As talks in Washington seem to be reaching a conclusion, I wish to remind our readers of what the Freeman Center position on such talks is.There is no possible successful negotiation with Arafat. There are many security based reasons for this position and we have discussed those extensively in the past.
Now we feel it necessary to state our position in the area beyond security and into the spiritual realm. Should Arafat become as peaceful as a choir boy or as honest as a boy scout for a period of 1000 years, we would still not give him even one grain of sand of Eretz Yisrael.
We further believe that any Israeli government, whether Likud or Labor, are custodians of the Land of Israel, to be held in perpetuity as an inheritance for the Jewish people. We agree with DAVID BEN GURION, founding father and first Prime Minister of Israel, who said this about territorial concessions:
" No Jew has the right to relinguish the right of the Jewish people over the whole Land of Israel. No Jewish body has such authority, not even the whole Jewish people has the authority to waive the right (to the Land of Israel) for future generations for all time." (Zionist Congress, Zurich, 1937)
It is the height of arrogance, indeed it is a rebellion against the Almighty, that the Israeli government negotiates the abandonment of Eretz Yisrael. The consequences will be more dreadful than can be imagined. Some important Jewish voices that agree with the Freeman Center:
A MACCABEAN RESPONSE
Below is the letter from the Jewish leader Simon, the only survivor of the five Maccabee brothers to the Seleucid king Antiochus, whom they had just defeated. Antiochus demanded the return of the 'occupied territories' -- that is territories the Maccabees liberated during their recent war.
Simon writes: "We have neither taken foreign land nor seized foreign property, but only the inheritance of our fathers, which at one time had been unjustly taken by our enemies. Now that we have the opportunity, we are firmly holding the inheritance of our fathers."
Benjamin Netanyahu, leader of the Likud Party (and BEFORE becoming Prime Minister of Israel) in his book A PLACE AMONG THE NATIONS writes the following when told that Judea and Samaria are foreign "occupied" lands:
"This land, where every swing of a spade unearths remnants of the Jewish past and where every village carries the barely altered Hebrew names of old; this land, in which the Jews became a nation and over which they shed more tears than have been shed by any other people in history; this land, the loss of which resulted in an exile of the Jews such as has been suffered by no other people and the spilling of a sea of blood such as has been spilled by no other nation; this land, which never ceased to live as a distant but tangible home in the minds of Jewish children from Toledo in medieval Spain to the Warsaw ghetto in our own century; this land, for which the Jews fought with unsurpassed courage and tenacity in ancient as in modern times -- this is the "foreign land" that world leaders now demand be barred to Jews and that Israel (should) unilaterally forsake. The answer to such absurd demands must be a resounding NO!"
THE END GAME
You have seen many articles in THE MACCABEAN which describe in excruciating detail the apocalyptic security dangers that Oslo brings to Israel. I must report that there is only a brief window left to save Israel. We are definitely in the END GAME. The time may be less than eight months. Our actions will have a profound affect on Jewish history for all time. Israelis never rose en masse to protest Oslo and after the assassination of Rabin the fear of leftist persecution had a chilling effect on mass demonstrations.
If Israel is to be saved then two things must happen: (1) the Land for Israel Knesset members must increase their numbers and seriously threaten Netanyahu's rule and (2) large and credible numbers of Israelis must take to the streets and demand an end to the Oslo Suicide Process. These two groups (1 + 2 ) will re-enforce each other and with good hasbara (information) it is possible to achieve victory for Israel. The Freeman Center will be there with hasbara, but a change of government policy must be won in Israel.
............Bernard J. Shapiro, Editor