Open Letter to MI5 Director General Jonathan Evans

The other is that Israel has not had a Palestinian partner for peace. The truth of history on this account is that the ground for peace on the Palestinian side was prepared by Yasser Arafat as far back as 1979? more than a quarter of a century ago. In that year, 1979, Arafat persuaded the Palestine National Council, the highest decision-making body on the Palestinian side, to back his policy of politics and, until then, unthinkable compromise with Israel. (Unthinkable because accepting Israel inside its pre-1967 borders required the Palestinians to renounce their claim to 78% of their land).

As I recorded in my book Arafat, Terrorist or Peacemaker?it took him six long years to persuade first his Fatah leadership colleagues and then other PNC members to accept the reality of Israel’s existence. When the vote was eventually taken, in 1979, it was 296 forhis policy of politics and compromise and four against. Arafat, who had risked his life as well as his credibility to turn his people around, was then at the height of his powers; and from that moment on, and as President Carter knew, there could have been successful negotiations for a real and lasting peace based on a genuine two-state solution – Israel back behind its pre-1967 borders with Jerusalem, preferably as an open city, the capital of two states.

The problem was that Arafat did not have a partner for peace on the Israeli side - because Zionism was not, and is not, interested in peace on any terms the vast majority of Palestinians and other Arabs and most Muslims everywhere could accept. It’s true that in 1993, and thanks in part to President Clinton’s stage management and pulling power, Arafat did have a “perhaps” Israeli partner for peace in the shape of Yitzhak Rabin, but he was assassinated by a gut-Zionist. And Rabin was succeeded by Israeli leaders whose prime objective was to re-demonise and destroy the Palestinian leader. Arafat the terrorist they could handle. Arafat the peacemaker they could not. Didn’t Barak offer Arafat “95 percent” of everything he had said he wanted? No, he did not! That, too, is a propaganda lie.

It was to tell the truth of history, to empower the citizens of nations to play their necessary part in making democracy work for justice and peace in the Middle East, that I devoted more than five years of my life to researching and writing an epic, two-volume book, Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews. It’s a re-write of the entire history of the making and sustaining of the conflict in and over Palestine, replacing Zionist mythology with the documented facts and truth of history. And it’s the oppositeof anti-Semitic. (It’s actually my Gentile call for the Jews to become the light unto nations by demonstrating that right can triumph over might, and that there is a place for morality in politics. The key to understanding is knowledge ofthe difference between Judaism and Zionism? why they are total opposites: and thus why it is perfectly possible to be passionately anti-Zionist? opposed to Zionism’s colonial enterprise ? without being in any way, shape or form anti-Semitic; and also why it is wrong to blame all Jews everywhere for the crimes of the few, hardest core Zionists).

When one knows the truth of history, one can understand why it is that Arabs and Muslims everywhere are hurt, angry and humiliated.

There are three related elements to one of the prime causes (the underlying prime cause) of this hurt, anger and humiliation. The first is Israel’s arrogance of power. The second is American administration support for Israel right or wrong. The third is the impotence of the regimes of the existing Arab (and wider Muslim) Order, regimes which are correctly perceived by their masses to be American-and-Zionist stooges (more by default than design, I say).

The other prime cause (a more recent phenomenon) of Arab and Muslim hurt, anger and humiliation is what has happened since the neo-cons (ideologues and mad men) came to power in Washington DC ? the invasion and occupation of Iraq, sold to the people of America and Britain by a pack of propaganda lies; and, it seems, preparations for an attack on Iran, which, if it happens, could bring about the collapse of the global economy and make averting a Clash of Civilisations, Judeo-Christian v Islamic, a mission impossible.

It also has to be said that Arabs and Muslims everywhere are not less than completely aware of the double-standards of Western policy? the fact that there are two sets of rules for the behaviour of nations, one for all nations with the exception of Israeland one for Israel(plus today neo-con driven America and, in foreign policy terms, the Blairised Britain Gordon Brown has inherited).

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