The president, in his message at the Adas Israel synagogue , pronounced platitudes – without policy follow up – when he stated that he hoped that he would see ”Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security” and “two states for two peoples”, comparing the Israelis built a state in their homeland, Palestinians have a right to be a free people on their land, while invoking “a Palestinian child in Ramallah that feels trapped without opportunity”.

There were 6 points of Palestinian reality that President Obama ignored :

  1. ThePalestineLiberation Organization (PLO) charter of war to destroy Israel remains unchanged.
  2. Although in 1993 the PLO signed the Oslo ”Declaration of Principles” with Israel, with an explicit promise to recognize Israel, denounce terrorism and cancel its charter to destroy Israel, the PLO never cancelled its charter and never ratified, or met, the ”Declaration of Principles.”
  3. The PLO and the PA – one and the same – support policies to keep descendants of Arab refugees from the 1948 Israel Independence War in UNRWA “refugee camps”, promising them the “right of return” to villages that existed before 1948.That means making a promise to the “refugee camps” dwellers they could never keep.
  4. The PA has established a new school system, funded by the West, to promote Jihad ”values,”, martyrdom, and the right to liberatePalestine, all ofPalestine, by force of arms.
  5. By financing Israel “Apartheid Week” and the BDS (Boycott, Divest, Sanction Israel) movement, the PA exports these “values” around the world, especially to Western countries’ campuses.
  6. The PA has fostered a ”killer incentive program” to pay those who murder Jews.

President Obama, could have conditioned peace with the PLO/ PA on the following policy follow-up:

  1. Cancellation of the PLO charter calling for Israel’s destruction..
  2. PLO/PA Ratification of the Oslo “declaration of principles”.
  3. Cancellation of the current PA curriculum.Rewrite one based on peace culture.
  4. Cessation of the dream of the “Right of Return” policy promoted by UNRWA and the PA.
  5. Termination of the PA “Murder Incentive Fund” program which pays those who kill Jews.
  6. Put an end to the PA support for Israel Apartheid Week and the BDS movement.

​These are not reasonable requests?

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