Mahmoud Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen, the protégé of the late Yasser Arafat, will arrive in Washington, D.C., today to meet with the president of the United States.
There are 10 issues at hand that would challenge the credibility of Mr. Abbas as a peace negotiator:
- Mr. Abbas’ continued incitement in the Arabic language, as expressed in his school books, media outlets and public statements that emanate from the Palestinian Authority (PA), which operates under his firm control.
- Mr. Abbas’ refusal to renounce his own Holocaust Denial Ph.D., which also contends that the Nazis and Zionists worked together during WWII.
- Mr. Abbas’ election platform from 2005 that calls for the total right of return to villages from before 1948.
- Mr. Abbas’ celebrations of murder attacks against Jews.
- Mr. Abbas’ refusal to implore the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) or the PA to ratify the Oslo Accords or cancel the PLO covenant.
- Current weapons/security sharing arrangements between the PA and Hamas.
- Disappearance of Arafat’s billions, some of which have wound up in the coffers of Mr. Abbas.
- Mr. Abbas’ endorsement of the Hezbollah war, summer 2006.
- The Nakba campaign endorsed by Mr. Abbas, which calls on Palestinians to reclaim areas lost in 1948 – by force if necessary.
- Mr. Abbas’ continued confinement of Palestinian Arab refugees and their descendants to the indignity of United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) refugee camps, under the specious premise of the “right of return” to villages that no longer exist.
David Bedein can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org