MYTH “Israel is building the security fence as part of a land grab to control the West Bank and prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state.” The purpose of the security fence is the prevention of terror.
Its route has been carefully plotted to maximize the security it provides to the citizens of Israel and minimize the inconvenience and harm to Palestinians.
The day of the election, gunmen stormed the Committee offices to demand that Palestinians who were not registered be allowed to vote.
“The Palestinian Authority held a free, democratic election in 2005.” “Israel is building the security fence as part of a land grab to control the West Bank and prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state.” “The demographic threat to Israel posed by Arabs in the West Bank and Gaza is overrated and therefore Israel need not make territorial compromises.” “Israel is killing Palestinians with radiation spy machines.” “Unlike other Arab women, Palestinian women are not killed for dishonoring their families.” “Israel has moved the border so it will not withdraw completely from the Gaza Strip.” “Hamas should be permitted to participate in Palestinian Authority elections.” “Israel's disengagement from Gaza was a victory for terror.” “Israel is obstructing Palestinian elections.” “Academic freedom means any criticism of Israel is permissible in a university.” “The Palestinian Authority held a democratic election and Israel and the rest of the world must accept that Hamas was the victor.” “Israel is digging under the Al-Aksa mosque and intends to destroy it.” “Israel is responsible for disparaging cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.” “The Palestinians have maintained a truce and ceased terror operations against Israel.” “The PA is entitled to international aid because Hamas was democratically elected and the Palestinian people should not be made to suffer because Israel doesn’t like the election outcome.” “Saudi Arabia has ended its boycott of Israel.” “Israel is knowingly desecrating a Muslim holy place in Jerusalem by building a museum on top of a cemetery.” “Hamas is a threat only to Israel.” “Palestinians have the right to sell land to Jews.” “Israel has no justification for withholding tax monies due to the Palestinian Authority.” “If Israel ends the occupation, there will be peace.” “Israel deliberately targets Lebanese civilians.” “Israel should exchange Arab prisoners for soldiers kidnaped by Hamas and Hizballah.” “The media is fairly and accurately covering the war in Lebanon.” “Israeli forces deliberately targeted civilians during the war instigated by Hizballah.” “A unity Palestinian government will reinvigorate the peace process.” “Saudi Arabia has proposed a new formula for a comprehensive peace.” “A new report proves Israeli settlements are built on Palestinian land.” “The overwhelming majority of casualties in the war with Hizballah were civilians.” “Abbas is helpless to stop the terrorists.” “Israel is obstructing progress toward a Palestinian state.” “Israeli Arabs are unpatriotic.” “Women are not recruited to become suicide bombers.” “Palestinian terrorist groups are committed to a cease-fire.” “Israel is damaging the Temple Mount and threatening Islamic shrines.” “Palestinians are moderating their views toward Israel.” “The Arab peace initiative reflects the Arab states’ acceptance of Israel.” “Israel is denying health care to Palestinians.” “The Hamas takeover of Gaza poses no threat to Christians.” “Lebanon has abided by UN Resolution 1701 and poses no direct threat to Israel.” “Israel is once again expelling Arabs from Palestine.” “The ‘occupation’ has sapped Israel's morale as reflected by the decline in Israelis willing to serve in the IDF.” “Israel has nothing to fear from a nuclear Iran.” “Israel’s presumed nuclear capability is stoking an arms race.” “Iran’s nuclear program threatens only Israel.” “No state in the world connects its national identity to a religious identity.” “Arab participation in the Annapolis conference signaled a new attitude toward Israel.” “Palestinians prefer to live in a Palestinian state.” “Israel and the Palestinians agree a future Palestinian state will have an army.” “Gaza settlers’ greenhouses have bolstered the PA economy.” “The humanitarian crisis in Gaza is Israel's fault.” “Israel's actions in Gaza were disproportionate and unprovoked.” “Israel's enemies must recognize the Jewish state's right to exist.” “Palestinians are driven to terror by poverty and desperation.” “Israel must negotiate with Hamas.” “Mahmoud Abbas has rooted out the corruption in the Palestinian Authority .” “Hizbollah is a resistance movement whose only interest is fighting Israel.” “Palestinian terrorist groups agreed to a cease-fire to advance the peace process.” “Olmert's resignation means the end of peace talks with the Palestinians.” “Arabs cannot vote in Israel.” “Israel is intolerant of homosexuality.” “Hamas will not break a ceasefire.” “Arab states' sincerity in promoting their peace initiative is reflected in their positions in international forums.” “Charles Freeman was the right choice for chair of the National Intelligence Council and the Israel lobby was responsible for his not being appointed.” “Arab states support Iran.” “Netanyahu is not an advocate for peace.” “The United States missed an opportunity to address the issue of global racism in its non-participation in Durban II.” “Abbas is ready to accept a Jewish state in the framework of a two-state solution.” “Khaled Meshaal seeks peace, not the destruction of Israel.” “The pope’s trip to Israel shows that issues between Israel and the Vatican have been resolved.” “Obama and Netanyahu have irreconcilable visions of peace.” “Netanyahu's government refuses to honor past agreements on settlements.” “There is urgency to resolve the Palestinian-Israel conflict.” “Palestinian leaders are committed to peace.” “Fatah's Sixth Congress proved the party's rejuvenated committment to peace.” “Saudi Arabia is on the path to normalizing relations with Israel.” “The Goldstone Report proves Israel is guilty of war crimes in Gaza.” “In exchange for a settlement freeze, Arab states are offering overflight rights as a peace gesture to Israel.” “Jews were responsible for the defeat of Egypt's candidate for UNESCO.” “The enemies of Israel will not misuse the Goldstone Report.” “Amnesty's water report fairly portrays Israel.” “The threat Hizbollah poses to Israel has diminished.” “Syria is ready for peace with Israel.” “Settlements are an obstacle to negotiations.” “Egypt's blockade of Gaza has provoked international criticism.” “George Mitchell threatened Israel.” “The U. is maintaining Israel's qualitative edge.” “The Israelis and the Palestinians share equal blame in creating recent obstacles to peace.” “Israel is an apartheid state.” “Israel’s Inclusion of Rachel’s Tomb and the Cave of the Patriarchs as Jewish Heritage Sites is an attack on Palestinian sovereignty and Islam.” “The re-dedication of the Hurva Synagogue is an affront to Palestinians.” “The Palestinian Authority promotes a culture of tolerance and peace.” “The flotilla bound for Gaza was on a humanitarian mission.” “The naval blockade of Gaza does not affect Hamas and only hurts innocent civilians.” “UNIFIL has kept the peace in southern Lebanon.” “Palestinian Authority leaders have a mandate from the people to pursue peace.” “Ending the moratorium on settlement construction is designed to torpedo peace negotiations.” “Renewed settlement construction in the West Bank proves Israel is uninterested in peace.” “Israel has instituted a racist loyalty oath requiring immigrants to pledge allegiance to Israel as a “Jewish and democratic state.” “The Palestinians can pressure Israel into negotiating on their terms by unilaterally declaring statehood." “Israel cannot be both a democratic state and a Jewish state.” “The UN helps preserve Jewish holy sites in the Palestinian Territories.” “Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is a moderate interested in compromise.” “Israel is the only country in the Middle East that feels threatened by Iran's nuclear ambitions.” "Saudi Arabia is an ally of the West in the war on terror." “The viability of a future Palestinian state is severely hampered by the continued construction of Israeli settlements." “Israel illegally demolished a Palestinian national landmark in East Jerusalem." “Israel is required by international law to supply goods and services to Gaza - its blockade is collective punishment." “Israel must accept the demand of Palestinian refugees to 'return' in order for there to be peace." “The Egyptian revolution has no impact on Israel's security.” “Turmoil in Egypt is a result of the failure to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” “America's veto of a UN Security Council resolution condemning settlements undermined peace talks.” “American media coverage of Israel is proportional with coverage given to the rest of the Middle East.” “'Israel Apartheid Week' promotes peace.” “Palestinian terrorism is a byproduct of the 'cycle of violence' perpetuated by Israel.” “Israel unnecessarily maintains checkpoints to control and humiliate the Palestinians.” “Rockets shot from Gaza at southern Israel do not cause enough damage to justify military retaliation .” “Justice Goldstone remains convinced that Israel committed war crimes documented in the Goldstone Report.” “The Iron Dome Missile Defense System negates the need for Israel to engage in military operations against Hamas in Gaza “The targeted assassination of terrorist leaders is a counterproductive military strategy "A Unilateral Declaration of Independence is the Palestinians’ only avenue to advance the Peace Process." "Palestinian leaders claim that the future Palestinian state will welcome Jews and Israelis." "Due to the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israel's economy has been suffering." - "Gaza does not receive necessary humaitarian supplies due to Israel's blockade." - "The 'Flotilla 2' is intended solely to relieve the humanitarian crisis in Gaza." - "The United Nations repudiated the claim that Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza is legal." - "A Unilateral Declaration of Independence is the Palestinians’ only avenue to advance the Peace Process." - "Palestinian leaders claim that the future Palestinian state will welcome Jews and Israelis." - "Mahmoud Abbas is working toward reaching peace with Israel." - "Time is not on Iran's side vis-a-vis its acquiring the atomic bomb." - "Due to the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israel's economy has been suffering." - "Of the Palestinian prisoners released in the Shalit deal, most who have spoken out say they will renounce terror." - "Israel's proposed rebuilding of the Mugrabi Gate leading to the Temple Mount is an act of religious war." - "The Palestinian leadership wants to normalize ties with Israel." - "The Palestinians agreed to negotiate with Israel without preconditions." - "Palestinians terrorism is no longer a threat to Israel." - "Israel no longer faces any threats from Gaza." - "The rights of Palestinian women are protected in the Palestinian Authority." - "Palestinians are talking about peace with Israelis in Jordan." - "Terrorism against Jews is limited to attacks in Israel and the Palestinian territories." - "Israeli democracy is threatened and Americans need to speak out to save it." - "Iran is the only Muslim nation in the Middle East seeking to develop nuclear technology." - "Women do not have equal rights in Israel." - "Israel's policy of targeted killings is immoral and counterproductive." - "Israel does not support humanitarian development and sustainablity in the Palestinian territories." - "Israel is whitewashing history to promote the judaization of Jerusalem." - "The State Department knows the capital of Israel." - "Israeli policy has caused an exodus of Christians from the West Bank." - "The United States is committed to ensuring a complete halt to the Iranian nuclear program." - "Israel's new unity government reduces the prospect for continued peace negotiations with the Palestinians." - "Palestinians no longer object to the creation of Israel." - "Mahmoud Abbas has rooted out corruption from the Palestinian Authority." - "The rise of Islamists in Egypt's government does not pose a strategic threat to Israel." - "The Palestinian Authority promotes a culture of tolerance and peace toward Israel." - "Egyptian-Israeli security cooperation is at it weakest point in years." - "Israel is culpable in the 2003 death of American activist Rachel Corrie." - "Intelligence about Iran's nuclear program may be as faulty as the information about Iraq's." - "We will know when Iran has a bomb and can take action at that time." - "Iran should be allowed a nuclear weapon since Israel has one." - "Anti-Semitism is on the decline around the world." - "Iran does not believe it can win a nuclear war." - "Iran wants to control its nuclear stockpile and would never give a bomb or nuclear material to terrorists." - "We are seeing accurate media coverage from Gaza." - "Israel is deliberately targeting the media." - "Israel's war in Gaza was immoral because more Palestinians died than Israelis." - "The Israeli construction plan called the E1 project threatens the two-state solution and the contiguity of a future Palestinian state." - "Israeli policies are obstructing peace." - "If Iran has a bomb, it can be deterred the way the U. deterred the Soviet Union."- “Israeli settlements are an obstacle to Mideast peace.” - “The Palestinians are now ready to make peace with Israel.” - “Attacking Iran will create more instability in the Middle East.” - “If the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was solved, the Middle East would be at peace.” - “Israel has created separate bus lines to segregate Jews and Palestinians.” - “The European Union has no reason to name Hezbollah a terrorist organization.” - “Non-lethal Palestinian rocket attacks have no impact on Israel's civilian population.” - “Israelis overreact to harmless rock-throwing by Palestinians.” - “The Palestinian Authority is committed to reforming Palestinian society.” - “Now is a good time to revive the Arab peace initiative.” - “Syria’s chemical weapons pose no threat outside of Syria.” - “Israel has refused to discuss a compromise on the future of Jerusalem.” - “'Nakba Day' has nothing to do with the peace process.” - “An Israeli attack on Iran would endanger U. interests in the Middle East.” - “The United States helped Israel defeat the Arabs in six days in June 1967.” - “The election of Hassan Rouhani eliminates the Iranian nuclear threat.” - “The U. must be involved in any successful peace process between Israel and her neighbors.” - “Israel 'occupies' the West Bank.” - “Palestinian leaders enter peace talks with Israel sharing a common desire for democacy.” - “Israel must make concessions for the peace process to succeed.” - “Christians are a protected minority in the Middle East.” - “Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu is disinterested in peace with the Palestinians.” - “Palestinians support the boycott and divestment movement against Israel.” - “Iran's Supreme Leader Khamenei issued a against producing nuclear weapons.” - “Iran is isolated because of the international sanctions regime.” - “Israel is responsible for expelling the Arabs of Palestine during the 1948 War of Independence.” - “The Palestinians have made concessions to advance the peace process; Israel has remained uncompromising.” - “A third intifada will erupt if Israel does not satisfy Palestinian demands.” - “The negotiated compromise with Iran removes Tehran's nuclear weapons threat.” - “The Iranian government is committed to fulfilling the terms it agreed to in the Geneva nuclear deal“ Elections are not synonymous with democracy.
Several Arab countries hold elections, including Egypt and Syria, but they have only one candidate, and there is no doubt about the outcome.
Immediately after the election, however, 46 officials from the PA Central Election Committee resigned, confirming suspicions of voting irregularities and fraud.
The Committee had come under pressure from Abbas’ staff to extend the vote by an additional two hours and to allow non-registered voters to cast ballots to guarantee a larger turnout and improve Abbas’ chance of a “landslide” victory.
According to a study by a team of independent researchers, the 2004 Palestinian-Arab population was closer to 2.4 million than to the 3.8 million cited by the PA.
The independent study comes up with its figures largely by deconstructing PA statistics, but Israel's leading demographer, Professor Sergio Della Pergola of Hebrew University, has challenged the result, saying his estimate of 3.4 million Palestinians is based on Israeli data (the CIA estimates the population for the West Bank and Gaza at 3.6 million).
After the Israeli Supreme Court ruled the government had to more carefully balance security concerns and harm to the Palestinians, the route of the fence was adjusted to run closer to the “Green Line.” When completed, the fence will now incorporate just 7 percent of the West Bank — less than 160 square miles — on its “Israeli side,” while 2,100 square miles will be on the “Palestinian side.” If and when the Palestinians decide to negotiate an end to the conflict, the fence may be torn down or moved.
Even without any change, a Palestinian state could now theoretically be created in 93 percent of the West Bank (and the PA will control 100 percent of the Gaza Strip after the disengagement is complete).
While Abbas is now seen as a legitimately elected leader by most Palestinians and the international community, the PA has no history of democratic institutions, so it remains in doubt whether the various terrorist groups will also accept his leadership, and whether the security services will enforce the president’s will.