[In 1992] more than a dozen formal rounds of bilateral talks were subsequently hosted by the U.S. State Department in Washington, DC, again with few substantive results.Peres-style "optimism" leads to nothing but death and destruction for Jews. But since he was a man of the Left, and his "optimism" was packaged as a ceaseless desire for "peace," he was a big hit with Barack Obama, John Kerry, Mr. and Missus Clinton and Justin Trudeau, all of whom will be traveling to Israel to attend his state funeral.
Those talks, however, led eventually to a series of clandestine meetings between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators, hosted by Norway. In turn, those meetings culminated in the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords between Israel and the Palestinians. Officially titled the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements (DOP), the Oslo agreements were founded on a renunciation of violence by both parties. Moreover, they called for a five-year interim period of Palestinian self-rule, which eventually would give way to the creation of an independent Palestinian state.
In a September 13, 1993 ceremony on the White House lawn, the Oslo Accords were signed in the presence of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, and U.S. President Bill Clinton. (The actual signatories were Mahmoud Abbas for the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Foreign Minister Shimon Peres for Israel, Secretary of State Warren Christopher for the United States, and Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev for Russia.) Four days earlier, Arafat had also signed a letter, addressed to Prime Minister Rabin, stating specifically that:
But the Palestinians never followed through on their pledge to renounce violence. In fact, during the height of the so-called "peace process" -- from 1993 to 1999 -- there were over 4,000 terrorist incidents committed by Palestinians against Israelis, and more than 1,000 Israelis killed as a result of Palestinian attacks; this was more than the total number of Israelis who had been slain by Arab terrorists in the previous 25 years, combined.
- "The PLO recognizes the right of the State of Israel to exist in peace and security."
- "The PLO accepts United Nations Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338."
- "The PLO commits itself to the Middle East peace process ... [and] all outstanding issues ... will be resolved through negotiation."
- "The PLO renounces the use of terrorism and other acts of violence and will assume responsibility over all PLO elements and personnel in order to assure their compliance, prevent violations and discipline violators."
- "Those articles of the Palestinian Covenant which deny Israel's right to exist, and the provisions of the Covenant which are inconsistent with the commitments of this letter, are now inoperative and no longer valid."
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Shimon Peres--What a Bloody "Optimist"!
And I mean that literally, for while tributes continue to pour in for the late statesman and peacenik who "epitomized optimism," a reality check (from Discover the Networks) shows exactly what "optimism" devoid of a basic understanding of one's enemies gets you (my bolds):