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Vail Daily letter: Veneration of terrorists

Bernie Schwartz
Vail, CO, Colorado

It is increasingly clear that the president feels more connection to the Palestinians specifically and the Arabs generally than he does to the Israelis (and just possibly more connection to Muslims than to Jews, to Islam than to Judaism and Jewishness).

There are relentless facts about Palestine that even the president’s disregard for Jewish sensibility and for Israel’s security will not be able to alter.

I cannot remember an instance when such harsh language was directed at a friend and ally of the United States.

One can only wonder how far the U.S. is prepared to go in distancing itself from Israel in order to placate the Palestinians in the hope they see it is in their interest to return to the negotiating table.

At the same time Israel announced the building of 1,600 apartments in Jerusalem, Fatah, the party of Palestinian Authority President Mahamoud Abbas, dedicated a town square in honor of a woman, Dalal Mughrabi, who in 1978 carried out what the Times called “the deadliest terrorist attack in Israel’s history”: 38 Jews dead, 13 of them children.

Yes the Israeli apartment announcement was more in your face than the terrorist square dedication, but if the term “confidence building measure” is employed, what confidence can Israelis have in a people and their leaders who honor the 1978 murder of innocents, particularly children?

This is not a minor point. The veneration of terrorists says something unsettling about Palestinian society. Not one comment from Obama, Hillary, Biden, etc. Only the Jews are at fault. Even-handed? I think not.

Bernie Schwartz

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