On Sunday night, the Trump Administration blasted Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for snubbing Vice President Mike Pence on his scheduled visit to Israel later in December, saying Abbas is “walking away” from peace.
According to The Times of Israel, Jarrod Agen, Pence’s deputy chief of staff, stated, “It’s unfortunate that the Palestinian Authority is walking away again from an opportunity to discuss the future of the region.”
The Palestinian Authority said Abbas would refuse to meet Pence to protest the Trump Administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, saying the U.S. had “crossed red lines.” Jibril Rajoub, a senior member of Abbas’s Fatah party, said last week that Pence was “not welcome in Palestine.”
Reaction from Palestinians to Trump’s decision included Hamas hurling rockets at Israel that hit a school kindergarten, as well as calling for a new intifada against Israel. On Sunday a Palestinian terrorist stabbed and seriously wounded an Israeli security guard in Jerusalem.
Why would anyone believe the lie that Abbas is interested in peace with Israel? His history includes Mohammed Daoud Oudeh, mastermind of the Munich massacre of 11 Israeli Olympic athletes in 1972, alleging that Abbas funded the operation in his 1999 French language memoir, “Palestine: From Jerusalem to Munich.” It includes Abbas writing in his book "The Other Side: The Secret Relations between Nazism and the Leadership of the Zionist Movement" that the number of Jews killed in the Holocaust had been exaggerated and that the gas chambers in the Nazi death camps were not used to kill Jews, but only incinerate them after death. It includes him calling for the killing of Jewish “settlers” in a March 3, 2003 interview with the Arabic-language newspaper Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, possibly prompting the murder four days later of Rabbi Eli and Dina Horowitz in Kiryat Arba.
Additionally, just before the terrorist attack in which Palestinians slaughtered eight yeshiva students in Jerusalem in 2008, as Boston Globe writer Jeff Jacoby pointed out: “[J]ust a few days before the yeshiva massacre, Abbas had told the Jordanian daily Al-Dustur—in Arabic, for Arab consumption—that he is against terrorist attacks only for tactical reasons 'at this time' and that 'in the future, things may change.'” On April 27, 2009, speaking to the Palestinian Youth Parliament, Abbas said, "The 'Jewish state.' What is a 'Jewish state?' We call it, the 'State of Israel'. You can call yourselves whatever you want. You can call yourselves whatever you want. But I will not accept it. And I say this on a live broadcast. It's not my job to define it, to provide a definition for the state and what it contains. You can call yourselves the Zionist Republic, the Hebrew, the National, the Socialist [Republic] call it whatever you like. I don't care."
In 2010, Abbas reiterated, “We have frankly said, and always will say: If there is an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, we won’t agree to the presence of one Israeli in it … [W]hen a Palestinian state is established, it would have no Israeli presence in it.”
Abbas isn’t walking away from peace; he and the Palestinian Arab leadership have never been interested in it to begin with.