Prof. Paul Eidelberg
Last month – on September 1, 2014, to be exact – I wrote an article “Netanyahu, the Disciple of Shimon Peres.” The article, which ended with unanswered questions, referred to a book authored by Shimon Peres, Tomorrow is Now (Jerusalem: Keter, 1978). The book was publicized by IMRA (Middle East News & Analysis). IMRA described the book in striking terms, which I quoted in my article, and which bears repeating, only now I shall answer my article’s unanswered questions. Here are the key passages of IMRA’s bon mot of Peres’ book:
The following is a chillingly accurate prediction made in 1978 by none other than Shimon Peres. In it he foresaw, in precise detail, the dire perils that would result if Israel were to embark on precisely the policy he himself championed and which he continues to advocate with passion: "The establishment of such a [Palestinian] state means the inflow of combat-ready Palestinian forces (more than 25,800 men under arms) into Judea and Samaria; this force, together with the local youth, will double itself in a short time. It will not be short of weapons or other [military] equipment, and in a short space of time, an infrastructure for waging war will be set up in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip. Israel will have problems in preserving day-to-day security, which may drive the country into war, or undermine the morale of its citizens. In time of war, the frontiers of the Palestinian state will constitute an excellent staging point for mobile forces to mount attacks on infrastructure installations vital for Israel's existence, to impede the freedom of action of the Israeli air-force in the skies over Israel, and to cause bloodshed among the population in areas adjacent to the frontier-line."
Now for the unanswered questions alluded to earlier, which I introduced by saying that the citizens of Israel should demand an explanation for this dramatic shift in Peres’ position: from total opposition to total support for Palestinian statehood. I asked: