With links from Israel Matzav
Israel’s business leaders have finally realized they cannot let the last chance for a peace agreement go down the drainÂ
In September 1993, before Prime MinisterÂ Yitzhak RabinÂ traveled to the signing ceremony of the interim agreement withÂ ArafatÂ in Washington, bulletin boards inÂ IsraelÂ were decorated with a glaring blue poster reading, “Only he who dares wins.”
That’s defeatist BS. I agree with Carl in J’lem:
Who says we need peace to have a strong economy?
For those of you who have bought into the Obama-Kerry-Livni-Peres nonsense that we need ‘peace’ to have a strong economy, please considerthis.
A few facts for those who think that “peace” is necessary for a strong economy:
- During 65 years of conflict Israel has created a stunning economic miracle;
- In the last 25 years of conflict Israel was one of the fastest growing economies in the OECD;
- In the last 5 years of conflict Israel was THE fastest growing economy;
- The IDF 8200 unit was identified by Startup Nation as a key source of the innovation that makes Israel a Hi-tech leader;
- The other OECD country competing with Israel for title of fastest growing country: South Korea (another country facing existential threats);
- The slowest growing OECD economies: the “peaceful” EU countries;
- The 65 year old Arab boycott of Israel has been a total failure and helped destroy Arab economies.
We don’t need ‘peace’ for a strong economy. If anything, ‘peace’ in scare quotes is far more likely to destroy the economy that we have.
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Â Gohmert told Netanyahu to make day of ‘prayer and fasting’ to stop Kerry plan
I love Louis.Â Among other things, Gohmert compares Netanyahu to King David, and says that he suggested to Netanyahu to make a national day of prayer and fasting to ask God to stop Kerry.
West doesn’t care about Syrians
The poster called on Rabin andÂ PeresÂ not to delay the signing and to reach as soon as possible what at the time appeared to be at arm’s length: A peace agreement with the Palestinians. This go ahead greeting to Rabin was signed by owners and CEOs of Israel’s biggest companies, who are today derogatorily called “tycoons.” The signatures were collected by businessmanÂ Benny Gaon
That was the start of the public affair between the Israeli business community and the political Left. Businesspeople personally and financially supported the activity of organizations and associations operating under the banner of reconciliation with the Palestinians and an agreement based on two states for two people. Enthusiastically, they participated in Israeli-Palestinian economic conferences and believed that doing business will bring peace closer.
TheÂ second intifadaÂ diminished the hopes, but theÂ disengagementÂ from Gaza awakened them and reunited the business community under the dovish flag once again. Not for good: In recent years the alliance between the dovish camp and the business camp was dissolved. The Left put the war on economic corporations at the top of its agenda, and the latter sank into a business survival struggle.
Until now. On Sunday, it seems, leaders of the business sector finally realized that they cannot afford to stand aloof and see the last chance for an agreement going down the drain. They overcame their fears of reactions from different kinds of populists, and signed aÂ manifestoÂ calling on the Israeli government to “reach a peace agreement urgently.”
The 100 signatories will leave next week for a special day of discussions with the Palestinians in the Swiss ski resort of Davos. Although it will happen at the end of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, the event is at the invitation of the forum and under its sponsorship. This event is immeasurably more important than the glimmering gathering of the forum itself.
The thesis at the basis of the manifesto issued by the businesspeople is the opposite of the claim which has come out of Netanyahu’s mouth more than once, both as prime minister and as finance minister, that Israel will prosper and grow even without a settlement with the Palestinians, and that our political situation has nothing to do with our economic situation.
This claim was adopted by quite a few people in the so-called “social” camp, and helped see the peace process as a nuisance and American obsession. The slogan “An entire generation demands peace” was replaced with “An entire generation demands cheap cottage cheese.” Now the business community leaders are standing up and saying: Without an agreement, forget not only about cheap cottage cheese but also about a rising standard of living.
The group members include people who have voted for different parties and hold different opinions. They are united by a deep concern for Israel’s future. The business sector is now awakening from the illusion of a growing economy without peace, at least partial and practical peace. When will other sectors awaken from this illusion? It’s time to put the most important and crucial thing back at the top of the national and public list of priorities – a solution to the conflict.
The only solution the Arabs will offer is the “final solution”. The Jews need to stop bickering among themselves and stand as one against the Â genocidal Muslim Arabs. Â They have to call on the (still) free world to fess up. They are not doing that. Why not?