To mark IDC Herzliya’s 20th anniversary, we spent a day following Prof. Uriel Reichman, IDC’s founder and president, and Jonathan Davis, VP for External Relations, around its delightful campus.
Islam, which has been described as an ideology wrapped in a religion, will never allow its adherents to accept a non-Muslim state in land previously conquered in the name of Allah.
Can it be any clearer that the Palestinian Authority, which represents the allegedly more moderate Fatah wing, does not want to live side by side in peace with Israel but wants only to live without Israel? As for the more extreme wing, Hamas, its charter specifically calls for the slaughter of Jews and the extermination of the Jewish state. Both Fatah and Hamas terrorists are routinely in the business of killing Jews. For Israel, it is like being asked by a murderer, “What method of violent death would you prefer?”
Israel has to accept the dismal fact that it will not have peaceful Muslim neighbors who wish to destroy it. But even with an Arab sword of Damocles hanging over it, Israel can survive and grow. Unfortunately, though, a long and depressing parade of weak and incompetent Israeli leaders and politicians have brought unnecessary disaster down upon the state.
Prime Ministers Rabin, Peres, Barak, Sharon and Olmert all resisted the awful truth that even if Israel shrank to one downtown city block in Tel Aviv, the Arab and Muslim world would still not recognize a Jewish state or agree to live with it in peace and harmony.
The jury is still out as far as the present prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is concerned. But during his previous term in office, he gave away Hebron, Judaism’s second holiest city, to the Arabs. And he still calls for peace as if he were negotiating with Holland or Australia. Advertisement
True peace can never be achieved between Muslim and non-Muslim nations. Islam mandates the faithful to spread their religion through territorial conquest or, as in the case of Israel, by reclaiming what Muslims believe they have lost. True, an armistice can be agreed upon when the Muslim entity feels itself too weak to prevail. But as soon as it feels strong enough, it is required to dishonor the treaty made with the infidel state and launch war upon it. That is why the Egyptians and Jordanians, who signed treaties with Israel, maintain merely a frigid “peace” with Israel to this day.
Even though the native and indigenous peoples of Israel are the Jews, and even though the Land of Israel was given to the Jewish people in an eternal covenant with the Almighty, it does not matter to Islam, for wherever the Muslim foot has once trod triumphant, that territory is forever regarded as Islamic. If such territory is lost to Muslims, Allah has been diminished and the land must be retaken. Peace, then, is merely a mirage in the desert sands.
World leaders fail to understand the Muslim mindset. Israeli leaders, who of all people should know better, still fall into the fatal trap of believing the Western model of lasting peace between nation-states can equally apply in the Middle East between Muslim and non-Muslim nations. It is a fallacy.
The conflict between Israel and the Arabs in general, and between Israel and those who call themselves Palestinians in particular, is not territorial: It is theological. It is part of the existential conflict that has existed between Islam and the non-Muslim world since the 7th century.
Much of the Islamic world now feels empowered, as perhaps never before, and seeks global domination with renewed vigor. This – not global warming – is the tangible and growing threat to the world.
The proposed construction of a thirteen-story mosque, mere yards from Ground Zero should be seen in this context. The mosque, which will be a manifestation of Islam’s triumph over America, is slated to be opened on September 11, 2011 – the very anniversary of the Muslim terrorist attack that stuck New York with the loss of more than 3,000 innocent lives. This mosque must not be allowed to be built – for if it is, it will be a vindication to Muslims that jihad over the infidels has succeeded, and it will empower vast numbers of new jihadists.
Only when world leaders understand the nature of Islam’s theological rejection of a genuine and irrevocable peace with Israel, and Israeli leaders realize the uselessness of trading tangible and ancestral land for a delusional “peace,” will a long and overdue realism finally enter the conflict.
About the Author: Victor Sharpe is a freelance writer and the author of several books including Volumes One and Two of "Politicide: The Attempted Murder of the Jewish State."
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