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Unilateral Cease Fire

In International, National on January 19, 2009 at 12:39 pm

Dear Friends,

Israel’s declaration of a unilateral cease-fire in Gaza is an opportunity for us to develop a sense of perspective regarding what has transpired in the region. Israel has, over the last several weeks, sent a clear message to the Hamas and the residents of Gaza that it is determined to defend itself from the incessant rocket fire, mortars, suicidal bombers and other terrorist acts that have been launched against the People of Israel. However, the unfortunate reality is that Israel did not succeed in freeing MIA Gilad Shalit. Furthermore, the Hamas leadership continues to survive and to regenerate itself.

Of course, the tragic Oslo Accords of 1993 are the true source of the harsh reality which faces us today. Those who wrought the accords upon us ignore any hint of accountability. From the moment that they spoke of “land for peace” we have been plagued with war. Sharon destroyed Gush Katif. Today it cannot be claimed that there is an Israeli “occupancy” of the area and yet there is no semblance of peace – only war.

Many of the sights that the world saw during the attacks on Gaza were indeed difficult to view. And yet, how is it that the world has not been exposed to the similar sights that have been the ongoing narrative of the residents of southern Israel for the last eight years? Indeed, I express my remorse for each and every sacrifice. However, southern Israel has been under fire for far too long, and the People of Israel needed to be defended. The Israeli Defence Forces did not choose to fight under the given conditions. Disturbing as it is, those who choose to use their own civilian population “strategically”, as human shields, are the cause of the unnecessary casualties.

America’s “Road Map” plan has only brought bloodshed, placing tremendous pressure on Israel. I am very skeptical with regards to the future. I am not concerned with President Obama himself, rather with the staff that he has appointed to shape America’s foreign policy. The horrific acts of terrorism which took place during the Clinton administration need not be repeated. A long lasting regional solution requires a drastic change in approach and policy.

We are on the threshold of national elections in Israel. It is my hope that the National Camp, under the leadership of Binyamin Netanyahu, will create a strong government. I hope that our leaders will open their eyes to the current reality, and that they will take the necessary steps to ensure a healthy and stable future for the State of Israel.

Yours Faithfully,

Ron Nachman

Mayor of Ariel