Time for Clinton to Make a Sacrifice for Peace
October 19, 1998
Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director, IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis)
Last night Prime Minister Netanyahu offered a creative compromise
when Yasser Arafat declared that he would never extradite Brig.
Gen. Ghazi Jabali, the head of Gaza Civil Police, wanted by Israel
for ordering terrorist attacks. "Call your boss, Mubarak, and have
him let Azzam Azzam [the Israeli citizen imprisoned in Cairo for
espionage] come home, and we will forego the extradition of
That's right, an Egyptian "sacrifice for peace."
Netanyahu wasn't grandstanding. He was dead serious.
So let's take this another step: Israel has every right to insist
on the extradition of all the terrorists on their list but Clinton
insists that the best Arafat can do is keep them in Palestinian
prisons. If Mubarak could make a "sacrifice for peace" how about
And Jonathan Pollard is an easy sacrifice to make. He has served
a longer sentence than anyone who committed a similar crime and his
continued incarceration represents a thorn in American-Israeli
And to complete the "sacrifices" we have some that Arafat can do.
Something which he is obligated to do under the Oslo Agreement but
hasn't to date: finally reveal all the information he has on the
Israeli MIAs. And he has information. Arafat knows what happened
to the other half of the Baumol's ID tags but so far he has
indicated that he doesn't want to embarrass the Syrians by
revealing the information.
So here's the deal: The PA only incarcerates everyone on the
Israeli list and does not have to extradite them. Arafat reveals
his information on the Israeli MIA's. Egypt releases Azzam Azzam.
And Jonathan Pollard comes home on Netanyahu's plane.
With this issue out of the way, Clinton can have his photo
opportunity as Israel signs off on an understanding on this issue and the date for a new round of negotiations on the remaining
issues is announced.
Will this happen? I doubt it. Because when it comes to making
"sacrifices for peace", Clinton thinks only of Israeli sacrifices.
Pollard for Jabali?