1st Quarter 2005
There's been a lot of heady talk about peace in the Middle East lately. I'm not talking about the greater Middle East—I mean peace between Israel and her Arab terrorist enemies. Mahmoud Abbas/Abu Mazen/Arafat 2 has been heralded by the media and by many international government bodies (including my nation's State Department) as a sort of miracle worker who will somehow overcome his own antisemitic and terroristic roots, while simultaneously erasing centuries of Jew-hatred and decades of Arab/Islamic terror against Israel. Wholly ignoring the fact that he confers the legitimacy of diplomatic recognition and negotiation upon terrorist groups, the world lauds Abu Mazen for having convinced them that to bolster international support, a hudna (tactical cease-fire to regroup, rearm, and prepare to attack anew when victory is more likely to be achieved) would be in order. This has reduced—but by no means stopped—the terror attacks on the Jewish state. No one flinched when he suggested that the thugs of Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and Fatah should be integrated into the Palestinian Authority's security forces. And no one seemed to be concerned about how he not only met with Palestinian Arab terror leaders in Cairo last week, as if they were heads of state, but also walked away with nothing more from them but a dahadiye, which is even less binding than a hudna.
These are Israel's peace partners. These arrogant and hateful people who revel in violence are to be accorded diplomatic cache and respect by Israel because the international community is impressed with the reduction of Israeli-murder, under Abu Mazen's administration, from previous rates. This is the reality of the political climate with which is Israel is expected to work and make grave decisions that will affect millions of Israelis. How many other Western nations would tolerate this sort of semi-organized lawlessness as a suitable atmosphere in which to shape crucial foreign, domestic, and defensive policy?
While Israel has shown great restraint in opting not to hunt down and liquidate the Palestinian Arabs who live to kill Israelis, Abu Mazen couldn't even get a cease-fire out of Hamas. The only power player I've noticed showing proper concern over this is IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Moshe Yaalon (who is on his way out). Meanwhile, Mr. Bush and Condoleezza Rice seem to reading from a scripted State Department talking points memo largely consisting of demands for more concessions from the one side of this farce which has actually shown results, commitment, and good faith: Israel.
Since Mahmoud Abbas has taken office as the leader of a foreign, immigrant people with a recently invented national identity derived from a nonexistent nation, the terror has continued, although it hasn't been as frequent and widespread as it was during the Oslo War. This is in large part because Israeli security excels at preventing terror attacks and also because Abbas has successfully sold the ideas of hudna, taqiyya, and dahadiye to the people he can't or won't disarm. But make no mistake—Palestinian Arab/Islamic terrorists have not suddenly abandoned their raison d'être—i.e., hating Jews, killing Israelis, and working to make Israel Judenrein. Qassams and mortars have fallen on Jewish neighborhoods in Gush Katif and Sderot, unarmed noncombatants have been blown to bloody shreds in the street, cars have been bombed, IDF posts have been fired upon, firebombs thrown, and heaven only knows what is now being planned or in the late stages of preparation. Plenty have died, and Israel has again proven that there is no such thing as a cycle of violence, refraining from military reprisals when they were certainly a viable and justifiable option.
On the contrary, Israel has: limited its military to preventing terror attacks, turned over authority of towns known as terror strongholds (including Tulkarem, from whence came Abdallah Badran, the 21 year-old Islamic Jihad fiend who murdered five Israelis in Tel Aviv last month), released hundreds of Palestinian Arab terrorists from prison (the ones who hadn't yet succeeded in killing Israelis—I doubt they'll fail next time), provided PA security forces with a list of names of those involved in the Tel Aviv murder/suicide bombing, agreed to cease patrolling the Philadelphi Route, changed the route of the security barrier's construction to accommodate Palestinian Arabs, and stopped demolishing the houses of Palestinian Arab terrorists and/or the houses of their families. And what does Israel get back? A "continuation of the atmosphere of calm" (quoted from the PA/Palestinian Arab terrorist "Cairo Declaration") of the dahadiye. When so much of the world takes no note of these important efforts, it's no wonder that the PA continues to expect to be given all it demands, while giving nothing in return.
There is still hatred of the Jews and Israel coming out of PA mosques, and the incitement found in PA state-run television and newspapers has hardly abated. Terrorists still walk freely through the streets with assault rifles, and there have been absolutely no practical, effective steps taken to shut down their organizations. This is business as usual for the political entity which was founded on terror, was rewarded for terror with worldwide political acceptance and foreign aid, and which basically exists to destroy Israel. These people don't want peace—they want to kill out as many Israeli men, women, and children as possible and purge the Jewish homeland of its people. They want to perpetuate their tragic and deranged culture of hatred and death, and they want the world to approve, if only tacitly. Some in the world seem not to take issue with offering such approval.
For anyone interested in gaining more insight into the mind-set of Israel's peace partners, the Constitution of Abu Mazen's Fatah Party is quite revelatory:
Article 12: Complete liberation of Palestine, and eradication of Zionist economic, political, military and cultural existence.
Article 19: Armed struggle is a strategy and not a tactic, and the Palestinian Arab People's armed revolution is a decisive factor in the liberation fight and in uprooting the Zionist existence, and this struggle will not cease unless the Zionist state is demolished and Palestine is completely liberated.
Article 21: Revealing the revolutionary nature of the Palestinian identity at the international level, and this does not contradict the everlasting unity between the Arab Nation and the Palestinian people.
Article 22: Opposing any political solution offered as an alternative to demolishing the Zionist occupation in Palestine, as well as any project intended to liquidate the Palestinian case or impose any international mandate on its people.
Article 25: Convincing concerned countries in the world to prevent Jewish immigration to Palestine as a method of solving the problem.
In case anyone doesn't understand just what, exactly, is meant by "Palestine," a look at the Fatah insignia should clear up any confusion:
Yes, as per the gross Palestinian Arab sense of entitlement, "Palestine" is all of Israel, and not just Gaza and Judea-Samaria. Nevermind that the Arab state of Jordan takes up 2/3 of the defunct Ottoman province once called Palestine, and nevermind that the Jews established the nation of Israel (the only nation ever established in this area) two millennia before the Muhammadan hordes came raging out of the Arabian Peninsula and occupied it by force of arms, building their execrable mosques where the Third Temple will be. To Arab Muslims, all of Israel is seen as an Islamic waqf—an endowment belonging to Allah, to be used solely for the benefit of the ummah (the Muslim community). This is why they feel justified in killing Israeli civilians—who are considered to be occupiers—whenever possible. This is why Arab/Islamic "activists" here in the United States, along with their Western leftist stooges, are fond of chanting, "Palestine will be free, from the river to the sea!" In their eyes, everything from the River Jordan to the Mediterranean belongs to Muslim Arabs.
So, Israel is once again expected to give land and concessions it cannot afford in exchange for a peace it will not likely receive. Families in Yesha, who have all this time concerned themselves with honoring life and doing good things with the land (and trying to keep their children from dying in cowardly Arab terror attacks), are now being given shekels for their souls—for Eretz Yisra'el. The rest of the world, in its ignorance, apathy, and sometimes hostility regarding Israel, continues to glorify the meaningless gestures offered up by Arafat 2 and his terrorist constituency, while laying all the onus on Israel for the success of this mad program. The peace process, the roadmap to peace, peace in the Middle East. How can one make peace with hatred? Israelis have made it clear time and again that they want peace and will make sacrifices for it. And time after time it has been in vain.
The world wants Israel to make nice with a hateful people who are inveterate manipulators of the guilty, self-effacing Western psyche. After seeing all of the blown out shells of Jerusalem city buses on T.V., and even after 9/11, people in the free world still can't face the reality that it doesn't matter how much Israel gives. It still won't be enough, because the free world has allowed Palestinian Arabs and Islamic terror groups to make this into a zero-sum game—for Israel. And as long as their hatred and violence are rewarded, why would they change?
Copyright ©2005 Patrick D. O'Brien
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