Saturday, August 15, 2009

Giving Congress a New Perspective on Palestinian Incitement

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Israeli journalist David Bedein and activist Jeff Daube met with visiting United States Congressmen this week and attempted to give them a new perspective on the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. “They get a pretty self contained view of things... I think they would benefit from hearing from different perspectives,” said Daube, who compared Israel-PA talks to “kicking a dead horse.”

Bedein warned congressmen that their own State Department had deliberately kept them in the dark regarding the true nature of the PA and the PLO.

Both Daube and Bedein addressed U.S.-Israel ties in light of America's increasingly pro-PA stance.

See: Calls to Reexamine the US-Israel Relationship

Congress people Face Evidence of PA Incitement

Visiting United States congressmen praised Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad during a news conference following their visit in Israel. America is “more committed than ever” to pushing talks between Israel and the PA, they said.

Congressmen faced an awkward moment when, shortly after the delegation's spokesman praised Fayyad for fighting incitement, reporter David Bedein presented them with proof of continuing PA incitement under Fayyad's auspices. The spokesman said America would look into the matter.

See: Congressmen Decry Continued Hate Education

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