What, you haven't heard about this? No newspaper has picked it up? Thomas
Friedman hasn't written an informed and reasoned opinion piece about the
fact that Fatah (this is the supposed 'negotiating partner' the 'moderates'
unlike the Hamas 'bad guys' in Gaza, remember?) wants the Jewish State to
not be Jewish? Why, you may ask yourself, is this amazing information not
being trumpeted? My guess is it is inconvenient to those determined to
push a 'peace plan' down Israel's throat, even if her partner has declared
in no uncertain terms that the only peace they will accept is that of the
end of the Jewish State.
Please inform whoever you think might be interested.
All the best,
Fatah Declares Refusal to Recognize Israel as Jewish State, Opposes Land
Swap Formula - (Jerusalem Post)
• The concluded its fifth convention in Ramallah
over the weekend by declaring its refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish
state. "The council affirms its rejection of the so-called Jewish state or
any other formula that could achieve this goal," said a statement issued by
• The statement said that the Fatah council was categorically opposed to
proposals for a land swap between Israel and the Palestinians.
• "The council salutes for adhering to the basic
rights, first and foremost the right of return for Palestinian refugees,"
the statement said. "Also, the council salutes for standing
up against pressure aimed at resuming the peace talks without achieving the
demands of the Palestinians."
• Abbas told the Fatah leaders that he ruled out the possibility of
returning to the negotiating table without a full cessation of construction
in settlements and east Jerusalem.
See also Press Ignores Fatah's Hard-Line Declarations - Editorial
• The vast majority of news outlets have so far refrained from reporting at
all on Fatah's hard-line declarations. While news media usually respond
quickly and amply to steps taken by Israel that are perceived as potentially
detrimental to the peace process, the silent treatment of the Fatah
decisions reflects a media norm, in which Palestinian incitement and
intransigence is often downplayed or completely ignored.
• When news reporters and editors fail to give the proper space to
revelations of Palestinian extremism and intransigence, they help perpetuate
prejudices against Israel. In this case it hurts the peace process by
untenably misrepresenting the imperative for compromise by the Palestinian
leadership and their public, thereby dooming hopes for negotiated progress.
Prepared for the
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