Letter to the Internation Herald Tribune
3rd June 2010
Dear Mr Oz,
I was most interested in your article today, about Israel, and, with respect, I suggest that some of your statements are somewhat inaccurate. For example, you say “No idea has ever been defeated by force”. I am not sure that the Chinese, who have been living for sixty years under Communist “force”, would agree with you. Nor would the Russians, who lived under Communist “force” from 1917 for seventy years, agree with you. Nor would the Greeks, who lived under Turkish rule for 376 years, agree with you. All these ideas have been defeated by force.
You say that the Turkish vessels were civilian vessels “supplying humanitarian aid”. Why were they also carrying seven hundred activists? You further state that force should be used only as a preventative measure, or in self-defence, but the blockade of Gaza is self-defence, because once they are armed, Hamas will be able to send bombs and missiles into Israel.
But your biggest misconception is the idea that this problem can be solved by agreement with the Palestinians. Let us look at the past history.
In 1947, the United Nations produced a Partition Plan, which would have created two viable States – one Jewish and one Arab – in Palestine. The Jews accepted the UN Plan, but the Arabs did not. As a result, Israel declared its independence in 1948. Immediately after Israel had declared independence, all the Arab States declared war on Israel. It was the Arab States that then advised all Palestinian Arabs to leave Israel, in order that they would not be in the way of the fighting. No Arabs, however, were asked to leave by the Jews, and there are still many Arabs living in Israel. Since then, the Arab States have declared four wars on Israel, something unheard of, all of which they have lost. All of the wars were financed by Saudi Arabia. Furthermore, the Arab States forcibly ejected all Jews from the Arab countries, a total of almost a million people. There have been several attempts since then to move the Palestinians out of the camps. On each occasion, the Arab States refused to allow the Palestinian Arabs to be moved, despite the poverty and discomfort in which they lived, in order to keep political pressure on Israel and the United States. Nor are the Palestinians allowed to become citizens of any Arab country.
In a recent poll taken of Palestinian Arabs, over 70% said they had no desire to return to Israel. The results of this poll so infuriated the Arab terrorists, that they destroyed the offices of the company who had done the survey, and beat up its employees.
In 2000, Mr Clinton invited the Israeli Prime Minister and Mr Arafat to Camp David in the US, in order to make an agreement. Mr Clinton first saw Mr Arafat alone, and insisted that he state on what terms he would have peace with Israel. Under tremendous pressure, Arafat made very severe terms. Clinton then went to the Israel Prime Minister, and insisted that he agree to Arafat’s severe terms. When he did, Clinton was jubilant. He thought he had solved the Arab/Israel problem. But when he went back to Arafat to announce the news, he found that Arafat had already left America for the Middle East, and shortly after started a new terrorist offensive.
General Pacepa of Rumania was the highest ranking intelligence officer ever to have defected from the Soviet Block. He has written in the Wall Street Journal that Arafat was a KGB agent who worked under him, and was also an active terrorist. Indeed, it was the KGB who made Arafat Chairman of the PLO. Arafat was not even a Palestinian, but an Egyptian. Apart from heading the PLO, Arafat was also head, since 1957, of al-Fatah, the Palestinian terror organisation.
Finally, there are no Israeli suicide bombers, but there are plenty of Arab bombers.
D P Marchessini