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.


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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: www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com and www.cfnepr.com. A new site,unrwa-monitor.com, will be launched very soon.