Before I wrap up, let me mention a few tidbits for reflection. This article on the more global issues confronting the Middle East and it’s impact on our conflict is brilliantly presented in this piece: http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/177456/settlers-one-state-solution?all=1# Those who read it get extra credit :).
One of the issues for the Arab culture to also confront is how tactical they are. Not strategic. They have patience to wait out their enemies — which is a strength, of course — but that is a tactic. I believe this has two impacts: 1. they do not consider strategies to build their societies (I see this a lot even from Jews coming from Arab countries — appears to be a cultural issue) and 2. their leader are inept. Boy are they inept. And if they are strategic, they are typically assassinated like Anwar Sadat.
Lastly, you will hear people say, you know, you make peace with enemies. Yep, that is true, but only after they have been completely defeated. Look at the difference between WW II and the Korean conflict which is still going on. Until our enemies accept their defeat — they cannot move on, their “street” will continue to agitate for murder and we will be in this cycle of violence. I heard this first from Dr. Daniel Pipes http://www.danielpipes.org/. This leads me to the open letter I just penned to our about-to-depart President, Shimon Peres.
The open letter is below.
Have a wonderful weekend and may Israel be strong and fully defeat this murderous ideology.
Dear President Peres:
We have met a number of times at your conferences and I have been an admirer and deeply humbled by your many years of service to the State.
I must, however, ask you to reconsider your position regarding Mr. Abbas as it is out of synch with reality. I know you speak often of being a dreamer and that is a wonderful quality, however, at the same time dreaming requires an adjustment to reality. You declared at yesterday’s press conference with Mr. Blair: “President Abbas is not only a partner for Israel but is the best hope for the Palestinians for a future of stability, respect, independence and prosperity. He is a man of peace, a responsible leader.” A responsible leader? He called our measured actions to defend ourselves from terror rockets by Hamas — actions you personally defended on CNN — a “genocide” and then likened this to Auschwitz. (“It’s genocide – the killing of entire families is genocide by Israel against our Palestinian people…What’s happening now is a war against the Palestinian people as a whole and not against the factions” and he then declared “Shall we recall Auschwitz?”) This is not responsible. This is grotesque. This is incitement. Pure and simple.
Mr. Abbas is the leader of Fatah and the PA whose websites incites daily against Israel in the most murderous and hateful ways. He cannot hide from this. You know that. Palestinian Media Watch, which tracks this constant hate speech in Arabic, is replete with these disgusting quotes. Just over the last week, the PA website stated that Jews’ God demands: “Passover Matzah made from the blood of our children” (http://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=12004) or Fatah to Israelis in Hebrew: “Death will reach you from the south to the north… The KN-103 rocket is on its way toward you” (http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=11964). He is their leader yet not a peep. And differentiating between the PA and Fatah is a fiction. And you and I know that he is not even democratically elected. And you and I know that his family and friends personally benefit from his position for financial gain. He is not a partner for peace. He says wonderful platitudes to gain international recognition and incites on a regular basis in Arabic. I wish we would stop making excuses for what he supports either through words or silence. Please.
So let’s try a test. Let’s see if he will not only retract his latest incitement of genocide/Auschwitz and say he is wrong. Let him declare he will dismantle the hate machine he condones within Fatah and the PA. While we are at it, let him visit the families of murdered teens, Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftal Frenkel, by his coalitions partners the way you, Mr. Peres tried to visit the family of Mohammed Abu Khdeir. He cannot. He will not. I believe, in your heart, you know that already.
One last thing. When you hosted the summer camp for kids escaping the missiles in the South you were at a loss to explain why hostilities have escalated in Gaza given the bad economic shape of the people there. President Peres, we all know the reason why they do this and it is a immoral and corrupt connection to radical Islam which calls for the destruction of Israel no matter the price and the creation of a culture of murder and death in their society. You have, thank God, been around long enough to know this is the issue throughout the Middle East. It infects Hamas, and, I am sorry to say, it infects Fatah and the PA and therefore Mr. Abbas.
Please be honest to the world about what is really happening here. The world trusts you and you have the credibly to set the record straight. Maybe, at one time, your support for Mr. Abbas made sense. But let’s call a spade a spade. Genocide — Auschwitz. He has crossed a red line that even you should not accept in your dreams.
I hope you receive these words with respect and admiration for all you have done.
Samuel H. Solomon
Mr. Solomon made Aliyah 5 years ago from New York and lives in Rosh Pina. He is an investor and Chairman of two Israeli Software companies. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org