INTERNATIONAL AD CAMPAIGN BY ZOA OPPOSING PALESTINIAN ARAB STATE; 50 JEWISH
& CHRISTIAN LEADERS SIGN ON
December 18, 2002
NEW YORK- Fifty prominent Jewish and Christian leaders, as well as former
U.S. Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick and former Secretary of Education William
Bennett, have signed a full-page newspaper advertisement opposing the
creation of a Palestinian Arab state, sponsored by the Zionist Organization
of America (ZOA).
The ad will be appearing in the days to come in the New York Times, the
Washington Times, the Weekly Standard, leading Israeli newspapers such as
Ha'aretz and the Jerusalem Post, and Jewish newspapers throughout the
The ad is headlined "President Bush, Creating a Palestinian Arab State
Means Creating a New Terrorist State. Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Libya were
given sovereignty. That didn't turn them into peace-loving nations."
The ad is signed by:
Ambassador Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, former U.S. Ambassador to the United
Nations; William J. Bennett, Former U.S. Secretary of Education and author
of Why We Fight: Moral Clarity and the War on Terrorism; Ambassador Alan
Keyes, former Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization
Affairs; Gary Bauer, president of American Values and former senior White
House aide; the Rev. Dr. Pat Robertson, Chairman of the Christian
Broadcasting Network and host of the "700 Club" television show; ZOA
National President Morton A. Klein; Former U.S. Senator Rudy Boschwitz of
Minnesota; Irwin Hochberg, Past Chairman of the Board of the UJA-Federation
of New York and past National Campaign Chair of Israel Bonds; and Leon Levy
and Rabbi Herschel Schachter, who are both past chairmen of the Conference
of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.
Other signatories include author Midge Decter; two past national executive
directors of AIPAC, Neal Sher and Morris Amitay; Dr. Daniel Pipes, director
of the Middle East Forum; Pastor Dr. James H. Hutchens, U.S. Army
Brigadier-General (ret.), past Deputy Chief Chaplain of the U.S. Army, and
president of Christians for Israel; Rabbi Joseph P. Sternstein, past
president of the Jewish National Fund; Janet Parshall, the nationally
syndicated radio talk show host; Daniel Weiss, National Commander of the
Jewish War Veterans USA; Dr. Julio Messer, president of Americans Friends of
Likud; Harvey Friedman, past National AIPAC Vice President; Dr. Arnold M.
Soloway, president of the Center for Near East Policy Research; Dr. John C.
Hague, host of the Worldwide TV Ministry and pastor of the Cornerstone
Church; Frank J. Gaffney Jr., former Assistant Secretary of Defense and
president of the Center for Security Policy; Dr. Alex Grobman, former
director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center; Shlomo Z. Mostofsky, Esq.,
president of the National Council of Young Israel; Stephen M. Flatow, Esq.,
chairman of the Alisa Flatow Memorial Fund; Rev. Dr. Franklin H. Littell, a
founding Board Member of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum; Dr. Michael
Franzblau, Life National Commissioner of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL);
Richard A. Hellman, Esq., president of the Christians' Israel Public Action
Campaign; Ed McAteer, president of the National Religious Roundtable;
Shimon Erem, a member of the AIPAC Executive Committee; Rabbi Dr. Moshe
Tendler, Professor of Medical Ethics & Talmudic Law at Yeshiva University;
Michael D. Little, president and CEO of the Christian Broadcasting Network;
Nathan Lewin, Esq., Honorary President of the American Association of
Jewish Lawyers and Jurists; Rabbi Fabian Schonfeld, past president of the
Rabbinical Council of America; Ivan Novick, past chairman of the American
Friends of Tel Aviv University; Rosalie Reich, Honorary President of Emunah
of America; Gary Erlbaum, vice president of the Jewish Federation of
Greater Philadelphia; Robert I. Lappin, past president of the Jewish
Federation of North Shore (MA); Norman Hascoe, President, JINSA (Jewish
Institute for National Security Affairs);ZOA national officers Nina
Rosenwald, Taffy Gould, Dr. Alan Mazurek, Henry Schwartz, Dr. Michael
Goldblatt, Dr. Stanley Benzel, and Michael Orbach; and the singer and actor
The text of the ad reads:
"President Bush, creating a Palestinian Arab state means creating a new
"Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Libya were given sovereignty. That didn't turn them
into peace-loving nations.
"In his June 24, 2002 speech, President Bush spelled out specific
conditions that the Palestinian Arabs must fulfill before the U.S. will
support giving them a state.
Here's what happened since:
"Bush's condition: They must 'engage in a sustained fight against the
terrorists and dismantle their infrastructure.'"
"The Palestinian Arabs' record: They haven't arrested terrorists, outlawed
terror groups, shut down bomb factories, or confiscated the terrorists'
tens of thousands of weapons. The Palestinian Authority (PA) itself
regularly orders, pays for, and glorifies the murders of Israelis.
"Bush's condition: They must 'end incitement to violence in official media
and publicly denounce homicide bombings.'"
"The Palestinian Arabs' record: The PA promotes a culture of anti-Jewish
and anti-American hatred in its media, schools, summer camps, officials'
speeches, and sermons by PA-appointed clergymen.
"Bush's condition: They must 'elect new leaders, leaders not compromised by
"The Palestinian Arabs' record: Yasir Arafat and other arch-terrorists are
still the leaders of the PA, and the "new" cabinet Arafat recently
appointed consists almost entirely of his previous cabinet ministers.
"Bush's condition: They must 'build a practicing democracy based on
tolerance and liberty.'"
"The Palestinian Arabs' record: Newspapers that dissent from Arafat's line
are shut down ... Women are treated as second-class citizens ... Christians
are persecuted and pressured to emigrate ... Jewish holy sites are
"Mr. President, please don't ignore the Palestinian Arabs' record of
violating your conditions. Giving the Palestinian Arabs a sovereign state
will only strengthen their underlying culture of hatred and violence. It
will enable them to bring in troops and advanced weaponry from Iran, Iraq,
and other terror regimes, as well as shoulder-launched missiles --like the
ones recently fired at an Israeli airplane in Kenya--which will threaten
every plane taking off from Israel's airports.
"No wonder a recent poll by Israel's most respected polling agency, the
Hanoch Smith Institute, found 68 of Israelis believe that 'regardless of
the size or strength of a Palestinian state, if one is established it will
constitute a threat to the State of Israel.'"
The ad concludes by urging readers to send a message to President Bush,
applauding his pledge to end terrorist states and asking him to oppose
creation of a Palestinian Arab state, which would be a terrorist state.
* * * The Zionist Organization of America, founded in 1897, is the oldest
pro-Israel organization in the United States. The ZOA works to strengthen
U.S.-Israel relations, educates the American public and Congress about the
dangers that Israel faces, and combats anti-Israel bias in the media and on
college campuses. Its past presidents have included Supreme Court Justice
Louis Brandeis and Rabbi Dr. Abba Hillel Silver.