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The party is Over -- An Open Letter To A Friend In Peace Now

Article/book #: 412
Title: The party is Over -- An Open Letter To A Friend In Peace Now
By: Michel Warschawski  
Date of issue: 2000
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It has been seven years exactly since I wrote my last letter to you. It was the day after the signing of the Oslo Accords, when you invited me to dance with you in Menorah Square, celebrating an Israeli-Palestinian peace that had not yet acquired the suffix "process." Permit me to quote for you a few passages from that old letter: "You danced in the square because you were happy about this peace. Not just plain peace, but a blend of peace, security, Palestinian chest-beating over sins committed (renunciation of terrorism), and far-reaching concessions by the other side. A peace that you can be proud of. A peace -- so you boast -- for which we are giving nothing ('Just a tiny bit,' whispers the prime minister) and gaining much: recognition, greater security, a halt to the Intifada, renunciation of terrorism, being relieved of the Arabs, and more. You are happy about this peace, and in its honor you invite me to dance with you. No thank you…. "Ever since I've known you, fifteen years already, you have struggled for peace, not as a value in itself but as a means of assuring us, the Israelis, of security. You are in favor of withdrawal from the Occupied Territories in order to assure Israel a Jewish majority; you demonstrated against Sharon because you were concerned for the soul of the Jewish youth; and you agreed to talk with the PLO lest we be compelled to talk with Hamas. I, by contrast, see peace as an end and not merely as a means, and call for getting out of the Occupied Territories because we have nothing to be there for, even if the occupation did not cost us even one victim or one cent; and I am against shooting children -- and adults -- simply because it is forbidden to shoot children or ordinary civilians.

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