Lessons Learned Upon the
Tenth Anniversary of Oslo
DEADLY offspring – the Road Map, Wye Accord, Mitchell and Tenet
Plans, Aqaba Accord, etc.), lowlighted by two successful terror
1. RESTRAINT AND LOW-INTENSITY WAR have been the wet dream of terrorists
and the nightmare of democratic societies. Israel’s restraint has
generated more terrorism, while eroding Israel’s posture of deterrence
and – unnecessarily – undermining the confidence of Israelis – and
of Israel’s friends – in Israel’s just cause as well as in Israel’s
capabilities to overcome terrorism. The US has not responded to
Islamic terrorism by restraint, neither have Turkey, Germany, Italy,
Peru, Egypt, Sri Lanka in pursuit of the PKK, Baader Meinhoff, Red
Brigade, Shining Path, Muslim Brotherhood and Tamil terrorism.
2. A responsible leadership does not subcontract counter-terrorism
to ANYBODY – not to a friendly or neutral foreign power, and certainly
not to the PA/PLO, which is the role model of international terrorism,
treachery, non-compliance and corruption. The PLO/PA has stated
its intention to integrate Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists, rather
than eliminating them.
3. The PLO/PA, which has been responsible to most terror acts since
Oslo, and has harbored Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other terror organization,
thus establishing the largest terrorist base in the world, IS NOT
A PARTNER TO PEACE NEGOTIATION, BUT RATHER IT HAS BEEN THE MOST
LETHAL ENEMY. One should not negotiate with a most lethal enemy.
One eradicates a most lethal enemy.
4. NO ADDITIONAL AGREEMENT should be negotiated with the PLO/PA,
which has violated every agreement it has concluded with Israel
since 1993, as it did with every agreement concluded with Egypt,
Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia until 1993.
5. SURGICAL ELIMINATION OF TERRORISTS IS INEFFECTIVE. PRUNING A
POISON IVY DOES NOT NEUTRALIZE ITS POISON; IT STRENGTHENS THE ROOTS.
One does not prune a poison ivy, nor does one water or fertilize
it (which is the essence of US and Israeli transfer of funds to
the PA/PLO or Palestinian NGOs). The only way to neutralize a poison
ivy is by uprooting it.
6. EXPELLING/ELIMINATING ARAFAT WOULD NOT SOLVE THE PROBLEM. One
has to uproot the entire PLO/PA/Hamas poison ivy. It’s not the tip
of the iceberg, which is threatening the Titanic; it’s the entire
iceberg! The solution to Palestinian terrorism is the expulsion/elimination
of the 60,000 terrorists who were RECKLESSLY legitimated, imported
and armed by the architects of Oslo.
7. A PROPER DUE-DILIGENCE CONDUCTED TEN YEARS FOLLOWING OSLO, with
1,400 Israeli murdered by PA/PLO-harbored and PLO/PA-led Palestinian
terrorism (equal proportionally to 70,000 AMERICANS), concludes
that THERE IS NO POLITICAL SOLUTION TO PALESTINIAN TERRORISM; THERE
IS ONLY MILITARY SOLUTION, if the Jewish State wishes to survive.
8. NO MORE CEASEFIRE, NO MORE CO-EXISTENCE WITH TERRORISM, no more
containment, defense or retaliation against terrorism, which is
NON-DETERABLE and NON-CONTAINABLE. The proper battle against such
terrorism MUST be preventive-offensive on the enemy’s own ground.
The aim should be the eradication (rather than deterrence) of the
entire infrastructure which feeds the fire – first and foremost
the political, financial and ideological infrastructure, which directs,
incites, brainwashes and finances the operational infrastructure.
If one is assaulted by a snake, one is advised to HIT THE HEAD OF
THE SNAKE, rather than waste time hitting its tail and body.
9. Erecting a fence – would produce a short-lived FALSE SENSE OF
SECURITY. Israel should not protect itself against a wave of mosquitoes
by a fence of spray; it should assault the mosquitoes by DRAINING
THE ENTIRE SWAMP.
10. A PALESTINIAN STATE AND AN EFFECTIVE BATTLE AGAINST TERRORISM
CONSTITUTES AN OXYMORON. A Palestinian State and vital US interests
and values constitutes an oxymoron. The history of the PLO proves
that the broader its authority the more deadly is the fire of its
anti-Israel and anti-Western terrorism (e.g. terrorism reached a
peak, when the PLO enjoyed autonomy in Jordan during 1968-1970 and
then when it enjoyed autonomy in Lebanon during 1972-1982, and it
faded when the PLO was decimated and expelled). Oslo elevated the
PLO from being a defeated-exiled terror organization in Tunisia
to becoming a "Palestinian Authority", thus producing
an unprecedented wave of terrorism. How devastating would be the
scope of Palestinian terrorism, should there be a Palestinian State?!
11. TEN YEARS FOLLOWING OSLO, ISRAEL AND THE USA RESEMBLE A DRIVER
ON THE WASHINGTON BELTWAY (I-495), who erroneously gets off at the
wrong exit, encountering the most violent neighborhood in Washington
DC. He barely manages to escape back to the Beltway, bleeding and
driving a wrecked car. However, he keeps using the same fatefully
wrong exit, because: "WHAT’S THE ALTERNATIVE?" (as the
Oslo architects keep coaxing). THE ALTERNATIVE IS TO TURN AWAY SHARPLY
(180 degrees) FROM OSLO, WYE, ROAD MAP, MITCHELL AND TENET PLANS,
which have produced the deadliest ever wave of Palestinian terrorism.
The alternative is a departure from wishful-thinking, quick gratification,
convenience-driven tactics and backbonelessness, and returning to
ISRAEL’S WINNING FORMULA OF 1948-1992: faith, realism, conviction-driven
policy, patience and determination, defiance of external and domestic
pressures and threats, and the willingness to pay a price for the
privilege of resurrecting the Jewish Commonwealth on its land, in
the most violent and unpredictable region in the world, the Mideast.