Gestures September 27, 1996 David Makovsky's headline article in today's Jerusalem Post is titled: US WANTS ISRAEL TO MAKE A GESTURE TO DEFUSE TENSION. The first paragraph states: "Secretary of State Warren Christopher has asked Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to take "concrete steps," after the premier meets meeting with Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat, that would end the fighting AND LEAD TO THE RENEWAL OF NEGOTIATIONS ON HEBRON AS SOON AS SUNDAY, diplomatic sources said." Bill Clinton's Secretary of State is looking for a GESTURE from Israel. In other words, he is demanding that we capitulate - cave in to palestinian bullets, in order to allow us to continue down suicide lane. The American position follows a certain logic - acquiescence easily results in further debacle. This is, it seems, America's goal. And the theater of the absurd plays on. Our dead are not yet buried, the wounded still hospitalized - the country is in shock. Even the Israeli left, best represented by the news media, keep asking their interviewees, over and over again, `how do we deal with the fact that WE GAVE THEM THE WEAPONS THAT THEY ARE USING AGAINST OUR OWN SOLDIERS?!'. This morning 11 funerals are being conducted - 11 young men whose names have been repeated on the news since yesterday night, who died, not because of a 15 meter tunnel in Jerusalem, but because Arafat's terrorist soldiers are still convinced that using violence is the best way to achieve their aims: a Judenrein Gaza, Shechem and Beit Lechem. They fighting in Gaza by Kfar Dram and Netzarim was based around a desire to see these two communities uprooted and annihilated. As it was in Shechem. And in Shechem they almost succeeded. Today's newspaper accounts report that a final decision was made by DEFENSE MINISTER YITZHAK MORDECHAI TO EVACUATE OUR SOLDIERS FROM KEVER YOSEF AND ABANDON THE SITE TO ARAFAT. Why didn't it happen? According to these reports, Central Region Commander General Uzi Dayan superseded these orders and later convinced the cabinet, meeting in special session after Bibi's return from Europe, not to abandon the site. His reasoning: if we abandon Kever Yosef because of palestinian warfare, this will be used as a precedent to force us out of other areas. And he is right - one hundred percent. And that decision, not to abandon Joseph's Tomb, may have been instrumental in other decisions, and in the tone used to convey the decisions. According to a radio report at 11:45 this morning on Kol Yisrael, correspondent Yoni ben Menachem revealed that the Arabs have been warned that Israel regards recapture of parts of Shechem, especially the areas near Kever Yosef, as a viable option, to protect our interests in the city. The Arabs begged for another chance to prove that they can control the situation, and have subsequently placed the city under curfew. Back to Warren's plea for gestures. Is this man sane? Does he really believe that, following such a show of warfare against Israel, anyone would consider turning Hebron over to Arafat? The thoughts of what might have transpired had the `redeployment' in Hebron already been concluded, is intolerable. Had the hills surrounding the Jewish Community been occupied by terrorist sharpshooters, the results could very easily have been catastrophic. I think it is clear to everyone that Hebron is no longer a subject under discussion. The Israeli government, sitting in its capacity as a `security cabinet' has placed all the blame for the events of the past two days squarely on the shoulders of Yassir Arafat personally and the palestinian authority. Thank G-d, they are starting to see the light, starting to understand that the peace process is a `piece' process, starting to understand that we are dealing, not with partners, but with the equivalent of wild animals. It is only a matter of time until the "Oslo Accords" explode, finally, and conclusively. In the meantime, in Hebron, we are preparing for this week's holiday festivities, celebrating the festival of Succot. On Sunday and Monday the entire Ma'arat HaMachpela will be open to Jewish visitors, including `Ohel Yitzhak.' On Monday afternoon a special program will take place in the Ma'ara courtyard, starting at 3:00 PM. Next Saturday night, following the conclusion of Simchat Torah, Hebron will host `hakafot shniot' - a huge dancing festivity, at the Avraham Avinu neighborhood. This event will be attended by Jews from around the country, and will top off the week-long events. Just as Hebron will remain under total Israeli control, so will Jerusalem, all of Jerusalem. The decision to leave the Jerusalem tunnel open is the only gesture that Israel can possibly make, except for, perhaps, one, which is, to the best of my recollection, too vulgar to express in words.