Newsletter : 6fax0705.txt
| Previous file
| Next file
Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
July 5, 1996 V4, #121
All the News the Big Guys Missed
The Insipid Norway-Palestinian Connection
By Permission of the International Christian Embassy
Twenty-five years ago he committed himself to erasing the Jewish
state from the face of the Middle East.
On May 13, Norwegian foreign minister Bjorn Tore Godal arrived to
see the deployment of Norwegian "peacekeeping" troops in Hebron -
to seethe beginning of the end of Jewish rule over the first Jewish
On May 4, the Norwegian newspaper Dagen exposed a 25-year-old
commitment by leading figures in Norway's ruling Labor Party to
support and facilitate the demise of a sovereign Jewish Israel, and
to establish in its place a secular, liberal Palestinian state.
The report showed that Norwegian Labor Party leaders agree with
Arafat's ultimate aim: the removal of the Jewish state in the
Middle East and its replacement by a secular Palestinian state.
Twenty-five years ago, the man who is today Norway's Minister of
Foreign Affairs committed the Labor Party Youth to removing the
Jewish State from the Middle East. That commitment paved the way
for the Oslo Accords.
.By giving Norway the "honor" of hosting the secret talks with the
PLO, Israel in its thirst for peace unwittingly played into the
hands or those committed to Israel's dissolution as a sovereign
Dagen centered its report on revelations in a book by Haakon Lie,
a former secretary-general of Norway's Labor Party and well-known
in Israel as a strong friend of the Jewish state.
Lie revealed that, at the 1971 national convention of the Labor
Party's Youth Organization, chairman Bjorn Tore Godal approved the
following statement: "The AUF will support the forces which
struggle for the national and social liberation of the Palestinian
The qualification for lasting peace must be that Israel ceases to
exist as a Jewish state, and that a progressive Palestinian state
is established where all ethnic groups can live side by side in
Godal is today Norway's minister of foreign affairs, and a strong
advocate of a Palestinian state. When confronted with his words,
Godal told Dagen: "It is irrelevant what I meant at that point
because the situation has changed."
Dagen traced the course set by the AUF statement and pursued in the
ensuing years by various Labor Party politicians, among them
Thorvald Stoltenberg, Knut Frydenlund, and Norway's present Prime
Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland.
Stoltenberg was foreign minister when the secret Israel-PLO talks
began in January 1993. (He was also the brother-in-law of the late
Johan Joergen Holst, foreign minister when the Oslo Agreement was
signed). Ten years before, he and then foreign minister Frydenlund
visited Arafat in Tunisia, returning to persuade their Labor
colleagues "there is no reason to doubt Arafat's willingness to sit
at the negotiating table."
Frydenlund had wanted Arafat to visit Oslo, but Swedish Prime
Minister Olef Palme got the invitation in first, so the chairmen of
the Scandinavian Labor parties met Arafat in Stockholm in April
1983, after which Brundtland told the press: "Arafat is...a
knowledgeable and interesting person...It is not an extremist
I have met with."
Dagen recalled that the conclusion reached by Palme, and by
Denmark's Prime Minister Anker Jorgensen, was equally clear.
"Israel was the problem preventing peace in the Middle East."
Thus, writes Dagen, 12 years after meeting Arafat, Norway watched
as Prime Minister Brundtland "leads Yasir Arafat by the hand on the
red carpet when he comes to receive the Nobel Prize for Peace.
Leif Wellerop, a Norwegian journalist and representative for the
International Christian Embassy, believes the Dagen report answers
all those who have wondered why Norway involved itself so heavily
in the past three years in making the PLO and Arafat politically
"For those aware of the traditionally good and friendly
relationship between Israel and Norway, and specifically too
between Israel and the Norwegian Labor Party," says Wellerop, "it
has been 'hard to understand what lay behind the efforts to
politically clean up the Middle East chief-terrorist as a main
player in what is today known around the world as the Oslo
Lie "makes it easier to understand what has led the present
Norwegian government and the Norwegian Labor Party to act as a
locomotive in the process that is about to place Israel in the
greatest danger since the country was reborn 48 years ago.
"I believe the present Israeli leadership adopted this process
in its yearning for peace, security and stability," adds Wellerop.
"Our hope is that this report will open their eyes to the misery
that Israel is heading towards if the country keeps on following
the rolling tracks laid out for the Jewish state, and so
regrettably named after the Norwegian capital."
(All material on these web pages is © 2001-2012
by Electronic World Communications, Inc.)