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Oslo Accords Dying Alliance With India Gaining Life

12 September 2003

By Yisrael Ne’eman

Ten years ago yesterday (13/9/93) the Oslo Accords were signed by Yasir Arafat, Yitzhak Rabin and witnessed by US President Bill Clinton.  The first signing was the Declaration of Principles and from here subsequent agreements were to allow for the implementation of peace from all angles.  Today, banners declaring “Peace will Victorious” hang along Israel’s highways, apparently posted by the Left.  The slogan is a take-off on the Right and centrist “Let the IDF be Victorious” as a response to terror activity.  Today the Oslo implementation is a failure, although in theory could work should the Palestinians be interested in a two-state solution.  Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres thought he was, but were proven wrong.

Last week’s government decision (no date given) to expel Arafat continues to backfire as riots broke out on the Temple Mt., site of the El-Aksa Mosque and Dome of the Rock.  Over the weekend large demonstrations of support were organized in Arafat’s support, indicating his growing popularity.  Labor accuses the government of having made the decision knowing full well it would bolster Arafat’s standing and finish off any “moderates” remaining in the Palestinian Authority, leaving no partner for discussions.  To prove their point Arafat’s Prime minister designate Abu Ala, is refusing to form a Palestinian government until the cabinet decision is rescinded.  Labor has a very valid point.

So did the Likud shoot itself in the foot?  Probably not, since pressure for finishing the security fence (especially in the southern Shomron area) has reached a crescendo.  Respected veteran journalist Dan Margolit not only condemns the government almost every Friday in his weekly Ma’ariv column, but now is accusing the government of complicity in the deaths of those killed in the terror attacks because the fence is moving forward at such a slow pace.  The average Israeli identifies.  Once the fence is completed there will be a de facto border.

The demarcation of the fence is to be decided this week.  It is still not clear whether the town of Ariel will be included or not.  The Right is threatening a revolt if it is not  while the Americans are vehemently opposed to Ariel’s inclusion to the west of the fence.  In theory the Right is against the fence altogether while the Americans know not including Ariel will leave it as a major terrorist target should the fence be built to its west thereby halting terror attacks into Israel.

The Right is hypocritical and devious since they figure terror attacks against Ariel will lead to major Israeli retaliations and scuttle any two-state solution even in theory.  As for the Americans they use the issue of Palestinian lands expropriated for building the fence as their reason for opposition but know full well that leaving Ariel without such a defensive structure will lead to increase terror activity.  Washington hopes such events will influence Israeli public opinion to demand a withdrawal from the settlements east of the line.

With the most important issue of late has barely been discussed, namely the new relationship developed between Israel and India.  PM Sharon met his Indian counterpart Atal Bihari Vajpayee last week and the two began building the strategic alliance against Islamic terror and for joint economic ventures.  Sharon may have cut his visit a day short because of the terror attacks but this does not detract from the new alliance being formed.  New Dehli, plagued by Islamic terrorism itself, understood fully.