By Uri Dan - October 5, 2001
AFTER seven months, Ariel Sharon finally had enough.
Since he took office, he's followed the U.S. line - talking peace with the Palestinians and agreeing to concession after concession.
In the grim days that followed the attacks on America, he even OK'd a meeting between his foreign minister, Shimon Peres, and Yasser Arafat - at the urgent request of Colin Powell.
The secretary of state told him that not only would the meeting lead to a cease-fire, it would also help America create an Arab coalition against terror.
After they met, Sharon withdrew his tanks from Palestinian cities and ordered his military to avoid confrontation. Arafat's response: a major escalation of his terror campaign, including an almost daily series of attacks on Israelis peacefully driving through the West Bank.
President Bush's answer to the violence: He rewarded Arafat with a declaration favoring a Palestinian state.
Arafat's next move was predictable. He upped the violence again, to include terror attacks on a civilian settlement in the Gaza Strip and a bus station in Israel.
Those were the last outrages. Sharon needed no more convincing that Arafat will never sign onto a real cease-fire or any agreement to live in peace with Israel.
When Sharon warned yesterday that Israel will not be "sacrificed" by its allies the way Czechoslovakia was abandoned by its "friends" to appease Hitler, he was not addressing the State Department - which he's convinced is run by Arab sympathizers.
He was not even speaking to Powell, who he feels is caught in the middle between his underlings at State and the president.
Sharon was making a desperate effort to convince Bush, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Vice President Dick Cheney that it's time they changed their thinking.
The prime minister believes there is a real coalition against terror - one made up of states like the United States, Britain, Canada, Turkey and Australia, as well as Israel, which has been providing vital intelligence.
And, he thinks, there's a phony coalition - comprised of nations like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Those countries, he feels, will support the anti-terror "coalition" regardless of what happens between Israel and the Palestinians. That's because it's in the interest of their rulers, who also fear fanatic Muslim fundamentalism.
And now Israel is also ready to put its own interests first.
When Powell called last night to express his condolences for those killed in yesterday's Russian plane crash, Sharon thanked him - then immediately changed the subject.
He reviewed every Palestinian attack on Israeli civilians in the last two weeks. And he called on Powell to add Islamic Jihad, Hamas and Hezbollah to the U.S. list of terrorist organizations.
"Act against them immediately," Sharon said. Paraphrasing Bush, he said that since Arafat is not taking steps against those groups, the PLO leader must be considered part of them.
After that conversation, Sharon took a phone call from German Foreign Minister Joschka Fisher, who told him to make more concessions to Arafat in the name of the coalition.
"Mr. Fisher," Sharon responded, "don't talk to me any more about Arafat. I am already in the era of after-Arafat."
Sharon will not forget the lesson of Czechoslovakia. He will not let Israel be sold down the river.
©2001 - New York Post
Thursday, October 4, 2001PM SHARON: "ALL OUR EFFORTS TO REACH A CEASE-FIRE HAVE BEEN TORPEDOED BY THE PALESTINIANS. ISRAEL WILL NOT BE  CZECHOSLOVAKIA. ISRAEL WILL FIGHT TERRORISM." PM SHARON: "ALL OUR EFFORTS TO REACH A CEASE-FIRE HAVE BEEN TORPEDOED BY THE PALESTINIANS.ISRAEL WILL NOT BE  CZECHOSLOVAKIA. ISRAEL WILL FIGHT TERRORISM."(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser) Jerusalem Thursday, October 04, 2001 Following are Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's remarks delivered at Beit Sokolov in Tel Aviv today (Thursday), 4.10.2001:
"Today a Russian plane en route from Tel Aviv to Novosibirsk, carrying 66 passengers and 12 crewmen, went down.
This is a terrible tragedy for both Israel and Russia. I spoke today with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and we agreed on full cooperation between Israel and Russia in investigating this tragic incident.
I have also instructed Israel's Minister of Transportation, Dr. Ephraim Sneh, to coordinate activities in this regard.
Today, Israel suffered another heinous Palestinian terrorist attack, which took a heavy toll: Three dead and seven wounded. All our efforts to reach a cease-fire have been torpedoed by the Palestinians. The fire did not cease, not even for one day.
The Cabinet has therefore instructed our security forces to take all necessary measures to bring full security to the citizens of Israel. We can rely on ourselves only.
We are currently in the midst of a complex and difficult political campaign. I call on the Western democracies, and primarily the leader of the free world, the United States: Do not repeat the dreadful mistake of 1938, when enlightened European democracies decided to sacrifice Czechoslovakia for 'a convenient temporary solution.'
Do not try to appease the Arabs at our expense - this is unacceptable to us. Israel will not be Czechoslovakia. Israel will fight terrorism.
There is no 'good terrorism' and 'bad terrorism,' as there is no 'good murder' and 'bad murder.' Terrorism, as we witnessed this week in Alei Sinai, is worse than murder.
We have been fighting terrorism for over 100 years. Unfortunately, there is no swift and immediate solution, but if we confront this terrorism united, we will be able to overcome it and bring peace. And we shall overcome."