Why Wye – Summit or Abyss
October 13, 1998
Yesterday afternoon two Jerusalem Braslaver Hassidim were immersing in a stream not far from Hadassah Hospital on the outskirts of Jerusalem. While bathing the two men were shot at by Arab terrorists. Twenty four year old Itamar Doron was killed. His companion, Ilan Mazon was very critically injured, having been hit in the chest and stomach.
Netanyahu’s reaction: This again goes to show how crucial it is that Israel demand Arafat’s fulfillment of his obligations, as undertaken by the Oslo/Hebron Accords. “We will be willing to go to great lengths if we are convinced that Arafat will fulfill his obligations.”
This morning the Prime Minister, together with Foreign Minister Ariel Sharon flew to Amman to brief Jordanian Crown Prince Hassan on the upcoming negotiations at the Wye Plantation – Camp David II. Jordan, having ‘successfully’ assisted in completing the Hebron Accords, is considered a major element in pushing the ‘piece process’ forward.
According to the Arutz 7 internet news report, during yesterday’s cabinet session Netanyahu reported the following breakdown of land to be abandoned to Arafat, in the event that an agreement should be reached:
If there is any proof of Arafat’s convictions, it is Hebron. The last six weeks have witnessed:
According to former defense minister Moshe Arens, in an article published in the Jerusalem Post (October 9):
What will happen in Washington? If we remember back almost 20 years, US President Jimmy Carter pushed Camp David down Menachem Begin’s throat. Of course, he had help. Anwar Sadat, and more importantly, major advisors Ezer Weitzmann and Moshe Dayan. The latter two were the prime pushers of Camp David, which led not only to the abandonment all of Sinai, but also to agreeing to grant ‘autonomy’ to the ‘palestinians.’
During Camp David II, Netanyahu is surrounding himself with a mixed lot: Yitzhak Mordechai may be equated with his Camp Davidpredecessors Dayan and Weitzmann. Natan Sharanski yesterday suggested that Israel call off or at least postpone the Wye rendezvous. The big question mark is Ariel Sharon, newly appointed foreign minister.
On the one hand he has continuously voiced vehement opposition to abandoning 13% to Arafat. On the other hand, he followed Begin’s orders and destroyed Yamit. We can only hope that Arik’s natural common sense, and overall commitment to Eretz Yisrael will turn the tide in the right direction.
In truth, we can ask – Why Wye – why go to Wye at all? Why should Bibi go to Wye and help save Bill Clinton? Clinton not only actively campaigned against this administration during the last election, but together with his wife, will serve as Honorary Dinner Chairs at the Shalom Achshav-Peace Now 1998 Shimon Peres Peace Award Dinner to be held on October 22. This affair is directed at raising funds which will be used to work against the Netanyahu government.
The Wye meeting may be a summit, a true high point, if Bibi comes home declaring that Oslo is all over, without shaking Arafat’s hand, without signing away anymore of Eretz Yisrael. Should Netanyahu crumble to US pressure it will be a dismal abyss, one of the lowest points in the Jewish People’s 4,000 year old history. Let us pray that when Wye is over, we won’t again have to ask WHY.