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PA glorification of terrorists is a major obstacle to peace, as in the recent PA TV program calling the killers of the Fogel family "heroes"

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Editorial: Ban’s challenges

Recent peace proposals all based on principle that Israel would retain major settlement blocs.
Encouraging Israelis and Palestinians to “re-engage” in order to move the peace process forward is one of the professed goals of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he visits the region this week.

But since low-level talks began between the sides in Amman last month, a number of major obstacles have resurfaced, threatening to turn yet another round of peace talks into a dead-end. If he is to succeed in his mission, it is important for the UN chief to understand that despite two decades of negotiations, huge gaps still need to be bridged.


[An] obstacle to peace that Ban should confront is the PA’s unabashed glorification of villainous terrorists who murder innocent Israeli civilians.

The most recent – and shocking – example, as reported by Palestinian Media Watch, was a show on PA television that praised as “heroes” the murderers of Udi and Ruth Fogel and three of their children – 11-year-old Yoav, four-year-old Elad, and Hadas, a four-month-old baby. And just a few weeks ago, Mohammed Hussein, the PA’s mufti in Jerusalem, publicly quoted an Islamic text calling for the murder of Jews [also first exposed by Palestinian Media Watch].

Meanwhile, Fatah is in the process of forming a unity government with Hamas, an anti-Semitic terrorist group that calls for the destruction of Israel.

Ban faces many challenges in launching his bid to “reengage” Israelis and Palestinians – and we did not even mention the dispute over the Palestinian refugee problem. While we welcome the UN chief and his efforts and wish him luck, we cannot help but be pessimistic when considering his prospects for success.