Foreign Affairs

Wake Up, Israel

I don’t know what it will take to awaken Israelis from their slumber.

But I know they don’t have much more time.

For years, Israelis have fooled themselves into thinking they could negotiate peace with all their neighbors — even those whose only real objective is to see all the Jews dead.

Israelis have convinced themselves that if they are reasonable, if they go the extra mile, if they just continue to demonstrate random acts of compassion for their enemies, that they will be their enemies no longer.

It should be clear to everyone by now that these random acts of compassion are actually random acts of suicidal compassion.

Take, for instance, last year’s exodus from the Gaza Strip. The Israelis forcibly dismantled the homes and communities of perfectly law-abiding Jews bringing prosperity and life to a previously unsettled, arid land.

Why did they do it?

Because Gaza is to be part of the new Palestinian state. And the Palestinian Authority, the governing institution of this pre-state, doesn’t want any Jews in their new country.

The Israelis didn’t argue that this is a racist notion. They didn’t protest that no nation should be created on such a foundation of hatred. They didn’t suggest that forcibly removing law-abiding civilians from their homes and businesses because of their religion and ethnicity represents the worst form of ethnic cleansing.

No, they didn’t do any of those things. Instead, the Israelis knuckled under to the Hitlers in headscarves of the Palestinian Authority. They drove out the peaceful Jews — not the violent haters of Jews.

Now the chickens are coming home to roost in Gaza. Did Hamas reform? Did the terrorists lay down their arms as a result of Israel’s beneficence? Were the Palestinians so shocked and awed by Israel’s latest random act of suicidal compassion that they decided to live within their new borders and leave the Jews alone?

No, of course not. Those are not the lessons they learned. The lesson they learned from the latest strategic retreat by the Israelis is that they have their enemy on the run. They learned they should keep doing what they are doing — that terrorism works.

So, now that Hamas has consolidated its power in Gaza, they are, as promised, using this territory to launch attacks on Jewish civilians in Israel proper.

The only way to stop the regular rocket fire on the Israeli city of Sderot — about three miles from Gaza — is for the Jews to evacuate from there, too, says Hamas.

The idea of withdrawing from Gaza was to give the terrorists what they said they wanted — land for their new state.

But that was never the real goal.

The real goal is the destruction of Israel. The new state is only a means of getting there.

Israelis and many Americans don’t understand this yet. They believe the Palestinians will be happy if they get a new state. They will forget about destroying Israel. But this conflict has never really been about a new state. It has always been about destroying Israel. The new state is merely a vehicle for achieving Israel’s destruction.

What we’re seeing in Gaza today is a perfect illustration of what I am saying.

If you give this beast an inch, it will take a mile. You cannot quench its appetite with appeasement. It only makes the beast more ravenous.

Will Israel ever learn?

When will the Jewish state awaken from this slumber?

How long can a nation keep doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results?


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