Editor's note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison.
For too long, the U.S. taxpayers have been forced to shell out money to the PLO—the Palestinian Liberation Organization. For nearly a quarter of a century, the PLO—re-packaged as the Palestinian Authority—has been raking in billions of dollars from credulous officials in the U.S. State Department and the European Union. All the while, the PLO has never truly renounced its objective of destroying Israel.
Nor has the PLO ever been a friend to the American people. When the Twin Towers collapsed in flames on 9/11, the people living under the PLO danced in the streets, gave candy to their children, and fired their AK-47 Soviet-era rifles in the air to celebrate. The late PLO boss, Yassir Arafat gave orders for the murder of U.S. Ambassador Cleo Noel in 1973. And he invented airline hijacking for terror purposes.
Yet, despite all that, top State Department officials have relentlessly pursued a “two-state solution” for Mideast peace, demanding that Israel make territorial concessions to people sworn to their destruction. Mahmoud Abbas is Arafat’s successor. He was a PLO henchman from the start. Yet, somehow, administrations of both parties have naively believed they could make peace between Arafat’s heirs and the Israelis.
Abbas was educated in the USSR. There, he got his Ph.D. at Moscow State University. His thesis topic was a denial of the Holocaust. Since assuming power over the PA, Abbas has refused to yield office or to hold the elections that were scheduled in 2009. It’s not a stretch to ask: By what authority is Mahmoud Abbas the head of the Palestinian Authority?
He is there because he has been propped up by our State Department and by the European Union. Both have paid him billions in the vain hope of an end to terrorism against Israel.
Now, Abbas is dropping the sheep’s clothing and revealing his sharp teeth. He has hooked up with his one-time bitter rivals in Hamas. Hamas ran Abbas’s Fatah organization out of the Gaza Strip. Abbas knows if he ever did hold an election, he and his PLO cronies would be voted out and Hamas would be voted in.
Hamas is recognized by the U.S. State Department as a terrorist organization. Every thoughtful observer of the Mideast knows that Hamas is funded by the current regime in Iran.