On October 14th, 2004, Rabbi David Yosef was interviewed on the program INYAN ACHER of Kol Yisrael at 8:30 a.m. and was asked what the prime concerns are of his father, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the leader of Shas, about the negotiations with the PLO.
Rav David Yosef stated very clearly that there was only one concern that he had, and that Rabbi Ovadia had expressed this concern in his last conversation with Rabin, and that was the arming of the PLO.
Rav David Yosef revealed for the first time that this indeed was the final conversation with Rabin, and that Rabin could not give him any assurances on this issue and that Rabin referred Rav Ovadia to Peres, where he also received no satisfactory assurances.
It is for that reason that Shas voted against Oslo II on October 5th, 1995, while Shas had abstained in the initial vote for the Oslo process in October 1993.
The most important aspect of the current Sharon plan involves Clause five, which mandates that Israel once again provide military training for the PLO army, together with Egypt, Jordan, the US and the UK, even though clause one of the Sharon plan states very clearly that there is no Palestinian peace partner.
Sharon’s PR people have done everything possible to obfuscate the issue of their program to arm and train the PLO army.
However, Sharon’s spokesman told me last week on the record that this training has once again begun – this time, with the Egyptians.
No assurances whatsover have been received that the PLO will not use its armed forces again to murder Jews.