Fourteen Questions For Shimon Peres

'Gaza: The Case for Middle East Peace': Shimon Peres

The big “event” this week In Israel is the “celebration” of the 90th birthday of Shimon Peres and the conference that was organized in connection with this.  That is the same conference Stephen Hawking decided to boycott, joining the BDS terrorists.

Bill Clinton pulled up his britches to attend and lots of Hollywood stars are attending, perhaps the one getting the most press being Barbara Streisand.  The funniest story about the “stars” I think is this one about Sharon Stone. Robert De Niro is also in Israel, although in the past he made disgusting anti-Israel statements.

The best commentary on the festivities in Israel is the “Fourteen Questions for Shimon Peres” piece below by David Bedein.

I myself still think that the two most amazing facts about Shimon Peres are these:

1.  That he managed to spend so many years over the past decades in Israeli political life while at the same time pursuing his acting career and playing the Montgomery Burns character on “The Simpsons” TV show;  and

2.  The fact that Peres did not spend the past two decades in prison.  His Oslo “peace process” has directly produced close to 2000 murdered Israelis, and I think that in any normal country he would have been charged with hundreds of counts of depraved indifference second degree murder.

– Dr. Steven Plaut, pundit and professor of Business Administration at the University of Haifa, Israel.

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The President of Israel, Shimon Peres, pushing 90, celebrates his longevity with a birthday bash this week that includes thousands of invited guests and hundreds of reporters.

It behooves the journalists who cover the Peres birthday event to hold Peres accountable for policies that Peres stands for. In the media, longevity allows for long memories.

1. In 1981, Peres opposed and tried to interfere with Menachem Begin’s 1981 decision to bomb Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi nuclear reactor. Does Peres have any regrets for his opposition to the destruction of that nuclear reactor?

2. Peres is proud of the Oslo peace accord which he helped facilitate between Israel and the PLO on the White House lawn on September 13, 1993. However, on October 7, 1993, the left-wing newspaper Al HaMishmar revealed that the PLO would not ratify that accord, and, indeed, the PLO has never ratified that accord. Instead of heeding the Al HaMishmar report, Peres, then Israel’s foreign minister, dispatched his Deputy Minister, Yossi Beilin, to fly to Tunis to thank Arafat for ratifying the Oslo accord, which Arafat and the PLO never did. Why does Peres promote an unratified accord?

3. In 1994, Rabin, Peres, and Arafat made an agreement that Arafat’s armed forces would comprise no more than 9,000 inductees, and that any Palestinian under arms would first have to be vetted by Israeli intelligence to ensure that he did not have a background in terrorist activity. Yet as early as December 1993, it was discovered that the PA had drafted two Arab residents from the Arab village of Tequa who had murdered the curator of the Herodian, David Rosenfeld, in 1982. In December 1995, Arafat announced that his commanders for Ramallah and Nablus were men who planted bombs in Jerusalem’s Zion Square on July 5, 1975, killing thirteen people. As of 1995, the PA armed forces counted as many as 19,000 people under arms by 1995 and now at least 30,000. Since 1995, the IDF acknowledges that it no longer knows who has been recruited into the PA security force. Can Peres answer the question as to whether the PA armed forces now includes volatile terrorists within its ranks?

4. Throughout 1994 and 1995, when private agencies produced videos of Arafat’s speeches where Arafat expressed support for Jihad to liberate Palestine, Peres implored Israel TV not to air Arafat’s speeches in the Arabic language. Peres also asked the US Congress not to view the videos of what Arafat was saying in Arabic. Does Peres express regret for trying to obfuscate Arafat’s message in the Arabic language?

5. In December 1994, when Peres and Rabin conducted a briefing for the media in Oslo before they both received the Nobel Peace Prize together with Arafat, I asked them if Arafat had fulfilled his commitment to crush the Hamas. Both Rabin and Peres indicated that he would do so. A few hours later, when I asked Arafat the same question as to whether the PLO leader would crush the Hamas, Arafat’s response was clear: “Hamas are my brothers. I will handle them in my way.” And Arafat did handle the Hamas – by bringing them into his new regime, as full coalition partners. In May 1995, Arafat’s security forces announced that they would provide Hamas with arms. In December 1995, Arafat invited the Hamas to join his provisional regime. In 1996, Arafat appointed Hamas officials to run the religious departments and schools under his authority. By fall 2001, the IDF confirmed that Islamic terror groups train and operate in the full view of the Palestinian Authority security services, and that the Islamic terrorists get a clear message that their activity operates with the full blessing of Arafat’s regime. The promise of the Oslo process was that Arafat would crush the Hamas, not co-opt the Hamas. Does Peres feel today that Arafat betrayed him?

6. Norwegian statesmen Kare Kristiansen resigned from the Nobel Prize committee because of the Nobel Prize bestowed upon Arafat. The same Kare Kristiansen told the Norwegian media that Peres had promised financial remuneration to fellow Nobel Prize Committee member Terje Larsen in order to ensure that he would share the Nobel Peace Prize with the late Prime Minister Rabin. In 2002, I interviewed Mr. Kristiansen and he explicitly affirmed that he had witnessed the deal made between Peres and Larsen which assured Larsen that he would be “well rewarded for his efforts.” How does Peres respond to the allegation that he paid good money for the Nobel Peace Prize?

7. The Palestine National Council meeting in April 1996 did not vote to nullify the PLO charter to destroy Israel. However, Peres proclaimed that Arafat did fulfill his promise to amend the PLO charter. It turned out that the resolution that Arafat had told Peres that they would pass was not even brought up for a vote. What is Peres’s current perspective of the PLO charter, which was never changed?

8. In March 2007, when a new “Palestinian unity government” was formed to include Hamas and the Fatah in a coalition government, Peres declared that “only with economics can we make peace.” Peres went on to say that if members of terrorist groups perceive economic incentives, they will cease to be terrorists. Does Peres truly believe that a terrorist organization, which acts upon a deep-rooted ideology, can be enticed by a good business opportunity to abandon the path of terror?

9. Peres repeats over and over that the “gap between Israel and the PA is very small,” while consistently describing Abbas as “Israel’s hope for peace.” However, Peres refuses to comment on the war curriculum that Abbas and the PA ministry of education have introduced in the PA. Peres consistently refuses to say if he has even reviewed the new PA school books, which have introduced a curriculum of war for the next generation of Palestinian Arab school children. On March 1, 2000, Peres addressed an international colloquium for the Jewish media, where Peres announced that the PA had adopted a PA school curriculum for peace. When I pointed out to Peres that the curriculum that he had quoted from had been vetoed by the PA, Peres moved away from the microphone and said “I know.” Why will Peres not comment on the current PA curriculum of war?

10.     Before the Gaza retreat, Peres, then deputy Prime Minister, announced on July 7th, 2005 that the American government had allocated $2 billion to cover the costs of disengagement. That assurance was quoted by the mainstream Israeli media for months to come. However, on July 12th, 2005, the spokesman for the US treasury department told Israel’s leading business newspaper, GLOBES, that the US was not giving one penny for the Disengagement Policy. Where did Peres get the idea that the US would fund the Israel retreat from Gaza?

11.     Before Israel’s 2005 retreat from Gaza, Shimon Peres accused southern Israelis of “stoking hysteria” about the rockets and asked, “What’s the big deal?” while describing the Kassam missile as harmless. “Kassam Shmassam,” said Peres. Since then, the southern region of Israel has suffered 29,000 aerial attacks from Gaza and 49 people killed over the past ten years, what is Peres’s perspective on the assurances that he gave the people of southern Israel before Israel withdrew its civilians, soldiers, and bases from Gaza?

12.     In 2011, Shimon Peres dispatched a letter of praise to J Street, one day after J-Street called on the US to support the PLO resolution at the UN Security Council calling for the halt of settlement construction, including east Jerusalem, which the Obama administration vetoed after all other permanent members voted in favor. Does Peres have any second thoughts about sending such a letter of support to J Street?

13. On January 4, 2013, Mahmoud Abbas, head of the Palestinian Authority, delivered a new year’s message in which he lauded Adolf Hitler’s Arab ally, Haj Amin Al Husseini, the Mufti of Jerusalem, as someone whose legacy should be “emulated” by the Palestinian people. Since Israel’s President Shimon Peres never stops in his adulations of Abbas, Peres was asked if he would condemn Abbas’s praise of the Mufti, yet Peres refused comment on Abbas’s praise of the Mufti. Why would Peres not condemn Abbas’s praise of the Mufti?

14. Peres continually endorses an independent Palestinian state under the leadership of Abbas, as a Palestinian state that would coexist as a peaceful neighbor with Israel. Yet UNRWA remains in tact, maintaining 5 million Arab refugees and their descendants in “temporary” refugee camps, under the premise and promise of the right of return to Arab villages that no longer exist within Israel. Why does Peres not support a change in the UNRWA mandate, which contradicts his vision of a “two state solution”?

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  • StanleyT

    And yet the world press – and even the Jerusalem Post – continues to lionize the man. This is what the JPost said in an editorial:

    “As he celebrates his 90th birthday – which technically falls on August 2 – our popular president should be honored not just as a national treasure, but as a source of inspiration and hope for the future.”

    Are they joking?

  • The Dead Critic

    Israel is a LIBERAL state (Look no further than Sodom and Gomorrah Tel Aviv) which should pretty much answer most questions right there. But power corrupts, and politicians become narcissists by trade. Perez is no different. AND because he is human….he also makes mistakes which leads to SIN.

  • Bert

    Expecting Peres to ever admit he did anything wrong is futile. The real question is why so many Israeli leaders and Israeli citizens ever thought that Peres was anything but a liar and a traitor? I would like to believe that my fellow Jews have a high level of morality and intelligence. But so much experience shows that despite certain genetic qualities we Jews can be both stupid and immoral.

  • Arnon Segel

    Favorite Peres quote, while imposing “Oslo” on Israelis: “I am far more concerned about the infiltration into Israel of cable television than by the infiltration of terrorists.”

  • Mladen_Andrijasevic

    The confirmed unteachability of mankind.

    At least we in Israel should by now be wide awake and “teachable”. Why are so many of us still not?

    In the House of Commons, on May 2, 1935, Winston Churchill said:

    “When the situation was manageable it was neglected, and now that it is thoroughly out of hand, we apply the remedies which then might have effected a cure. There is nothing new in the story. It is as old as the Sibylline books. It falls into that long dismal catalogue of the fruitlessness of experience and the confirmed unteachability of mankind. Want of foresight, unwillingness to act when action would be simple and effective, lack of clear thinking, confusion of counsel until the emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong – these are the features which constitute the endless repetition of history.

    Peres, Clinton and Blair – The Unteachable Trio
    http://www.madisdead.blogspot.co.il/2013/06/the-unteachable-trio.html

    With Nothing to Lose: The Limits of a Rational Iran
    http://www.madisdead.blogspot.co.il/2013/06/with-nothing-to-lose-limits-of-rational.html

  • Arnon Segel

    Even Yitzhak Rabin called Peres a Compulsive Underminer!

  • Texas Patriot

    Shimon Peres is an extraordinarily likable and gentle individual and a symbol to the world of Israel’s longstanding desire for peace in the region, and as such he is respected and loved by many. However, as Tony Blair recently remarked, the biggest roadblock to peace in the middle east may be a “problem within Islam”. Who could have imagined, for example, that Anwar Sadat would be assassinated for negotiating a peace treaty between Egypt and Israel? Who could have imagined that the democratically elected government in Gaza has in its charter, not peace with Israel, not co-existence with Israel, but rather the utter destruction and elimination of Israel. Who could have imagined that the former president of Iran would say that Israel should be “wiped off the map”? Unfortunately, Shimon Peres may be a symbol of an earlier day when the Israelis and many others in the West entertained the naive fantasy that Israel’s neighbors would ever want to live in peace with a non-Muslim nation. Perhaps it is no surprise that the biggest fans of Mr. Peres come from the Hollywood Dream Factory. Although Mr. Peres may indeed be some sort of wizard, it is increasingly clear that the middle east is no Oz.