Israel Resource Review 17th November, 2002


From Metzer to Hebron
Eyal Meged
Columnest, Maariv

A straight line connects the massacre in Metzer with the pogrom in Hebron. This line is drawn underneath four chilling words which, in the past two years, have become routine: Jewish blood is forfeit. Everywhere in the Land of Israel, in the '48 borders and in the '68 borders. We,afflicted by a total eclipse of the senses,are the only ones who differentiate between one murder scene and another.

The applause for the noble way in which members of Kibbutz Metzer accepted the terrible blow that they suffered-and this nobility itself, consisting of nothing but messianic mutterings about the peace that will come if Israel stops its actions in the territories-contributes to the next blood to be spilt. The justification that they gave for the massacre committed against them, one heard by the whole world, gives the green light for the murderers in Hebron and for those who will come after them.

The damage that they caused us was huge, partly because the world looking at the scenes of the murders does not know what to think: If the victims themselves say it, what position do you expect us to take?

The noble behavior of the people of Metzer will cost us more and more blood. More and more children will be killed in their sleep, or in the middle of a game in kindergarten, and the reaper will visit more and more families, as happens every day.

Because life here, let's just say it, has become no less than Russian roulette. Our blood is also forfeit because of the admiration, which has become universal, for the wise, responsible, and balanced leadership of the Sharon government.

What is wise about this leadership if our blood is forfeit everywhere? How is it responsible if every day families are wiped off the face of the earth? What is balanced about it if every one of us asks himself deep in his heart, when will my turn come, or the turn of my loved ones?

They mock Binyamin Netanyahu when he repeatedly calls to get rid of Arafat, like Cato, who nagged the Roman senate to eliminate Hannibal. They claim that this will only set off a wildfire.

Arafat is a symbol. He is the embodiment of incitement, murder, and the forfeiture of Jewish blood, and has been for decades. By eliminating this symbol we will signal to the world that the period of restraint is over: from now on we will defend ourselves with all methods at our disposal, not with one hand tied behind our back.

Because our will to live and our lost self-respect are the burning issues now on the agenda. These are matters that the new prime minister will have to provide answers for in a quick and powerful fashion. He owes it to us.

This column appeared in Maariv on November 17, 2002

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Abba Eban: the June 1967 map represented Israel's "Auschwitz" borders
David Bedein

When Abba Eban, appeared at the United Nations following the Six Day war, Israel's foreign minister, he described the fragility of Israel's 1949-1967 map as Israel's "Auschwitz" lines.

Abba Eban, who died on November 17, 2002, will forever be remembered as Israel's most articulate foreign minister

The following statement by Abba Eban was cited in the Jerusalem Post of August 18, 1995 by Jerusalem Post columnist Moshe Kohn:

"We have openly said that the map will never again be the same as on June 4, 1967. For us, this is a matter of security and of principles. The June map is for us equivalent to insecurity and danger. I do not exaggerate when I say that it has for us something of a memory of Auschwitz. We shudder when we think of what would have awaited us in the circumstances of June, 1967, if we had been defeated; with Syrians on the mountain and we in the valley, with the Jordanian army in sight of the sea, with the Egyptians who hold our throat in their hands in Gaza. This is a situation which will never be repeated in history."

- Abba Eban, Israeli Statesman, in Der Spiegel, November 5, 1969
(with thanks to Dr. Aaron Lerner and to Clarence Wagner for locating this item)

On July 26, 1978, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, whose parents and older brother were murdered by the Nazis, commented on Israeli Televsion about Abba Eban 's use of the term "Auschwitz lines", when he described the June 4, 1967 map, saying that "you have never heard such an extreme term from me . . . because there will be no Auschwitz here".

Yet Abba Eban had a way of presenting Israel's case in the context of the traumas of Jewish history.

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Most Creative Murder Design
on the Web

Israel Resource News Agency has decided to award Yassir Arafat and the Fateh, the mainstream organization of the PLO, with a citation for the most creative murder design on the web.

The Fateh web site,, in the spirit of Palestinian Self-Determination, cordially asks its readers as to where they prefer to murder Jews.

The question, placed on the interactive Fateh website on November 13, 2002, following the Fateh attack on Kibbutz Metzer in which the PLO took credit for murdering a mother, her two children, a school teacher and the kibbutz secretary, is . . .

"Where do you want to prefer to conduct martyrdom attacks?
        Option no. 1: Inside the 1948 lines?
        Option no. 2: Inside the 1967 lines?
        Option no. 3: Within both the 1948 and 1967 lines?
        Option no. 4: Not to continue to attack at all?"

Here are the results so far, after five days of interactive murder polling:

Option no. 1: Kill Jews inside the 1948 lines: 5.80%
Option no. 2: Kill Jews inside the 1967 lines: 11.59%
Option no. 3: Kill Jews inside the 1948 and 1967 lines: 66.34%
Option no. 4: Not to kill at all: 16.26%

The Creative Murder Web Design Award will be provided to Mr. Edward Abington, the former US State Department official and 1993-1997 US Consul in Jerusalem who is now the registered foreign agent for the PLO in Washington, based at Bannerman Associates, which is located at:888 16th Street, N.W. 7th Floor, Washington, DC 20006

A copy of the Creative Murder Web Design Award will also be presented to Mr. Martin Indyk, the former US state department official and former US ambassador to Israel who now runs the Sabban Center For Near East Policy at the Brookings Institution.

Mr. Indyk gained notoriety for publicizing a falsified report on April 24, 1996 that Arafat had convened a special session of the Palestine National Committee to cancel the PLO covenant which called for Israel's extermination. The PNC did meet on that day, and decided to form a committee to consider changes in its charter. The US congress had enacted binding legislation that forbid Arafat from entering the US without the necessary changes in the PLO charter. Indyk sent the White House, State Department and Congress a letter in which he announced that the PNC had cancelled the PLO covenant.

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