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8 Points for Peace

8 Points for Peace

An advisory note to members of the Israeli Knesset.

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Dear Member of Knesset,

We are currently involved in high level contacts to formulate a peace plan for the Middle East.

A comprehensive agreement will benefit the entire world. But unfortunately it is not easy to achieve, given the highly complex dynamics in the region and beyond.

Please consider the following points when navigating this process.

1) If you disseminate a long list of reasons why Israel will lose if the peace process is delayed, you may convince the enemies of peace to wait without any need to accommodate any of Israel's needs. The Palestinians and the Arab neighbors must understand that they have a lot to gain from a durable peace, and a lot to lose from a region in turmoil.

2) If you support the immediate creation of an independent Palestinian state – without first eliminating the terror infrastructure, without implementing education for peace, and without the removal of vicious anti-Israeli propaganda in the schools and media – then the Palestinian population and leadership will not proceed toward a serious peace agreement.

I spoke to Dennis Ross, just after the failure of the Oslo Accord, and he told me that one of the most important reasons for the failure of the peace process was the lack of preparation of the Arab street, by their leadership, to agree to peace.

3) Should the Palestinians achieve an independent state without a peace agreement with Israel, all the forces of evil (Iran, Syria, Hamas, Hezbollah and Turkey, to name a few) will be delighted to use that territory to expand malicious plans against Israel and the free world.

4) A serious educational effort must precede any relinquishing of land, to explain the true historical facts as they relate to occupation, refugees and the rights of the Jews in the region. Once those in the region and around the world understand Israel's just cause, they will respect Israel’s willingness to make real sacrifices for a true peace, and will support the Israeli demand for security measurements.

Most people who correctly understand the situation support Israel.

As of now, most people who correctly understand the situation support Israel, but those convinced by propaganda still think that Israel is occupying not only Jerusalem and the territories, but also Tel Aviv, Haifa and Beer Sheva. Therefore, premature evacuation of large territories will only embolden the enemies of Israel to demand even more concessions.

5) I appreciate your trust in the good intentions of many world leaders, but unfortunately, if Israel shows weakness it will encourage many of them to tighten the screws on Israel, hoping to gain benefits and favors from the larger Islamic Middle East. Many Arab leaders have made it clear that their willingness to negotiate with Israel is only another stage in the greater plan to liquidate the “Infidel State” in the Middle East – before intensifying their efforts to take over Europe and later the USA.

The international community is too busy with itself and will have no patience with a weak Israeli entity the same way they have totally ignored Lebanon and other problematic states.

6) After so many years, Israel still has major problems accommodating the 8,000 individuals who were removed from Gaza (Gush Katif). Imagine what will happen if Israel tries to remove many more people from the West Bank. In a true peaceful agreement, Jewish families should be able to live securely under a Palestinian rule, the same way that Arabs live peacefully in Israel and enjoy equal rights as Israeli citizens.

The Palestinian people must not continue to be oppressed by self-serving leaders.

7) Building a strong Palestinian economy and extensive international relations, without a serious change in their anti-Israeli education and political intentions, will create an even more dangerous and aggressive opponent who will be better financed and better equipped to fight and oppose Israel. This will not be helpful even for the Palestinian people, who will continue to be oppressed by self-serving leaders.

8) We cannot rely on the UN or international observers to enforce a feeble agreement. The disarmament of Hezbollah, as supervised by the UN – following Israel's withdrawal from Lebanon in 2000, and again following the 2006 war – was and still is a sad joke. (Hezbollah now has re-armed with 40,000 missiles.) We do not want to create a similar situation on the West Bank.

Conclusion

The salient question before any peace deal: Is there responsible Palestinian leadership courageous enough to make bold decisions toward a real peace, which is supported by a majority of the population?

The key points of any agreement must include:

1. End of conflict.

2. End of claims.

3. Recognition of Israel as the Jewish homeland.

4. Recognition that Israel is not occupying Arab land.

5. Recognition of the experience of Jewish, as well as Palestinian, refugees.

6. No cleansing of Jews from Palestinian territory, just as Israel does not advocate uprooting Arabs from Israel.

7. No reliance on outside enforcement.

8. Most importantly, serious educational effort must start immediately to promote peace, stop propaganda and dismantle terror infrastructure. Otherwise, what gets reinforced is the traditional teaching of Muhammad that permits deceiving the enemy in order to accumulate enough power to destroy them later, as he did to the tribe of the Quraish in Medina. This was one of Yasser Arafat’s favorite ways of explaining why he negotiated with Israel.

This will undoubtedly take a bit more time, but it is better to have a durable peace than a shaky interim pseudo-agreement.

Published: October 17, 2010


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Visitor Comments: 23

(22) Willie Gouws, June 19, 2012 2:06 PM

Well said, but I don't like the peace signs.

Well said, but two things. Islam will not listen to reason, may even lie by accepting terms, but will turn around after reaching their objectives. As for badly informed people, the worst are those who made up their minds on this false information. I'm a pastor of a renowned church, but has come upon some serious bias just because of deep down inability to accept biblical truths about the Land, the Jews/Israel, and the Almighty and true God's (Hashem) way of doing things. However, Israel and the Jewish people, you have real friends and millions of them. You are actually the only thing that is right in this world and we will defend you with our lives. Count on it. The peace sign however is offending to us, it resembles the same as the swastika, a broken cross. And those forces have always been against both of our groups. We love you guys. Shalom

Richard Webber, June 19, 2012 11:06 PM

Affirmation

Great response, and agree totally.

(21) rick moore, March 12, 2012 12:32 AM

outstanding

must read

(20) YJ Draiman for Council, December 21, 2010 3:48 AM

An interesting questionnaire for Palestinian Advocates

An interesting questionnaire for Palestinian Advocates If you are so sure "Palestine, the country, goes back through most of recorded history," I expect you to be able to answer a basic questions about that country of Palestine: 1. When was it founded and by whom? 2. What were its borders? 3. What was its capital? 4. What were its major cities? 5. What constituted the basis of its economy? 6. What was its form of government? 7. Can you name at least one Palestinian leader before Arafat? 8. Was Palestine ever recognized by a country whose existence, at that time or now, leaves no room for interpretation? 9. What was the language of the country of Palestine ? 10. What was the prevalent religion of the country of Palestine ? 11. What was the name of its currency? Choose any date in history and tell what was the approximate exchange rate of the Palestinian monetary unit against the US dollar, German mark, GB pound, Japanese yen, or Chinese Yuan on that date. 12. And, finally, since there is no such country today, what caused its demise and when did it occur? You are lamenting the "low sinking" of a "once proud" nation. Please tell me, when exactly was that "nation" proud and what was it so proud of? Here is the least sarcastic question of all: If the people that are mistakenly called "Palestinians" are anything but generic Arabs collected from all over

(19) YJ Draiman for Council, December 12, 2010 2:20 PM

• Honor, Honesty and Integrity these are not just words

• Honor, Honesty and Integrity these are not just words At times we feel maybe justified in violating a part of our own integrity. We don’t measure the effect that by doing so, the amount of damage that it does to others as well as to our own soul. We speak of justice; we speak of honesty and doing the right things in life. We are sometimes confronted not so much by the violation of these principles but by the impact they have on our own spirit. Feeling betrayed by those you trust, who have in some way acted in a manner that you may never understand, will have an impact on your life. This may only be for a moment or maybe a lifetime; each person has their own emotional point of tolerance to transgressions that may have been committed by even the most trusted among you. These words are what make’s us civilized. They are the fundamentals of our own character. We can not be responsible for someone else’s behavior but we are in total control of our own. Our behavior in any setting should be guided by these words. We can forgive others, but it is not easy for us to forgive ourselves when it is our actions that bring forth circumstances that no one wants. I have felt recently that betrayal, that dishonest act that just hurts and saddens the soul. Of course, that does not make that person bad or evil. It is an act that does not help for the survival of a group. I believe in the biblical statement that vengeance is the Lord’s it is not mine to give. When dealing with anyone in any capacity honesty is the guide. Integrity is the path to take. Honor is yours to own. Weep as you may for an infraction of another upon you; forgive as that transgression will also corrupt your soul to a deeper distrust of all. For the transgressor it will be easy to do that which they may feel is right, though the action violates all honor or self respect which creates havoc and chaos on others. Maybe to be honest will allow one to sleep at night.

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