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A Democratic Jewish State
The One State Plan is being analyzed by many groups in Israel and abroad. Some of their comments are examined below. Forward your questions and input and they may be posted.
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1. Religious Radicalism, Racism, and Anti-Semitism - currently flourish in the Arab world and in the Palestinian society. External forces cannot change it, the change must come from within. Let's wait and see how Europe faces that challenge, as it must. We may learn valuable lessons from Europe's successes and failures.
RESPONSE: Not clear what will happen to Europe. They do not have a great track record. Europe is responsible for well over 100 million deaths in the last century. Israel must act in its own best interests. Ongoing occupation only encourages our internal and external enemies. Annexation will not end radicalism, racism or anti-semitism, but some experts have said: "Keep your friends close by and your enemies even closer!" Creation of a terrorist state in Israel's backyard is a recipe for violence and ultimately war.
2. Cantonization of the West Bank - PA will soon crumble. Mr. Abbas is aging, his legitimacy as the PA president is questioned, and there is no heir. The chasm between the bearded Islamists of Hebron and the clubbers of Ramalah is similar to the one between Breaking the Silence and Kahana Hai. This means that when Abbas passes, another vision of Sharon will start to be fulfilled: the Cantonization of the west bank. Mini PAs or Municipal PAs- Beit Lechem, Hebron, Jenin, Tul Karem. It may start even sooner, when a Tanzim/Hamas/IS band takes over one PA city. The PA economy is based on donations and UN money and on Israeli tax collection, one day one of the money providers may stop paying and then it all crumbles. I think that the IDF can absorb and handle such development. Maybe these municipal entities one day could be absorbed according to the PLAN, but if it would work out (Zulu-land in the middle east?), why integrate into the Jewish state?
RESPONSE: The PLAN specifies that there will be a measure of local autonomy in West Bank municipalities. Residents will vote for local mayors and managers. Local security officials will be employees of Israel and will be fairly compensated. To understand the fragmentation and tribalization of the Arab communities in the West Bank please read
Prof. Kedar recommendations for an 8-state solution which is based on the relationships within the Arab communities. Israel can take full advantage of that status by creating locally autonomous municipalities with local governance under Israel law. Of course, the rule of law must prevail, the culture of incitement cannot be tolerated.
3. Clash Before Talks - In the late 90's, young Fatah-Tanzim leaders, would develop peace concepts because they were all tired of fighting and understood that we are in a deadlock. Today the PA streets in the west bank are led by young people that do not remember Israel's iron fist. The last big operation in the west bank was in 2002, some 14 years ago, and the 25 year old gang leaders were kids back then. They now believe the Al Jazeera propaganda, heard in the Mosque, and some brave songs. They want to sacrifice themselves and help break Israel. Thus in order to bring the PA or each mini PA to the table, a major clash is a prerequisite. Israel will not initiate it, but you can trust the Palestinians to provide the provocations.
RESPONSE: The PLAN states, "Unification will take place either: (i)now in a reasoned, planned, systematic manner, (ii) after one or more mega terror attacks on Israel, or (iii) after the creation of a new terrorist state leads to a major conflict." The PLAN does not require that the PA or mini-PA's come to the table. Israel must act in a unilateral manner and set the rules. No reason to wait for miracles. If Israel implements the annexation properly, the vast majority of West Bank Arabs will not be supporters of 25 year old gang leaders.
4. Evolution and not Revolution - No Israeli PM will bet the future of Israel on an irreversible "revolutionary" solution.
RESPONSE: Declaration of Israel sovereignty in the West Bank is not revolutionary. Neither was declaration of sovereignty on the Golan. Post annexation Israel will be very similar to the current status other than civil law enforced in part by local government employees rather than military rule. The vast majority of Arabs in the West Bank (similar to Jerusalem Arabs) will be delighted to receive Blue Israel ID cards with the attendant social benefits. Is it irreversible? Why not? Israel could certainly do no worse than importing a gang of hoodlums with Arafat pursuant to Oslo Accords!
5. "Democratic Army" - Jordan has a Bedouin based army, Syria had non Sunni based army, Saddam's was only Sunni, and Israel's army is Jewish. Without racist measures, can a primarily Jewish army succeed when 33% of the population is non Jewish? If they all love you, fine, but if they were forced to "love" you, then it makes me very nervous. See what is happening in the "democratic army of the new Iraq".
RESPONSE: No one should compare the professionalism and humanity of the IDF with the "democratic army of the new Iraq". The primary responsibility for security will lie in the hands of the Mishteret Yisroel (the police) and the local security forces. It will be understood by all that, if necessary, proper force will be employed. Today, in the confused atmosphere of occupation and two-state mantras, Abbas of the PA, Jihadists, Hamas, Fatah, etc... are all encouraged to promote and incite terror. There is little downside. After annexation, there will be little upside.
6. No Full Reliance on Foreign Aid - We cannot fully rely on the International community, we must be able to survive on our own. Yes, there is global economy, and there is standard of living, but we cannot allow anyone to be able to easily leverage us to our knees. Look what Putin did to the Ukraine, where were the allies who promised its safety in return to giving away its nukes? Where is the US when its long term Saudi allies are under Persian pressure? Where is the anti-aircraft systems Russia promised the Iranians 8 years ago? If you rely on foreign aid, when interests would change, you would be left alone, and in this neighborhood, it's quite dangerous. Obama's presidency is considered by many in Israel as such an example.
RESPONSE: Correct. Israel must not rely on plans promoted by Norwegians, Russians, Saudis, French, John Kerry and the US State Department, the EU, the UN, Simon Peres, Abbas or Meshal. Israel must survey the landscape and proceed unilaterally. Global alliances are rapidly changing. Arab petro dollars are disintegrating. Economic pressures are trumping Middle East issues for most major world power centers. For all but the most committed anti-semites, the Jihadi Muslim agenda is far more important than the plight of 1.6 million Arabs living on the West Bank in relative prosperity. Israel is not that important in the bigger picture. Imagine a scenario with a new Israel sympathetic or at least neutral US president
7. Right Wing Implements Concessions and Left Wingers Lead Wars - All peace talks lead by Likud were within the consensus - 1979 (Egypt), 1991 (Madrid), and 2005 (the withdrawal from Gaza). All wars led by Labor/Kadima were within the consensus - 1967, 1973 (Yom Kippur), 2002 (West Bank), 2006 (Lebanon II). Most peace talks led by Labor were not in the consensus and led to public unrest - 1994 (Oslo), 2000 (Camp David). Most wars led by Likud were not in the consensus and led to public unrest - 1984 (Lebanon I), 1987 (Intifada I). The Plan is pro peace but it annexes land.
RESPONSE: It is time for a so-called right wing government to implement the agenda that catapulted it into office. Sharon was a Likud PM. Even left wing leaders today acknowledge that two-state dreams have dissipated and now seek segregation and separation. They understand that occupation is a failure, that the PA has no agenda other than to protect itself, and that the Israli electorate is rapidly abandoning the Labor/Meretz politicians. The failure to join the annexation bandwagon is in part due to Buji and Tzipi refusal to listen to a professional demographic presentation. All of the current Israel leadership have listened carefully to the "new" demographers.
8. Leaders Improvise Around Concepts and Develop Solutions. We Need Leadership. There are no real leaders with the power to implement any groundbreaking new initiatives in the middle east. Not on our side, not on the other side, and not in the global leadership. We are also in the process of becoming a regional problem and not a global instability factor. There is no one with motivation to implement such plan. Like in business, when you see a great idea with no execution capacity and with high risk - you do not jump on it, you wait and see what happens.
RESPONSE: Management, Management, Management! The PLan cannot succeed without high energy motivated committed leaders who understand the critical decisions that must be made. Unfortunately, crisis management is the path of least resistance. The PLAN seems so obvious, but it takes years (already 12 years) before it is accepted. Today at least 6 ministers of the Government of Israel support partial or full annexation. 12 years ago, none did. In today's regional environment it is becoming more and more clear that Israel has the ability to act unilaterally on its own behalf.
9. Opinions that are presented as facts regarding Palestinian public opinion are not based on any hard evidence. There is no Palestinian outcry saying they do not care if Israel or the PA will rule them. Where is the evidence supporting this thesis? Palestinians do not fit the profile of western logic.
RESPONSE: THE PLAN documents reminds readers that: Polls and immigration trends show that Arabs living in Israel and in the West Bank prefer being part of the State of Israel. West Bank Arabs have repeatedly voted with their feet. Whenever possible they relocate to Israel. When the Oslo Accords created the PA, thousands of Arabs who had left Jerusalem returned from the West Bank because they did not want to be trapped in a terrorist state led by a corrupt PA. Virtually no Israel Arab relocated to Area A under total control of the PA. Similarly, when the security barrier was being constructed, thousands of West Bank Arabs moved to the Israeli side. And, when Avigdor Lieberman proposed land swaps, whereby Arab communities in Israel contiguous to a new Palestinian State would become part of that state, there was a wall to wall outcry and demand among Israel Arabs that they be allowed to remain part of the State of Israel. Numerous polls of Jerusalem Arabs[ix], demonstrate that the majority of eastern Jerusalem Arab residents preferred Israeli residency over Palestinian citizenship. If Jerusalem were to be divided, 40 percent of Jerusalem Palestinians said they would definitely or probably move in order to retain Israel residency rather than become citizens of a new Palestinian state.[x]
10. Palestinian Arabs are now heading in two distinct directions: the completely disenfranchised are becoming more radicalized and moving towards ISIS; the remainder are looking for a share in a developing world with enormous possibilities. That claim does not imply that non radical Arabs on the West bank want to live under Israel rule.
RESPONSE: The question #10 does not quote from the PLAN, nonetheless see #9 above. Incidentally, the fact that Abbas's term as President expired 15 January 2009 suggests that the PA is not the choice of the majority of West Bank Arabs. Furthermore, the violent conflict between Hamas and Fatah suggests that there is no peaceful Arab alternative regime on the West Bank. The vast majority of Arabs do not want to see Israel abandon the West Bank to the kind of violence in surrounding Muslim societies.
11. Who will eliminate radicalized Palestinian terrorists ? Today the PA security forces preserve law and order.
RESPONSE: Every society has the responsibility to preserve law and order. For example, NYC has 45,000 armed police and tens of thousands of other people such as the FDNY and others whose responsibility it is to enforce the law. Without them the city would quickly plunge into anarchy. Indeed Chicago may need more law enforcement personnel in view of the current wave of violence. After annexation, qualified security personnel currently employed by the PA will become higher paid employees of Israel and enforce law and order. Furthermore, the incentive of elements who have engaged in violence in order to promote and further a Palestinian state will be discouraged by Israel's annexation which ends forever the "promise" promoted by the Oslo accords. Very important to discourage Jihadists. Occupation or withdrawal encourages Jihadist mobvements.
12. Think business - if you can outsource it to an expert at a reasonable price, why bother doing it - You have King Abdallah of Jordon, you have many younger potential Palestinian leaders, I would rather that they keep dealing with their own, and feel that it is democratic, than giving them freedom of movement throughout Israel, let them serve in the IDF, and threaten the identity of Israel.
RESPONSE: Woe is to us if we rely on Jordan. Jordan's very existence depends on Israel and the prayer that ISIS does not go after them. Time will tell. No one is offering IDF combat roles to Arabs with very few exceptions. National service should certainly be promoted. Israel's successful ongoing intelligence monitoring of potential terrorists will continue unabated. Note that there is very little difference between Israeli Arabs and West Bank Arabs. With the end of Oslo and the two-state mantras, economic development and fair play, over the course of time, both groups will become loyal residents and some will become citizens of the Jewish democratic state.
13. Now the real question is if the 7 Palestinian cantons will (1) merge into Gaza, (2) become an independent PA, (3) become 7 separate princedoms, (4) merge into Jordan, (5) become independent autonomies with varying degrees of relations with Israel. There are so many potential models and degrees of freedom. RESPONSE: (1) is doubtful, (2) is the two-state disaster, (3) divorced from reality other than structured as autonomous municipalities,(4) Jordan has more than enough headaches and certainly would not consider another 1.6 million Palestinians, (5) same as (3).
Q. What about Gaza? What will be the status of Gaza?
A. In the fall of 2003, we suggested that in Phase I, Gaza not be considered and that only the West Bank (Yehudah and Shomron) be annexed. After the unilateral disengagement from Gaza in 2005, and the violent Hamas takeover of Gaza, Peace Now enthusiasts have been given a real world example of the "benefits" of two states living side by side in "peace". Currently, Egypt is enforcing a blockade of Gaza in fear of Hamas ties with the Muslim Brotherhood. In years to come Gaza's status can be reexamined. Indeed after the Hamas tyranny has been displaced Gazan Arabs may seek to normalize relations with Israel.
Q. Does Jordan want a Palestinian neighbor?
A. King Abdallah of Jordan used to call PM Sharon once a month. Same day of the month, same time. He reminded Sharon of his promise to never allow Jordan to have a Palestinian neighbor. The King well understands that a terrorist state on his border will undermine his Kingdom. He knows that Fatah will never forget Black September. Jordan, otherwise known as East Palestine, was separated from Palestine by the British in 1922. It was created as an Arab State and should be open to all Arabs living in the former area known as the Mandate for Palestine. Abdallah does whatever he can to preserve the refugee status of many of his Arab citizens. He is terrified of the prospect of a Hamas or Fatah state on his border. Of course, he loudly proclaims his support of "independence and sovereignty for the "Palestinian Nation". Proponents of the creation of a Palestinian State on the West Bank in confederation with Jordan have never received the endorsement or support from the King of Jordan!
Q. What about demographics?
A. Yasser Arafat famously threatened that the Arab Womb would overwhelm the State of Israel. That threat terrified Israel policy makers and encouraged Arab "resistance". Explosive Arab fertility in the years after 1967 has dropped dramatically in the past 15 years. Today there is strong evidence of positive Jewish demographic momentum. Until January 2005, when the American Israel Demographic group under the leadership of Bennett Zimmerman, well intentioned people accepted the Palestinian claim that there were 2.5 million Arabs living on the West Bank. These numbers were based on PA reported data and the public statements by "experts" such as Arnon Soffer and Sergio della Pergolla. The ICBS (Israel Central Bureau of Statistics) per the Oslo Accords has honored its obligation to refrain from collecting statistical information or data for the "territories" after 1995. Israeli "experts" relied entirely on PA statistics and forecasts. Informal inquiries made in 2003, suggested that there were many fewer Arabs living on the West Bank and the Plan was originally introduced using the number of 2.1 million Arabs on the West Bank. Recently, it has been conclusively established that there are fewer than 1.4 million Arabs living on the West Bank. The result of that study led by Bennett Zimmerman was initially presented to the AEI in Washingtom in January 2005 and may be found on their web site . In my estimation, even that number is an exaggeration based on undocumented but anecdotal evidence that several hundred thousand Arabs have fled the region entirely and that many have migrated to the Israel side of the wall and green line in order to escape PA rule. Not only is the absolute number of Arabs less than previously advertised, but the rate of growth is significantly lower than previously stated and the population ratio of Jews to Arabs in Israel and the West Bank has remained constant at 2 to 1 over the past 40 years. Numerous models indicate that going forward that ratio can expand in favor of the Jewish population.
Q. Great idea, but shouldn't it have been implemented in 1967?
A. The errors made in in 1967 are understandable. Israel was a teenager, barely nineteen years old, and had not reached maturity in many arenas. The risks involved in annexing the West Bank were severely over-estimated and the long-term risks of maintaining the staus quo were not properly analyzed.Today, Israel is a world class enterprise in many of the most important 21st century arenas: science, medicine, high-tech, communications, electronics, bio-tech, etc. In 1967 Israel barely had 2 million Jews. Today it has 5.5 million Jews and has reached a critical mass in many respects. It no longer needs to feel existentially threatened. Nonetheless, it is still behaving like an uncertain teenager and is refusing to confront important issues. It has tentatively decided to hide behind walls and fences. It is terrified by non-existent demographic demons and refuses to stand up and declare itself to be a successful Jewish State able to overcome challenges.
Q. Will the Arabs give up their dream to have an independent Palestinian state?
A 1. There is already a demographically Palestinian state. Jordan is variously estimated to be between 70-90% Palestinian Arab. It would be inexcusable to create a second Palestinian state.A 2. The dream of a Palestinian state is a relatively recent creation which attempted to mimic the long term Zionist dream and need for a secure Jewish State. There are already 22 Arab states and 56 Islamic republics. There is no need for another non-viable entity to be superimposed on a tiny piece of resource poor land.A 3. As mentioned above, Arabs since 1967 have been migrating into Israel in the hundreds of thousands. In recent years, given a choice of living in Israel or under PA rule they universally choose Israel. Furthermore, there is no evidence, whatsoever, of Israeli Arabs moving into West Bank Zone A areas or to Gaza. To the contrary, thousands of requests have been submitted by Arabs who want to live on the Israel side of the wall. No one has requested to be on the PA side of the wall. Indeed, any intimation that Arab areas within Israel will be transferred to the PA, raises a universal and hysterical objection from any and all Arabs living in Israel. Why? Where is the dream of living in a PA State? A 4. Arabs have asked, why did you do this to us? Why in 1994 did you bring a gang of criminals and corrupt people from Tunisia and Yemen etc. to destroy our communities and lives? You have placed us in an intolerable situation. The vast majority of Arabs want to live in peace and tranquility and would be delighted if the threat of creating a terrorist state next door was removed.
Q. What is the LIKUD party platform position on One State vs Two States?
A. The Likud party platform adopted in 1999 says: Self-Rule The Government of Israel flatly rejects the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan River. The Palestinians can run their lives freely in the framework of self-rule, but not as an independent and sovereign state. Thus, for example, in matters of foreign affairs, security, immigration and ecology, their activity shall be limited in accordance with imperatives of Israel's existence, security and national needs. The Jordan River as a Permanent Border The Jordan Valley and the territories that dominate it shall be under Israeli sovereignty. The Jordan River will be the permanent eastern border of the State of Israel. The Kingdom of Jordan is a desirable partner in the permanent status arrangement between Israel and the Palestinians in matters that will be agreed upon. Q. According to the Halacha (Jewish religious law), can Arabs become citizens of Israel? A. That question has already been answered. There are already over one million Arab citizens of the State of Israel. There is no distinction between an Arab living in Haifa and an Arab living in Shechem.
Q. What is Sharon's current plan for Israel?
A. After the March election, Sharon's reported plan is to order a unilateral withdrawal from more than 90% of Judea and Samaria. The pullout would be accompanied by a pledge of an additional withdrawal, as well as full Palestinian independence, once the PA dismantles terrorist groups and maintains security cooperation with Israel. Sources say that a version of the plan has already been drafted by Israel's National Security Council. Though Sharon has denied that he plans any further disengagements, he has pledged to "lay the foundation for a peace in which we set the permanent borders of the state, while insisting on the dismantling of the terror organizations."
Q. What is the demographic breakdown of Israel's current population?
A. The year-end 2004 ICBS census reports for green line Israel the following numbers (note, that it appears that the ICBS does not properly count illegal arab migration from the West Bank to green line Israel:grand total (in thousands) - 6869.5; of which Jews & others - 5529.3 Arabs - 1340.2 Subgroups include: 264.6 - religion unclassified; 113 - druze; 27.1 non-Arab Christians; 117.3- Arab Christians; 144.4 - total Christians; 1107.4 - Moslems; 5237.6 - Jews.
Q. Can Israel politicians ever agree to District representation?
A. Haaretz recently reported that Ariel Sharon, if re-elected to a third term, may press for a change in Israel's system of government to a "presidential system," in which the prime minister would be elected directly, and members of Knesset would be elected according to regions of the country. "The greatest thing that this party can do for the country," Meir Sheetrit said Sunday, "is to change the system of government." Under the present system, political parties form national lists of candidates, and voters cast a single vote for one party. The party with the largest number of total votes generally forms the government, with the leader of the party becoming prime minister. A comprehensive presidential-regional system "will prompt stability in government and a much stronger connection between elected officials and those who elected them." If members of Knesset are chosen from regions "only people whom the voters want will be elected, not those whom the party central committees want. This would make a most serious contribution to the quality of government in Israel."
Q. What are the origins of the PA? When did the PLO start?
A. The PLO was formed well before the June 1967 "occupation" of the West Bank. Its agenda was confirmed by the Palestinian Charter's call to end the State of Israel. That mission has never been rescinded by the PA. Fatah, as a political organization, was established in 1957 when it issued its first statement calling for military struggle. In the period 1959 to 1964, Fatah published a magazine called Our Palestine. Eight years of organizing, recruiting, and raising awareness preceded the first military operation. The military wing of Fatah issued its first statement on January 1st, 1965.
Q. A majority of Israelis and Americans have accepted the Road Map and a two state solution. It must be correct! A. In the 1930's the "peace now" pacifist people in Poland, Czechslovakia, France, and all over Europe and the USA were convinced that the way to deal with Hitler was to appease him! Give him some land and peace would follow! Aristotelians knew how physics and the world worked for 2000 years. The experts were convinced that the world was definitely flat. The experts confirmed that the Nasdaq at 5100 in 2000 was headed straight to 10,000. The Nikkei at 39,000 in December 1989, went straight to 11,000 in 2003. Lets not get confused by experts or majority or concensus opinions!! Let's critically examine new alternatives.
Q. Isn't the One State Plan just what occured in Lebanon?
" There the Christian majority failed to preserve a predominate presence in the government, with Sunni, Shia and other Christian minorities in subordinate posts. A. The arrival of Palestinian terrorist groups in the 1970's certainly helped destabilize a shaky shared cotango Lebanese government. It is very dangerous to make political analogies from Lebanon, or Switzerland, or Beneklux or from any one country to another. The differences in time, history, society, education, military infrastructure, state of the world, etc. make it essential to learn from history and the local environment, but do not predetermine outcomes and do not force policy decisions. Lebanon to date done has done a terrible job of preserving its independence and allowing Hizballah and other resident terror organizations is certainly not a model for Israel. With regard to understanding Lebanon's local politics, Israel leaders once again demonstrated extreme naivete!!
Q. Where could West Bank Arabs relocate?
A. Jordan has 34,800 sq. mi (89,206 sq. km) with fewer than 5 million people. More than enough room to absorb Palestinian "refugees" languishing in the UNWRA camps in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, the West Bank and Gaza. Saudi Arabia has 865,000 sq. mi (2,240,000 sq. km) with fewer than 25 million people, certainly there is plenty of room in the southwestern portion of that country. There are numerous other sparsely populated Arab and/or Moslem countries such as Libya with 678,400 sq. mi (1,757,000 sq. km) and barely 5 million people that with appropriate incentives and with Israeli and international assistance become home to West Bank Arabs who do not want to live in a democratic Jewish State.Do not forget that the One State Plan is not suggesting forced transfer or enmass population relocation. It simply suggests that attractive options with financial incentives should be available for West Bank Arabs.
Q. Can the tendency to radical Islam and Jihadism be uprooted in the One State Plan?
A. Every country has the reponsibility to protect its citizens. Unlawful activity and violence cannot be condoned in any civilized society. Long-term, education and reform must be the highest priorities in all of the Districts. In Two State plans, the issue becomes entirely uncontrollable and Israel will be at the mercy of a hostile regime in its backyard west of the Jordan River, sworn to its destruction. It is not enough for Israel to rattle its sabers and warn against terrorism. Israel must remain in full control of all areas in close proximity to Israel's coastal regions.
Q. What about relations with contiguous Arab neighbors - Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt - and the overarching threat of Iran? A. Removing the threat of a terrorist Palestinian State on its border will allow Israel to focus on regional issues and cooperation. Iran is a problem under any scenario. But it is certainly not in Israel's interest to create in its backyard a terrorist state friendly to Iran.
Q. Doesn't Hamas look forward to living side by side with a democratic Jewish State?
A. The Hamas Covenant of 1988 has not yet been changed or edited: Article Thirty-Two: World Zionism, together with imperialistic powers, try through a studied plan and an intelligent strategy to remove one Arab state after another from the circle of struggle against Zionism, in order to have it finally face the Palestinian people only.
Egypt was, to a great extent, removed from the circle of the struggle, through the treacherous Camp David Agreement. They are trying to draw other Arab countries into similar agreements and to bring them outside the circle of struggle. The Islamic Resistance Movement calls on Arab and Islamic nations to take up the line of serious and persevering action to prevent the success of this horrendous plan, to warn the people of the danger eminating from leaving the circle of struggle against Zionism. Today it is Palestine, tomorrow it will be one country or another. The Zionist plan is limitless. After Palestine, the Zionists aspire to expand from the Nile to the Euphrates. When they will have digested the region they overtook, they will aspire to further expansion, and so on. Their plan is embodied in the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion", and their present conduct is the best proof of what we are saying. Leaving the circle of struggle with Zionism is high treason, and cursed be he who does that. "for whoso shall turn his back unto them on that day, unless he turneth aside to fight, or retreateth to another party of the faithful, shall draw on himself the indignation of Allah, and his abode shall be hell; an ill journey shall it be thither." (The Spoils - verse 16). There is no way out except by concentrating all powers and energies to face this Nazi, vicious Tatar invasion. The alternative is loss of one's country, the dispersion of citizens, the spread of vice on earth and the destruction of religious values. Let every person know that he is responsible before Allah, for "the doer of the slightest good deed is rewarded in like, and the does of the slightest evil deed is also rewarded in like." The Islamic Resistance Movement consider itself to be the spearhead of the circle of struggle with world Zionism and a step on the road. The Movement adds its efforts to the efforts of all those who are active in the Palestinian arena. Arab and Islamic Peoples should augment by further steps on their part; Islamic groupings all over the Arab world should also do the same, since all of these are the best-equipped for the future role in the fight with the warmongering Jews. "..and we have put enmity and hatred between them, until the day of resurrection. So often as they shall kindle a fire of war, Allah shall extinguish it; and they shall set their minds to act corruptly in the earth, but Allah loveth not the corrupt doers." (The Table - verse 64).
Q. What will be the most potent weapon against the existence of the State of Israel?
A. Fatah believes that the Zionist movement constitutes the biggest threat against not only the Palestinian national security but also against the security of the Arab world. It also believes that a legitimate Palestinian entity forms the most important weapon that Arabs have against Israel, the outpost of the imperialist powers.