מכתב פתוח לנשיא בוש

 

An Open Letter to the George W. Bush

 

 

Mr. Bush,

 

During the last 7 months, the state of Israel had been under the murderous attack of the forces of the arch-murderer Yasser Arafat. Arafat’s men had murdered close to a hundred Israelis, and injured several hundreds. Life in Israel had become, due to this continuous attack, utterly unbearable. Many populated areas had been under a daily attack, which had become more and more severe as the time passed. The lives of the residents of these areas had become nothing less than living hell. Rifle bullets shot at cars on the highways, grenades thrown at soldiers, mortar shells shot at villages and small towns, bombs exploding in the centers of the big cities – all these had been used on a daily basis against the citizens of Israel on hundreds of locations – including the capital of Israel – Jerusalem. Murder had become an accepted resident in Israel – a part of the daily routine of each and every Israeli. You, Mr. Bush – the president of the United States of America – share a big part of the responsibility for this attack and for this situation.

 

You do not share the responsibility for this murderous attack because of the USA’s active role in the revival of Yasser Arafat, and his return to the political arena as a legitimate player. Nor do you shared it due to the weapons Arafat had received under the custody of the USA – the same weapons which are being used today against the citizens of Israel. Your responsibility is not derived from the direct help the USA had given Arafat’s forces – including the practicing of Arafat’s snipers – one of which had shot a bullet through the head of the 10 months old baby – Shalhevet Pass. Nor is it derived from the enormous quantities of high-technology weapons the USA had sold to Egypt in the last years – weapons which sole possible target is Israel. Nor is it derived from the warming relationship between the USA and the enemies of Israel – enemies that keep swearing publicly their devotion to the destruction of Israel – Syria and Iran. All these are severe and horrible crimes – but they have not been committed by you. The man who had committed them is your predecessor – Bill Clinton – whose account we will settle in the future. But you do share the responsibility for the situation in Israel because since the day you have been elected president, you have not deviated an inch from the course Clinton had set – the murderous course which leads the citizens of Israel to their annihilation.

 

Let me give you two examples: two weeks ago, Arafat’s forces had shelled the Israeli southern town of Shderot with mortars. In retaliation to this, Israeli forces had entered the city of Gaza, where they acted against the murderers who executed the attack and against the commanders who had sent them. Your administration had reacted to this Israeli retaliation by saying – and it was the secretary of state, Mr. Powell – that Israel had used excessive force in Gaza, and that it should refrain from doing so. In several other occasions you have personally said (and others have said in your name) – in reaction to the continuous murderous attack – that both sides must stop the violence. You have related to the actions of the murderers and to the Israeli responses to them in one sentence – as if they were equivalent to each other – and both must be stopped.

 

These two examples prove your share of the responsibility for the horrific situation in Israel today. Envision the following imaginary scenario: Armed gangs take over a few of the neighborhoods in the suburbs of Washington DC, and start shooting into the houses. After a few hours, a few dozens citizens are dead, and the rest are besieged in their houses in fear of getting hurt. What would be your command – as the president – to the army, in such a case? What would be the degree of force you will allow the army to use in order to restore peace in the capital of the United States of America? The answer to this is clear to each and every American: In such a case the army would use any degree of force it would need to use, until all the murderers will be either dead or caught – to the last of them. Any other reaction to such a situation would be utterly inadmissible. It would be inconceivable to restrict the army from using all its weapons and power, in a way that will allow the murderers to continue murdering. Mr. Bush – you know very well that had you given such a command you would not have stayed in office for more than 24 hours. The American people would have kicked you out.

 

And what if, in addition to restricting the army, you would have announced that both sides – the murderers and the army – must stop the violence? How fast would you have flown out the window then? Such an announcement is so fantastically ridiculous that it would be hard to imaging that anyone – and surely the president of the USA – would announce it. But still, this is exactly what you have been saying since you were elected: both sides must stop the violence. As if the actions of the Israeli, who is trying to protect his life from the attack of the Arab aggressor, is equal to the actions of the aggressor; As if the action of the murderer and the action of the victim trying to save himself are morally equivalent.

 

You have said to the people of Israel what you would not have dared saying to the American people. And for this I want to ask you: Do you believe that American citizens deserve to live more than the citizens of Israel? Do you think our lives are worth less than yours? Do you deserve to live peacefully, or to live at all, and we do not? Is it right that we be murdered? Is the last whim of a mad barbaric murderer, whose heart is filled with hate and lies, justification enough to slay innocent people? Should we surrender to the madness of such depraved murderers and sacrifice ourselves? Is that what you think we should do? Do you believe that the barbaric murderer and the innocent victim are morally equivalent, and should be treated in the same manner? Is this your moral judgment regarding this matter? And if it is, do you believe that the United States of America will hold much longer when its president justifies the insane murderous acts of such barbarians? You must remember – the president of the USA is obliged to comply with its constitution, and the constitution of the USA does not allow no civilian – and surely not the president – to uphold murder in exchange for any kind of goods whatsoever.

 

The United States of America was founded on the basis of the principle of human rights. Its founders believed that life – the life of the individual – is the highest value, and that no other value should ever be put above it. They have formulated the American constitution so that it would defend the life and the rights of the individual from any kind of threat. In your actions and your declarations you have deviated – Mr. Bush – from this sacred principle. The sacredness of life, which is the core of the American constitution, demands that every individual must have the right to defend his life. Nothing and no one can rightfully take this right away from any individual, and therefore, from any group of individuals, or any nation.

 

It is therefore the undeniable right of Israel to exercise any degree of power it sees fit to use, in order to stop and to abolish any attempt to hurt any of its citizens – just as it would be the USA’s right to do the same in similar circumstances. Anyone interfering with Israel’s self-defense actions, will by that become an accomplice to the murder of its citizens, and will share the responsibility for it. Anyone trying to limit Israel’s ability to defend itself will by that become an accessory to the crime. Anyone claiming that Israel – which is truly fighting for its existence – is guilty of the same crimes its barbaric aggressors are guilty of – will by that lose the right to be called a moral human being, or a true American. This pertains to you as well, Mr. Bush.

 

You may think, Mr. Bush, that by sacrificing Israel in order to preserve the USA’s relations with the Arab world, you are promoting the interests of the American people. You are wrong. The main interests of the American people have always been – first and foremost – morality and justice. If it would abandon them, the USA would collapse. You may also think, Mr. Bush, that your actions regarding the Middle East are politically wise. Wrong again. Know this: the present time is a time of global test – for everyone – in Israel, in the USA, in Europe, and practically everywhere on the globe. The eyes of the whole world are looking at the combat arena of the Middle East, and are watching the behavior of the international powers – mainly the USA, Europe and the UN – regarding the local players in the arena.

 

If the United States wishes to play a part in the international arena, it must do so only in the name of and for the promotion of human rights. Anything else would mean a betrayal by the USA of its fundamental principles. The USA’s position until now had meant one thing and one thing only: surrender to terror and violence. This is clear to everybody – including the Arabs in the Middle East and the Muslims all over the world. The Islamic terror – I am sure you know – threatens not only Israel. It bares a real threat to the USA as well. If you would surrender to terror today, and would not take a firm stand against it, you would be responsible for its uprise – not only in the Middle East, but also in your back yard. If you would not say clear things regarding this issue today, you may find yourself tomorrow – as we, the citizens of Israel had found ourselves – in a situation where talk would not be enough anymore.

 

The situation in Israel today – where gangs of murderers roam freely in the country, murdering innocent people – cannot continue for long. Soon, Israel would be forced to act vigorously and aggressively against its murderers. It will do so because these enemies will leave her no choice but to do so. When this will happens, every major player in the international arena would have to choose sides – for or against Israel – this would also be inevitable. You – the president of the United States of America – must choose sides with truth, with the good and with justice, and must be faithful to the principles on which the great nation, which you head, was founded on. This is your highest moral obligation, which you are not free to dismiss.

 

You have to rise – today – and say the following:

 

  1. The murder of Israelis must stop immediately. The USA will not put up with murder.
  2. Israel has the full right to protect its citizens in any way it sees fit. For this purpose Israel may rightfully use any degree and any form of force it needs to use. The decisions regarding this matter are Israel’s and Israel’s alone. No one may interfere with Israel’s defense of its citizens – not by actions and not by proclamation.
  3. Israel has the full right to capture or kill anyone threatening the lives of its citizens, just like any cultural country would do in such a case.
  4. The United States of America considers Israel as it allay and friend. It will stand by Israel and consider anyone threatening its Middle East allay as its own enemy.

 

You must say these things today. If you do so, you will return the USA into its primary historical course – the course in which human life is considered sacred – the course in which there is a difference between an innocent man and a murderer – the course in which an innocent man has the right to defend his life – the course in which all free man share the fight against those who wish to harm them. If you refrain from doing so, you would be responsibility for the crime of abandoning the citizens of Israel to the swords of the murderers. You would also be responsible for the inevitable moral decline of the USA towards the violence and the barbarism that await it just around the corner.

 

In any case, we, the citizens of Israel, will remember who had stood by us in our difficult hour, and who had sold us for a share of oil. We will also make sure that the citizens of the USA, and the citizens of the whole world, will know and remember what was your personal role – for better or for worse – in this drama, in which we reluctantly play the main role. It is in your hands now. A few words coming from you may well do the difference. I call upon you today, in the name of the citizens of Israel, to maintain your vow to the true and original heritage of your nation – to act courageously and to renew your nation’s bond – the bond that must never be detached – with honor, with the truth, with the good and with justice. If you follow this route you may have the privilege to save – not only Israel – not only the United States of America – but the whole world.

 

 

 

 

OHAD KAMIN

 

 

Metziut

Israel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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