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Shimon Peres and the question of loyalty

By Tuvia Brodie
2/18/2014, 5:02 PM

Israel President Shimon Peres reminds one of an abused wife. Her husband repeatedly beats her. But she always goes back to him because, she says, he really means well.

Shimon Peres is the abused wife. Mahmoud Abbas is the wife-beater. Peres, the abused, always returns to the abuser.

Peres cannot stop declaring how Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas is a true peace partner. He said it last year. Now he says it again.

On Sunday, February 16, 2014, Abbas held a special afternoon ‘conference’ for 300 Israeli university students. The students came to hear Abbas—and to ask questions.

This event was organized by an Israel-Palestinian NGO called, OneVoice. OneVoice is a Leftist NGO based in New York City, with offices in Tel Aviv and Ramallah. It supports a ‘two-state’ solution. Its Home Page tells you that it supports the ‘two-state’ solution proposed by the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative. This specific proposal requires a peace based on terms more harsh (towards Israel) than the current Obama ‘1967-lines-with-swaps’ plan.

The advertised purpose of the event was to give Israeli students—the future of Israel—an opportunity to speak directly to Abbas about peace.

The event was carefully organized. It was carefully run. It was carefully orchestrated.

It was a public relations bonanza for Abbas. In the diplomatic game of musical chairs, where each side in the Arab-Israel war competes for the best ‘position’, this Abbas event was pure genius.

It attracted a crowd. It created a buzz. It gave Abbas a stage upon which to strut.

He was marvellous. For a moment for these students, he was as good as a rock star.  

Israel’s Peres loved it. He loved it sufficiently to declare that Abbas is clearly serious about peace. The Abbas show had made Peres ‘happy’.

Peres is wrong. Abbas has not yet proven he is a true ‘peace partner’. He is still Israel’s enemy.

For one thing, Abbas used the Arab ‘water libel’ at this event. Peace partners don’t libel their partners.

The ‘water libel’ is the accusation that Israel uses water allocation to discriminate against Arabs. In a desert world, that kind of discrimination is brutal.

This libel is the diplomat’s more genteel version of the vicious ‘blood-libel’ used by anti-Semites to incite against Jews. This water-libel has the same effect: it incites others to act against Israel.

It is also false. When Israel signed the Oslo Accords, it committed to allocate a specific amount of water to Arabs. Israel exceeds that commitment. That’s not discrimination.

Israel meets World Health Organization (WHO) water-allocation standards for per capita daily consumption. That’s not discrimination.

According to research by the government of Israel, Israel’s water allocation to Arabs meets all standards for proper water allocation. Israel’s allocation is also consistent with per capita water allocation to Arabs all across the Middle East. That consistency means that Israel does not use water to discriminate against Arabs.

The accusation is a libel against Israel. It is a lie.

Abbas repeated it. Peres ignored it.

What Peres could have said was, ‘Mr Abbas spoke today to 300 Israeli university students. He said many things about peace. Some of what he said disappoints us. But some of what he said could be encouraging. We look forward to hearing that he will drop his disappointing words and bring his encouraging comments to the negotiating table. We also look forward to hearing him repeat his encouraging words in Arabic on PA TV.’

Peres didn’t do that. Instead, he claimed that Abbas is serious about peace.

Peres must be careful. His oath of office requires him to maintain loyalty to the State of Israel.

When Israel’s Declaration of Independence was written, it spoke of the “establishment of a Jewish state in Eretz-Yisroel to be known as the State of Israel”. That Declaration is Israel’s birth certificate.

That birth certificate says Israel is Jewish. Loyalty to the State of Israel means unswerving support for this Jewish State.

Mahmoud Abbas wants a new state that removes Jewish Israel from the world map. Abbas is a declared enemy to the Jewish State. He hangs a picture of in his office showing the Jewish state gone, replaced by his Arab ‘Palestine’.  

Such a man entertaining such a goal is not serious about peace. He is a serious enemy.

An Israel President takes an oath of loyalty to the Jewish State. Does Shimon Peres maintain that loyalty when he ennobles our enemy?