In “Obama, Israelis, and Palestinians: More Words, Less Action” by David Makovsky and David Pollack of the Washington Institute for Near East Affairs:

The authors write that “the U.S. should urge Israel to dismantle the monument in Hebron to the Israeli murderer Baruch Goldstein — and urge Israeli politicians, once their election campaign is over, to stop calling Abbas a “political terrorist.”

In terms of their request that Israelis stop calling Abbas a political terrorist,are they not aware of the consistent praise that Abbas gives to those who murder Jews, culminating in Abbas’s Jan 4 embrace of a litany of “Shahidim” and the legacy of the Mufti?

Here is the text of Abbas’s speech:

Here are two news clips about the Mufti’s speech
‘Moderate’ Palestinian President Abbas Praises Dead Terrorists as ‘Martyrs’

Cone of Silence Over Abbas speech praising Hitler ally, the Mufti,Envelopes Media & Politicians .

2. Meanwhile. In Kiryat Arba. there never was a monument to Goldstein.

The IDF Civil Administration did not allow him to be buried in the Hebron cemetery. Goldstein was therefore buried near the entrance the Kiryat Arba.

A bookshelf with prayer books and Bibles was placed there, next to a sink for washing hands and a plaque to cover the dirt in front of the grave, with insignia embedded there.

After the Israeli court determined that this constituted a “shrine in memory of a terrorist”, the Israel Civil Administration ordered that the floor destroyed and the sink was destroyed.

That was in 1999.

How can David Makovsky and David Pollack write about Abbas & Kiryat Arba without checking facts?


  1. This is not something new by David Makovsky. He has been on this vendetta against Israel for decades. Difficult to comprehend where he is coming from, but to him, only the Israelis are to blame for the conflict and the lack of progress towards peace. He abjectly refuses to admit that the Palestinians have stated time and time again that they will NOT accept nor acknowledge a Jewish state; They honor suicide bombers; they are behind the BDS tactic; they continue to preach hatred in mosques, radio, tv and in schools; and on and on and on. Makovsky should be ashamed of what he is doing, but on the other hand, his actions make it easier to understand why peace is impossible when Israel’s enemies see Jews siding with them, so why negotiate with Israel when people like Makovsky could contribute to handing everything over to them.


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