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Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Why I oppose a Palestinian state
DECEMBER 31, 2012, 5:59 PM
Shamir is an Israeli politician, leading businessman, former military
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idea that a Palestinian state can lead to enduring peace in Israel has
become a diplomatic obsession for Israeli and American policy makers.
Ironically, it was former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin who was in favor
of territorial compromise but opposed a Palestinian state (see his
letter below). Despite this, establishing such a state has become the
equivalent of a “Messiah” that will bring the long awaited peace to the
region. PresidentShimon Peres declared
that there is a majority that supports a two state solution. Such a
declaration shows that the president is not updated because arecent poll by Mina Tzemachproves just the opposite namely there is a solid majority in Israel against a Palestinian state.
fact of the matter is that a Palestinian state would not only fail to
bring peace and stability to the region, but would increase the tension
and usher in permanent instability to the region. Such a state would
immediately ally itself with and become a client of rivals and enemies
of America such as Iran, would harm American, Israeli, and even Arab
interests. A Palestinian state would be a tailwind to insurgent
terrorists in Iraq. It would provide Russia and possibly China and North
Korea with a foothold in the eastern flank of the Mediterranean at the
expense of vital US interests.
history of the PA’s Abu Mazen tells us something important about the
likely character of a Palestinian state. Abu Mazen, who will be heading
this state is afraid to call for elections in the Palestinian Authority
out of fear that Hamas would gain control. In other words, he lacks
public support even now. Besides that, he is a graduate of Moscow
University (Ph.D. thesis: Holocaust Denial) and it was he who managed
the logistics of the Munich Massacre of eleven Israeli athletes in 1972.
Abu Mazen is one of the engineers of contemporary Palestinian hate
education, which has become a production line for terrorists.
history is not that of a peace maker, and the PLO’s track record of
inter-Arab treachery, non-compliance, corruption, repression and
terrorism does not give evidence of a peaceful Palestinian state of the
future. Since its makeover from a terrorist organization to a
semi-independent entity in 1993, the Palestinian Authority, has been led
by PLO graduates of terrorist bases in Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Sudan,
Lebanon, Syria and Tunisia.
proposed Palestinian state would inflict destruction upon America’s
Arab allies and would enhance the fortunes of its rivals and enemies.
Other states in the region know this. During the October 1994 signing of
the Israel-Jordan peace treaty, top commanders of the Jordanian
military urged their Israeli counterparts to stop short of a Palestinian
state west of the Jordan River, “lest it destroy the [pro-US] Hashemite
regime east of the River.”
more worrisome are the ties between the PLO and Iran. The PLO was one
of the earliest allies of the Ayatollah Khomeini when he toppled the
Shah of Iran in 1979. After his 2005 election to the chairmanship of the
Palestinian Authority, Abu Mazen’s first visits were to Teheran and
Damascus. A Palestinian state would extend Iran’s long terrorist arm,
facilitating subversive operations against pro-Western Arab regimes. It
would also enable Iran to enhance its intelligence and military
operations in the region, including port facilities in Gaza.
long and determined effort by Israeli leaders to promote a Palestinian
state and to soften the Palestinian Authority’s harsh features cannot
change the fact that a Palestinian state would add fuel to the fire of
terrorism in the region. Besides all that, it is not hard to foresee
rockets flying into Israel from Judea and Samaria as they did after the
disengagement from Gaza in the south. In summation: we must remove the
idea of a Palestinian state in our area from the Israeli agenda
immediately, if not sooner.
following letter was written to Mr. Shmuel Fisher on Dec. 25, 1994 by
Eitan Haber, who served as the head of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s
Photocopy of 1994 letter from PM Yitzhak Rabin’s bureau chief, Eitan Haber
The letter reads: Greetings, Concerning your letter to the prime minister with regard to a Palestinian state I shall reply: The prime minister is of the opinion that there is no room for a Palestinian state. Thank You.
Signed: Eitan Haber Advisor to the Prime Minister and Bureau Chief