There is only one thing that Arik Sharon is afraid of: direct pressure on the Knesset, which on October 25th will approve or disapprove a symbolic vote of confidence for the Sharon Plan, which mandates that Israel withdraws from Katif and the Northern Shomron, while providing renewed military training to the PLO armed forces.

Prime Minister Sharon counts on the people of Israel not to read his plan, which has little to do with “disengagement”, and has everything to do with empowering the PLO and Egypt.

Prime Minister Sharon has adapted the precise strategy of his mentor, Yitzhak Rabin. It should be recalled that Sharon had left the Likud in 1975 to become Rabin’s security advisor.

Rabin’s 1993 strategy was to portray his opposition as a tiny minority of people who are locked in to their ideology and their real estate.

That “settler isolation” strategy was best articulated by PR expert Yekutiel Federman, former owner of the Dan Hotel Chain and former host and sponsor of Abie Nathan’s Voice of Peace.

Federman elucidated this approach on the pages of the now defunct-Al HaMishmar. the former paper of Mapam, back in October 1993, and advised Rabin that he should “isolate the 3%” of the population who live in Yesha, and to attack them personally.

This led Rabin to suddenly referred to the ‘settlers’ as propellers that he promised to ignore.

And who will forget that Rabin hired Special Intelligenct Agent Avishai Raviv to portray himself as a “settler” and make every possible threat?

Surprisingly, throughout the eleven years of Oslo opposition, the Yesha Council has conformed to the Rabin/Federman strategy, to the letter.

On October 14th, 2004, in demonstrations organized throughout Israel, the Yesha Council once again provided a service to the Prime Minister of Israel by NOT encouraging pressure on the Knesset and by NOT stressing the all-important CLAUSE FIVE of the Sharon Plan, which mandates renewed military training for the PLO.

Instead, the Yesha Council strategy is based on one banal idea: That sentiments for the people in Katif will win the day.

Meanwhile, the Yesha Council demos made no mention of the threat of the Sharon Plan to Sderot and the western Negev, and the potential threat of the Sharon Plan to the coastal region of the Shomron

In other words, the Yesha Council forgot to stress that the Sharon Plan represents a threat to all of the people of Israel, and not only to Katif or the Shomron.

Moreover, to further neutralize any possible effective follow-u that could have come from these demos, the Yesha Council did not stress to the thousands of people who came out to demonstrate that decisions in Israel are made in the Knesset, and that is where the pressure must be placed.

Thousands of people flooding the Knesset with the demand that Israel not renew the military training of the PLO would affect members of the Knesset, especially if the loved ones of those who have been murdered or maimed by the PLO made that demand.

Thousands of people flooding the Knsset with the demand for the immediate arrest and/or execution of Dahlan would affect members of the Knesset, especially if Dahlan’s victims made that demand.

Thousands of people flooding the Knesset with the demand for that Israel cease military cooperation with the Egyptian army would have an effect, especially if military experts made that demand.

Thousands of people flooding the Knesset with the demand that the government of Israel to defeat the PLO instead of appease the PLO would also have an effect.

Yet some people in the Yesha Council may actually believe that if Rabbis ask their students and followers in the IDF to not participate in the removal of residents will help stop the process.

It would seem that some people in the Yesha Council not know that Rabbis of Israel do not control the minds and hearts of all of the people of Israel?.

Indeed, would it not be logical for the IDF would be to form a special “volunteer unit” of IDF troops who emanate from Bedouin, Druze, and non-Jewish Ukranian background, who would be given the responsibility of forcible removal of Jews.

In other words, that the Yesha Council may have adapted a strategy that acts as the greatest asset to Ariel Sharon.

Indeed, every time the Yesha Council uses the word “disengagement”, they serve the purpose of PM Sharon, who wants most people to assume that this is some kind of an “disengagement” from Gaza, whereas ten clauses of his plan serve to empower the PLO, whose purpose continues to be the annihilation of the state and people of Israel, albeit in stages. Good Morning, Sudetenland.

The issues that should be brought to the attention of the members of the Knesset concern every clause of the Sharon Plan that threatens the lives of all of the people of Israel.

View the Sharon Plan and side comments.
An analysis of the Sharon Plan.
To understand how Sharon plans to arm the PLO.
Who stands to profit from the Sharon Plan.
Does the Sharon Plan represent a violation of human rights ?

If the discussions about the Sharon Plan are left to sentiments for the people and sand of Katif, the subject is doomed.


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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.