1. A SHAMEFUL CHAPTER
The Israeli government's decision to ratify Wye Plantation's shameful
giveaway of the Eretz Yisrael heartland for American
guarantees (which are worth less than nothing) will go down in
history as unique. The eight ministers who voted in favor of the
betrayal of Eretz Yisrael will be noted in the dark
pages of Jewish history among other tragic Jewish figures who
weakened, sometimes destroying their own country and people. In
addition, the Likud ministers will be remembered as having betrayed
the trust of their voters.
Even more deplorable is the role played by the abstentionists,
a whole five of them. They will be remembered as moral cowards.
By their abstentions, they demonstrated how well they grasped
the depth of the catastrophe latent in the planned retreats. Yet
other considerations (first and foremost their own career calculations)
gained the upper hand. It was their respective egos competing
with the eternal ideals of the Jewish people and its homeland.
Come election day, what will those who abstained say to their
supporters? "Vote for me and I will abstain for you?"
All in all, the outcome of the government vote is astounding:
the Land of Israel is to be forsaken not by a majority decision
of the government but by a minority! For Netanyahu to continue
with the withdrawal under such circumstances says something about
our Prime Minister's character! Furthermore, only a government
under pressure, only a shackled government acting under duress
votes in such a manner.
2. AMERICA OFFERS 'GUARANTEES' TO ITS NEW BANANA REPUBLIC
There's no question that Israel has now been relegated to the
status of an American banana republic controlled by Clinton, Albright,
and Ross. From this day on, those who remain faithful to Eretz
Yisrael will shout at Netanyahu (as they did in the times
of the RabinPeres government): "You have no mandate!"
Generations to come will recall that the government only mustered
a minority vote to sanction the relinquishing of the Jewish heartland.
The provisos and conditions which the government attached to its
withdrawal decision are essentially worthless. They will likely
share the fate of former government decisions that disregarded
at Wye Plantation. Take, for example, the former "unequivocal
decision" by a solid government majority that there would
be no further retreat without extradition. At Wye, Israel dropped
this demand. Arafat did not even clearly agree to put the 30 murderers
through one of his mock trials!
What Netanyahu brought back from Wye was an American guarantee
that Arafat will fulfill his obligations. Even American guarantees,
issued as part of the "Hevron Agreement", that it would
not pressure Israel for a further withdrawal before Palestinian
compliance proved meaningless. Even more ridiculous is the U.S.
assurance that a gangster and accomplished liar like Arafat will
carry out his obligations. The Israeli government insulted our
intelligence with the pitiful declaration that nonprosecution
of the thirty terrorist murderers by Arafat's socalled justice
system constitutes the breach of an American guarantee. Big deal!
3. A FRIGHTENING HISTORICAL PARALLEL
History knows of other political "guarantees." Sixty
years have passed since the tragic Munich Accord of 1938 in which
the great powers of the day sold Czechoslovakia down the river,
thus paving the way for World War II. The similarity in the technique
of the two betrayals is remarkable: the four parties to Munich
were Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Britain, and France. The Czechs'
role was limited to forfeiting their land. In consideration for
its retreat from the Sudetanland the Czech equivalent of Judea
and Samaria the four parties gave Czechoslovakia guarantees
regarding the "inviolability" of its new, indefensible
borders. Just as Czechoslovakia could only be defended from the
Sudetan mountain range, so Israel's coastal plain can only be
defended through control of the Samarian mountain ridge. In Munich,
artificial legs, in the form of guarantees, replaced Czechoslovakia's
Alas, with us too, the real parties are Arafat and the U.S.. Arafat
does not really deal with Israel. He deals with America, and this
third party provides the guarantees. Less than half a year after
the Munich guarantees were given, Hitler's troops marched into
Prague. The American government's recent guarantees should be
viewed in the same light. In the case of Arafat's Mein Kampf
the PLO Charter, we were not even given guarantees. On the contrary,
the Wye Plantation text is clear in denying us any formal, legally
valid revocation of the charter. What we were promised, instead,
is a circus featuring a "Clinton solo performance."
Notwithstanding, the Israeli government has decided to insist
on a formal revocation of the charter. Even so, when is this to
happen? After we have surrendered an additional 7% of the territory:
The government had decided that for further withdrawals to take
place, the charter would first have to be revoked. Chief PLO negotiator
Sa'eb Erekat responded by saying that there will no revocation.
And yet, in spite of that, Israel is to give 7% of the territory.
A fool's paradise.
4. SEARCH FOR A SHEPHERD
Likud and Labor are now both solidly in the Left. The only opposition
remaining in Israel protested recently in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square.
If not for the personal animosity between Barak and Netanyahu,
Labor would have joined the government long ago. Peres, on the
other hand, gets along very well both with Netanyahu and with
Sharon. They consult Peres continuously. Like sheep, hundreds
of thousands of Israelis, abandoned and deserted by their shepherds
are now wandering aimlessly. Who is to be the new leader, the
new shepherd? The leaders of the National Camp, both secular and
religious, must organize very quickly. They must form a political
block for the national elections which are not far away in order
to give all those loyal to Zionist ideals a new political home.