Thirty-nine years ago today, on July 29th 1974, I left England, land of my birth, and came home to Israel, land of my people’s birth. Thirty-two years later, that is to say, seven years ago today, “The View from the Palace” was born, in the midst of war – the result of my determination to defend my country in the best way I knew how, through the power of the written word and the technology of the world-wide web. Have I succeeded? That is for you, my readers, to judge.
Have things changed since I began writing this blog? Very little. Israel is still being held to blame, by a hostile world, for all the ills of the human race – driven, it seems, by the virus of antisemitism. How else can one explain the way the EU has put the blame on Israel for the failure of peace talks between Israel and the so-called “Palestinians” to get under way until now, despite the fact that in 2009, Prime Minister Netanyahu announced a ten-month moratorium on building in the “Occupied Territories”? After all, according to the Europeans, the Americans and the “Palestinians” themselves, it was the “Settlements” which were the main obstacle to peace. The Palestinians continued to make excuse after excuse not to come to the negotiating table until the ten months were up.
As far as this latest round of “Peace Talks” is concerned, the “Palestinians” refused to come to the negotiating table unless Israel agreed to a list of pre-conditions, among them a total cessation of building in the “Occupied Territories” including what the EU mendaciously terms “Arab East Jerusalem”, and Israeli agreement that the talks start from the basic premise that Israel would withdraw to the pre-1967 borders, that Jerusalem would be divided once again, and that Israel would recognise the “Right of Return” of the “Palestinian” refugees even within the pre-1967 borders. In other words – Israel would agree, in advance, to commit suicide. By the way, I saw that one anti-Israel “talkbacker” on the Yahoo forums had the nerve to describe Israel’s refusal to agree to pre-conditions as being, in itself, a pre-condition! Thus the antisemitic, Loony Left twists the Middle East debate by the use of Orwellian Doublethink. Now, I may be naive but, as far as I understand it, “negotiations” are for – duh? That’s right! NEGOTIATING! Not for rubber-stamping diktats by one of the parties. Furthermore, if the talks were to kick off from a start-off point whereby Israel would agree to commit suicide in return for the “Palestinians” agreeing to sit down at the negotiating table – what is left to negotiate? The timetable for our suicide? The exact number of Israeli Jews who would be permitted to continue to live in Israel – or to live at all?
The “Palestinians” have now graciously agreed to be present at what will be termed “Peace Talks” in return for the release of 104 terrorist murderers (“Freedom Fighters” in “Newspeak”). For some unaccountable reason (for that, read “Obama-pressure”), Netanyahu has given into blackmail and agreed to this. The “Palestinians” claim there is a secret addendum to this agreement, to the effect that the prisoners to be released will include Israeli Arabs, who will not be expelled from Israel but will be released back into the community! Frankly, I think that agreeing to a temporary halt on building in Judaea and Samaria would have been less harmful. At least it would have been reversible. But if we release these murderous bastards, what recourse will we have if, two days into the ludicrously misnamed “Peace Talks”, the “Palestinians” – running true to form – make some other excuse for leaving the talks? Have we any terrorist murderers left with which to bribe them?
Why is it always Israel who is expected to make “goodwill gestures”? Why is it, that when the “Palestinians” impose outrageous pre-conditions just for agreeing to sit down at the negotiating table, it is Israel who is accused of refusing to negotiate?
And why is our Prime Minister giving in to demands to which he always declared he never would accede? What pressure have Obama and John Kerry put upon him? What other secret “understandings” has he agreed to? And is he going to betray the people who voted for him, in the same way as Arik Sharon betrayed his voters in 2005, when, in complete contradiction to his election platform, he unilaterally pulled out all Israeli forces from the Gaza Strip, forcibly uprooted Israeli settlements and turned brother against brother in Israel, in pursuit of a mirage, a will o’ the wisp delusion of peace. I trust no-one has forgotten what we got in return for that “gesture” – a Hamas terrorist government in Gaza, hundreds of rockets raining down on Israeli towns and cities, and the promise of more war to come.