by Nadia Matar, Women in Green
When Swiss President Hans-Rudolf Merz's intention to meet Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during the Durban II Conference taking place in Switzerland became known, officials in Jerusalem issued a statement harshly critical of Switzerland, and of Merz himself. It declared, inter alia, that "there is absolutely no reason to hold such a meeting with a serial Holocaust denier such as Ahmadinejad."
Israel's President, Shimon Peres, expressed himself in a similar manner at the ceremony opening Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day, saying that "the Conference that opens today in Geneva is the acceptance of racism, not a war against it. And the main spokesman at it, Ahmadinejad, calls to destroy Israel and denies the Holocaust. It's a shame."
If I were the President of Switzerland, I would respond to Shimon Peres and those Israeli officials:
"Excuse me? What do you want from me? You don't have a problem with meeting with the Holocaust denier Abu Mazen! The same Abu Mazen who chose the denial of the Holocaust as the subject of his doctoral thesis. And this is not all - to the Holocaust denier Abu Mazen, the head of Fatah, a partner in the massacre of the eleven Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympic Games in 1972, you give guns, "police" forces, an army, and an almost autonomous Authority, with control over a population in which the book Mein Kampf is a best-seller, and Holocaust denial is universal. Why are contacts with Abu Mazen OK, while shaking Ahmadinejad's hand is invalid?"
Actually, if the Swiss President were to answer like that, I think he would be right.
This is simple, unvarnished hypocrisy to distinguish between the Holocaust denier Ahmadinejad and the Holocaust denier Abu Mazen. And Holocaust denial is not all that they have in common. Both support the elimination of the State of Israel. One by an atomic attack, and the other by the "two states for two people solution," which in fact is a nice slogan on the road to a Final Solution for the State of Israel as a Jewish state.
So then, anyone who conducts talks with Abu Mazen and his people, and even helps him to enhance his power and standing - should not have any complaints about someone who has talks with Ahmadinejad. Israel can register complaints only when it mends its own fences. It can do this only by the formal revocation of the Oslo Accords and a public announcement that the Oslo Accords were a mistake and a crime that cannot be repeated.
With the Oslo Accords, the Oslo architects, headed by Shimon Peres, gave a seal of approval to the arch murderer Yasser Arafat and his movement. The Oslo Accords are based on the false assumption that Arafat and the PLO/Fatah are legitimate partners for dialogue, and that they should be strengthened by giving them weapons, ammunition, and cities of refuge, while in contrast, other organizations, such as Hamas and the Islamic Jihad, are not kosher - when it was clear to all, already in 1993 when the Oslo Accords were signed, that there is no difference between Fatah, on the one hand, and, on the other, Hamas and the other terror organizations. The murderous terror attacks against Israel, a considerable part of which were perpetrated by Fatah members (despite the signing of the Oslo Accords), proved that they all champion terror against Jews, and actively participate in terror activities against Jews. All of them - Fatah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and the other organizations - are united in their belief that Israel has no right to exist. All you have to do is open up a history book in the PLO Palestinian Authority's schools to see that Israel does not appear in its books, just as it does not appear in the books of Hamas supporters.
Accordingly, before attacking and denouncing the Swiss President, we must understand that the ones who gave a "kosher" stamp to Arafat and Abu Mazen are the ones who paved the way for approving Ahmadinejad.
It is still not too late to make things right. The new Israeli government must proclaim to all the world that it makes no distinction between Abu Mazen-Ismael Henya-Ahmadinejad and Osama bin Laden. They all are detestable terrorists, against whom a no-holds-barred war must be conducted. This is the only way that Israel will once again be a light unto the nations.
Only then will Israel regain its moral right to make demands to and raise complaints against the countries of the world, with Switzerland at the top of the list.
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