Does it seem to you that the more Israel does to make peace with its neighbors the more the killing of innocent Jews escalates?
Do you see a correlation between Israel’s one-sided land concessions and increases in terrorism against Israeli civilians?
Is one of the definitions of “insanity” doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results?
Here are some facts that are hard to ignore:
- Israel has made land concession after land concession over the last 30 years in what seems to me to be a near suicidal effort to win the hearts and minds of those we euphemistically call “Palestinians.”
- These “Palestinian terrorists” (and one must begin to question whether that term is not redundant) continue to kill Jews inside the borders of Israel.
- Nothing these “Palestinian terrorists” do ever seems to derail the plan to turn over more land and more autonomy to a people that have proven incapable of self-government and living in peace with their Jewish neighbors.
What am I missing here?
Do I have the story straight?
Why doesn’t the Bush administration see this?
Why doesn’t the “international community” get it?
Why do we continue down this road of rewarding terrorism in the Middle East?
As I write this, news is breaking about a suicide bomber who blew himself up in front of a falafel stand the coastal city of Hadera – killing five and wounding dozens more. Islamic Jihad, an ally of Hamas, al-Qaida and Hezbollah, claimed responsibility for the attack.
This will no doubt be characterized by the U.S. State Department as part of a “cycle of violence.” But the cycle of violence works like this, as far as I can see: Israel appeases, and Israel bleeds.
Israel keeps negotiating with people who only want to destroy the Jewish state. When negotiations break down, as they inevitably do, then Israel makes unilateral concessions, such as the evacuation of Gaza – getting nothing in return, not even a “pledge” of peace. Then Israel is “thanked” with more terrorism.
Israel fails to learn the obvious lessons of recent history. But these lessons are not for Israel alone to learn.
The No. 1 lesson is simple: Appeasement never works. Unilateral withdrawals in the face of terrorist aggression are a recipe for more terrorist aggression. Israel should have learned this lesson from previous evacuations of military forces that served to protect its civilian population. It should have learned this lesson from previous unilateral withdrawals of civilians on territory in won in hard-fought combat. It should have learned by now that no goodwill gesture by civilized people will ever go unpunished by the Islamo-fascists who perceive such moves as evidence of weakness and capitulation.
Can someone name just one objective Israel has achieved in all the years of this misguided “peace process”?
Can someone point to one positive that has come out of it for the Israeli people?
Can someone show me real benefits that have been achieved by the so-called “Palestinian population”?
Just who is it today that is better off as a result of all the one-sided “diplomacy”?
They say politics is a game of give and take.
That surely is the case in the Middle East, where Israel gives and gives and the “Palestinian Arabs” take and take.
What’s next in this process? What does Israel have left to give? The West Bank? The historically Jewish lands of Judea and Samaria? Must Israel now slice itself in half in a very un-Solomon-like act of national desperation for peace at any price?
Or should Israel finally end the madness, stop the insanity and use its military might to do what is right – namely by freeing itself, and the rest of the world, of the blight of “Palestinian terrorism.”