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Transfer is Not a Dirty Word
By Ben Shapiro
"After World War II, Poland was recreated by the Allied Powers. In doing so, the Allies
sliced off a chunk of Germany and extended Poland west to the Oder-Neisse line. Anywhere
from 3.5 million to 9 million Germans were forcibly expelled from the new Polish territory
and relocated in Germany.
"British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was pleased with the result. In 1944, he had
explained to the House of Commons that "expulsion is the method which, so far as we have
been able to see, will be the most satisfactory and lasting. There will be no mixture of
populations to cause endless trouble... a clean sweep will be made. I am not alarmed by
the prospect of the disentanglement of populations, nor even by these large transferences,
which are more possible in modern conditions than they ever were before."
Sharon: Palestinians Have Themselves to Blame for Security Barrier
By Ross Dunn (VOA-Jerusalem)
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon says that Palestinians have only themselves to blame for
the building a security barrier in and around the West Bank. He says the barrier is the
direct result of Palestinian terrorism, as the Palestinian Prime Minister, Ahmed Qureia,
called the project an obstacle to peace.
Sharon told a news conference in Jerusalem on Sunday that the security barrier is a
logical response by Israel, which has the right to defend itself. He said the project
would probably never have been initiated were it not for the fact that Palestinians had
launched a campaign of suicide bombings and other terror attacks against Israelis. "I want
to tell you, you know who built the fence. Terror built the fence. If not for the terror,
maybe we would not have done it at all."
Sharon's comments came after his Palestinian counterpart, Ahmed Qureia, toured a
section of the barrier near the West Bank town of Qalqilya. The town is now largely
enclosed by the structure. Qureia told reporters at the site that the barrier is, his
words, "a racist separation wall" that will turn areas of the West Bank into a series of
And this, he said, is totally unacceptable to the Palestinian leadership. "It's a
discrimination. It's a real violation [of human rights]. It will give not keep any
opportunity to keep President Bush's vision for two states. If this will continue, its
[the peace process is] finished."
He called on the international community to put pressure on Israel to halt the project
and warned time is running out for the two sides to reach a negotiated settlement of their
But in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square Sunday evening, the message being broadcast was "The
people of Israel are not ready to surrender." Organizers reported 150,000 people attending
the rally - reaching the number hoped for by the Yesha Council. Police estimated that well
over 120,000 were in attendance.
Knesset member Gila Gamliel (Likud) opened the evening saying: "This square is filled
not with residents of Yesha, but with Jews from the North, South, Center and Coastal Plane
- all of Israel - to support and strengthen the residents and the children of Yesha."
Minister of Housing Effie Eitam (NRP) issued an emotion filled plea to Prime Minister
Ariel Sharon. "Arik," said Eitam from the podium, "we, your friends are here to strengthen
you. We know that the last watch before dawn is always the toughest - but the morning is
almost here. We are witnessing the success of our war against the enemy and you wish to
hand him victory? Is this the time to surrender and flea the battlefield - in the middle
"We were with you in battle, Arik. Zambish [Zeev Chever, friend of PM Sharon and
chairman of Amana, which handles the logistics of the settlement enterprise - ed.],said.
"We are with you in this battle for our roads, cities and homes. But we will not cooperate
in the destruction of Jewish communities - we will not cooperate in expelling a single Jew
from their home!"
Fellow cabinet member Uzi Landau suggested that if the Prime Minister insisted on
unilateral measures, Arabs not Jews should be moved. "If Jewish communities can be
relocated, Arab communities can also be relocated," he said. Banners and signs crowded the
large square in central Tel Aviv. "The settlers are Israel's security fence!" read one
Responding to the rally, Sharon said: "Things are decided not by demonstrators but by
the government. The government adopted the road map and if there are members of the
government there they also participated in that decision. I believe in order to reach
peace Israel will not be able to hold all the Jewish communities. That's been said by me
Sharon: No Statehood for Palestinians Without Israeli Support
By Ross Dunn (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israel has rejected a threat by the Palestinian leadership to unilaterally declare an
independent state in the absence of a peace agreement. Officials in the office of Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon said they do not accept that Palestinians have the right to
establish their own state without the support of Israel. The officials were responding to
a statement by the executive committee of the PLO, the Palestine Liberation Organization.
Senior members of the committee said Saturday that they considered they had the right
to unilaterally declare a state for Palestinians made up of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and
East Jerusalem - the areas that Israel took during the 1967 Middle East war.
Officials in Sharon's office told Israel's Army Radio that the Palestinian Authority
was not even able to manage the self-rule areas under its jurisdiction. Therefore, they
said, there could be no discussion of statehood. The PLO statement follows Sharon's recent
threats to unilaterally cut his people off from the Palestinians, if peace talks do not
On Thursday, Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia issued his own threat, proposing
to push for a one-state solution of Arabs and Jews. Under his plan, Palestinians would
seek to gain citizenship in an area that would include all of what is now Israel, plus the
West Bank and Gaza Strip. His plan would likely spell the end of Israel as a Jewish state.
Demographers said that the higher birth rate of Palestinians would quickly put Jews in the
But chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat distanced the rest of the leadership from
Mr. Qureia's plan, saying it does not constitute official policy. Erekat told Israel Army
Radio that the Palestinian Authority was committed to establishing a state within the
boundaries of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem. He said Qureia's comments are
a reflection of Palestinian fears that Israel's refusal to stop settling Jews in these
areas could eventually destroy all hopes of a two-state solution to the conflict.
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