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April 17, 2003

The Oslo Dayenu by Steven Plaut -

* When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Labor/Meretz supporters assured us that Arafat would pursue peace.
-But they were wrong. It should have been enough.
* When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Labor/Meretz supporters assured us that Hamas would be more of a threat to the PLO than to Israel.
-But they were wrong. It should have been enough.
* When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Labor/Meretz supporters assured us that Arafat would fight the Hamas and Islamic Jihad "with no Supreme Court or Betselem" (in Rabins words).
-But they were wrong. It should have been enough.
* When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Labor/Meretz supporters assured us that terrorism would decrease.
-But they were wrong. It should have been enough.
* When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Labor/Meretz supporters assured us that hostility to Jews in the Arab and the Western media would decrease.
-But they were wrong. It should have been enough.
* When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Labor/Meretz supporters assured us that trade between Israel and Arab countries would flourish.
-But they were wrong. It should have been enough.
* When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Labor/Meretz supporters assured us that the Palestinian Authority would be disarmed.
-But they were wrong. It should have been enough.
* When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Labor/Meretz supporters assured us that the PLO would cooperate strategically with the Israel Defense Forces.
-But they were wrong. It should have been enough.
* When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Labor/Meretz lemmings assured us that there would be an economic peace dividend.
-But they were wrong. It should have been enough.
* When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Labor/Meretz lemmings assured us that Israeli Arabs would demonstrate increasing moderation due to the "peace process".
-But they were wrong. It should have been enough.
* When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Labor/Meretz lemmings assured us that the Hamas and Jihad would be persecuted and suppressed by the PLO.
-But they were wrong. It should have been enough.
* When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Labor/Meretz lemmings assured us that PLO arms would never again be used against Jews.
-But they were wrong. It should have been enough.
* When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Labor/Meretz lemmings assured us that the PLO leadership would speak in terms of peace with the Jews.
-But they were wrong. It should have been enough.
* When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Labor/Meretz lemmings assured us that the PLO would cease its efforts to delegitimize Zionism and Israel.
-But they were wrong. It should have been enough.
* When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Labor/Meretz lemmings assured us that the PLO would denounce and renounce anti-Semitism.
-But they were wrong. It should have been enough.
* When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Labor/Meretz lemmings assured us that the PLO would encourage normalization and daily peaceful commerce between Arabs and Jews.
-But they were wrong. It should have been enough.
* When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Labor/Meretz lemmings assured us that the PLO would introduce democracy in the Palestinian zones.
-But they were wrong. It should have been enough.
* When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Labor/Meretz lemmings assured us that the PLO would be forced to spend all its energies on resolving domestic social and economic problems.
-But they were ever so wrong. It should have been enough.
* When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Labor/Meretz lemmings assured us that the PLO would have so many internal troubles that it would not have the time or ability to pursue confrontation with Israel.
-G-d, but they were wrong. It should have been enough.
* When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Labor/Meretz lemmings assured us that the US would back Israel if the PLO reneged on its obligations or displayed duplicity.
-What a joke, they were so wrong. It should have been enough.
* When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Labor/Meretz lemmings assured us that the US would cease to pressure Israel to endanger its security and fundamental interests.
-But they were mega-wrong. It should have been enough.
* When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Labor/Meretz lemmings assured us that the Europeans would rush forward to support Israel.
-But they were wrong. It should have been enough.
* When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Labor/Meretz lemmings assured us that the Japanese and Saudis would pour money into regional investments, including into Israel.
-But they were wrong. It should have been enough.
* When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Labor/Meretz lemmings assured us that the Egyptians would end all animosity towards Israel, Zionism and Jews.
-But they were wrong. It should have been enough.
* When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Labor/Meretz lemmings assured us that the non-Arab Moslem countries would gush friendship for Israel.
-But they were wrong. It should have been enough.
* When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Labor/Meretz lemmings assured us that Arab military expenditure would drop significantly.
-But they were wrong. It should have been enough.
* When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Labor/Meretz lemmings assured us that Arab verbal threats against Israel would end.
-But they were wrong. It should have been enough.
* When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Labor/Meretz lemmings assured us that Nazi-like propaganda in Arab countries would end.
-But they were wrong. It should have been enough.
* When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Labor/Meretz lemmings assured us that the Israeli Left would lead the retreat from the Oslo experiment it if proved to be not working.
-But they were wrong. It should have been enough.
* When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Labor/Meretz lemmings assured us that the PLO would never show itself as a tin cup Third-World kleptocracy if granted power.
-But they were wrong. It should have been enough.
* When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Labor/Meretz lemmings assured us that Jews remaining in Moslem countries would see their treatment dramatically improved.
-But they were wrong. It should have been enough.
* When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Labor/Meretz lemmings assured us that Russia would act as a stabilizing force for peace.
-But they were wrong. It should have been enough.
* When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Labor/Meretz lemmings assured us that liberals and leftists around the world would congratulate Israel for taking risks for peace and rush forward with goodwill and support.
-But they were wrong. It should have been enough.
* When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Labor/Meretz lemmings assured us that the majority of Palestinians would denounce all violence and terror.
-But they were wrong. It should have been enough.
* When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Labor/Meretz lemmings assured us that Israel Arabs would cease to support political parties dedicated to eliminating Israel.
-But they were wrong. It should have been enough.
* When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Labor/Meretz lemmings assured us that Palestinian and Israeli Arab chants of "Death to the Jews" and "Massacre the Jews" would end.
-But they were wrong. It should have been enough.
* When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Labor/Meretz lemmings assured us that no longer would the Israeli Arab chant be "In blood and fire we shall redeem thee Palestine."
-But they were wrong. It should have been enough.