Israel Report

October 2001         

Waiting For The Change

by the late Tourism Minister Rehavam Ze'evi
Broadcast on Oct. 16, 2001 - Arutz Sheva Israel National Radio
Tourism Minister Rehavam Ze'evi, who was murdered outside his Jerusalem hotel room early this morning by one or more Palestinian terrorists, broadcast a weekly opinion piece on Arutz-7 Israel National Radio for several years. He delivered the piece that appears below yesterday afternoon, only hours before his death.

The late Minister was on his way to be interviewed on another Arutz-7 program this morning when he was assassinated. His wife, in fact, looked for him and found him in a pool of blood after she and his spokesperson were alerted by Arutz-7 that Mr. Ze'evi was not answering his cellular phone.

1. What Sept. 11 Means
2. The Change Happened There - Not Here
3. Shooting and Talking


Shalom LaYehudim.

September 11, 2001 will go down in modern history not only as a day of memorial for thousands of people who were killed in the New York and Washington, and not only as the day of a terrorist attack of unprecedented proportions, and not only as the day that opened the eyes of the Americans in their fight against Islamic terrorism - but also as the day of a total change of values for the West.

From this day on, there actually is a military solution to terrorism.

And from this day on terrorist leaders are obviously no longer negotiated with, but are rather sought out in order that they be destroyed.

This day marked the end of the media taking wanton advantage of the concept of "freedom of knowledge" -because it is now understood that the victory over the enemy is more important.

From this day on, the "right of the public to know" is not more important than the safety of our armed forces.

From this day on the rights of the individual are set aside in the face of the security interests of the society.

And from this day on, suspects can be arrested and interrogated as necessary.

From this day on, the defense establishment leaders are consulted seriously, and from this day the opposition is quiet and gives its support to those who run the war.

And from this day countries that want to protect their citizens are not deterred from carrying out certain acts of personal liquidation of terrorists.


All this and more did not happen here [in Israel], even though we have now been involved in the current edition of our long war with the Arabs for 14 years. These changes happened, instead, in the great United States, the democracy, the lone remaining superpower. The American President asked the TV stations not to broadcast the announcements of Bin Laden - and they agreed. But here, the spokesmen of the Palestinian enemy are the favorites of the news editors, and they fill the newspapers and airwaves. They and those who send them, the Arab Knesset Members, are given free voice to make their case in generous portions.

Back in 1989, the American Supreme Court ruled that the burning of the flag of the US is protected under the right to freedom of speech. But after Sept 11, there will no longer be rulings of that nature. Now in America, there are not enough national flags to meet the demand, and the American flag waves proudly in every home and in every business.


But what is understood in Washington is apparently not understood here. Prime Minister Sharon, who himself fought for many years against Arab terrorism, is not strong or consistent enough in this fight during his tenure as Prime Minister. In order to keep Shimon Peres in the national unity government, he gives in to Peres' dictates and allows him to continue talking with the top brass of the evil Palestinian Authority, which is a terrorist headquarters in every sense.

Peres conducts diplomatic negotiations, while the Palestinians continue to shoot at our communities and on Jews - and he is doing all this just in order to revive the Oslo process, which brought catastrophe upon us and could, in the end, lead to the collapse of the State of the Jews.

Peres is doing this possibly because he believes in it - or possibly because he wants to save his place and reputation in history.

In the United States of "after September 11," there is a change of values. But by us, this change has not yet come.

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