Experts Speak About "Land for Peace Process"

Does Disengagement Mean a Future of Terror?

An Assessment with General Amidror and Col. Rinsky

By Sharon Katz Israel - Voices Magazine - Mon Sep 4 2005 (reprinted in: Behind The News)
Maj.-Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror stated that "the entire Plan is illogical from three aspects." Firstly, it is a tactical error. The major general noted, "It will bring areas, which are now out of the radius of the kassams, into their range. And within weeks or months, if the Hamas and Islamic Jihad decide to plunge katushas or kassams on Ashkelon, for example, they will be able to do so." Even the efficiency of the Gaza fence to stop infiltrations to Israel will be greatly reduced by the pull-out, he explained, because the IDF will not have forces behind the fence that can stop or monitor those approaching the fence. "It will reduce our ability to fight terrorists who are planning to cross the fence." Secondly, the unilateral Disengage-ment is a deterrent for those Arabs who might have wanted to negotiate with the Israelis. Maj.-Gen. Amidror explained, "If the Palestinians can get everything without pay-ing any price...without promising that they won't launch kassams, without promising a crackdown on terrorism, nothing... and the decision of the government of Israel is to give up everything without getting anything, why negotiate." He added, "The Palestinians and the Europeans, and even some Americans, will put pressure on Israel in the future, saying, 'We have learned that you are willing to give up without getting anything.'" Thirdly, and in his eyes, most importantly, "From the Palestinian point of view, the unilateral retreat is the greatest success of the terror organizations." The major general noted that a recent survey shows that 74% of the Palestinian population believes the evacuation "is an achievement of the terror organizations." (Click Here To Read Full Article)

Channel 1 News Israeli TV - Jan 8, 2011 -

"Israel has made itself defenseless!"

Acclaimed British Journalist Melanie Phillips Delivers Scathing Indictment Of Israel's Persuing The Peace Process

"Israel has made itself defenseless!" British Journalist Phillips declared Monday on Israeli TV.

"Hasbara is a Joke!" As she described Israel's self destructive strategy of continuing the failed peace process. "True and Lies have been turned on their head." "It was Britain itself that declared that on account of their unique claim to the Land Jews should be allowed to live in Israel and have a state." "The Young in Israel learn that that Israel was basically: "born in sin". Most of the animosity of British Aristocracy is fed by papers like "HaAretz. It is all coming out from Israeli academics." When the commentator protested that we have “Freedom of speech” in Israel, Ms. Phillips remarked: “Freedom of Speech Fine! The problem is that the Government of Israel does not understand that this is the only story being told. But somebody should be putting the truth into the papers! Freedom of speech should be used to let us know what lies are being told." When the commentator told her that everyone advocates “Peace”, “Why even Mr. Netanyahu advocates for the Peace Process!" Melanie had this to say: "Peace would solve the problem in the "Abstract"." A terrible war has been conducted over the two state solution. Who could possibly object to this idylic solution?" On persuing a two state solution she remarked: "This to ignore the reality that this has been on offer since the 1930's. It cannot be the solution! Every time it has been offered there is more war! It was such a good idea, such a good scenario. The reality that the other side does not want it! In everything they do, in every word they say, they show it." Melanie told Channel 1 news that anyone in Britain who stands up for the truth of what is going on in Israel is vilified. “This is the label hung around the neck of those like myself. It is not something that people will willingly embrace.”

The late General Mordechai Gur, as Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces, told Newsweek in May 1978 that as a military man he had no doubt that to defend Israel it was necessary to remain in the high ground of the mountains of Judea and Samaria – from Hebron to Nablus. He also explained that Israel needed to remain in the Jordan Valley.
The late Moshe Dayan, Israel’s former Chief of Staff, Minister of Defense, and Minister of Foreign Affairs, was unequivocal in this regard: “Whatever settlement is reached with the Palestinians and the Jordanians, the key positions that guarantee Israel’s defense must be left to the free and exclusive use of the Israel Defense Forces. Those positions are the Jordan Valley and the mountain spine.”
Shimon Peres told Ma’ariv in June 1976: “One must ensure that Israel will not only have length but width. We must not be tempted by all kinds of advisers and journalists to return to a country whose waist is 14 kilometers wide.”
In the words of the late Yitzhak Rabin in his last appearance in the Knesset, one month before his abominable murder: “We will not return to the lines of June 4, 1967 – the security border for defending the State of Israel will be in the Jordan Valley, in the widest sense of that concept.” It was no surprise that this was Rabin’s security legacy, for already in 1980 he determined: “Our evacuation of the West Bank would create the greatest threat we can possibly face.”
Maj.-Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror: "During a conversation with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, when the Barak government was contemplating a full withdrawal to the 1967 lines (with minor adjustments), I explained that the Israeli government hoped to rely on international guarantees and U.S. backing. Kissinger responded lividly that he tells everyone that Israel needs defensible borders and he adds that Israel must not be pressured to withdraw to the 1967 lines – and then Israel (itself) considers such a withdrawal and relies on guarantees! He explained that South Vietnam had international guarantees from twenty countries. Yet when North Vietnam invaded South Vietnam, no country took Kissinger’s telephone calls. His implication was clear: do not rely on guarantees and risk withdrawing to the 1967 lines.

Given Israel's narrow geographical dimensions, a future attack launched from the 1949 armistice lines against Israel’s nine-mile-wide waist could easily split the country in two!

A future attack launched from the pre-1967 lines against Israel’s nine-mile-wide waist could easily split the country in two.

Maj.-Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror
Maj.-Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror discusses his feelings about giving away land for peace from an experienced military point of view.

(click here to read General Amidrors thoughts)

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