Informed observers of US Middle East policy

often ​discuss developments between Israel and the US and  limiting themselves  to the ​difficulties of the eight years Obama , forgetting the  differences between the Israeli and American governments over polices towards the PLO with five successive presidents.

However, having run a news agency in the heart of Jerusalem for the past 30 years, my perspective on US –Israel policy differences goes bac​k ​28 years, ​not 8 years.

​The ​critical moment of crisis  of confidence became pronounced when  ​​President ​Ronald Reagan recognized the PLO in December, 1988​,​ ignor​ing​ ​US policy guidelines which tied US recognition of the PLO to a demand that the PLO must first accept UN resolution 242, denounce violence and recognize Israel.

The new Reagan policy towards the PLO stood in sharp contrast​ to repeated declarations of Reagan’s Secretary of State George Schultz who passionately denounced the PLO as an unrelenting terrorist organization, which could never be trusted to make peace.

With my own eyes, I watched Schultz lead  AIPAC participants ​at the AIPAC conference in May 1987. in a chant, “Hell No, PLO”

​Yet the Reagan demands of Arafat, leader of the PLO, were far from that.

Within two days of Arafat mouthing symbolic words which denounced terrorism, the PLO issued continuing statements that this did not mean that the PLO would have to stop killing Jews to achieve its goals of Palestinian Arab independence.

In December 1989. I asked a close Reagan adviser, Dr. Alan Keyes, with an impeccable pro Israel stance, who served as under ​Sec’y ​of State for Inter organization Affairs, as to why the Reagan Administration turned on Israel in favor of the PLO.

Dr. Keyes gave a clear response: The Saudis ​were ​​fearful that the PLO, would organize an Intifada resurrection in Saudi Arabia which would result in the PLO burning their oil fields, destabilizing the Arab and world economy.

Yet ​the ​Reagan unconditional acceptance of the PLO has marked US Middle East policy until the inauguration of ​Donald ​ Trump.

​During these 28 years that of this new PLO policy, the US helped create the nascent Palestinian Authority, which introduced a new school system of schoolbooks and teachers who have indoctrinated the next generation of Palestinian Arab children with the “values” of liberating all of Palestine by force of arms.

In 1996, I met Arafat and asked to see the new PLO schoolbooks, which would be placed in use in the PA/UNRWA school system. Arafat complied and arranged for our office to receive new Palestinian Authority schoolbooks. Ever since, our office has have produced updated translations that seem to prove the thesis of MK Benyamin Begin, who often remarks that PLO advocates the “two stage solution”, not the two state solution.

Yet successive US administrations  ​refused to acknowledge the lethal content of the new Palestinian Authority curriculum used in the UNRWA school system, which prepares 492,000 Arab students in Judea, Jerusalem, Samaria and Gaza for a Jihad holy war against Israel.

All that changed in February, at the first press conference that President Trump held with Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, when the new US President dramatically declared that he had seen the Palestinian Authority textbooks, and, as a result, expressed doubts as to the sincerity of the PA as a peace partner.

How did the President get to see the PA school books?

 

Only through happenstance in Jerusalem. I covered a conference in Jerusalem where conservative political parties from a number of nations, and raised questions about the neglected issue of education during the years of negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, which hardly reached any results that bespoke of peace on the horizon.

Unknown to yours truly, the person sitting next to me at this conference was the chief a representative of the Trump transition team visiting Israel.

Th​e Trump representative left Israel with  full documentation of the latest Palestinian Authority schoolbooks and with factual refutation of US State Department reports, which had misled successive US administrations to believe the peaceful intentions of the Palestinian Authority and UNRWA.

​​Within a matter of weeks,th​e​ Trump rep to Israel  placed the PA curriculum on the desk of the new US President. As a result, the US President hinted that the Israeli government should now act against the incitement in PA schools.

The US government therefore d​id not object when​ Israel place​d​ the PA warlike intentions front and center on the face book page of the Israeli foreign ministry and the Israel Prime Minister’s office.

And the US government raised no objections when the Israeli government closed down an Arab school in Jerusalem, because it adopted the war education curriculum of the PA.

Meanwhile, Mr. Netanyahu, who now acts as the foreign minister and the prime minister, directed Israel Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotoveli to ​raise​​ the issue of PA to every diplomatic mission in Israel.

​​She has done so and will continue to do so, and with an invitation to address AIPAC with that message​, ​with the sanction of the new President of the United States​, who​ has ​removed 28 years of US constraints against denouncing the warlike policies that emanate from the PLO and their administrative arm, the Palestinian Authority.

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David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. 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, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com and www.cfnepr.com. A new site,unrwa-monitor.com, will be launched very soon.

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