Friday, July 28, 2000

The Deep Dark Secret of Camp David

The Deep Dark Secret of Camp David
July 28, 2000

Upon his return from the US, PM Barak emphasized: "We were not prepared to relinquish three things: the security of Israel, those things that are holy to Israel, and the unity of the our People".

Who does he think he's fooling?

I don't know how Barak defines unity. Does he really believe that the entire country stands behind him?
Does he believe that the Israeli people accept relinquishment of the Jordan Valley, of 90% of Judea and Samaria, of all of the Gazza Jewish Communities?
Does he believe that the Israeli people are ready to swallow Arafat sovereignty in East Jerusalem, including neighborhoods in the "Old City?"
Does he believe that the Israeli people are willing to abandon the Mount of Olives, including the ancient cemetery, containing the graves of such righteous people as the prophet Zacharia, the Ohr HaChaim HaKadosh, Rav Kook, and so many other holy people? (Following the 1948 War of Independence, this cemetery was conquered and controlled by Jordan. The graves were desecrated and the gravestones used to pave roads and construct buildings.)
Does Barak really believe that the Israeli people will accept abandonment of Ma'arat HaMachpela? (This holy site was off-limits to Jews and Christians for 700 years, and today, Muslim religious and political leaders state categorically that should this site again come under their control, 'only Muslims will be allowed to pray there'.)
Does Barak really expect the Israeli people to accept Arafat's terrorist flag flying over Temple Mount, the holiest site in the world to the Jewish people?

Perhaps Barak will succeed in unifying the Israeli people - against the horrendous concessions he is yielding to Arafat.

As far as security is concerned: One need go only as far as today's headlines of the Israel Ma'ariv newspaper: "Getting ready for War" and "The Consensus - There will be terror and probably military confrontation."

According to a poll by Smith Research and Consulting and published by the Jerusalem Post, 41% of those polled want new elections. Fifty three percent agree that Barak offered Arafat too much.

But perhaps the most telling statistic is the answer to the question, "Do the Palestinians truly want peace." Sixty percent replied "no."

What really happened at Camp David?

Barak and Arafat REACHED AN AGREEMENT. Israel will abandon about 90% of Yesha, clear out all the communities in Gazza, relinquish the Jordan Valley, and allow sovereignty or 'shared sovereignty' in East Jerusalem and the Old City. By allowing the creation of a 'Palestinian State' Israel will 'receive' peace, and 'an end to the conflict' while expelling or abandoning some 50,000 'settlers' living in Judea, Samaria and Gazza.

However, Barak, Arafat and Clinton were all too aware that 'back home' - both Israelis and Arabs would vociferously protest the agreement: Israelis, because it is 'too much' (as the polls show) and the Arabs because it is 'not enough.' So, they decided to declare the summit a failure, go back home, and convince everyone of the great gains they had accomplished, thereby allowing everyone to 'get used to the facts' slowly. Barak's brainwashing campaign is underway - attempting to confuse the issues by stressing the 'great accomplishments of the summit.'

"We were not prepared to relinquish three things: the security of Israel, those things that are holy to Israel, and the unity of the our People".
Again and again, again and again, again and again - classic brainwashing.

The three have until September 13, the 'DAY' on which Arafat intends to unilaterally declare a 'palestinian state,' to win everyone over.  They will announce the mutual acceptance of the 'compromise agreement' a few days before this crucial date, and 'everyone will go home a winner.'

This assessment is backed up by two news features appearing in today's Israeli press -  According to an article in today's Haaretz newspaper by Akiva Eldar:
"U.S. President Bill Clinton will appear on Israeli television to express his support for the positions put forward by Prime Minister Ehud Barak and to promise that the United States will move its embassy to West Jerusalem after Israel signs an agreement with the Palestinians.

Barak telephoned the White House and requested the president's assistance in dealing with the difficult political problems he now faces back at home. Clinton will thus tomorrow give a television interview (most probably with Channel One) in which he will state his country's commitment to Israel's security and welfare. Clinton is also expected to promise that the United States will lay the corner stone of its new embassy in West Jerusalem as soon as Israel signs a peace agreement with the Palestinians."

More brainwashing, mixed with a little bribery and American interference in internal Israeli affairs.

Also, Israel radio reported that Clinton has declared that a 'unilateral declaration of palestinian statehood would be very damaging to US-PA relations.'

This spells out a 'no choice' alternative, to both Barak and Arafat, offering them an 'out' - an excuse to their 'peoples' saying, 'we had no choice' …..

But, it's not going to work. Next week Foreign Minister David Levy is resigning from the government. This is too much, even for him.  I cannot say we have always agreed with David Levy, but he is the only minister in the Barak government who warned against 'extreme decisions' and refused to participate in the summit, even though he was invited.

This knockout blow will leave Barak with almost no option but to call a general election. He may very well lose a no-confidence vote in the Knesset next week, thereby forcing new elections. His crumbling government cannot and will not hold up much longer. When the elections are called, we will have to do everything possible to ensure that Barak and his deep dark Camp David secret are soundly defeated at the polls.


Friday, July 14, 2000

The Great Rape

The Great Rape
July 14, 2000

The following story has been running through my head for the past few days: 

Many years ago lived Rabbi Amnon from Meintz, the spiritual leader of his community.  He was approached, time after time, by gentile ministers and the gentile ruler, who beseeched him to convert to their religion. He refused. One day, when they became particularly insistent, he put them off saying, "let me consider the matter for up to three days."

When they left his office, he suddenly realized that his answer allowed an expression of doubt to pass his lips, a possibility that he might deny the unity of our One G-d.  Refusing to eat or drink, he was inconsolable.

On the third day, the ruler sent for him, but he refused to go. After sending many messengers, the ruler ordered that he be brought by force.

"Amnon, why do you refuse to appear. What is your final answer?"

Rabbi Amnon decreed: "I will declare my own punishment. Let my tongue, which spoke falsely to you, be severed."

The ruler responded: Your tongue spoke well - it will not be cut out. But your legs, which failed to arrive here, will be amputated, as will other parts of your body."

Before each portion of his body was dismembered, Rabbi Amnon was asked, "Will you convert to our faith?" With every refusal, the amputations continued, until his limbs had been totally separated from his body and sent back with him to his home.

This story is usually told as the introduction to a holy prayer, recited every Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur, a prayer written and recited by Rabbi Amnon a short time after his torture, immediately before he died, on Rosh HaShana.

Let there be no doubt: All of Eretz Yisrael, including Judea, Samaria, and Gazza belong to Am Yisrael, the Jewish people. Whatever Barak may say or do at Camp David does not, in any way, shape or form, represent the Jewish people throughout the centuries - not the Jews of today, not the Jews of yesterday, nor the Jews of tomorrow. If one wishes to seek a 'democratic' majority, one must approach not only the Jews living today in the State of Israel, but Jews of all generations - for the decisions made today will have a major effect on them. However, according to Jewish law, a democratic majority is necessary only when there is a doubt - where there is no doubt, democracy plays no role. And in this case, there is NO DOUBT as to who Eretz Yisrael belongs to.

Over the past few days the media is reporting negotiations over 'land-transfer' - abandoning heavily populated Arab cities, primarily in the upper Galil, to Arafat, in return for Israeli sovereignty over communities in Judea and Samaria. Today one reporter spoke of a measured transfer: for every three square meters they give us, we will give them one square meter.

This is totally out of the question. The Galil is just as much a part of Eretz Yisrael as is Judea and Samaria. Why should we have to negotiate over any of our Homeland?

That which is taking place at Camp David - even the talks, before the decisions, is nothing less than the great rape of the land of Israel.  The discussions themselves are a defilement of all that is sacred. The use of the word "Jerusalem" in the context of a "compromise" is sacrilege. The very idea of Arab autonomy at Ma'arat HaMachpela, Rachel's Tomb, or Joseph's Tomb is blasphemy. Very simply, Eretz Yisrael is being violated and  taken against her will. The end result is to be dismemberment.

On Sunday night, hundreds of thousands, perhaps more, will gather in Tel Aviv to stand up and say NO - we will not allow Eretz Yisrael to be mutilated beyond recognition. We will not allow Eretz Yisrael to continue to be forcibly raped. We will not allow  Ehud Barak, Yassir Arafat, and Bill Clinton to determine the fate of the Jewish people and the Land of Israel.

Friday, July 7, 2000

If Not Now, When???

If Not Now, When???
 July 7, 2000

Yesterday morning, listening to the radio news, I heard an interview with Meretz MK and former minister Yossi Sarid, the primary leader of the Israeli left. Speaking about the upcoming summit planned for next week at Camp David, Sarid said the following: (paraphrased from my memory): "I never say 'this is our last chance', because there is always another chance, even after the 'last one.' There is another one, and another one, etc. But this time I am saying it: This is our last chance, because if we don't settle the issue now, we all know what will happen. Violence will break out….."

Ehud Barak, Prime Minister of Israel, says that he expects violence to begin should the summit "fail."  Yesterday the commander of the IDF, General Shaul Mufaz declared that a "failed summit" will lead to violence but continued "progress" will lead to a lessening of tensions. Even President Bill Clinton jumped into the act by speaking of "bloodshed" should the summit "not succeed."

Something smells.

Picture this scenario:
A few months ago a three-way meeting takes place somewhere in Europe. The top Israeli negotiators, together with Arab negotiators, and the Americans sit together to work out a strategy. The Israelis whine on and on about the opposition they are facing from within, and predict that the government will fall should a peace conference begin. They also quote secret polls showing that a majority of Jewish Israelis will vote against peace accords in a public referendum or a general election. What can they do?

The Americans offer the following solution:
Scare tactics are the name of the game. All Israeli leaders must begin a campaign based around fear and panic. War, bloodshed, death - these are the themes that must trickle into the Israeli head. Day after day, with an emphasis on the final stage, the Israeli media must play up the "what ifs" - what if there is not summit, -what if the summit fails, -what if Arafat unilaterally declares a Palestinian State, etc. The Israeli leadership must see to it that this is a never-ending subject on radio, television, and in newspapers. Over and over and over again, until the brainwashing takes effect.

The role of the Palestinian Authority: Make noise, lots and lots of noise. Threats, more threats and more threats. Yell about the 13th of September -a holy date that will not go away. Make speeches about conquering Israeli communities in Judea, Samaria and Gazza if you do not get what you want. Spread fear and panic amongst the Israel population. Make them understand that this really is the 'last chance.' If it doesn’t work this time, there will be a big explosion.

The American role: Make believe and try to play both sides at once. We don't support a unilateral Palestinian State, but… The gaps between the two sides are so great that we really don't expect a solution, but if a solution is not found, … We support a united Jerusalem, but Abu Dis really isn't Jerusalem, etc. etc. etc.

The idea is understood. Create a psychological situation whereby the Israeli public will not only accept any solution. Rather, when it is presented to them they will sigh a big breath of relief. Even though the sacrifices are great, the next war, right down the block, has, thank
G-d, been prevented.

It is very possible that this is exactly what happened, not too long ago, and this policy is presently being implemented. Israelis are being bombarded with politicians, commentators and IDF officers who are saying, again and again, this summit must not fail. Otherwise, who knows what will happen. This prepares the groundwork for a signing on the White House Lawn within a couple of weeks, of the transfer of between 92 to 95 percent of Judea, Samaria and Gazza to Arafat. Arafat will agree, in a secret memorandum, to somewhere in the vicinity of 150,000 Jews remaining in "settlement blocks" for a few years - until the terrorism (and overcrowding) gets so bad that everyone starts leaving. Some areas will be scheduled to be uprooted shortly "for the sake of peace" and their populace will be relocated in southern Israel, in the Negev (desert). Other areas will be left under Palestinian rule, with 'guarantees of security,' until they too, leave in despair.

The general election or the less-likely public referendum will revolve around one issue, and one issue alone: War or peace. If you want peace, vote for the agreement. If you want war, vote against it. The PA will continue to spout a lot of hot air, warning of the dire results of a defeated "peace plan." The American president will work to ensure a victory. The brainwashing will continue.

So, with the big day only days away, the question is, what will happen?

Presently, according to media accounts, Arafat is demanding the Neve Ya'akov and Pisgat Ze'ev neighborhoods in East Jerusalem. He is willing to leave 'a few' Yesha communities, only if they are under total Palestinian sovereignty, with their land being 'rented' to Israel for a few decades. He is also willing to trade - some land in Yesha for some land in Israel proper.

The Americans are backing the Arab claim to full sovereignty in parts of East Jerusalem. Madeline was quoted this morning as saying, "you cannot ignore the yearnings of 'billions' of Arabs."

This all plays into our hand. By the time Barak gets on the plane to Camp David, he may very well not have a coalition left. The NRP and Sharansky resign on Sunday. Shas, following an emergency meeting this morning, may very well walk out of the government also. 

But, above and beyond the politics, there are still the Israeli people. What the Arabs, the Americans, and even Ehud Barak do not understand is that the Israelis are not stupid. Deep down inside they understand that the only true security is when, with G-d's help, we take care of ourselves, without having to put our trust in anyone else. We cannot, and will not, ever be able to put our existence in Arafat and Uncle Sam. There is absolutely no doubt that should Barak come back to Israel with a signed accord, abandoning over 90% of Yesha together with some 40,000 Jews, the Israeli people will pour it down the drain.

Next week, on Sunday night, the 16th of July, there will be a giant demonstration in Tel Aviv. It will probably be the largest demonstration ever in Israeli history. We need you to make your voices heard in America and around the world. When Barak arrives in the US to begin the summit on Tuesday, begin bombarding the Israeli embassy in Washington, as well as consulates in different cities, around the world, with faxes and phone calls, protesting the impending madness. Demonstrate outside the consulates and embassies. Get letters and articles into both the Jewish press and regular media. Get out there and make your voices heard. Let anyone and everyone know: The land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people. Yesha is the heart of Israel:  Jerusalem and Hebron,  Beit El, Ofra, Kfar Darom, Netzarim - this is OUR homeland, and we will never ever relinquish it, especially not to our enemies.