The First Step to Peace

Yisrael Medad,

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Yisrael Medad
I am a resident of Shiloh, with my wife and children, and now grandchildren, since 1981, having come on Aliyah in 1970. I have served in a volunteer capacity as a Yesha Council spokesperson, twice a member of Amana's secretariat, Benjamin Regional Council plenum member and mayor of Shiloh. I was a parliamentary aide for Geula Cohen and two other MKs, an advisor to a Minister, vice-chairman and executive director of Israel's Media Watch and was Information and Content Resource coordinator for the Begin Heritage Center. I am now Deputy Editor of the critical edition in anthology of Jabotinsky's writing in English.

There were talks again this week between representatives of the Palestinian Authority, a body beyond democracy in that elections haven't been held for years, and the government of Israel.  The event was a bit eclipsed news-wise by the killing of over 600 Arabs in Egypt.

That doesn't the murders of Christians and the torching of their churches.

Yesterday, a bomb went off in Beirut.

There were bombings in Iraq.

There were dead in Algeria.

In Tunisia, too.

In Yemen.

Arabs killing Arabs.  Constantly.  Consistently.

I fully agree with my friend, JJ Gross, who noted the other day:

    The world is slowly beginning to realize what we in Israel have known for a century, that genuine peace with Muslims is impossible because genuine peace among Muslims is impossible.

He perhaps had seen my GraphicZionism poster in which I suggest that if there should be any precondition to Pal.-Israel peace negotiations, the first one must be that the Hamas government in Gaza and the Fatah-led government in Ramallah should make peace between themselves.

Why doesn't Mr. Netanyahu adopt that position of his primary point instead of telling the UN's Ban Ki-Moon, important as it is, admittedly, this:-

the most important thing is to prepare our respective peoples for peace and in this regard, I’m sure you are going to look into the abuse of
UNRWA camps in Gaza that have been used purportedly for peace camps, but actually to instill the culture of hatred and the ideas of destroying Israel amidst Palestinian children. It’s very hard to habituate and prepare the next generation for peace when they’re told that Jews are the descendants of pigs and monkeys and that the Jewish State has no right to exist,

The first step to peace begins in the Arab camp.


P.S.  With this post, I return here to blogging at INN.  Let me know what you think.