The Palestinian Authority (PA) says it wants the international community to exert pressure on Israel to “halt violations against the Palestinians and international law.” The demand was relayed to members of a delegation from the European Parliament who met on October 8 in Ramallah with PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah. At the meeting, Hamdallah also renewed the PA’s call for providing “international protection” for the Palestinians.
Hamdallah’s appeal to the European Parliament representatives should be seen in the context of the PA leadership’s ongoing campaign of lies and incitement against Israel. The appeal also smacks of hypocrisy and deceit.
Hamdallah is apparently referring to Israel’s defensive measures along the border between the Gaza Strip, where thousands of Hamas supporters have been staging violent demonstrations since March 2018. As part of the Hamas-orchestrated protests, which are sometimes called the “March of Return,” Palestinians have been infiltrating the border with Israel and hurling firebombs and explosive devices at Israeli soldiers. They have also been launching arson kites and booby-trapped balloons towards Israeli communities near the border with the Gaza Strip.
Hamdallah and his boss, PA President Mahmoud Abbas, believe that Israel has no right to defend itself against the campaign of terrorism waged by Hamas and other Palestinian terror groups in the Gaza Strip. In their eyes, it is fine for Palestinians to throw explosive devices and firebombs at soldiers, but it is completely unacceptable for the soldiers to defend themselves. According to the twisted logic of the Palestinian leaders, it all started when Israel fired back.