Dr. Yossi Beilin
-- let's not forget the man has a PhD -- is truly following in the footsteps
of his political mentor Shimon Peres. "Peres' Poodle," as former Prime Minister
Yitzhak Rabin called Beilin, has had a dream of "peace" and recently acted
out his fantasy at Geneva. Like Peres, he's been rejected in the electoral
realm of politics. And also like Peres, since the Israeli electorate rejected
him, and he knows "better," Beilin has pursued his "dream" into other realms.
Beilin himself has called the Geneva Initiative -- he helped author -- a
"virtual" agreement that he hopes to make real.
From the 1970's-90's, Shimon Peres had been up and down the Labor Party ladder
of leadership. His arch nemesis was Yitzhak Rabin. Twice Yitzhak Rabin led
the Labor Party to electoral success. Twice Peres succeeded him as prime
minister -- in parliamentary fashion -- without being elected, after unfortunate
circumstances caused Rabin's fall. The first time Rabin fell after the discovery
of his wife's illegal foreign currency bank account in America; the second
time, with his murder. But the oddest fact of all is that Peres has run for
prime minister five times and lost five elections, yet been prime minister
three times. How has he managed to circumvent the Israeli people's will?
We might not fully understand it, but Beilin does. He has managed to learn
the lessons well. What the people of Israel think, and how they vote, is
neither hear nor there; it doesn't count. What counts is Beilin's "dream."
And what is Beilin's "dream"?
Dr. Yossi Beilin -- a shrewd political scientist -- during the last Israeli
election season received too low a position during the internal Labor primary
to be realistically elected to the Knesset -- Israel's parliament -- so he
moved to the further-left Meretz Party. He managed to get himself put on
the party's election list, but Meretz didn't get that many votes and Beilin
didn't get into the Knesset, the first time since 1988. Yossi Beilin, like
his mentor Shimon Peres lost the election.
But Beilin had already tasted power. He's been Deputy Minister of Finance,
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Economics and Social Development,
Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, Minister of Justice, and Minister
of Religious Affairs. His political drive toward the top seemed unstoppable.
Then the debacle called the "Oslo Process" became apparent, and Yossi Beilin's
secret back-channel involvement in formulating the whole Oslo thing lost
him credibility with "Joe Israeli," who hasn't been too happy with the three-year-old
Oslo War. Beilin paid the price, the way politicians do in democratic
countries -- if Israel was like its neighbors, he probably would have been
executed -- instead he lost an election and was drummed out of political
But Joseph-Yossi had a "dream." So, he organized a political movement called
Shachar-Dawn to push it forward. Yossi has been driven since the beginning
of the 1990's to bring "peace" to Israel, or at least, like his mentor, to
get himself to the top of the political ladder. Yossi understood that Israel
was going through some hard economic times, so like the Joseph of the Bible,
he proposed a "new social-democratic party." Swerving away from his obsession
of "peace," Yossi spoke words of social equality and economic justice just
long enough to build himself into a "complete" politician, with a full range
of policies. With the Geneva Initiative in his back pocket, bankrolled by
Switzerland and other EU states -- who want to set-up the Geneva Initiative
as a counter-balance to the US's Road Map -- he's cajoled members of the
Meretz Party to merge with Shachar. Yossi now stands to run for the leadership
of a combined party presently called Meretz-Yi'ud.
Joseph-Yossi had a "dream," he would be a leader over his brothers. And so,
Yossi Beilin spoke to the people's fears of economic catastrophe. He promised
he could "fix the economy" and bring "peace" too. So, Yossi and his friends
negotiated a "peace agreement" unofficially, as private citizens -- remember
the Israeli government does not back the Geneva Initiative -- with private
It's not clear how much Arafat, or the Palestinian government, supports the
Geneva Initiative, but it is known there have been several large demonstrations
in the West Bank and Gaza against the agreement, and Palestinian Authority
religious leaders have issued a "Fatwa" -- Islamic legal ruling -- forbidding
any Muslim from signing an agreement that gives up the so-called "right-of-return"
of "Palestinian Refugees." Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and Arafat's own Fatah have
circulated leaflets calling the Palestinians involved with the agreement
"traitors and collaborators," and called for them to be brought to trial.
But Yossi has a "dream" and a little opposition from Israelis or Palestinians
won't stop him, especially since he has a blank check from Europe to chase
his "dream." The Europeans finally found their way and their "boy"
to weasel into what had up to now been an exclusively American adventure,
the "peace process." Circumventing Israel's democracy is second nature to
the "poodle," just as his mentor taught. By the way, Shimon Peres himself
has expressed serious reservations about the Geneva Initiative, including
the giving away of the Temple Mount to the Palestinians and any further Jewish
claims to it. So have most prominent politicians in Israel, including those
from both large parties, Labor and Likud.
By linking Israeli fears of economic collapse to Yossi's "dream" of Middle
East peace, he is positioning himself to run for prime minister in the future.
But as the biblical Joseph -- who really wasn't in charge -- only second
to Pharaoh, Yossi Beilin if he ever became prime minister of Israel, is in
the pocket of the Europeans.
Yossi Beilin, the student of Israel's preeminent political animal, is on
a destructive collision course with Jewish history. Like the biblical Joseph
story in reverse, he seems willing to trade Israeli rights for grain, i.e.
EU money. But whereas the biblical Joseph was doing G-D's will to help Egypt,
who would later preserve the small nascent Jewish People -- his father, brothers
and family -- during the famine, Yossi Beilin is willing to endanger Israel
in a poorly worded suicidal "peace agreement," and destroy Jewish culture
in the process.
Joseph had a dream, he would rule over his brothers for their sake and G-D's
plan; Yossi "dreams" to lead for his own selfish interests, and it doesn't
matter how many Jews die in the next war after the "peace agreement" is signed
and sovereignty over vast areas of the "Promised Land" are transferred to
the Palestinians. The proof of it is that he hasn't expressed any regret
about the approximately 1,300 Israelis killed in the last ten years because
of his "Oslo dream." Joseph tried to preserve life during a famine; Yossi
wants to throw more than 100,000 Jewish "settlers" out of their homes and
impoverish them. And by moving the borders of "Palestine" closer to Israel's
population centers, put millions of Jews on the front lines.
Yossi has a "dream," but if it comes true, it will become Israel's nightmare!
Ariel Natan Pasko is an independent analyst & consultant. His articles can be read at: www.geocities.com/ariel_natan_pasko.