While making a speech at the Sharm El-Sheikh conference on Monday, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced that he had decided to release 250 terrorists from Israeli prisons. Allegedly, those scheduled to be released would not have "blood on their hands" and would have to sign a statement agreeing to never indulge in terrorist acts again. Oh, and the terrorists would all be from the Fatah terrorist organization.
It's interesting to note that Olmert met last week with U.S. President George W. Bush and then this week he meets with Israel's sworn enemies and one of the first things he does is promise to release terrorists. Quoting from an Arutz Sheva report:
According to Prime Minister Olmert, the new Abbas- and Fatah-led government of the PA "recognizes Israel's right to exist," accepts the "two states for two peoples" solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict, "opposes terrorism," and "includes no representatives of terrorist organizations."
First of all, neither Abbas nor Fatah recognize Israel's right to exist. Abbas, who also goes by the name of Abu Mazen, has a rich history of Holocaust denial. Abbas is the author of a book in Arabic book entitled, "The Other Side: The Secret Relationship Between Nazism and Zionism." In the book, Abbas refutes what he calls "the Zionist fantasy, the fantastic lie that six million Jews were killed." He suggested that "only" 890,000 Jews were killed by Hitler, and that they were victims of a joint Zionist-Nazi plot. Member of Knesset Arieh Eldad has claimed that, in the days preceding the signing of the Oslo Accords, the U.S. State Department asked the Simon Wiesenthal Center to refrain from publishing a translation of the book written by Abu Mazen. According to Eldad, the request was motivated by the U.S.'s desire to "legitimize" the man who was about to sign the Oslo Accords. A precis of Abu Mazen's study was published at the time by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). The study is based on a doctoral thesis that Abu Mazen wrote while studying at the School for Near East Studies in Moscow in 1982, and was published in Arabic by a Jordanian publishing house two years later. A MEMRI spokesman has confirmed the content of Abu Mazen's thesis, which is still available on the MEMRI Internet site.
The Palestinian National Charter of the Palestine Liberation Organization (which, in fact, is the real organization that controls the Palestinian Authority; Fatah is only a sub-group of the PLO) has never been changed, as required by the Oslo Accords. As stated on the Web page above on the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs Web site, "on April 24, 1996, the Palestinian National Council, convening in Gaza, voted 504 to 54, with 14 abstentions, as follows: 'The Palestinian National Charter is hereby amended by canceling the articles that are contrary to the letters exchanged between the P.L.O. and the Government of Israel 9-10 September 1993.' The problem is that they may have agreed to change it but, as stated further on the Web page, "Assigns its legal committee with the task of redrafting the Palestinian National Charter in order to present it to the first session of the Palestinian central council." They never did redraft the Charter, so it has never been changed.
As to the Palestinian Authority not including "representatives of terrorist organizations", the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades is a part of the Fatah terrorist organization. It was designated on March 27, 2002 as a terrorist organization, under the directive of Executive Order 13224, signed by U.S. President Bush. According to Executive Order 13224:
- any transaction or dealing by United States persons or within the United States in property or interests in property blocked pursuant to this order is prohibited, including but not limited to the making or receiving of any contribution of funds, goods, or services to or for the benefit of those persons listed in the Annex to this order or determined to be subject to this order;
- any transaction by any United States person or within the United States that evades or avoids, or has the purpose of evading or avoiding, or attempts to violate, any of the prohibitions set forth in this order is prohibited; and
- any conspiracy formed to violate any of the prohibitions set forth in this order is prohibited.
Bush and Olmert have tried to separate the two, saying Fatah is the political aspect of the organization, while the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades are the "insurgents". How downright deceptive is that? Aside from that, Fatah itself has been involved in many terrorist attacks within Israel since the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993.
So even though Abbas and Fatah are, in reality, terrorists, Bush tends to look the other way in these matters because these groups will help him fulfill his demonic vision: the division of the land of Israel in order to create a country for a group of people who don't exist.
So, what was good is now evil and what was evil is now good. It's time to look to the L-rd, the G-d of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob for support. It is time for Israel to stop trying to be like all the other nations. There are many in Israel — I know because many of them are my friends — that do not want to be like all the other nations. They want to be the people of G-d, and they know that means they must give allegiance to Him and Him alone. Let's look to the heavens, from where our redemption will come from, not to some pagan man or to some pagan nation. No man or nation will ever be able to deliver Israel; only the G-d of Israel can do that. Am Yisrael Chai!