Peres: I'm Against the Transfer

In the aftermath of Ariel Sharon's bombshell pronouncement, his determination to forcibly evacuate settlers from their generation-long environment, these words were a soothing balm on the deep cut Sharon had inflicted. Peres, the perennial antagonist of the settlers and self-appointed defender of the Arab atrocity against his own people, has suddenly sprouted feathers of a different color?

Isaac Kohn,

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[The following is a fictional representation.]

"You're going to force them to move? They don't want to, and you can't just do things by force. They are Israeli citizens with rights and obligations just like yours and mine.... Listen to them. They are saying, 'We are connected with our place, we were born here, this is our land, we are citizens of the country.' What can you answer them?"

Complete amazement and an aura of disbelief permeated the room. Startled as if bitten by a snake, one of the attendees hit the coffee urn with his left elbow. Hot, black coffee spread quickly all over the table, staining everything in sight and dripping on the carpeted floor. The mouth that buried the State of Israel as we knew her, the mouth whose lips have yet to find words of solace to comfort the thousands of Jewish orphans, seems to have, finally, found the correct words.

Astonishing, to say the least.

Is it a late-age metamorphosis? Perhaps the 'perpetual loser', staring into the sunset of his life, has found the courage to hint at brotherly love towards those he has relentlessly vilified? Or was it a sudden deep feeling of guilty-consciousness that has escaped from his otherwise impenetrable, cement-like, traitorous heart?

Hot, black coffee continued to spread all over the table, the drip creating a small mud-hole on the expensive carpet. The waiters, also frozen in their places from the impact of those thunderous words, jumped quickly and began to clean the mess. They heard the words, but refused to believe.

In the aftermath of Ariel Sharon's bombshell pronouncement, his determination to forcibly evacuate settlers from their generation-long environment, these words were a soothing balm on the deep cut Sharon had inflicted. Peres, the perennial antagonist of the settlers and self-appointed defender of the Arab atrocity against his own people, has suddenly sprouted feathers of a different color? To imagine another side to his propensity for and talent in defense of the Arabs against the Jews was ridiculous and totally outrageous. The conclusion is, therefore, that senility has begun to settle in and befuddled his mind.

"Poor Shimon," the whisper traveled around the table, the stares quickly turning to looks of pity.

"Perhaps a call to Hatzoloh is appropriate?" questioned the colleague sitting on the right side of the table, as he turned towards another sitting behind him.

"Either he needs help, quickly," responded the colleague, "or else there is a G-d, and that is not possible!"

The silence was palatable, the shock reverberating through the crowded, stuffy room. Miracle? Illusion?
The old man smiled broadly; he saw the sudden shock, heard the whispers, noticed the creeping pity on their stupid faces. Looking around in amusement, a smile began to spread across his face. Nodding his head at each individual, he looked each in the eye as they, in turn, looked away, lest he notice the sympathy and compassion beginning to well-up.

"What morons," he thought to himself. "Are these people total imbeciles? I, Shimon Peres, will abandon my ambition, the creation of a Palestinian State on the ruins of this land? What happened to unfaltering trust in the ultimate good of man? Can they possibly consider the likelihood that my life-long vocation can be forgotten by a mere few words? Who do these mental-midgets think I am? Sharon?"

Disgust spread across his wrinkled face and he stood up in a huff. Silence fell across the room as he raised his voice in addressing the gathering.

"That is the problem with this decrepit Labor Party. You have all lost the sense of loyalty. You have abandoned the moral convictions of this party and its political platform. You are quick to falter, to abandon and to think ill of such as I, who will never consider any other possibility other than following through on our noble mission. Let me, therefore, re-hash what I said in relation to what was said prior to my words, which threw you into cardiac-arrest. Listen!

"Sharon has announced that he will evacuate 17 Gaza settlements and three in the West Bank. He has proclaimed his intention of turning Gaza into a Judenrein area by expelling its Jewish residents. He continued on to say that Um El-Fahm, the Israeli-Arab city, will be included in the transfer. The forty-thousand Um El-Fahm residents will be evacuated, expelled and transferred into the PA territories in exchange for Jewish-populated areas in Judea and Samaria.

That, ladies and gentlemen, is the outrage I was railing against! How blatantly barbaric, how totally inconsiderate, ruthless. To throw out the Arab population from their town and lands is preposterous, unethical and inhuman. They will not consent willingly! As such, are we, the liberal, political care-takers of the State of Israel, going to simply sit by and watch the horror of such forced transfer? An immoral atrocity, unheard of since the Nazis! We can not allow such travesty of justice to occur in this country. These people are Israeli citizens, in a democratic state. We have the sacred obligation to preserve their legal and human rights. We can not allow Sharon to stain our morality and ethics. Neither will the world ever allow it. Arab human dignity must be preserved at all costs."

Thunderous clapping broke out as Peres finished his words of wisdom and a deep sigh of relief spread across the room. Radiant smiles and happy handshakes as, one-by-one, each of the assembled rose to congratulate Peres.

In the chaotic politics of Israel, the voice of sanity has been heard again.




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