June 23, 2019

The Hon. David Friedman, US Ambassador to Israel

Dear Ambassador Friedman:


I write to you as the director of a news agency and research center which has provided intense coverage of the nascent Palestinian Authority since its inception in 1994.

Our book consolidates that coverage: https://israelbehindthenews.com/book-pdf-573-pp-genesis-of-the-palestinian-authority-by-david-bedein-edited-by-rabbi-bernhard-rosenberg/17884/

With the authorization of Yassir Arafat, our office received, examined, and translated all school books issued by the PA since 2000 , operating on a grant from the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

With grants from the Middle East Forum and the Newton Becker Foundation, we have throughly investigated UNRWA and the Palestinian Security Forces.

Working with Palestinian journalists and veterans of Israeli intelligence, we have produced 20 films filmed on location in the UNRWA camps in Judea, Samaria, Gaza and Jerusalem.

Alll these reports are available for your perusal on our site, www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com

In that context, kindly consider vital feedback to the US Bahrain proposal:


This proposal ignores the terrorist nature of the entity that rules the “Palestinian people”: The Palestinian Authority, imposed on the Palestinian people for 26 years, incorporated within the PLO, the Palestinian Liberation Organization, which remains in a state of war with Israel.

The PLO never never ratified the DOP, the “Declaration of Principles” of the Oslo Accords,which was supposed to denounce terror.

Neither has the PLO cancelled its charter to destroy Israel.

Before the US offers any economic deals to this terrorist organization,why does the US not demand of the PLO:

  1. Ratification of the DOP and cancellation of the PLO charter.
  2. Repeal of the PA ordinance which provides an automatic gratuity for anyone who murders a Jew. By PA law, that gratuity is granted to the family of the killer, for life.
  3. Repeal of the PA law which exacts a death penalty on anyone who sells property to a Jew.
  4. Cancellation of the new PA curriculum which incorporate principles of Jihad, martyrdom and an “right of return” by force of arms.
  5. Audit of all “humanitarian aid” which flows to the PA and UNRWA, to address duplicity of services and flow of cash to terror groups,
  6. Advance rehabilitation of five million descendants of Arab refugees from the 1948 war.

The question remains: If the US improves the economy of a terror entity in a state of war, what has the US accomplished?
I believe that the President’s heart is in the right place.

The President will understand that a “prosperous” terrorist entity does not serve American interests nor does it reflect American values.


Yours with warmest regards,

David Bedein



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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.