The Challenge: Educate Opinion Makers

Reach beyond the convinced, and educate opinion makers and decision makers in the US and in Israel as to the dangers of a PLO state.

David Bedein,

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There is one way to stop the formation of a PLO state:

Reach beyond the convinced, and educate opinion makers and decision makers in the US and in Israel as to the dangers of a PLO state. The vast majority of opinion makers and decision makers do not have any real background on the issues at stake - not in the US and not in Israel.

The time has come to learn from the successful methodology applied by the New Israel Fund, Peace Now, Gush Shalom, etc. whose modus operandi rests on the idea that they must bring around the opinion makers and decision makers to their point of view.

The time has come to understand that the failure of the opposition to Ariel Sharon's "disengagement" plan rested with those who protested the plan as a threat only to Judea, Samaria and Gaza, instead of addressing the reality - which we now see - of "disengagement" as a threat to all of the people and state of Israel, and to the interests of the West.

The successful protest strategy that was applied to defeat the Sharon Plan before the Likud referendum on May 2nd, 2004 rested on the idea that the people of Israel must be educated as to the content of the plan; to help them read clause five, which armed the PLO "security forces", and clause seven, which handed over assets to terrorists, and to show that this plan was a threat to everyone, not only to the people of Judea, Samaria and Gaza. As a result of this methodology being applied, the plan was defeated in the Likud.

After that, a suicidal strategy was adopted, which rested on the infantile posters that preached "love" for the people who live in Gush Katif and in Samaria. All efforts to align the struggle of Katif with the people of the Negev, and to emphasize the strategic implications of losing Katif, northern Gaza and Samaria for all of Israel, were rejected by the opposition both in Israel and abroad. What "disengagement" proponents in the government feared was that the Katif-Samaria people would align themselves with the rest of Israel, all of whom would come under bombardment after the withdrawal would take place. Indeed, the opposition to the "disengagement", in Israel and abroad, played right into the hands of the people who wanted to isolate the "settlers".

The time has come to take out of the cob webs the effective material against withdrawal that was produced by the Israeli Foreign Ministry in 1970 and in 1975. Opinion makers and decision makers in Tel Aviv, let alone New York, have no idea of the proximity of Samaria to Israel's coastal region. The vast majority of opinion makers and decision makers have no idea that the PLO never agreed to any "Declaration of Principles" (rejected by the PLO on October 6th, 1993), and that the PLO never cancelled its Mein Kampf-like covenant (not on April 24th, 1996 and not on December 14th, 1998).

The work to be done is to educate opinion makers and decision makers. There is no other task at hand.

And for those who say that opinion makers and decision makers already know about the nature of the PLO and its inherent threat to the people and state of Israel - kindly adapt the adage from the Seder table: "Kick them in the teeth" to force them learn from their failure. For those who continue to beat their chests and preach 'sentiments' to the converted - you are invited for a showing of footage of the burning shuls in Gush Katif and Samaria to understand what that has accomplished.




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