Gary Rosenblatt’s piece, Painful Path Toward Relocating Settlers,, which ran in the Jewish Week on December 14, 2010, depicts a former official of Israeli intelligence, Ami Ayalon, as he fantasizes during a visit to Efrat about a theoretical construct that would allow some Jews to remain in Judea and Samaria and the Old City of Jerusalem, in a framework where Israel could coexist with a Fatah-dominated Palestinian state.

Given Ayalon’s background in Israeli intelligence, it is hard to believe that Ayalon does not know that the Fatah made it clear in its seminal conference of August 2009 in Bethlehem that the Fatah has decided to renew the armed struggle to conquer all of the West Bank, all of the Old City of Jerusalem and to fight to assure the “right of return” for Palestinian Arab refugees and their descendants to reclaim their homes and villages from 1948 by force.

It is hard to believe that Ayalon never read the program of Salman Fayad, often touted as a moderate, who issued his own position paper in September 2009 in which Fayad made it clear that he would not compromise on the Palestinian claim to all of Jerusalem, the Palestinian claim to all of the West Bank, The Palestinian claim to “right of return” and the Palestinian demand to release all Palestinian convicts from jail, no matter what crime they are convicted of.

Although Ayalon speaks with a seeming soft tone when he visits the residents of Efrat and the Etzion bloc, a prominent Rabbi of the Etzion bloc, Rabbi Yaakov Medan, warned in the December 2nd 2010 issue of the Makor Rishon newspaper of Ayalon’s real attitude.

Rabbi Medan said that when he participated in a forum with Ayalon, the week before the expulsion of the Jewish communities of Katif, Ayalon boasted that the IDF should “use the Altalena as a precedent and use live fire on the Jews of Katif” to force them out of their homes – if they resist the order to expel them from their 35 year old communities.


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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.