Watchmen from Jerusalem, Issue 2, 2009
After a major move rightward by Israel's Jewish electorate, Barry Rubin asked,
What have people learned over the past decade that shapes their thinking? Here are his answers:
We have discovered that the Palestinians and Syrians are un-willing and unable to make peace.
We viewed the rise of Hamas...and its seizure of Gaza using land from which we withdrew as a base for attacks.
We experienced continuing hatred of the Arab and Muslim world, largely undiminished by Israeli concessions.
We observed Iran's rise as a power, potentially nuclear armed, explicitly seeking our extinction.
We noted the world didn't reward us for making concessions and taking risks. Indeed, the more we gave, the higher the degree of slander and hostility rose in many sectors.("A consensus has arisen," B. Rubin, JP Op-ed, 9 Feb. 2009)
And immediately, a global barrage arose against Israel's new government.
To read some of...the Western press, and to hear some statements of the world's leaders, were it not for Netanyahu's government, peace would be flowing like a roaring river - as if Iran wasn't destabilizing, Hizbullah wasn't threatening, Hamas wasn't smuggling arms and planning to kidnap IDF soldiers and kill Israelis...("The PM's first diplomatic challenge," Herb Keinon, JP Analysis, 1 Apr. 2009)
Israel's new FM, Avigdor Lieberman, has challenged the politically correct [PC] talk that surrounds the
peace process. In his opening remarks to the Foreign Ministry staff, he told the truth as he sees it, and we agree with him.
The claim that what is threatening the world today is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a way of evading reality. The reality is problems coming from the direction of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq..."
I think we have been disparaging many concepts, and we have shown the greatest disdain of all for the word 'peace.' The fact that we say the word 'peace' twenty times a day will not bring peace any closer."
He noted that neither the disengagement nor the Annapolis accords
brought peace. Rather, during this time Israel has gone through wars - the Second War in Lebanon and in Gaza, Operation Cast Lead.
No country has made concessions the way Israel has. Since 1977, we have given up areas of land three times the size of the State of Israel...The Oslo process began in 1993...I do not see that we are any closer to a permanent settlement...
When was Israel at its strongest in terms of public opinion around the world? After the victory of the Six Day War, not after all the concessions in the Oslo Accords."("Statement of Incoming FM Lieberman," IMRA, 2 Apr. 2009)
However, forty years ago world media and public education did not yet have a strangle hold on public opinion.
Former IDF Chief of Staff Moshe Ya'alon, another non-PC politician, is Israel's new minister of strategic affairs. In a JP interview, he sees that
the Islamic jihadists in Iran...al-Qaida, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood...have all decided to con-front the West and the Jews...
Although initially in favor of
land-for-peace, reality jolted his thinking.
The attempt over the last 16 years to solve the con-flict with territorial concessions has been proven wrong, since the conflict is...about [Israel's] right to exist. Noting that Israel's withdrawals from Lebanon and Gaza strengthened Hizbullah and Hamas respectively, he said,
When you withdraw and surrender to the Islamic jihadists, you are...providing them with a victory.
When I became head of Military Intelligence, I discovered... that already at the Oslo Accords, Arafat refused to recognize Israel's right to exist as an independent Jewish state... [So] what were we even talking about? Beyond being our historical right, it is in the Balfour Declaration, recognized by the council of the League of Nations, in the UN partition plan and was the purpose of the British Mandate" to re-establish the Jewish homeland.
Current PA head Abbas also...
does not recognize the Jewish people's right to a state and rejects [our] connection to the Land of Israel. Young Palestinians are being raised on this idea...
They want an Arab-Palestinian state in what they call the 1967 land - Judenrein, free of Jews. They also want a State of Israel that is not a Jewish state and that has Arab citizens so, according to the Fatah vision, one day it will also become an Arab state. Where is the Jewish homeland?"("Ya'alon - Taking stock," Ya'akov Katz, JP Interview, 30 Apr. 2009)
Table of Contents
- God's judgment, Israel & the nations
- Biblical examples of God judging nations...
- Modern proof of this biblical truth
- US Pres. Obama's administration & Israel
- Israeli Elections
- Bibi and Obama - Round 1
- Peace, Peace, yet...
- A Palestinian state but no to a Jewish state
- What will it take...