A day of violence and blood is being wholly blamed on the Palestinian Authority, after it called for “resistance” to US President Donald Trump’s so-called “deal of the century.”
Fourteen Israelis, all of them soldiers or police officers, were wounded in a spate of terrorist incidents in Jerusalem and Samaria on Thursday. At least three Palestinians were killed while participating in the orgy of violence.
Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, the principle author of the “Peace to Prosperity” proposal, said that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas bears responsibility for the dangerous escalation.
“He calls for days of rage in response [to peace efforts], and he said that even before he saw the plan,” Kushner told reporters after briefing the UN Security Council on the Trump White House’s radical new scheme for ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Indeed, just days before the plan was publicly revealed, Abbas boasted that he had refused a phone call from Trump, and went on to call the American president a “dog and a son of a dog.”
More than that, Abbas declared that “resistance must be escalated at all points of friction. All young people must be encouraged.”
Clearly, Palestinian and radicalized Israeli Arabs took up that call.
Violence won’t help you
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Abbas that this fresh wave of violence wouldn’t help the Palestinians any more than had past escalations.
“This won’t help you. Not the stabbings, not the ramming attacks, not the sniping attacks, and not the incitement,” said Netanyahu in a direct personal appeal to Abbas.
“We will do everything necessary to guard our security, secure our borders, and guarantee our future. We will do this with you or without you,” continued the Israeli leader.
Always someone else’s fault
Predictably, Abbas ignored his own complicity, and blamed the day’s violence entirely on Trump.
In a statement posted to the official Palestinian Authority website, Abbas insisted that it was the “deal of the century” that had “created this atmosphere of escalation and tension by trying to impose fake facts on the ground, which we have repeatedly warned against.”
The Palestinian leader further threatened:
“Any deal that does not meet the rights of our people and does not aim to make a just and comprehensive peace will inevitably lead to this escalation that we are witnessing today. The Palestinian people and their leadership will stand strong against all these conspiracies and they will foil them just as they did in all previous conspiracies, regardless of the sacrifices.”
If nothing else, Trump’s plan will hopefully serve to expose once and for all the fact that the current Palestinian leadership simply doesn’t want an end to the conflict, unless it is on impossible terms that would mean the end of the Jewish state.