Dear Prime Minister,
Why is it that so many, otherwise sensible, intelligent people, are making such a fuss about the Israelis defending themselves against the suicide bombers and the gunmen?
Most of the civilized World seems to be behind President Bush in his pursuit of the Al Qaida network, because of the unbelievable atrocities committed on September 11th. If there has ever been such a thing as a “just war”, this is it. Why, then, is the same civilized world putting such enormous pressure on the Israelis to make peace with terrorists, who do such things to them practically every day; who have vowed to blot Israel off the map- and who live on their own doorstep?
Here are just a few quotes from Arab leaders. The first is by Yassir Arafat, when a fellow Moslem asked him why he had made peace with Israel…
“In the name of Allah…believe me, there is a lot to be done. The Jihad will continue…Our main battle is Jerusalem. Jerusalem…And here we are, I can’t- and I have to speak frankly- I can’t do it alone…No, you have to come and fight and to start the Jihad to liberate Jerusalem…No, it’s not their (Jews) capital.. It is our capital. It is your capital…This agreement (Israeli-PLO accord) I am not considering it more than the agreement between our prophet, Mohammed and the Quraish tribe- a despicable truce. The same way Mohammed had accepted it, we are accepting now this peace effort…From my heart, and I am telling you frankly from brother to brother, we are in need of you. We are in need of you as Moslems, as warriors of Jihad. Again I have to say…onward to victory, onward to Jerusalem! They will enter the mosque as they entered it before.’” (Yassir Arafat, Johannesburg mosque, May 10th 1994)
During the period when Mohammed was taking over the Arabian peninsular, there was a tribe called the Quraish , which occupied the area of Mecca. This tribe was too strong for him, so, in 628, he made a truce with them. This was known as the Truce of Hudaybiyyah and it promised peace if the Quraish would allow Moslems access to Mecca to worship. Two years later, when he was stronger, he suddenly attacked the Quraish and slaughtered every male among them. This is the truce to which Yasser Arafat was referring.
On the very same day that Arafat signed the peace accord on the White House lawn, he addressed the Palestinian Arabs on Jordanian TV. “Since we cannot defeat Israel in war, we do this in stages. We take any and every territory we can of Palestine and establish a sovereignty there, and we use it as a springboard to take more. When the time comes, we can get the Arab nations to join us for the final blow against Israel….” (Yasser Arafat, November 1994)
“As long as Israel goes forward (with the process) there are no problems, which is why we observe the agreements of peace and non-violence. But if and when Israel will say: “That’s it, we won’t talk about Jerusalem, we won’t return refugees, we won’t dismantle settlements and we won’t retreat from borders,” then all the acts of violence will return. Except that this time we’ll have 30,000 armed Palestinian soldiers.” (Nabil Sha’ath, Nablus, March 1996)
"Peace with Israel is permissible only on condition that it is a temporary peace, until the Moslems build up the [military] strength needed to expel the Jews."
Sheikh Abdel Aziz Bin-Baz, the mufti of Saudi Arabia (January 1995).
I know you are under enormous pressure from many sides but please look at this floppy disc and then decide whether it is right to sacrifice Israel’s right to defend herself in the interests of Britain and the US forming a coalition to fight terror, when Israel is facing the same terrorists- in their own country. Ask yourself, are the Israelis behaving unreasonably or are they fighting for their lives?
Tony Blair, Prime Minister, 10 Downing Street, London.
(Similar letters sent to George Bush and practically every newspaper and television news department in the UK. This is just one of several.)
IS ISLAM A RELIGION OF PEACE?
IS ISLAM A PEACEFUL FAITH?
WHO STARTED THE WAR IN 1947?
WHY DID THE ARABS LEAVE ISRAEL?
HOW MANY ARABS FLED?
ARAB HELP FOR THEIR REFUGEES.
Let’s put things into context
A comparison with refugees worldwide
WHAT IF THE JEWS LOST ANY WAR?
Dear Prime Minister
TO THE BRITISH PEOPLE
Three very brave Arabs
A Palestinian speaks out
Joseph Farah speaks
We must stop blaming Israel
Do Palestinians really want peace?
What do the Palestinians really think about Israel?
TO THE MOSLEM ARABS
Israel’s best defence
TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE IN ISRAEL
HOW WILL IT ALL END?