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by Eliyakim Haetzni



"Diplomatic solutions" have created only hatred.

An insignificant incident -- about a two-year-old toddler who got lost and was returned to his parents -- made it to the newspapers and the television, because it happened in Hevron. The toddler was found by Arabs in the area under Palestinian jurisdiction and was returned by two Palestinian police officers.

Woe is to them and to us if such an elementary thing as that is not self-explanatory, and it warrants publicizing it as if it were unusual. To me, this symbolizes more than anything the bestial level to which the accursed "peace" of Oslo has lowered us.

Take a look how malignant the accursed peace of Oslo is. This non-event released for me a flood of memories of how we lived, Jews and Arabs, in Hevron from 1968 until 1988 -- 20 years -- until the first intifada. From that point forward, we, Jews and Arabs, distanced ourselves from one another until we reached the nadir represented by the young Arab girl and the Jewish woman with their publicized curses, which exposed deep chasms of contempt and hatred.

Oslo did not fall out of a clear blue sky. It began as a reaction -- or more precisely, as a non-reaction -- by Israel to the provocation of the first intifada. Arabs who were regular guests in my home in those days warned me well ahead of time. The described requests made to the authorities to immediately expel rock-throwers and, more generally, to right away employ an iron fist, before the rioters managed to take control of the Arab street through internal terror.

Mukhtars (village heads) from the Dehaisheh refugee camp near Bethlehem approached the Israeli civil administration officer in the summer of 1987, months before the intifada broke out, and warned that the shabiba (Fatah Youth) was taking over the camp and preparing an insurgency. Such warnings made their way to the authorities from all sides, but no one wanted to listen.

Today, a thousand signs indicate to me that there were more than a few people in the establishment who knew and understood, but who purposefully allowed the flames to spread. They did so because they, in their great foolishness and evil, also wanted to put an end to Jewish rule in Judea, Samaria and Gaza. They concluded that only Arab violence would bring about their phony redemption, which they called a "diplomatic solution."

In their twisted minds, those establishment leaders believed that they could control the flames; however, their restraint and the "diplomatic solution" they brought in the form of the Oslo Accords has killed more than 1,500 Jews since then -- double the number of all the victims in the Lebanon War over which they called Menachem Begin a "murderer" -- in addition to many thousands of Arabs, a great many of whom were innocent.

In those days, Arab owners of factories in Hevron told me that when they were first pressed to close their businesses and take part in a strike in the context of the intifada, they refused. After rioters burned down their businesses, they naturally turned to the Israeli civil administration and requested protection. Yet, at that point, they were told explicitly: 'We cannot protect you.' From that moment on, they obeyed all the instructions of the intifada leadership.

Just before most of Hevron was handed over to Yasser Arafat, a stain that Binyamin Netanyahu will never be able to clean, a group of young Hevron Arabs, in their early thirties, approached me with the request that I assist them in getting an audience with the Hevron military governor. Two of them, the chief spokesmen, showed me documentation identifying them as officers in Fatah's Force 17. They wanted to plead with the Israeli authorities -- "in the name of those behind the intifada and who regret it," as they expressed themselves -- not to withdraw from Hevron and not to hand the city over to Arafat.

Their reasoning was simple: we saw what happened in Gaza and Shechem -- how much devastation and destruction, abuse and exploitation, anarchy and abandonment came with Arafat's rule; and we want to spare our city that bitter fate.

Of course, I approached the governor, whom I knew well, but to my great surprise he refused to meet the group. His explanation was that they were not reporting anything new; he was flooded with such delegations, day after day.

I asked him: 'And you report this up the military chain of command and to the civilian authorities?' 'Of course,' he said, 'and I also include my own recommendations, but no one wants to listen.'

As for the "cursing incident," in which a Jewish woman called an Arab girl a word in Arabic that starts with "sh" and means "prostitute," the media once again only exposed the tip of the iceberg. Before the Jewish woman said her piece, we heard a long string of obscenities from the Arab youth. Yet, the Israeli media which was so in love with the cursing Jewess, was not at all interested in knowing what the Arab had shouted; maybe they were far worse curses and profanity?

But that is just a parenthetical observation. More interesting to note is that the family of the young woman, Abu-Aisha, carries another name: Koreida. And if you were to look in the Book of Hevron, you would discover that a man named Ahmed Koreida saved the lives of the family of Daniel Mizrachi -- 66 souls -- during the 1929 massacre. He saved more Jews during those riots than any other person. The grandson of Ahmed Koreida was a client of mine, and he told me that it is known among his family that they are descended from Jews -- from the Koreida clan that was expelled from the Arabian peninsula by Mohammad and later converted to Islam.

And now, take a look how malignant the accursed peace of Oslo is -- along with the Disengagement, the Road Map and all the other twisted "diplomatic solutions" -- to the point that we witnessed an ugly incident, whose main characteristic is unbounded hatred, involving even a daughter of the Koreida family.

I don't mean to say that all the Arabs of Hevron are righteous. There was 1929 and there have been rock-throwing attacks throughout the years, even before the intifada, and there is terrible, fatal violence among the Arabs, and there is Islamist fanaticism, and there is hatred of Israel. Despite all that, we have experienced many moments of humanity with them, which are now needlessly absent.

In general, hatred is an illness of the hater that is hard to contain. It starts with the hatred of the stranger and spreads inwards, in the nation and even in the family. And we must always remember that we have the power, or we had the power, and we have used it with closed-minded stupidity.



Should the current decline continue, Israel will cease to exist

A miser who tried to skimp on his horse gave him less and less to eat everyday, but the horse continued to haul. When the horse finally dropped dead the man wondered why. "I got him used to not eating after all."

For years the Israeli health system has been cutting back. A plan for antibiotic resistant bacteria from four years a go was trashed. The population is growing but not the number of beds. Then came the Klebsiella pneumoniae bacteria and patients are running from the hospitals. The Israeli health system's horse is dying.

For years a psychological war has been waged against the reserve army, its power was being diminished, and its ground combat operations underestimated. Overall, the defense budget is being cut back, because ostensibly "peace equals security," and peace is bought in exchange for land. During the last war -- this horse also collapsed.

'The flying object'

For years, brainwashers have been trying to convince us that there is no value to land in "an era of rockets" and that the horse -- the IDF -- is "strong" and has no problem protecting the country, which culminates in one road from Nahariya to Ashkelon with several offshoots.

Then came the Qassam rocket, a somewhat primitive device, "a flying object" of sorts, as it was described by Sharon Advisor Dov Weisglass, and it gave the peace imbeciles a lesson in the importance of land. Now the leaders are waiting in fear for the Winograd Commission's verdict regarding the ground fiasco during the second Lebanon war.

The horse known as Israel has become accustomed to handing over "land" to Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and the Palestinians. Every peace process is financed by the transfer of more and more land. When will the horse die? On the day the "flying objects" are launched from the "territories" on which Ofra, Beit El and Tel Aviv are now located.

For years we have belittled the public corruption in our midst. Parties and capitalists are growing at the expense of the State's resources. The top echelons are rife with criminal investigations -- the president, the prime minister, the finance minister, Knesset members and mayors. The horse will die when corruption ends and the free game of market forces against bribery, fraud, and breach of trust will render tenders, the stock exchange, planning and licensing worthless.

Slandering ourselves to death

For years we have been slandering ourselves to death. Post Zionist professors are assassinating our characters at international universities, in Israeli plays and movies, ruining our image. There is no anti-Semitic defamation that does not draw from an Israeli source. Hizbullah watched the movie "The Beaufort" and learned what breaks the morale of Israeli soldiers; "Shaked Spirit" helped depict us as killers of prisoners of war; "Land of the Settlers" transformed a pioneering and moral population into a herd of wild land expropriators.

We have become accustomed to the daily drip of Qassam rockets, and we have even ceased calling on the government to take action. We have become accustomed to the fact that thousands of employees are not being paid, that parents don't have a sandwich to give their children to take to school, that people die of diseases that have a cure while life-saving funds are being devoured by corruption. We have become accustomed to exchanging a handful of prisoners of war for hundreds of murderers who are destined to murder hundreds more.

We are becoming "accustomed" to mortgaging the future, but it would suffice for one horse from among all these horses to die, and the one-time, wonderful Zionist enterprise we have established here will simply collapse. Those remaining behind will pull out their hair; they will fail to understand what happened, but what will be done will not be undone. They will have to wait another 2,000 years.

Eliyakim Haetzni is a right-wing activist and former Knesset member. Contact him at

Both essays were translated from the Hebrew. The first article is a translation of part of Mr. Haetzni's commentary of March 7, 2007 from Arutz Sheva's Hebrew-language programming
( The second was called "Mortgaging the Future" and appeared March 13, 2007.


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