Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Please Do, Mr. Abu Mazen

Or, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People

Primerprez admits he laughed out loud when he read this one.

According to a JTA report, the leader of the Palestinian Authority is threatening to boycott President Bush as punishment for helping to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of Israel's reestablishment.

Way to go, Abu!

George Bush has been called the best friend Israel ever had in the White House, but he's certainly done more for the Palestinian Arabs than any other president.

Jimmy Carter wants to do more for them, or at least he wants to help them hurt Israel, but he's so ineffective at doing anything other than wielding a hammer for Habitat for Humanity that he doesn't count.

It was George Bush who, in the midst of Arafat's terror war, broke with previous American policy and called for the establishment of another Palestinian Arab state.

It's been George Bush who has been pressuring Israel to negotiate on final status issues in conflict with his own road map, even while Abu Mazen/Abbas continues to insist he'll never adhere to his obligations under that road map.

Still, Abu Mazen threatens to boycott George Bush!

Let's hope he carries through with that threat, rather than chickening out under pressure the way he did recently when he was planning to honor the families of suicide terrorists.

After all, there has to be some line which will eventually make our American government realize appeasing "moderates" like Abu Mazen is counterproductive.

P.A. to shun Israel's celebrants

The Palestinian Authority threatened to boycott President Bush and foreign dignitaries who attend Israel's Independence Day celebrations.

Unnamed aides to Mahmoud Abbas told Reuters Monday that the P.A. president will consider as "temporarily" persona non grata the dozens of top foreign dignitaries who are expected to visit Israel for its 60th birthday bash next month.

Palestinians describe the 1948 founding of Israel to be their nakba, or "catastrophe," though a U.N. partition plan -- violently rejected by the Arabs at the time -- called for a Palestinian state to be created alongside the Jewish state.

Bush is widely expected to use his mid-May visit to push for progress in peace talks between Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. It was not immediately clear how the United States would respond to the prospect of its president being boycotted by Abbas' administration in the West Bank.

[It's rather difficult to negotiate on behalf of someone whose boycotting you.]

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