Don’t Listen to Beilin’s Broken Record
This is an Opinion Piece in response to Beilin’s Ynet Article, Don’t repeat mistake of 2000, on March 8, 2008.
Mr.Beilin it is hard to take you seriously when your advice seems to end with a punch line rather than a message. It is you, and your past that has brought the Israeli people to the current situation, and not, as you claimed, “The IDF’s harsh response to Palestinian violence in 2000.”
In your article, you had the audacity to ask that we do not “repeat mistakes” again. Your request is a joke because it is the mistakes we made during Oslo that we are now repeating. During the Oslo Accords our country was made to believe that shootings were not “real terrorist attacks.” Shootings became like roadblocks; somehow it was believed that we needed them in order to obtain peace. According to the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, from the signing of the Declaration of Principles between Israel and the PLO (the Oslo Accords) on September 13, 1993, until September 2000, 256 civilians and soldiers were killed in terrorist attacks in Israel.
The quiet that you spoke of in 2007, was nothing more than a waiting period until the next uprising, war, or whatever term fits the crime. It was not as though in 2007, Fatah, Hamas and other terrorist groups thought to themselves, “You know the Jews aren’t that bad. This living side-by-side thing seems like a great idea. Let’s give peace a chance.” In fact, it is embracing the quiet of 2007, rather than interpreting its silence that has brought the days of relentless rocket fire to the South, and the Yeshiva shooting to Jerusalem (not to mention the other terrorist attacks that have happened in the past few years).
You stated that it is the government’s job to, “lower the height of the flames and prevent escalation…Sinking into a renewed cycle of violence is very possible at this time, and we must not lend a hand to this.” Wouldn’t you say that the government has already sunk low enough? The weak Gaza Operations and weaker Prime Minister have left an open door policy to terrorist attacks. By trying to put out the flames, we are burning ourselves in the process.
Mr.Beilin, the terrorist attack on the Yeshiva can not be fixed by controlling flames, as you suggested. We must unite as a nation and say enough is enough. Otherwise we will have another Oslo on our hands, and while some might win prizes for their accords and hand shakes-the rest of us will suffer in a bloodbath trying to put out those flames.
You claimed that since we already gave up territory, “we have nothing to lose.” However, it is the giving up of that territory that put us in this very position (and did so in Oslo, as well). The loss of the Gush Katif land was a gained launching ground for Kassam rockets. The loss of control over the Rafah border crossing was a gained opportunity for weapons smuggling. You must be joking when you say we have “nothing to lose”. As Israelis we stand to lose everything by repeating history. Mr. Beilin, the terrorist used you as a ladder to climb to the top of their destruction in the Intifada-and you want to do it all over again.
You stated, “If the ceasefire fails to be realized by the other side, we can violate it at any junction on our part as well.” Is that a solution, because it sounds more like a child fighting a bully, on the playground? You can not seriously suggest that we stoop to the level of terrorists and break ceasefires just because they do? Then should we also start shooting people, just because they have? Your words insight revenge, which I thought was exactly what you insisted we avoid.
Finally, as the punch line of your ridiculous piece, you proposed that, “the negotiations with the PLO should be managed with much greater vigor.” You went on to say that this steadfast approach will help the West Bank Arabs (and I assumed you also meant the Arab living in East Jerusalem that posted their Hamas flags) to accept Fatah’s leadership under Abu Mazen, and weaken Hamas. Well, that right there should make anyone laugh at loud. It is as though you are trying to relive your youthful days and punish the rest of us with old ideas.
Mr. Beilin, you and Prime Minister Olmert, Abu Mazen and Condoleezza Rice seem to have forgotten that a document, resolution or government fixture will never truly enforce peace. You will always need the people living in the land to support the peace plan. And Beilin, the people shouldn’t support another rush job just because you say so. We did that once and look where it got us. I think this time around you would be better off in Oslo-alone. The joke’s on you now!