On Thursday, President Bush conducted a seminal summit in the White House with PLO leader Mahmoud Abbas, AKA Abu Mazen, the protégé of the late PLO founder Yassir Arafat.

In the meeting, President Bush repeated his directive that he had issued in Annapolis back in November, where he called for the establishment of an independent Palestinian entity under the leadership of the PLO, the Palestine Liberation Organization, alongside the state of Israel within six months.

Indeed, for almost 20 years, United States State Department officials have issued directives that endorsed the creation of an independent Palestinian state under the PLO, so long as it would co-exist in peace alongside the state of Israel.

In 1989, the prestigious Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, known for its tenacity in the war against intolerance and anti-Semitism, warned against any such scenario.

In that light, the Wiesenthal Center issued a seminal volume, entitled Can Israel Survive A Palestinian State?, whose thesis was that peace with the PLO was impossible, since the purpose of the PLO is the liberation of all of Palestine, albeit in stages.

The report warned that the PLO would use any area under its control as a launching pad from which it would attack Israeli communities, with the logistical help from nearby Islamic Arab nations.

The premonitions of Can Israel Survive?A Palestinian State? came to fruition much earlier than expected over the past few years, as the quasi-independent Palestinian entity in Gaza has been quickly transformed into an armed Continued From Page 1

Palestinian entity that now lays siege to all of southwestern Israel, amply supplied with lethal weaponry and ammunition that flows to the new terror state from Egypt, even though a formal peace treaty between Israel and Egypt remains intact.

However, in a surprising development, the head of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Rabbi Marvin Hier, announced in the April 11 issue of the Jewish Press, published in New York, that he endorsed the establishment of the Palestinian state that he had warned against not too long ago.

When asked about the veracity of his statement, Rabbi Hier responded emphatically that he supports a Palestinian state in Judea, Samaria and Gaza.

The Bulletin asked Rabbi Hier how he could support an independent Palestinian entity like this, considering the fact that his book had correctly warned that such an entity would use all areas under its control as a launching pad, from where it would attack Israel, and considering the fact that his center’s book was proven to be correct. Witness the daily lethal attacks on Sderot and the 45 farming communities in the Western Negev.

Rabbi Hier was also asked how the Simon Wiesenthal Center, whose Center for the Study of Tolerance was committed to the fight against intolerance, could support the creation of an entity whose incitement against the state and people of Israel continues unabated, whose educational system was still inculcating the next generation of Palestinian children to continue the war to liberate all of Palestine, whose leadership harbored terrorist organizations such as the Al Aksa Brigades -defined by U.S. law as an illegal terror organization whose constitution did not allow for the juridical status of any religion other than Islam, and where allegations of widespread persecution of Christians at the hands of the Palestinian Authority are rampant.

Rabbi Hier explained to the Bulletin that his endorsement of a Palestinian entity was “entirely dependent” on the creation of a viable Palestinian entity which would recognize Israel as a Jewish state, which would be committed to peace and reconciliation, and which is “right now not in the offing,” according to Rabbi Hier.

In light of Rabbi Hier’s statement in this regard, the Bulletin asked Rabbi Hier if he would ask President Bush to reconsider his directive to create a Palestinian state within six months. The Bulletin also asked Rabbi Hier whether he would ask President Bush to desist from arming an entity still at war with; and if he would ask President Bush to insist on the cancellation of the Palestinian anti-Semitic curriculum and the nullification of the new Palestinian constitution, which is based on the intolerant Islamic Sharia law.

Rabbi Hier received these questions and, according to a senior staff official, is still considering these queries from the Bulletin.

Rabbi Hier, rated by Newsweek in its April 18 issue as the most influential rabbi in the United States of America, can put a call to the president of the United States, knowing that his call will be taken seriously. The question remains: Will Rabbi Marvin Hier use his position of influence to tell President George W. Bush what he has informed the Bulletin, which is that his April 11 endorsement of a Palestinian state was conditioned on the creation of a viable Palestinian leadership, which, in Rabbi Hier’s assessment, does not yet exist?

David Bedein can be reached at Media@actcom.co.il. His Web site is www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com

©The Bulletin 2008


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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: www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com and www.cfnepr.com. A new site,unrwa-monitor.com, will be launched very soon.