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No Alternative for Israel

What could be worse than Hamas? Seriously?

by
David Solway

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July 14, 2014 - 8:56 pm
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There has been considerable controversy among observers and commentators sympathetic to Israel in its latest round of hostilities with the terrorist belligerents of Hamas, the Gazan wing of the Muslim Brotherhood. One school of thought, whose tenets I share, advocates the total destruction of the terrorist infrastructure, thus eliminating the depressing spectre of sporadic and then continuing outbursts of rocket attacks, followed with metronomic regularity by the inevitable armed conflict and faux hudna  every couple of years.

It is clear that Hamas will not relent in its purpose of terrorizing Israel’s civilian population and ultimately, as per its charter, of annihilating the Jewish State root and branch. The perpetuation of this status quo is not only tedious and wearily predictable, but finally unsustainable, for no responsible nation can permit its citizens to spend a portion of their lives hunkering down in bomb shelters.

An alternative thesis — or interpretation of Israel’s best interests — has been gaining momentum of late, and indeed appears to have superseded and eclipsed the more “hawkish” perspective. It seems to have become the prevalent meme governing current thinking on the Israeli dilemma, namely, that  in destroying a known entity like Hamas, one creates a vacuum into which far more lethal and barbarous groups can step in and pick up where their predecessor left off—only to greater noxious effect. According to this line of thought, having to deal with even more pathological cadres like Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), the Al-Quds Brigade, the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), Ansar Al Sunnah, and possibly ISIS as well, would result in a collective feeling of nostalgia for the good old days when Hamas would be allowed to declare victory after being pummeled into semi-oblivion.

Thus, as National Post columnist Michael Higgins writes, “One of the biggest dangers Israel faces as it cracks down [on Hamas] is that it could be too successful.” Similarly, former chief of staff at Israel’s Ministry of Defense Michael Herzog argues that Hamas at least “provides an address — you don’t have that with the Jihadi factions.” The belief that Israel should pull its punches, deliver a resounding though tolerable  spanking to a mischievous and impertinent Hamas, and then let it live to kill, mutilate, and terrorize another day — business as usual — may to some seem realistic in the boiling cauldron that is the Middle East. The trouble is that political realism often founders on the reefs of actual reality. Such adiabatic thinking would be merely quaint or pixilated were it not potentially calamitous.

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Unfortunately, some island in the middle of some ocean is not the homeland of the Jews. Until 1948 that tiny piece of land devoid of oil reserves, was about as barren as the moon. But then came the Jews and the rest is history. Nobody was much interested in the British territory until it was granted statehood. We Jews could turn Mars into a flourishing planet if given a chance.
So it's not "where" but "why" that drives the hostilities. It's the barbarians driven by envy of DNA. Pardon my arrogant superiority. History tells me so. Seen any Hittites in Manhattan lately? I'm bad.
19 weeks ago
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This is our land. Your comment is beyond dopey.
19 weeks ago
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I am on record in the first category, believing that when you find a deadly snake in your child's crib you don't worry about the possible increase in rat population if you snap its neck.

Hamas raised the ante by long distance missile attacks. Then raised the stakes a thousandfold by targeting the nuclear site.

Kidnapping and murdering teenagers and targeting nuclear facilities is already across the line, the degrees of "worse could come next" are no longer significant. And the way things are imploding there is no assurance that the "worse" isn't coming anyway.

At some point we are going to come to the realization that ALL of the "what comes next" will have to be confronted as well. We can't wish the rats away by coddling the snake.
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Joan Peters " from Time Immemorial " is a must read , it documents that the demography in the ottoman province of Palestine showed a jewish majority very early on . Another academic source is Paul S. Riebenfeld thesis on Jordan is Palestine (Yale Univerity ) .The arab population grew AFTER the jewish immigration which revived the Land. Arab population came to find work as laborers, builders etc.. thanks to the jewish zionist enterprise.Those arab came from Syria, Egypt, Soudan and they could not think of themselves as autochtons. It' s only thanks to the european gullibility ( well imitated by the State department ) that the palestinian arab "people " was coined.
18 weeks ago
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Here's the ALTERNATIVE:


The Evil genie is out of the Bottle. It all began in 1967 when the Israeli Forces reclaimed all of Jerusalem but in a moment of weakness and misguided secular-Jewish largesse decided to allow the Muslim's Al Aksa Mosque to remain undisturbed on Temple Mount. Temple Mount is a Spiritual Vortex, given to the Jewish Nation to safeguard by the Holy ONE, the Omnipotent Force of all Forces in the Universe, with strict instructions as to what is allowed and forbidden on this most Awesome and powerful Spiritual Powerplant on planet earth.
The Jewish People have no Spiritual claim to the Holy Land when they do not fulfill their 'part of the bargain', that is, their G-d given responsibility under the Covenant to serve as
Custodians of the Mount. In effect, fulfilling that singular responsibility, more than any historical claims or 'legal' titles of ownership is what gives legitimacy to the Jewish possession of Jerusalem and the Holy Land.
On a deep and subconscious spiritual level this truth is felt if not understood not only by the European Union and United Nations but particularly by our half brothers in the Muslim world who have rightfully concluded the weakness and spiritual faithlessness of the Jewish Nation in spurning G-d's Will. Their fraudulent possession of Temple Mount and the Israeli Government's complicity in reinforcing of this fraud by officially forbidding any Jewish prayer or even for Jews to set foot there has caused a world-shattering metaphysical imbalance, a short-circuit so to speak.
Since 1967 the cancer of Radical Islam has metastasized world-wide, threatening every civilization with physical and spiritual destruction. The 9-11 attacks, Violent terror attacks on non-Muslims, Islamic unrest and Sharia in Europe, everywhere Islam has a presence, the dread and unspeakable menace of two nuclear armed Islamic States, Pakistan and soon Iran, just to name a very few nightmares.
Is all this a coincidence? Is it a coincidence that all three major religions hold Jerusalem as sacred ground to be fought and died for? A coincidence that Jerusalem is never mentioned in Islam's holiest book, Koran, yet thousands of times in Jewish Scripture!
The truth is that nothing can stop this Cancer from spreading. Not Armed forces, Drone assassinations, Civil laws or security checkpoints. Not even the false panacea of a 'successful' political settlement with Arab Palestinians in Judea/Samaria for 'Palestinian' Statehood there will turn the tide and return the 'Genie' to the 'bottle'. Those are nothing but band-aids on soon-to-be terminal cancer. And more and more as the nations of the world, including formerly friendly ones in European Capitols and Washington D.C. Quietly have begun to openly question the merits, even the 'legitimacy' of the Jewish State, the situation facing Israel has become dire. Far worse than Iranian nukes is this other threat. Sadly, more and more American Jews have come to question Israeli status in that region. The BDS movement grows on American University campuses, most troubling as it now includes growing numbers of young liberal Jewish students, men and women.
Militarily, politically, philosophically, morally ...Israel is becoming weakened on many fronts. It is not certain the Jewish State can survive much longer under the expanded and multifaceted front.
Unless...The Jewish Nation will do what should have been done in 1967. Remove the Al Aksa from Temple Mount. We need not destroy it, for we Jews do not destroy. We are not a vindictive people even towards our enemies. This golden-domed edifice can be disassembled brick by brick, placed on flat bed trucks, hauled overland and presented as a gift to the Hashemite King as a goodwill gesture.
We must Restore balance to the spiritual vortex of this Awesome Temple Mount as was intended by the Holy ONE. There Is No Other Way. Yes, it will be painful. The region and world will bleed with Muslim fury and world-violence. For a while. And then, the cancer will die as the Genie of Spiritual imbalance is returned to the Bottle. There Is No Other Way. And Time Is Running Out.
19 weeks ago
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During WWII, America brought finality to the problem by breaking the spirit of the Japanese. Had America not taken this action, and instead allowed consistent ceasefires for the Japanese to regroup and rearm, the war may have lasted indefinitely.

Ceasefires cost lives, as they prolong conflict. The answer is to deal the enemy a blow so conclusive, the enemy ceases to fight back in any capacity.
Israel must find such a solution, or accept unending missile fire. The international community won't like it, but if it was up to them WWII would still be going on, with regular ceasefires so the Germans and Japanese could restock.
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Hamas delenda est. Go into Gaza. Let not one stone lay upon another. The Romans showed us how to deal with a perpetual enemy.
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I don't see that Israel *can* eliminate Hamas. Only the Palestinians can do that. Israel has so far not offered the Palestinians a value proposition that causes them to do that. For that matter, it would not be easy for the Palestinians to eliminate Hamas, either. Islam has no history of moderates reigning in jihadis, quite the opposite.

What Israel can do is eliminate the Palestinians, of course. It is tempting to have Israel simply turn up the pressure until either (a) the Palestinians capitulate and eliminate Hamas, or (b) there are no more Palestinians left. The problem is that (a) is just unlikely, no matter what Israel does.

Shrug. The Palestinians deserve what they get, they have earned it with sixty-plus years of the most vicious, stupid, self-defeating behaviors ever seen by a definable group in human history. Frankly it is something of a travesty, every day that goes by in anything like the status quo.
19 weeks ago
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when you have an enemy that wants you dead, and then fires hundreds of missiles into your country, that is war, and in war you defeat the enemy and make them sue for peace.


Time to do what history shows works.
19 weeks ago
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y waiting to take the absolutely needed act of destroying Hamas, Israel allowed them to arm with ever more sophisticated weapons and is now (and in the future) putting itself in greater risk as time passes. Better to destroy your enemies early on when they are weaker than to wait until they are stronger (you may not win). Of course you can continue with the status quo and fight Hamas for the next 100 years.
19 weeks ago
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I asked a liberal who made a snide remark about Israel's brutality if I could come over to his house and start throwing grapefruit sized rocks through his windows, since he seems to think nothing of that kind of thing....

He wasn't amused, but I was.
19 weeks ago
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great post, when you make the issue personal you see how libs, with no values squirm, because they can easily advocate for others what they would never allow for themselves
19 weeks ago
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The majority of people need to offload 'baggage' and simply find the right target to do so. For many, it's Da Joos.
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If there's nothing Israel has learned over the sixty-six years of war and threatened war, then it's that an enemy is to be decimated and made null and void because another group of pathetic Arab terrorists will step into that empty space, and they, too, will have to be annihilated. How such a tiny nation can be the target of so many is a curiosity unless you consider the brains, indomitable will to survive, and success that is the envy of the world.
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On the other hand, Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, a handful of Gulf states and Jordan (and, so to speak, Kurdistan) are now effectively in a political, military and to a degree intelligence, alliance... Who could have seen that coming? And which country, yearning for stability, will join up next? Prognosticating cause and effect in the Mid-East, while entertaining, is impossible to get right.

Who knows... by next year Lebanon and the free Iranian army may be seeking Israeli help in the battle against Hezbollah and the mullahs.

I believe there will be a successful and far more massive terrorist attack in the US before there is a successful attack on little Israel.
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