heck, the world will be a better place and they get their virgins. Israel has been kicking Arab ass for almost 70 years. You’d think they would learn.

Let’s clarify a few things:

1) There WILL be violence;
2) Regardless of where the embassy is located There WILL be violence;
3) So long as Hamas and the Palestinian Authority exist There WILL be violence.

So put the embassy where it belongs!!!!!

JusticeDelivered | January 10, 2017 at 4:07 pm

I am firmly convinced that peace with Palestinians is only possible if those who are rabid are put down. With that in mind, how about surveillance on every Mosque, and then when violence occurs, destroy a Mosque which has promoted violence.
This will never end until retaliation is ramped up to a level high enough that Palestinians actually want peace.

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