Making Things Up as They Go
Vol: 21 Issue: 26 Thursday, June 26, 2003
According to this morning’s press, Yasser Arafat said that he expects an official announcement almost any minute to the effect that Hamas has agreed to a ceasefire plan with Israel.
It is the top story on the half hour news roundups on all the cable news stations. “Cease-Fire Agreement Reached” says the headlines — but then there is this subheading. . .”Militants Deny Agreement”!
There are so many problems with this it’s hard to know where to begin, so let’s start with the most obvious problem. Reporting the existence of an agreement is NOT the same as HAVING one.
But the press is reporting — in one breath! — both the existence of an agreement and the fact that it doesn’t exist. The reasoning is simple; the Palestinians need SOMETHING on their scorecard, even if it has to be made up.
First, a quick (and probably unnecessary) historical review:
The road map for peace sets out a path that will ostensibly end with a ‘two-state solution’ to the Arab-Israeli conflict. That was what the Palestinians claimed they wanted when they entered into the Oslo Accords in 1993. They never achieved it, because whenever it appeared to be a genuine possibility, they sabotaged it themselves.
After Ehud Barak scared the moles off Yasser Arafat by offering him everything he claimed he wanted at Camp David, Arafat turned it down flat and orchestrated the current “intifada” or uprising, now in its 33rd month.
The road map to peace is the brainchild of the Bush administration, in consultation with the other three members of the so-called ‘Quartet’ — the EU, UN and Russia. It was supposed to kick off with both the Palestinians and the Israelis making certain concessions.
The first concession fell to the Palestinians. Before anything could begin, Arafat had to be completely out of the loop and a new leader, untainted by any terrorist background, had to be selected by the Palestinians.
Instead, Arafat, (not the Palestinian people) appointed (not elected) Mahmoud Abbas, a Fatah official directly tied to the 1972 Munich Olympic Massacre. The road map called for the new leadership to immediately takes steps to dismantle the terror network (not negotiate a ceasefire), to outlaw terrorism (not done), to arrest wanted terror suspects (not one arrest since Abbas was appointed) and to take concrete steps to gain control of the territories (not one of which has been undertaken).
AFTER all that had been accomplished, Israel was obligated to; unfreeze Palestinian funds, begin dismantling settlements, begin withdrawing its troops from Palestinian areas, lift the closure of its borders to Palestinian workers and turn over security to the Palestinian Authority.
Although the Palestinian side has not taken a single step of any kind toward living up to any of its obligations (not a single one) Israel has either accomplished or is the process of accomplishing everything listed above.
So now the world is betting the farm on a ceasefire agreement that may or may not have been reached with some or all of the terrorists, possibly, but nobody is sure yet, since the terrorists are denying they’ve come to any kind of agreement at all.
But, at least it is something to REPORT as ‘movement’ from the Palestinian side. It doesn’t matter if it’s true — heck, this is the MIDDLE EAST!
Note at the outset of today’s Digest who it was the announced the expected ceasefire with Hamas. Not Mahmoud Abbas — Yasser Arafat!
And Hamas and the rest of the Palestinian terror machine got promoted again — now that they are talking about a ceasefire, they are back to being ‘militants’.
Now, to the heart of it. Miles of text are being cranked out around the world right now about the ray of hope contained in the Ceasefire That Hasn’t Happened, but nobody is making the salient point here. At least, I’ve not been able to find anybody who was.
The point is this. There is nothing in the roadmap about a temporary ‘truce’ or a ‘ceasefire’. The roadmap makes no concession for terrorists to bargain for the right to continue to exist unhindered.
The roadmap calls for the dismantling of the terrorist organizations and its replacement by a real Palestinian government.
A ceasefire serves only one purpose and that is to take the pressure off the terrorists to allow them to rearm, regroup and resume their war with Israel.
Only an idiot would believe that a ceasefire with terrorists is the equivalent of dismantling the terrorist infrastructure. But there is evidently no shortage of idiots out there, because that is what the papers are saying, at least subliminally.
If you want to know who is running the PA, don’t take my word for it. Cruise the headlines and see for yourself.
MSNBC: “Arafat Expects Truce Announcement” BBC: “Arafat Expects Mid-East Truce” — even the Jerusalem Post’s headline said, “Arafat Expects Truce Announcement Soon”; but I found not one SINGLE headline that said anything about the guy who is ostensibly in charge, Mahmoud Abbas.
In this generation, we’ve seen the Big Lie go from something “the Nazis did in World War Two” to an art form so sophisticated that for the first time, history is being revised while the people who lived it are still here.
Here is an example from MSNBC’s background of the Arab-Israeli conflict: “The establishment of the state of Israel over 50 years ago starts one of the largest population displacements in history. 700,000 Arabs leave or are driven out of the budding Jewish state in 1948 and 1949. Languishing in crude camps, their sense of displacement spawns the Palestine Liberation Organization and violent attacks, beginning in the 1960s. Today the number of Palestinians in occupied territories and surrounding Arab states passes 3.6 million.”
My goodness! The largest population displacements in history? And only three years after Hitler exterminated 12 million people in death camps. How Big a Lie is necessary?
We’ll go on to the ‘crude camps’ these Arabs ‘languished’ in. They were Arab camps, built by Arabs and used by Arabs to concentrate the Palestinian Arabs so they couldn’t be absorbed into the greater Arab world.
The attacks against Israel are blamed on this ‘displacement’ which was carried out, not by Israel, but the Arabs themselves. Not in 1948, but in 1967 when the Jordanians and Egyptians refused to take responsibility for what had been, a week before, their own citizens.
And MSNBC claims the number of ‘Palestinians’ in ‘occupied’ territories and IN THE ARAB WORLD passes 3.6 million. How was that figure arrived at? Since prior to 1967, the ‘Palestinians’ of the West Bank were Jordanians, while those of Gaza were Egyptians, how could one number as ‘Palestinians’ anyone born before June 6. 1967? And from there extrapolate ‘3.6 million Palestinians in the Arab world’?
Until the 1923 San Remo Conference, the entire Middle East was a single province of the Ottoman Empire called Southern Syria. Winston Churchill, on behalf of the victorious British government, drew the borders of every single modern Arab state. Every one. As well as borders for a Jewish state in what is today Israel.
If being an Iraqi or a Syrian or a Jordanian or a Saudi national can only be traced back 90 years, how in the world could you separate Palestinians out of an Arab world whose own borders are so new that 100 years ago, they were all the same people, without any national distinction?
The Big Lie is almost completely accepted now. Most people believe Israel is a usurper, a Johnny-come-lately who stole the land from the indigenous Palestinian people. All anybody would have to do is ask their grandparents, or dig up a history book published before the mid 1960’s to discover the Big Lie.
But people will believe what they want to believe, especially if it is about Israel, the most hated nation on the face of the earth. Exactly as Scripture foretold.
“And I will deliver them to be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth for their hurt, to be a reproach and a proverb, a taunt and a curse, in all places whither I shall drive them.” (Jeremiah 29:18)
“And I will persecute them with the sword, with the famine, and with the pestilence, and will deliver them to be removed to all the kingdoms of the earth, to be a curse, and an astonishment, and an hissing, and a reproach, among all the nations whither I have driven them:” (Jeremiah 29:18)
Israel’s reproach continues to this day. For two thousand years, every Jew has slept with his bags packed — just in case — until 1948. Since 1948, he has slept with a gun under his pillow, expecting at any time to be murdered in his bed.
The Big Lie says that Israel is not a Jewish homeland, but a Palestinian homeland stolen from a Palestinian people — who did not exist a generation ago — by the Jews who founded Jerusalem 3000 years ago, many of whom can trace their own ancestry back to the time of Herod’s Temple.
“And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:” (2 Thessalonians 2:11)