In the posturing world of Middle Eastern diplomacy, you don’t have to be “peace loving,” just claim you are. Caroline Glick reports for the Jerusalem Post:
As Abu Toameh noted, the false videotape was Fatah’s second propaganda story last week. Wednesday, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s terrorist organization’s propaganda services announced that its forces in Bethlehem had intercepted two rockets “ready for launch” against Israel in the Bethlehem suburb of Beit Jala. They further announced that they had turned the rockets over to the IDF. This story, which came as Abbas was meeting with US President George W. Bush and other world leaders at the UN in New York, of course projected the image of Fatah as a terror-fighting, Israel-protecting, peace-seeking, credible, moderate actor.
SPEAKING to The Washington Post on Thursday, Abbas used the story to explain why Israel should feel comfortable giving Fatah all of Judea and Samaria and half of Jerusalem. Responding to a question regarding his view of Israel’s concern that areas transferred to Palestinian control will be used as operational bases for carrying out attacks against its cities Abbas said, “Last night, [our security forces] seized two rockets. We handed [them] over to the Israelis. We are very worried about these deeds and I think we can put an end to all this. Our security apparatus is ready to stop all kinds of violence.”
The Washington Post published the interview without noting that the story was a total fabrication. The “rockets” that Fatah transferred to the IDF were just a pile of metal pipes which had apparently been used as toys by local children. The IDF had already noted that the rockets weren’t real when The Washington Post conducted its interview with Abbas. Unlike Abu Toameh and The Jerusalem Post, The Washington Post and its veteran reporter Lally Weymouth saw no reason to mention that Abbas’s anti-terror credentials were based on nothing but lies manufactured by his own propaganda arms.
Read it all at the above link. The only “peace” Fatah has ever loved is the “peace” it delivers to Jews by killing them. They were one of the first terrorist organizations, and – despite any number of promises made and agreements signed to champagne toasts – have never repudiated their stated goal of eradicating Israel. To turn bloodthirsty, murderous fanatics into peaceful neighbors with whom to coexist requires much more than wishful thinking, it would seem.
Thanks to Power Line, where Scott Johnson’s comments are always worth reading.