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In an attempt to undermine the Israeli government, a group of failed Leftist politicians are
“negotiating” a peace with several Palestinian Arabs. Amram Mitznah, the ousted head of the Labor Party, and Avrum Burg who masquerades as a religious Jew but is willing to give away the Temple Mount, both follow the lead of that “brilliant” Oslo architect, Yussie Bailen, who was thrown out of the Knesset by his own party. This is the group of Israelis, whose
conceit in their own abilities knows no limits, who are blithely negotiating away the Jewish State to an avowed enemy.
As in the past, left wing Israelis are conducting private diplomacy against the interests of the State and only Arafat’s obstinacy and foolishness will save us. His negation of any agreement, no matter how beneficial to the Palestinian Arabs, is the only thing that stops self-hating Jews from giving these Arabs most of Israel’s homeland. The so-called “Geneva Initiative” concedes from the start of the negotiations 97% of Judea and Samaria, all of East Jerusalem and the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. All of this land will be given in return for another empty Arab promise almost identical with the Arab promises in the Oslo Accords. These self-proclaimed leaders who were unable to gain power via democratic means, hope to gain power by embarrassing Israel and the Jewish nation. They hope to force the anti-Semitic world powers to pressure Israel into making dangerous concessions, at no cost to the Arabs.
If Americans against America had carried out these negotiations, these traitors would have been sent to prison for their anti-government conceit. Unfortunately, Israel has no law against private anti-Israel diplomacy and these bumbling Leftist fanatics may yet achieve a tremendous anti-Israel victory for their Palestinian terrorist friends.
The really amazing aspect of these negotiations is the powerful pseudo religious faith that these
Leftist fanatics have. They firmly believe that the Palestinian Arab promises will be faithfully adhered to by the very people who have a perfect 100% record of breaking every one of their signed agreements and who publicly proclaim that their ultimate purpose is to sanitize all of “Palestine” of Jewish presence. In every phase of past negotiations, these same Arabs
have been granted “painful” concessions, yet have reneged on every promise they have made. They then renewed their old promises, received additional concessions, and again reneged on their promises. These deluded Israeli Leftists who have perfect faith in their own negotiating abilities, religiously believe that Arafat and the Palestinian Arab leaders will concede even a small portion of the land – that the Palestinian Arabs believe belongs completely to them
- to the Jews.
And what exactly will happen when the Arabs, as in the past, do not keep to their part of the
agreement? Look at the results of Rabin’s statement that “If they use the guns against us, we will take them back”. Well, do we want to take all of the guns away just because one PLO man kills one Israeli? What if two or three “disturbed” Arab individuals shoot five or 10 Israelis, will Israel punish all of the Palestinian Arabs? How about when 100 PLO people
shoot 1,000 Israelis? There are millions of Arabs; will we blame them all for such a small percentage of the people’s attempt to destroy the peace or will Israeli politicians sing that oft repeated refrain,” We will not allow these few Arab enemies of peace to destroy our
agreements”? Jews may be murdered but the refrain will continue to be sung.
What if the Palestinian Arabs do not arrest the Hamas activists? Will we blame all of the Arabs because a few hundred Hamas activists are not arrested? Do we want to be the cause of a Palestinian Arab civil war? Can we really expect brothers to arrest brothers? Can anything be done if they smuggle in illegal weapons? Don’t they need protection? Can
we do anything if their preachers preach murder and mayhem? Don’t we believe in freedom of speech?
Even if some Arabs carry out atrocities against Jews, didn’t a Jew murder Rabin? You can’t blame all Arabs for the few, can you? Maybe America can carpet bomb thousands of innocent Afghanistan communities when a few hundred Bin Laden troops are hiding there, but Israel cannot do the same against the “innocent” Palestinian Arabs.
What about education? Should Israel dictate to the Palestinian Arab parents what the Arab children should be taught about Israel? Will we go to war just because the Arab schools are honoring the “Suicide Murderers” by having texts that ask math questions like: “If there are eight Jews and two are murdered by honored martyrs, how many Jews are left to desecrate
our holy shrines?”? Will we invade Arab cities because school texts depict the Jew as someone to be murdered?
There are thousands of “trivial” events that add up to the hatred and murder that the Arabs believe is right and just. As long as there is no Arab leader who will stand up and say, “let us all stop using emotion and let’s talk sense and peace” there is no partner and no chance of negotiations. We have played this dangerous game in the past and have been badly hurt by the machinations of a few fanatical Leftist Israeli politicians. We must wait to make additional
concessions until at least one Palestinian Arab leader begins to arrest terrorists and stop the murders.
Thankfully, Arafat has condemned the negotiations and even some leaders of the Labor Party
have condemned their fellow party members for their undemocratic actions. That should be enough impetus for the UN and Europe to embrace this private anti-Israel agreement with open arms and to try to force Israel to make further concessions to Arafat. Pray that they fail!
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