Moshe FeiglinThe writer, former MK and Speaker of the Knesset, is head of the Zehut party, dedicated to providing Israel with authentic Jewish leadership. The party's goals are based on Jewish identity and liberty. It strives to imbue every facet of Israeli life with the meaning of Jewish destiny.
September 13th passed just like any other day. No-one in Israel stopped to draw conclusions, and the Oslo Agreements continue to demand their pound of flesh with an increasing appetite.
But September 11th, the day when the World Trade Center twin towers collapsed, was treated very seriously. September 11th does not threaten anyone and so Israeli citizens were presented with several programs containing scholarly analyses of the massacre in New York.
One thing was hidden from both the Israelis and the Americans. Without September 13th, there would have been no September 11th. The Oslo Agreement was also responsible for the collapse of the World Trade Center twin towers. Without the despicable handshake between Yitzhak Rabin, Yasser Arafat and Bill Clinton on the 13th of September, 1993, the twin towers would not have collapsed on the 11th of September, 2001.
It is customary to explain the Oslo Agreement as a peace agreement intended to end a physical conflict centering around the ownership of a piece of territory. This is just a smokescreen, but it seems that there is no alternative for the "cultured" public. Even the attack on the World Trade Center twin towers, in which there is no territorial dispute in the background, and no war between armies and nations, was explained, in the blind Western way of thinking, by means of old examples of physical conflicts. Such conflicts can be comprehended from a secular viewpoint, and can be solved using our limited range of concepts. The Americans needed a country and an army to fight against and Saddam Hussein supplied the goods. The Israelis needed a country and an army to make peace with, so they brought Arafat and invented for him a nation, an army, and a country.
Both Israel and the US are afraid to confront the truth since they lack the cultural tools to understand it and, therefore, to face up to it.
Even more serious, the cultural basis, the basic ethos on which Israel and the US were founded, is undermined and is liable to collapse if they were to understand the language used in the fight against them. Israel and the US cannot permit themselves to wage religious wars, because this totally conflicts with their cultures.
They therefore flee to apparently rational areas, which are, however, totally irrelevant. US citizens are beginning to understand that the campaign in Iraq has not eliminated the threat of terror hanging over them, and Israeli citizens have already painfully understood that the invention of the Palestinian nation and state will not bring them peace.
Our Western rationalism does not like seeking the meta-physical roots of the Oslo process and Islamic terror. However, even those who are not prepared to consider issues that they cannot physically feel have to answer a single question for themselves. How did it happen that before the Oslo process there were no suicide bombers?
The phenomenon of Moslem-Arab suicide is an unusual one in modern history. It is not right to compare this with the Japanese Kamikazes in the Second World War. There have always been soldiers who were prepared to give their lives during a war in order to achieve its aims. Even in Israel there have been quite a few examples of this. However, suicide as an ideology, which takes with it, as additional victims, women and children who do not represent a threat? This monstrous phenomenon only appeared after the Oslo Agreement.
Most of the suicide bombing attacks could have been perpetrated even without committing suicide. The terrorist who blew himself up in the shopping mall near my home, in Karnei Shomron, could have placed the bag containing the explosives and left. He didn't do so, because his death was an integral part of the act. The Japanese Kamikaze couldn't bring his Zero loaded with bombs onto the deck of the American aircraft carrier without committing suicide.
Most people in the world believe in the Bible and know that "The Torah will come out from Zion and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem". The world knows that the good tidings will come from this country. In Oslo, the Jews agreed, for the first time in history, that this country does not belong to them, but to the Arabs. After all, their tidings were of truth and would come from Jerusalem and conquer the entire world. In Oslo, the Jews armed the Moslem Arabs with the most important weapon of all - the feeling that they were right.
For a long time, a world war has been waged under the surface between the unruly daughters of Judaism - Islam and Christianity - for domination of the world. Now that the Moslems have received from their "mother" the assurance that they are in the right, they have set out on a world Jihad armed with the most powerful, dangerous weapon. Obviously, the Arab rabble, bearing the message of Moslem power and evil, is incapable of heralding anything other than death. However, in order to bring this belief to a state of awareness that makes people commit suicide it is apparently necessary to bring a theological, moral proof. Consequently the Oslo Agreement is needed.
Jews make a practice of connecting dates and events. For example, both Temples were destroyed on the same date, and five grave events took place on Tammuz 17, a date set aside for fasting.
These thoughts led me to check whether Oslo and the World Trade Center twin towers attack actually took place on the same date, and not two days apart. I checked the Hebrew date of the two events and was disappointed. The Oslo Agreement was signed on the White House lawn on Elul 27, 5753, while the Twin Towers collapsed on Elul 23, 5761. But I then came across an article by Jeff Jacoby, in the Boston Globe, who reminded me of things I had forgotten.
The signing ceremony on the White House lawn was a media presentation only. The agreements themselves were signed four days earlier. Arafat signed at that time a letter in which he recognized Israel's right to exist in peace and security, and condemned the use of terror and violence. Rabin, on the same day, signed a letter recognizing the PLO as the representative of the Palestinian nation and accepting them as a partner in peace negotiations. The date was September 9, 1993.
What was the Hebrew date?
You've guessed right: just like the attack on the World Trade Center twin towers, the Oslo Agreement was actually signed on Elul 23.
Elul 23, 5753.