Peace can only come as a result of the terrorists’ unconditional surrender
A ridiculous statement from Meretz’s Zehava Gal-On.
Gal-On said that true security can only come as a result of a negotiated agreement, and a land incursion can “trap Israel in the Gazan mud and bring a high price in human lives.”
Really? Read more…
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Six Years Ago, Yasir Arafat Died; Today His Legacy Still Prevails: No To Peace, No to Compromise
By Barry Rubin | November 13, 2010
Six years ago, on November 11, 2004, Yasir Arafat died. On that occasion, former President Bill Clinton explained why he wouldn’t attend Arafat’s funeral: “I regret that in 2000 he missed the opportunity to bring [Palestine] into being….” Not Israel, but Arafat did so.
Today, the Arafat era’s lessons have been largely swept under the rug: his persistent mendacity, use of terrorism, cynical exploitation of an “underdog” posture to garner sympathy, and unfailing devotion to the dream of wiping Israel off the map. The placing of that last priority over creating a Palestinian state is why there is none today. Not Israeli policy, not settlements, but the preference for total victory over compromise. (more…)
by George Will
In the intifada that began in 2000, Palestinian terrorism killed more than 1,000 Israelis. As a portion of US population, that would be 42,000, approaching the toll of America’s eight years in Vietnam. During the onslaught, which began 10 Septembers ago, Israeli parents sending two children to a school would put them on separate buses to decrease the chance that neither would return for dinner.
Surely most Americans can imagine, even if their tone-deaf leaders can’t, how grating it is when those leaders lecture Israel on the need to take “risks for peace.”
During Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu‘s July visit to Washington, President Obama praised him as “willing to take risks for peace.” There was a time when that meant swapping “land for peace” — Israel sacrificing something tangible and irrecoverable, strategic depth, in exchange for something intangible and perishable, promises of diplomatic normality.
Strategic depth matters in a nation where almost everyone is a soldier, so society cannot function for long with the nation fully mobilized.
Also, before the 1967 Six-Day War, Israel within the borders established by the 1949 armistice was in one place just nine miles wide (a fact that moved George W. Bush to say, “in Texas we have driveways that long”). Israel exchanged a lot of land to achieve a chilly peace with Egypt — yielding the Sinai, which is almost three times larger than Israel and was 89 percent of the land captured in the process of repelling the 1967 aggression. (more…)