History has proven the Freeman Center correct in its analysis of Oslo. Of course, as Joe Samuels, publisher of the Jewish Herald-Voice told me back in 1993, " Bernard, even if you are proven correct, the leadership of Israel and the American Jewish community will never admit it or give you credit." Please read the press release below from 1993 and then Bar-Illan's article. You decide.
Jewish Herald-Voice (Houston) September 2, 1993, p. 6
Freeman Center says rush to
PLO is foolish and ultimately dangerous
...nothing more than an elaborate trap for Israel
Asserting that the rush to embrace the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) is both foolish and ultimately dangerous, the Freeman Center For Strategic Studies has declared: The pro-Israel community should react with extreme caution to the moves in Jerusalem to recognize the PLO.
Bernard J. Shapiro, director of the center also said: The proposed Gaza-Jericho plan worked out between Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres and representatives of the PLO, a terrorist organization, is nothing more than an elaborate trap for Israel. We should not forget that the PLO has violated and trampled on every agreement it has ever made during its nearly 30-year history. This includes agreements and solemn pledges made to the Arab governments of Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon, as well as the United States and the United Nations.
According to the Freeman Center, the PLO instituted a reign of terror, rape and murder locally as well as attacks on Israel in the two Arab countries where it gained a kind of self rule.
Shapiro continued: Despite the media hype surrounding these developments, let me make something very clear: A leopard does not change his spots. You can say a berachah (blessing) over a ham sandwich, but that doesnt 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."
Please note that this Press Release was issued on September 2, 1993, a full 11 days before Oslo was signed on the White House lawn (September 13, 1993). Everything it said has come horribly true. We at the Freeman Center properly analyzed the momentous events in the Middle East and we have been fighting the Oslo Appeasement Agreement ever since.
Please help us in our battle to save Eretz Yisrael.
Bernard J. Shapiro, Director
Freeman Center For Strategic Studies