A group of intellectuals and personalities,
ostentatiously claiming their Jewishness as a pledge of objectivity,
has taken the initiative to publish an “Appeal to Reason”
(http://www.jcall.eu/); an appeal they intend to circulate
as widely as possible. Unfortunately this appeal goes against
it’s own stated aims: democracy, morality, solidarity
within the Diaspora, and the commitment to Israel’s
It is clear that this offensive has a self-serving agenda
and doesn’t truly stand for the best interests of the
We took into our hands to organise a petition
under the name of: “Be Reasonable”.
1) The idea of an imposed peace with Israel
under pressure, even with the intervention of the superpowers,
is a denial of both the democratic process and the international
law, with hints of neo-colonialism. It violates the freedom
of choice of the citizens of the Israeli democracy and sets
a dangerous precedent for all other democracies.
2) It relies on the cooperation of a U.S.
president who fails to face the deadly challenge of Iran,
and of the European Union, which has generally identified
itself with the Palestinian cause. Israel is under threat
of extermination, a threat expressed by the Islamic Republic
of Iran and its satellites surrounding Israel from the north
(Hezbollah) and to the south (Gaza, i.e. Hamas).
3) While these petitioners put the blame and
responsibility of political deadlocks on Israel alone, every
objective investigation tends to prove that neither the Palestinian
Authorities nor the Palestinian society are genuinely interested
in a fair peace: according to a poll by the Al-Najah University
in Nablus, 66.7% reject the creation of a Palestinian state
based on 1967 borders, 77.4% reject the idea of Jerusalem
as the capital of both states (April 2010). Creating a Palestinian
state without the assurance that there is a real desire for
peace within the Palestinian population as well as in the
entire Arab world would expose the small territory of Israel
to a fatal strategic weakness.
4) The “Appeal to Reason” is suffering
from amnesia. The Oslo Accords led to an unprecedented wave
of terrorism. The withdrawal from Lebanon was followed by
the establishment of Hezbollah. The withdrawal from Gaza helped
legitimise Hamas. Furthermore, the guarantees of the UN Security
Council are not worth the paper they are printed on: the disengagement
from Gaza led to the election of Hamas and the subsequent
daily shower of rockets and missiles. Wouldn’t an independent
Palestinian state with “East Jerusalem” as a capital
be the hub of even more intensified terrorist activity? By
then, expression of regrets by our Reasonable Petitioners
would be worthless.
5) The sense of morality, of honour and the commitment to
peace are not the monopoly of just one side. They are a permanent
challenge. This ill-advised petition could bring serious harm
and injury to the citizens of Israel. Indeed, such a position
has been used to justify calls for boycott against the State
of Israel, its products and its citizens as well as questioning
the legitimacy of Israel’s existence.
Confronted with the real threats to its security, which compromise
any possibility of lasting peace in the Middle East, we intend
to establish and promote a public mediation forum within the
European Union. This forum will defend and publicise the legitimacy
of the State of Israel within the framework of a true and
sustainable peace, and continue the fight against anti-Semitism
that has been dangerously resurfacing in Europe.
Please endorse this declaration and show your
support for the State of Israel.
Please sign and forward “Be
To sign click the following link:
Jean-Pierre Bensimon, professor of social
science, Raphael Draï, professor of
political science and law, Judith Gachnochi,
psychologist, Georges Gachnochi, psychiatrist
and psychoanalyst, Nicolas Nahum, architect,
Georges Elia Sarfati, university professor,
linguist and philosopher, Perrine Nahum Simon,
CNRS researcher, historian, Pierre-André Taguieff,
research director at CNRS, philosopher, political scientist
and historian of ideas, Michèle Tribalat,
demographer, Shmuel Trigano, professor of
political sociology, editor of revue “Controverses”.