By Bernard J. Shapiro

Great issues of war and peace as related to Israel are being debated by Jews across America. Israelis are debating the same issues among themselves. There are strong opinions on both sides of the Atlantic as well as both sides of the major issues. What seems to be lacking in all these discussions is the proper historical context. Professor Paul Eidelberg of Bar-Ilan University, reviews the historical facts.

Between 1945 and 1978 the longest time without a war going on someplace was a mere 26 days. On an average day there are 12 wars being fought somewhere on earth. The consensus of scholars has been that the norm of international relations is not peace but war. As Eidelberg reports, "Indeed, the occurrence of 1,000 wars during the last 2,500 years indicates that "peace" is little more than a preparation for war. Which means that peace treaties are WORTHLESS, to say the least."

Eidelberg then quotes from a book by Lawrence Beilenson, entitled THE TREATY TRAP, saying, "After studying every peace treaty going back to early Roman times, Beilenson concludes that treaties are made to be broken. In fact, he shows that treaties for guaranteeing the territorial integrity of a nation are useless to the guaranteed nation, and worse than useless insofar as they engender a false sense of security. Such treaties can only benefit nations governed by rulers intending to violate them whenever expedient."

Midge Dector says this about "peace":

What I want to say is something that virtually the whole history of the 20th century teaches us and yet something we refuse to learn. And that is , when applied to the affairs of nations, peace is an evil word. Yes I said evil. And the idea of peace as we know it is an evil idea. From the peace of Versailles to "peace in our time" at Munich...each declaration of peace or expressions of longing for peace ended in slaughter. Not necessarily immediately and not necessarily directly, but slaughter all the same...

For there is no such thing as making peace. Nations who are friendly do not need to do so, and nations or people who are hostiles cannot do so.

To cry peace, peace when there is no peace, the prophet Jeremiah taught us long a go, is not the expression of hope, not even superstition but a reckless toying with the minds and hearts of people whose very future depends on their capacity to rise every day to the harsh morning light of the truth.

On September 3, 1993, I wrote the following:

"The rush of events in the Middle East has been dizzying. The media hype, the talking heads, the worldwide expectations of peace in the Middle East are all quite staggering. Radio, TV, newspapers herald the coming of a new era of reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians. The positive images are so abundant that any moment one might expect to see Isaiah on Nightline showing Ted Koppel video clips of lions lying down with lambs. ......Despite the media hype surrounding Oslo, let me make something very clear: A leopard does not change its spots. And you can say a berachaha (Hebrew blessing) over a ham sandwich, but that doesn't make it kosher. And a deal with the PLO is like a dance on quicksand --before you realize it, you have sunk into the muck and slime."

On May 18, 1994, I wrote:

On May 17, 1994, in Johannesburg, Yassir Arafat called for a "jihad (holy war) until Jerusalem is restored to Moslem rule." He said this after undertaking many peaceful commitments since September, and after signing the Declaration of Principles in Washington and the Autonomy Agreement in Cairo. He also chose to draw a parallel between the Gaza-Jericho Agreement, which he signed with Israel, and the Hudaibiya Pact signed in 628 by the Prophet Muhammad with the leaders of the Quraysh tribe. Muhammad violated the agreement two years later and it has become a symbol for the Islamic principle that agreements and treaties with non-Moslems may be violated at will. There is a lesson for us all in this event.

On June 22, 1995, 'MA'ARIV' finally saw the truth:

"There is a growing impression that we are caught up in a mania (Oslo) to withdraw from all of the key positions that have ensured our existence up until now, without receiving anything appropriate in return."


Only when the Arab/Moslem world is to create secular states not subservient to the rule of Islam. The problem for Israel with the rise of Islamic fundamentalism is the very hostile attitude that Islam has toward Jews and any non-Islamic person. Islam is all encompassing and guides behavior, law, religion and attitudes and relations with non-Moslems. Islam perceives the world as two separate parts:

1.The first is Dar el-Islam or the World of Islam.

2. All the rest is Dar el-Harb or the world of the sword or the world of war -- that is those non-Muslim nations that have yet to be conquered.

The concept of JIHAD or Holy War has been understood by most of us but there is another concept in the Koran with which few of us are familiar. But it is essential to understand this concept when relating to Moslems. That is the law of HUDAIBIYA which dates back to Muhammad and states clearly that "Muslims are permitted to lie and break agreements with non-Muslims." This applies to business, personal life and politics. Would a peace treaty be worth much if the other party is Moslem?

Islam divides the world between Believers and Infidels. Jews and Christians are relegated to the status of Dhimmis or second class citizens. The Koran clearly calls on Moslems to degrade and humiliate both groups.


(Abridged from an article by Jan Willem van der Hoeven which appears in this issue.)

"Hitler, Goebbels, Goering and the rest of the Nazis, inadequate to a man, were both pathological and pragmatic liars. They lied so convincingly and so hugely that most statesmen from other countries could not believe that what they were hearing was a lie... One of Hitler's biggest lies was constantly to assure the world of peaceful intentions while obviously planning war by building up massively strong armed forces." [John Laffin, ‘Hitler warned us.']

Anis Mansour, editor of the Egyptian paper October and a Sadat confidant who accompanied the Egyptian leader to Jerusalem wrote: "The World is now aware of the fact that Hitler was right, and that the cremation ovens were the appropriate means of punishing [the Jews]."

Hitler's book, Mein Kampf, is still required reading in various Arab capitals and universities, and is widely distributed by others.

Samuel Katz writes in The Hollow Peace:

"The Arab attitude is pointedly and incisively expressed in modern Arabic literature, which is chock-full of unbridled hatred of Israel, of Zionism and of the Jewish people. The idea of the destruction of Israel is expressed in hundreds of books published on the subject of the ‘dispute' itself, and anti-Israeli and anti-Zionist teaching has even been incorporated in school text-books, even, improbably enough, in arithmetic books."

The only reason that the Arabs have not yet done to the Israeli Jews what Hitler did to their forefathers in Europe is that they have thus far lacked the military means and weapons of mass destruction which were at Hitler's disposal, to do so.

That the Arabs have not done so to date has not been due to any reluctance on their part, but because, this time, there has been this difference: The Jews in Europe had no army to defend them. Thank G-d, the Jews in Israel have!

This deeply entrenched hatred of the Jews and love for Hitler and the Nazis surfaced during the time of one of the first Palestinian leaders, the Grand Mufti Haj Amin el Husseini, during the 1930's.

It is evident in what the Mufti said on Berlin radio while he was Hitler's guest in Germany. His words prove that there was total agreement between the Palestinian leader and this murderer of G-d's people:

"Kill the Jews - kill them with your hands, kill them with your teeth - this is well pleasing to Allah!"

May Israel be wiser in relation to this death wish of her neighbours, than the Jews in Europe were. They belittled the writings and speeches of Hitler and the Nazis and were massacred as a result. May it not happen again!


Dr.Aaron Lerner reports on March 15 that the Ramallah terror cell responsible for 8 murders and was prevented from blowing up a car bomb inside Jerusalem. The closure imposed on Ramallah that was the brunt of media criticism prevented them from achieving their objective. The group was coordinated by none other than Mahmoud Damra, the head of Force 17 in Ramallah.

Force 17 is not a Hamas force. It is not a group far beyond Arafat's sphere of influence. Force 17 is Arafat's own elite CIA trained presidential guard. The terrorist cell is also believed to be tied to Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti.

So much for the spin that Barghouti and other so-called "loose cannons" are responsible for terrorism. These terrorists aren't "loose cannons" - they are part of a terrorist force being coordinated by Arafat's most tightly controlled group.

This is where the left went wrong. They believed that you could make peace with your enemies by being nice, making concessions, and in every way appeasing their demands. Yet they immediately forgot that these people were just that: the enemy.

Dr. Lerner says the following" : You can sit for hours and days in "dialog" with an enemy. You can share tons of humus and pitas and talk about your families etc. But that still does not mean that the person you are sitting with is any less an enemy.

In a way, it is the greatest insult one can give to the Palestinians to think that just because a Jew is willing to shake their hands and share a meal that this will change their goals. Their program to destroy Israel with a state of Palestine from the river to the sea.

The Israeli leftists were convinced that the post-dialogue terrorist leaders did not warrant the respect due an enemy devoted to our destruction. As a result, these Israeli leaders made no serious effort to address the security disaster that Oslo was creating.

Arafat is in fact the enemy and not a victim of loose cannons and therefore a new security policy must be introduced. The Palestinians are an enemy armed with anti-aircraft and anti-tank missiles, armored cars, mortar launchers, etc. It takes action to significantly neutralize that enemy force. To destroy their weapons store, their bunkers, their strategic positions.

Israel's leaders must talk today of destroying the terrorist infrastructure they must recognize that the most dangerous and powerful and significant "terrorist infrastructure" inside the Palestinian Autonomy is Yasser Arafat's own web of armed forces.


We all want peace. We pray for peace in our Sabbath services every Friday night. After thousands of years, being victims of persecution, expulsion, extermination, and discrimination, it is natural that we yearn for peace with every ounce of our bodies and souls.

It is because our hunger for peace is so strong that we must be doubly cautious not to fall for a psuedo-peace that is really the wolf of war wrapped in sheep's clothing. Today none of us believe Chamberlain really negotiated "peace in our time" with Hitler. Why do some Jews believe that Peres and Rabin really negotiated PEACE with Arafat, one of today's Hitlers?

Israelis my age have fought in four wars and I understand their desire to be free of constant conflict. Unfortunately there is no magic cure. I wish I could write more optimistic words. Beyond the neighboring states that Israel is negotiating with now lies another ring of unmitigated hostility led by Islamic fundamentalists like those in Iran.

As Jews we are all involved in this historic struggle to survive. It is not our fate or that of the Israelis that we should retire from this struggle. The only peace the Arabs are prepared to give us is the peace of the grave.

In blood and fire was Israel born and on a hot anvil was she forged. The brave young soldiers of Israel must take a quick glance back to the crematoria of Auschwitz and then go forth to face the enemy knowing that there is still no alternative (ein briera).



1. Giving world recognition to a terrorist organization as a representative of a legitimate national entity.

2. Terrorism - almost 600 killed thousands maimed and injured.

3. Armed Palestinian force in the heart of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza.

4. Incitement against Jews, Nazi like Anti-Semitism on PA TV, sermons, newspapers and in schools.

5. Arafat supports massive violence and terrorism against Jews and turns his back on promise of negotiations for peace.

6. Potential loss of strategic territory.

7. Loss of water resources.

8. Greatly divided Israel when unity was necessary to face the Arab threat.

9. And finally, the Arab/Muslim world rejects a Jewish state in their midst for deeply held cultural, religious and anti-Semitic reasons.

9. A victory for post-Zionism and a decline in Israeli patriotism.

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