A US consulate serving the Palestinian Authority, a hostile entity, on Agron Street. the heart of Jerusalem, would challenge Israel’s sovereignty over any part of Jerusalem.

Full disclosure : I work at Beit Agron, located across from Jerusalem’s Independence Park, a stone’s throw from where the consulate for the PA would be functioning

If the new consulate for the PA indeed opens in Jerusalem, we would witness a stream of white license plates from the Palestinian Authority seemingly arriving with the innocuous purpose of renewing US passports and US birth certificates for hundreds of American Palestinians.

How many Palestinians frequenting Jerusalem would be considered a security threat to Israel at this time- is impossible to know.

How many visiting Palestinians served time in jail for murder and were exchanged in numerous releases of convicts as a gesture to the PA

This may all be part of a dangerous trend. Every morning , my bus passes the strategic Givat Hamatos neighborhood in southern Jerusalem, which will soon be ceded to the Palestinian Authority and drive a wedge through the heart of Jerusalem.

This occurs at a time when an effort is being made to allow another 7000 young residents of Gaza to gain work permits anywhere in Israel, after thousands of young Gazans went through intense weapons training this past summer, which our agency filmed.

The stark reality is that the PA represents an entity in an open state of war against Israel.

Unprecedented PA laws provide a salary for anyone who murders a Jew – one salary for the killer and another salary for the family of the murderer.

Having hired a top staff of Arabic speaking journalists to comb through all 1,000 texts the PA curriculum, which was built 20 years ago, we now see that the newest Palestinian Authority schoolbooks are even worse.

New PA books praise those who murder Jews, while elevating the armed struggle to a value for any child in the PA-school system to internalize that the PA is at war with Israel.

The child-military training that occurred during the past summer in Gaza shows a readiness of young Palestinians to engage every Jew in mortal combat.

Palestinian Authority residents, walking freely in Jerusalem, might make anyone shudder.

Most people do not know that Gaza is located only 55 minutes from the heart of Jerusalem.


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David Bedein
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.