In a commercial for the Commanders for Israel’s Security movement (a coalition of some 200 former senior members of the Israel Defense Forces, Shin Bet security service, Mossad and the police who advocate in support of a two-state solution), former Mossad chief Shabtai Shavit calls to take advantage of the window of opportunity and support the Arab Peace Initiative.
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And in order to avoid misunderstandings, he mentions the reported scolding by former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak of Palestinian Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat to get him to sign the 1994 Cairo Agreement: “Sign, you dog!”
Apparently Shavit enjoyed that humiliating curse, and is now giving exactly the same task to Saudi Arabia – to subdue the chairman of the Palestinian Authority this time around, Mahmoud Abbas. Shavit really wants the Palestinians to suffer the fate of a dog.
So if you ask how Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remains in power in spite of everything, the answer is simple: The man empties plans of their content, and then fills them with new content that the initiators of the plans never in their worst nightmares imagined. After all, the Arab Peace Initiative proposed normalization of relations between the Arab world and Israel following Israel’s withdrawal from the occupied territories.
Netanyahu got the first part of the initiative, but the end was erased for some reason. Now the commanders, Netanyahu and opposition leader Isaac Herzog (Zionist Union) want to invest in Arab countries in order to subdue the Palestinians. The problem is that if the Palestinians bend any further, they will be flat on the ground.
Now we can understand why the entire country is talking about Saudi Arabia, why official bodies are bragging about the relations gradually being formed with the Gulf States, and how it is that others, including opposition leaders, are calling for an alliance with the “Sunni states.” But the Palestinians, who have long suffered at the hands of their Arab “brothers,” are well aware of the nature of the medieval Saudi regime.
In one of his books, historian Abdul Majid Hamdan presents a photograph of a letter from the ruler of Saudi Arabia at the beginning of the 20th century, Ibn Saud, in which he wrote the following: “In the name of the merciful God, I Sultan Abdulaziz ibn Abdul Rahman ibn Faisal ibn Turki ibn Abdullah ibn Muhammad Al Saud, confirm and confess a thousand times to Sir Percy Cox, the representative of Great Britain, that there is no deterrent on my part to granting Palestine to the unfortunate Jews or to others, as seen fit by Britain, to which I will swear allegiance forever.”
But when in 1947 a Palestinian delegation requested Ibn Saud’s support, he pointed towards his glass eye and said, “Palestine is the apple of my eye” – hypocrisy at its best.
Later on, in 1948, Saudi Arabia was the spearhead of the opposition to the United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine, and thus carried out a priceless service for Israeli leader David Ben-Gurion, who was looking for an excuse to take control of the land of the Arab state.
And so, the nature of the “Arab” threat to Israel’s survival in 1948 is revealed, albeit too late. The documents from those days expose the corrupt role played by Arab leaders: on the one hand, loud declarations of war; on the other, cooperation with the British and the Jewish community in Palestine. Now they are trying to turn back the wheel of history, but this time the Saudi cudgel will be used in public. That’s a good thing! People shouldn’t be divided according to their origin but according to their deeds.
Meanwhile, ingratitude is rife in Israel. At one time they begged Abbas to fight against the murderous terror attacks. At the time both the Israelis and the Americans promised him pie in the sky: implementation of the road map and the other parts of the Oslo Accords, establishment of a Palestinian state, economic benefits – everything his heart desired. But the sounds of the explosions died down and all the promises were shelved.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry has already called the man who brought about an end to the attacks a diplomatic arch-terrorist; a call for a boycott is considered lethal terror, and every day Abbas is humiliated once again. And now they’re bringing the brothers from Saudi Arabia to his police van, forcing him to agree to a collective suicide of the Palestinians, because other than that, nobody has anything to offer.