THE LIES AND THE TRUTH – In Three Acts
November 13, 2000
LIE NUMBER ONE ACCORDING TO PEACE NOW (Appearing as an advertisement in today’s Israeli press – Ha’aretz J.Post):
NO FUTURE WITH THE SETTLEMENTS
To Prime Minister Barak:
Today, more than ever, it is clear that the settlements and by-pass roads are the main obstacles to the achievement of an agreement with the Palestinians and security for Israelis. Construction in the settlements and the paving of by-pass roads are unilateral Israeli actions, perpetrated through force, and arousing a violent response. Today, it is also clear that the existence of the settlements endangers the soldiers protecting them.
IN ORDER TO DEMONSTRATE AN HONEST WILLINGNESS TO PROGRESS TOWARD AN AGREEMENT WITH PALESTINIANS, WE CALL UPON YOU TO TAKE THE FOLLOWING STEPS:
1, HALT ALL CONSTRUCTION IN THE SETTLEMENTS
2. FREEZE THE CONSTRUCTION OF PROVOCATIVE NEIGHBORHOODS IN EAST JERUSALEM, SUCH AS HAR HOMA AND RAS AL-AMUD
3. IMMEDIATELY DISMANTLE THOSE SETTLEMENTS THAT ARE LOCATED IN THE MIDST OF HEAVILY POPULATED PALESTINIAN AREAS AND CONTINUE TO EXACT A TERRIBLE PRICE IN LIVES, SUCH AS NETZARIM, KFAR DAROM, PSAGOT, YITZHAR, ITAMAR AND THE SETTLEMENTS IN THE HEART OF HEBRON
4. CANCEL THE EXTRAORDINARY FINANCIAL BENEFITS GIVEN THE SETTLERS
You have acknowledged the need for contiguity for any Palestinian state established alongside Israel. Therefore, you surely understand that the settlements have neither right nor chance of survival, except within the framework of territorial exchange. YOU MUST ALSO UNDERSTAND THAT AN AGREEMENT IS POSSIBLE ONLY ON THE BASIS OF THE 1967 BORDER, FROM WHICH MUTUALLY AGREED UPON MINOR ADJUSTMENTS AND SECURITY ARRANGEMENTS CAN BE NEGOTIATED.
Peace Now will continue to provide the public with information about the millions of Shekels still pouring into the settlements, the continued confiscation of land and the ongoing construction of more and more houses in the settlements. We will continue our struggle against a settlement policy that sacrifices lives for the sake of a messianic dream that has long since passes into oblivion.
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LIE NUMBER TWO ACCORDING TO ARAFAT
NO FUTURE WITH ISRAEL
To President Clinton,
Today, more than ever, it is clear the State of Israel, and the pro-Israel policy are the main obstacles to the achievement of peace in the Middle East and security for Palestinians. Development in Israel and other unilateral Israeli actions, perpetrated by its very existence, arouse a violent response. Today, it is clear that the very presence of Israel endangers the lives of our people and peace in the Middle East.
IN ORDER TO DEMONSTRATE AN HONEST WILLINGNESS TO PROGRESS TOWARD A JUST AND LASTING PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST, WE CALL UPON YOU TO TAKE THE FOLLOWING STEPS:
1. HALT ALL CONSTRUCTION IN THE STATE OF ISRAEL
2. FREEZE JEWISH IMMIGRATION FROM ALL COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD TO ISRAEL
3. IMMEDIATELY DISMANTLE THOSE CITIES LOCATED IN THE MIDST OF HEAVILY POPULATED PALESTINIAN AREAS AND CONTINUE TO EXACT A TERRIBLE PRICE IN PALESTINIAN LIVES, SUCH AS TEL AVIV, HAIFA, BEER-SHEVA, ACRE, NAZARETH, AND JERUSALEM.
4. CANCEL ALL EXTRAORDINARY FINANCIAL BENEFITS GIVEN TO THE STATE OF ISRAEL
You have acknowledged the need for contiguity for all Arab states alongside Israel. Therefore you surely understand that the State of Israel has neither the right nor chance of survival, except within the framework of major territorial concessions. You must also understand that an agreement is possible only on the basis of the 1947 United Nations resolution 181, from which mutually agreed minor adjustments and security arrangements can be determined.
THE PALESTINIAN PIECE AUTHORITY
The Palestinian Authority will continue to provide the world with information about the billions of dollars still pouring into the State of Israel, the continued confiscation of land and the ongoing construction of more and more houses in the country. We will continue our struggle against an international policy that sacrifices lives for the sake of a nationalistic dream that has long since passed into oblivion.
THE TRUTH ACCORDING TO AM YISRAEL
THE ONLY FUTURE IS WITH THE SETTLEMENTS
To the People of Israel:
Today, more than ever, it is clear that the settlements and their residents are the main obstacle to the achievement of a Palestinian State whose goal is the overtaking of the entire State of Israel. Construction in the settlements and building of new communities are rightful Israeli actions preventing Arab attempts to conquer the State of Israel. Today it is clear that the existence of the settlements forms a protective ring around many major population centers in the State of Israel.
IN ORDER TO DEMONSTRATE AN HONEST WILLINGNESS TO PROGRESS TOWARDS TRUE PEACE WITH ARABS, WE CALL UPON YOU TO TAKE THE FOLLOWING STEPS:
1. NOTIFY ALL OUR ARAB-PALESTINIAN NEIGHBORS:
A. ANY ARAB WHO WISHES TO LIVE WITH US IN PEACE WILL LIVE WITH US IN PEACE
B. ANY ARAB WHO ATTACKS US WITH INTENT TO KILL US WILL BE ELIMINATED
C. ANY ARAB WHO DECREES TRANSFER OF JEWS FROM THEIR HOMELAND WILL HIMSELF BE TRANSFERRED OUTSIDE THE STATE OF ISRAEL
2. CONTINUE CONSTRUCTION IN ALREADY EXISTING COMMUNITIES AT A RAPID PACE
3. INITIATE CONSTRUCTION OF NEW CITIES IN JUDEA, SAMARIA AND GAZZA
4. OFFER FINANCIAL INCENTIVES TO ISRAELIS LIVING IN AND MOVING TO COMMUNITIES IN JUDEA, SAMARIA AND GAZZA
We all acknowledge the necessity for contiguity for Israeli communities within Judea, Samaria and Gazza, as a part of sovereign Israel. Therefore, we must all understand that the settlements are an integral element of our State, offering Israel survival against Arab-Palestinian aggression. This negates all possibility of territorial exchange. We must understand that true peace can be achieved only by a strong Israel, the legitimate borders of which are based upon the victorious results of the 1967 and 1973 wars. These borders will not be negotiated