a Palestinian State and National Interests of the United States
world has highlighted the fact that the primary feature of anti-US
Islamic terrorism is State Sponsorship (in the Middle East and
beyond), rather than merely a law enforcement challenge (in the
US). The strategic goal of the US and Israel is to defeat terrorism
and stabilize the Middle East, which is inconsistent with the
establishment of a new terror-supporting regime on the shores
of the Mediterranean.
I. THE ROOT
CAUSE OF ANTI-US AND MIDEAST TERRORISM
of a Palestinian State will not bring down Middle East terrorism
in general and anti-US terrorism in particular. The Palestinian
issue has not been the root cause of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Regardless of the Palestinian issue, of Israel’s policy
and Israel’s existence, the following factors should be
considered concerning anti-US Islamic terrorism:
history, inter-Muslim and inter-Arab politics have been a combination
of terrorism, political violence, violation of agreements, dictatorships
and suppression of human rights. Those who resort to terrorism
against domestic rivals are expected to employ terrorism against
Iraq and Syria consider the US as the chief obstacle on the way
of realizing their megalomaniac ambitions: control of the Persian
Gulf, takeover of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait oil fields, occupation
of territories in Turkey and Jordan, acquiring nuclear, chemical
and biological capabilities, etc.
* The US represents
the bastion of ideas that threaten the dictatorships of the Middle
East: Free Market, Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Expression,
Muslim forces have targeted Israel as a Jewish State, as well
as “the Little Satan” that serves as the outpost of
“the Big Satan”, advancing US interests and values
in the Middle East, deterring radical regimes in the Middle East.
In fact, an Israel-like outpost in the Persian Gulf would eliminate
the need to deploy hundreds of thousands of American troops and
spend billions of dollars in order to protect US interests
terrorism has targeted the US regardless of Israeli concessions
and independent of US pressure on Israel (1993 Twin Towers, 1995/6
Saudi Arabia, 1998 Kenya and Tanzania, 2000 Aden).
terrorism has targeted the US in spite of the fact that six times
in the last decade the US went in harm’s way in defense
of Muslims in Kuwait, Northern Iraq (Kurds), Somalia, Bosnia and
II. THE PALESTINIAN
ISSUE IS NOT THE ROOT CAUSE OF THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT AND MIDDLE
1948 war was launched by the Palestinians, and then joined by
Arab countries due to Arab ambitions and at the expense of Palestinian
interests. The 1956, 1967 and 1973 wars were launched irrespective
of the Palestinian issue. The 1982 Israel war on PLO terrorism
in Lebanon, the 1987-92 intifada and the current 1993-2004 war
between Israel and Palestinian terrorism have not evolved into
Arab-Israeli wars, because Arabs do not shed blood – or
expend significant financial resources – for Palestinians;
Arabs shower Palestinians with rhetoric.
the seventh century, the Middle East has been torn by inter-Arab
and inter-Muslim conflicts, unrelated to Israel’s existence,
to Israel’s policies, or to the Arab-Israeli and Palestinian-Israeli
conflicts. The Sunni v. Shi’a, religious v. secular, rich
v. poor, Iraq v. Iran, Syria v. Iraq and the Saudi v.Yemen conflicts,
as well as internal strife in Iran, Egypt, Jordan and other Arab
countries, have produced much more violence, instability and damage
to US interests, than the Arab-Israeli and Palestinian-Israeli
III. THE PLO/PA
ARE NOT A TOP ARAB PRIORITY
leaders have not marshaled their resources on behalf of the PA
during the current war between Israel and PA/Hamas terrorism.
The Arab league pledged some $2 billion in assistance, but forwarded
about $200 million. The Saudis do not transfer assistance through
the PA, but rather through Hamas and private organizations.
leaders did not come to the rescue of the PLO during the 1982
Israeli assault on PLO terror bases in Lebanon. Saudi financial
assistance to the PLO (until the 1990 PLO collaboration with Iraq’s
invasion of Kuwait) was $100 million annually, while their assistance
to the anti-Soviet forces in Afghanistan was a $1 billion annually.
Arab leaders have always identified with PLO/PA’s claims
to sovereignty. However, in practice, Arab leaders have been aware
of the treacherous nature of the PLO/PA, and therefore have preferred
to keep the PLO/PA under control, thus refraining from active
support of PLO/PA aspirations for independence.
IV. THE PALESTINIAN
AUTHORITY (PA) INTENSIFIES TERROR
Palestinian Authority was established in 1993 by Palestinian terrorists
headquartered until then in Tunisia and terrorist camps in Yemen,
Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Sudan. The establishment of the
Palestinian Authority was perceived by terrorists as a reward
to a systematic campaign of terrorism and intimidation against
Israel, the role-model of counter-terrorism. Thus the Palestinian
Authority has bolstered the forces of regional and global terrorism.
Israelis were murdered by Palestinian terrorists in the 15 years
PRIOR to the establishment of the Palestinian Authority. 1,400
Israelis were murdered by Palestinian terrorists in the 10 years
SINCE the establishment of the Palestinian Authority. Proportionally,
the number of Israelis murdered since the establishment of the
Palestinian Authority, would be equal to 70,000 Americans (23
World Trade Centers).
Palestinian Authority has become the largest and most (diplomatically)
protected anti-US terrorist base.
Palestinian Authority was established in 1993 by the Oslo Accord
and supported by the Wye Accord and the Road Map. The most intense
wave of anti-US terrorism has been conducted since 1993, culminating
has a political process (from Oslo Process to the Road Map) produced
as much terrorism, bringing the participants closer to war and
further from peace, as has the process that centered on the establishment
of the Palestinian Authority and aimed at the establishment of
a Palestinian State.
history (since 1968) suggests that the broader the authority of
the PLO/PA, the more intense is terrorism. International terrorism
intensified during the 1968-70 PLO autonomy/independence in Jordan,
and plummeted upon PLO’s expulsion from Jordan. Terrorism
subsided in 1991/2 when the PLO was increasingly constrained in
Tunisia, but was enormously exacerbated upon the establishment
of the Palestinian Authority in 1993. The upgrading of the Palestinian
Authority to the status of a State would drastically escalate
V. THE PA
UNDERMINES U.S. INTERESTS AND VALUES
the demise of the USSR, the US has faced the following threats
stemming from Middle East: Islamic terrorism, ballistic missiles
and non-conventional military systems, Iran, Iraq (until the destruction
of Saddam’s regime) and other rogue regimes such as Syria.
Palestinian Authority – and its source of power, the PLO
– have been traditional strategic allies of Osama Bin-Laden,
Saddam, Khomeini and his successors and other rogue regimes in
the Middle East and beyond. The ideological mentors of the PA
were the allies of the Nazis (Haj Amin Al Husseini) and the Communist
regimes of the USSR and East Europe. Arafat himself was trained
by the KGB.
leadership openly rejoiced at the WTC bombing. Conversely, the
capture of Saddam Hussein was met with gloom and anti-US demonstrations.
A central square in Jenin was named after Ali Jafar Al Na’amani,
the Iraqi homicide-bomber who murdered four US Marines in Najaf
on March 29, 2003. A typical anti-US sermon was given on January
2, 2004, by PA clerics, at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, condemning
“the modern-day Tatars, the Big Satan, which has destroyed
Baghdad.” The sermon was broadcast live by PA TV and radio,
and urged Moslems to launch a Holy War against the US.
US attaches were murdered by PA-sponsored terrorists on October
15, 2003 upon entering the Gaza Strip in a diplomatic convoy.
More US citizens, visiting or residing in Israel were murdered
by Palestinian terrorists, including Leon Klinghoffer (SS Achille
Lauro), and the US ambassador to Sudan and his deputy, murdered
by Arafat’s terrorists in 1972. Unlike the Taliban, the
PA has never faced an ultimatum of handing over the terrorists
or be destroyed.
than combating terrorism, the PA has harbored and ran the largest
terrorist base in the world. Every territory conceded by Israel
has become a safe haven for terrorists. The PA has become a breeding
ground and a test site for “modern-day terrorism”,
such as suicide bombing and car bombing, which has been exported
to other arenas in the Middle East and beyond. Modern-day hijacking
was introduced by the PLO in the late ‘60s, and then was
employed by other terror organizations.
PA education, media and clergy systems have promoted anti-US hate
education, heralding Bin-Laden and Saddam and encouraging anti-US
terrorism. • The PA has become a role-model of suppression
of (Palestinian) human rights.
PA regime has caused an unprecedented flight of the Arab Christian
community in Bethlehem, Beit Jallah and Ramallah.
VI. THE TRACK
RECORD OF THE PLO/PA
PLO has been the role model of inter-Arab terrorism, treachery
and murderous violation of agreements.
the late 1950s, Arafat, Abu Mazen, Abu Ala’ and other leaders
of Fatah fled Egypt due to subversive activities.
1966, they fled Syria – which provided Fatah with logistic
infrastructure – after executing a number of Syrian intelligence
1970, the PLO attempted to topple the Hashemite regime, which
provided them with a safe haven beginning since 1968.
1975, the PLO tried to topple Lebanon’s government, and
in the process initiated a many-year civil war.
1990 (when the Bush/Baker team was pressuring Israel), the PLO
participated in Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, which had accorded
the PLO and Fatah diplomatic, financial and terrorist safe haven
since the late 1950s.
a result of PLO’s track record, no Arab regime allows PLO
personnel to bear arms on its soil, for fear of subversion.
PA/PLO track record since 1993 has been consistent with PLO’s
inter-Arab track record, and true to the axiom: Leopards don’t
change spots; they change tactics.
VII. A THREAT
OF PA TO AMERICAN SECURITY
Based on the
aforementioned PLO/PA track record, one can expect that the proposed
Palestinian State will aggravate the damage caused by the PA to
US interests and values:
Palestinian State will intensify international terrorism.
Palestinian State will destroy the Hashemite regime – a
US ally – thus expanding the territory and bolstering the
radical clout of the Palestinian State.
Palestinian State will provide Iran with an ally.
Palestinian State will provide the pro-Saddam (or other radical)
elements in Iraq with another ally in the unpredictable and volatile
Palestinian State will export terrorism into the Persian Gulf,
threatening the survival of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar,
Palestinian State will become an outpost for anti-US regimes in
the Middle East and beyond.
Palestinian State will transform Israel from a power-projecting
strategic asset of the US into an assistance-requiring strategic
liability. Without the mountain ridges of Judea & Samaria,
Israel will lose its power of deterrence, which has kept radical
regimes at bay and served to bolster the security of pro-US weak
Arab regimes (e.g. Jordan).
a 9- to 15-mile-wide 1949 border – without the mountain
ridges of Judea & Samaria – Israel will lose a vital
military surveillance platform, which has provided the US with
posture of deterrence has spared the US the need to deploy a large
military force in the eastern part of the Mediterranean. It will
require the US to stretch its forces beyond current capabilities,
while these forces are needed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Burma, etc.
was triggered in 1994 by sweeping Israeli concessions, and by
the the PLO status being raised from an increasingly irrelevant
organization in Tunisia to an autonomous entity in Gaza, Judea
In the ten
years since its establishment, the Palestinian Authority has signed
– and promptly violated – scores of agreements. They
have demonstrated that there is no political solution with the
PA. The only effective solution to terrorism is military, as has
been demonstrated by the US (vs. Iraq and Afghanistan), Turkey
(PKK), Germany (Baader Meinhoff), Italy (Red Brigades), France
(Action Direct), Egypt (Muslim Brotherhood), etc.
follow the US leadership in the global war on terrorism, adopting
US tactics in its wars against the Taliban and Saddam regimes:
prime responsibility of a leader is the security of his own people,
rather than the prestige in the eyes of the UN, West Europe or
other parts of the globe. A nation does not subcontract defense
against terrorists to a third party (let alone to a terrorist
authority), does not complain about terrorism, but rather launches
an offensive against terrorism. Would the US consider entrusting
anti-terrorist activities to Saddam or to the Taliban?!
clarity suggests that terrorists are not partners to negotiation,
but rather enemies to be crashed. Members of the Saddam regime
were not “president”, “prime minister”,
“national security advisor” or “legislator.”
They were “terrorists”, “liars”, “cancerous
can be no negotiation with a regime that has systematically and
violently violated every agreement.
of a compromise or a ceasefire, the aim should be the destruction
of the infrastructure that feeds the fire of terrorism.
of defensive, deterrent, retaliatory or containment tactics, we
should employ offensive, pre-emption and prevention on the enemy’s
of low-intensity war, we should conduct a swift and comprehensive
political, ideological and financial echelons that constitute
the key terrorist elements are to be eliminated, just like the
initial bombing in the 2003 war on Iraq targeted the political
leaders of Saddam’s regime.
MacArthur barred all Japanese connected to the Hirohito regime
from participation in Japan’s political, educational and
business systems, locally and nationally.
is following in McArthur’s footsteps, excluding Ba’ath
Party members from participation in the rebuilding of New Iraq.
adopt the same attitude toward the Palestinian rogue terrorist
regime, the Palestinian Authority. The problem has never been
a personal one (Arafat); it has always been organizational and
systemic (the PA).
IX. THE THREE-STAGE
nature of the Middle East, the most violent region in the world
(no inter-Arab comprehensive peace during the last 13 centuries!),
the nature of regional topography and geography (Israel’s
vulnerable narrow waistline and the threatening topography of
Judea & Samaria mountain ridges), the track record of the
last 100 years (the sustained campaign of war and terror aimed
at eradicating the Jewish State), and the resulting security requirements,
determine that Israel’s control of the area from the Jordan
River to the Mediterranean (40 miles) is essential to Israel’s
is facing a unique enemy (the PA) that idolizes suicide bombing
through its formal education, media and clergy systems. The PA
has had anti-Jewish, anti-Israel and anti-US hate education (K-12)
in place since 1994. It has corrupted the minds of Palestinians,
especially the youth for the next one or even two generations.
true and lasting peace has to be built on these facts, not on
the false paradigm of “Land for Peace” in which the
only democracy of the region, Israel, is forced to provide to
its totalitarian enemies – scores of times its size –
the only thing that it lacks: territory. In exchange, these dictatorial
regimes promise to provide the one and only thing that they lack:
STAGE 1: REMOVING
THE TERROR REGIME OF PA
between Israelis and Palestinians requires the dismantling of
the morally illegitimate PA. The effective dismantling of the
PA requires the destruction – via war on terrorism –
of the infrastructure established by the 60,000 terrorists, imported
since Oslo from Tunisia, Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, Sudan, Syria and
removal of PA’s despotic regime would enable moderate Palestinians
to assert themselves. The dismantling of the PA is a precondition
for the democratization and pacification of the Palestinian society,
following ten years of damage caused by the PA, and in defiance
of the non-democratic and non-pacified Arab Middle East (with
scores of inter-Arab conflicts and not a single democratic regime).
democratization and the pacification of the Middle East can be
secured primarily by deterrence. The bolstering of Israel’s
posture of deterrence – which requires Israel’s military
control of the 40-mile-stretch between the Mediterranean and the
Jordan River – is a prerequisite for stability, for the defeat
of Palestinian terrorism, and for the prevention of the establishment
of a Palestinian terrorist state.
STAGE 2: TRANSITION
TO DEMOCRACY AND CO-EXISTENCE
human rights and democracy are preconditioned upon the removal
of the terrorist, tyrannical and corrupt PA regime, whose primary
victims have been ordinary Palestinians.
Palestinians seek security and comfort just like any other people.
However, with PA regime imposed on them, lawlessness and violence
have become a way of life on territories under PA rule.
these territories enter the state of chaos and civil war among
clans, gangs and terror groups who control different areas of
West Bank and Gaza.
and pacification are not attained via rhetoric and declaration
of intent. The transformation of a rogue society into a democratic
and peace-loving society is reflected through an intense overhaul
of the education, legal, political, media, civil service, business
and clergy systems. The transformation process must feature a
drastic change of personnel, excluding the members of the rogue
regime at all levels. The transformation must be proven over a
long period of time, overcoming ideological, political and physical
challenges from within and from without. The transformed political
institutions, education system, the courts, the civil service
and financial system and other institutions must demonstrate their
departure from the jihadist norms of the PA and their adaptation
of democratic norms.
the removal of the PA, day-to-day activities of Palestinian Arabs
will be managed by regional autonomous councils. The regional
councils will be assisted by Israel, as well as by outside entities,
such as the US, Jordan and other member countries and organizations
of the International Coordination Body (ICB).
Palestinians, with the assistance of Israel and members of the
ICB, will elect representatives to the regional councils. No candidate
shall be elected who was directly or indirectly involved in PA’s
activities, which directed, financed, incited, organized or carried
out acts of terrorism.
shall invite representatives of the ICB to observe – and
facilitate – free democratic elections to the regional councils;
preservation, upgrading and democratization of civil institutions;
restoration and preservation of Palestinian human rights: women’s
rights, children’s rights; eradication of torture and corruption.
STAGE 3: COMPREHENSIVE
the long-term democratization and pacification stage is attained,
then the road is clear to a political solution between Israel
and the Palestinian Arab residents of Judea & Samaria and
party will have the right to introduce its own proposed solution.
The Palestinians would be able to propose an independent state,
while Israel would be able to propose annexation, regional and
an administrative autonomy for the Palestinians, or any other
solutions should consider the lessons of the past 10 years, the
unpredictable and violent nature of the Middle East, the threatening
topography of the mountain ridges of Judea & Samaria and the
vulnerability of Israel’s narrow waistline (which is comparable
to the length of the Dallas-Ft. Worth airport).
plans partitioning the area between the Mediterranean and the
Jordan River (from the 1937 Peal Commission, through Oslo, the
2000 Camp David and the Road Map), have radicalized Arab and Palestinian
anti-Israel policies, destabilizing the region, producing unprecedented
terrorism and bloodshed, undermining US interests and distancing
Jews and Arabs from peace.
State of Israel from Mediterranean to Jordan River (only 22,700
sq.km., smaller than New Jersey) is one of the most densely populated
countries in the world, with scarce natural resources. This tiny
area therefore cannot physically accommodate two independent states,
Jewish and Arab.
attempts to partition this area would amount to another costly
victory of wishful thinking over experience. As the old saw says,
“Fool me once – shame on you; fool me twice –
shame on me!”
area between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River accounts for
less than 1% of the land possessed by Arab countries.
are is a mere 23% of British Mandate Palestine, designated by
the League of Nations to become the Jewish National Home. Israel
accepted the Partition and sacrificed 77% of historic Palestine
to Jordan, in order to live peacefully in the Cradle of Jewish
History: in Judea and Samaria.
largest Palestinian community resides in Jordan, constituting
over 70% of the population, commerce and banking and at least
50% of Jordan’s government and military, thus making it
a true Palestinian state. Is there a need for an additional state
for the Palestinians? One People is entitled to only One State.
What the international community is pushing for now is a “two-states-for-one-people
people have the natural right to strive for the unification of
their nation and for being citizens of one state. However, with
Palestinian people divided (1/3 in the Judea, Samaria and Gaza,
2/3 in Jordan, Israel and elsewhere), and the Oslo agreements
encompassing only 1/3 of Palestinian people, they will strive
for unification even after (or even more so) the creation of a
Palestinian State west of Jordan (family and tribal ties of Palestinians
extend across the Jordan River), thus destabilizing Jordan, Lebanon
and the entire region.
Jordan River is the only natural border between the Jewish State
of Israel and the Palestinian Arab State. Only this natural rift
could assure a viable fence between the neighbors.
the Palestinian residents of Judea & Samaria and Gaza will
administer their own local affairs (legal, financial, municipal,
law-enforcement, issuing ID cards, etc.) Israel shall retain all
security and external relations authority, lest it repeat the
grave terror-producing errors of Oslo.
residents of Judea & Samaria, most of whom hold (or used to
hold until 1988) Jordanian citizenship, will be allowed to participate
in the Jordanian electoral process, in addition to their own regional
elections. They will be citizens of Jordan and residents of the
regional administrative autonomy. A Marshall Plan for developing
and strengthening Jordanian economy and democracy should be implemented.
and pacification would enable Israel to remove road blocks, to
end closure, to open the labor market (for Palestinians) and to
expand, significantly, the transportation, communications and
utilities infrastructure in Judea & Samaria and Gaza for the
benefit of Palestinians and Jews residing there.
X. The Palestinian/Jewish
Refugees Resettlement Regional Cooperation Project
Resettlement Project will be launched by members of the International
Cooperation Board, with the active involvement by Jordan, Egypt,
Syria and Lebanon.
will follow in the footsteps of similar projects, which have resettled
almost all 100 million refugees, throughout the globe, since 1945.
It will commit itself to a factual account of Jewish and Palestinian
Arab refugees, of the origin and the number of Palestinian refugees
and of the circumstances, which produced their misery.
will involve a multi-billion dollar investment in Jordan, Egypt
(especially in Sinai, which is contiguous to Gaza), Syria and
Lebanon, in order to resettle the refugees.
of Americans Say “NO” to Palestinian Arab State
Organization of America conducted a poll, querying 1,000 Americans
throughout the United States. The poll carried out by the firm
of McLaughlin & Associates in mid-January of 2004 found that:
BY 67% TO
19%, AMERICANS OPPOSE GIVING THE PALESTINIAN ARABS A STATE: 67.4%
of Americans say that the Palestinian Arabs have not met President
Bush’s conditions for statehood, such as fighting terrorism, halting
incitement to murder, and respecting human rights. Only 19.3%
say they have met those conditions.
BY 66% TO
17%, AMERICANS OPPOSE EXPELLING JEWS FROM THE TERRITORIES: 66.6%
of Americans disagree with the Arab position that all Jewish residents
of the Judea-Samaria-Gaza territories should be expelled; only
17% agree with that demand.
BY 65% TO
18%, AMERICANS SAY PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY CAN’T BE TRUSTED: 65.2%
of Americans say the Palestinian Authority "cannot be trusted
to fulfill peace agreements that it signs with Israel"; only
18.6% say it can be trusted to fulfill them.
BY 55% TO
21%, AMERICANS SAY PALESTINIAN ARABS SEEK DESTRUCTION OF ISRAEL:
55.7% of Americans say that the Palestinian Arabs’ goal is "the
eventual destruction of Israel"; only 21.3% say their goal
is "to have a small state living in peace alongside Israel."
BY 73% TO
15%, AMERICANS OPPOSE U.S. AID TO THE PALESTINIAN ARABS: 73.6%
say the U.S. should stop sending $200-million each year to the
Palestinian Arabs; only 15% say the aid should continue.