For those who are home, and for those who are on the way. For those who support the historic and just return of the land of Israel to its people, forever loyal to their inheritance, and its restoration.
Dr. Aaron Lerner
22 September '11
Palestinian terrorists kidnap and hold Israelis as hostages.
A legitimate Palestinian governing body doesn’t.
This is nothing new.
Even at the most strained points of relations, the Ramallah PA never traded Israelis.
That’s not to say that they didn’t murder Israelis. But it was never an official policy that they openly adopted and implemented.
That’s why I was frankly stunned last 25 May when Senior Palestinian (Fatah/PA) official Nabil Sha'ath told me in a telephone interview [ http://youtu.be/ppziLJTuaCA for the audio ] that after unification the PA will be responsible for GIlad Shalit and will continue negotiating a trade with Israel. In fact, he didn’t expect the PA to be any easier in its demands than Hamas has been to date.
Mahmoud Abbas apparently hasn’t taken an official position on this issue yet.
It is time to put him on the spot.
Because the response to this question regarding Shalit serves is a simple intuitive litmus test of the true nature and intentions of the respondent.
There are scores – if not hundreds - of journalists who will have the opportunity in the coming hours and days in New York to ask Mahmoud Abbas if he intends to free Shalit if he succeeds in unifying PA authority in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
And they even have Nabil Sha’ath’s response to the same question available at the click of a mouse for background.
This is a story available on a silver platter.
Will there be any takers?
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I visited Hevron in November 2000 after the outbreak of the Rosh Hashanah War to see what could be done to assist in the face of the growing daily attacks on the community. After returning to work for the community in the summer of 2001, a bond and a love was forged that grows to this day. My wife Melody and I merited to be married at Ma'arat HaMachpela and now host visitors from throughout the world every Shabbat as well as during the week. Our goal, "Time to come Home!"