by Alex Rose
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WINNING THE WAR MILITARILY; LOSING IT PIECEWISE TO THE DIPLOMATS
The Six Day War [June 5-10, 1967] was followed by UN Resolution 242 on November 22, 1967, which set out "to work for a just and lasting peace in which every State in the area can live in security." Further, it designated a Special Representative "to proceed to the
In the guide to the Preamble to the Camp David Framework, a peaceful settlement of the conflict is to be addressed by
Of course, all of the above arrangements are to be subject to "all the provisions and principles of UN Resolution 242" which never mentions "Palestinians". At this time, the
While it can be appreciated that Menachem Begin did not want to inherit the large Arab populous in the disputed territory; and Israeli leftists voiced their concerns about "ruling over another people". Why the reluctance to voice other alternatives? There is no evidence of any attempt to pursue other avenues. Clearly, this missed opportunity became yet a further nail in the coffin.
On October 30, 1991, the Madrid Conference was hosted by
Significantly, the bilateral Israeli-Palestinian negotiations were upstaged and eventually replaced by initially secret and illegal, according to Israeli law, negotiations which culminated in an exchange of letters on September 9 and 10, 1993 and subsequently the White House signing on September 13, 1993 of the Declaration of Principles. This was preceded by a secret agreement in
SYNDROME. DELUSIONS OF A PEOPLE UNDER SIEGE OSLO
The Oslo Accords, officially called Declaration of Principles on Interim Self Government Arrangements or Declaration of Principles [DOP] was intended to include negotiations on "final status issues" between
Since the division of
Upon reflection, it can be said that The Oslo Syndrome applies throughout the subject period until present times. Dr. Levin notes that Jews seeing themselves through anti-Semitic eyes can always be reversed; but to free Jews from the bonds of their learned self-revulsion requires leaders giving them a different message. To Dr. Levin, no one exemplifies the power of such leadership as much as Herzl, who reminded Jews that they were part of a great nation rich in its spiritual, ethical and intellectual traditions and contributions to the world, having as much right as any other nation to an independent and secure national life.
In the words of Dr. Levin, "The broader occurrence of people adopting the perspectives of their tormentors has been popularly recognized over the past several decades as the "Stockholm Syndrome." The sobriquet had its origin in an incident in the Swedish capital in 1973 in which a bank robbery went awry and several people were held captive by the robbers for six days in the bank's vault. The captives emerged displaying notable empathy for and emotional bonding with their captives.
Dr. Levin has shown how Israel, living under constant siege by neighbors who have declared its very existence an aggression, was induced by its intellectual classes to believe that its own misdeeds had incited Arab hatred and violence, and that what required reform was not Arab dictatorship and Islamicist anti-Semitism, but the Jews themselves. The
Aharon Megged, famed Israeli novelist and essayist observed in 1994, "We have witnessed an emotional and moral identification by the majority of
The major error in
The Oslo Accords represent the most egregious example of an enactment of the Stockholm syndrome, but it can be said all the events which followed contained elements of the same malediction. They are known by the names Wye River Memorandum [October 23, 1998], Camp David 200 Summit, Tabu Summit in January, 2001, Road Map for Peace [April 30, 2003], and the Geneva Accords [October 20, 2003], each a direct result of The Oslo Accords.
In line with commitments made through the Oslo Accords, elections were held in the disputed territory to select a Palestinian governing body. To the surprise of most and the extreme disappointment to
EXPELLING THE JEWS FROM
Shortly thereafter, in July 2006,
The IDF knew that Hizballah could not be defeated without a major ground operation and its plan did not fail. It simply was not implemented. The failure was primarily one of leadership, Dan Halutz, being an air commander. While he initially directed a credible aerial blitz against military targets and civil infrastructure, he failed to follow this with a decisive ground operation and except for transportation, did not target
Following disengagement, former IDF Chief of Staff, General Moshe Ya'alon is on record saying that the Gaza Strip, "is turning into Hamastan, Hezbollahstan and Al-Quaidastan. The situation will get worse over time. The failure of the disengagement will be more and more concrete. We will find ourselves facing a kingdom of terror that is capable of launching into
The Israeli withdrawal from
It is not often that one finds adherents' of political platforms admit to their misjudgments, particularly amongst the media. Professor Gerald Steinberg of
Summing up, the Gaza disengagement gained Israel nothing in return, but on the negative side of the equation [a] resulted in wars [b] encouraged further terrorism [c] realized adverse costs for Israel [d] undermined Israeli resolve [e] diminished IDF training which affected performance in the war with Hezbollah and [f] reduced the established level of democracy in Israel by outright suppression of the right to assembly and to hold demonstrations.
In the case of Gaza, not only was Israel forced into a dangerous war, but on the diplomatic front having to defend actions engaged in while protecting citizens, as a result of the heavily biased Goldstone report. In fact, no discussion on the Gaza War would be complete without a consideration of Judge Richard Goldstone and his infamous report.
Goldstone's manner of investigation, demeanor, reporting and drawing conclusions were recognizable as one inflicted by the Stockholm syndrome. His charge was defined on April 3, 2009 by the president of the UN Human Rights Council, "to investigate all violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law that might have been committed at any time in the context of the military operations that were conducted in Gaza during the period from December 27, 2008 and January 18, 2009, whether before, during or after." The flawed mission under Goldstone's care has been described as yet another UN travesty of justice. It is sufficient to state here that Goldstone branded
In an interview with Jewish Current Issues on July 27, 2005, Dr. Levin stated that peace will be "determined by the decisions and actions of the Arabs and not by
In his brilliant tour de force, "From Balfour to a Palestinian state" which appeared in the Jerusalem Post of November 3, 2009, Moshe Arens concludes, "The Palestinian state may yet follow, but this time it will need
Alex Rose is an engineering consultant. He was formerly on the Executive of Americans for a Safe Israel and a founding member of CAMERA
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