City of Ariel

Victims of Peace

In Letters, National on April 18, 1995 at 12:43 pm

Dear Friends, 

The terrible atrocity at the Bet Lid intersection in Netanya has left its stamp upon all of us. Although terrorism has been consistently on the rise since the signing of the Declaration of Principles in September 1993, Bet Lid is truly a watershed event. The horror and bloodshed was televised around the world on that terrible day. When the Israeli public saw the murder and bloodshed perpetrated by two Arab terrorists from Gaza and the anguish of the families of our young soldiers, they said, “no more.” They realized that the so-called peace process, promoted by the Rabin government as the end of the terror, was actually accomplishing the exact opposite. This is not peace. 

Since the handshake on the White House lawn between the head of a terrorist organization, the PLO, and the Prime Minister of the sovereign State of Israel, more than 100 innocent Israelis have been killed, so called “victims of peace”. 

I never knew that peace could have victims. I always though that peace was supposed to bring security to the citizens of that country, to the children, young soldiers, men and women. After all, the prime directive of every government is to protect its citizens. 

Under International Law, a sovereign state is responsible for terrorists operating out of its territory. The Peace Treaty with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has been signed with a sovereign state. King Hussein is a man of honor and principles, the recognized ruler in his own country. Under his control, there will be no terrorist activity, aimed either against Israel or against Israeli tourists in Jordan. The parties to this treaty, Israel and Jordan, are equal partners, both sovereign authorities, able and willing to control all activity emanating from within their borders. 

The agreement between Israel and the PLO is another matter. The signing of the Declaration of Principles,was a terrible mistake. We have learned very quickly that Arafat’s word cannot be trusted and that he represents only a small minority of Fatah members. 

When the massacres in Afula, Hadera, Tel Aviv and Netanya took place, when Nachshon Waxman was kidnapped, Arafat refused to take the blame. The people of Israel, however, know the truth. The terrorists responsible for the Netanya bombing came from Gaza. Under the Gaza Jericho First Agreement, Arafat controls those areas and is obligated to bring a halt to terror. With 15,000 soldier “policemen” available to him, he still does nothing to prevent terrorists from operating against Israel, nor does he punish those terrorists who have found shelter in Gaza. 

And so, today, Israeli mothers are afraid to send their children to school, their young soldier to their army bases. This is surely not what we expected from “peace”. 

The signing of the DOP has not weakened Arafat’s insistence on three main concessions: A Palestinian State in Judea, Samaria and Gaza; Jerusalem as the capital of that state; and the Law of Return, initially bringing an additional 1 million Arabs to Judea and Samaria, and later to the rest of Israel. The Labor Government, according to Prime Minister Rabin, will not allow for the return of Arab refugees nor the establishment of a Palestinian State. Moreover, it is adamant that Jerusalem remain the undivided capital of Israel.

These two contradictory policies have propelled us on a collision course, and the explosion is imminent. The Foreign Ministry would like to bring forward the permanent status negotiations, in an attempt to avoid this explosion. But it is inevitable, for every government concession to terror only brings more “victims of peace”. And this tragic policy only weakens us in the eyes of the Arabs. Today, the people of Israel know that the Oslo Accords are dead, despite the government’s repeated attempts to resuscitate them. In fact, able to compare them with the peace treaty with Jordan, Israeli realize that this misguided agreement never really had a chance.

In the Knesset, I have repeatedly asked: How does this government intend to prevent the creation of the Palestinian State they so clearly oppose. By causing Jews to leave Judea and Samaria and making it judenrein? By creating a vacuum to be filled by Arafat and his PLO terrorists? And when Arafat declares the Palestinian State, will they finally concede that the PLO is not honoring the agreement and do away with the Palestinian Authority? The government has no solution but the answer is clear: The Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria are not an obstacle to a Palestinian state. 

The current Israeli borders will remain in place only if Jews continue to live throughout Eretz Israel. Living on the strategic highground, the people of Judea and Samaria secure the future of the State of Israel and remain a true obstacle to Palestinian ambitions for statehood. Therefore, if you want to protect Israel, you must strengthen the communities that are ensuring the continued existence of the only Jewish Homeland and building a stronger and more secure Israel. 

Sincerely, 

Ron Nachman

Member of Knesset

Mayor of Ariel

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