Last week, Elliot Abrams, now a senior US government official declared that the Road Map would be “performance based”.
This week, Gideon Licterman, age 27, was driving his six year old daughter Moriah home from school when Arab terrorists machine gunned the car and murdered Gideon. Moriah is fighting for her life as I write this memo.
The Fateh, run by Arafat and Abu Mazen, took credit for the murder.
I called a US state department spokesman and asked if the US government would request that Abu Mazen condemn this murder. The US State department official said that the US would NOT make any such request. He would only say in general terms that the US condemns all violence.
Yet the position of the US government is that Abu Mazen will be judged by his current actions.
Meanwhile, US Sec’y of State Powell arrives tomorrow with a “Road Map” that promises sovereignty for a PLO state. Sovereignty means the right for a state to bear arms.
Israel has reason to be apprehensive about a PLO state that bears arms.
Israel has suffered more than 15,000 Arab terror attacks over the past three years.
As of Israel Independence day, that has translated into 772 Israelis killed in cold blooded murder.
The vast majority of these 15,000 Arab terror attacks have been carried out by PLO factions nder the direct control of Arafat and by his deputy, Abu Mazen.
An issue discussed early on during the Oslo process was NOT to issue guns to the PLO, for fear that the PLO would turned their weapons on the Jews.
The campaign to stop guns to the PLO was initiated by a Rabbi who conducted a hunger strike following the drive-by murder of one of his former students in December, 1993.
The Rabbi recruited 13 prominent Knesset members from Israel’s Labor Party to sign a petition to stop issuing guns to the PLO.
That Rabbi had served under Yitzhak Rabin in the IDF.
Rabin invited the Rabbi to his office to express his concern at the time
The initiative to deny weapons to the PLO gathered public support across the political spectrum, both in Israel and abroad.
The movement to stop weapons to the PLO gathered momentum for two months, until it was stifled by the Baruch Goldstein killings in late February 1994.
The Rabbi’s fears were not unfounded.
For almost ten years, weapons issued to the PLO by Israel and the US were turned against Jews in all corners of the land of Israel.
The bottom line: Sovereignty means guns in the hands of the PLO.
Under the proposed road map, the PLO would use guns against Jews from the safe haven of a sovereign state.
The second bottom line: Using a “performance” model, even if the PLO would get an academy award for best supporting role in playing Nelson Mandella or Mother Teresa, the PLO would eventually use its sovereignty to exactly what it has done for the ten years that it has controlled territory: Convert any area under its control into a terrorist entity that will honor and remunerate anyone who will murder a Jew.
The great English statesman Edmund Burke was once asked why he would not support the French Revolution since he supported the American revolution. His answer: “The end is the means in process”.
Burke observed the tyranny of the French revolutionary regime and would have nothing to do with it.
The analogy is clear. From the way in which the PLO has operated their provisional gov’t since 1993, you can see how their final regime will turn out.
Yes, the end is the means in process.