Monday night, Israel’s Foreign Minister Tzippy Livni met with Machmud Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen.

Abbas has two identities, both of which he inherited from his mentor, Yassir Arafat: the president of the Palestinian Authority (PA), the political entity that represents the Palestinian Arab people in negotiations with Israel and the rest of the world; and as the head of the Fateh Al Aksa Brigades, defined by the U.S. State Department as a terrorist organization which continues to conduct violent actions against the state and people of Israel.

Monday, only a few hours before the Livni-Abbas meeting, Abbas’ Al Aksa Brigades took responsibility for firing mortar rounds into the Israel’s Western Negev city of Sderot, where two people were injured and hospitalized.

Since Israel’s dismantlement of the Jewish communities in the Katif sector of Gaza, Arab terrorist organizations have conducted 930 missile attacks on the Western Negev, according to statistics compiled by the Israel Defense Forces spokesperson’s office. Al Aksa has been one of the prime terror groups that have instigated these attacks.

Over the past six months, Al Aksa has taken responsibility for a series of lethal attacks in Israel, including the attack in a Tel Aviv restaurant on April 19th, where 10 people were killed, including an American teenager, Daniel Wultz.

Before the Livni-Abbas meeting, The Evening Bulletin posed the following questions to Livni, through her spokesperson, Ido Aharoni, and through the spokesperson of the Israel Foreign Ministry, Mr. Mark Regev.

Those questions were:

1. Did Livni rebuke Abbas for formally endorsing Hezbollah, as reported and confirmed by the “Voice of Israel” Radio and confirmed by both The Evening Bulletin and by Israel Resource News Agency?

(In an interview on al Arabiya TV on Aug. 6, the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas voiced strong support for “the resistance” in Lebanon. Abbas said that he and his people “definitely perceive the resistance in Lebanon as noble Arab resistance.”)

2. Will Livni ask that Abbas cancel his school curriculum, as translated at www.intelligence.org.il/eng/default.htm, which trains school children of the PA to make war on Israel, with no recognition whatsoever of the Jewish state?

3. Since Abbas is the head of the Al Aksa Brigades, will Livni rebuke Abbas for Al Aksa taking credit for murder attacks and for mortar attacks on Sderot?

4. Will Livni raise any issue concerning the news report that Abbas will name Khaled Mashal, leader of Hamas as his no.2?

Following the Livni-Abbas meeting, Aharoni gave a telephone interview with The Evening Bulletin in which he responded to these questions posed the day before. The quotes are from Aharoni.

The questions inserted are from this reporter.

1. “The issue of Hezbollah did not come up during the meeting.”

And Abbas’s support for Hezbollah?

“This also did not come up”

2. “The school curriculum of the Palestinian Authority did not come up. There is only so much time allotted for meetings like this.”

3. “Abbas accepted the idea that Hamas must cease all terror activity.” What about the Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades, which is under Abbas’ direct command?

“Abbas accepted the idea in principle that all terror has to cease. There was no direct mention of Al Aksa Brigades.”

4. “We are looking into the news story that Abbas will be appointing Mashal as his number two.” Israeli Foreign Minister Livni, however, had this upbeat statement, which she made to the “Voice of Israel” Radio news reel following her meeting with Abbas:

“…We have progressed quite a bit with the Palestinians in past years, since the beginning of the peace process, based on the idea of two nations. If we now ignore the fact that at the head of the government of the Palestinian Authority is a Hamas government, we will find ourselves going backward and facing a situation in which this government does not recognize our existence. If we want to establish any kind of political process it must start at a point of mutual agreement.”

Dr. Aaron Lerner, the director of IMRA (Independent Media Review and Analysis), an on-line news service, challenged FM Livni’s statement of progres with the following items:

Before: Lightly armed and poorly coordinate local terror groups that were subject to a constant struggle to survive as they operate from within areas under the control of the IDF.

Progress: Heavily armed groups equipped with rockets, anti-aircraft missiles, massive tunnel networks, coordinated assaults, etc. Many of them are drawing salaries from the PA and enjoying support from various foreign countries and groups as they operate from within areas under Palestinian control.

Before: Right for Israel to insist on both an end to terror activities and a clearing out of illegal weapons as a precondition for “progress” considered reasonable (though Palestinian noncompliance typically ignored).

Progress: The “Prisoner’s Document”, now presented by the Fateh, “focuses” armed attacks against Israel to the “occupied territories” and puts all terrorists on the PA payroll.

Livni has been in her position as the foreign minister of Israel for five months. She had no previous experience in any diplomatic role on behalf of the State of Israel.

©The Bulletin 2006

David Bedein (born August 31, 1950) is an MSW, a community organizer by profession, a writer, and an investigative journalist. In 1987 he established the Israel Resource News Agency, with offices at the BeitAgronInt’lPressCenter in Jerusalem. He serves as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.

Mr. Bedein has also reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor RishonPhiladelphia InquirerJerusalem Post, and the Jewish World Review. For four years, Bedein was the Middle East correspondent for the Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010.

Bedein has covered controversial Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Mr. Bedein is the author of Where Has All the Flour Gone? The Whims and Waste of UN Palestinian Refugee Policy. The book documents Bedein’s years of investigative journalism focusing on the activities of UN agencies in Israel and the Middle East.

The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, in commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2010, the agency decided to focus on producing short movies, instead of monographs, and to film each aspect of the UNRWA investigations in a clear and cogent fashion. In that context, Bedein produced two documentary films on UNRWA: Inside the UNRWA Classroom and CampJihad in 2013

Bedein was active in the Israeli peace movement for over for 17 years.

In the 1980s, Bedein went to Ethiopia as part of a delegation to investigate the impact of the famine on the Ethiopian Jewish community.

Most recently, David Bedein’s organization has developed Btselem Watch, with its own website whose purpose is to introduce professional criticism and feedback to leading organizations which are described as human rights groups that operate in the political domain.

David has developed a speaker’s bureau which is offering speeches and presentations, live or via Skype.

Mr. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, the New Israel Fund, and United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). Mr. Bedein has also reported on all of these events and organizations at www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com.

Under the Direction of David Bedein The Center for Near East Policy Research and www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com have produced a number of investigative video productions. In July 2013 they released the film titled “Camp Jihad” allegedly showing activities and interviews in which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in its ‘summer camps’. This was not the first time he dealt with this topic. UNRWA released an official rejection of these claims, claiming the summer camp shown, and the people involved are not affiliated with UNRWA. In a November 2013 meeting between US Secretary of State, John Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, parts of this film were shown.

A review of Bedein’s new book, Roadblock to Peace How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict: UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, can be found here.

Bedein has been involved in UNRWA Reform Initiative, which involves requests of donor nations to make reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein’s legal counsel articulated these requested reforms in a letter to the British government DFID Agency which helps UNRWA.  In March 2014, Bedein participated in an informal panel at the British House of Commons with experts on UNRWA education.

Since the publication of Bedein’s book, Bedein has discovered several new findings concerning UNRWA, Islamic groups that fund UNRWA Jews killed Christ…in the Palestinian Authority Christian Education Texts Used in UNRWA Schools UNRWA Child Death Cult Education.

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  1. I am deeply disturbed about Livni as a peace negotiator for Israel, her ideology is de facto appeasement as we saw regarding UNSCR 1701 (2006), where she championed its acceptance in contrast to the great majority of Israeli Governmental and Military Personnel. The issue was control of weapons into Lebanon in the presence of the newly enlarged International Force to 15,000 from the prior 3000 UNIFIL soldiers. But all control was denied the International Force by SCR 1701 which mandated the Lebanese Government via its Military to supervise all weapons enteering Lebanon including Hezbollah-bound weapons materiel. Livni continued to support this measure even when it was demoted from Chapter 7 – an obligatory order, to Chapter 6, which did not command obedience. And so, as Israeli observers have repeatedly reported, weapons entering via Syria (perhaps from Syria, Iran, etc.) are freely disseminated to Hezhollah which now has 50,000 rockets poised ready for action against Israel.
    It is with forboding that I anticipate results of her peace policy towards the Israel?Palestinian Authority-Hamas combination. I trust that P.M.Netenyahu will remain firmly at the helm.

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