Hebron and Jerusalem – Dream of Hope or Terror?

Hebron and Jerusalem - Dream of Hope or Terror?

November 15, 1996

This morning, in honor of 'palestinian independence day' the palestinian
national council released a statement declaring that 'the flag' will soon wave
in Hebron and Jerusalem, capital of the palestinian state.

Yassir Arafat has a dream. The fulfilment of the dream began when an Israeli
government recognized his legitimacy. In order to begin reaching this goal he
used all means at his disposal. The most effective tool was, (and still is,)
terrorism. He killed and maimed Israelis and Jews throughout the world. Of
course, the primary target was in Israel. Over the years hundreds of men,
women and children were slaughtered at Arafat's command. Over the years Israel
refused to deal with the terrorist. Perhaps the greatest example of refusal to
compromise with terrorism was Entebbe.

When Israel recognized Arafat, Israel recognized the legitimacy of terror and
denounced the ideal of Entebbe.

Less than two months ago, Arafat, being 'frustrated,' once again reverted to
the methods he knows best. He gave the order to start shooting, at our
soldiers, with the weapons we agreed that they have. His troops attacked Kever
Yosef in Shechem, hoping to capture the site, and force Israel to withdraw.
They also attacked Kfar Darom in Gazza. Only a miracle prevented civilian
injuries there.

Arafat says explicitly that his goal is a Jew-free palestine. He still spouts
Jihad. And the next step, after Hebron, on the way to achieving his goal, is
Jerusalem, Palestine.

What will Bibi do when Arafat gives the orders again, when he is told, "no,
you can't have Jerusalem."? What will he do when PLO soldiers open up on
Israelis in Hebron, in Kiryat Arba, and in other areas throughout Yesha? What
will he do when, in response to Israeli intransigence, a few Katushas fall on
Kfar Saba, Petach Tikva, or even Tel Aviv? World opinion will undoubtedly
justify Arafat - after all, Israel isn't compromising. And terror has been
recognized as legitimate.

Yassir Arafat has a dream. He is in the process of fulfilling his dream.
Prime Minister Netanyahu, will you be the man who is remembered throughout
generations of Jewish history, who helped, assisted, supported, Yassir Arafat's

Prime Minister Netanyahu - you know what Arafat wants. He says so, loud and
clear. He knows how to achieve his goal - if you allow him to. If you give
Arafat Hebron, you are giving him Jerusalem - you are giving him a palestinian
state. It will be almost impossible to stop - to turn the clock back. And if
that is what you think you'll be able to do, have you any idea how many
casualties it will involve?

Prime Minister Netanyahu - burst the bubble now -
Do not give Arafat a prize for terror -
do not give him Hebron -
do not give him Jerusalem -
do not give him a palestinian state -
do not give him the Land of Israel.

Whose dream will be fulfilled - that of hope and Zion or that of terror?


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