By Ryan Jones - Jerusalem Newswire - November 14, 2005
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Sunday told reporters while en route to Israel that the birth of a Palestinian Arab state on the biblical lands of Judea, Samaria and Gaza will bring increased security to the Jewish state.
I, for one, would be interested in hearing on what evidence exactly the secretary bases that assessment.
It is important to note that a “Palestinian” state will be ruled by the PLO (now more frequently referred to as the Palestinian Authority), which was for decades the “Al Qaeda” of Islamic terrorism.
Israel agreed, under tremendous American pressure, to enter into negotiations with and recognize Yasser Arafat's organization as the legitimate representative of all Arabs living in Judea, Samaria and Gaza (Yesha) on the shaky assumption the PLO would deal decisively with all other terror groups vying for position.
To this end, Israel allowed the PLO to import thousands of arms.
But since that day, the number of terrorist organizations operating out of those territories has only increased. And those groups are today far better armed than they would ever have hoped to be prior to 1993.
One by one, Israel surrendered control over every major Arab population center in Yesha believing (or at least acting as if they believed), just as Rice claimed Sunday, that doing so would provide nearby Israeli towns with greater security since, naturally, the local Arabs' anger would be assuaged by the gesture.
Is Greater Tel Aviv today safer now that nearby Kalkilya is under PLO control? Has Netanya been offered respite as a result of handing over Tulkarm? Do the citizens of Haifa and the lower Galilee breath easier knowing armed gangs rule the streets of Jenin? What of the residents of holy Jerusalem? Have they suffered less because Ramallah, Bethlehem and Hebron are under the thumb of the “Palestinians”?
Most recently Israel transferred 100 percent of the Gaza Strip to PA control, telling Jewish residents of nearby towns the move would improve their lot and that of their countrymen.
The town of Sderot was immediately pummeled in the largest single Gaza-based rocket attack to date, with the promise of more to come.
In what can only be called a classic case of understatement, Rice noted correctly that more work needs to be done on the security front. The answer, however, does not lie in reforming the PLO/PA or even amending its deadly charter.
Rather, Israel and the US need to recognize that they made a terrible error of judgment in entrusting to a terrorist organization the safety and security of those the terrorists had dedicated their lives to destroying.
There is absolutely nothing to suggest that providing the PLO with sovereign rule over Israel's ancient heartland is going to bring any security to the Jewish state. Without exception, all the evidence points to the opposite outcome.
The creation of a Palestinian state will lead to the destruction of Israel.