Simply put, “Oslo was the worst strategic disaster in Israel’s
history “ writes Michael
Freundof the Jerusalem Post
The tragedy began when, with reckless disregard for logic, morality
or even common sense, then-prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and foreign minister
Shimon Peres APPEASED PLO chairman
Yasser Arafat and magnanimously agreed to give him control over parts of the
Land of Israel in exchange for an empty promise of peace.
Overnight, the reviled revolutionary, whose resumé included ordering plane
hijackings, school massacres and the slaughter of civilians, was granted
The accords which were ratified by the Israeli Knesset have NEVER been ratified by the Palestinians, so to say they will cancel them is hypocrisy
of the highest order.
The very day Arafat returned home to an ecstatic welcome he
travelled in a motorcade with terrorists, something specifically stated in the
accords he should not do and nobody said a word. From this act alone, the scene
was set for Arafat to constantly thumbhis
nose at the international community. No-one was prepared to disrupt the “peace”
Consider the following: in the ﬁve years after the signing of Oslo, more
Israelis were killed by Palestinian terrorists than in the 15 years prior to
the signing of the agreement. A total of 279 men, women and children were
murdered in the half-decade following the accords, while 254 were killed in the
previous 15 years.
In other words, Oslo brought in its wake an
unprecedented wave of terrorism the likes of which Israel had never seen. For
the sake of “peace,” the Palestinians were allowed to act with impunity.
In effect, Israel gave up large swathes of land, but instead of peace, all it
received in return was treachery.
Just as happened in world war 2, with Chamberlain, if Oslo taught us anything, it is that appeasement and territorial concessions
are a recipe for disaster.
There is no question that feathers have been ruffled as the USA starts to call a spade, a spade. The fact that the emperor has no clothes and no one dared to say so is now being discussed openly.
NATO member nations always would promise,
indeed swear, that they would meet their military spending commitments, even as
they had no intention at all of doing so. Fine, said the Americans, since World
War II it has been the duty of the United States to lead and protect the West.
American presidents would lecture NATO nations about their promised obligations
and meanwhile expect public nods and private snickers. In the New York and
Washington corridor, the gospel was never to question the changing role or
funding of NATO but always to utter “NATO is the linchpin of the West.” This is
no no longer the case.
The Palestinians always have to remain
“refugees” in a way that similar displaced people who were also forced out of
their homeland — Prussians, Jews of the Middle East, or Volga Germans — no
longer have refugee status, after more than 70 years. The USA has now accepted
reality and quit funding the United Nations relief organization that supposedly
attends to “refugees” who in reality are a political tool deemed useful for
demonizing Israel around the world. The UNWRA self defined status of a refugee is not acknowledged in any other international agency.
Jerusalem has long been privately accepted as
both the historic and natural capital of Israel, (whether it be all Jerusalem
or only a part), and it’s now far more open and freer than it was prior to
1967. But we were not supposed to say that given fears of Palestinian anger, or
terrorist attacks, or inflaming the Middle East. Trump in his supposedly
reckless fashion simply moved the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, and other nations
strangely are beginning to follow.
Even the BDS campaigners are now publicly being acknowledged as campaigning for the destruction of Israel rather than the human rights of the Palestinians.
13, 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the first of two Oslo Accords, which the
late Charles Krauthammerreferred to as “one of the great miscalculations in
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat signed the
initial 1993 accord on the White House lawn. A second accord followed in 1995.
In exchange for Arafat’s signed pledge to renounce terrorism and other
violence, remove the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Covenant statement
denying Israel’s right to exist, and to work toward a two-state settlement,
Israel would withdraw from areas with dense Palestinian population and allow a
Palestinian Authority to govern 95% of its population.
represented an act of appeasement by the Jewish state. Sick of war and hungry
for peace, Israeli leaders deluded themselves into believing that PLO chairman
Arafat had accepted Israel’s existence.
Israel fell for a grand deception. The Palestinians never changed their
covenant, continued their terrorist activities, established a kleptocracy
and, at Camp David in 2000, rejected a magnanimous Israeli two-state peace plan
– an act that President Clinton called a “colossal mistake.” Arafat began a war
of terror that killed more than 1,100 Israelis (78% civilians) and wounded
8,000. In 2008, Arafat’s successor, Mahmoud Abbas, refused an offer that was
even more generous.
More than a decade after Oslo, Israelis gradually concluded that you can’t make
peace with an enemy determined to replace you with a 22nd Arab state. They
realized that Oslo was part of the PLO’s “phased plan” to establish political
control over territory Israel gave them and use that base to continue the
“armed struggle” until it had “liberated” all of Israel from the
Oslo exacted a painful price, effectively allowing the PLO to transform Judea,
Samaria and Gaza into terrorist hotbeds. The PLO achieved international
credibility. They created a propaganda machine to defame and delegitimize
Israel, added “occupied Palestine” to the world’s lexicon and won the support
of the Left. The PLO radicalized the Palestinians and Israel’s Arab minority,
openly glorifying brutality and terrorism with religious zeal.
Palestinian culture views Israeli compromises, peace offers and “painful
concessions” as signs of weakness and vulnerability. Oslo made a bad situation
worse, strengthening the Palestinians’ resolve to vanquish the Jewish state.
Trump’s predecessors rewarded the Palestinians for bad behavior and
inadvertently fueled their will to fight on. Trump has warned the Palestinians
that the US will no longer acquiesce to Palestinian intransigence and that
violence will cost them dearly.
Tump’s administration rejects the Palestinian claim to the right of return to
Israel of the five million descendants of the original Palestinian refugees,
withholding its $400 million funding to the United Nations Relief and Works
Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA), with the goal of shuttering that
anti-Israel organization that supports Palestinian irredentism (a political or popular movement that seeks to claim/reclaim and occupy a land that the movement's members consider to be a "lost" territory from their nation's past) and
President Trump previously signed the Taylor Force Act, freezing budgetary aid
to the PA until it halts its program to pay for terrorism against Israelis, and
recently announced a cut of more than $200 million in aid to the
The Saudis are also applying pressure on the Palestinians. Saudi Crown Prince
Mohammed bin Salman suggested that the Palestinians accept Trump’s “proposals”
or “shut up.”
Trump is playing hardball. So far he hasn’t fallen into the Oslo trap. He’s
attempting to demoralize the Palestinians to destroy their will to fight a lost
war. This will take much more time and effort, continued pressure by the US and
Israel, and new Palestinian leadership.
does not object to diplomatic and commercial ties between Syria and Iran, but
it will never allow Iran to turn Syria into a forward military base, Defense
Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Thursday in interview with Radio Farda.
to Iranian journalist Mehrdad Mirdamadi, Liberman told the Persian language
network, which broadcasts to Iran from the Czech Republic, that Israel is not
against “economic, diplomatic or other cooperation” between Syria and Iran, but
it is completely opposed to Tehran establishing a “military presence and is
opposed to its efforts to undermine the stability of the entire Middle East,
the stability of our entire region.”
may be the first time that moderate Arabs understand that their main enemy is
not Israel and Jews and Zionism, but Iran’s radical and extreme regime,”
shift in attitude is because of the Iranian regime, and of course this is a
step forward,” Liberman added.
defense minister told Mirdamadi that Israel has no problem with the Iranian
people. “Our problem with this regime is its dogma and every day we hear a
speech that it seeks to destroy Israel and will never accept our existence.
“Iran’s access to
nuclear weapons is the greatest threat to everyone’s
stability,” he continued. “Iran’s political ambitions in combination with
nuclear weapons will be problematic for everyone.
does a country that has one of the largest oil reserves in the world spend so
much on its nuclear program and on developing ballistic missiles?”
furthermore told Mirdamadi that “Iran invests in terror instead of employment
for its young generation… It is a fanatical regime that in Syria alone has
spent $13 billion and spends $2 billion every year in financing terrorism
throughout the Middle East.”
legendary foreign minister Abba Eban is often quoted as having said that: “The
Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity” and “The Arabs
never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.” This week, yet again, some
Israeli Arab MKs joined Palestinian leaders in choosing lawfare over the chance
The revelation by Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, that members
of the Joint Arab List would be joining the Palestinian Authority in a
petition to the UN against the recently passed Nation-State Basic Law managed
to do something rare in this country’s fractured political environment – unite
MKs from Left, Center and Right in condemnation.
Hadashot News site reported that the Palestinian ambassador to the UN, Riyad
Mansour, is trying to advance a resolution next month that likens the
legislation to apartheid.
In a message to Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, Danon said: “In the last two
years, we have witnessed strong collaboration between the Arab MKs and the Palestinian
delegation to the UN in actions whose sole aim is incitement and defaming
Israel and the IDF in UN platforms.”
Knesset Internal Affairs Committee Chairman MK Yoav Kisch (Likud) asked the
House Committee to amend the regulations so that more severe penalties could be
imposed on parliamentarians who act against Israel in the international arena.
Tourism Minister Yariv Levin (Likud) is quoted as describing the Arab MKs’
behavior as “treason” and called for their diplomatic passports to be revoked.
Opposition leader and former foreign minister Tzipi Livni (Zionist Union), who
vehemently condemned the law when it passed last month, nonetheless on Monday
in a meeting with ambassadors from nearly a dozen countries, strongly
criticized the Joint Arab List MKs. According to Hadashot News, Livni urged the
ambassadors not to interfere in Israel’s internal affairs and not to “fall into
the trap” set by the members of the Joint Arab List.
Livni reportedly told the
ambassadors that the Israeli Arab MKs and the Palestinian Authority “do not
accept the principle that Israel is the state of the Jewish people,” adding, “It
is impossible with the same breath to demand two states for two peoples and at
the same time not accept that Israel is the state of the Jewish people.”
Joint List MK Aida Twouma-Sliman, who met UN Under-Secretary-General for
Political Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo in New York last week, insists that the
Nation-State Law “is an apartheid law.” However, both she and MK Ahmad Tibi, a
former adviser to Yasser Arafat, denied they were involved in a move against
the legislation in the UN together with the Palestinians.
The apartheid canard is particularly absurd coming from Israel Arab
parliamentarians such as Twouma-Sliman – a feminist activist and former
journalist who chairs a Knesset committee – and Tibi, a physician, who is a
former Knesset deputy speaker.
The latest controversy follows on the heels of the demonstration in Tel Aviv on
August 11 against the Nation-State Law organized by the Higher Arab Monitoring
Committee, where Palestinian flags were raised and slogans of “With blood and
spirit we will redeem Palestine,” were heard.
Such conduct strengthens the
position of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that there was a need for the
Nation-State Law. Rather than helping their own community, the Arab leaders
are harming it. And by joining the Palestinian Authority’s diplomatic war
on Israel, they are distancing the chances of peace.
As Edelstein put it, those MKs who cooperate with the PA against Israel “should
ask themselves whether their rightful place is in the Palestinian or Israeli
Arab citizens deserve better leadership representing them in the Knesset. They
should have MKs who are concerned with promoting their rights and needs rather
than devoting their time and efforts, at the Israeli taxpayers’ expense, to the
Palestinian cause – which still does not recognize Israel’s right to exist as a