THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT:
NO MORE COMPROMISES
By Alan Caruba
In his book, The Case for Democracy, Natan Sharansky, a leading member of the Israeli government and former prisoner of the Soviet Union, points out:
There it is in a nutshell. There were no “Palestinians” when Israel became a nation in 1948. There were Arabs who lived within the borders of the new nation and they were offered citizenship. Instead, they were urged by nations opposed to Israel to flee in expectation of returning after Israel was invaded. Those nations, however, were defeated and those that fled became refugees. They have remained refugees ever since, pawns in the hands of Arab nations that have refused to permit them to become citizens to this day!
Everything that Yasser Arafat did since the founding of the PLO was directed at the destruction of Israel’s Jews. Despite ample evidence of this, the world insisted on treating him as a great statesman. He was even awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. And, following the Oslo Accords, he instituted the “intifada” that wreaked death on Israelis.
Several Israeli governments, led by Yitzak Rabin, Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak respectively, tried to negotiate their way to some form of peace with Arafat, often offering vast tracts of land in exchange for a promise to desist from terrorism. They learned slowly and painfully they could not expect anything but more terrorism.
A petition being circulated by the U.S. Committee for a Free Lebanon is seeking signatures to an “Open Letter to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon” calling on him not to make the same mistake with Syria. The letter states:
Like Sharansky, the letter says:
For a very long time, the Israeli people were sharply divided about how to achieve peace with the people that are now called Palestinians. Half of the Israeli population longed for peace on any basis. Half saw the threat for what it was. The Israelis suffered from a moral muddle.
Many Israelis failed to see that the PLO was not about the welfare of the Palestinians, that the PLO was not about building schools and hospitals, tending to the infrastructure, encouraging businesses, and most certainly not about freedom for those in its control.
As Sharansky points out,
Thus, moral clarity demands that one recognize that “There is no moral equivalence between Palestinian terror attacks and Israeli counterterror operations.”
It is this lack of moral clarity that has clouded much of the United States government’s effort to mediate in order to secure peace from the Palestinians. It is only the fence the Israelis ultimately decided to build that has dramatically thwarted the killings inflicted on their people. Do Palestinians suffer as a result? Yes. Do they need to reject the authority of those who have brought about this suffering? Yes. Can they, given the opportunity, embrace peace? Democracy? Yes.
Arafat and the PLO have had plenty of time to indoctrinate the Palestinians with a cult of hatred for the Jews of Israel. It is a hatred that is widespread throughout the Middle East, and it is a hatred shared by many in the West. Simply stated, the demand that Israel cease to exist is anti-Semitism. The demand that the Israelis not respond, i.e., not protect themselves against those seeking to kill them is anti-Semitism. To suggest that the three thousand year old history of Jews in Israel has no merit in their right to a nation of their own is anti-Semitism.
United States policy, as articulated by President George W. Bush, maintains that Palestinians must “elect new leaders, leaders not compromised by terror.” Perhaps, President Bush was prompted to this policy statement by the image of Palestinians dancing in the streets, celebrating 9-11? His demand is for a Palestineian society and state comprised of “entirely new political and economic institutions based on democracy, market economics, and action against terrorism” and on a constitution that establishes a “system of reliable justice to punish those who prey on the innocent.”
Now, the question is whether the new U.S. Secretary of State, Dr. Condoleezza Rice, will pursue this goal. Neither Israel nor the U.S.A. can negotiate peace until the Palestinian leadership demonstrates they can adopt constitutional democracy and protect the universal rights of their citizens. Signing agreements or treaties with terrorists is a total waste of time.
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