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First you need a PR campaign

Reader comment on item: Why Oslo's Hopes Turned to Dust

Submitted by Byron (United States), Sep 10, 2003 at 19:31

The article reflects a discussion I had with my wife today before even reading the article. But, I believe a public relations campaign is required, for the following reasons:

1. during the 1960s and 1970s, after Israeli victories, a hard-right wing element in Israel developed delusions of a greater Israel, preferring to think of the original land of milk and honey rather than the more limited land they returned to from Babylon. The UN creation of the modern state of Israel should be analogized to the return from Babylon, not the exodus from Egypt. For many years, many in Israel developed the theory that the Palestinians had a state - Jordan! These ideas made many in Europe and the US skeptical of giving unlimited support to Israel. Oslo at least stated a change in mindset within Israel, but I don't believe the liberal elite establishments in the West have really bought into this. To counter this, Israel should unilaterally dismantel all but a handful (under 5) settlements in the areas outside the UN borders. Israel should, of course, keep all strategic areas (Golan Heights), but without settlements. Israel should also announce that it generally agrees with the original UN borders except for security areas. It should also back the UN call for, ultimately, an internationalization of Jeruselem except for the relatively small Old City (bounded by the walls built after the return from Babylon, including the Temple).

2. daily press releases should note after every Palestinian outrage (murder of innocent Jews) that Hama, Islamic Jihad, and Hezbollah exist almost solely for the destruction of Israel, and that the PLO charter similarly contains a provision, which Arafat promised to have deleted by the PLA council but never did, that calls for the elimination of the state of Israel.

3. daily press releases should note that the educational system of the Palestinians, and every Arab country including those with which Israel has peace agreements (Jordan, Egypt) routinely excludes Israel from maps, and calls Jews pigs and monkeys. And, the leaders of the religious establishments in these areas routinely spout vicious anti-semetic preachings.

points 2 and 3 should be combined and noted that no where else in the world is such action acceptable, that it is creating generations of bigoted anti-semites who are indoctrinated into killing Jews. the question should be raised about why Western European governments and the UN are not condemning this, and the hypocracy of failing to condemn these actions.

4. pictures of the dead from the suicide bombings, and biographies of them should be published. note that Americans, Europeans, etc. are being killed, and note that if the dead Americans and Europeans were not Jews, there would be more outrage.

5. note continuously that the operations of Hamas, etc. is funded by hundreds of millions of dollars annually from the governments of Iran and Syria, and wealthy Saudi Arabians. Note the EU continues to send vast sums to the PLO which go unaccounted for.

6. note that more Palestinian refuges have been granted citizenship in the US than in all Arab countries combined, and continue to ask by the so-called refuges have been condemned to live in squalid refuge camps for generations.

After such a PR blitz (taking 3-6 months), the world opinion will be open to Israel stating that if the Palestinians don't stop, then Israel will declare a formal state of war with the Palestinians and reoccupy those areas, that they will shut down all Palestinian government, that they will capture and try Yasser Arafat and other PLA leaders as war criminals (for continuing to support attacks on unarmed civilians).

Israel is currently hampered by some now dated concerns by the West about Israeli cynicism, which is hampering a true recognition of what is really going on currently.

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