NEW YORK- Despite a slew of new Israeli concessions to the Palestinian Arabs in recent days, the Palestinian Arabs have responded with another suicide bombing, in which at least three Israelis were murdered and 38 maimed. This demonstrates that unilateral Israeli concessions, such as retreating from Gaza and forcibly transferring 8300 Jews from that area, are futile and will never achieve peace, the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) points out.
In recent days, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has:
* Pushed through Knesset approval of the plan for unilateral Gaza retreat and mass expulsion of Jews from Gaza. He intimidated the majority of Likud Knesset Members into supporting the plan and threatened to fire cabinet ministers who dissented.
* Retreated from his previous pledges not to let arch-terrorist Yasir Arafat leave Ramallah, and not to let him return to Ramallah.
* Halted the Israeli Army’s anti-terrorist operations in Gaza, even though terrorists there are continuing to fire rockets at Jewish communities.
* Imposed a policy of “restraint” on Israeli military operations against terrorists while Arafat is in France (Washington Post, Nov.1, 2004), thus making it easier for the terrorists to operate.
ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said: “Sharon’s attempts to appease the Palestinian Arabs have once again failed. This should come as no surprise: the world-renowned professor of History and Classics, and former dean of Yale College, Dr. Donald Kagan, wrote in his book, On the Origins of War and the Preservation of Peace, that after studying international conflicts and peace agreements that took place over the past 3,000 years, he concluded that appeasement has always failed. When will Prime Minister Sharon learn from these indisputable lessons of history?”