by Dr. Aaron Lerner
Arutz Sheva Israel National Radio
Broadcast on March 4, 1999 / Adar 16, 5759
In This Article:
1. Pressure Must Be Met Head On
2. The Mothers Will Keep Pushing
3. Message for Bibi
4. The "Easy" Route Will Lead to Disaster
PRESSURE MUST BE MET HEAD ON
This evening I have only one comment to make and while it is obvious it
bears repeating: It is impossible to relieve pressure by bending to it.
Israel's reaction today to the situation in Lebanon will set the pattern
for Arab - Israeli relations on every front. Ehud Barak has bluntly stated
that the way to get safely out of Lebanon is to start negotiating Israel's
withdrawal from the Golan. And what happens if the negotiations fail? Or
As Labor MK Ori Orr put it, the people killed in Lebanon didn't die
defending Israel's presence in Lebanon. They died in the war for the
Golan. You know it, I know it, Barak knows it and, most important of all,
President Assad knows it: If the Jewish State doesn't have the stomach for
casualties in Lebanon - and I don't for a minute minimize the gravity of
the losses and the terrible strain and tension involved in maintaining our
position there - and reacts to the situation not by repositioning for
purposes of efficiency but rather withdraws from fear - then the best way
to advance the interests of the Arabs at any stage of the negotiations is
through renewed violence.
THE MOTHERS WILL KEEP PUSHING
The 'Four Mothers' pushing us out of Lebanon will then push to leave the
West Bank and Gaza. And it won't stop there. Because once the pattern is
set, once the weakness is shown, only a fool would not continue to exploit
it. And the Arabs are not fools.
The mothers will push us out of the Golan and out of east Jerusalem. And
when terrorists strike inside Israel to 'advance' negotiations over the
return of refugees to Jaffa and Haifa, the mothers will press for the
floodgates to be open. And when terrorists strike again because too many
Jews are immigrating to Israel, the mothers will demand that the gates be
And when terrorists insist that the only solution is a Palestinian state
from the river to the sea, the mothers, hoping that this finally will bring
'peace in our time' will press for this one last concession. And it won't
be the last.
MESSAGE FOR BIBI
I have a message for Binyamin Netanyahu: Stop running after the polls. The
public is confused and shifting attitudes like quicksand. If you think
that you can win the game by convincing the public that you are everything
for everyone you are doomed to failure. Your only chance in the 2nd round
is to stand up and tell the truth. Don't tell the public that you are
confident you can cut a deal with Syria without leaving the Golan. Tell
them that you have red lines. That's right. Red Lines. And they aren't
arbitrary or simply a matter of ideology. These red lines are a matter of
reality. Tell us that you will make every effort to cut a deal with Syria,
and Arafat, and the Lebanese (if there is someone to talk to there) but
your red lines are real. You won't make a deal at any price.
Tell us to our faces that, at the end of the day we may find that the
Syrians or Arafat make demands that simply cannot be accepted. Have the
respect for the intelligence of the Israeli public to state that you cannot
guarantee peace in our time or a deal with one of our neighbors in 12 weeks
or 12 months.
THE "EASY" ROUTE WILL LEAD TO DISASTER
Demographers tell us that for every identifiable Jew in the world today
there are a large number of people carrying Jewish genes. Those others
come from families that decided to take the easy route and convert - hiding
and ultimately melting into their surroundings. We are here today because
for two thousand years our forefathers had red lines and kept to them. And
it wasn't easy.
I met last week with a group from America and someone asked me if Israel
would ever reach the point that would longer need a standing army. I asked
her when she thought the US or Australia would be in such a position.
Our situation is not unique. Don't get me wrong. I am not saying that
Israel is Sparta. Just that we're not in Paradise. And the sooner the
politicians are honest about this painful reality the better off we all
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