Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Collection of Excerpts from Op-Eds, Articles

[February 27, 2006]

From a 2004 National Post Op-Ed

..At the same time, the Israeli strategy of divide-and-rule had the effect of weakening the Palestinian Authority without increasing Israeli security. Israel must therefore bear some of the responsibility for destroying its partner for peace.

Israel also bears responsibility for weakening the viability of any potential Palestinian state…

.. If we add to this the land acquisitions made during the construction of Israel’s Security Fence, it is apparent that the Sharon plan effectively bids farewell to the two-state solution. It presents a new strategy aimed at unilateral withdrawal, territorial separation and the cantonization of the Palestinian population in divided territories that cannot make up a viable state. Thus, the Sharon plan won’t protect the state of Israel. It will endanger it: Sealing the Palestinians in Bantustans will create a permanent terrorist haven on the borders of Israel.

From a 2003 New York Times Magazine article entitled "Burden"

… Unseating an Arab government in Iraq while leaving the Palestinians to face Israeli tanks and helicopter gunships is a virtual guarantee of unending Islamic wrath against the United States…

.. Now, with every day that American power appears complicit in Israeli attacks that kill civilians in the West Bank and in Gaza, and with the Arab nations giving their tacit support to Palestinian suicide bombers, the imperial guarantor finds itself dragged into a regional conflict that is one long hemorrhage of its diplomatic and military authority…

.. A successful American political strategy against terror depends on providing enough peace for both Israelis and Palestinians that extremists on either side begin to lose the support that keeps violence alive.

From an article entitled "Bin Laden and the Temptations of Nihilism"

..And some Israeli settlers do the same in the occupied territories, passing from defense of their settlements to active combat operations against Palestinian fighters or their civilian supporters.

They become legitimate military targets – but their families do not.

 

From a 2004 talk at the Carnegie Council Books for Breakfast

..it’s political insanity to have the Israeli defense forces defending small clusters of civilians in places where the only possibility, once you’ve put those settlers in, is endless conflict, human rights violations, death, and horror…

The self-defense claim that goes into the current building of the wall in the occupied territories is an entirely specious claim in which a legitimate claim to defend the State of Israel is being used to legitimize the acquisition of territory on a permanent basis.

Secondly, if you’re talking about security, the suicide bombers that have attacked Israel — actions which are a political disgrace to the cause of Palestinian freedom — have done so through perfectly normal checkpoints, so that the wall is providing zero additional security.
It’s a Maginot Line in security terms that accomplishes an illicit moral goal, which is the acquisition of territory by stealth.

Therefore, the entirely legitimate moral claim that sustains the construction of that wall — the self-defense of an embattled people — is a specious use of a moral argument to cover another design.

From and article entitles the "Lesser Evils"

..As the Israelis have discovered through their own assassination policy, killing Sheik Yassin of Hamas and his successor may only strengthen Hamas control of Gaza.

More favourable positions:

From the book entitled "The Lesser Evil"

..A democracy’s political concessions, however, cannot succeed unless terrorists and the communities who support them are willing to accept the b..At the same time, the Israeli strategy of divide-and-rule had the effect of weakening the Palestinian Authority without increasing Israeli security. Israel must therefore bear some of the responsibility for destroying its partner for peace.

Israel also bears responsibility for weakening the viability of any potential Palestinian state…

.. If we add to this the land acquisitions made during the construction of Israel’s Security Fence, it is apparent that the Sharon plan effectively bids farewell to the two-state solution. It presents a new strategy aimed at unilateral withdrawal, territorial separation and the cantonization of the Palestinian population in divided territories that cannot make up a viable state. Thus, the Sharon plan won’t protect the state of Israel. It will endanger it: Sealing the Palestinians in Bantustans will create a permanent terrorist haven on the borders of Israel.