Abbas has taken steps beyond belief in his psychological and propaganda war against Israel while also reinforcing and calling for a ramping of societal violence against Jews and Israel. Abbas recently called for the Palestinian people to continue to riot and to increase their ferocity and size in order to deny Jews in particular and other non-Muslims in general from gaining access to the Temple Mount. He has again denied any Jewish and inferred no Christian historic attachment to the Temple Mount. His call specifically demanded the riots on the Temple Mount continue even should the rioters need to literally break through police lines and break restrictions and laws in order to continue their violence demanding that Jews be banned from walking on the Temple Mount. His reference was that any Jews ever walking on the Temple Mount was by definition a defilement of the al-Aqsa Mosque and other Islamic places located on the Temple Mount. When some Israelis objected to the offensive Abbas comments he went even further comparing their presence as herds of cattle which should be denied stampeding the Temple Mount. Possibly as a result of Abbas making such inflammatory remarks or perhaps due to other instigations, visitors to the Temple Mount this morning were treated to the blasphemous representation painted on one of the entrances to the Temple Mount this morning equating the Star of David with the Nazi Swastika. The real question is whether Abbas is actually leading the violence which has plagued the Temple Mount and areas throughout Judea and Samaria (West Bank) or were his comments made to take advantage of a situation which already exists by making statements which made it appear Abbas was in command?
The truth might be somewhat different even that portrayed by the world’s media which has a special fawning relationship with Abbas always ready to grant him credit and support propping him up and thus salvaging the peace process and the moribund two state solution, a hope the world has invested in to such an extent that letting go is no longer thinkable no matter how obvious its lack of feasibility objective inspections would reveal. The reality is that the rioting on the Temple Mount is currently being choreographed and financed by Hamas as they are financing coordinators and instigators to continue to organize and orchestrate unending disruptions on the Temple Mount. Hamas has the same objective of disrupting Jewish visitation to the Temple Mount but they have further objectives which may be even more dangerous. The Shin Bet uncovered a coup attempt planned by Hamas to replace the Palestinian Authority from rule in the West Bank similarly as they did when they took control of Gaza in a bloody coup. The Israelis also captured the blueprint of the plan along with the leaders and many of the planners when they rounded up those who they had uncovered were members of the planned coup. Some of the plan was revealed through innuendo to the public and as far as I could gather, the coup against the Palestinian Authority was to instigate as much and varied amounts of disruptions maximizing the violent components leading to a state of runaway violence which would overwhelm the Palestinian Authority Security Force’s ability to control causing Abbas to request assistance from the Israelis in quieting the state of disorder and reestablish his ability to control the levels of violence against Israel. Abbas would never put it so plainly, but that would be the reality of such a request.
With the leadership of their plan taken out of the field by the Israelis, Hamas may be working towards their same goals by other means. As stated, it is known that much of the violence on the Temple Mount is financed by Hamas and it will be only a matter of time before this raised level of disturbances on the Temple Mount begin to spread. Once they begin to spread naturally, then any efforts put into place to further stimulate higher levels of violent unrest would serve to produce multiple results. Meanwhile, Mahmoud Abbas will continue to bait the trap by encouraging escalating violence as he pretends to be at the fore leading the actions when in reality he is a pretender following each escalation with his feeble attempts to appear in control. Hamas will be more than happy to receive the verbal reinforcement of their plans to continuously increase the levels and extents of the disruptions and violence as such escalations serve both of their wars, the one against the Israelis and Jews as well as the one for complete control over all of the Palestinian areas which requires the overthrow of Abbas. Before Hamas can take the final steps to overthrow Abbas they must first destroy what little faith the Israelis have remaining for his ability to control Palestinian actions, discount Abbas’s reputation throughout the world as a peace partner through instigating violence beyond his ability to control making him appear as inept as possible before the world media and leaders, and finally discredit Abbas with the Palestinian people by forcing him to request Israeli assistance to restore order and his ability to control and appear to rule the West Bank. All of this can be accomplished by instigating continued escalating violence having it spread to all areas of Judea and Samaria until Abbas has no alternative other than to confess he is not in control of the violence taking place and that he is worried and thus is not desiring to continue the façade that he is in control and instead asks for assistance in restoring some level of order permitting him to restore his ability to rule and be in control of the Palestinian population. That admission will be all Hamas requires proving that they and only they are the true leaders of the Palestinian people and thus deserving to rule all of the Palestinian people and thus the unity government. Hamas might even be capable at such a point of forcing elections for the Palestinian Authority unity government parliament and also for the position of Chairman of the Unity Government thus forcing Abbas to face Haniyeh in an actual election, something Abbas has avoided ever since he was scheduled to run for reelection in 2009. Could we be witnessing the potential end of the age of Abbas at the fore of Palestinian leadership in the eyes of the world? Possibly, and that begs the next question as to how will the world react when the leadership of the Palestinians is assumed by Hamas. Will they then decide to remove the burden of wearing the condemnation of the terrorist collar Hamas currently must submit? Will Hamas receive the same sanctification the PLO was granted in order to transform them from one of the preemptory terrorist organizations in order to force Israel to accept them as peace partners and if so would Israel stand for such treachery. These answers may be forced upon the world sooner than many think and then the truth will be unavoidable, the world is willing to do whatever it takes to differentiate between the terrorism faced by the rest of the world from the terrorism against Israel and by doing so force Israel to have to be subjected to eternal threats from such terrorism while also being condemned by the world for not being more accepting of the demands made by terrorists. Hopefully, by then Israeli leadership will have seen through the world’s façade of proposing a peace process when in reality they are simply attempting to force Israel to face and live with mortal threats against their existence in the hope that someday Israel will fail.
Beyond the Cusp