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April 18, 2014 / 18 Nisan, 5774
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What Just Happened to the Peace Talks?!

Friday, April 4th, 2014

To anyone who has been through a few rounds of these peace talks over the years, it was kind of obvious that they were going to have to collapse. What wasn’t obvious was how, when or what excuse would be given.

Abba Eban once incorrectly said that the Arabs “never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.” I say incorrectly because he assumed that the Arabs must have the same desire and goal for peace as he did, and they just keep messing it up.

But that statement is wrong because the underlying assumption is wrong. The Palestinian Authority is not interested in peace. At least not in the way Abba Eban understood it.

The Palestinian Authority was obtaining the release of some very horrible terrorists, a lot of them, and even lots more of them in the future. If the leaks were even partly true, they were, in their salami method, getting some seriously bad concessions from Israel, and they were doing it with the help of the most friendliest, pro-PA, anti-Israel government in US history.

And all they had to do was keep talking.

Yet they threw it all away.

Why?

It wasn’t because they weren’t getting major concessions in the talks, they were, and over time they would have gotten even more.

It wasn’t because they were being forced to offer any concessions in return – because they weren’t.

Well, except for one nonnegotiable.

Netanyahu demanded they acknowledge Israel as the Jewish state.

This would mean ending the fight, and recognizing the Jewish right to the land of Israel, and admitting that Israel was making concessions to the PA. But primarily it meant declaring an official end to the war and trying to destroy Israel.

Look at one of the precondition demands the PA made yesterday.

They demanded that 15,000 PA citizens be granted Israeli citizenship. Does that really jive with the narrative that they want their own state for their own people, or does that jive better with the fact that they still want to destroy Israel and overrun it with Arabs? The answer speaks for itself.

The PA collapsed the peace talks, most likely because they were reaching that point, just like they reached that point in the past, where they had to decide, do they want to be a normal, productive country, or do they want to continue to try to destroy Israel.

The answer is clearly the latter, and perhaps partially, because they have no culture to be the former.

But unfortunately, as experience shows, this doesn’t mean the end of the peace talks. It means the end of this round, and at some point they’ll be started up again.

Perhaps after (yet another) unilateral declaration of statehood. Perhaps after a UN vote. Perhaps after another intifada (which Israel will win). Perhaps next week, if the US gives them a big present.

And the game will continue. The talks will restart, and they’ll reach the point near the end, where they’ll collapse again, for only one reason, because a signed peace agreement won’t allow for the destruction of Israel.

The Voice of One Terror Victim: “We Are Being Left On Our Own”

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

JERUSALEM – Amid conflicting reports on the Israeli government’s intentions to release the fourth wave of Palestinian terrorists as part of peace negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, families of terror victims have not lost hope in their fight against what they believe is a destructive move for Israel, physically and morally.

Protesting in front of the Prime Minister’s office, Gila Molcho, sister of Ian Fienberg, who was hacked to death in Gaza 1993, told Tazpit News Agency: “Ian’s murderers have already been released. They were sentenced to 90 years; one was let out in the first wave of releases, the other one in the second wave. Someone who was involved was released as part of the deal to release Gilad Shalit. On a personal level, my family has gone through this again and again; we are trying to relearn how to breathe.”

The family’s pain is immense, and yet Gila believes that the issue is much broader and significant than just her personal suffering. “This is much bigger than our personal level, it’s on a national level – how can we give away the most important thing we have- sacred Jewish blood?! We’re giving away our soul as a gesture. My brother believed in justice, he was a lawyer, he worked for people, with people, and he was murdered by a man who knew him, just because he was a Jew. How can we let someone like that out as a gesture, and everything in this country carries on and there’s nothing happening?! Those of us who understand what’s happening either don’t have the energy left or are just powerless to get everybody to get out to the streets and scream that a terrible injustice is being done here. [By letting out terrorists] we’re increasing terror. Those who are let out become celebrities, and the only way to remain a celeb is to carry on preaching hatred and terror, so we’re increasing terror on the one hand and we are decreasing the value of our sacred Jewish blood on the other hand. My kids are telling me that they hear the message that is being sent from our government – that Jewish blood is not important anymore, you can give it away as a gesture, and that is a terrible thing for our youth to hear.”

Molcho believes the entire country should be up in arms on this issue. “So where is everybody?? I want everybody to stop saying “Oh, that is terrible injustice but there’s nothing we can do about it”, and to actually get up out of the chair and go stand in the middle of the street and say “We are not going to let out anymore murderers.” That is the only way Prime Minister Netanyahu will be able to say “my nation is not going to allow this to happen” and then maybe it won’t happen, but if we all sit at home and say, “oh, there’s nothing we can do about it but it’s a terrible injustice” then that’s what’s going to happen in a few days.”

The pain, Molcho shares, is enormous: “On a personal level, the families that their murderers are let out have to deal with that. We are being left on our own. Not the government, actually, nobody, I mean, everybody carries on with their life and we have to somehow deal with this on our own, so the families will have to learn to deal with this on their own, but on the national level, it’s a catastrophe.”

Netanyahu: Do Not Release Jailed Terrorists

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

An Excerpt from “Fighting Terrorism”, 2001 Edition, by Benjamin Netanyahu, page 144.

Among the most important policies which must be adopted in the face of terrorism is the refusal to release convicted terrorists from prisons. This is a mistake that Israel, once the leader in anti-terror techniques, has made over and over again.

Release of convicted terrorists before they have served their full sentences seems like an easy and tempting way of defusing blackmail situations in which innocent people may lose their lives. But its utility is momentary at best.

Prisoner releases only embolden terrorists by giving them the feeling that even if they are caught their punishment will be brief.

Worse, by leading terrorists to think such demands are likely to be met, they encourage precisely the kind of terrorist blackmail which they are supposed to defuse: All that Timothy McVeigh’s compatriots need to know is that the the United States government is susceptible to releasing him in exchange for the lives of innocent hostages in order to get the terrorists to make just such a demand; only the most unrelenting refusal to ever give in to such blackmail can prevent most such situations from arising.

Israeli Terror Victims Oppose Releasing Terrorists for Negotiations

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

The majority of Israeli terror victims are opposed to releasing terrorists in order to jump start peace negotiations with the Palestinians. So says Mark Belzberg, Chairman of One Family, an Israeli organization which assists victims of Palestinian terrorism.

Belzberg issued his statement in response to a US suggestion that Israel release Palestinian terrorists from the pre-Oslo period as a goodwill gesture to encourage the Palestinian Authority to negotiate with Israel. Israel has agreed to release 82 Palestinian terrorists with blood on their hands in the course of four stages over the next eight months, yet has refused to set free Israeli Arab security prisoners.

“Whenever terrorists are released, it brings back the horror and terror, even if the released terrorist wasn’t the one who did it to you,” said Belzberg. “It hits the terror victims in the heart. It brings back grief and anger and it is very difficult for them.”

Although Israeli terror victims oppose releasing terrorists, Belzberg reports that the victims are often less opposed to releasing terrorists if it results in saving a Jewish life. “Jews are willing to do anything to save another Jewish life,” he says. “The Jewish people are willing to pay a price to save someone from injustice.”

For example, Belzberg says half of Israeli terror victims supported the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange for this reason. Although it was painful for them to see murderers walk free, and in many cases return to terror, they saw the tangible benefit of a young man regain his life. Belzberg also argues that many victims would consent to releasing Palestinian terrorists in exchange for the freedom of Jonathan Pollard, viewing it as a means to correct a miscarriage of justice that would permit Pollard to live out the rest of his days in peace.

The vast majority of Israeli terror victims, however, do not support releasing Palestinian terrorists simply to pursue peace talks that they doubt will lead to peace. “If you took a life, you should be punished … If you are releasing a person who should be executed, there is a sense of injustice being done,” Belzberg says.

While he understands that the Americans are making this request for pragmatic reasons, Belzberg said on behalf of the victims that “this Palestinian request shouldn’t be condoned.”

Cabinet Approves Referendum Bill

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

The Israeli cabinet approved a bill that would require a referendum on any deal with the Palestinian Authority that would involve relinquishing sovereign Israeli land. The bill does not include Judea or Samaria, which have not yet been annexed, unlike the Golan and parts of Jerusalem after it was liberated.

The bill will now go to the Knesset for a vote.

The vote on releasing Arab terrorists was postponed, after Netanyahu saw that he didn’t have the support to pass it at this point.

Bibi’s Begging, and We Don’t Know Why

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

I think we are all in a bit of shock over Bibi’s plan to release 104 Arab terrorists. While Bibi is surprised at the push-back he’s getting.

After all, this isn’t the first time that Israel has released terrorists, nor the first time that Israel has released terrorists in a lop-sided deal. So while Bibi expected lip-service attacks, he wasn’t expecting this all-out full-frontal revolt, including from his most closest associates.

But this is the first time that Israel has released terrorists in exchange for nothing. Literally nothing. Not Gilad Shalit, not dead soldier’s bodies, not even a signature.

Simply nothing.

And the terrorists set to be released are some pretty horrid, unrepentant, hardcore murderers.

In the past, our Prime Ministers have claimed that what they see from there, is not what we see from here, but it appears the Prime Minister has become disconnected from realities on the ground, and that is why he was taken by surprise by the revolt. Sitting over there, he doesn’t understand what even the most simplest person in Israel understands. There isn’t a sane citizen in Israel that understands why he is doing this, or even understands his stated explanation as to why he is doing it.

We, the citizens of Israel, were not happy about the government freeing 1000 terrorists for Gilad Shalit, but we understood that since the government has lost its ability to save him, this would have been the only way to free him.

But this deal? It has no upside. It has no benefits that we can weigh it against. We can’t even say its capitulation, since he’s not capitulating to anything.

He’s just freeing terrorists to get the Palestinians to show up at the table.

That’s not capitulation. That’s begging.

One must assume that the US has threatened Israel with something serious. It must be something serious. I hope its serious, because I can’t imagine any other reason for Bibi to do this.

Hagai Amir Says His Brother Should be Freed Too

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

Hagai Amir, the brother of Yigal Amir, who shot and killed Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin, wrote on his Facebook page that his brother should be freed.

Hagai writes that since Netanyahu will be releasing Israeli Arabs who killed Israelis, there’s no reason to not release Israeli Jews who killed Israelis, his brother first and foremost.

 

Poll: Most Israelis are Against a Settlement Construction Freeze and Terrorist Release

Friday, July 26th, 2013

The following is the results from a Mina Tzemach poll on the peace process, broadcasted on the Knesset channel on Thursday:

Is the Israeli government interested in progressing with negotiations? 58% Yes 42% No

Is the Palestinian Authority interested in progressing with negotiations? 29% Yes 71% No

What is the likelyhood that the negotiation will bring about an arrangement? 7% High 29% Average 27% Somewhat Low 12% Low 25 Very Low

Do you support the release of 80 prisoners as a gesture? 77% Against 23% Support

Do you support freezing settlement construction? 55% Against 45% Support

Did the EU boycott help jump start the negotiations? 53% No effect 47% Had an effect

Will the EU boycott hurt Israel’s economy?
21% Will definitely hurt
46% It might hurt
28% It might not hurt
5% It will definitely not hurt

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