Robert Sklar is absolutely right about the “blood money” the P.A. gives to terrorists and their families (“Pejorative Payouts,” Jan. 25, page 6.) The U.S. has been coddling the P.A., paying them and letting them do what they want with the money. This has enabled terrorism against Israelis (and visitors to Israel) for decades, incentivizing them to keep up the killings.
Whatever your opinion of Trump, I am thankful to see the hard line he and his administration are taking in dealing with Abbas and the P.A., including making sure that Jerusalem stays the capital of Israel. “The Palestinians are ‘going to have to want to make peace, too, or we’re going to have nothing to do with it any longer,” he said in Davos on Jan. 25. “Its many years of killing people. Its many years of killing each other. They have to be tired and disgusted of it.”
Trump is right; but obviously, the P.A. is not disgusted with killing but feels justified in paying for and promoting violence in Israel because, to them, they are at war with the Jewish State of Israel.
If you’re a Jew who believes we can have peace with the Palestinian leadership, don’t worry. You’ve still got former Secretary of State John Kerry, who met Abbas’ close associate Hussein Agha in London and told him to tell Abbas to “hold on and be strong.” (Ben Caspit, The Jerusalem Post, Jan 24, 2018). Tell him, he told Agha, “that he should play for time, that he will not break and will not yield to President [Donald] Trump’s demands” because, within a year, according to the reporting, “there was a good chance that Trump would not be in the White House.”
This truly should scare American Jews because if Kerry gets his wish, the U.S. will soon be back to paying more to inflame the violence in Israel, in the magical dream that Palestinians will someday stop killing Jews.
Peace can only come if the killing stops, which is a fantasy we have had for almost 70 years.