For full article by Yisrael Medad https://www.jns.org/opinion/the-un-abbas-playground/
How important is the Temple Mount? Ask Mahmoud Abbas. Elected leader in 2009, with no elections since then, of the Palestinian Authority that purports to be a state (but can’t even extend effectively its rule over Gaza).
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The media supporting the P.A. regularly employs purposeful terminology so as to distort and demonize Jews. during the Sukkot holiday reads: “” Indeed, “” is their preferred word-of-choice, intimating that Jews as Jews should not be there at all, and that they are somehow breaking in illegally. Another as if they were witches from Macbeth.
By the way, Jews do not, indeed cannot, enter the Temple Mount compound daily, unlike prior to 2000. Almost 160 days in the year the Temple Mount are off-limits to Jewish visitors for various reasons.
But that was but one part of Abbas’s litany of lies.
He also touched on the Law of Israel as a nation-state and declared:
If one reads , no exact borders of a proposed Palestinian state exist. Worse, all we are informed geographically is that
In , we read of another land mass undefined: “” but then deeper into the document, we read, “ And yet, Judea and Samaria were part of Jordan, illegally occupied and annexed, and Gaza was under Egyptian military rule. We also need not forget that the U.N.’s Resolution 242 does not mention Palestine as a state or other political entity.
So, what is Abbas claiming?
Quite simply, he is engaged in national-identity negation.
A bit later on in his address, Abbas notes that the Arabs of Palestine are “” Arab collective identity within the general area of historic Palestine is 1,380 years old. Arabs may have been engaged in commerce or pilgrimage before 638 C.E. (and prior to them assuming an Islamic ethos), but to claim a 5,000-year history, even as or or even are false, ridiculous and outlandish suggestions.
What does Abbas mean when he said peace must include “?” Do all holy sites refer to just Islamic sites? What about Christian or Jewish sites, and the claim that one cannot be Palestinian if one is Jewish? Of course, since Abbas and company promote a form of reconstructionism that suggests the Western Wall is actually , and outright denies of the 800-year existence of two Jewish Temples on the Temple Mount—despite their explicit perhaps Abbas really does disavow anything Jewish about Jerusalem.
One last excerpt of reveals Abbas’s strategy of self-denial, on the one hand, and his assumption that all will believe him no matter how pejorative he is on the other:
Incendiary kites, terror tunnels, sniper fire, tossing of grenades, IEDs, infiltration and more at the Gaza border occur almost daily, not to mention mortars, rockets and missiles.
But Abbas knows that the United Nations is his playground, his theater. He can be elected, as he was just now, to with impunity despite his words and his actions. And his stage is becoming increasingly immoral, malevolent and extremely hazardous, revealed by the applause Abbas received from that seemingly august, peace-loving body.
It is that applause that assign to his appearances the tragicomic label.