Few international officials recognize the challenge Israel has in making peace with a people indoctrinated with hatred against Jews and the Jewish state.

Former Canadian Justice Minister Irwin Cotler is one of those few.

He recently identified the need to curb anti-Semitic and anti-Israel hate speech among Israel’s neighbors if peace is to be achieved.

Cotler said he spoke personally to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas about ending the incitement. Abbas seemed to agree that hate speech in his society exists and promised to “look into the matter.” Nothing came of those promises except increased hate speech.

That’s because Abbas is the not the solution to the problem. He’s part of the problem.

Just last month, Israel released 26 Palestinian terrorist murderers from prison as part of a good-faith negotiating effort with the Palestinian Authority so that so-called peace negotiations could continue.

In his speech at the PA event celebrating their release, Mahmoud Abbas welcomed the terrorists and called them “heroes” four times during his speech:

“[The release of our prisoners] is a day of joy for our nation, for our people, for our heroic prisoners. … There will be more groups of heroes who will come to us. … They [the Israelis] postponed these heroes’ release by 24 hours … we congratulate you and ourselves for the [release] of these heroes.”

[See parts of Abbas’ speech:]

Three released terrorist “heroes” celebrated with Abbas on stage:

  • Jamal Abu Muhsin – stabbed a 76-year-old Israeli civilian to death in a park in 1991;
  • Ahmad Kmeil – a commander of a terrorist cell that murdered an Israeli soldier and 15 Palestinians who they suspected of helping Israel;
  • Na’im Al-Shawamreh – placed a bomb in 1993 that killed the police sapper who was trying to defuse it.

This kind of celebration is de rigueur for Abbas. Last September, on the same day that Abbas was at the U.N. talking about peace, the PA held a memorial honoring terrorist Abu Sukkar who planned a bombing in 1975 using a refrigerator filled with explosives. Fifteen Israelis were killed and more than 60 were wounded in the attack. Abbas, in his speech for the event, read by a stand-in, called the murderer “a hero,” “a legend” and “a beacon.”

Abbas is perceived by many in the U.S. and around the world as a “moderate” Palestinian Arab. But this is a fantasy.

In fact, Abbas is a fraud like the Nobel Prize-winning Yasser Arafat he succeeded. Abbas is evil in his own right. Abbas is a deceiver. Abbas is an anti-Semite and a hater.

Many have heard the story of how Abbas, as a doctoral candidate at Moscow’s Oriental College in 1982, wrote a thesis suggesting far fewer than 6 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust. But, Abbas did much more than that. He actually accused the Jews of conspiring with Adolf Hitler to annihilate European Jewry. He accused the Jews of deliberately inflating the numbers of those killed in concentration camps to pave the way for a Jewish state. He may have been one of the first to equate Zionism with Nazism.

“The Zionist movement’s stake in inflating the number of murdered in the war was aimed at ensuring great gains,” he wrote, adding that “this led to confirm the number [6 million] to establish it in world opinion, and, by so doing, to arouse more pangs of conscience and sympathy for Zionism in general.”

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In the version of his doctoral paper later published under the title, “The Other Side: The Secret Relationship Between Nazism and the Zionist Movement,” Abbas denied the German use of gas chambers and suggested the total number of Jews killed was fewer than 1 million.

But perhaps the most horrifying and revolting charge by Abbas is that Zionists were complicit with the Nazis in the murder of Jews.

“The Zionist movement led a broad campaign of incitement against the Jews living under Nazi rule, in order to arouse the government’s hatred of them, to fuel vengeance against them, and to expand the mass extermination,” Abbas wrote.

Abbas has danced around this treatise for many years. He has attempted to put it in perspective. He has tried to explain what he really meant when he denied 6 million Jews were murdered. But he has never publicly retracted his accusation that Zionists collaborated with the Nazis in the extermination of Jews.

Abbas was also one of the principal planners of the Munich Olympics terrorist attack. He was the guy who wrote the checks and embraced the operatives as they headed off to one of the most sensational terrorist attacks of its time in 1972. More recently he said the “intifada” – the violent uprising by Arabs against Israel that has raged since the fall of 2000 – “must continue.” He has never renounced armed struggle as a legitimate means of achieving his precious Palestinian state.

In the Soviet school in which he was educated, Abbas served a useful purpose. It’s called the dialectic.

What’s the dialectic? An idea or event generates its opposite, leading to a reconciliation of opposites, or a synthesis. That is how progress is achieved – through conflict, whether it’s real conflict or phony conflict manufactured by two or more conspirators.

Abbas is not a champion of peace. He is a master of artful conflict. And this is why anything negotiated with this “peace partner” is doomed to disaster.

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