Why Won't We Say What the Emperoris [Not] Wearing?
Why won't the Israelis face the facts and speak about them
openly? Why won't they acknowledge that from the beginning until the present all the peace
process has accomplished is to strengthen the Arab position?
There are two reasons. First of all, it would jeopardize their own credibility. They
risked entering into negotiations and/or agreements with the Arabs, and they feel that
admitting that the Arabs have not relented, would be considered a failure. If they would
say: "Look, the emperor is naked; there are no new clothes; the Arabs have not made
any moves toward peace," they fear that their own garments would also look pretty
shabby. They would have to admit that they had endangered the security of their land with
a mistaken approach.
So what is done instead? They ignore the danger and try to camouflage it so that others
will not see it as well. There were times when terrorist attacks were reported in Western
news media before the official media in Israel even mentioned them. On numerous occasions,
rather than expose the charade in the Arab peace effort, Israel has reinforced the Arab
position by publicly recognizing them as "partners in the endeavor to reach
But the Israeli difficulty with speaking honestly about the peace process goes deeper
than the self-interest of the leaders who have embraced it. Israel has continually chosen
to worry first about what other nations will say, and second about its own priorities.
Rather than focus on what is necessary for our own security, growth and development, the
attitude has always been: What will the Arabs say? And what will the response from
Not that there is anything novel in this attitude. Over three thousand years ago, the
returning scouts whom Moses had dispatched to report on the inhabitants of the Promised
Land debriefed as follows: "We were like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and so we were
in theirs." It all begins with our own self-image, how we look at ourselves. When we
perceive ourselves as puny, when we cower within, it is no surprise that our enemies will
act aggressively toward us. Conversely, when we have self-respect, when without boastful
pride we focus on our own priorities and give precedence to our own security, other
nations will regard us differently.
After the Six-Day War there was a real fear of Israel and her army within the Arab
world. Today, sadly, that is no longer true. Why? Because of our concessions, because of
our inability to stand up and claim what is rightfully ours, they perceive us as weak. And
a weak enemy invites aggressiveness.
The same applies with regard to Israel's relations with America. If Israel will not
stand up for her priorities, can one expect America to fight for them? If Israel will not
protest the constant Arab violation of agreements, why should America be concerned with
Even when we need help from other nations, we need not cower before them in fear.
America considers foreign aid as an investment. And every investor will be more impressed
with a prospective partner who - though not boastful or arrogant - knows what he needs and
wants and is forthright in seeking it.