Saturday, May 03, 2003
By Israel's Minister of Tourism Binyamin Elon
Today, more than ever, people want to hear what Israel's political
Right-wing has to say. We cannot merely condemn the Oslo process; we must
offer an alternative. And we cannot ignore the demographic problem as raised
by the political Left. The idea of population exchange is one that has been
promoted over the years, often scoffed at, or at least disregarded as
unfeasible. It is, in fact, the very tool that is the key to peace in the
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Is transfer moral? This solution is moral for both Jews, who have no other
homeland, and for the Palestinian refugees whose cultural homeland is in
Arab countries, specifically Jordan. The world has now reached the
understanding the there is no peace in bi-national countries, and that there
is a need for separation.
Is transfer acceptable? It seems that the region, in fact the world, is not
prepared to help the refugees or to resettle them in their lands. It is also
a fact that there are no Arab leaders who have agreed to any Zionist
solution. Has any Arab leader agreed to the Peres plan, which leaves
Jerusalem in Jewish hands and the Israel Defense Forces on the Jordanian
Border? The State of Israel must demand the relocation of the refugees as a
precondition for peace within any future negotiations. We cannot relinquish
these lands, and we cannot live peacefully with the Arab population
currently living in them. We also cannot succumb to the current, politically
- correct 'solution' - the creation of an Arab terrorist state, within the
borders of our own country, bent on our ultimate destruction and willing to
sacrifice its women and children towards this end. Our very existence is at
Is transfer practical? Population transfer is as practical as the entire
Zionist enterprise - the very establishment of a Jewish entity in the midst
of a sea of hostility, seemed impossible. The war of Independence in 1948,
with Israel surrounded by enemy troops, seemed a sure loss for the fledgling
State. We were victorious then and continue to be so throughout our short
existence. Our faith, coupled with our lack of alternative, has kept us here standing
strong, and we will continue to thrive. Transfer is practical, as long as we
search for a true partner in the Arab world, someone who realizes that there
is no choice and this must be the way to peace.
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The Moledet Party platform includes three types of transfer:
1. Voluntary transfer - we will encourage the Arabs of Judea, Samaria & Gaza
to desire transfer, through financial means and other incentives.
2. Transfer during war - The War of Independence created geographic and
demographic changes, after Arab leaders told their people to flee, expecting
to return after crushing the Jews. The Arab leadership must realize that if
they can not live here together with us in peace, they will not live here
together with us at all.
3. Transfer through international agreement - occurs when two countries sign
an agreement stating that for peace, citizens must be moved from place to
place. This was the case for Jews in the Sinai within the framework of the
peace treaty between Israel and Egypt, and this has been the model for
countries around the world. We can implement this here too, under
international auspices, agreeing to two states for two people on two sides
of the Jordan River.
The two sides of the Jordan River, comprising the Biblical Land of Israel
and Balfour's Palestine, are both rightfully ours. Regrettably, the eastern
bank already contains an Arab - Palestinian state. It was Churchill who made
the critical mistake of creating the Hashemite Kingdom in eastern Palestine,
applying the name 'Jordan'. The truth is that even today; over 70% of
Jordan's citizens are Palestinians. The king of Jordan is well aware of the
fact that Arafat is only waiting for the right moment; that after he
receives a small state west of the Jordan River, he will do all he can to
connect it, under his rule, to the Palestinian state called Jordan.
Now, when Arafat's true intentions have been uncovered, we must turn to the
Jordanian option for peace in this region. If and when we have a partner for
diplomatic negations, we can establish two parliaments, one in Amman and one
in Jerusalem; two states for two peoples who can live in peace on two sides
of the Jordan River.
TRANSFER OF RIGHTS
Jordan is Palestine. The Arab residents of Judea and
Samaria can be transferred, without removing them from their homes. They
will be granted citizenship in the Palestinian Arab state with Amman as
their capital. This is conditional to the dismantling of the refugee camps,
and the relocation of the refugees to housing within Jordan, the Arab League
or other states. Israeli Arabs, who choose not to declare their loyalty to
the Jewish state, can also vote for the Palestinian parliament in Amman -
without being removed from their homes. This is the transfer of rights, not
people. Should the Arab population of Judea, Samaria & Gaza declare war on
us, they will be expelled to their state, on the other side of the Jordan
We must realize that the quest for peace in the Middle East is a regional
challenge, and it goes hand in hand with the need to eradicate terrorism
from all corners of the world.
As we are told: "And I will give peace in the Land, and you shall lie down,
and none shall make you afraid; and I will remove evil beasts from the land
and the sword shall not go through your land..."
Kol Hakavod to Lisa Bernstein!
To the Editor:
Re "Mideast Hope Meets Its Enemy" (editorial, April 30):
A trailer on a hilltop is an obstacle to Middle East peace while a suicide bomber at a cafe in Tel Aviv is something that should not be permitted to derail, or be an obstacle to, peace?
This is a startling double standard.
Chicago, April 30, 2003
Friday, May 02, 2003
G-d bless Abraham D. Sofaer for writing "Wrong Turn: The road map won't lead to peace if it bypasses the causes of war," and the WSJ for publishing it, and all of you for reading it:
. . . "Palestinian violence is a much more serious and difficult problem than even Dennis Ross now admits. It is the product of an environment that fosters, shelters, encourages and rewards acts aimed at nullifying Israel's very existence. And that environment is itself the creation not only of the Palestinians, or of the Arabs, but also of the international community--including the U.S. To change this situation requires changing not just the actions and attitudes of Palestinians but the policies and practices of others, again including the U.S. No recognition of these facts, let alone any acknowledgment of the need to do something about them, has been made part of the road map--which is again why it shares the basic flaw of every Middle East peace plan that has preceded it."
Copy the full article, then go to this State Department site, paste it into the "comments" box, and send it to the Secretary of State! Email it to the President at email@example.com
"The words to the music, which every Palestinian child will want to sing on the road to peace - or at least to the peace process - urges killing Jews and seeks to inspire with scenes of masked gunmen firing their AK-47s, and aerial photographs of targeted Israeli towns, of an Israeli couple on a stroll and of groups of teenage Israeli girls. Young Palestinian men are encouraged - usually by old Palestinian men who keep themselves carefully out of harm's way - to prove their manhood by killing women and children, the frailer, the smaller, the more vulnerable the better."
Thursday, May 01, 2003
This is infuriating beyond belief. Is Kofi Annan "deeply disturbed" by suicide bombings aimed at innocent civilians? Does he ever mention that Palestinian Arab terrorism is "contrary to international humanitarian law"? The Palestinian Arab insistence on blowing themselves up and killing Jews is what contradicts the so-called peace process, and has contradicted every single peace process there has ever been. What does he expect Israelis to do? Just roll over, die, and give up?
KOFI ANNAN, YOU AND THE ENTIRE "UNITED NATIONS" CAN TAKE THIS ROAD MAP AND SHOVE IT! NEVER AGAIN. We mean it.
Wednesday, April 30, 2003
BOULDER ALERT !!!
Ever hear of Al Awda Colorado? How about Breakdown Book Collective? Citizens for Fair Legislation? These, along with Colorado Campaign for Middle East Peace and Jewish Friends of Palestine, are Participating Organizations in COLORADO PALESTINE DAY, May 15th. This website holds that Israel is "an undeniable Apartheid State" and of course, "by definition, racist."
They have plans to protest the "Advocating for Israel" event, sponsored by the ADL and AIPAC, at Rodef Shalom in Denver on May 12th, as well as the "Major Gifts Thank You Dinner, featuring Rabbi Mordechai Becher, sponsored by the Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado, on May 15th.
Readers will note the invention, by these enemies of Israel, of a new word: Hafrada, meaning apartheid, as in "Stop Racism, Bigotry and Ethno-centric Hatred! End American-supported Israeli Hafrada!"
The suicide bombing destroyed a seaside restaurant near the US Embassy at 1 a.m. Wednesday. The security guard at the door prevented the attacker from entering, and was seriously injured in the blast.
Among the wounded was Jack Baxter, 50, of Manhattan - a documentarian who once wrote news stories for the New York Post. A French citizen was also hurt (New York Post).
The Tanzim branch of Arafa'ts Fatah organization and Hamas both took responsibility for the attack in a joint operation (Ha'aretz).
David Baker, an official in the Israeli Prime Minister's office, said that the attack was evidence that "Palestinian terrorism has not been reined in." U.S. State Department spokeswoman Nancy Beck said, "There can be no excuse for the violence and terrorist attacks the Israeli people have been forced to endure" (Jerusalem Post).
--from the Daily Alert, prepared for the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, in association with Access/Middle East by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.
Tuesday, April 29, 2003
It is worth paying attention to the intricacies of our world. Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day. Today, World Net Daily broke the story that Abu Mazen provided the financing for the terrorist murders of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics in Munich. Today, Abu Mazen, whom President Bush has described as "a man of peace," made a speech to the Palestinian parliament. In it, he said, "Ending the occupation in all of its forms and from all of the territories occupied since 1967, including our eternal capital Jerusalem, is our national priority. He went on to say that "the Palestinian people will not accept anything less than the exercise of our right to self-determination and the establishment of our independent state with Jerusalem as its capital; a genuine, contiguous state without any (Jewish) settlements . . . "
The Arabs are already referring to the road map as the "victory map," and Jews are referring to it as the "road map to nowhere." Today, as you remember those of us, those millions of us, who were murdered in the Holocaust, consider also the safety and security of the world's largest community of Jews today, in the state of Israel, "including our eternal capital Jerusalem."
Sunday, April 27, 2003
This blog is dedicated l'chayim, to life, to the children of Israel, like Shai and Chen Harenstein, who have to live without their mother, and who have to live knowing that death came so close to them that "one bullet pierced the baby's pacifier."