An Arab teenager's body was found burned after he was kidnapped, allegedly in retaliation for the three Israeli teens believed slain by the Islamist group Hamas. But David Rubin, former mayor of Shiloh in the West Bank, says he thinks the story is a fabrication.
"We've been in this movie before, and it's not a good one," Rubin told J.D. Hayworth and John Bachman on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV
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"The bottom line is that whenever something like this happens where the Arab terrorists commit a terrorist attack against Israeli civilians, which as you know happens quite often, and when the media start talking about it, before you know it, the Arabs are pulling up some teenager or some child that they claim has been wounded or killed by an Israeli," said Rubin, whose latest book "Peace for Peace: Israel In The New Middle East"
details why peace has been so hard to attain after decades of effort in that region.
"And then what we find out afterwards, is that it was all fabricated," he said.
Rubin said he doesn't "believe it for a minute" that the Israelis killed the Arab boy.
"Israelis don't do that," he explained. "Jews do not kidnap children and teenagers and murder them. It's just not something that's done."
"You will find out, within a few weeks, you will see it on the back pages of the New York Times that there was a mistake, but they will have already put in the headline."
Rubin says the latest killings will only increase the tensions between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
The Palestinian Authority announced in late May that it was working to establish a unity government that includes Hamas.
"We're headed toward war," Rubin said. "It's just going to get worse and worse."
"Israel was warning for a long time that if terrorists joined together that it is going to bring things to a head, and it's not going to be positive for any sort of peace process," he added.
One of the biggest problems is that "the Palestinian Authority has been the main sponsor of terrorism."
"The Palestinian Authority of Mahmoud Abbas pays salaries to the terrorists, and every single terrorist, whether it's from Islamic Jihad, or Hamas, or Fatah, or even al-Qaida — they receive a salary from the Palestinian Authority," he said.
"It's time that we pay a little bit of attention to that, that if the Palestinian Authority is financing terrorism and paying the salaries of these terrorists, then they don't have the right to exist in the free world," Rubin said.
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