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A Moment of Truth in Israel

Not long after Qatar's leader paid a visit to Hamas, this latest war began.
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This is the status quo and it cannot be maintained indefinitely. The air raid sirens going off in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem warn that the war is heading into unsustainable territory. As Iran goes nuclear, Hezbollah is trying to become another Iran and Hamas is trying to become another Hezbollah. It is not a nuisance that can be ignored. Israel has no answer to the growing threat except to try and contain it through the same old methods that have now put Jerusalem and Tel Aviv into the line of fire.

Since 1992, Israel has been retreating and those retreats have replaced secure borders with borders of terror. Rather than reversing those withdrawals, the right has been satisfied with trying to stabilize them. But that has only created safe spaces for terror while setting the stage for the next round of retreats by the left which will create even broader territories of terror. These territories are staging areas for the next invasion, which will come not from Hamas, but a Muslim Brotherhood Egypt and an Islamist Turkey, once Israel has been sufficiently softened up.

The only way to end the threat of Hamas in Gaza is by retaking Gaza, but no such policy is on the table. Like America, Israel responds to terrorism not with the aim of achieving decisive victories, but with a policy of intimidating the terrorists into scaling down their attacks. This is a political policy of political generals and leads to terror becoming a permanent institution.

Israel has tried negotiating its way out of the terrorist trap. It has not tried fighting its way out. Israel has tried to escape the occupation, but in a region where you are either the occupier or the occupied, it may have no choice.

Any moment of truth must begin and end with a realistic assessment of the realities that you face. Israel faces a proxy war by its neighbors and like most proxy wars, it is the opening round to a true war ending in true occupation and genocide. Its neighbors know what they are fighting for. They are fighting Israel for the same reason that Shiites fight Sunnis and that Sunnis persecute Christians. They are fighting Israel because “by virtue of its being Jewish and of having a Jewish population” it is different and must be crushed for the national and religious aims of any proper Islamist country.

But what is Israel fighting for? Like so many modern countries it is fighting so as not to fight. It is fighting for peace. It is fighting to escape from fighting. And so like many modern countries it cannot bring itself to fight hard enough to break the cycle. Instead it fights just hard enough to defer the fight by another few years and the cycle continues.

Israel can retake Gaza once. Or it can retake Gaza every few years. It can have soldiers patrol Gaza or it can have rockets falling on Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. The options are as unfortunate as they are clear. The only hope for peace lies in driving out the terrorist militias who have turned Gaza and the West Bank into their own Somalia and Afghanistan and reclaiming the terrorists. Because after this fight is through, the next generation of rockets will go on being built and smuggled. And they will not fall in empty fields.

There can be farms and greenhouses on the hilltops of Gaza. Or there can be rockets.

Originally published at Sultan Knish.

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About the Author: Daniel Greenfield is an Israeli born blogger and columnist, and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. His work covers American, European and Israeli politics as well as the War on Terror. His writing can be found at http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/. The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not represent the views of The Jewish Press.


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4 Responses to “A Moment of Truth in Israel”

  1. Reginald Uka says:

    Ehud Olmert, Tzipi Livni, of the Kadima gangs should be held for accounting of what is now happening in Samaria, because their policy of ethnic cleansing the land of Jews, whose presence served as a buffer against rockets, grad missiles, being lauched from Samaria into Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, Ashkelon, Sderot, Rishon Letzion, etc, and lost of Israelis life, including the kidnapping of Gilad Shalit, was made possible by the actions of these corrupt, incompetent, inept, weak appeasers gangs in Kadima, and today the present kadima gang leader is still proposing to expell Jews from Judea and give East Jerusalem to terrorists. Until these men and women are held to account for their stupidity, foolishnes and nonsense, they would repeat the same foolishness again. As I learnt this shameless corrupt man, Mr Brown Envelope, is already starting to think of returning back to politics. He should actually be in jail.

  2. Reginald Uka says:

    Ehud Olmert,Tzipi Livni,of the Kadima gangs should be held for accounting of what is now happening in Samaria, because their policy of ethnic cleansing the land of Jews, whose presence served as a buffer against rockets, grad missiles,being lauched from Samaria into Tel-Aviv,Jerusalem, Ashkelon,Sderot,Rishon Letzion,etc,and lost of Israelis life, including the kidnapping of Gilad Shalit, was made possible by the actions of these corrupt,incompetent, inept, weak appeasers gangs in Kadima,and today the present kadima gang leader is still proposing to expell Jews from Judea and give East Jerusalem to terrorists. Until these men and women are held to account for their stupidity,foolishnes and nonsense,they would repeat the same foolishness again. As I learnt this shameless corrupt man,Mr Brown Envelope, is already starting to think of returning back to politics. He should actually be in jail.

  3. Mark L. Shane says:

    total war means re taking gaza and deporting the remainder of the hamas death cult-the sooner the better, but Israel's leaders are world reputation cautious and all those ground troops will await an international weather report on how good or bad Israel's reputation on the international front is flying somany more future cease fires will come and go as do the seasons. No TOTAL SOLUTION.

  4. Alexis Worlock says:

    I agree.

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