News Commentary and Historical Quotes of Interest to the Jewish Community in Israel and throughout the World
Occupation in the Middle East
Walid Shoebat, former Fatah terrorist — National Post, March 16, 2004
Sharon on Gaza
Ariel Sharon — Warrior, autobiograrphy, p. 258
Yoel Marcus — Ha’aretz, Jan. 6, 2004
Seven Reasons that Israel has the Right to their Land
Oslo has failed, as did the original Camp David. Israel has made many concessions and many Jews have died and many, many, more have been
Dear Mr. P, I am writing you this letter publicly in order to respond to you and your peers collectively. My Hebrew name is Yosef
Every myth about the ‘Oslo–Israel–to–Pieces–Process’ has been exposed. No, it did not bring peace. It didn’t bring security. It certainly didn’t bring any positive economic
Dear Friends, Not so long ago after a terrible personal tragedy I made aliya to Israel. After being here for a while, my friends and
“The secret Zionist gangs have been trying, and are acting in France in the same way they used to act in Arab countries — Iraq, Egypt and Morocco, blowing up…Jewish synagogues in order to force them [the Jews] to immigrate [to Israel]. So after the attack on a synagogue, the Israeli ambassador in France called for all the Jews in France to immigrate [to Israel]…There are Israeli or Zionist gangs that carry out terror attacks against Jews and force them to immigrate [to Israel].”
— Hafez Barghouti, on official PA media, (Palestinian Media Watch, Jan. 11, 2004)
In the 1920’s, David Ben–Gurion said, “The assets of the Jewish National Home must be created exclusively through our own work, for only the product of the Hebrew labor can serve as the national estate.”
— Ben–Gurion and the Palestinian Arabs, p. 66 by Shabtai Teveth
G–d says to Abraham, “For all the land which you see, to you will I give it, and to your seed forever.” (Bereshit 13:15)
G–d says to Isaac, “For to you and your offspring will I give these lands.” (Bereshit 26:3)
G–d says to Jacob, “And the land which I gave to Abraham and Isaac, to you will I give it and to your offspring after you…” (Bereshit 35:12)
“Critics [of Israel’s anti–terror partition fence] complain that part of the barrier runs through Palestinian territory and will only increase resentment among Palestinians, fueling more suicide attacks. But it seems unlikely that Hamas and Islamic Jihad need any extra motivation to kill. Exterminating Israel in any shape or form is their raison d’etre. Conventional wisdom to the contrary, it’s not occupation that drives terrorism, but terrorism that keeps occupation alive….If statehood is what Arafat wants, he could have had it over three years ago. Instead, he responded to the generous Clinton–Barak land–for–peace offer with an unprecedented wave of terror….Consider this excerpt from a Palestinian TV talk show with two 11–year–old girls as an illustration of what really drives the Palestinian death cult. ‘What is better,’ the hosts ask, ‘peace and full rights for the Palestinian people or shahada (death for Allah).’ ‘Shahada,’ is the unequivocal answer of one girl. The other explains: ‘We don’t want this world, we want the Afterlife.’”
— “Gaza First,” Review & Outlook (Wall Street Journal 2/6/2004)
“[Israel needs] to create a continuous stretch of new Jewish settlements; to bolster Jerusalem and the surrounding hills, from the north, from the east, and from the south and from the west, by means of the establishment of Jewish townships, suburbs and villages – Ma’aleh Adumim, Ofrah, Gilo, Beit El, Givon and Nahal outposts — to ensure that the Jewish capital and its flanks are secured and underpinned by urban and rural settlements….These settlements will be connected to the coastal plain and Jordan Valley by new lateral axis roads; the settlements along the Jordan River are intended to establish the Jordan River as [Israel’s] de facto security border; however, it is the settlements on the western slopes of the hills of Samaria and Judea which will deliver us from the curse of Israel’s ‘narrow waist’”
— Shimon Peres, in his book Tomorrow is Now, p. 48 quoted by Martin Sherman
“The only illegal occupation in the Middle East is the illegal occupation of Palestinian minds by hatred.”
“People tend to forget that the doctrine of ‘territories for peace’ was used by Hitler in 1939, when he declared that he would leave Europe in peace if territories in Poland that Germany lost in World War I were ceded to Germany.”
— former Minister of Defense Moshe Arens, Ha’Aretz 1/22/2004
“We [Israeli society] tend to ignore the fact that our surroundings remain dangerous and violent.”
— former IDF Chief of Staff and Prime Minister Ehud Barak, Yediot Aharonot 12/23/1994
“The new name [of the newly named street in Tehran — Intifada Street] shows our commitment to the destruction of the Zionist state and the rejection of all peace deals with [Israel].”
— Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman quoted in New York Post, Jan. 13, 2004
“One should always live in the land of Israel, even in a town where the majority of inhabitants are gentiles; one should never live outside the Land, even in a town where most of the inhabitants are Jews; for whovever lives in the land of Israel may be considered to have a G–d; but whoever lives outside the land of Israel may be considered as one who has no G–d.” (Talmud, Ketubot 110b)
Former US Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger recommended that Israel put down the Palestinian uprising “as quickly as possible — overwhelmingly, brutally and rapidly. The insurrection must be quelled immediately, and the first step should be to throw out television, a la South Africa. To be sure, there will be international criticism of the step, but it will dissipate in short order.” He added, “There are no awards for losing with moderation.”
— quoted in December 1997 article by Donald Neff in the Washington Report on Middle East
“Two thousand years ago, the Jewish sages established a global government aimed at ruling the world.”
— Opening line of a month–long Ramadan entertainment series broadcast in Arab countries (Jerusalem Post 10/30/2003)
“I also recommended the establishment of several Jewish settlements…to divide the Gaza district. I wanted one between Gaza and Deir el Balah, one between Dier el Balah and Khan Yunis, one between Khan Yunis and Rafah — all of them built, like the Judean and Samarian settlements, on state–owned land. Standing with the cabinet members…I pointed out exactly what I thought we needed. If in the future we wanted in any way to control this area, I told them, we would need to establish a Jewish presence now. Otherwise we would have no motivation to be there during difficult times later on. In addition, it was essential to create a Jewish buffer zone between Gaza and the Sinai to cut off the flow of smuggled weapons and — looking forward to a future settlement with Egypt — to divide the two regions…The essence of my plan was to get rid of the Palestinian refugee camps altogether.”
“We shall reduce the Arab population to a community of woodcutters and waiters.”
— leaked censored version of Rabin memoirs, published in the New York Times 10/23/1979
describing the conquest of Lydda after the completion of Plan Dalet
“The Jews lived in isolated areas, in ghettos in Poland and in Russia. They were the remains of the Khazars…with no connection to our land and the history of our land [Palestine]…and even those who live with the name have no history or connection to this land.”
— Dr. Isam Sisalem, senior historian and educational host
on a Palestinian educational program (Palestinian Media Watch, Dec. 28, 2003)
“We have been commanded to take possession of our inheritance, of the land which the L–rd gave to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and that we are not to allow it to remain the possession of foreigners, or to let it lie waste, during any of the generations, as it is written (Bamidbar 33:23): ‘And you shall drive out the inhabitants of the land, and dwell therein; for unto you have I given the land to possess it.’ So, too, if nations flee from us and depart, we are obliged to enter the land, take possession of its cities, and settle our tribes there. The commandment to take and hold possession of the land is a positive precept applying to all generations, and each and every one of us is commanded to perform this mitzvah even during the period of the dispersion.” (Ramban, Sefer HaMitzvot — Lavin on Mitzvah no. 4)
Israel’s former Minister of Defense and Chief of Staff, Moshe Dayan was once quoted as saying, “Take the American declaration of Independence. It contains no mention of territorial limits. We are not obliged to fix the limits of the State.”
— Jerusalem Post 8/10/1967
“The resistance — that is meant to bring the expulsion of the American occupation in Iraq — should be supported by all means. The same applies to the struggle against the Zionist entity.”
— Dr. Hisham Al–Bustani, Jordanian columnist
(translated by Palestinian Media Watch from Al–Hayat, official PA daily, 10/25/2003)
“I would like to know why there is no one on the other side crying out against the Palestinian Authority’s policy of hatred and bloodshed. Where is their B’Tselem? Where are the Palestinian refuseniks who object to the murder of women and children? How come, when civilians are accidentally killed in one of our military operations, everyone clamors right away for an investigation, while their suicide bombers have no qualms about boarding a bus packed with children or entering a crowded restaurant and blowing themselves up, fully aware of who they are taking with them? Not only are they not denounced, but their families are treated with respect and showered with perks and pensions.”
In the 1929, David Ben–Gurion noted, “It is true that the Arab national movement has no positive content. The leaders of the movement are unconcerned with betterment of the people and provision of their essential needs….to the contrary, the leaders suck his blood, and exploit the popular awakening for private gain.”
— Ben–Gurion and the Palestinian Arabs, p. 83 by Shabtai Teveth
“My son is a hero and we are proud of what he did.”
— Munir Ja’arah, father of Palestinian suicide bomber (Jerusalem Post, Jan. 29, 2004)
“When we live in comparative tranquility in the diaspora, it seems to us as if we have discovered a substitute for the land of Israel and Jerusalem. Every Jew is accordingly duty bound to make the definite and determined resolve to immigrate to the land of Israel, at least when he is able to afford the transportation costs and has some source of sustenance. Indeed, the holy people of Israel are to be wondered at. In all areas, they have intensified their punctilious observance of the commandments, upon the fulfillment of which they have spent money lavishly. Yet they are lax and indolent in their attitude toward this precious commandment, the peg on which the entire Torah is suspended.” (R. Yaakov Emden, in introduction to his edition of the siddur, Bet Yaakov)
Explaining his method of correcting the problem in Judea and Samaria, Israel’s former Prime Minister and Chief of Staff Yitzhak Rabin said that Israel will, “create in the next 10 or 20 years conditions which would attract natural and voluntary migration of the refugees from the Gaza Strip and the West Bank to Jordan. To achieve this we have to come to agreement with King Hussein and not with Yasser Arafat.”
— New York Times 4/4/1983
“Even if Israel did leave the Gaza settlements, it would not be enough. Israel would also have to give back the West Bank, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, and every other square inch of land it inhabits.”
— Wael Yusuf, Palestinian police officer (Associated Press 2/3/2004)
“It is certain fact that not all Muslims are terrorists, but it is equally certain, and exceptionally painful, that almost all terrorists are Muslims. The majority of those who manned the suicide bombings against buses, vehicles, schools, houses and buildings all over the world were Muslim. What an abominable ‘achievement.’ Let us acknowledge this reality instead of denying it.”
— Abdulrahman al-Rashed, general manager of Al–Arabiya media outlet in the Al–Sharq Al–Awsat newspaper,
quoted September 5, 2004 in Associated Press
One day during the Six Days of Creation, G–d turned to the Angels and said:
“Today I am going to create a land that shall be called ‘Israel.’ It will be a land of mountains covered with snow, sparkly lakes, forests full of all kinds of trees, high cliffs overlooking sandy beaches, and with an abundance of sea life.”
“But L–rd,” asked the Angels, “don’t you think you are being too generous to these Israelis?”
“Not really,” G–d replied, “just wait and see the neighbors I am going to give them!”
“If the statistics are right, the Jews constitute but one percent of the human race. It suggests a nebulous dim puff of star dust lost in the blaze of the Milky Way. Properly the Jew ought hardly to be heard of; but he is heard of, has always been heard of. He is as prominent on the planet as any other people, and his commercial importance is extravagantly out of proportion to the smallness of his bulk. His contributions to the world’s list of great names in literature, science, art, music, finance, medicine, and abstruse learning are also away out of proportion to the weakness of his numbers. He has made a marvelous fight in this world, in all the ages; and has done it with his hands tied behind him. He could be vain of himself, and be excused for it. The Egyptian, the Babylonian, and the Persian rose, filled the planet with sound and splendor, then faded to dream–stuff and passed away; the Greek and the Roman followed, and made a vast noise, and they are gone; other peoples have sprung up and held their torch high for a time, but it burned out, and they sit in twilight now, or have vanished. The Jew saw them all, beat them all, and is now what he always was, exhibiting no decadence, no infirmities of age, no weakening of his parts, no slowing of his energies, no dulling of his alert and aggressive mind. All things are mortal but the Jew; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality?”
— Mark Twain in “Concerning the Jews” written in 1898
“Mr. President, I was interested the other day when I heard that the de facto ruler, Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Abdullah, made a statement which was received by many in this country as if it were a statement of fact, as if it were something new, a concept for peace in the Middle East that no one had ever heard of before. I was kind of shocked that it was so well received by many people who had been down this road before.
I suggest to you that what Crown Prince Abdullah talked about a few days ago was not new at all. He talked about the fact that under the Abdullah plan, Arabs would normalize relations with Israel in exchange for the Jewish state surrendering the territory it received after the 1967 Six–Day War as if that were something new. He went on to talk about other land that had been acquired and had been taken by Israel.
I remember so well on December 4 when we covered all of this and the fact that there isn’t anything new about the prospect of giving up land that is rightfully Israel’s land in order to have peace. When it gets right down to it, the land doesn’t make that much difference because Yasser Arafat and others don’t recognize Israel’s right to any of the land. They do not recognize Israel’s right to exist. I will discuss seven reasons, which I mentioned once before, why Israel is entitled to the land they have and that it should not be a part of the peace process. If this is something that Israel wants to do, it is their business to do it. But anyone who has tried to put the pressure on Israel to do this is wrong. We are going to be hit by skeptics who are going to say we will be attacked beacause of our support for Israel, and if we get out of the Middle East — that is us — all the problems will go away. That is just not true. If we withdraw, all of these problems will again come to our door. I have some obervations to make about that. But I would like to reemphasize once again the seven reasons that Israel has the right to their land.
The first reason is that Israel has the right to the land because of all of the archeological evidence. That is reason, No. 1. All the archeological evidence supports it. Every time there is a dig in Israel, it does nothing but support the fact that Israelis have had a presence there for 3,000 years. They have been there for a long time. The coins, the cities, the pottery, the culture — there are other people, groups that are there, but there is no mistaking the fact that Israelis have been present in that land for 3,000 years. It predates any claims that other peoples in the regions may have. The ancient Philistines are extinct. Many other ancient peoples are extinct. They do not have the unbroken line to this that the Israelis have. Even the Egyptians of today are not racial Egyptians of 2,000, 3,000 years ago. They are primarily an Arab people. The land is called Egypt, but they are not the same racial and ethnic stock as the old Egyptians of the ancient world. The first Israelis are in fact descended from the original Israelites. The first proof, then is the archeology.
The second proof of Israel’s right to the land is the historic right. History supports it totally and completely. We know there has been an Israel up until the time of the Roman Empire. The Romans conquered the land. Israel had no homeland, although Jews were allowed to live there. They were driven from the land in two dispersions: One was in 70 A.D. and the other was in 135 A.D. But there was always a Jewish presence in the land.
The Turks, who took over about 700 years ago and ruled the land up until about World War I, had control. Then the land was conquered by the British. The Turks entered World War I on the side of Germany. The British knew they had to do something to punish Turkey, and also to break up that empire that was going to be a part of the whole effort of Germany in World War I. So the British sent troops against the Turks in the Holy Land.
One of the generals who was leading the British armies was a man named Allenby. Allenby was a Bible–believing Christian. He carried a Bible with him everywhere he went and he knew the significance of Jerusalem.
The night before the attack against Jerusalem to drive out the Turks, Allenby prayed that G–d would allow him to capture the city without doing damage to the holy places.
That day, Allenby sent World War I biplanes over the city of Jerusalem to do a reconnaissance mission. You have to understand that the Turks had at that time never seen an airplane. So there they were, flying around. They looked in the sky and saw these fascinating inventions and did not know what they were, and they were terrified by them. Then they were told they were going to be opposed by a man named Allenby the next day, which means, in their language, ‘man sent from God’ or ‘prophet from God.’ They dared not fight against a prophet from God, so the next morning, when Allenby went to take Jerusalem, he went in and captured it without firing a single shot.
The British Government was grateful to Jewish people around the world, particularly to one Jewish chemist who helped them manufacture niter. Niter is an ingredient that was used in nitroglycerin which was sent over from the New World. But they did not have a way of getting it to England. The German U–boats were shooting on the boats, so most of the niter they were trying to import to make nitroglycerin was at the bottom of the ocean. But a man named Weitzman, a Jewish chemist, discovered a way to make it from materials that existed in England. As a result, they were able to continue that supply.
The British at that time said they were going to give the Jewish people a homeland. That is all a part of history. It is all written down in history. They were gratified that the Jewish people, the bankers, came through and helped finance the war.
The homeland that Britain said it would set aside consisted of all of what is now Israel and all of what was then the nation of Jordan—the whole thing. That was what Britain promised to give the Jews in 1917.
In the beginning, there was some Arab support for this action. There was not a huge Arab population in the land at that time, and there is a reason for that. The land was not able to sustain a large population of people. It just did not have the development it needed to handle those people, and the land was not really wanted by anybody. Nobody really wanted this land. It was considered to be worthless land.
I want the Presiding Officer to hear what Mark Twain said. And, of course, you may have read ‘Huckleberry Finn’ and ‘Tom Sawyer.’ Mark Twain—Samuel Clemens—took a tour of Palestine in 1867. This is how he described that land. We are talking about Israel now. He said:
“A desolate country whose soil is rich enough but is given over wholly to weeds. A silent, mournful expanse. We never saw a human being on the whole route. There was hardly a tree or a shrub anywhere. Even the olive and the cactus, those fast friends of a worthless soil, had almost deserted the country.”
Where was this great Palestinian nation? It did not exist. It was not there. Palestinians were not there. Palestine was a region named by the Romans, but at that time it was under the control of Turkey, and there was no large mass of people there because the land would not support them.
This is the report that the Palestinian Royal Commission, created by the British, made. It quotes an account of the conditions on the coastal plain along the Mediterranean Sea in 1913. This is the Palestinian Royal Commission. They said: “The road leading from Gaza to the north was only a summer track, suitable for transport by camels or carts. No orange groves, orchards or vineyards were to be seen until one reached the Yavnev village. Houses were mud. Schools did not exist. The western part toward the sea was almost a desert. The villages in this area were few and thinly populated. Many villages were deserted by their inhabitants.”
That was 1913.
The French author Voltaire described Palestine as ‘a hopeless, dreary place.’ In short, under the Turks the land suffered from neglect and low population. That is a historic fact. The nation became populated by both Jews and Arabs because the land came to prosper when Jews came back and began to reclaim it. Historically, they began to reclaim it. If there had never been any archaeological evidence to support the rights of the Israelis to the territory, it is also important to recognize that other nations in the area have no longstanding claim to the country either.
Did you know that Saudi Arabia was not created until 1913, Lebanon until 1920? Iraq did not exist as a nation until 1932, Syria until 1941; the borders of Jordan were established in 1946 and Kuwait in 1961. Any of these nations that would say Israel is only a recent arrival would have to deny their own rights as recent arrivals as well. They did not exist as countries. They were all under the control of the Turks.
Historically, Israel gained its independence in 1948.
The third reason that land belongs to Israel is the practical value of the Israelis being there. Israel today is a modern marvel of agriculture. Israel is able to bring more food out of a desert environment than any other country in the world. The Arab nations ought to make Israel their friend and import technology from Israel that would allow all the Middle East, not just Israel, to become an exporter of food. Israel has unarguable success in its agriculture.
The fourth reason I believe Israel has the right to the land is on the grounds of humanitarian concern. You see, there were 6 million Jews slaughtered in Europe in World War II. The persecution against the Jews had been very strong in Russia since the advent of communism. It was against them even before then under the Czars.
These people have a right to their homeland. If we are not going to allow them a homeland in the Middle East, then where? What other nation on Earth is going to cede territory, is going to give up land?
They are not asking for a great deal. The whole nation of Israel would fit into my home State of Oklahoma seven times. It would fit into the Presiding Officer’s State of Georgia seven times. They are not asking for a great deal. The whole nation of Israel is very small. It is a nation that, up until the time that claims started coming in, was not desired by anybody.
The fifth reason Israel ought to have their land is that she is a strategic ally of the United States. Whether we realize it or not, Israel is a detriment, an impediment, to certain groups hostile to democracies and hostile to what we believe in, hostile to that which makes us the greatest nation in the history of the world. They have kept them from taking complete control of the Middle East. If it were not for Israel, they would overrun the region. They are our strategic ally. It is good to know we have a friend in the Middle East on whom we can count. They vote with us in the United Nations more than England, more than Canada, more than France, more than Germany—more than any other country in the world.
The sixth reason is that Israel is a roadblock to terrorism. The war we are now facing is not against a sovereign nation; it is against a group of terrorists who are very fluid, moving from one country to another. They are almost invisible. That is whom we are fighting against today. We need every ally we can get. If we do not stop terrorism in the Middle East, it will be on our shores. We have said this again and again and again, and it is true. One of the reasons I believe the spiritual door was opened for an attack against the United States of America is that the policy of our Government has been to ask the Israelis, and demand it with pressure, not to retaliate in a significant way against the terrorist strikes that have been launched against them.
Since its independence in 1948, Israel has fought four wars: The war in 1948 and 1949 — that was the War for Independence — the war in 1956, the Sinai campaign; the Six-Day War in 1967; and in 1973, the Yom Kippur War, the holiest day of the year, and that was with Egypt and Syria. You have to understand that in all four cases, Israel was attacked. They were not the aggressor. Some people may argue that this was not true because they went in first in 1956, but they knew at that time that Egypt was building a huge military to become the aggressor. Israel, in fact, was not the aggressor and has not been the aggressor in any of the four wars. Also, they won all four wars against impossible odds. They are great warriors. They consider a level playing field being outnumbered 2 to 1. There were 39 Scud missiles that landed on Israeli soil during the gulf war. Our President asked Israel not to respond. In order to have the Arab nations on board, we asked Israel not to participate in the war. They showed tremendous restraint and did not. Now we have asked them to stand back and not do anything over these last several attacks. We have criticized them. We have criticized them in our media. Local people in television and radio often criticize Israel, not knowing the true facts. We need to be informed.
I was so thrilled when I heard a reporter pose a question to our Secretary of State, Colin Powell. He said: “Mr. Powell, the United States has advocated a policy of restraint in the Middle East. We have discouraged Israel from retaliation again and again and again because we’ve said it leads to continued escalation—that it escalates the violence. Are we going to follow that preaching ourselves?” Mr. Powell indicated we would strike back. In other words, we can tell Israel not to do it, but when it hits us, we are going to do something. But all that changed in December when the Israelis went into the Gaza with gunships and into the West Bank with F–16s. With the exception of last May, the Israelis had not used F–16s since the 1967 6–Day War. And I am so proud of them because we have to stop terrorism. It is not going to go away. If Israel were driven into the sea tomorrow, if every Jew in the Middle East were killed, terrorism would not end. You know that in your heart. Terrorism would continue.
It is not just a matter of Israel in the Middle East. It is the heart of the very people who are perpetrating this stuff. Should they be successful in overrunning Israel—which they won’t be—but should they be, it would not be enough. They will never be satisfied.
No. 7, I believe very strongly that we ought to support Israel; that it has a right to the land. This is the most important reason: Because God said so. As I said a minute ago, look it up in the book of Genesis. It is right up there on the desk. In Genesis 13:14-17, the Bible says: “The Lord said to Abram, ‘Lift up now your eyes, and look from the place where you are northward, and southward, and eastward and westward: for all the land which you see, to you will I give it, and to your seed forever. ….. Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it to thee.’” That is God talking. The Bible says that Abram removed his tent and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar before the Lord. Hebron is in the West Bank. It is at this place where God appeared to Abram and said, ‘I am giving you this land,’—the West Bank. This is not a political battle at all. It is a contest over whether or not the word of God is true.
Conclusion:The seven reasons, I am convinced, clearly establish that Israel has a right to the land. Eight years ago on the lawn of the White House, Yitzhak Rabin shook hands with PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat. It was a historic occasion. It was a tragic occasion. At that time, the official policy of the Government of Israel began to be, ‘Let us appease the terrorists. Let us begin to trade the land for peace.’ This process continued unabated up until last year. Here in our own Nation, at Camp David, in the summer of 2000, then Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Barak offered the most generous concessions to Yasser Arafat that had ever been laid on the table. He offered him more than 90 percent of all the West Bank territory, sovereign control of it. There were some parts he did not want to offer, but in exchange for that he said he would give up land in Israel proper that the PLO had not even asked for. And he also did the unthinkable. He even spoke of dividing Jerusalem and allowing the Palestinians to have their capital there in the East. Yasser Arafat stormed out of the meeting. Why did he storm out of the meeting? Everything he had said he wanted was offered there. It was put into his hands. Why did he storm out of the meeting? A couple of months later, there began to be riots, terrorism. The riots began when now Prime Minister Ariel Sharon went to the Temple Mount. And this was used as the thing that lit the fire and that caused the explosion. Did you know that Sharon did not go unannounced and that he contacted the Islamic authorities before he went and secured their permission and had permission to be there? It was no surprise.
The response was very carefully calculated. They knew the world would not pay attention to the details. They would portray this in the Arab world as an attack upon the holy mosque. They would portray it as an attack upon that mosque and use it as an excuse to riot. Over the last 8 years, during this time of the peace process, where the Israeli public has pressured its leaders to give up land for peace because they are tired of fighting, there has been increased terror.
In fact, it has been greater in the last 8 years than any other time in Israel’s history. Showing restraint and giving in has not produced any kind of peace. It is so much so that today the leftist peace movement in Israel does not exist because the people feel they were deceived.
They did offer a hand of peace, and it was not taken. That is why the politics of Israel have changed drastically over the past 12 months. The Israelis have come to see that, ‘No matter what we do, these people do not want to deal with us. ….. They want to destroy us.’ That is why even yet today the stationery of the PLO still has upon it the map of the entire state of Israel, not just the tiny little part they call the West Bank that they want. They want it all.
We have to get out of this mind set that somehow you can buy peace in the Middle East by giving little plots of land. It has not worked before when it has been offered.
These seven reasons show why Israel is entitled to that land.”
— speech to US Senate by US Senator Jim Inhofe (R–Oklahoma) on March 4, 2002