In order to achieve peace both sides of a conflict have to want to achieve peace. My conclusion from the quotations of Arabs in these pages is that their leadership as well as many of them do not want peace. To view a movie that supports this conclusion click here if you have a 56K modem and here if you have a slower connection. Senator Connie Mack of Florida has also come to the conclusion that the Palestinian Arab leadership does not want peace. Here is an excerpt of a speech he made in February or March of 1999.
“Peace is a matter of the heart... But what I saw which was the outcome of Palestinian Authority rule convinced me that hearts and minds are set on other goals. The Palestinian leadership does not want peace — they want, first their own state, which they can control with total power. Then they want to use that state to eliminate the State of Israel.“Let’s be clear. The peace process, to be meaningful, must be about more than rules and laws and lines on maps. We can reach a short-term agreement on these points. But if the Palestinian leadership fails to abandon incitement of hatred, persecution, and terrorism, then we are all dreaming — only dreaming.
It is the personal opinion of the author of this Shocker Web Site that Israel has made several fundamental mistakes in her pursuit of peace. First Israel chose to negotiate with Arabs who do not want peace. Some of the other fundamental mistakes Israel is making have been described in an article called A Skewed Negotiation that appeared in Outpost in 1998.
It is my opinion that there are Arabs who truly want peace and who truly are friends of Israel although they have no power and must hide their friendly feelings from the Palestinian Authority. Those Arabs who are moderate and try and show peaceful intentions toward the Jews (see for example the reaction of the Palestinian Authority to Arabs who make condolence calls) learn quickly not to do so. It is the friendly Arabs Israel should be negotiating with. True those Arabs friendly to Israel had little power. Israel should have built up their power and supported them. Instead Israel has built up the power of Arabs who want to destroy her. She has done so by giving guns to the Palestinian police force and even more seriously by giving strategically important land to the Palestinian Authority. One result of Israel's policy of strengthening the Palestinian Authority has been that the Palestinian Authority has been able to crack down on those Arabs who were friendly with Israel and who collaborated with her in the past.
As Senator Mack said about the appeasement process, "We are dreaming, only dreaming". It's time to wake up before this dream turns into the nightmare of war.
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