Israel’s Twenty-Year Nightmare


Oslo victims-thumb-470x320-3132Originally published in The Jerusalem Post.

Twenty years ago today, Israel’s so-called peace process with the PLO was officially ushered in at the White House Rose Garden.

A year or so later, when the death toll of Israeli victims of the massive terror offensive that the PLO organized shortly afterwards reached what then seemed unbearable heights, a popular call went out to “Put the Oslo Criminals on Trial.”

Needless to say, with Shimon Peres, the architect and godfather of the so-called peace process now serving as the President of Israel, nothing ever came of the call.

The demand for an accounting was not unprecedented. There was no reason, on the face of things for those who made it to be perceived as anything other than reasonably enraged, and responsible citizens insisting that those responsible for the largest, most destructive strategic error Israel has ever made pay a personal price for their actions.

Twenty years before that ceremony at the White House, Israel suffered the worst military defeat in its history.

Israel did win the Yom Kippur War, in the end. It was a sloppy, painful, tragic and costly win. Victory owed to tactical errors by the Syrians; to the unbelievable heroism, and dogged determination exhibited by the IDF’s junior officer corps and line soldiers, particularly on the Golan Heights; and to the emergency resupply of war materiel Israel received midway through the war from the United States.

Just as was the case twenty years later, when Israelis (having been introduced to the suicide bomber), decided their leaders had betrayed them; following the Yom Kippur War, the demobilized soldiers, the bereaved families and the general public demanded an accounting from the senior political leaders and the IDF brass that had led them down the vicious, deadly garden path.

After the Yom Kippur War, their demand was answered. The Agranat Commission was formed. And heads rolled. The prime minister, defense minister and IDF chief of general staff were all booted out. Other senior IDF commanders were relieved of their duties. And they deserved what they got.

And just to make sure we remember how ill-served we were by our leaders forty years ago, every year around Yom Kippur, the media gives an open mike to every maudlin, angry, and indignant story they can find. Every year new documentaries are produced. Every year, new books are published. And for the most part, they are interesting and worthwhile.

Nothing even vaguely resembling the now forty year-long accounting Israel has experienced with regard to the Yom Kippur War has occurred in relation to the so-called peace process with the Palestinians that is now twenty years old. No commission of inquiry was convened. No heads have rolled.

No television station has broadcast a serious documentary explaining the price Israel has paid on any level for a mistake that has cost us so dearly on every level. No one has given belated tribute to the millions of Israelis who foresaw the disaster that would befall us if we recognized the PLO.

And foresee it they did. And oppose it, they did. More than two million Israelis – or nearly half the country’s Jewish population in the early 1990s, and a third of the current Jewish population, have actively opposed the so-called Oslo accords and what followed.

As a portion of Israel’s population, the number of Israelis who took part in protests against the so-called peace process comprised the largest protest movement in history.

The public foresaw what was eminently foreseeable. Renowned intellectuals and decorated military leaders warned that the PLO was a terrorist organization that had no intention of making peace with Israel. They warned that the PLO would use every inch of land Israel transferred to its control as a forward base for terrorism against Israeli civilians. They warned that Yassir Arafat was a liar, a murderer and a Jew hater who would use all powers granted him to murder and legitimize the murder of Israeli civilians.

They warned that he was not interested in the least in establishing a Palestinian state, rather wanted only to oversee the dismemberment and destruction of our state, the Jewish state.

And for the past twenty years, their warnings were borne out by events every single day.

More than fifteen hundred Israelis have been murdered by Palestinian terrorists in the past twenty years. Scores of thousands of Israelis have been wounded or suffered the destruction of their families and their lives.

Diplomatically, Israel has paid an immeasurable price for the abject stupidity of our leaders’ willful blindness to the rank phoniness of the PLO’s commitment to peaceful coexistence with Israel. The glaring obviousness of the danger of accepting the false historical narrative of our sworn enemies on our ability to defend ourselves internationally was so overwhelming that no one even bothered to mention it in the years before the so-called Oslo accord was concluded.

But today, after twenty years of self-induced diplomatic failure has rendered Israeli leaders and representatives incapable of defending the country, it is necessary to explain it.

The PLO falsely claims that the cause for instability and violence in the Middle East is the absence of a Palestinian state in the lands Israel took control over from Jordan and Egypt in the 1967 Six Day War.

Before the inauguration of the so-called peace process, Israel easily defended itself against this libel. After all, the PLO was established in 1964 – three years before Israel took control over Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and Gaza. Its declared purpose was and remains the destruction of Israel, not the establishment of a Palestinian state on some of the territory Israel controls.

The absence of regional peace has nothing at all to do with Israel. It stems from the virulent Jew hatred that is endemic throughout the Islamic world. Due to this hatred Israel’s neighbors seek its destruction. The centrality of their irrational, obsessive desire to seek the eradication of the Jewish people and the Jewish state is the reason there has been no true peace between Israel and its neighbors – including its Palestinian neighbors. And because their hatred is irrational and all-encompassing, there is nothing Israel can do to appease them.

Israel was able to defend itself from the PLO’s lies to great effect before it accepted this terrorist organization as a legitimate actor and so accepted the legitimacy of its duplicitous narrative. But since it did, it has been unable to explain its actions, or increasingly, its right to exist at all. Because if the absence of a Palestinian state in Israel’s heartland, and its capital city is what stands behind all the bad behavior of the Arab world, then everything that Israel does that impinges even marginally on the establishment of such of state is immoral, destabilizing and dangerous.

This is why even Israel’s most skilled diplomats – to the extent they still operate in Israel’s PLO-besotted Foreign Ministry — cannot defend us. This is why a generation of Israeli leaders have zero to show for their efforts to defend this country. They are trapped in a policy discourse that is founded on anti-Israel lies.

Then there is our alliance with the United States. To legitimize the single most destructive action ever undertaken by an Israeli government, the Rabin-Peres government approached the Clinton administration and asked it to sponsor this objectively insane policy, strenuously opposed by half the country.

Bill Clinton was happy to oblige them. But once the Americans were on board, and placed US prestige behind a policy which, based as it was on lies, had no chance of success, Israel could not walk away.

Once the Americans supported a policy that half of the public – and now two-thirds of the public – opposed, Washington necessarily found itself siding with an ever shrinking minority of Israelis against the majority of the public. Consequently for the past twenty years, US decision makers have backed policies that have become progressively more anti-Israel.

From a domestic perspective, the phony peace process has taken an enormous toll on Israeli society and democracy. To defend such a move so strenuously and reasonably opposed by such a large portion of the public it was necessary to marginalize the public. And so we were subjected to a systematic effort to purge and discredit dissident voices from the senior and later junior ranks of the IDF, from the Foreign Ministry, (although Peres had done much of the work pruning responsible voices out of the  ministry in the previous decade), and from the Justice Ministry.

Responsible opponents in the public square were castigated as extremists and enemies of peace, little different from terrorists. A new vocabulary to hide reality – like calling terror victims, victims of peace – was invented.

Four times over the past twenty years – in 1994, 1995, 2000 and 2005 – the peace processors brought Israeli society to the brink of collapse. Lawful demonstrators and political activists – including minor children – were criminalized, and often jailed and put on trial for their civil disobedience. The corruption of Israel’s legal system, which applies laws unequally to various members of the public, depending on their political views was a direct outcome of Israel’s decision twenty years ago to embrace the PLO.

For the past twenty years, the party most responsible for Israel’s continued abidance by a strategy that has brought us nothing but disaster is the media. The reason that Peres was elected to the presidency rather than put out to pasture like Golda Meir is because the media lionized him as the greatest statesman of all time.

The reason that once in office non-leftist leaders embrace the positions of the radical Left, ignore the public, block every attempt to correct the damage that the Oslo accords have wrought, and embark on a new path is because they are no match for Channel 2 and all the rest.

Our media outlets run a constant stream of post-Zionist propaganda that has reduced our elected representatives’ field of action to the size of a postage stamp. They ignore knowledgeable, well-spoken representatives of the majority. They regularly invite cognitively and aesthetically challenged nationalists to their studios to embarrass into silence the majority of viewers who share their opinions. Zionists are hired to high-profile but powerless positions to make the public feel uncomfortable about complaining that its views have no voice in the media.

Today the Obama administration plumbs the depths of strategic dysfunction. The Arab world empowers the most dangerous elements in country after country. The European Union treats Israel as a greater international outlaw than Iran, North Korea or Syria. Anti-Israel indoctrination is the norm on university campuses throughout the Western world. A new generation is coming of age that has never heard the truth about the Jewish state.

To contend with all this, the single most important step Israel must take is to end our twenty year nightmare with the PLO. As long as it continues, we will remain incapable of defending ourselves.

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  • Silver Gonzales

    Israel must end this by refusing the phone calls of parasitical politicians ( usually Demoncrats) such as John Kerry and Joe Biden. They are beltway lifers who stand as excellent examples as why the US Government must impose term limits. These lifers have ruined politics and are stunning examples ( as are Orrin’s Hatch, Boxer, Feinstein, Schumer, Levin, McCain, Pelosi and so many more ) who will have to dragged away before they surrender their seats.

    The other issue; the voters who support these duplicit creatures. Many of their husbands and wives are secretly contracting in China and have properties there or in the Carribbean.

    Another sad issue is that Western Jews support left of center parties to Israel’s dismay.

    • Jill

      Not me!!

  • American Patriot

    One correction. Not all of those booted after the Agranat Commission’s findings “deserved what they got,” as noted by Ms. Glick. Chief of Staff David Elazar requested mobilization prior to commencement of hostilities but was overruled by the political echelon. Moreover, Elazar’s steady hand guided the Israel Defense Forces to the path of victory in the two-front war. Yet he was scapegoated so that the top brass could be exonerated for their shortcomings. Elazar’s achievements and positive actions were overlooked. He was a hero and embodied the fighting spirit of the IDF in every sense of the word.

  • dsvid1

    Israel, Israel, Israel.

    Jews, Jews, Jews. Horrible, always horrible.

    Endlessly complaining while ignoring why they have enemies.

    Fed up with this bias.

    • defcon 4

      too bad you’re not fed up w/the islamic bias against anyone non-muslim.

  • ConcernedCitizen999

    While you’re at it you might start by issuing an international arrest
    warrant for Bill Clinton, Pleeease…although you might have to get in
    line behind Serbia, or more correctly Yugoslavia, but hey Yugloslavia no
    longer even exists, so maybe that’s what the geniuses of Oslo planned for
    Israel?.

    • defcon 4

      A Sudetenland scenario, but this time not to appease nazis, but islam0fascists.

  • Ken Kelso

    Here are some of your quotes by this Loon Shimon Peres
    “I will make Assad a peace partner just as I made Arafat a peace partner”

    Facts about this appeaser Peres.

    Peres opposed bombing Iraq’s nuclear facility in 81.
    Peres opposed Israel going into Jenin in 2002 after Palestinian homicide bombers from Jenin were slaughtering Israeli civilians, including the Passover massacre.
    Peres opposed going into Jenin cause he was more concerned about his legacy and appeasing Arafat who was behind the atrocities of Israeli civilians.
    Peres opposed killing Yassin in 2004.
    Peres said this after Israel killed Yassin in 2004.
    And what was it that Shimon Peres said after the Yassin assassination Peres said: “We must look terrible . . . for killing an old religious leader in a wheelchair coming out of a mosque. . . . I never thought they would dare to go through with it. . . . Had I been a member of the government I would have voted against this. . . . only by assassinating the reasons for terrorism can we assassinate terrorism.”

    Earth to Peres.
    Hundreds of Jews who had there limbs torn off by homicide bombers sent by Yassin.
    The PR shots of Yassin in his wheelchair will be remembered by those that don’t see the crippled Jewish bodies of all those that he ordered to be bombed by Hamas.
    Yassin was a mass murderer of the same ilk as Saddam Hussein.
    Saddam never killed a Kurd he just inspired others to do his dirty work.
    Hundreds of Jews who had there limbs torn off by homicide bombers sent by Yassin.
    The PR shots of Yassin in his wheelchair will be remembered by those that don’t see the crippled Jewish bodies of all those that he ordered to be bombed by Hamas.
    Yassin was a mass murderer of the same ilk as Saddam Hussein.
    Saddam never killed a Kurd he just inspired others to do his dirty work.
    Some of the Terrorist attacks Yassin ordered.
    Then think, Peres opposed killing this Palestinian Nazi.

  • Ken Kelso

    Its very important to remember how Peres opposed Israel going into Jenin in 2002, when Israel went into there to stop the Arab Nazi Homicide bombers from slaughtering more Israeli civilians.
    Peres is a total opportunist. Back then even with Arafat ordering terrorist atrocities against Israeli civilians, Peres still kept appeasing Arafat.

    Peres was obsessed with his legacy of Oslo and didn’t care how many Jews were slaughtered by Arab terrorists because of Oslo.
    Remember this lie by Peres to protect his Oslo legacy of appeasement with Arafat.

    Peres calls IDF operation in Jenin a ‘massacre’
    Ha’aretz ^ | 9 April 2002 | Aluf Benn and Amos Harel
    4/10/2002

    Foreign Minister Shimon Peres Peres is very worried about the expected international reaction as soon as the world learns the details of the tough battle in the Jenin refugee camps, where more than 100 Palestinians have already been killed in fighting with IDF forces. In private, Peres is referring to the battle as a “massacre.”

    IDF officers also expressed grave reservations Monday over the operation in Jenin. “Because of the dangers,” they said, “the soldiers are almost not advancing on foot. The bulldozers are simply ‘shaving’ the homes and causing terrible destruction. When the world sees the pictures of what we have done there, it will do us immense damage.”

    “However many wanted men we kill in the refugee camp, and however much of the terror infrastructure we expose and destroy there, there is still no justification for causing such great destruction.”

    Peres, who is feeling increasingly isolated in the government – Sharon added three hardline ministers to his cabinet Monday – believes Arafat is still irreplaceable at this stage.

    He does not regard the documents that Sharon presented Monday in the Knesset as a “smoking gun” that irrefutably proves that Arafat was directly linked to ordering terrorist activity. And Israel’s isolation of the Palestinian leader, he believes, only enhanced his prestige and turned him into the key player.

    Despite his harsh criticism, however, and his belief that Labor will not be able to remain much longer in the government, Peres is in no hurry to quit. He is telling his closest associates that after the fighting ends and U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell has visited, the decision will be made. If Powell presents a political plan, Labor will want to fight for it in the government.

  • Steeloak

    Beside the basic Jew hatred the Quran teaches, the primary motivation of the Islamic world to hate Israel is this:
    Once Muslims conquer a land, it becomes Muslim land forever – even if recaptured by the original inhabitants – in this case the Jews in Israel or Spain for example.
    The existence of a infidel “Occupier” on “Muslim” land is a stain on Muslim honor. It is the sworn duty of every Muslim to avenge the stain on their honor and reclaim the “occupied” land for Islam. Until that stain is removed, there can be no rest for the faithful Muslim – or peace for any Israeli or Jew.
    It is the existence of Israel itself that offends the Muslim world not anything the Israelis or Americans do or say. Only the obliteration of Israel and the massacre of every Jew will satisfy their blood-lust for revenge.

    • herb benty

      And that crap is immigrating here.

      • Baluba

        This is a big problem. I have no problem with any other culture or any race. I have however a problem with Islam, being such a complete uncompromising and irrational cultural element. Islamists are our days nazis.
        People need to raise up and confront these people wherever they are. Allowing a hateful, backwards and destructive culture like this to spread will only create enormous challenges in our future.

        • herb benty

          Thanks Baluba, Ya, no other religion/culture screams they are are taking over the world and intend to kill everyone!!

  • Gee

    Hard to find anything to disagree with. We knew it was a huge mistake and the average Israeli has paid for those errors that they knew to be errors at the time ever since.

    Peres the Putz belongs in jail

  • Dyer’s Eve

    ‘And because their hatred is irrational and all-encompassing, there is nothing Israel can do to appease them’.

    No… you can’t appease lusty, hateful black stone worshippers who are so ignorant and their heads so twisted that they have to screw their turbans on! So don’t try! Why try? Why bother?

    Warm up Dimona, Israel. Fire up the nukes and use ‘em! Attack is the best form of defence. Better you smash first before you get smashed.

    I wish you well, Israel.

    • Baluba

      When these people are breastfeeding their vast litters of children a hate towards Israel, learning that it is your lives single greatest purpose to kill as many Israelis as you can. Sincerely believing you secure passage for yourself and 72 family members to heaven in the process, and get 72 virgin sex-slaves upon arrival yourself…

      What can you do? How do you negotiate rationally with a 100% irrational adversary?

  • Ken Kelso

    Here is what Peres said in the 90s
    “I will make Assad a peace partner just as I made Arafat a peace partner”

    If this don’t show what a loon Peres is, nothing will.

    • Ken Kelso

      Yossi Beilin another Oslo appeaser.

      After Arafat’s terror war against Israeli civilians in 2000, Beilin would always defend Arafat and Blame Sharon for the Palestinian terror war in 2000. Beilin opposed Israel going into Jenin in 02 after hundreds of Israeli civilians were massacred because of homicide bombers coming from Jenin.

      Beilin opposed killing mass murderers Yassin and Rantisi.
      Terrorism went down 90% since these 2 killers were sent to hell.
      Beilin also wanted Israel to give up the Jewish Golan to this murderer Assad.
      Talk about an appeaser, its Yossi Beilin.

      Google this.
      Beilin Defends Arafat on National TV
      4/12/2001

      Google this about Beilin.
      It would be a mistake the crush Arafat.
      June 6, 2001

      Beilin still doesn’t get. Arafat was a mass murderer.

      Google this.
      Arafat ordered Hamas attacks against Israel in 2000
      KHALED ABU TOAMEH
      09/29/2010

      During the 12 year Civil War in Lebanon, caused by Yassir Arafat’s assuming power through terror, his terrorists committed mass murder. Whole villages of Christians like Damour were massacred, chopped into pieces with machetes. Out of the 30,000 Christians, 10,000 were slaughtered by Arafat’s PLO. The town was then occupied and kept as Arafat’s stronghold. David Shipler of the New York Times wrote the story of Damour June 21, 1982. There were individual murders.! One horrific, but typical, example is when the Muktar (leader) of a village refused to be cooperative with Arafat and his terrorists. The Muktar’s teenage daughter was abducted and raped. Her breasts were cut off and she was delivered to the doorstep of her father in a sack.

    • Elana_Rachel

      Peres (and others) believe that you can make someone trustworthy by trusting them while throwing caution to the wind.

      The joint PA-Israeli patrols had to stop early in the Oslo years after an armed PA man turned to his Israeli patrol partner and shot him in the head.

      • Ken Kelso

        Your exactly right Elana.

        • Ken Kelso

          If you want to see how crazy Yossi Beilin is.
          On the 104 Palestinian terrorists Israel wants to release, Beilin said this 2 weeks ago. I put the article below.
          Beilin says, Candidates for release, at this moment, are Palestinians who committed their crimes before the Oslo Accords were signed. Naturally, we are not discussing very young people, and naturally the risk of them returning to terrorist activity is not high.

          So according to this idiot Beilin, he would release Charles Manson cause he’s in his 70′s.
          Beilin then says the absurdity if a terrorist prisoners says he wont revert to terrorism we should free him.
          Yes lets believe the lying terrorist Palestinians.
          This is more proof why Israel needs a death penalty.
          Here’s the article.
          Google this.

          Considering degrees of risk
          Yossi Beilin
          July 28, 2013

          • Ken Kelso

            Yossi Beilin opposed killing mass murderers Yassin and Rantisi.

            Terrorism went down 90% since these 2 killers were sent to hell.

            Beilin also wanted Israel to give up the Jewish Golan to this murderer Assad.

            Talk about an appeaser, its Yossi Beilin.

            Google this.
            Beilin Defends Arafat on National TV
            4/12/2001

            Google this about Beilin.

            It would be a mistake the crush Arafat.
            June 6, 2001

          • Ken Kelso

            Google this.

            Beilin Defends Arafat on National TV
            4/12/2001

            Google this about Yossi Beilin.

            It would be a mistake the crush Arafat.
            June 6, 200

          • Ken Kelso

            Beilin, Peres and Pundak who created the abortive Oslo refuses to apologize for the vast graveyard of murdered Jews for which they are responsible.

            Even during Arafat’s homicide campaign against Israeli civilians, these radicals like Beilin, Peres, Pundak refused to blame Arafat for these homicide bombings against Israeli civilians.
            They also tried to say Arafat was not responsible for starting the 2000 terror war.

            Can these appeasers Read.
            Google this.

            Suha Arafat: The 2000 Intifada Was Premeditated, Planned by Arafat
            DECEMBER 26, 2012

          • Elana_Rachel

            Just this evening after Yom Kippur, I got an email from a friend here in Israel about a book in English that came out last month on Amazon (a Kindle book) and it tells the whole sordid story of how the Arabs invented the “Palestinians.”

            It was written in Israel and it’s called “Phantom Nation: Inventing the ‘Palestinians’ as the Obstacle to Peace.”

            Step by step, it evidently shows exactly how they fought Israel and eventually turned to creating a fake people with a fake history to challenge the Jewish people’s real peoplehood and real history.

            The Oslo years (and the collaboration of people like Yossi Beilin) is covered, too.

        • Ken Kelso

          Yossi Beilin opposed killing murderers Yassin and Rantisi.

          Terrorism went down 90% since these 2 killers were sent to hell.

          Beilin also wanted Israel to give up the Jewish Golan to this murderer Assad.

          Talk about an appeaser, its Yossi Beilin.

          Google this.
          Beilin Defends Arafat on National TV
          4/12/2001

          Google this about Beilin.

          It would be a mistake the crush Arafat.
          June 6, 2001

    • herb benty

      Peres is an Israeli “Progressive”, which should explain his blindness.

  • Ken Kelso

    Peres opposed bombing Iraq’s nuclear facility in 81.
    Peres opposed Israel going into Jenin in 2002 after Palestinian homicide bombers from Jenin were slaughtering Israeli civilians, including the Passover massacre.
    Peres opposed going into Jenin cause he was more concerned about his legacy and appeasing Arafat who was behind the atrocities of Israeli civilians.
    Peres opposed killing Yassin in 2004.
    Peres said this after Israel killed Yassin in 2004.
    And what was it that Shimon Peres said after the Yassin assassination Peres said: “We must look terrible . . . for killing an old religious leader in a wheelchair coming out of a mosque. . . . I never thought they would dare to go through with it. . . . Had I been a member of the government I would have voted against this. . . . only by assassinating the reasons for terrorism can we assassinate terrorism.”

    Earth to Peres.
    Hundreds of Jews who had there limbs torn off by homicide bombers sent by Yassin.
    The PR shots of Yassin in his wheelchair will be remembered by those that don’t see the crippled Jewish bodies of all those that he ordered to be bombed by Hamas.
    Yassin was a mass murderer of the same ilk as Saddam Hussein.
    Saddam never killed a Kurd he just inspired others to do his dirty work.
    Hundreds of Jews who had there limbs torn off by homicide bombers sent by Yassin.
    The PR shots of Yassin in his wheelchair will be remembered by those that don’t see the crippled Jewish bodies of all those that he ordered to be bombed by Hamas.
    Yassin was a mass murderer of the same ilk as Saddam Hussein.
    Saddam never killed a Kurd he just inspired others to do his dirty work.

  • Ken Kelso

    Its very important to remember how Peres opposed Israel going into Jenin in 2002, when Israel went into there to stop the Arab Homicide bombers from slaughtering more Israeli civilians.
    Peres is a total opportunist. Back then even with Arafat ordering terrorist atrocities against Israeli civilians, Peres still kept appeasing Arafat.

    Peres was obsessed with his legacy of Oslo and didn’t care how many Jews were slaughtered by Arab terrorists because of Oslo.
    Remember this lie by Peres to protect his Oslo legacy of appeasement with Arafat.

    Peres calls IDF operation in Jenin a ‘massacre’
    Ha’aretz ^ | 9 April 2002 | Aluf Benn and Amos Harel
    4/10/2002
    Foreign Minister Shimon Peres Peres is very worried about the expected international reaction as soon as the world learns the details of the tough battle in the Jenin refugee camps, where more than 100 Palestinians have already been killed in fighting with IDF forces. In private, Peres is referring to the battle as a “massacre.”

    IDF officers also expressed grave reservations Monday over the operation in Jenin. “Because of the dangers,” they said, “the soldiers are almost not advancing on foot. The bulldozers are simply ‘shaving’ the homes and causing terrible destruction. When the world sees the pictures of what we have done there, it will do us immense damage.”

    “However many wanted men we kill in the refugee camp, and however much of the terror infrastructure we expose and destroy there, there is still no justification for causing such great destruction.”

    Peres, who is feeling increasingly isolated in the government – Sharon added three hardline ministers to his cabinet Monday – believes Arafat is still irreplaceable at this stage.

    He does not regard the documents that Sharon presented Monday in the Knesset as a “smoking gun” that irrefutably proves that Arafat was directly linked to ordering terrorist activity. And Israel’s isolation of the Palestinian leader, he believes, only enhanced his prestige and turned him into the key player.

    Despite his harsh criticism, however, and his belief that Labor will not be able to remain much longer in the government, Peres is in no hurry to quit. He is telling his closest associates that after the fighting ends and U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell has visited, the decision will be made. If Powell presents a political plan, Labor will want to fight for it in the government.

  • Ken Kelso

    Its very important to remember how Peres opposed Israel going into Jenin in 2002, when Israel went into there to stop the Arab Homicide bombers from slaughtering more Israeli civilians.
    Peres is a total opportunist. Back then even with Arafat ordering terrorist atrocities against Israeli civilians, Peres still kept appeasing Arafat.

    Peres was obsessed with his legacy of Oslo and didn’t care how many Jews were slaughtered by Arab terrorists because of Oslo.
    Remember this lie by Peres to protect his Oslo legacy of appeasement with Arafat.

    Peres calls IDF operation in Jenin a ‘massacre’
    Ha’aretz ^ | 9 April 2002 | Aluf Benn and Amos Harel
    4/10/2002

    Foreign Minister Shimon Peres Peres is very worried about the expected international reaction as soon as the world learns the details of the tough battle in the Jenin refugee camps, where more than 100 Palestinians have already been killed in fighting with IDF forces. In private, Peres is referring to the battle as a “massacre.”

    IDF officers also expressed grave reservations Monday over the operation in Jenin. “Because of the dangers,” they said, “the soldiers are almost not advancing on foot. The bulldozers are simply ‘shaving’ the homes and causing terrible destruction. When the world sees the pictures of what we have done there, it will do us immense damage.”

    “However many wanted men we kill in the refugee camp, and however much of the terror infrastructure we expose and destroy there, there is still no justification for causing such great destruction.”

    Peres, who is feeling increasingly isolated in the government – Sharon added three hardline ministers to his cabinet Monday – believes Arafat is still irreplaceable at this stage.

    He does not regard the documents that Sharon presented Monday in the Knesset as a “smoking gun” that irrefutably proves that Arafat was directly linked to ordering terrorist activity. And Israel’s isolation of the Palestinian leader, he believes, only enhanced his prestige and turned him into the key player.

    Despite his harsh criticism, however, and his belief that Labor will not be able to remain much longer in the government, Peres is in no hurry to quit. He is telling his closest associates that after the fighting ends and U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell has visited, the decision will be made. If Powell presents a political plan, Labor will want to fight for it in the government.

  • defcon 4

    I wonder what would’ve happened if Israel had seized control of the Temple Mount in ’67′? Things certainly couldn’t of gotten any worse than they have.

    • Jill

      Never too late. It should be done.

  • Rivkah F.

    As a Jew, I envy the Catholics who have Trappist monasteries (no offense to the monks). The hutzpah of Peres, Savir, Beilin, Sarid, Pundak, Hirschfield — all of the Oslo crew and their acolytes– knows no limits. They never shut up and will never admit that they made a dreadful mistake and miscalculation which is obvious to most Israelis. They do not have the humility to acknowledge that they were willing dupes and are useful idiots and disdain their own people. But the media is kind to them so we always hear and read their words. I wish Judaism had vows of permanent silence so we would be spared of their annoying, puerile and self-serving verbiage. Oslo is a continuous curse and they’ll never have to answer for it.

  • BS77

    Ms.GLick…one of the best journalists and thinkers around…..it isn’t just a twenty year nightmare……..it’s fourteen hundred years of misery when you think about it.

  • V. Tuter

    You can’t fix stupid

    • dougEmac

      Agreed.

  • yosef

    Israel’s 20 year nightmare is its government: giving in to terrorists and afraid of Americas opinion… over and over and over… :-(

    • dougEmac

      Operation Cast Lead

      Israeli dead = 13 (one civilian)

      Palestinian dead = 1,300 (most civilian)

      • American Patriot

        @dougEmac:disqus Your argument is fallacious. More Nazis died in WW II than Americans and Brits combined. Does that make the Nazi cause more just? The fact is that the Israel Defense Forces does an excellent job defending its citizens against Arab barbarism while doing an equally excellent job giving her Arab enemies the ass-whooping they so rightfully deserve.

      • Rachel Levy

        That is not true the overwhelming majority of the dead were Hamas terrorists. Even Hamas admits most of the dead were their “fighters”. And of course,many of the *civilians* were later found to be terrorists,and not one Arab civilian would have needed to die if not for the Arab terrorists placing their rocket launchers right in the heart of neighbors,and next to people’s homes. And if Hamas had not fired hundreds of rockets into Israel the previous weeks. The only reason many more Israelis did not die was because of the bomb shelters on every corner and safe rooms in private homes.

        • dougEmac

          I can understand how civilians who are in their own neighborhoods become fighters when invaded by an overwhelmingly superior military force. Once they are dead they become “terrorists”.

          The numbers speak for themselves, and this ratio has held true for most of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. For every Israeli death there are about one hundred Palestinians killed. This includes innocent men, women and children.

          The most common cause of these child deaths is a bullet to the head or the chest. Some of them may even be considered to be collateral, or unintended, damage. Too many were intentionally targeted.

          This barbarism has to stop.

          • Rachel Levy

            Different so called human rights groups put the death statistics at different numbers,and I mean’t what I said not one single Arab civilian would have needed to die if the terrorists they often sadly supported didn’t use their neighborhoods and homes as launching pads to fire missiles.

            “Civilians” do not fire dozens of rockets into another country with one of the biggest militaries in the world,trying to kill anyone they can, if they really care about their families and don’t want any retaliation.

            And that is a bald face lie to say that one hundred Arabs die for every Israeli who is murdered. If that were really the case, over 100,000 Palestinian Arabs would be dead now,according to even the most antiisrael NGO the death toll since the start of the second Intifada[13 years ago] stands at about 6 to 10 thousand Arabs, and 1 to 2,000 Israeli civilians who have also been killed in the same time period[thousands perhaps even tens of thousands more Israelis would have been murdered if not for Israeli intelligence,the IDF,and the completion of the Security Fence]..

          • Drakken

            Tell your goddam muslim friends that first, until then may Israel give these savages what they so richly deserve.

          • defcon 4

            Do you like kool-aid?

      • defcon 4

        No palesimians need died at all — if the islam0nazis had just stopped firing rockets and mortar rounds into Israel, unilaterally, without cause or justification.

      • Drakken

        As far as I am concerned, there should have been thousands more dead muslim savages. Israel, your slipping, want to end this endless jihad against you? Start giving them a nice nasty ash laden taste of Carthage, when they run out of bodies, they will run out of jihad.

  • Rachel Levy

    Good points American Patriot.

  • Baluba

    As a Norwegian, having Oslo as a capital, I can only say I’m sorry. I’m sure our socialist leaders think they do well, unfortunately they are not very knowledgable. Most of them only have educations as pre-schoolteachers or none at all. Due to the femininisation of western european countries we vote forward spineless pussies which opens up for massive immigration of people from the third world, causing cultural havoc all over Europe. Sweden and France are only a meager taste of what is to come.
    Unfortunately Europe has lost it’s will to survive, and will soon perish in this global cultural game of survival of the fittest.

  • defcon 4

    Islam could very well be the end of Western Civilisation altogether.