Il discorso di Ohlmert al summit di Annapolis è lineare, concreto e va dritto al punto.
Dear Arab Leaders –
We come to Annapolis in peace. We always do. We came to Camp David in peace and we have enjoyed our peace with Egypt for years. We came to Camp David a second time and we were treated to terrorism. We come to Annapolis in peace, as always, and certainly expect, that no matter what the outcome here, it does not end in violence.
Peace works when everyone comes in the right frame of mind to end conflict entirely. It is a process that is based on building trust between leaders and trust between peoples. That trust is built by fulfilling past agreements to the letter and not moving on when the situation changes and agreements are inconvenient. When leaders take their commitments seriously, so do do everyday citizens and that builds trust. It is true in business, it is true in friendship and it is true in diplomacy.
You cannot microwave peace. It does not happen overnight or because two leaders decide to make peace. Peace comes when a people, a nation, wants to focus on building its own society instead of destroying another’s. It comes when citizens have jobs and a decent living and are striving for a better education and a better society. Peace requires a bold change of mind and heart at all levels of society in order for it to be stable. Nuclear saber rattling, rocketeering, and educational incitement are not conducive to bilateral peace nor regional stability. No Annapolis microwave will change that. But, over time, we can and we will.
Dear President Bush – you have been the best friend Israel has ever had in the White House. Ever. You understand the threat that radical Islamic terrorism posed and poses to Israel and the world, and you acted. That was bold leadership and a far-reaching vision and we are grateful to you. You hssisted and reassured the people of Israel and former Prime Minister Sharon with your visionary road map that called for the end of terrorism and then a more milestones and a two state solution. That is the cornerstone of building trust in keeping in agreements that build peace over the long term.
President Bush – We trust you and trusted you. We also trusted our Palestinian neighbors when we entered into the Oslo agreements and the unilateral withdrawal from Gaza. We are in receipt of your letter that puts the end of Palestinian terrorism and incitement in schools as a sine qua non for the peace process to move forward. We share your view and your road map.
Our country has still not healed from the forced removal of the dwellers in Gaza from their homes. My citizens and brothers, formerly of Gaza, continue their personal and family suffering. We have failed as a world community and a government to care for them. Many are unemployed and are still in temporary housing. They are suffering through a humanitarian crisis.
In addition, we have sustained rocket attacks from Gaza almost every day since the withdrawal. That has caused a humanitarian crisis in Sderot which is not far from the Gaza border. This was not what we bargained for when we withdrew our people from Gaza. Hamas, the long arm of Iran, has surprised us all there, including Abu Mazen. This is a volatile situation and certainly not an end to terrorism as called for in the Road Map.
Democracy is about choices. When a people chooses a radical Islamic leadership they might get war and poverty. If they choose a moderate, democratically elected leadership, one may get peace and prosperity. You can get capitalism and investment, education and advancement. However, when you have a split leadership, we can’t read the map.
Mr. Abbas – Let us both deal with our humanitarian crises. We need to resettle our people and find them jobs. You need to find jobs for your people so their motivation to fire rockets is reduced. we need to focus dmoestically and you need to focus domestically. We want Palestinians to have jobs and prosperity. And, we want to help with that. Our economy is booming because we focused on economy and education and not terrorism. I know you know that. You can do the same. You can be the Ben Gurion or George Washington of the Palestinian people. It is all about tough leadership decisions. Ending the violence and investing in education will get you there. Together with the Americans and the Europeans, we will be happy to set up an investment fund that funds real businesses and puts your capable work force to work in a productive way.
Focusing domestically is a way for both of us to build our bases of support for peace. Focusing on building bridges will heal wounds and build trust at all levels. Growing economies is a way to build stability. And, honoring agreements and Road Maps develops the credibility needed to bring our coalitions and countries along the long road to peace.