Over the past two weeks, Israel registered official complaints with the US over ongoing incitement by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in the form of honoring deceased terrorists. Apparently, those complaints went in one ear and out the other.
The Jerusalem Post reported that in direct telephone calls to the White House and State Department, the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem pointed out that only last month, Abbas oversaw a public gala event marking the 50th birthday of Dalal Mughrabi, the Palestinian terrorist behind the 1978 Coastal Road Massacre, the single worst terrorist attack in Israel's modern history.
During the ceremony, a public square in the de facto Palestinian capital of Ramallah was renamed in honor of Mughrabi.
Israel also complained about Fayyad visiting the families of three terrorist gunmen behind the recent murder of Rabbi Avraham Chai in Samaria. Israeli forces hunted down and killed the terrorists, prompting Fayyad to label them as "holy martyrs."
The two incidents were only the latest examples of the so-called "moderate" Palestinian leadership glorifying terrorism, a phenomenon that Israel says is the single greatest obstacle to peace in the region. The glorification of terrorists further reduces Israel's confidence in its peace partners, and encourages new generations of Palestinians to become grow up believing that the murder of Jews is the most heroic of acts.
But as it has done in the past, the US appeared to completely ignore the Israeli complaints, and the Palestinians' violation of past peace agreements by publicly honoring terrorists.
In a television interview on the Charlie Rose show on Wednesday, US Middle East envoy George Mitchell heaped praise on both Abbas and Fayyad. Mitchell called Fayyad an "impressive leader" and said that Abbas had provided "strong and effective leadership for the Palestinian people."