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Jeremiah 6:14 says it all – “‘Peace, peace,’ they say, when there is no peace.”
Leaving aside the question of terrorism, how does one make peace with a group of people who teach their children the following things:
- Your country does not exist.
- The peace process that has dominated your politics for 20 years never happened.
- Your Scripture and sacred texts are “fabrications.”
- Your nationalist movement is “racist” and exists to drive out all Arabs from the Nile to the Euphrates.
- You are a foreign interloper in your ancient homeland.
These are all lessons taught to Gazan children in the new Hamas textbooks (finally, books that Hamas doesn’t want to burn!).
And that question – how does one make peace with such people? – is not rhetorical. Neither is it philosophical – the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was right when he famously noted that one makes peace with enemies, not with friends. The question must first be answered logistically. How can you ever trust someone who thinks this way? Terrorism is an act – if they promise it will stop and it stops, then you know it has stopped – but hatred exists in the heart where only the Lord knows its extent.
Secretary of State Kerry will be in Israel tomorrow pushing his latest round of negotiations – saying “peace, peace” when there is no peace.
Incidentally, the next verse in Jeremiah? “Are they ashamed of their detestable conduct? No, they have no shame at all” (Jeremiah 6:15).
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Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 at 8:22 AM | Stand For Israel
Jonathan Tobin, writing at Commentary, notes that – although the international community still frequently refers to the impending humanitarian disaster in Gaza – the recently discovered tunnel under the border with Israel indicates that Hamas still thinks that building supplies are more important to use in fighting Israel than in helping the people of Gaza:
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But those who assumed that the concrete was being used to help the people of Gaza got a wakeup call today when the Israelis revealed the discovery of a tunnel they had discovered that Hamas [was] digging under the border with the Jewish state. The structure was 18 meters deep and 1,700 meters long (including 300 that were underneath Israeli territory. Built with 500 tons of cement that had been allowed into Gaza for civilian uses, the purpose of the tunnel was clear: provide easy access into Israeli territory for terrorists to kill and/or kidnap Israelis. So will everyone who opposed Israel’s blockade of Gaza now realize they were wrong? Don’t bet on it.
Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 at 8:07 AM | Stand For Israel
Avi Issacharoff, one of the best Israeli reporters when it comes to Gaza due to his mastery of the language and connections inside the Strip, breaks down the meaning of the state-of-the-art tunnel discovered over the weekend by Israeli forces leading from Gaza into Israel. His conclusion: although Hamas doesn’t want a clash now, there is one coming, and Hamas plans to be prepared:
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The ability of Hamas to dig tunnels is impressive, and it is no secret that under Gaza City, the organization built a network of trenches and tunnels that its leaders used to hide from the Israeli bombs during Operation Pillar of Defense in 2012 and even during Cast Lead in 2009. Hamas, it seems, has not stopped preparations for the next conflict with Israel for so much as a second, and the question about that next round is not one of “if” but of “when.”
Monday, October 14th, 2013 at 9:19 AM | Stand For Israel
At the Council on Foreign Relations, Robert Danin writes an article suggesting that Gaza must be reconnected politically to the West Bank and the West must stop isolating it in order for there to be peace. Isolation, he argues, strengthens Hamas.
It’s a common theme among Middle East experts, safe at their think tanks in countries far from the region where people have to live with the decisions made by their leaders. The problem with this concept is that the people who run Gaza and the people who run the West Bank don’t want to be reconnected with one another. And, even if you set aside that minor inconvenience, the only thing Hamas and Fatah can agree on is how much they hate Israel and Jews – how does reuniting them get us closer to peace?
In the fantasies of the Western academics, of course, it’s Israeli intransigence and Palestinian political division that are at fault for a lack of peaceful resolution to the conflict. In the reality on the ground, Palestinian political division and Israel’s reticence to make any irrevocable concessions are products of the violent, corrupt, Jew-hating rot that has infected so much of Palestinian society. And here’s a newsflash for the folks at the Council on Foreign Relations: the West can’t fix that.
We’ve said it before: there will be peace between Israelis and Palestinians when Palestinians want it and not until. No amount of wishful thinking will change that fact, nor the fact that Israel is the only party in this conflict that remains open to sincere negotiation and meaningful dialogue.Comments (18) »
Thursday, October 10th, 2013 at 7:53 AM | Stand For Israel
Egypt’s violent military coup and the removal of president Mohammed Morsi have had a dramatic effect on both Israeli and Palestinian life.
First, Egyptian authorities closed the Rafah border crossing, the only passage between Egypt and the Gaza Strip. Maher Abu Sabha, director of border crossings in Gaza, told the Jerusalem Post that the crossing would be closed indefinitely due to violence from the recent unrest. This means that foreigners and medical patients waiting to get to Cairo and beyond, and Gazans and religious pilgrims (the Muslim holiday of Ramadan began three days ago) waiting to get back in to the Strip, are effectively trapped due to the closure. In an effort to remedy this, the crossing opened for a few hours earlier this week to allow for controlled passage, but this may have been a one-time exception. (more…)Comments (7) »
Thursday, July 11th, 2013 at 10:53 AM | Stand For Israel
Walter Russell Mead writes at his blog about the recent reports that Egypt is tightening its blockade of Gaza. This will be news, especially, to “peace activists” throughout the world who seem unaware (or unconcerned) that Egypt maintains a blockade of the coastal strip from which Israel pulled out in 2005.
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This isn’t insignificant. Gaza’s problems stem much more from harsh treatment of Palestinians by Egyptians than by anything Israel does or does not do. Without an Egyptian blockade of Gaza, the Israeli blockade would be derisory. This has been true for many years, though one could scan the world’s press in vain for any recognition of this elementary geographical fact.
Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 at 8:29 AM | Stand For Israel
Yonah Jeremy Bob, writing at the Jerusalem Post, says that Israel may not have very much to worry about from the recent criminal charges filed against the Jewish State by a Turkish law firm at the International Criminal Court based on the 2010 Gaza flotilla incident. In fact, rather than being a serious legal issue, the goal might be to scuttle the nascent Israeli-Turkish détente.
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So four years after starting a still-unsuccessful campaign to bring Israel before the ICC – including achieving statehood recognition from the UN General Assembly – the Palestinians and their supporters may have found an unlikely end-run to give Israel legal headaches. How worried should Israel be? Well, Comoros’s filing gets past the statehood threshold problem that has been holding up the Palestinians so far; no one says Comoros is not a state. But the statehood issue is only one of several jurisdictional- threshold questions that can stop a case from going from a preliminary examination to a full investigation, an on to an indictment.
Friday, May 17th, 2013 at 9:23 AM | Stand For Israel
Early this morning a rocket from Gaza was fired near Ashkelon, in southern Israel. This is the first rocket to break the ceasefire following Operation Pillar of Defense in late November.
Although no one was injured, the strike sends a clear message from the military wing of Fatah, which issued a statement claiming responsibility for the rocket:
Liberty will be achieved through sacrifice. We must fight the enemy with all means necessary. The resistance will continue.
Meanwhile, Palestinians have been rioting and demonstrating for several days in Gaza and the West Bank, upset over the death of Arafat Jaradat, a Palestinian prisoner arrested for injuring an Israeli last Monday. This rocket surely ups the ante.
Israel has responded by tightening border controls in the region. From The New York Times:
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After the rocket fire Tuesday, Israel shut Kerem Shalom, the crossing through which commercial goods enter Gaza from Israel, and closed its Erez border crossing except for medical, humanitarian and “exceptional” cases, according to a statement from the military.
Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 at 12:16 PM | Stand For Israel
Elliott Abrams, former National Security Advisor to President George W. Bush, calls our attention to the reopening of smuggling tunnels between Egypt and Gaza and says the world isn’t paying enough attention.
Unless the tunnels are blocked and the border between Egyptian Sinai and Gaza is policed, another Gaza war surely lies ahead. President Morsi and the Egyptian military must make a decision about this soon, and American lawmakers should keep this in mind as they review military aid to Egypt.
Read more at the Council on Foreign Relations.Comments (10) »
Friday, December 7th, 2012 at 10:07 AM | Stand For Israel
Writing in National Review, Charles Krauthammer points the finger at the obvious suspect: “Because Hamas considers all of Israel occupied, illegitimate, a cancer, a crime against humanity”:
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Hamas first killed Jews with campaigns of suicide bombings. After Israel built a nearly impenetrable fence, it went to rockets fired indiscriminately at civilians in populated areas.
What did Hamas hope to gain from this latest round of fighting, which it started with a barrage of about 150 rockets into Israel? To formally translate Hamas’s recent strategic gains into a new, more favorable status quo with Israel. It works like this:
Hamas’s new strength comes from two sources. First, its new rocketry, especially the Fajr-5, smuggled in from Iran, which can reach Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, putting 50 percent of Israel’s population under its guns.
Monday, November 26th, 2012 at 8:59 AM | Stand For Israel