"Letter to Mesora"
Dr. Alan Keyes - Email
- I write to express my solidarity with the
people of Israel in this difficult time, and to assure you of what I
know you cannot doubt, that millions of Americans stand with Israel as
well. We will remember the truth of Israel's honorable record, insist
that others treat Israel in light of that truth, and not succumb the
cowardly passions of the moment.
- When the European Union asserts moral
authority to coerce Israel into a shameful surrender of its just
claims, we will remember that many Europeans sat on their hands and
did nothing while millions of Jews were slaughtered in the era that
gave birth to the state of Israel.
When "the international community" asserts its moral
authority to dictate Israel's security policy, we will remember what
the "international community" did in 1967, when Arab forces
were amassing to launch a death blow against Israel, when Egyptian
President Nasser kicked out the U.N. troops from the Sinai, and the
international community did precisely nothing.
We will remember how the "international community" sat and
waited for those hundreds of thousands of Arab troops to deliver a
deathblow to Israel, and we will remember that such a blow wasn't
thwarted by international outrage, but by the unanticipated brilliance
of the Israeli military.
We will remember that Israel acquired the Sinai, West Bank and Gaza
not in a war of conquest, but in a desperate and just defensive war
We will remind the "international community" that territory
acquired in a defensive war of survival can, according to universal
understanding, international law, and common sense, be retained until
a negotiated peace is reached. And we will proclaim the truth that the
Israeli people have again and again shown their willingness to put
those territories on the table in the hope of achieving just such a
negotiated settlement for just peace.
Israel's friends in America will insist that the world acknowledge
that the Israelis have shown that they will negotiate in good faith,
and keep agreements reached in good faith. We will remember the
historic Camp David accords between Israel and Egypt in 1978, which
resulted in Israel's peaceful return of the Sinai to the Egyptians. An
agreement made, an agreement kept.
We remember that with Egypt, with Jordan, even quietly with Syria, the
Israelis have proved to be a people of their word, when faced with a
negotiating partner willing to meet its solemn obligations.
- And because we will remember all these things,
we will continue to insist that American and international policy
recognize the poisonous significance of the unbroken record of
murderous deceit which is the history of the PLO, the Palestinian
Authority, and Yasser Arafat. While the Israelis have made concession
after concession, and followed through with real and dangerous steps,
such as turning over to Yasser Arafat authority in the West Bank and
Gaza, Arafat has consistently refused to honor those agreements, to
make significant concessions, and to do the one needful thing to
stop killing Israelis. We remember, and see to this day, what the
"international community" of appeasement refuses to see
that the Palestinian strategy remains the manipulation of all
discussion through the intentional use of terrorist violence, with the
ultimate goal of destroying a demoralized, intimidated and isolated
- We will remember these things, and speak the
truth about them, not only out of respect and solidarity with the
decent and heroic people of Israel. We will do so as well because we
know that peace for all people of the region cannot be built on a
foundation of manipulation, deception, violence.
- The first pre-requisite for peace, and for
self-government, is the restraint of one's own passions and violence
out of respect for justice and fairness. Israel's noble restraint is
unique in the history of the world. Israel has continued, to this day,
to impose on herself the rational restraints of justice and truth,
under circumstances of danger and assault far exceeding those normally
sufficient to entice a people to submit entirely to rage and
retribution. It is difficult to find words to express the
contemptibility of the moral lectures such a noble people routinely
receives from the self-appointed guardians of moral smugness in Europe
The people in the Middle East deserve a better fate than tragic
self-immolation. They will attain such a better fate only when they
understand that the plea of victimization even if true, which in
this case it is not cannot excuse the surrender to evil in one's
own soul. The friends of Israel serve the cause of the people of the
entire region when we insist that the path to peace requires
dismantling the Palestinian terror machine.
- The truth, and the truth alone, will set the
Palestinian people free, for they are imprisoned not by the Israel's
just defense of its right to exist and defend its people, but by the
self-imposed hatred that poisons the soul, and withers the future.
- Israel is today, as Israel has always been, a
sign of hope that God's children can seek to be pleasing in His sight.
Israel is today, as Israel has always been, hateful in the eyes of
those whose neck is stiff, and whose heart is filled with hate and
falsehood. Until it shall please God to make the land of His special
favor a pleasing sight to all the nations, may it please Him to
continue to give all Americans the eyes to see in Israel, as is truly
the case, a beacon of justice, courage, and truth.
- My prayers, my heart, are with the brave
people of Israel."
- - Alan Keyes