Partying with Peres
By: Nissan Ratzlav-Katz
FrontPageMagazine.com | Friday, September 19, 2003
I am throwing Shimon Peres a birthday party. Well, not on my own, I admit. I am getting help. I am doing it with another 6,600,000 or so Israelis.
Beginning on Sunday, September 21, 2003, opposition Labor party leader Shimon Peres, one of the central figures behind the Oslo Accords with PLO leader Yasser Arafat, will be celebrating his 80th birthday in a series of government-supported - and hence, taxpayer-sponsored - events. The mega-bash will be held at Tel Aviv’s Mann Auditorium and the A-list includes former United States President Bill Clinton, former leader of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev and other foreign dignitaries, as well as famous entertainers, such as singer Barbara Streisand. Peres will be feted at a special reception at President Moshe Katsav’s official residence, a special "artistic event" featuring performances by leading artists, audio-visual clips and special effects will be held in his honor, and an international conference entitled "Vision & Reality" will be convened at Tel Aviv University on Monday, also in honor of the octogenarian Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
Again, it bears repeating - the arrangements for this Peres-fest are being made on the public tab. On my tab. And this, at a time when Israel’s Finance Minister is struggling with various sectors of the population in attempts to slash spending; at a time when even the Defense Ministry is forced to tighten belts; at a time when single mothers are organizing strikes against cuts to social welfare benefits; at a time when hospitals are closing for lack of funds; at a time when entire industries are suffering crippling setbacks. Yet, somehow, there’s enough "petty cash" to throw Shimon Peres an extended, glittery and exorbitant birthday party. Where are all the left-leaning "clean government" and "social welfare" activists to protest this shameful waste of public funds?
"Is the government supposed to pay for people's birthday parties?" asked one very insightful citizen-taxpayer (okay, my wife). "I mean, I would understand if they wanted to maybe get him a big cake...."
Most irksome is the fact that, while I am paying for this thing, the guest list doesn’t even include me. Apparently, only fawning Peres-ites are invited. Ahah. And that answers my question about where all the left-leaning "social welfare" and "clean government" activists are.
Also among those who will definitely not be attending the festivities are the thousand-plus Israeli civilians killed by Arab terrorists since Peres and then-Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin signed the Olso Accords and paved the way for the PLO and its brother organizations to operate with a free hand in the Land of Israel. Those people - once called "victims of peace" by our confused leaders - don’t celebrate birthdays anymore. And unlike Peres’ family and friends, the families of the victims of his chosen policies can only see their loved ones in a graveyard.
To add insult to injury, the date of the party indicates that it is intended more as a celebration of Peres’ work in foisting the 1993 Arafat-Israel "peace agreement" on his countrymen than of his birth. Peres’ birthday, you see, was last month; the Oslo Accords, on the other hand, turned ten years old this month. Thus, while the name Yitzhak Rabin will undoubtedly be mentioned reverently several times over the course of the Peres festivities, the names of the many post-Oslo victims of Arab terrorism will not even be whispered.
Therefore, if I am already paying for this disgrace, I permit myself to suggest a more faithful tribute to Peres and his life’s work - the Oslo "peace accords." My tribute would consist of a series of posters, some even borrowed from the Israeli ultra-leftist Btselem "human rights organization," which would simply note the empirical fact that in the ten-year period before birthday-boy Shimon Peres allowed Arafat's Trojan Horse into our gates, approximately 130 Israeli civilians were killed by Arab terrorists; yet, subsequent to that accursed event ten years ago, more than 1,125 Israeli civilians have fallen victim to Arab terrorism. And mostly, the posters would note, it is due to you, Shimon. Thanks.
On the fourth anniversary of the Oslo Accords (September 13, 1997), when asked by an Israel Radio interviewer whether the "peace process" could be defeated by its opponents, Shimon Peres replied with a classic Freudian slip, "The Oslo process will obliterate everybody."
So, what should I send as a gift for the man who has (obliterated) everything?
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