The big news nobody is talking about is the great opportunity for the Arab Palestinian people in Judea and Samaria (West Bank) who reside in Area A and Area B to finally get a political voice the world has clamored for in their own elections. Israel might even be moved to permit those parts of Area C, the areas which according to the original intent of the Oslo Accords were visualized to belong to Israel in any final agreement, be granted the allowance to vote in any Palestinian elections. What many people are unaware of in the entire world outside the Arab and many parts of the Muslim world is that the Arab Palestinians have had their own autonomous region within Israel since the agreements of the Oslo Accords were signed. Despite the Arab Palestinian leadership, all of it including Fatah, the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), al-Aksa Martyrs’ Brigades (the military arm of Fatah and the Arab Palestinian Authority) and technically even Hamas and Islamic Jihad as the vast majority, if not all, of their members are also Arab Palestinian. The problem comes with the dissolution of the Unity Government making those residing in Gaza technically not granted a vote as they have presumably returned to being under Hamas. Now if this was to be declared the vote which was supposed to have been held within six months of the formation of the Unity Government, then all Arab Palestinians from Area A, Area B and Gaza, and with Israeli discretion and permission for those residing in Area C might be permitted the vote providing the Arab Palestinians desired such sufficiently to have them so inquire such of Israel. One need remember that Abbas prevented such a vote as he was staring down the barrel of a rifle marked losing the election and falling to Hamas’ revenge. But now with the Unity Government dissolved and Abbas returned to his President for Life position and his needing a new Parliament, this would be the perfect time for him to hold actual elections and even allow the new Parliament to choose a Prime Minister while Abbas, as already noted, could retain his President for Life or could go all the way and show his confidence in the people to reelect him to the President of the Arab Palestinian Authority, a title he oft times uses the euphemism of Chairman likely to differentiate his being the head person in Fatah and the PLO as technically the Commander in Chief of the al-Aksa Martyrs’ Brigades. Oh, let us not rule out his newly granted title since the United Nations General Assembly and so many European and international agencies and government starting with UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) having recognized the twenty-third Arab State, Abbas assumed the title of President of Palestine (perhaps one should ask him what the borders are and see how much of the globe he will claim along with all of Israel).
Getting all serious, recently former United States President and major Israel detractor and self-appointed inquisitor, James Earl “Jimmy” Carter, Jr., visited the Middle East, meaning made a pilgrimage to Ramallah to give the Arab Palestinian man for all positions, Mahmoud Abbas some additional political weight and recognition while also not missing the opportunity to lay yet another wreath at the tomb of Yasser Arafat. Arafat was one of the most admired of men to President Carter and terrorist extraordinaire as well as inventor of the plane hijacking, suicide bomber, car bomb and so many other constructive firsts plus being the first Egyptian citizen to claim the leadership of the Palestinian Liberation Organization in 1964, three years before there existed any occupied lands. Arafat also claimed to be the titular head of the Arab Palestinian people, a position he simply assumed without receiving any votes as his terrorist PLO operated from within Jordanian occupied Israel. His PLO terrorist entity claimed the remainder of Israel as their intended lands just as it remains to this day, lands west of the Jordan River. Just like Yasser Arafat, his second in command, Mahmoud Abbas, and the rest of his hand-picked and KGB trained assassins and terror masters, as only the best trained rabble of the world were chosen to manage and lead in the destruction of Israel, had as its main goal the elimination of the entire state of Israel and then incorporating it into Jordan as they had no desire to actually rule a state as this was not part of their training and repertoire as remains obvious to this day. This would include the disposition by unknown means of its Jewish population, also known as their final solution as it so closely resembled another madman’s ideas of a final solution when it came to Jews and others he despised and President Jimmy Carter is consistent in his regards for Israel as he laid out for the world to read in his infamous not quite best seller, actually nowhere even approaching such esteemed status, titled Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, available on Amazon.
What was absolutely amazing was that upon departing President Carter made a suggestion that I actually support. You can imagine my astonishment and even remorse that someday I would have to own-up to agreeing with arch anti-Israel, anti-Zionist and anti-Semite former United States President Jimmy Carter, but such is the case and I am unable to make or even offer the faintest of denials. President Carter suggested that there be elections held for a new government as they had been denied that privilege since the elections in 2006 when they elected a Hamas majority Parliament which posted the writing on the wall that should Mahmoud Abbas allow elections for his position he would likely lose to Hamas’ Ismail Haniyeh, the titular head in Gaza. This has been hanging over Abbas’s head as his personal Sword of Damocles threatening to behead him immediately, if not sooner, should elections be held and he to lose and Hamas or any other Islamist group should replace Abbas. Despite this never being a subject Abbas would consider, former President Carter stated during a joint news conference with Abbas, “We hope that sometime we’ll see elections all over the Palestinian area and east Jerusalem and Gaza and also in the West Bank.” Obviously former President Carter more than likely did not pass this idea for announcing such a threat to Abbas with anybody from Mahmoud Abbas’s offices and may have just had it roll out of his mouth before he could realize what he was about to, nope, in the midst of, oh darn, already called for new Palestinian elections, wow, I guess senility has taken hold as President Carter must have thought for a second, due to the surroundings and their obvious Middle Eastern flavor, that he was in Jerusalem and was calling for new Israeli elections to include Judea, Samaria, East Jerusalem and Gaza, simply remarkable. Actually, I believe that Jimmy Carter knew exactly where he was standing, who stood at the podium next to him, and still stated the need for Palestinians be granted their right to vote as stated in the Arab Palestinian Authority Charter and have been suspended since 2006. If nothing else, Jimmy Carter really does place a lot of faith in democratic elections as the solution to all of the world’s problems, even if he probably believes Israel prevents such elections world-wide.
The thing is with this statement by President Carter a month and a half ago and the dissolution of the Unity Government; this would be the perfect time for the world, especially the Europeans and President Obama, to demand that the Arab Palestinians finally be granted their voting rights to decide who is to lead them going forward. They have, according to far too many leftist, the inalienable right to elect their representatives on the determined timetable as stated in their governing documents, in this case the Arab Palestinian Charter, without interference and in an observably free and independent system designed and implemented to permit a fair and honest accounting of the people’s will and the enacting of the governance they choose in such elections. Every time there is an Israeli election we hear the demands for the Palestinians to be granted their voting rights despite the obvious fact that they are not Israeli citizens. That claim would be paramount to demanding that all Mexicans residing in Mexico who have a family member living in the United States be permitted to vote in the United States elections as their relatives will be influenced by such an election and that might affect the amounts of money they could send home and alter their livelihood. The Arab Palestinians have their own autonomous region which the exception for international relations and defense of their borders from outside attack (a responsibility which falls to Israel and the IDF, the same IDF which also protects Israelis) and even pay taxes to the Arab Palestinian Authority and not to Israel as long as they work within their autonomous area boundaries of Area A and Area B in the contested area which Jordan renamed West Bank rejecting the historical names of Judea and Samaria as they were, their terminology at the time, too Jewish.
The only question I must scream out is, where are all those voices, all those European political entities, all those NGOs, the United Nations and its entourage of alphabet agencies, President Obama and the State Department, the Non-Aligned Nations, the Arab League, the Saudi Royal Family, the Iranians and especially their Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Egyptian President Sisi, and all those human rights groups who with malicious and knowing guileful deceit demand Palestinians vote or is that demand reserved only when Israel holds elections to form a new government and never ever to be uttered when the Palestinian virtual dictator and obvious President for Life Mahmoud Abbas, a.k.a. Abu Mazen, known as his name de guerre, would necessarily risk his position which he has refused to chance since 2005 when assuming the role after the death of Yasser Arafat and not stood for election in any of the elections years following where perhaps the 2006 elections might have been premature, such does not apply to 2009, 2012 and, strangely enough, coincidently 2015 otherwise known as right now! I want to hear the voices of all those otherwise hypocritical Israel bashers who have demanded the Palestinian Arabs be permitted to vote, well, that time is right now and there will probably never be a better timed dissolution of the Arab Palestinian governance and thus perfect timing for elections to be held possibly as early as September and definitely before December 24 of 2015 as a celebration of all the wonders the Prophet gave the Muslim people and the celebration of his birthday this year. What could be a better way to celebrate the birth of the prophet of Islam than to hold elections for the new government of, for and chosen by the people.
What do you say Mr. Abbas, how about holding elections at least for the Parliament even if you are too timid and unsure of your position and popularity, or even acceptance by the people you claim to speak for, allow them this once to speak themselves. The world will be a better place after such an election as there will be a definitive line between Israel and the Hamas governance which would finally and irrevocable unite Judea and Samaria with Gaza and then Israel could demand that Hamas prove their ability to run the territories already autonomous and under their complete and unfettered control, rule well and we can discuss a state, use the position as a rocket launching platform which can hardly ever miss striking some target, even if they would almost all be civilian targets, then I believe you know what follows. I feel pretty sure you’re being granted uncontested rule over the Arab Palestinian areas would be the golden opportunity to have that state everybody else claims erroneously that your desire. You and I, we both know fully well what it is you desire as you wrote the charter and we both have read your charter thousands of times looking for the right key, the correct combination of concessions which would satiate your lusts for what might be a lasting victory but we both know what your charter, the Hamas Charter calls for and it is not all that different from the ISIS Charter, is it. We both know your standard, your stated slogan, you know, the part that goes, “Allah is its goal, the Prophet its model, the Quran its Constitution, Jihad its path and death for the sake of Allah is the loftiest of its wishes.” In what might be best described as the preamble of the Charter it states, “Israel will rise and will remain erect until Islam eliminates it as it had eliminated its predecessors. (The Martyr, Imam Hassan al-Banna, May Allah Pity his Soul).” Your Charter also appears to be centered on looking beyond just Israel but places a target on the entirety of the Jews. As your Charter states, “This is the Charter of the Islamic Resistance (Hamas) which will reveal its face, unveil its identity, state its position, clarify its purpose, discuss its hopes, call for support to its cause and reinforcement, and for joining its ranks. For our struggle against the Jews is extremely wide-ranging and grave, so much so that it will need all the loyal efforts we can wield, to be followed by further steps and reinforced by successive battalions from the multifarious Arab and Islamic world, until the enemies are defeated and Allah’s victory prevails.” You even chose to include a fairytale that is not included in the classic and original Quran but you probably could not resist its thoughts of merriment charging here and there in a great slaughter, that just had to be the reason for including the following quote, “The time will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them); until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: Oh Muslim! there is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him! This will not apply to the Gharqad, which is a Jewish tree. (cited by al-Bukhari and Muslim).” Then again, the Jews are but your appetizer, not your main course, your main course is the Christians and after them the idolaters and every other human not yet forced to surrender to your will and Allah. You also deny the Quranic statement that the lands of the Hebrews were reserved to them and they are to be protected in their ownership and life in those lands when your charter claims trespass by the Jews settling in their recognized ancient lands as defined in the Quran but your charter claims otherwise when stating, “When our enemies usurp some Islamic lands, Jihad becomes a duty binding on all Muslims. In order to face the usurpation of Palestine by the Jews, we have no escape from raising the banner of Jihad.” The Hamas Charter seems overly preoccupied with the Jews and contains very little about the importance for the spiritual advancement of the Muslims within your fold. There is little contained in the Hamas Charter which departs from violence and threats of violence. It is as if there must be no end to the bloodletting until the last standing human can stand upon the pile of skulls and bones and only then declare to his world conquest, the world of one, alone and thus fated. Where are the calls for prayer and introspection and spiritual enlightenment and the finding of peace within oneself or is the only peace understood by Hamas the peace of the grave. Such a worship of a culture of death, destruction and eventually the sacrifice of the self for the cause of vengeance even against peoples who never harmed you or any of your brothers and sisters of Islam and merely wish to live their lives and die after a full and rich life where they hurt relatively few and helped those needing their helping hand and shown largely kindness and would greet you as a potential friend yet such friendship can never be as if anyone does not belong to Hamas and worship Allah as Hamas dictates such is to be performed, then they are infidel and must be slaughtered. What then after only the few thousand who are Hamas remain, do you then purge from within your ranks as your orgy of death must continue until not quite none remain, just the one whose manner of prayer and keeping with the final vengeance of the prophet be fulfilled, then that one can begin a life of what and for what, to be the last person standing? What a reward, what an empty reward.
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