ONE FINAL QUESTION

By Rachel Gold

Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Barak, is ready to recognize a Palestinian state as early as next January.

And in return, the Palestinians will...?

Israel is now willing for the number of security prisoners released to go as high as 50 percent of the total number of prisoners and that it is willing to release 650 prisoners in September in two rounds, as a gesture to the Palestinians. This is in addition to the agreement to release prisoners who were accessories to the murder of Jews but did not actually commit murder.

And in return, the Palestinians will...?

Israel has agreed to allow the work on deepening the Gaza port to begin immediately.

And in return, the Palestinians will...?

Senior negotiator, Saeb Erekat said after a four-hour session with Israeli counterpart, Gilead Sher, "I have to say that these people intend to implement the agreements.''

And in return, the Palestinians will..."

For weeks we have heard what Israel will do toward working out an amicable agreement toward peace. One item not mentioned, however, is Israeli insistence on Palestinian compliance.

PM Barak, what will the Palestinians concede? What guarantees have they given for the security of Israel's citizens? Why are you ready to give away the land that Jews fought, bled, and died for...the land that you fought for, the land whose history you lived to shape?

During the 1967 Six Day War, Prime Minister Barak, you served as a reconnaissance group commander, and in the 1973 Yom Kippur War as a tank battalion commander on the southern front in Sinai. These are only two of your numerous contributions as a strategist... as a soldier, for the preservation and sustenance of Eretz. Your capability, your intuition, your discernment is equal to none.

One final question remaining: How many more concessions as the Arab shouts ITBACH-AL-YAHUD (Slaughter the Jews)?

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