Ex-Peace Now Activist: No Interest in Peace on Palestinian Side

"An Israeli withdrawal from land will lead to the establishment of a terrorist state.”


Peace Now is one of the manifestations of the pro-terrorist left, wrapping its agenda in claims that it only wants to force Israel to make peace. Now one of its former figures has shot down the claim that Israel is refusing to make peace.

Dr. Anat Roth used to be an activist with the leftist Peace Now organization and an advisor to former Labor leaders Ehud Barak and Amram Mitzna, but now has had a “change of heart”.

According to Dr. Roth, "The Labor movement and the Israeli left have stocks in the creation of Israel and the Zionist enterprise, but the facts have changed and reality has set in, and the Labor party cannot handle them. The last decade shows us that the desire for peace was and remains a thing of the Israeli side only, and that the processes in the Palestinian Authority and around us show that an Israeli withdrawal from land will lead to the establishment of a terrorist state.”

"Jewish Home is the only party that is correctly reading the map and the processes that take place around us, and is not selling illusions to the public. It connects between secular and religious, and not just talks about unity, but works to strengthen our common ground, our connection to Israel and the Israeli and Jewish and Zionist identity among the people,” said Dr. Roth.

Anat Roth is a somewhat interesting figure. Her work is still cited by Peace Now and allied lefties looking to attack Jews living in '67 Israel, but after the Disengagement she served as a major witness testifying about Olmert's brutal violence in Amona.

And after extensively interviewing Jews living in '67 Israel and experiencing the Disengagement, her views seem to have shifted.

"I saw things that I could not understand," she said, recalling the fight against the disengagement. "I saw a stricken and humiliated population behaving with restraint, and instead of getting into conflict with the police officers who had been sent to harm all it held dear, it called them 'my brothers.' There was a 180-degree gap between the theories in the research literature produced since Rabin's assassination and the reality. All the theories collapsed during the disengagement. No violence broke out." The result was her book "Not At Any Price" (Hebrew; Yedioth Ahronoth Books) -- a work that is fascinating, enriching and chilling.

Roth was raised on the ideology of the Labor Party. In the past she had worked for prominent Labor figures like Ehud Barak, Amram Mitzna and Matan Vilnai. During the protest, she was "captive" to the constant stream of media reports on the latest developments. At the time, she equated the situation to a standoff between two armies, just waiting for the opening salvo that would start the battle.

"The tension was so thick you could cut it with a knife," she said. "I was certain that the clash would erupt at any moment, but to my immense astonishment, I saw the battered, humiliated demonstrators hugging soldiers, displaying superhuman restraint and obeying their leadership, albeit in shock and pain. Two days later, everything dissipated. People went back home."

"During those 48 hours in Kfar Maimon, it hit me like a bolt of lightning," Roth says. "I promised myself that I would solve the riddle."

A more prominent example would be Yuval Steinitz.