Commentary Magazine


Speaking of the PLO . . .

Now everybody’s jumping on the “wipe Israel off the map” bandwagon! We knew about Hamas’s feelings. Then there was the deputy commander-in-chief of Iran’s army, who threatened to eliminate Israel from “the scene of the universe” if it should attack Iran’s nuclear facilities. Now the PLO is getting with program.

This organization, which still considers itself the “sole legitimate representative” of the Palestinians, is formally the boss of the Palestinian Authority (as Hamas in Damascus is in charge of Hamas in Gaza). And yesterday, the PLO’s ambassador to Lebanon, Abbas Zaki, told Lebanese television

In light of the weakness of the Arab nation and the lack of values, and in light of the American control over the world, the PLO proceeds through phases, without changing its strategy. Let me tell you, when the ideology of Israel collapses, and we take, at least, Jerusalem, the Israeli ideology will collapse in its entirety, and we will begin to progress with our own ideology, Allah willing, and drive them out of all of Palestine.

This, it will be recalled, is the group that signed the Oslo Accords with Israel, and which is supposed to represent Palestinian moderates, as opposed to those awful, intractable jihadists in Gaza. Am I just nitpicking here, or is there a serious problem with our peace partner?