In what appears to be a follow-up to the visit by Arab-born Israeli Jews to Ramallah, Palestinian officials have paid a visit to the Babylonian Heritage center in Or Yehuda near Tel Aviv. They carried with them a threatening message: this could be Israel's last chance to make peace with Abbas. The Jerusalem Post has the story:
The Babylonian Heritage Center at Or Yehuda
Mohammad al-Madani, a close associate of
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and head of the Committee
for Interaction with Israeli Society, met with Israelis of Iraqi
heritage at the Babylonian Jewry Heritage Center in Or Yehuda Wednesday.
Speaking to the gathering, al-Madani expanded on the Passover greetings he extended
to Israel days previously with a message of warning, saying that in the
days after Abbas leaves his position, "the idea of peace might slip
"We Palestinians, both in the leadership and the people, many fear the
day that Abbas ends his ministry," he said. "(We are afraid that) the
idea of peace and the peace plans will elude us. May God prolong his
(Abbas') life, but it will end naturally or maybe otherwise," he ended, without expanding on what or who may intend to threaten the PA president's life.
Another member of the delegation,
Dr. Ziad Darwish, said openly that after Abbas there will be no partner
for peace for Israel to deal with, and therefore it's necessary and
prudent for Israel to hurry up and advance the peace process.
The Palestinian delegation brought three gifts to their hosts: two giant images of Baghdad from the first half of the 20th century, and authentic sweets from Iraq brought by a special messenger from the country.
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