As Israel pulled its troops out of the areas where 21 Jewish communities had thrived in the Katif district of Gaza and four more Jewish communities in Northern Samaria, the Israeli public was under the mistaken impression that the IDF handed over a piece of scorched earth to the Palestinian population.

Hundreds of bulldozed homes from 26 Jewish communities of Katif and Northern Samaria were shown on the Israeli media being turned into turned into rubble by Israeli army bulldozers.

Not one Israeli media outlet showed the 400 public buildings that the IDF did not bulldoze – schools, youth clubs, town council buildings, shelters, and electric grids – which Israel handed over to the Palestinian Authority, founded by the PLO – an entity defined by the preamble of Israel’s own disengagement plan as anything but a “peace partner”.

It is hard to find anyone in Israel who knows that a premise of the Disengagement plan was to leave the buildings and economic infrastructure ONLY for a “Palestinian population not involved in terror”, and that the Israeli government completely ignored that fundamental requirement.

Meanwhile, the PLO, which runs Gaza through its Palestinian Authority. is comprised of rival Arab terror organizations, all of whom remain in a state of total war with Israel, including the Fateh, headed by the titular leader of the Palestinian Authority – Machmud Abbas.

Yet in a generation weaned on the hopes of the Oslo process, it is hard to find anyone in Israel who knows that the Arab League, created for the sole purpose of destroying Israel, pioneered the PLO back in 1964 to fulfill that same goal, which has never changed.

It is hard to anyone in Israel who knows that the creation of a Palestinian entity in a section of “Palestine” was in keeping with the PLO’s “strategy of phases”, which was conceived by Abbas himself as an amendment to the PLO Covenant of war with Israel.

It is hard to find anyone in Israel who knows that the PLO never nullified its covenant of war to destroy Israel, albeit in stages.

It is hard to find anyone in Israel who knows that the PLO never even ratified the “DOP” in 1993, The Oslo “declaration of principles”, which committed the PLO to recognize the state of Israel and pursue a peaceful solution of the Middle East conflict.

It is hard to find anyone in Israel who knows that 70 percent of Gaza’s populationare registered as refugees with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). refugee camps in the Gaza Strip: Jabalia, Rafah, Beach, Nuseirat, Bureij, Maghazi and Deir el-Balah, and Khan Younis, and that they do not see themselves as part of Gaza.

It is hard to find anyone in Israel who knows that the UN and the PLO focus the lives of Gaza’s UNRWA camp residents on their right to leave Gaza to invade Israel, in order to “liberate” the villages that their grandparents and great grandparents lost in 1948, under the premise and promise of the “right of return”.

. It is hard to find anyone in Israel who understand that the residents of UNRWA camps, armed by all terrorist factions of the PLO, will now have increased latitude to launch attacks into Israel to recover their lands from 1948, which are now the now sovereign cities, kibbutzim and moshavim of Israel.

Four years ago, on September 11th, 2001, following terror attacks in the USA, President Bush declared an uncompromising war against those who support terrorist organizations.

Four years later, on September 11th, 2005, with the encouragement of the USA, Israel was suddenly transformed into an entity which lent material support to terrorist organizations and created a launching pad for terrorist organizations to operate from.

Ironically, the first target of these terrorist organizations will likely be Israel itself.

It is hard to find anyone in Israel who knows that. on a day when the Israeli government media celebrates Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza. The people of Israel who supported Israel’s unilateral actions in Gaza are in for a rude awakening.



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David Bedein
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.