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November 8, 2015 7:18 am

Rabin Memorializers Pretend Separation From Palestinians Never Took Place

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Bill Clinton, Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat at the Oslo I signing ceremony, September 13, 1993. Photo: Wikipedia.

Bill Clinton, Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat at the Oslo I signing ceremony, September 13, 1993. Photo: Wikipedia.

American Jewish peace activists sponsored a full-page advertisement in The New York Times last week, complete with a large photograph of the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, urging implementation of Rabin’s dream of “separation between Israel and the Palestinians.”

They are either living in some kind of time warp or intentionally distorting Rabin’s legacy. Under the Oslo Accords, Rabin already implemented that separation, 20 years ago this autumn. And it’s still in effect.

The Nov. 4 ad in the Times was sponsored by the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace, an institution that has long advocated Israeli concessions to the Palestinians. Invoking the memory and image of Israeli Prime Minister Rabin, they headlined their ad with his words: “Separation between Israel and the Palestinians is the best solution for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

Pretending that no such separation ever took place, the ad goes on to demand the immediate creation of “a demilitarized Palestinian state” next to Israel.

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Leave aside, for the moment, the fact that Palestinian leaders have said, again and again, that they will never accept genuine demilitarization.

Leave aside the fact that “demilitarized Palestinian state” is an oxymoron, because a state that is “demilitarized” one day can quietly and gradually become militarized, and Israel would face world condemnation if it tried to intervene.

Instead, let’s consider the fantasy that Israel and the Palestinians need to “separate.”

On Sept. 28, 1995, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian Liberation Organization chairman Yasser Arafat signed the Oslo II Accords, also known as the Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement. It provided for Israel’s withdrawal from the cities in Judea-Samaria (the West Bank), where 98 percent of the Palestinian Arabs reside. And in the weeks that followed, Israel did just that. Israel’s forces retreated from the cities of Nablus (Shechem), Jenin, Qalqilya, Ramallah, Bethlehem, Tulkarm, Jericho and almost all of Hebron. Later, they withdrew from 100 percent of the Gaza Strip. A new entity was established, the Palestinian Authority, which took over all those areas. For the past 20 years, the PA has policed the streets, collected the garbage, issued the building permits and administered the elections — that is, when the PA deigned to have elections at all. In Gaza, the PA ruled at first. Today, Hamas is in charge there. Israel and the Palestinians separated 20 years ago. The Israeli occupation of the Palestinians ended 20 years ago. Anybody who claims otherwise is either deluding himself or trying to delude the rest of us. The problem is not that Rabin’s vision of separation was never implemented. The problem is that it didn’t work. For decades, peace activists insisted that separation would lead to peace. “Stop occupying the Palestinians and they will live in peace with us,” they insisted. Prime Minister Rabin gave it a try.Instead of peace, Israel finds itself living next door to a Palestinian Authority regime that is actively inciting the murder of Jews, sheltering terrorists and hiring them for its police force, paying salaries to imprisoned terrorists, and naming its streets and parks after killers of Jews and Americans.

Separation? Been there, done that. Look where it got us.

Mr. Korn, chairman of the Philadelphia Religious Zionists, is former executive editor of the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent and the Miami Jewish Tribune.

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  • Charles N

    Does this explain why hate speech and incitement in the territories is not prosecuted by Israel? Or why the payments to and celebration of terrorists is not legally challenged?

  • Hizkiya Gerez

    Who is paying these traitors or stupids or both.
    Rabin is not there and can’t testify on this big lie..
    Peres has pushed him into this quagmire of today.
    If it would not be for the great idiot idea
    demanding the help of the arch-terrorist Arafat coming and protecting the the Jews in Israel, the state of Israel, would be in a quite better situation today.
    What a shame.

    • Hizkiya Gerez

      With the disastrous situation of today my idea is moderate.

  • Third note to you….never a reply.
    Trying to read “comments” and all I ever get is this page( chance to post comments).

    Using an iPhone 4. Can you fix this?

  • Ivana Talya Tufakov

    Now would probably be a good time to get rid of all the Arabs in Judea, Samaria and Gaza.

    With Europe falling all over itself to let itself be invaded by Arab hordes, this is a perfect time to drive out all Arabs who do not want to live under Israeli rule (and to deliver Texas-style justice to those who try to harm Jews – give ’em a fair but quick trial, then take ’em out back and finish ’em off).

    Give Europe what it apparently craves – more unaccompanied males, more slums, more no-go zones, more masses of asses-in-the-air Muslim prayers in the middle of cities that block traffic, ambulances, etc., more crime, more rape, more honor killings, more hijabs, more galabiyas, more pedophiles, more Medina, more Mecca – in short, more Muslims.

    Europe: can you say in French/Spanish/Italian/German/Swedish/Norwegian…..”Allahu Akbar”?

    No? Better start practicing….

  • steven L

    The Palestinians reminds me of a set of siamese twins where one side will not survive a separation. Only one side has a brain and a heart. No need to guess which side. Even Ben Carson couldn’t save both.

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