Video: Happy Birthday, Mr. President – and Thanks for Oslo
With President Shimon Peres celebrating his 90th birthday in lavish, star-studded events, an amateur videographer's “tribute” is making the rounds on internet social networks. It shows the devastating progression from the Oslo accords which Shimon Peres engineered in 1993, to the most horrible period of civilian carnage Israel has known: over 1,500 dead in 20 years, about 70% of them civilian men, women and children.
"The nice and friendly Oslo agreement turned into a bloodbath in one year's time,” writes the creator, Yaron Lahav, in a bitterly sarcastic summary of the 20 years since the Oslo accords allowed the PLO leadership to take charge and arm itself in Judea, Samaria and Gaza.
“Rabin absorbed this for two years, with dozens of dead until he was assassinated. Then the man of peace, Shimon Peres, absorbed in two weeks what Rabin absorbed in two years: 61 killed in one month. Then came the genius Netanyahu and decided to hand over Hevron... Then came Barak with his array of ingenious ideas. He went to the Camp David summit and brought us the dawn of a new day: every morning we woke up with three terror attacks and 20 killed.
"When that failed the people elected Sharon," continues Lahav in his lightning summary. "Sharon fell asleep until one evening, on the Seder night, they told him 30 people were killed at the Park Hotel. He woke up quickly and ordered Judea and Samaria retaken. In Gaza he decided to do what Rabin had not had time to do: evacuate all of Gaza, with its 8,000 residents. Six months later, he went to sleep again and he has not woken up since. Meanwhile, Hamas has captured Gaza, and in the course of seven years, the IDF has embarked on three operations in Gaza – the last of which saw rockets reach Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.”
The sound track is the song, “the Children of Oslo, 1993,” recorded by the Latma satirical team – which itself is based on a popular song called “The Children of Winter 1973.”