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From: moishb@vipac.org
Date: Thu 16 Dec 2004
Subject: VIPAC) Support Israel: The right of Jews to live in peace and security in Gaza and Judea and Samaria is a basic principle of democratic enterprise.

Dear Mr. President:

Our view of the Arab war against Israel is being distracted by the
prospect of democratic elections in the Arab sections of the Gaza Judea
and Samaria. The hope for Palestinian Arab progress toward democracy has
obstructed our view of what is really happening there today.

Last week five Israeli soldiers were murdered at a border crossing. This
week two Israeli cars were attacked in Gaza wounding six Israelis and
mortar attack killed a Thai worker.

Is this the natural upheaval that results from the friction of a changing
society? If the violence was aimed at fellow Palestinian Arabs this might
be an expected course of events. However the violence is directed at Jews
and Israelis who are not part of the “Arab” democratic process. The
violence is aimed at Israel by groups who have no interest in democracy
and no interest in making peace with Israel. These Arabs are using the
prospect of democratic elections as a cover for attacks against Israel.

In a speech given before the Board of Directors a of an international
company in April 2004 Haim Harari the former president of the Weitzman
Institute of Science stated clearly that the Israel is not the central
issue of Arab unrest. “Why do I put aside Israel and its own immediate
neighborhood? Because Israel and any problems related to it in spite of
what you might read or hear in the world media is not the central issue
and has never been the central issue in the upheaval in the region. Yes
there is a 100 year-old Israeli-Arab conflict but it is not where the
main show is. The millions who died in the Iran-Iraq war had nothing to do
with Israel. The mass murder happening right now in Sudan where the Arab
Moslem regime is massacring its black Christian citizens has nothing to
do with Israel. The frequent reports from Algeria about the murders of
hundreds of civilians in one village or another by other Algerians have
nothing to do with Israel. Saddam Hussein did not invade Kuwait
endangered Saudi Arabia and butchered his own people because of Israel.
Egypt did not use poison gas against Yemen in the 60's because of Israel.
Assad the Father did not kill tens of thousands of his own citizens in one
week in El Hamma in Syria because of Israel. The Taliban control of
Afghanistan and the civil war there had nothing to do with Israel. The
Libyan blowing up of the Pan-Am flight had nothing to do with Israel and
I could go on and on and on.”

Hundreds of thousands of Arabs are resisting democracy today in Iraq in
Saudi Arabia and in Gaza Samaria and Judea. The first step in democracy
is respecting the rights of others to live in peace and security. Can
“Westerners” feel safe in Saudi Arabia? Can Christians feel safe in Sudan?
Can Jews feel safe in Israel Judea Samaria and Gaza?

The right of Jews to live in peace and security in Gaza and Judea and
Samaria even among Arabs is a basic principle of democratic enterprise.
To talk of the expulsion of Jews and Israelis from an Arab democratic
state is hypocritical. In line with the philosophy of the late Israeli
statesman Menachem Begin the Arabs of Gaza Judea and Samaria are
entitled to autonomy without violating the rights of their Jewish and
Christian neighbors. Elections and democracy cannot begin until the rights
of the Israelis to live in peace and security are recognized and respected
by Palestinian Arabs.

I urge you to support the rights of Israelis to live in Gaza and not be
disposed by yet another “peace” agreement.

Respectfully yours




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