THE ISRAEL REPORTJuly/August 2000
An Open Message for Barak Before Camp DavidBy Colin L Leci
July 09, 00' / Tamuz 06 5760
In This Article:
THE FORGOTTEN FACTS
It is possible, of course, that the members of the Land for Peace movement and Prime Minister Barak have either forgotten or possibly were not even born when these civil incidents took place, and feel that by giving land for peace, the situation which occurred in the nineteen odd years from 1948 will not repeat itself.
JUDEA & SAMARIA - A
On October 13th 1953 a mother and her two children were murdered in their sleep on Moshav Yahud, just south of Petah Tikvah.Tracks led across the nearby border to the West Bank village of Rantis. In December of that year a member of Kibbutz Ein Shemer was shot by infiltrators while walking near Karkur in central Israel. In March 1954 Arab gunmen ambushed and attacked an Israeli bus at Malei Akrabim, south of Beer Sheva, murdering 11 including women and children.
If that is not sufficient, consider June 1954, Jerusalem suddenly became a target with Jordanian machine guns, rifles, grenades and two inch mortars, open fire
from the Old City walls. This continued for hours and was repeated several days later. Casualties, four dead, twenty seven wounded. Of course events like these don't tell the whole story for there were hundreds of instances like these where the Israeli Defence Forces succeeded in foiling such attacks.
And so it went on day by day, for years. On other occasions the Fedayin crossed the nearby borders to carry out their deadly missions. Freight trains blown up, farmers murdered in their fields, soldiers ambushed and killed, children attacked by snipers, mines laid as gangs came across to burn, kill steal and destroy. How easy it was in those days. One has to reflect that the width of Israel was in some places less than 15 miles from the cease fire line between Israel and occupied West Bank and the whole of the central Coastal Plain was exposed to these people.
WHAT DID THE ARABS WANT
It is the same story - those
who carried out the mass pogroms in Hebron in 1929, who carried out bloody
swath in the 1936-9 period, and who collaborated with Hitler and tried to
destroy the infant state before its birth in 1948 are still active. Does
the Land for Peace movement recollect that every Israeli was within firing
distance of hostile Arabs either in the West Bank or Gaza, never mind the
Golan Heights? There are families today in Israel who mourn victims of
that period who were killed whilecarrying
out their peaceful occupations.
Now is the time to turn to Prime Minister Barak, his government, his worldwide associates and the members of Land for Peace movement. Perhaps they should reconsider their simplistic solution, just withdrawal and give away the land to the PLO. Any withdrawal cannot be at the expense of a secure Israel firmly established in the Land of Israel. We must stand firm, without weak hearts and we must convince the world. In order to achieve this we must root out doubts and the spirits of defeatism and appeasement in our own midst.
Source: Arutz 7
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