DATE:5/03/2002 12:10:00 AM
People tell me that they don't support Palestinian terror against Israel but they understand it. As they see it the Palestinians have a right to their own state, Israel is preventing it from happening so that leaves no option to Palestinians other than fight against Israel with terror as they do not have the military power to stand up to the Israeli army. I guess that is a very popular opinion around the world.
Here is my response:
The Palestinians have the right to their own independent state. The overwhelming majority in Israel and the last 4 Israeli governments agree on that. Since 1993 Israel has been negotiating peace talks with the Palestinians and Yasser Arafat. That historic turn was made after Arafat, a notorious terrorist, declared that after 30 years of terror he had abandoned that way. Arafat said, for the first time, that he is willing to accept the existence of Israel.
For seven years there was progress made in the peace process. It didn't go smoothly from either side but still it kept on going. In 1999 Ehud Barak was elected to be the prime minister of Israel. Israelis have never made such a clear pro-peace choice.
On august 2000 Israel and the Palestinians met in Camp David USA to crucial discussions. Barak wanted to end the conflict. He offered Araft the most generous peace agreement that was ever suggested to the Palestinians. Israel was willing to give more than 96% of the West bank and Gaza, the other 4% were to be replaced with Israeli lands that will be annexed to the Palestinians state. More then 95% of the settlements were to be evacuated. Barak agreed to divide Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, in to half. The temple mount, holy both to Jews and Muslims was to be held in an international status.
Israel was willing to do what no one had never done for the Palestinians - give them a state of their own, including east Jerusalem. There was never an Arab state in the land of Israel, Jerusalem was never the capital of an Arab state.
Do you ask your self: why did Arafat decline the deal?
Arafat wanted the one thing Israel would never be able to give him. Arafat insisted on "The right of return". That means that millions of Palestinians, decedents of Arabs who lived in 1947 land of Israel and left the country after the failure of the Arab attack on the newly born state of Israel, will be allowed to return to Israel. I repeat to Israel, not to the new Palestinian state. Israel population today is 6.5 million people, one million of them are Israeli Arabs. Letting those Palestinians in to Israel would mean the end of Israel as a Jewish and democratic country.
Arafat wants to eliminate the Jewish state demographically. He wants a Palestinian state and a mixed Israel, soon to become Part of the Palestinians state. No sane Israeli would ever agree to that.
So Arafat declined the peace deal. His true intentions were clear now both to Israel an to U.S president Clinton. But Israel didn't give up on peace talks with the Palestinians got renewed on a low level basis.
October 2000 - Arafat decided to go back to his old way: the way of terror. Under his orders and approval a vicious attack was launched against Israel. Israel was drawn unwillingly in to this war. Arafat don't care about his people suffer. He wants to gain political profit through terror and bloodshed.
Israelis crave to peace and they are willing to pay a high price for it. Peace is made through negotiating not trough terror.
Things were going on the right way. The Palestinians and Israel were thriving economically, Palestinians worked in Israel, and Israelis visited Palestinians villages and bought goods. Things were going just fine, until Arafat made his strategic choice in terror.
If the Palestinians would stop their terror attack, Israel will meet them around the negotiating table.
DATE:5/01/2002 05:52:00 PM
Saudi Arabia - if they wouldn't have been floating on oil…
The Saudis contribute nothing to this world except for oil and terror. Their corrupt royal family is paying billions of dollars as ransom to Muslim terror organizations around the world. In return those Islamic extremists don't kick them out of power. And what about the rest of the world, were those Saudi funded terror groups acts? Well the Saudis don't really care.
Recently they came up with a peace plan. I believe that the purpose of the Saudi initiative (which didn't offer any new ideas) was to rebuild the relations with the U.S. After the September 11th attacks those relations were severely damaged. Not only that most of the terrorists were Saudis, a few weeks later the American investigation discovered the outflow of Saudi funds to terror organizations, including al Qaeda.
During Operation Defensive Shield Israel discovered Documents that revealed the extent of financial support Saudi Arabia has provided to the families of Palestinian suicide bombers and to the Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorist organizations.
Just recently the Saudi crown prince Abdullah met in Washington with president Bush. Abdullah had the nerve to apply pressure on Bush to act against Israel. Sadly the Saudis have tremendous economic power and thus a lot of influence on the U.S, bush had to listen to Abdullah - sad sad world.
DATE:4/30/2002 07:33:00 PM
A very good friend of mine, Yuval Scheiner, wrote the next piece:
"I'm a 23 years old officer in Israel's reserve army, I've just finished my 5 years service and currently I'm traveling around the world.
Traveling outside Israel has given me the chance to see the world and meet different people with different points of view's about the situation in Israel. I wish to bring you my point of view.
The more I watch world media (CNN, BBC, ABC, SKY etc') I detect a guideline. All you can see on those networks are Palestinians in the streets of Gaza and Bethlehem rioting against the Israeli army. One can see them demonstrating and rebelling against the military reign that controls their lives in their own neighborhoods and homes.
Being outside of Israel helps me understand why the world is so fond with the Palestinians and I can understand the support they get from people who believe that they are fighting for their right to live in a free country, it is easy to see a poor Palestinian in front of an armor tank and take his side, it is easy to love the needy and the miserable, it is easy to support the weak civilians over the strong army.
a few facts that you don't see in the world media coverage of Israel:
1. Israel military power is all that is shown all that is shown of the Palestinian side are civilians.
Just to remember us all: the Palestinians don't have an organized army!!! They operate in numerous armed militias. Some of those militias operate directly under Yasser Arafat orders.
All the terrorists are civilians.
All the shooters are civilians.
All the snipers are civilians.
All the murderers are civilians.
All the suicide bombers are civilians.
2.Again and again I watch and read about the IDF had moving in and pulling back from Palestinian cities.
I never saw coverage, a full coverage on the shootouts upon Israeli civilian cars, or soldiers.
I never saw coverage on the bomb making facilities that the IDf destroys every day.
i never saw a match up between Israeli withdraw and growing terrorist attacks.
3. Last but not least:
I saw numerous interviews with Palestinians about their dead ones and their lost.
I have never seen on world media an interview of an Israeli:
Orphan child that saw his parents get shoot in their beds at night.
The crying mother that lost her 3 month baby after a Palestinian shootout.
14 years old children cry for their friends who got blown to pieces by a fanatic suicide bomber in a nightclub.
Grieving mothers over their sons who served their country and died while preventing Palestinians terror acts.
The father crying for his daughter on her grave, crying after she was shot on her way home from a friend.
A shocked old lady who had just saw her husband die in a bus explosion.
This is just one point of view but it is mine."
DATE:4/29/2002 11:46:00 PM
Here is a collection of photos that world media usually avoid from printing.
DATE:4/29/2002 12:29:00 PM
Soon Arafat will be set free after Israel had to cave in yesterday to massive American pressure. Israel was forced to agree to the American proposal to let American and British soldiers guard in a Palestinian jail the four murderers of the Israeli tourism minister Rehavam Ze'evi. Israel had previously demanded their extradition.
I'm sure that president Bush knows that the funny punishments that the Palestinians sentenced those murderers (not a life sentence but only 18 years to one of them, the rest with even less) are a mockery to justice. Bush, the former tough governor of Texas, who signed many death sentences and spared no ones life, know that Arafat is only playing for him "jailhouse rock".
The question now is who's going to defend the American and British guards. There is no doubt that they are going to be a legitimate target for Palestinians terrorists.
DATE:4/28/2002 12:06:00 PM
Palestinian terror is reaching new heights. Yesterday Israel foiled a series of huge terror attacks. Terrorists from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine planned to detonate huge explosive devices underneath at least one skyscraper in the center of Israel.
Knocking down skyscrapers, that sounds familiar.
The IDF entered yesterday into the Palestinian city of Qalqilyah, arrested the terrorists and by doing so prevented one of the largest terror attacks seen in Israel.
The IDF operation in the city uncovered three bomb-making factories, from which soldiers confiscated explosive belts, pipe bombs and hand grenades. IDF sappers detonated all of the devices.