The Zionist Organization of America, much to my amusement, is criticizing Paul Wolfowitz following his remarks at Georgetown University, where he expressed his support for the Geneva Understandings. See the full text of their press-release in the link for more information below.
What amuses me is the idea that the rest of the world views Wolfowitz as a rabid Likudnik Zionist, and here he goes, again, and shows that he is nothing of the sort. While I disagree with his conclusions regarding the Geneva plan, and am actually quite disappointed that he would protect such a flawed initiative, I fully defend his right to make his opinion public, and hope that those who see a Zionist conspiracy controlling the American government were watching.
The following is the full text from the ZOA press-release:
October 31, 2003 Contact: (212) 481-1500 Attn: NEWS EDITOR
He Also Equated Israel & Terrorists
ZOA CRITICIZES BUSH AIDE FOR SUPPORTING PLAN TO PUSH ISRAEL BACK TO THE
NEW YORK- The Zionist Organization of America has criticized Deputy Defense
Secretary Paul Wolfowitz for publicly praising a plan that would push Israel
back to the indefensible pre-1967 borders and tear Jerusalem in half.
The Jerusalem Post reported (Oct. 31, 2003) that in an October 30 speech at
Georgetown University, praised a plan being promoted by Israeli leftwing
activists, known as the “Geneva Understandings,” which requires Israel to
return to the pre-1967 borders and would turn half of Jerusalem –including
Judaism’s holiest site, the Temple Mount– into the capitol of a Palestinian
Arab state. Wolfowitz said the points in the Geneva Plan “look very much
like” the Bush administration’s Road Map plan.
According to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (Oct. 31, 2003), Wolfowitz said
the Geneva plan “is the plan that best reflects the road map.” He also said
President Bush “is ready to pressure Israel” on issues such as Jewish
communities in Judea-Samaria-Gaza.
To make matters worse, Wolfowitz repeatedly seemed to equate Israel and
Palestinian Arab terrorists, by implying that Israel’s counter-terror
actions were comparable to Palestinian Arab terrorist attacks. He said,
according to the Post: “The bombings and the violent response to the
bombings in the last several months have certainly been a big setback, and
we’ve got to get it back on track.”
The Post reported: “He had harsh words for both sides, criticizing Israel
for continuing settlements in the occupied territories and causing
Palestinian suffering in those territories. He said Palestinians must stop
terrorist attacks on Israel.” However, Wolfowitz made no reference to the
much more widespread illegal Arab construction activity in the territories.
Wolfowitz also said “both sides” have “extremists” who oppose the Road Map
and must be “isolated.”
ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said: “By praising the Geneva plan,
Deputy Secretary Wolfowitz is suggesting, for the first time, that the U.S.
position is to redivide Jerusalem and force Israel back to the indefensible
pre-1967 borders. We urge President Bush to publicly disavow Wolfowitz’s
comments and to make clear that the U.S. has never supported, and does not
support, giving half of Jerusalem to Arafat and a retreat to the
nine-miles-wide borders of 1967.”
* The late Abba Eban said that the 1967 border would leave Israel so
vulnerable that “it has for us something of a memory of Auschwitz.” (Der
Spiegel, November 5, 1969)
* A study by the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff in June 1967 concluded: “From a
strictly military point of view Israel would require the retention of some
captured Arab territory in order to provide militarily defensible borders
… [including] control of the prominent high ground running north-south
through the middle of West Jordan [Judea-Samaria],” as well as the entire
Gaza Strip and the entire Golan Heights.
* Lt.-Gen. Thomas Kelly, director of operations for the Joint Chiefs of
Staff during the 1991 Gulf War, said: “It is impossible to defend Jerusalem
unless you hold that high ground [in Judea-Samaria]. I look out from those
heights and look onto the West Bank and say to myself, ‘If I’m the chief of
staff of the Israel Defense Forces, I cannot defend this land without that
terrain.'” (Jerusalem Post, Nov. 7, 1991)
Main Points of the Geneva Accord:
* Israel withdraws to the indefensible pre-1967 borders. Only tiny
modifications of the border are allowed, and even then Israel would have to
give the Palestinian Authority an equal amount of territory from within the
* Most of the 200,000 Jews living beyond the 1967 border (including parts of
Jerusalem that are technically over the boundary line) would be forcibly
expelled from their homes and towns.
* A sovereign Palestinian Arab state would be created immediately in
Judea-Samaria and Gaza.
* There is a timetable for Israeli withdrawals, but no reference to any
timetable for the PA to disband terrorist groups (which it calls “irregular
forces or armed bands”) and no reference whatsoever to confiscating the tens
of thousands of illegal weapons in the hands of terrorists. The process
could drag on for years, even decades, while terrorists murder Jews and the
government of “Palestine” insists it is “doing its best” to find the
* Jerusalem would be redivided. The eastern part of the city would become
the capitol of “Palestine.”
* The new state of “Palestine” is required to be “a non-militarized state,”
but the job of monitoring compliance is given to an “International
Verification Group,” which would be dissolved after five years.
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The Zionist Organization of America, founded in 1897, is the oldest
pro-Israel organization in the United States. The ZOA works to strengthen
U.S.-Israel relations, educates the American public and Congress about the
dangers that Israel faces, and combats anti-Israel bias in the media and on
college campuses. Its past presidents have included Supreme Court Justice
Louis Brandeis and Rabbi Dr. Abba Hillel Silver.
This can also be found on the Imra website.