Transcript of the Eidelberg Report, Israel National Radio, November 24, 2008.
Shortly after his election as Prime Minister in May 1996, Binyamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of the United States Congress. There he denied any clash of civilizations between Israel and her Arab-Islamic neighbors. This denial–disingenuous or not–underlies Netanyahu’s current economic plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. By building up the Palestinian economy … peace between Jews and Arabs will eventually follow. [This reflect the Marxist mentality that animates Shimon Peres, who read chapters of Das Kapital while wooing his wife!]
Before examining the mode thought of these odd bedfellows, note that Netanyahu and Peres are secularists. I mention this because Abdallah al-Tall, an Egyptian spokesman, has said that “The propagandists of secularism, who leave out of account the religious factor in the Palestine problem, ignore the fact that this is the only bone of contention in the world which has persisted for thirty centuries and is still based on religious and spiritual foundations.”
According to the “propagandists of secularism,” economics trumps religion. This is indicative of a Marxist mode of thought. This mode thought, we shall see, also underlies capitalism, and that’s what links Bibi to Shimon, the author of the Oslo or Israel-PLO Agreement which Bibi refused to abrogate. Both are wedded to Oslo. [And it should never be forgotten that on October 26, 2004, Netanyahu, a Likud eminence, voted for Labor’s plan to expel the 10,000 Jews residing in Gaza and Northern Samaria–a crime that has no name, unless it be perfidy].
The Oslo Agreement is based on the assumption that genuine peace is possible between ideological adversaries, in this case, Israel and her Arab-Islamic neighbors. Shimon Peres does not take the anti-Jewish and warlike nature of Islam very seriously. Thus, when he was Yitzhak Rabin’s foreign minister, he applied for Israeli membership in the Arab League!
Peres’ blasÃ© attitude toward Islam is widespread in the West. It underlies Israel’s policy of “land for peace.” Superficially, this policy is based on the belief that yielding the territory regained by Israel in the Six-Day War will pacify her Arab neighbors. This belief is based on a materialistic conception of human nature, namely, the primacy of economic motives over ideas in human affairs. This materialistic assumption led to the Oslo negotiations that culminated in the Israel-PLO Agreement of September1993….
Strange as it may seem, Karl Marx, the father of socialism, and Adam Smith, the father of capitalism, were present at Oslo. For Marx, the basic cause of conflict is not human nature but economic scarcity. Eliminate scarcity by an equitable distribution of goods, and men and nations will live in abiding peace. Meanwhile, Adam Smith maintained that human misery and conflict can be overcome by the wealth of nations promised by economic laissez-faire. He proclaimed that war could be replaced by economic competition…. The idea of “conflict resolution” links socialists and capitalists. The kinship goes further.