Israel Report

January 2003         

Theatre of the Absurd

By Hal Lindsey - January 30, 2003
In the aftermath of Prime Minister Sharon's impressive re-election, the Palestinian grievances spiral farther away from reality.

Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi responded to the election results by saying, "Both [of] them denying the right of Palestinians to establish a state, both of them occupiers, both of them murderers and so Palestinians should not, and must not, expect anything from Labour or Likud and Palestinians should go ahead in their option of resistance to liberate their land and to defend their people."

Nabil Abu Rdaineh, adviser to Palestinian president Yasser Arafat, said, "The Israeli elections is the choice of the Israeli people. We urge the new Israeli government to withdraw immediately and to come back to the negotiating table. This is the only way to find peace and security and we hope that the United States will interfere with the Quartet, in order to implement the roadmap immediately and to stop this Israeli continuous escalation and aggression."

The fact that such outrageously inaccurate charges would even be made is testimony to the Palestinian's belief that no one remembers history – even history that occurred only a few years ago.

And what is even more amazing is that the world media reports this kind of stuff without comment as if it is based on truth.

Though it ought not be necessary, let's review the true facts of the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

On Aug. 20, 1993, Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Perez signed the Oslo Accord with the PLO through its leader Yasser Arafat. Though not under any compelling threat or necessity to do so, Rabin and Perez did this in hopes of bringing a just and lasting peace with the Palestinians.

The Accords provided for a five-year period of progressive negotiations to bring about self-rule in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The last and most difficult negotiations over Jerusalem were not to be brought up or entered into until the very end.

On Sept. 28, 1995, at a White House ceremony, Israelis and Palestinians signed another deal known as the "Interim Agreement" or "Oslo Two." The 400-page pact allowed for a second stage of autonomy for the Palestinians, giving them self-rule in the cities of Bethlehem, Jenin, Nablus, Qalqilya, Ramallah, Tulkarm, parts of Hebron and 450 villages, while allowing Israeli-guarded Jewish settlements to remain.

The whole basis upon which the Oslo Accords were entered was the promise of the PLO to not resort to violence as a tool in the conduct of bilateral negotiations. The most essential key of the agreement was to negotiate differences and not to use violence. Yitzak Rabin would never have signed the Accords without this commitment on the PLO's part.

The Israelis should have known that trouble was ahead when the Palestinian Authority raised an army of combat-trained and heavily armed "policemen." The Accords allowed for a maximum of 24,000 lightly armed policemen to prevent violence and cooperate with Israeli security forces. They promptly raised an army of more than 36,000 combat-trained "policemen." Some estimates say they have in excess of 50,000 armed policemen, many of whom are known terrorists. A steady flow of heavy arms began to funnel into Gaza from Egypt through cleverly designed tunnels under the border. This included anti-tank missiles, shoulder-fired SAM anti-aircraft missiles, surface-to-surface rockets and tons of explosives.

The most important development in this long process since the original Oslo Accords was the conference hosted at the Wye River Conference Grounds by then President Bill Clinton.

Then Prime Minister Ehud Barak offered Chairman Yasser Arafat a Palestinian state that included more than 95 percent of all he claimed in the West Bank and Gaza. He offered control of the Temple Mount and a large part of East Jerusalem. Arafat rejected it without even submitting a counter proposal. What is really important here is that Barak offered the most any Israeli Prime Minister could ever offer. And that was not enough. This should have ended the Oslo Accords at once. The end game had come and been rejected.

After this, Arafat began to plan a campaign of terror to force Israel into concessions it could not give. The Palestinian Authority planned this campaign of terror and waited for the right excuse to launch it.

It came when Ariel Sharon asked permission to visit the Temple Mount. Permission was granted. But the terror campaign was launched because he simply visited the site with the permission of the Palestinian Authority.

From that time onward, there was no basis for continuing a "Peace Process." The cornerstone of the Oslo Accords had been totally violated by the PA.

So, it was the PA that rejected a Palestinian state. It was the PA that broke off negotiations. It was the PA police force that became an active part of the terrorist campaign.

So on what basis does Hamas leader Rantisi say that Israel is the "occupier" and "murderer" of Palestinians. Israeli troops have had to make temporary incursions into Gaza and the West Bank to try and stop the relentless terror assaults against their civilian population.

On what basis does Arafat's representative, Nabil Abu Rdaineh, urge the new government "to withdraw and come back to the negotiating table." The PA withdrew from the negotiating table with a Palestinian state offered. They launched the bloodiest terror campaign against Israeli civilians ever seen since the Israeli state was formed. PA actions killed the Oslo Accords, which was the only basis for negotiations. There remains nothing more to negotiate.

Hal Lindsey is the best-selling author of 20 books, including "Late Great Planet Earth." He writes this weekly column exclusively for WorldNetDaily.

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