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From: David Horowitz (Dhorowitz@earthlink.net)
Date: 10/08/00

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    Here is a look at the events in the Middle East from a soft left Israeli
    > An Israeli Columnist Discusses the Fighting
    > The fighting that erupted between Israelis and Palestinians sharply affected
    > the public debate in Israel on issues of peace and attitudes toward the PLO
    > and Yasser Arafat. The following article, "Yasser, Do Not Be Mistaken," by
    > columnist Sever Plotzker, today in Yediot Ahranot, October 8, 2000, reflects
    > the change in public mood, especially among left-leaning commentators,
    > regarding the peace process.
    > "Yasser, do not make the same mistake as Nasser."
    > "Let me tell you something.  Yesterday, my cellular phone range.  On the
    > line was a friend, a bright computer engineer.  He is living now in Silicon
    > Valley, enjoying America.  He owns a high-tech company that is worth
    > hundreds millions dollars.  'I know you have good connections in the airline
    > companies,' he said.  'Could you maybe arrange for me a seat on the first
    > flight back home?  I cannot stay in California when my home is on fire, when
    > the Arabs again question our right to exist.  I must come back.'"
    > "Our right to exist is the basis for our being Israelis.  Our right to exist
    > as the sovereign state of the Jewish people in the Middle East.  It is a
    > human, historic, and holy right.  We thought, we believed, we wanted to
    > believe, that among the Palestinians and in the Arab community in Israel no
    > one questions this right.  All the rest, we said, is open for negotiations.
    > But not our home; just not our home.  It is possible we were mistaken."
    > "Some people's world of ideas collapsed this week.  Many divorced the dovish
    > Left yesterday.  How could there be, they said, an Arab-Jewish coexistence
    > when the Arab side does not recognize the existence of the Jewish side?
    > Others claim to have predicted the future: we always told you that the Arabs
    > want to throw us into the sea, they argue, and here is the proof.  Between
    > these two extremes is the majority of our people.  A people with a heavy
    > weight lying on its heart.  A people that feels a disaster is about to
    > occur.  A disappointed, humiliated and embarrassed people.  What happened
    > here?  Only a short two weeks ago we bought furniture in Ramallah, we
    > gambled in the casino in Jericho, we imported vegetables from the villages
    > in Samaria and we read about the plan to build six tax-free shopping malls
    > for Israelis on the border of the autonomous area.  How does all of this
    > square with the horrible outburst of hatred that flooded the territories and
    > the Arab community of Israel?  Where were we mistaken?  Where was the unseen
    > future hiding, and what is the truththe fire in Joseph^s tomb or the casino
    > in Jericho?  War or peace?"
    > "At moments of confusion and crisis, we look to our leaders.  We want clear
    > answers, not additional deadlines and agendas.  We want a compass, not a
    > weather vane.  Barak does not stutter, but he also does not guide.  He
    > stands in front of Arafat like a teacher in a classroom facing a problematic
    > student.  He gives him another chance, and yet another.  This time, he gives
    > him the absolute last chance to ask for forgiveness and to behave well, but
    > the student spits in his face.  He spits in our face."
    > "The events of the last week returned us to the atmosphere of the days of
    > restraint on the eve of the Six Day War.  They returned us to old, forgotten
    > expressions: 'A people have arisen to destroy us;' 'few against many;' 'the
    > whole world is against us; 'we have nobody to talk to;' 'a war of no
    > choice.'  The existential fear returned to live among us.  It is an ancient
    > Jewish fear.  But do not be mistaken, Yassir.  This fear does not paralyze
    > us.  It mobilizes and unifies us."
    > "Israel is a democracy, and democracies move slowly.  They don^t rush to
    > enter war until they have turned over every stone in a peace process.  They,
    > the democracies, prefer a fair compromise to spilling blood.  They must
    > secure from the public the support that is not automatically given to every
    > elected government.  Therefore, at first glance, democracies seem weak, but
    > it is an illusion.  When a democracy eventually goes to war, it does so on
    > the basis of the conviction of all of its citizens, which is why it wins.
    > History is filled with the skeletons of defeated non-democracies.  Do not be
    > mistaken, Yassir; do not be mistaken Nasrallah, there has never been a
    > terror organization which has vanquished a democracy.  You will not defeat
    > us, not on our doorstep."
    > The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) is an independent,
    > non-profit organization providing translations of the media of the Middle East
    > and original analysis and research on developments in the region.
    > Copies of articles and documents cited, as well as background information,
    > are available upon request.

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