Tycoon with Jewish-Catholic Roots Helps Sow Confusion

Susie Dym,

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Susie Dym
Susie Dym serves as spokesperson for Mattot Arim, with over 20 years of expertise on "peace-for-peace" issues.
Last year, in a ceremony at Bet HaNassi in Jerusalem , Dalia Rabin told assembled dignitaries and schoolchildren that her father, Yitzhak Rabin, “understood” there was a “need” to “separate into two states”.  Dalia Rabin was a Deputy Minister of Defense for Israel. Her assertion was solemnly reported, without comment, by Yediot Aharonot, Israel’s largest daily.

And this year, the New Yorker, in a book review timed to correspond with the 20-year anniversary of the Rabin assassination, alleged that Rabin “may have favored” establishment of a Palestinian state”. The New Yorker is a high-brow magazine read nationwide in the United States.

Also clearly timed to coincide with the 20th Rabin assassination commemoration, Ronald Lauder wrote in both the Jerusalem Post and Huffington Post advocating “a two-state solution”. This, Lauder said, was  in view of the importance of “following the example of... Rabin.” Lauder is a prominent  American tycoon. His maternal grandfather  was Jewish, his maternal grandmother Catholic. Estee Lauder, Ronald’s mother,  belonged to "both the Catholic Sisters (Church) and Temple Emanu-El" – as she wrote in her auto-biography.

Right in time for the Rabin memorial day of this year, Shimon Peres seized the opportunity to write, ostensibly, a front page tribute to Rabin. Peres made sure to use the valuable media real estate to broadcast that ”Rabin’s government ... sought ... two states for two peoples”. Mr. Peres is a former president and prime-minister of Israel (and Moshe Sharett - Israel’s second prime-minister – once said he would rend his clothing to signify mourning were Peres ever to become a minister). 

What about the truth??The truth, without any shadow of doubt, is that Yitzhak Rabin opposed the Palestinian state notion. So the active quest documented above, to prop up the bankrupt (literally and figuratively) Palestinian state notion, abusing Rabin’s name for this purpose, is quite amazing. 

In 1993 Rabin gave an interview to Time Magazine’s Lisa Beyer;  the headline was “I am opposed to a Palestinian State”. A similar statement by Rabin is on record in the New York Times in 1994 (accessible via Wikipedia’s “Oslo Accords” entry).  Robert Slater  wrote about Rabin’s no-Palestinian-state position  in his biography of Rabin. The Labor party platform on which Rabin was elected, which opposes Palestinian state,  is still available  on the web. Rabin’s Knesset speech opposing Palestinian state is available in Israel’s state documents on the web. Also, Neri Avneri, an irrepressible Israeli activist, has posted a video tape of Rabin opposing Palestinian state, just a Google keystroke away for anyone who knows Hebrew.

The Israeli public and the Jewish people are being deceived, and the credibility and usefulness of otherwise valuable Jewish organizations are being sacrificed wantonly, all to promote the notorious Palestinian state notion; look at the current version of the  AIPAC mission statement for example.

And while the AIPAC mission statement is miserable, there are worse. Ronald Lauder’s “World Jewish Congress” just initiated a Jerusalem Post article entitled innocuously “World Jewish Congress slams Palestinian 'culture of hate'”. In the smaller font, the real agenda of Lauder’s WJC, becomes quickly apparent:  A “resolution passed during [WJC’s] Governing Board meeting” which “reaffirmed” the “two-state solution”. An exhortation that “two-states for two peoples is the only ...basis for ...peace”. A quote from WJC’s General Counsel authoritatively assuring the newspaper’s readership “the two-state solution was the only viable option” . And finally, of course, a quote from Lauder in person insisting that Israeli premier Netanyahu “must” acknowledge that “the Palestinian people deserves” a state.

Just as amazing as these Machiavellian manipulations is the number of prominent persons, even professional journalists, who actually believe the lies being told, or are genuinely unaware of the truths not being told. For example, just 3 years ago, the powers that be at Times of Israel exhibited what seems to have been genuine amazement, when they obtained a letter written less than a year before the Rabin assassination, in which Eitan Haber, a Rabin  confidante, confirmed yet again (to Shmuel Fisher, a public affairs buff from Petah Tikva) that Rabin opposed Palestinian state.
It is both amusing and sad to observe Haber’s responses when interviewed by Raphael Ahren at the Times about Rabin’s letter to Fisher. Haber, clearly regretting being instrumental in letting the cat out of the bag, initially made excuse that he “did not remember” sending the letter. Faced with the document, he had to admit that “It’s really possible that we sent such a letter”.  Nonetheless, Haber hemmed and hawed, it was “difficult for me to believe ...we wrote this.”  Haber then continued vacillating: “It’s possible. I really don’t [know]. I don’t want to tell you yes or no.” Asked point-blank whether Rabin believed in Palestinian state, Haber claimed that he “couldn’t say with certitude” then posited that Rabin “was ready to” agree to such a state. Haber then vacillated again, saying, “It’s possible that [Rabin] would have agreed -- or maybe not”.

Will the well known personalities who purport to lead us have foresight enough to deliver us from the threat of a Palestinian state just a bike-ride away from Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv and Ben-Gurion airport?  It seems likely that “We, the People” will need to make ourselves heard over the cacophony of misrepresentations being generated by the likes of Peres, Lauder and Haber. That will be our privilege, to go down in history doing just that.  Please spend a moment thinking what you intend to do, in your own little corner, to help move the Jewish people away from the Palestinian state notion.

This is Susie Dym, spokesperson for Mattot Arim, writing to you from Israel.