The Oslo Spell That Will Not Go Away
The Arab-Palestinian conflict with Israel is just like the story of the frog and the scorpion, in which the frog attempted to transfer the scorpion across the pond but the scorpion could not help itself stinging the frog to death before arriving to safe land on the other side of the lake. The Arabs are the scorpion.
After the 1967 Six Day War, a grassroots group of Israeli elite began a discussion about achieving peace for Israel. This discussion evolved until Israel’s leadership decided that to obtain peace with the Arabs and thus end their hostility, she will take a new approach of appeasement and surrender. That approach gave birth to the now adverse name Oslo Accords.
Negotiations concerning the Oslo agreement, an outgrowth of the Madrid Conference of 1991, were conducted secretly in Oslo Norway, hosted by the Fafo institute, and completed on 20 August 1993. On September 13th 1993, the Accords were officially signed at a public ceremony in Washington, D.C., in the presence of PLO chairman Yasser Arafat, the then Prime Minister of Israel, Yitzchak Rabin and U.S. President Bill Clinton. The documents themselves were signed by Mahmoud Abbas for the PLO, Foreign Minister Shimon Peres for Israel, U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher for the United States and foreign minister Andrei Kozyrev for Russia.
Oslo Accords – Colossal Disaster For Israel
Much was said and there is a lot more to be said and will be said about the notorious and injurious Oslo Accords. I, however, sum it all up with the grand words, Colossal Disaster for Israel that will not go away. The signing of the accords can be compared to a building where its roof was assembled first while the foundations were made of silt or humus and thus will not hold the roof above; accords that were based on odd and irresponsible negotiations Israel conducted, and still does, with terrorists, but mostly with itself, while the other side did not and does not comply with even one clause of the agreement they agreed to and signed on all with impunity. Most important, like in any agreement there is an exit clause. However, those who concocted the Oslo Accords did not make sure such clause is part of the agreement. The Arabs did not adhere to the agreement, in fact they exited it before they entered it, while, for 20 years, Israel has adhered to it and along this road has lost an enormous amount of political assets and clout.
Since that day of Clinton’s showmanship and Israel’s humiliating moment on the White House lawn, the Oslo Accords entered into the modern state of Israel’s history books. It hijacked and is still hijacking its future, security, deterrence and ability to defend herself.
This past weekend, American Freedom Alliance (AFA) held the Oslo @ Twenty: Costs and Consequences of the peace process conference, (www.americanfreedomalliance.org/microsite/oslo/index.htm) in which an international group of pundits discussed the history, outcome and possible future of these Accords.
All the speakers agreed that the Oslo Accords have proven to be a total failure.
The Accords and their signing began with high hopes and as of today they are nothing more than a wreckage of consequences.
Allow Me Take You Through The Oslo Accords Memory Lane
Twenty years later this year, we are waking up to the reality that has looked into our faces for twenty years, but we refused to hear about it and see it.
The West and the Arab world have adopted a policy that accommodates ruthless dictators and rogue and recalcitrant regimes. With such policy, they see nothing wrong negotiating with the terrorist PLO and Fatah organizations and thus push Israel to adopt their policy.
After the Oslo Accords were signed, there was some reward for Israel. The Jewish state was recognized by many more nations and its economy boomed. The Palestinian Authority (PA) also saw economic boom but there was no political settlement on the conflict issues in sight.
In the United States, the mediator of the process, the Oslo Accords is not a sexy subject; it is an example of American failure no one wants to admit; it is the liberals’ failure they will not admit or talk about because they own so many other failures they imposed from above without democratic accountability. The Oslo is still current because liberal Obama follows the failed Oslo process model.
The Oslo Accords gave birth to a peace process between the Israelis and the Arabs [Palestinians]. Many predicted that this peace process will be a trap from which Israel will be unable to escape. That was accurate. Many now ask why the peace process failed and why it will not die.
Israel was naive to believe the Arabs. Oslo was a predictable disaster no one wanted to admit and halt its progress before the signing and even after because the Left will not admit it was a ruse, no matter how many people lost their life in this muscles’ political game. The ideology of politicians overloaded reality.
Today we know that the peace process did not give an incentive for peace, rather it disincentivized peace. It was a tragedy for the Israelis and the PalArabs just the same. After the Six Day War, it was clear that the PalArabs were progressive and understood democracy and economics. Twenty years later, they became militant and backward, and sadly, it was all by design. The Oslo Accords made it all clearer that the conflict is all about Israel’s existence in any border and not a territory dispute.
Why will the Oslo Accords not die? Because enough prestige and ego was invested into it; it is a billions of dollars industry that cannot be axed. Why take sides between the good and bad guys when there is a peace process that lingers and serves ends?
One main reason the Oslo Accords cannot work is Israel’s security. An Arab state in Judea and Samaria is a 1000 times more danger than Hamas in Gaza. It means a total paralysis of Israel existence.
Another problematic reason is Islam ideology and until that mindset is changed, unforeseen anytime soon, the peace process is a process leading to a disaster and the sooner the Israelis admit and defy it, the better. Six million Jews, now living on a narrow strip of land are the constant victims of ongoing massacres and possible genocide by Arabs who are Hitler’s ideology heirs; these Arabs surround the land of Israel and are looking for any angle to complete the Nazis’ Final Solution work.
According to Islam, the Arabs will never accept a Jewish entity in the Middle East and thus only Israel’s deterrence capabilities and a managed status quo will keep Israel alive.
By signing the Oslo Accords, Israel made itself a thief of its own land. Since you do not negotiate with a thief, the Arabs do not see any reason to negotiate on any basis other than to have their stolen property returned to them.
The Oslo Accords require of the Arabs to deliver peace. Since the Arab-Palestinians do not own peace, they cannot deliver it. The foundations of the Oslo Accords and peace process are rotten and will not allow genuine peace to be built on them. Israel has been and is the Arabs’ greatest excuse to live on the dole. Peace is not economically beneficial to the Moslems.
The Oslo Accords shut out Israel’s self evidencing rights and Israel, at all cost, will not discuss her rights and admit the void she herself created. In the last twenty years, the PalArabs sucked the blood of every Israeli. It is an amazing subject, an amazing process that no sane mind can comprehend and yet, it is still alive and kicking.
The reason there are still discussions on Oslo today is because the United States current administration is inclined to negotiate with blood thirsty dictators and terrorist states, ignoring history of such modus operandi of the past, such as Neville Chamberlain and Hitler and 75 Million dead people 4 years later attest to it.
How Do You Really Define Peace For Israel?
It is a state when the Arab world is no longer committed to Israel’s destruction. Unfortunately we are far away from such times, and the Oslo Accords made it and will continue to make peace go farther away. Peace is only in the Arabs’ hands to give and for that they need to change their political culture. Oslo was shoved onto the Arabs who did not know what it required and how to deliver it and their leaders made sure they will not be able to deliver peace.
Time Is Not On Israel’s Side
A cohesive and doable plan must be formulated, and fast, regardless of Obama and Kerry’s current push for ending the conflict, at any price. Such a plan has a chance to save Israel from a disaster.
Intelligence and politics worked in synergism to fail the peace process. One does not sign an agreement with a terrorist – Arafat – who does not control any nation, any land, or his mouth. Arafat was the enemy of every value the United States and Israel stand for! … yet, he was the one who founded the PA, mismanaged it and built a corrupt and violent entity. Are these good ingredients and a recipe for peace? Hardly!
Israel is the only country in the world that negotiates with terrorists to release other terrorists and USA administrations, that will not emulate such behavior, not only coax, but force Israel to act in such a depraved manner. Proven by International laws, the Oslo peace process is one of the most humiliating, undermining, subversive, disrespectful courses of action Israel was pushed to succumb to, which no other country in the world would have taken. But all those countries do expect Israel to take on the challenge they would not as much as even contemplate.
The question is why do Israelis still buy into the process and Israel’s leaders cannot put their foot on the break and say, Enough is Enough, no matter how much was invested into it. After all, it is a crime against Israel itself, a kind of a slow suicide.
One other question: if not the Oslo Accords, then what should it be? What Israel wants, what the Arabs want? How can the conflict be solved and end?
Here Is What The Pundits Suggested
a. Shape the solution, according to Israel rights to the land; according to the international law. Create small emirates in Judea and Samaria, based on separation and rule, each emirate to be ruled by the local Arab-Palestinian clan. According to such plan, 90% of the Judea and Samaria land will become part of the state of Israel sovereignty, with 10% of Arab-Palestinian population left to be living in Israel. A local and traditional rule in each autonomous emirate, which will create homogenize and stable society offer the best possibility to have a prosperous economy. – Dr. Mordechai Kedar (http://palestinianemirates.com/)
b. The Oslo Accords never happened because the Arab-Palestinians did not fulfill their obligations. Time to link the Arabs to fulfilling their obligations to the aid they receive. Let us have a real Oslo Accords in which the Arab-Palestinians get nothing until they fulfill all their obligations, which will be the real test if they want peace.
-Morton Klein, Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), president
c. Annex Judea and Samaria and give the Arab-Palestinians what is equivalent to American Legal resident status, a Green Card. If one protests against Israel he/she will automatically lose the green card status as well as his/her path to citizenship and he/she will be expelled. Walid Shoebat (http://shoebat.com/)
d. You cannot divide the Jewish sovereignty; from the River to the Sea sovereignty must be Jewish in order to remain the nation state of the Jewish people. Demographic and geographic imparities must be the guiding line. The PalArab refugee problem must be resolved. First dismantle UNRWA and the refugee status of 5Million Arab refugees will end and with that billions of dollars will be saved and the PalArabs living on the dole era will end. This will press the Arab countries, where Arab “refugees” live, to make them fast become productive citizens. To those PalArabs living in Judea and Samaria offer incentives to find home in other countries. All these are non-coercive solutions. ~ Dr. Martin Sherman (http://www.martinsherman.net/)
e. Stop American linkage to terror. The conflict will end when Jews stop giving up their land to the enemy because if they do, the message they convey is clear, that they do not believe the land is theirs. Israel must end the appeasement and defund the PA, end the fantasies and delusion. Larry Greenfiled
f. Israel must take a stand. Kenneth Levin, author, The Oslo Syndrome: Delusions of a People Under Siege (Amazon – The-Oslo-Syndrome-Delusions-People)
g. Israel must assert its rights unabashedly, firmly and without sharing it; asserts her rights to Judea and Samaria, encourage the breakdown of the falsely formulated Arab countries, that have no cohesion, to smaller states just as the breakdown of the USSR transpired. End the 65 years old Arab refugees’ issue. The burden must not be on Israel rather, the Arab world. ~Roberta Seid, Education/Research Director for the Israel advocacy organization StandWithUs
h. There must be a regional solution to the conflict because the PalArabs counterparts are the Arab World from whom they take, guideline and instructions for cooperation and orders. Acknowledge and compensate the 900,000 Jewish refugees from Arab and Moslem countries and end the Arabs getting away with shenanigan with impunity. ~ Prof. Gil Ribak, the director of the Institute on American Jewish – Israeli Relations and an Assistant Professor of Jewish and Israel Studies at the American Jewish University, Los Angeles.
i. Privatize the land of Judea and Samaria and based on individual rights premise the government of Israel needs to pass, Jews can buy land and must be allowed to live in Judea and Samaria. ~Orit Arfa, Director of Communications/Visitor Services for the Ariel Development Fund, Ariel, Samaria, Israel.
j. The Oslo process is too big to fail. “Where you have a problem that has no solution you have a condition to manage” Ben Gurion (http://palestinianworld.blogspot.com/2010/08/famous-quotes-david-ben-gurion.html ) ~ Rick Richman, one of the bloggers at COMMENTARY Magazine’s group blog, “Contentions.”
k. Israel must start, at once, taking her rights to the land seriously and defy all other claims. ~ The Jewish People’s Rights to the Land of Israel, by Salomon Benzimra (Amazon – Jewish-Peoples-Rights-Israel-ebook). ~ NG, the writer of this article.
Is it all so very tiring, depressing and disappointing, as I feel it is, or time to recognize that resourceful and steadfast people are fighting to win this battle for truth and I need to amass confidence that they shall preserve; after all, the good guys have HaShem on their side.
And while we are still talking about Oslo of 1993 and Oslo of 2013, just another day in the “peace process” … Fatah’s message to Israel during peace talks: “The blood of Martyrs draws the borders of the homeland” (http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=9750)
The time is now to flip the entire moral aspect in favor of Israel.
The nation of Israel has gone through many miracles; if all Israelis and pro Israel folks begin telling the truth, with the Almighty’s blessing we will have a better future.
Enough said, now sanity is required. Every Israeli must ask himself/herself, did the Oslo Process deliver and if it did, what has it delivered? One thing for sure, war cannot be avoided because you chant the word “peace.”