There is a consensus of opinion among those who support Israel that they should support “the democratically elected government of Israel”.
Today, supporters of Israel must cope with an unprecedented dilemma, after the Prime Minister of Israel circumvented the decisions of his own “democratically elected government of Israel”

How did this come about?

After the Likud referendum rejected the initial April 14, 2004 Sharon Disengagement Plan on May 2nd, 2004, the Sharon government added a vital provision on June 6th, 2004 which forbid Israel from handing over any confiscated Jewish assets to terrorists.

That provision, in clause seven, declared that “The State of Israel will aspire to transfer.facilities, including industrial, commercial and agricultural ones, to a third, international party which will put them to use for the benefit of the Palestinian population that is not involved in terror…. “

However, without the knowledge or consent of the Israeli government, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon commissioned the World Bank to transfer confiscated Jewish assets to theWorld Bank, and then to the Palestinians, in an arrangement which simply eliminated the clause of “not involved in terror”

In the monograph that was prepared by the World Bank for the government of Israel and the PLO, entitled “Disengagement, Palestinian Economy and the Settlements and issued by The World Bank”, on June 23, 2004, and signed by James Wolfenson, the President of the World Bank, all confiscated Jewish assets are transferred to the Palestinian Authority, without ANY prerequisite that those who receive the assets have not been involved with terror.

All this would have been quite theoretical, had it not been for what occurred over this past month in Aspen, Colorado, when the World Bank and the US Secretary of State hosted marathon sessions with the Israeli government to discuss transfer of confiscated homes and farms in Katif and Samaria to senior Palestinian Authority security official Muhammad Dahlan, defined by senior members of the Sharon government of Israel as none other than an unrepentant murderer and terrorist.

Israel Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, wrote in the Wall Street Journal of June 2nd, 2002, that “Mr. Dahlan is the man who has presided over an ever-fortified terrorist network. Gaza, the home to Hamas and Islamic Jihad, which became a base for some of the most heinous terrorist attacks unleashed against Israel”.

Relying on confirmed intelligence information, Olmert explained that “Dahlan permitted Gaza to become a safe haven for the hundreds of fugitive terrorists fleeing Israeli forces. Among those being sheltered is his childhood friend Mohammed Dief, a leading Hamas mastermind with the blood of scores of Israelis on his hands. In the meantime, Mr. Dahlan’s district became the primary launching grounds for the hundreds of Kessem missiles fired at Israel”.

Olmert asserted that Dahlan’s direct involvement in promulgating terrorism is not merely passive, saying that “Dahlan’s involvement in terrorism has not been confined to mere nonfeasance but, rather, gross malfeasance as well. Mr. Dahlan, along with his assistant Rashid Abu-Shabak, are the primary suspects in the terror attack on an Israeli school bus in Kfar Darom in November 2000. The bombing of the bus left half a dozen children maimed, and seriously injured an American citizen, Rachel Asaroff” and advised that “the current thinking that Mr. Dahlan can bring reform and law enforcement to the Palestinians is totally misguided. No democratic state should ever allow itself to do business with those individuals who deliberately target a school bus”.

Olmert’s advice as far as Dahlan was clear: “Criminals such as Mr. Dahlan. can never be reformed; they must be eradicated by force.

On October 26th, 2004, following the Knesset vote approving Sharon’s “disengagement plan”, I asked Olmert if anything had changed in his assessment of Dahlan that he had written two years before. His answer: “Nothing has changed with Dahlan. He is still a terrorist”

Now a class action suit against Muhammad Dahlan is pending on behalf of those whose loved ones who were maimed or murdered on the Cfar Darom school bus in November, 2000, where two school teachers were murdered and where four Israeli children, all from the Cohen family in Cfar Darom, lost their legs.

The star witness in the suit against Dahlan will be none other than Minister of Defence Shaul Mofaz, who in his position as the IDF Commander announced at the time that the perpetrator of the attack on the school bus was none other than Muhammad Dahlan. Mofaz went so far as to tell this to the Cohen family at the Soroka hospital

There is a saying in the Bible when a king transfers the property of a murdered man to the man who murdered him.

As the Prophet Elijah said to King Ahab, in Kings 21:19 “ha-ra-tzach-ta v’gam ya-rashta?” – Have you murdered him and also inherited [his property]?

There was never any decision of the democratically government of Israel to hand over the confiscated assets of Jews to their murderers.

The decision was precisely the opposite.

Hence the dilemma of how you support the decisions of the democratically elected government of Israel.


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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: and A new site,, will be launched very soon.