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PA editorial on Abbas-Gantz meeting portrays Palestinians as "always ready for any initiative that will contribute to igniting the peace process" while stating that Israel is the country with a "policy of violence and terror"

Excerpt of an editorial by the official PA daily


Headline: “The policy of national action, not the policy of speeches”




“[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas did not go to meet with Israeli Minister [of Defense] Benny Gantz to exchange greetings or pass the time, but rather first of all in order to urge him to create a new opportunity for a potential peace, and in the same context to arrange many unresolved affairs on everything connected to family reunification and the Palestinian tax money (apparently refers to Israel’s Anti “Pay-for-Slay” Law to deduct PA terror salaries; see note below -Ed.). Since the first bullet was fired, the Palestinian national struggle has been based on the principle of ‘take and demand,’ which necessitates confronting the enemy through dialogue and negotiations…


There is no doubt that what President Mahmoud Abbas said in his speech for the [57th] anniversary of the Intilaqa (i.e., the anniversary of “the Launch” of Fatah, counted from its first terror attack against Israel) regarding our patience that has run out [is something that] he emphasized to Israeli Minister Gantz. This means that we will not submit to the Israeli policy of violence and terror, and that if this policy will continue, more extensive confrontations are expected for us in the paths of popular resistance (i.e., term used by Palestinians, which also refers to the use of violence and terror). Israel must understand this well, and it has no path to security and stability other than siting at the negotiation table to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and achieve a just agreement on the basis of the international institutions’ resolutions…


The most important thing is that President Mahmoud Abbas went to meet with Minister Gantz to prove first and foremost to Israeli society, and also to the entire world, that the Palestinian peace partner is always ready for any initiative that will contribute to igniting the peace process.





Israel's Anti "Pay-for-Slay" Law - Israeli law stating that the PA payments to terrorists and the families of dead terrorists is a financial incentive to terror. The law instructs the state to deduct and freeze the amount of money the PA pays in salaries to imprisoned terrorists and families of "Martyrs" from the tax money Israel collects for the PA. Should the PA stop these payments for a full year, the Israeli government would have the option of giving all or part of the frozen money to the PA. The law was enacted by the Israeli Parliament on July 2, 2018. During the parliamentary vote, the law's sponsor Avi Dichter said: “The Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee received much help in its deliberations... from Palestinian Media Watch who provided us with authentic data that enabled productive and professional deliberations, nuances that are very difficult to achieve without precise data.” [Israeli Parliament website, July 2, 2018] In accordance with the law, as of September 2021 Israel’s Security Cabinet had ordered the freeze of 1.857 billion shekels ($580.15 million) - the sum equivalent to the PA payments to terrorists in 2018, 2019, and 2020.


Intilaqa - "the Launch" refers to the beginning of Fatah on Jan. 1, 1965, when it carried out its first terror attack against Israel, attempting to blow up Israel's National Water Carrier.


The terms "peaceful uprising/resistance,” and “popular uprising/resistance" are used by PA leaders at times to refer to peaceful protest and at times to refer to deadly terror attacks and terror waves. For example, ‎Mahmoud Abbas defined as “peaceful popular” the murderous terror during the 2015-2016 ‎terror wave (“The Knife Intifada”), in which 40 people were killed (36 Israelis, 1 Palestinian, 2 Americans and 1 Eritrean) and hundreds wounded in stabbings, shootings, and car ramming attacks. Abbas said: "We want peaceful popular uprising, and that’s what this is."