It’s increasingly evident that we’re living in a time the Bible foretells as “good being called evil and evil good” and hearing cries of “peace, peace, when there is no peace.”
On Wednesday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas – his term actually expired on January 9, 2009 – will again address the U.N. General Assembly where he’ll continue trying to convince the world that Israel is the “occupying power.”
According to Abbas, Israel oppresses and suppresses the “Palestinian” people, most of whom are descendants of Arabs who came to Israel from surrounding countries to find work when God began regathering the Jewish people to their ancestral homeland.
It’s been said if one repeats a lie often enough, people begin to believe it. That’s certainly true of the narrative of Mahmoud Abbas and his mentor, the late PLO chairman Yasser Arafat. It’s also true of much of the P.A. leadership.
Israelis have seen that phenomenon applied over and over again.
Today Abbas is expected to call for a “multilateral” peace process as the Palestinian Authority’s flag is raised in official recognition of a nonexistent state as a bona fide member of the international community.
In an op-ed posted on the Huffington Post website Tuesday, Abbas opined, “Israel controls our territory, natural resources, economic affairs and our daily lives, violating every fundamental human right of the Palestinian people.” If you repeat a lie often enough…
Meanwhile, in his address to the U.N. body Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will attempt expose the lies being perpetrated by Abbas on alleged Israeli aggression on the Temple Mount.
The truth is, the Palestinian Authority under Abbas leadership, is inciting the rioting as part of its anti-Israel agenda. The theory: convince the Arab world that no non-Muslim should be allowed on the Temple Mount, period. And these same people want control of all of Jerusalem’s holy sites.
When Jerusalem was reunited under Israeli sovereignty in the 1967 Six-Day War, the decision to allow the Wakf, the Islamic religious trust, to continue overseeing the day-to-day upkeep of the Temple Mount, with Israel responsible for security, has proven challenging.
The war ended Jordan’s 19-year occupation of Israeli land, but the government allowed the Hashemite Kingdom to retain administrative authority over the contested site. Despite a reportedly good relationship between Netanyahu and King Abdullah II, the Hashemite monarch issues provocative statements from time to time.
Last week he told a delegation of Arab Israeli Knesset members that only Muslims should be allowed to pray on the Temple Mount and labeled Israel’s efforts to combat paid rioters “serious aggressions and violations.”
Because Islamists deny any connection to Judaism’s holiest site where the two Jewish Temples stood, subsequent Israeli governments, in an attempt to keep the peace, have denied Jews the right to pray there.
Here we can apply the “give an inch, take a mile” syndrome. That is the modus operandi of the Palestinian Authority and its rival faction, Hamas, in the Gaza Strip.
The truth is neither the P.A.’s Fatah faction nor its rival, Hamas, desire to live alongside their Jewish neighbors in “peaceful coexistence.”
As had been said many times, their goal is not “peace” but “piece by piece.”
Convincing the international community that Israel should accept the indefensible 1948 armistice lines and allow millions of foreign Arabs, descendants of less than 600,000 who left at the behest of attacking Arab countries, can be seen in the “refugee crisis” confronting Europe today.
In truth, Israel is, as Netanyahu has often stated, “an island of progress and stability” in a dangerous and volatile region of the world being overrun by Islamists whose stated intention is world domination.
This article was originally published on CBN News, September 30, 2015.