America's Misguided Plan - The 'Two-State' Solution To Murder Jews
By Bassam Tawil/Gatestone InstituteNovember 06, 2023
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Since Hamas's October 7 massacre, thousands of Palestinians from the West Bank have been taking to the streets almost on a daily basis to voice support for the Iran-backed terrorist group based in the Gaza Strip.
This is the same West Bank that the Biden administration and many Westerners are hoping will be part of a future Palestinian state next to Israel. Those who continue to promote the dangerous idea of a "two-state solution" are ignoring the fact that Hamas is sitting not only in the Gaza Strip, but in the West Bank as well.
Bizarrely, President Joe Biden and some Western leaders are continuing to talk about the need for establishing a sovereign and independent Palestinian state, even after the Hamas atrocities in October. What they are actually saying is: Now that Hamas has used the Gaza Strip to invade Israel and slaughter Jews, let's give this Islamist terror group the West Bank so it, too, can use it to butcher Jews.
The pro-Hamas demonstrations show that the terrorist group is popular among the Palestinians, including those living in the West Bank. The demonstrations also serve as a reminder that a large number of Palestinians support terrorism against Israel, including sickening crimes such as rape, beheadings, torture and burning women and children alive.
Recent public opinion polls conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) have shown that most Palestinians support Hamas and the "armed struggle" (murder) against Israel. Every Palestinian child knows that if presidential elections were held today, the terrorist group Hamas would win.
The most recent PSR poll, published one month before the Hamas massacre, showed that 58% of the Palestinians would vote for Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh as opposed to 37% for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. The poll also showed that 58% of the Palestinian public supports "armed confrontations and intifada" against Israel.
The pro-Hamas demonstrations have been taking place mostly in those areas of the West Bank that are controlled by the Palestinian Authority (PA), headed by Abbas. Although Abbas and other senior PA leaders hate Hamas, they are not doing anything to stop the Palestinians living under their rule from taking to the streets to celebrate the murder of 1,400 Israelis and the wounding of more than 5,000 others during the October 7 carnage.
It is worth noting that in 2007, Hamas expelled the PA from the Gaza Strip after killing hundreds of Abbas loyalists, some of whom were dragged through the streets and lynched, while others were thrown from rooftops of tall buildings.
By failing to curb the pro-Hamas demonstrations, the Palestinian Authority is not only complicit in incitement to murder Jews, but also acting against its own interests by emboldening its rivals in Hamas. One of the reasons why the PA is not taking any measures to stop the pro-Hamas demonstrations is because its leaders themselves are also involved in the campaign of incitement against Israel and replacing it with an Islamic state.
Abbas's anti-Israel and antisemitic rhetoric sometimes appears to surpass that of his rivals in Hamas. One month before the Hamas massacre, Abbas repeated a number of antisemitic canards he has uttered over the years, including that Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler had Jews slaughtered because of their "social role" as moneylenders, not because of his racist enmity toward Jews.
In a speech broadcast on Palestine TV on September 3, Abbas told leaders of his ruling Fatah faction during a meeting in Ramallah:
"They say that Hitler killed the Jews because they were Jews and that Europe hated the Jews because they were Jews. Not true. It was clearly explained that [the Europeans] fought [the Jews] because of their social role, and not their religion... The [Europeans] fought against these people because of their role in society, which had to do with usury, money, and so on and so forth."
It is also worth noting that it was Abbas who initiated the campaign of incitement against Israel surrounding visits by Jewish individuals and groups to Jerusalem's Temple Mount, the Western Wall of which is all that is left of the Jewish Temples (destroyed in 586 BCE and 70 CE), and which is Judaism's holiest site.
In a notorious speech in 2015, Abbas falsely accused Jews who visit their holy Temple Mount of desecrating the Al-Aqsa Mosque, located on the Temple Mount:
"We salute every drop of blood spilled for the sake of Jerusalem. This blood is clean, pure blood, shed for the sake of Allah... Every martyr will be placed in Paradise, and all the wounded will be rewarded by Allah... The Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher are ours. They are all ours, and they [Jews] have no right to defile them with their filthy feet. "
Abbas's blood libel was interpreted by many Palestinians as a license to murder Jews. In fact, shortly after Abbas made the accusation in 2015, Palestinians embarked on a spree of terrorism in which dozens of Jews were murdered in stabbing and car-ramming attacks.
Abbas and the Palestinian Authority have proven again and again that they hate Israel as much, if not more, than Hamas hates Israel.
The PA leadership has been waging an unceasing campaign to vilify Israel and demonize Jews, especially in the international arena. The Palestinian leadership has repeatedly accused Israel of "genocide," "war crimes," ethnic cleansing," and "apartheid." It has also consistently threatened to file "war crimes" charges against Israelis with the International Criminal Court.
For decades, Abbas has used every available podium, including the United Nations General Assembly, to spread messages of hate and lies against Israel. His ultimate goal has been to undermine and delegitimize Israel to a point where Israel would be completely isolated in the international arena. His daily incitement against Israel has not only empowered Hamas, but also promoted antisemitism around the world.
Since the Hamas pogrom last month, Abbas has refrained from condemning the terrorist group. Instead, he has chosen to hold Israel responsible for the ensuing war. Essentially, Abbas is saying that Israel has no right to defend itself in the face of Hamas's atrocities. He is also implying that he sees no problem with Hamas having sent thousands of terrorists to invade Israel and brutally murdered innocent Israeli civilians.
There is a dangerously false idea that Abbas or any other Palestinian leader would rein in Hamas in the West Bank. Abbas has no problem with Hamas operating in the West Bank, as long as the terrorist group is targeting Israel, and not him or the Palestinian Authority leadership. That is why he has permitted Hamas supporters to march in the streets of Ramallah, Nablus, Jenin and other West Bank cities and chant slogans in favor of Hamas.
On October 29, dozens of schoolgirls marched in Jenin, chanting: "We are the daughter of [Hamas arch-terrorist Mohammed] Deif" and "We want Jihad [holy war], we want to die for the sake of Allah," and "We want to blow up the head of the Zionists." At other demonstrations by Hamas supporters, some of which were held not far from Abbas's office, Palestinians chanted: "Anyone who has a rifle, should either shoot a Jew or give it to Hamas."
The idea of establishing a Palestinian state in the West Bank means turning this area into another launching pad for attacking Israel and slaughtering Jewish men, women and children. US President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Anthony Blinken can continue to argue as much as they want that Hamas does not represent the Palestinians, but everyone who lives in the West Bank and Gaza Strip knows that this is a lethal lie. Every Palestinian is aware of, and often admires, the pro-Hamas demonstrations that have been taking place in the West Bank since October 7.
Every Palestinian sees, and often admires, the Hamas-affiliated armed groups that emerged in the West Bank over the past two years. Every Palestinian has also seen how Hamas won student council elections at major universities in the West Bank, including Birzeit University and An-Najah University. Every Palestinian, in addition, sees how the Palestinian Authority is unwilling to combat Hamas and other terrorist groups in the West Bank.
What appears to be missed by many in the West is that it is Israel's security and civilian presence in the West Bank that is preventing Hamas, or groups such as Al Qaeda or ISIS, from seizing control of the area. What they also do not seem to realize is that Abbas is in power in the West Bank thanks to Israel's presence there. Without Israel's presence, Hamas would have taken control of the West Bank a long time ago. Creating a Palestinian state in the West Bank would mean turning it into another Iran-led base for Jihad against Jews.
Despite knowing all of this, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is in the region pushing Israel to turn Gaza over to the Palestinian Authority if and when it is liberated from Hamas.
Last week, Blinken told a congressional hearing, "At some point, what would make the most sense would be for an effective and revitalized Palestinian Authority to have governance and ultimately security responsibility for Gaza."
Blinken met with PA President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday and it is assumed that the subject of the PA taking over Gaza was discussed.
While the PA and Hamas are ostensibly at odds, ten days after the October 7 massacre, the PA announced they would pay the Hamas terrorists and their families $3 million from their "Martyrs' Fund".