Israel’s “Orr Commission of Inquiry” addressed Israel’s security establishment’s faulty decision making process concerning security matters pertaining to the Israel Arab community, which resulted in the deaths of 14 Israeli citizens during riots that occurred in October 2000.

The conclusions of the Orr commission can be applied to an eventual Israel “Oslo Commission of Inquiry” which can be empowered to examine the Israeli security establishment’s faulty decision- making process to facilitate weapons supplies and military training for the PLO since September 1993, which resulted in the PLO turning its arms and military training against Israel, causing the deaths of more than 850 Israeli citizens.

The Orr Commission concluded that the Israeli Prime Minister was “not sufficiently aware of what was going on in the Arab sector”.

An Oslo commission would question whether successive Israeli Prime Ministers were not aware of what was going on “in the PLO” that would warrant the cessation of all arms supplies and military training for the PLO.

The Orr Commission concluded that the Israeli Prime Minister did not listen to the deliberations of Israel’s National Security Council which warned of “the lethal dangers that lie ahead in the Israeli Arab sector”.

An Oslo Commission would question whether successive Israeli prime ministers followed the advice of Israel’s National Security Council which warned of the lethal dangers that lie ahead with the PLO.

The Orr Commission found that the Israeli Minister of Public Security did not prepare the police for Wide-scale riots in the Arab sector, “even though he was aware of the processes that made the events likely”.

An Oslo commission would question successive Israeli Ministers of Defence and National Security along with IDF Commanders in Chief to determine if they properly prepared Israel’s security establishment for a wide-scale war, since Israeli intelligence made them ” aware of the processes that made the events likely”.

Here is where the Oslo Commission investigation would begin:

The director of the Israel Government Press Office distributed a modest memo to the press on the afternoon of Wednesday, September 15th 1993, two days after the famous Rabin-Arafat handshake on the white house lawn and about six hours before the Jewish New Year Holiday, in which Israel provided its first public announcement that the IDF was indeed going to provide arms and munitions to the PLO.

The timing of that earth-shattering memo meant that it went almost unreported.

That same memo reported that Israeli Prime Minister Rabin had established an advisory committee to oversee that the facilitation of arms for the PLO, a committee which consisted of a newspaper correspondent and two senior experts from a research center for strategic studies.

Neither the Israeli government or cabinet had not met to approve arms or military training for the PLO.

Indeed, since 1993, Israel has facilitated the PLO with weapons and military training.

This has generally been done without the formal approval of the Israel National Security Council, the Israeli cabinet or the Israeli Knesset, and without the knowledge of the media or the public at large.

How was this allowed to happen?.

An Oslo commission inquiry may soon discover what the Orr Commission has discovered, which is that the faulty decision making process of Israel’s Security Establishment has proven to be lethal.


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David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: and A new site,, will be launched very soon.