Condoleezza Rice may know a lot about the old Soviet Union, but she sure doesn’t know squat about the Middle East.
The secretary of state recently explained how it is necessary for Israel to give up more land to help fashion a viable, contiguous Palestinian state – from Gaza through Judea and Samaria.
Perhaps if you don’t understand the geography, this might seem like a perfectly reasonable demand. After all, how can we expect the new Palestinian state to function normally if its people are divided by artificial barriers?
What I trust Rice does not understand – in fact, what I hope she simply fails to comprehend – is that Israel has no more land to give. Israel has no moral obligation to give any land. Israel will be jeopardizing its own security in doing so.
Let me make this crystal clear. Look at a map of the Middle East. After glancing at it for a few minutes, can anyone honestly tell me they believe the problems of violence and terrorism there have to do with the fact that Israel has too much land?
This is apparently what we are to believe.
There’s lots of land in the Middle East. Most of it is populated sparsely by Arabic-speaking people, culturally, linguistically, religiously and ethnically at one with the so-called “Palestinians,” a people who have never had a country of their own in the history of the world. Why then is it Israel’s obligation to carve itself up to create this Palestinian state?
The tiny sliver of land that represents the current state of Israel is, in my opinion, too small, not too big. Since Arabs living in Israel experience first-hand more freedom than any other country in the Middle East, we ought to be exploring ways to expand the Jewish state — especially if freedom and justice for Arabs is our goal.
Now, I’m not a Jew. I’m a Christian Arab-American journalist who believes in freedom first, peace second. And I’ve got to tell you that the demands on Israel right now are demands for the nation to commit political, military and cultural suicide.
Do you know what the new borders of Israel would be under the plans being drawn up now for a “viable, contiguous Palestine”? I call them Auschwitz borders. I don’t know why the Jews don’t see it.
They are willingly helping to build a national concentration camp of half the world’s Jewry surrounded by hostile maniacs who want to eradicate them. Israel’s new borders under a Rice plan will be indefensible. Creating a new Palestinian state with contiguous borders and relying on Israel to come up with all the necessary real estate requires cutting Israel in half from north to south.
It might create a “viable” Palestinian state, but it will destroy the viability of Israel.
If Adolf Hitler had been a little smarter, he would have helped recreate a Jewish state in the Middle East and squeezed it the way the Arabs, the Europeans and now the United States are squeezing Israel. Hitler could never have dreamed of a more expedient “final solution.”
Now I am not going to suggest that Rice or the Bush administration are intentionally trying to destroy Israel or the Jews. I will give them the benefit of the doubt and assume they are ill-informed, that they are making profoundly bad decisions based on bad data and bad analysis.
But I will make no such assumptions about the leadership of the Palestinian Authority and the Arab states that back it. They are not promoting a Palestinian state because they believe in freedom and self-determination for the Arab people who live there. Instead, they are doing so to create a permanent staging ground from which they will continue their war of attrition against the Jewish infidels who have the audacity to live in what they consider to be Dar al-Islam.
It’s that simple. I wish Rice and Bush and even the Israeli government could see it.
It is a national disgrace that the U.S. government is spending $350 million more to subsidize the Palestinian Authority, which holds that no Jews are permitted to live within its territory or future nation. It is a national disgrace that the U.S. government would join with the rest of the anti-Semitic world to force Israel to abandon its own security needs and its own Jewish communities on historically Jewish lands. And it is a national disgrace that the U.S. government, while supposedly fighting a global war against Islamist terrorism, is appeasing them in the Arab-Israeli conflict.