Thursday, February 28, 2008

Our 'Friend' Abbas

I know I have not posted in a while. It has been a very hectic month for me and my family. We are expecting a new addition soon, and there was a little scare which required a short hospital visit...but all is well, thank God, and I hope to announce something in the next month, with His help.

I do plan to return to my regular postings of parsha, halacha and philosophy by the beginning of next week at the latest. Meanwhile, I feel the need to post this quote from our 'partner in peace', Abu Mazen, Mahmoud Abbas (from the Jerusalem Post, Feb 2008):

PA President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday said that he does not rule out returning to the path of armed "resistance" against Israel and took pride in the fact that he had been the first to fire on Israel and that his organization had trained Hizbullah. In an interview with the Jordanian daily al-Dustur, Abbas said that he was opposed to an armed struggle against Israel - for the time being." At this present juncture, I am opposed to the armed struggle because we can't succeed in it, but maybe in the future things will be different," he said.

The PA president also expressed pride both in himself and his organization, Fatah, for trailblazing the path of resistance." I had the honor of firing the first shot in 1965 and of being the one who taught resistance to many in the region and around the world; what it's like; when it is effective and when it isn't effective; its uses, and what serious, authentic and influential resistance is," Abbas said. "It is common knowledge when and how resistance is detrimental and when it is well timed," he addad. "We (Fatah) had the honor of leading the resistance and we taught resistance to everyone, including Hizbullah, who trained in our military camps."

(Lurker had another good point(comment at the Muqata):

"But - but - in 1965, there was no Israeli "occupation" of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, or East Jerusalem!

So then, against whom did Abu Mazen initiate this "resistance" in 1965? Who was he shooting when he "fired the first shot"?

Help, I'm so confused...")

Update: Students at Hebrew University in Jerusalem are waving PLO flags and calling for the destruction of the State of Israel.