Thursday, March 02, 2006

Erekat is a Blowhard

Sometimes, the NYTimes does allow a really good, biting, even sarcastic letter to be printed.

Like this one:-

To the Editor:

Re "What the P.L.O. Has to Offer" (Op-Ed, March 1):

Saeb Erekat, the P.L.O.'s chief negotiator, speaking of Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, repeats the old, worn mantra: "Mr. Abbas, however, is not ultimately to blame" for the situation of the Palestinian people.

Of course it is the Israelis who are to blame for adopting measures to protect themselves against suicide bombers who target pizza shops and hospitals, with the financial support, encouragement or justification of Palestinian leaders.

And of course it is the Israelis who are to blame for the theft of hundreds of millions of dollars by Yasir Arafat and his kleptocratic colleagues.

The Palestinian people voted for Hamas, whose doctrine calls for the destruction of Israel and the creation of an Islamist state.

To suggest that the Palestinians did not know what or whom they were voting for is beyond disingenuous; it is insulting.

This was not a vote for peace. Historically, the Palestinian leadership and people have walked away from peace, walked away from a separate state, and showed themselves irrevocably wedded to rejectionism, violence and fanaticism by their overwhelming support for Hamas.

Gary Epstein
Miami Beach, March 1, 2006

But what I found to be absolutely mind-boggling is Erekat's claim that "Christian Palestinian communities are being destroyed" by Israel.

1 comment:

Soccer Dad said...

And he referred to Gaza as "occupied."