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Palestinian terrorism is the real enemy of the Palestinians

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Palestinian President Mahmood Abbas had to be threatened into condemning the terrorist attack in Bnei Brak, and he never condemned the previous two attacks in Beersheba and Hadera. Granted, the first two attacks were carried out by Islamic State-backing Arab Israeli citizens, not by Palestinians (unlike the third attack), but condemning terrorism is always the right thing to do. For someone who claims to want a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza, this makes no sense.

Does Abbas still not understand that unless they put an end to terrorism, there can be no end to the occupation that the Palestinians have lived under for 55 years already?

Israelis certainly should do everything in their power to end the occupation, including limiting/reducing settlements, keeping dialog going with Palestinian representatives, pressuring the Palestinians to engage in peace negotiations, and even having a proposal for a final status agreement. But even if Israel did all these things and more (to be clear, Israel certainly isn’t doing........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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