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Festival of Smites

WikiLeaksWhile a quasi-sharav continues to confound the regular rains and chills of Kislev; while Jewish families get ready for the annual Hanukkah rigmarole; while Israel, like the rest of the world, is dealing with the dreaded WikiLeaks report; the dream of peace is as far away as ever.

The Fatah Furor

The most levelheaded of Palestinian factions, the Fatah Revolutionary Council, according to an article in United Press International, said it refuses the recognition of Israel as a Jewish State and has called on Palestinians to actively resist it. A unanimous Jihad because such demands – that is calling Israel a Jewish State, per a Knesset-approved law, last month – violates “international law” and “human rights conventions.”

Summing up its fifth convention during a three-day session in Ramallah, the Fatah Revolutionary Council said:

“The council affirms its rejection of the so-called Jewish state or any other formula that could achieve this goal. The council also renews its refusal for the establishment of any racist state based on religion in accordance with international law and human rights conventions.”

Furthermore, PA President, Mahmoud Abbas, told the council he will not resume peace negotiations with Israel until there is a halt on building settlements.

Meanwhile, Hamas security forces arrested four Fatah party supporters, Sunday in the Gaza Strip. The detainees were identified as Adel An-Naji, Ra’fat Shahin, Sami Abu Samra, and Rizq Abu Al-Kas.

The German Judgment

On Sunday, Shimon Peres met with German President Christian Wulff, who arrived on an official visit to the Middle East. Wulff said that he specially chose Israel as the first country to visit outside the European Union because the countries are bound by a special relationship, and Germany remains the guarantor of the existence and security of Israel.

The two presidents called for pressing forward with the Middle East peace process. The German president added that the Israeli government should “adopt a constructive attitude” to the issue of Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria.

Also on Sunday, WikiLeaks started publishing about 2.8 million secret American documents, representing for the most part, the Foreign Office correspondence with U.S. embassies, including the American Embassy in Tel Aviv.

The documents have already been released, in private, to the New York Times, Der Spiegel and the British Guardian.

Some Questions about the Fatah Convention

Fatah, the PLO faction group founded in 1954 by Yasser Arafat, is having its 6th general convention today. I have some questions about it. First, Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas opened the festivities by condemning Hamas and saying that investigations are ongoing as to the cause of Arafat’s death.

MIDEAST ISRAEL PALESTINIANS FATAH CONFERENCEQuestion: Why? The fact that he was old, decrepit, and suffering from latent Parkinson’s and just died, hasn’t really clinched it for them yet?

He then went on to say that Israel hasn’t kept its commitments to the United States, including giving up sovereignty over eastern Jerusalem and even parts of the Dead Sea.

Question: When was this? I can’t seem to recall when Israel made those promises to anyone. I can remember, though, when Israel actually offered them to the PLO and they refused.

Then things got more interesting. He continued: “Although peace is our choice, we reserve the right to resistance, legitimate under international law.”

Question: What resistance he’s talking about? Really, I’m curious. Peacefully picketing and civil disobedience? Or is it murdering innocent civilians? I’m just asking, because it’s unclear.

Jibril Rajoub, who used to be in charge of the PA police, then clarified and said that “armed resistance” is always an option, and that Israel must acknowledge that. So there goes nonviolent civil disobedience.

Question: What do you mean, Jibril by “acknowledge?” Does fighting back qualify? Or is acknowledgment only sitting around watching buses explode and retreating?

I’ll tell you what, Jibril. I will gladly acknowledge your resistance if you acknowledge Israel’s response to it. Then we can sit down over a cold beer, a la Obama, Gates, and Crowley at the White House and discuss mutual acknowledgment.

Meanwhile, Defense Minister Barak said it was important that the platform produced by the delegates will be representative of a wide range of views.

Question: What range of views?

President Shimon Peres, mentioning the convention, said that the Palestinians must remember that like Israel, “they must stay committed to the Road Map and the path of negotiations.”

Question: What happens if they don’t, as in the past 9 years?

The only Israelis expected to attend the conference were MKs Ahmed Tibi and Taleb A-Sanaa (UAL-Ta’al) and Muhammad Barakei (Hadash).

Question: Why are Israeli Knesset members allowed to attend a summit about armed resistance against Israel?

Is anybody listening?

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