This is a running propaganda mantra appearing in scores of Perry's stories, one that is completely uncoupled from reality. Here's Mahmoud Abbas, speaking to the Jordanian paper, al-Dustur, three years ago:Abbas strongly opposes any form of violence by the Palestinians and his security forces in the West Bank cooperate with Israeli security forces.
And here's Abbas offering Palestinian support for an Arab declaration of war against Israel just a few months ago:“At this present juncture, I am opposed to armed struggle because we cannot succeed in it, but maybe in the future things will be different.”
Having lied about Palestinian tactical goals, Perry then lies about Palestinian strategic goals:"I have said more than once that if the Arabs want war - we are with them."
First, Jewish settlements have definitively not continued to expand in Judea and Samaria (the "West Bank"), "consuming territory". Other than a handful of tiny outposts disclaimed and frequently destroyed by the Israeli government, settlements have not expanded laterally in many years.But peace talks with Israel have, by his [Abbas] own admission, hit a dead end while Jewish settlements continue to expand in the West Bank, consuming territory seen by Palestinians as central to their goal of a viable state.
Secondly, the Palestinian goal, often admitted in Arabic and occasionally in English, is not a "viable state" but a Judenrein one (ethnically cleansed of Jews), as a stepping stone to the demographic conquest (destruction) of Israel.
Perry further misleads readers with the notion that Abbas' attempt to wrestle away Israeli-won land, including the city of Jerusalem, by breaching the Oslo Peace Accords and applying for statehood to the UN reflects a "peaceful" approach to settling the conflict:
Then, there's the obligatory propaganda on the 2008-09 Gaza War between Hamas and Israel:"Abbas made the most peaceful move you can imagine: going to the United Nations. And yet he got this brutal political response by Israel and the United States," the Palestinian official said. "That's also a negative message to the public about the productivity of this peaceful approach."
So, approximately 1,400 Palestinians (over 700 of which were Hamas terrorists) were "killed", while 13 Israelis "lost their lives" -- undoubtedly due to tripping over their shoelaces while running toward shelters to escape the thousands of Hamas rockets raining down on them.That war had a lopsided outcome in favor of Israel. Some 1,400 Palestinians were killed while 13 Israelis lost their lives.
Perry finishes up by citing, uncritically, an official employing the Palestinian euphemism for the eradication of Israel:
Sure, all Palestinian groups are adopting non-violent resistance."I think the prisoner swap comes at a good time. It reaffirms the power of resistance at a time when all Palestinian groups are adopting non-violent resistance," he said.
Perry really ought to cut down on the Arab Kool-Aid.