STRAIGHT ANSWERS FOR TOUGH QUESTIONS
By Bernard J. Shapiro
Q. Will the new "Road Map" lead to peace in the Middle East?
A. On the contrary, if implemented, it will lead to greatly increased terrorism against Israel.
Q. Is Mahmoud Abbas really a moderate, peace-loving Arab, opposed to terrorism?
A. NO!! In fact he has a 23 year history as a vicious terrorist who financed and helped plan the Munich massacre of Israeli athletes. His opposition to terror is purely tactical and also a lie since he will certainly do NOTHING to eliminate it despite his words. He is also a Holocaust denier and neo-Nazi.
Q. Does Abbas have control over the PA?
A. Arafat still has complete control.
Q. Then why does the international media, world leaders (including Bush), and even Israeli PM Sharon act like this is an opening to begin negotiations that could lead to "peace?"
A. There is a distinction between international supporters of the Road Map and Israeli supporters. The world generally doesn't care about Israel's survival due to latent and open anti-Semitism and a desire to appease the Arabs.
Israelis (mostly leftists like Labor, Meretz and Peace Now) for some psychopathological reasons hate their Jewish heritage and will only be happy with self-destruction. In many ways they honestly supported Oslo as a way to absolve their "sin" of creating a Jewish State. Like obsessive compulsive psychotics they continue to expect Oslo to work if only Israel worked harder for its success, even though it was the Arabs who made it unworkable. They hit their heads against the brick wall of Oslo and then get a bloody headache. Being obsessive compulsive they keeping hitting their heads over and over again, each time expecting a different result. It will never happen and the Road Map is just Oslo revisited and much worse.
Q. Can't the IDF with its immense power be able to control it like it is doing now?
A. The Road Map leads to a Palestinian State which would be recognized by the entire world. Israel would find it much more difficult to cross a national border to fight terrorism. It would not be able to maintain its extensive intelligence network which has prevented 90% of attacks before they can be perpetrated.
Q. Wouldn't a Palestinian State be demilitarized with Israel controlling its borders and air space?
A. With reference to the writings of Louis Rene Beres (an international legal expert and strategic analyst from Purdue University), once a nation's sovereignty is recognized it is under no legal obligation to adhere to the conditions it agreed to before it became a State.
Q. Does this mean that planes flying into Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport would be vulnerable to Palestinian anti-aircraft missiles?
A. Yes! And even if there is an international treaty obligation not to fire on civilian aircraft, I would not expect the Palestinians to honor ANY agreement.
Q. Would a Palestinian State lead to the "End of the Conflict with the Arabs?"
A. No!! The Palestinian would still want to continue terrorism to drive the Jews into the sea. Their maps do not even show Israel existing in the Middle East. The same with the other Arab countries including Egypt. They are just biding their time while Israel is being weakened by the Palestinian State ( the end result of the Road Map). Then they will launch a surprise attack to destroy what is left of Israel, bringing about a Second Holocaust.
Q. Why are all negotiations in the Middle East aimed at helping the terrorist Arabs, and none is to benefit Israel?
A. A better question is: Why do the Israelis participate in these one-sided talks?
Q. If America is truly Israel's best friend, why do they pursue the Road Map which could lead to Israel's destruction?
A. It is necessary to make clear distinctions when referring to the United States. Most important there are many supporters of Israel. For example: The US Congress, the American people (especially Evangelical Christians), the US Defense department (which works with Israel developing many high-tech weapon systems) plus a high proportion of the US Jewish population.
And then there is the US State Department which has a long history of trying to undermine Israel's security. Before WWII they restricted visas to Jews trying to escape the Nazis. They opposed the Partition Resolution of the United Nations in 1947 that led to Israel's re-birth as a nation. Even though Truman forced the US Ambassador to the UN to vote YES on the resolution, the State Department enacted an arms embargo on the new Jewish State. At the same time England and France were feverishly arming the Arabs. The Arabs announced publically that this would be a War of Extermination that would be remembered like the great Mongolian massacres.
Q. Is there any hope for Israel's survival in this hostile Arab/Muslim world? In fact, the whole world seems anxious to rid the planet Earth of Jews.
A. We must struggle to survive. Those who think that we are at the End of Time and can relax are grossly mistaken. The struggle of Israel and Am Yisrael (the Jewish People) continues. Peace will come with Moshiach and not any Road Map (really a much worse Oslo).
THE BOTTOM LINE
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.
Bernard J. Shapiro is the executive director of the Freeman Center For Strategic Studies and editor of both The Maccabean Online and the freemanlist.