|The following article is extracted from the April
1997 issue of THE OTHER ISRAEL. The publisher encourages unrestricted
distribu- tion with acknowledgment of source.
by Uri Avnery
Translated from Ma'ariv, 17.03.97
"For three transgressions and for four, I will not turn away
the punishment thereof..."
- For the terrible bloodshed on its way, which will bring
bereavement to mothers and fathers on both sides.
- For renewal of a tragic century-long conflict, so near to
- For burning the bridges which have begun to go up between Israel
and the entire Arab world.
- For turning Israel into a despised villain in the eyes of the
world, isolated among the community of nations.
All of this, for what purpose?
Let it be said with the brutal honesty called for at a time like
this: It is for the sole self-interest of one man, an ignoramus in all
matters Arab, an arrogant, brutal man, an egocentric and egomaniac,
fearing only for the fall of his government.
Netanyahu's partners in crime:
-- The whole collection of two-bit politicians seated around his
table, a few of whom had seen handwriting on the wall, but none of
whom had the guts to stand up, to protest, to cry out, to vote against
building at "Har Homa." Each and every member of Netanyahu's cabinet is
culpable. Every drop of blood spilled will be on their heads.
-- All of the parties in this miserable coalition -- the Likud,
Shas, the National Religious Party, Agudat Yisrael, Degel Hatorah,
Yisrael Ba'aliyah, the Third Way
-- each of which has made its own calculation about its potential gains
from the approaching catastrophe, the hundreds of millions of dollars
from building contractors, the rabbinic support, settlers' votes,
popularity with the right wing.
-- The heads of the intelligence services, who have
superficially done their duty by explaining and sounding warnings, but
who did not have the guts to fulfill their real duty by resigning on the
-- The Labor Party, which is longing for a so-called national
unity government, which has agreed in principle to construct at Har
Homa, which instead of raising heaven and earth in protest, merely
mumbled something about "bad timing."
-- President Clinton, who sent confusing signals to Israel,
who came out with a weak objection to the Har Homa plan yet vetoed the
U.N. vote condemning it, thus affirming Netanyahu and his cohorts in
their belief that "it will go through without a hitch."
When a future historian comes along to research this affair, he will
undoubtedly be dumbfounded in the face of such sheer ignorance,
arrogance, brute force, contempt of one's fellow human, and machismo,
which propelled Israel toward this disaster -- a disaster whose
consequences could have been foreseen by anyone with a pair of eyes.
There is no national interest, of any kind, of any ideology, that
would justify this step. Even the greatest champion of Greater Israel,
the greatest supporter of a "United" Jerusalem, could have no interest
in the imminent bloodshed. The entire world will be involved and
Jerusalem will ultimately be divided -- but out of mutual contempt and
hatred, instead of peace and reconciliation.
All for the self-interest of one man: Binyamin Netanyahu.
His entire talent lies in his ability to take over the leadership of
an impotent party and a confused nation, using false slogans about
"Secure Peace", aided by millions of dollars from Jewish tycoons living
securely in the United States.
He believes that one can fool the whole world all of the time, that
every problem can be solved by sweet-talking, that one can tell everyone
anything they want to hear and then do the opposite.
He finds himself caught in a trap of his own making, faced with an
unequivocal choice from which he cannot extricate himself with sweet
talk: to save Israel or to save his government. And he has made his
Let it be recorded for eternal shame. [THE
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