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The false peace Israel's politial leaders are pusuing

Ezekiel 13:10 "`Because they lead my people astray, saying, "Peace," when there is no peace, and because, when a flimsy wall is built, they cover it with whitewash, 11 therefore tell those who cover it with whitewash that it is going to fall. Rain will come in torrents, and I will send hailstones hurtling down, and violent winds will burst forth. 12 When the wall collapses, will people not ask you, "Where is the whitewash you covered it with?" 13 "`Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: In my wrath I will unleash a violent wind, and in my anger hailstones and torrents of rain will fall with destructive fury. 14 I will tear down the wall you have covered with whitewash and will level it to the ground so that its foundation will be laid bare. When it falls, you will be destroyed in it; and you will know that I am the LORD.

Vote for Sharon is a vote for a Palestinian State in 2003

[Netanyahu's chances don't look very good at this time, but it could lead to a more advantageous situation in the general elections on 28 January 2003, in that many Likud voters could vote for one of the "real" rightwing parties to counter the harm a Sharon-led government could do to Eretz Israel. It could strengthen rightwing parties to such an extent that Sharon would be forced to look to the right rather the left for coalition partners. Conversely, supporters of Labor who don't agree with the policies of their new leader, Mitzna, might vote Likud. It is estimated that it could cost Labor up to ten Knesset seats. Zionsake editor]

" is now painfully clear that Sharon was little more than a false messiah, one who created great expectations, all of which have gone unfulfilled." Michael Freund Feb.20, 2002 - 22 November 2002
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Sharon cares more about pleasing Pres. Bush than what he fears the God of Israel - Arafat calls it "the peace of the brave"

In less than a week the polls will open for what may be the most important vote ever held in the history of the Jewish State. The opportunity to vote against a Palestinian state before it is too late!

Let's make this clear: the moment Israel is locked into the "Road Map" Arafat is essentially assured a Palestinian state in the second half of 2003.

Israel is the Jews' homeland, politicians don't have the right to give it away!!!!!!!


That's without requiring any agreement or understanding or even negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

As incredible as it sounds, the United States of America has decided that the one place in the world where terrorists should be rewarded with a state instead of defeated is Israel. All the Palestinians have to do is make a few declarations and count the days.

Under the "improved" Road Map, Israel also immediately forfeits its right to defend itself either physically by military operations or in the world court of public opinion. The Government of Israel would be muzzled - unable to publish or distribute information that puts the Palestinian Authority in an unfavorable light.

Under the Road Map, Israel also forfeits its right as a sovereign state to walk away from the Road Map if the Palestinians fail to fulfill the little that they are required to do before the creation of an independent sovereign Palestinian state in the second half of 2003. Instead it relies on America to break its tradition of whitewashing Palestinian noncompliance.

Don't kid yourself: If America decides that it serves their interests to say that black is white, war is peace and that the Palestinians should get a passing grade come-what-may then once again the Americans will give false witness and issue a report that the Palestinians have complied.

I cannot overstate the gravity of the situation.

I know that there are many voters who are in denial.

They want to believe there is some phenomenal logic or scheme or secret deal that explains all of this.

But there isn't.

The cards on the tables are the cards.  There isn't a spare deck.

To my great disappointment and dismay, Ariel Sharon, either out of shortsightedness, desperation, or an interest to go down in history as a peacemaker instead of "Mr. Saber and Shuttle", has encouraged this insanity.

There is no special "strategic understanding" with President Bush - just conflicting interests and an incredibly botched job in Israeli diplomacy under Mr. Sharon's watch.

A botched job that Ariel Sharon intends to lock Israel into.

A botched job that can still be aborted if Netanyahu wins the Likud primaries.

Again: The time frame isn't years. It isn't even months. We are facing Israel's last chance out of this nightmare without having to pay a cost I shudder to even consider

Let there be no illusions: Ariel Sharon hasn't consulted with his cabinet until now and he has no intention for there to be serious consultations in the future.  At best he will present his cabinet with a choice after he has painted the Jewish State into a corner when the consequences of rejecting his program are catastrophic. If Sharon wants to say "yes" to the Road Map to Israel's destruction then that is what he is going to do.

And once the Road Map is accepted by the sovereign State of Israel turning back would mean a conflict of proportions and dimensions the Jewish State has never faced before.

Today the Israeli media only started to begin to comprehend the nightmarish disaster that the Road Map represents.  And with a week left before the vote there is a very real possibility that Sharon will be able to avoid seriously addressing the issue altogether before the vote.

I don't know if a vote for Sharon is a vote for a larger Likud victory in January 2003.  I don't know if it means more Knesset seats, more cabinet positions, more jobs for insiders - or a better shot at the prime minister's seat in 2007 for the various ministers who have endorsed Sharon even as they decline to endorse his position favoring a Palestinian state.

But I do know this: A vote for Sharon is a vote for a sovereign Palestinian state in the second half of 2003.

And since a sovereign state is a sovereign state even if it breaks the agreements under which it came into existence I take no comfort in the agreements or understandings or guarantees that may accompany its creation.

So next Thursday I am going to the Likud polling station in Rinnai and voting for the only viable candidate opposing a Palestinian state: Binyamin Netanyahu. And for what its worth - I plan to be at the polling station all day to encourage others to look beyond the personalities, the intrigues, the media noise and vote against the approaching disaster.

I hope you do the same and together, next Thursday night, we'll be able to talk about the challenges of the January general elections rather than ponder the disaster brought one giant step closer by voters who failed to comprehend the significance of their vote.

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"If our Prime Minister Sharon feared Heaven even 10% as much as he fears the American President, our country would not be in deep mourning today, and Jonathan Pollard would have been home long ago." Pollard attorney, Larry Dub Sharon cares more about globalization and Israel fitting into a global alignment
Both Likud and Labor will never have the courage or the wisdom to do what really needs to be done.. They both believe that their salvation will come from Washington. 22 November 2002 Voice of Judea Israeli Headlines. JerryCohen@WHATHELPS.COM
"...all talk of a Palestinian state today is a mistake: 'It's much too early for that. Maybe Sharon has global political needs that make him talk about this, but I think we first have to defeat terrorism, and I would even say to defeat the Palestinian people, because much of the population there encourages murder and we have to deal with them.'" Michael Ratzon Likud party. Arutz-7 News:  Dec. 9, 2002

Sharon has a global
agenda requiring a
Palestinian State/
peace treaty

----- Original Message ----- 10 November 2002

Peace Now Leader: our strategy not to reveal true goals
This is nothing different from terrorist's cowardly wearing of masks to hide their hatred of sincere people with real legality. ]

Excerpts from an interview with Tzali Reshef by Ari Shavit - Ha'aretz Magazine 8 November 2002

[IMRA: For some reason this item was published in the hard copy English edition but not on the Ha'aretz website. Given that Reshef openly admits Peace Now did reveal its goals in the past, an interesting follow-up is what the true final goals of  Peace Now are and if the wealthy American Jews who have been helping to pay for the "trip" all these years have a clue what they have been actually supporting.]

Our idea was to talk to the public in a language it was ready to listen to and not try to foist on it ideas it was not ready to accept.  I called it the principle of the bus: not to argue now about what the end of the journey will be, but to invite aboard everyone who is ready to travel to the next stop.  If we had written in the officer's letter of 1978 that in order to obtain peace, we will have to return all the territories and go back to the 1967 borders and divide Jerusalem and recognize the human aspect of the refugee problem very few people would have gone along with us.  We would have remained a pure but marginal left-wing group.

Therefore, I was insistent that our message not be radicalized and I didn't want to have my photograph taken too often as part of the human rights struggle. What gave Peace Now its great strength was our external image as patriots and as people who do not represent the other side.  We were able to create a label ("brand") that spoke to a great many people.  That label is our success.  The result was that while the left wing movements in which my parents were members had dozens or hundreds of people, tens and hundreds of thousands of people support our movement.

Question:   Isn't there a manipulative element here?

Of course there is.  I was a manipulator when I was 24, but a manipulator in a positive sense of the word.  I knew back then that if we said what we thought it would be taken badly.  To say we have to make concessions is bad. That is why we went with the officer's letter.  That I why we took Yuval Neria, who was awarded the Medal of Valor in the Yom Kippur War, and placed his name at the top of the list.  Do you really think that I thought Yuval understood more than I did because he got the Medal of Valor and I didn't?

We did it in order to combat the negative image and to talk to people in a language that would make it possible for them to identify with us.  You can call it manipulation and there were some who called it opportunism. But in my view, it was a farsighted strategy.  I think it was smart.

IMRA - Independent Media Review and Analysis

So, why is there no "Jews for Jihad"?

By Michael Freund

You have got to hand it to the Israeli left. Though their vision of an Oslo-inspired peace lies in ruins, and their political folly brought the State of Israel to the brink of war, groups such as Peace Now and Gush Shalom refuse to admit defeat.

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The Left dependent on on the Arabs for an agenda
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Arafat and perplexed Rabin sharing the Nobel Prize for (non) peace with Shimon Peres So, why is there no "Jews for Jihad"?

By Michael Freund Jewish World Review August 15, 2002 / 7 Elul, 5762

You have got to hand it to the Israeli left. Though their vision of an Oslo-inspired peace lies in ruins, and their political folly brought the State of Israel to the brink of war, groups such as Peace Now and Gush Shalom refuse to admit defeat.

Seemingly oblivious to their impending political obsolescence, they continue to soldier on, issuing press releases, preparing reports, and organizing demonstrations, all in the hopes of compelling Israel to make a deal with Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian Authority.

By now, most politically-oriented groups would have thrown in the towel, realizing that they had placed their bets on the wrong horse. But not Israel's left. They stubbornly insist on rolling the same set of dice again, and again, and again, even as their string of failures continues to mount.

Before you confuse this fervent obstinacy with admirable determination, consider the following: though the left's favorite "peace partner" and his compatriots have murdered over 600 Israelis in the past two years, the main target of their ideological ire remains, inexplicably enough, the Jews.

"Hell - Made in Israel", is just one of the headlines appearing on the Gush Shalom web site, along with accusations about Israeli "war crimes" and "vandalism".

"Sharon leads us to destruction", says an announcement about a rally on a Peace Now Internet page. "The occupation breeds terrorism" shrieks Yesh Gvul, another leftist group.

Needless to say, the fact that there are still intelligent people out there who hold such opinions is, quite simply, astonishing. It's as if there is nothing sufficiently bad or egregious that the Palestinians could do to shake the left's "true believers" out of their ideological stupor.

Like followers of the medieval false messiah Shabbetai Tsvi, who continued to view him as the savior of the Jews even after he abandoned Judaism and converted to Islam, the proponents of Oslo remain firm in their conviction that Arafat is the key to peace, even as he wages war against us.

What is particularly perplexing, though, is the left's failure to appreciate the utter lack of symmetry that exists between Israel's political divide and the Palestinians' political uniformity.

In Israel, there are a variety of organizations spanning the spectrum, with some calling for annexation of Judea, Samaria and Gaza and others demanding that the territories be handed over to the Arabs.

In the Palestinian-controlled areas, by contrast, no such political diversity exists. Last time I checked, groups such as "Arab Friends of Israel" or "Palestinians for Peace" had yet to be established.

To put it even more bluntly: there is no organized Palestinian left-wing to mirror that which exists in Israel. One would expect that if Palestinian society were truly longing for peace with the Jewish state, then its political arena would somehow reflect this.

When was the last time you heard about Palestinian relief groups offering to help Israeli victims of terror? When have Palestinian human rights organizations pressed Palestinian officials to make concessions to Israel? How many Palestinian clerics have issued rulings forbidding suicide bombing attacks?

We all know the answer to these questions. All of us, that is, except for the hard-core ideologues of the left.

Sadly, the only real split that seems to exist among Palestinian organizations is over the question of tactics, not strategy. Fatah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad compete with one another not over who can talk with Israelis, but over who can kill them.

And while Israel's left convenes rallies in support of peace, Palestinian marchers converge on the streets to celebrate suicide bombings and other terror attacks.

It is this dichotomy, more than anything else, which symbolizes the primary flaw of the left's position, if only because they can not point to a corresponding popular movement on the Palestinian side.

Moreover, for all the invective that the left directs against the Israeli government and Jewish settlers, the fact remains that there is - thankfully - no such thing as "Jews for Jihad" or the "Likud Tanzim".

The popularity of such groups among Palestinians, and their absence on the Israeli scene, is hardly coincidental. It speaks volumes about the two societies, their values, goals and objectives.

By failing to acknowledge this painful, if inconvenient, truth, the Israel left has doomed itself both to political irrelevance and moral ridicule - a fate, quite frankly, which it most assuredly deserves.

JWR contributor Michael Freund served as Deputy Director of Communications & Policy Planning in the Israeli Prime Minister's Office from 1996 to 1999. Comment


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