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More Terror, No More ‘Oslo’

08 September 2002

By Yisrael Ne’eman

Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres was asked by the press for his reaction after the capture of truck bomb carrying over 600 kilograms of explosives and apparently intended for usage in Haifa.  He made it clear that if such a terror action succeeded it would have changed the direction of Mideast relations and diplomacy.  Experts say the truck bomb could have easily forced a collapse of a multi-story building, killing hundreds and wounding thousands.

Palestinian terrorists are frantic in their efforts to succeed in a mega-bombing and completely derail any possibility for peace.  For them a two state solution is anathema and any move towards peace must be blown to bits.  Peres, as foreign minister, continues to seek the diplomatic angle despite the overwhelming odds against him.

Prime Minister Sharon gave the usual round of Rosh HaShana interviews.  In the Hebrew daily Ma’ariv he was most blunt in declaring “Oslo does not exist, Camp David does not exist, nor Taba.  We are not going back to these places.”  Sharon is convinced that all those who negotiated in good will (including former Labor prime minister Barak and his own foreign minister, Peres) were lied to and cheated by Arafat and the Palestinian Authority.  Sharon has patience and will wait for a ‘moderate leadership’, only then moving towards a political solution.

In the meantime there are those in Labor who continue to call for their party to leave the government, insisting peace must be negotiated now with whatever Palestinian leadership exits.  Others would take unilateral steps towards withdrawal, giving the Palestinians full control over the Palestinian cities.

It is interesting to note that neither Peres nor Defense Minister Ben Eliezer are among those making these demands.