The Al Kuds Mark of Honor, the PLO’s highest medal, was meant be awarded in a ceremony in Ramallah Thursday to two female terrorists who helped kill Israelis. The terrorists’ families were slated to receive the honors in their stead.Abbas informed Itzik that the awards for the two terrorists, as well as for other Palestinians imprisoned in Israel, had been revoked.
Still as the Jerusalem Post reports, the decision to award the honors came was at the sole discretion of Abbas himself. Surely that calls his commitment to peace into question, whether or not he chose to do the right thing in the end.
Or as Israel Matzav points out:
The fact that under intense Israeli and international pressure, Abu Mazen backed off the intention to make the awards, is meaningless. It certainly gives no indication that he felt that there was anything improper about giving them. The fact that he even thought of giving awards of this nature shows that in Abu Mazen’s mind, there is still nothing wrong with terrorism. The intention to give out awards like this is not only “not conducive to peace negotiations.” It shows that we’re not even sitting at the same table.
Yesterday’s Backspin noted that journalist Fiamma Nirenstein won a seat in Italy’s new government. It linked to an excellent article she wrote about how she became a “fascist.” There are more articles of hers available in English at her website. In particular I’d like to call you attention to How suicide bombers are made and Israel’s last line of defense.
Crossposted on Soccer Dad.