Yasser Arafat is the Big Winner (INN-ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS OP-ED) by Arthur Cohn 11/20/03)
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Yasser Arafat is the one who gains the most from the so-called
Geneva “peace” plan. The State of Israel is its prime loser.
During the last few months, and especially after the acceptance of
the “road map”, Arafat was urged to finally take concrete and serious
steps against terror. Has he done anything to fulfil his obligations?
What is happening now, in reality, is exactly the opposite: while he
and his accomplices continue to praise suicide bombers as martyrs,
they are hailed as partners for peace.
Yossi Beilin and his friends ignored, during the Oslo years, all
signs of Palestinian refusal to honor their commitments. Arafat never
used the word “peace” in Arabic; he said explicitly (Johannesburg,
Stockholm) that Mohammed himself did not honor agreements. He
educated a new generation to hatred of Israel and the Jew; and he
misused enormous amounts of funds from many sources – funds that were
meant as a contribution to the well-being of the Palestinians – for
the creation of a terror infrastructure. He and his followers have
learnt that regardless of their breaches of promises and agreements,
nothing will happen. In fact, they are soon even rewarded, despite
their frightening disregard of formal understandings. Even the
terrorists who killed dozens of Israeli civilians in Israel – against
the explicit agreement in the Oslo treaty – are to be freed in the
framework of a new proposed agreement. It is almost an invitation to
terrorize Israel now, with release sure to follow.
Arafat was urged to introduce democratisation of his government. Now,
he can show the world how the democracy of the State of Israel works.
The very same public figures who lost in three different elections
(Burg against Ben Eliezer, Mitzna against Sharon, while Beilin was
not even elected to the Knesset) are negotiating a “peace” plan. And
the government of Switzerland - a proud democracy on its own -
supports this totally undemocratic process financially and
politically, thus willfully bypassing the democratically elected
Arafat rejected all peace proposals and never made any concrete
counteroffer. Instead, in reaction to the far-reaching Ehud
Barak/Bill Clinton proposals, he started the second genocide-terror
Intifada. Now, again, Israeli politicians have made new proposals. Of
course, Arafat doesn’t officially endorse them. He just looks on,
while official government sources in Israel reject them and, as a
result thereof, are accused by the Arab countries, the UN and the EU
of undermining the peace process. Again, Israel is the “bad guy”,
accused of unbearable stubbornness.
The Israeli society, which was united in its stand against the arch-
terrorist Arafat, is being divided again because of different
reactions to the Geneva document. In the war against inhuman terror
(“Kill the Jews wherever you find them.”), the Geneva plan succeeded
to divide the Israelis and weaken their strength. Another success of
Arafat, who built his strategy on the inner decay of Israel.
Arafat always described Israel as the last colonial power. He denied
the historic roots of Israel in this area and ignored even the deep
connection between the Jewish people and Jerusalem. Now it is
suggested that the Jews give up all their rights to the holiest site
of their tradition, the Temple Mount, which was, for thousands of
years, the center of their prayers and longings. Let us remember:
Anwar Sadat prayed in Jerusalem towards Mecca, while Jews around the
world are always Jerusalem-“oriented”.
Now, for the first time in history, Israel is requested by Israelis
to give up willingly their rights in the heart of Jerusalem, the
basis of their Zionism, thus justifying Arafat’s claim; he has
historic bonds with Jerusalem, while Israel and the Jews are
There is an additional irony in the Geneva proposal, in that Jewish
worship in holy places will again depend on the Palestinians. Don’t
we know how they respect religious rights? From 1948 until 1967, we
didn’t even get access to the Wailing Wall (despite Arab
commitments). And who doesn’t remember what happened since Oslo to
the synagogue of Jericho and the tomb of Joseph in Nablus?
The proposed plan includes - so we are told - a formal retreat from
the “Palestinians’ right to return”. However, there is no such clear
paragraph in the agreement (and Palestinian participants denied such
Tens of thousands of refugees will have to be absorbed by Israel. The
moral responsibility of Israel for the refugee problem is not waived.
As usual, in such Beilin documents, this very central issue is dealt
with in an unclear and ambiguous manner, posing a frightening danger
to any true understanding in the future.
What an irony: Israel has to retreat from its historic places (like
Hebron, where Jews have always lived) and make the Palestinian State
judenrein, while Israel with its one million Palestinian Arabs has to
absorb many more….
The new plan will automatically become the basis for further
negotiations; like the Barak plan, which was the starting point of
the present Beilin initiative.
The expectation of the Palestinians in regard to a peace agreement
with Israel are increasing in a dangerous manner with every peace
proposal of this kind. Who is the Palestinian leader of the future
who can bargain for less than what irresponsible Israeli politicians
agreed to in this Geneva document?
Consequently, the Geneva document is not bringing peace closer but
just the opposite: Peace is being put off to a very distant future!
(IsraelNationalNews © 11/19/03)
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