For the umpteenth time the world is transfixed by the “peace process.” One needn’t even identify the referenced nations, for their identities are (purposefully) seared within the world’s consciousness. It is as if there are no other warring parties in the world. And via a mesmerizing illusion – simply dependent upon mixing this and that potion – this time “peace” will be in the offing between PA Arabs and Israel.
The so called “smarties” behave, and religiously believe, as if by their sheer force of momentum “peace” will break through, but only if they just push Israel a little harder! Thus, if they exert enough pressure points upon Israel’s leadership (read, twist enough arms…paradoxically not a hard feat at all) somehow – this go around – they will be able to conjure up an agreeable formula, one in which the elusive “peace” wand will magically appear. As such, poof, its ingredients will usher in the ever elusive pipe dream. Alas – and herein lies the caveat – this wondrous breakthrough will only come to pass if enough Israeli concessions, gestures and giveaways are sacrificed upon the (‘peace’) table, and Israel’s “true believers”, leftists, are more than willing to ante up. Please. Been there. Done that. Israel’s graves are full to the brim with said “sacrifices.” Its hospital rehabilitation wards too.
Now, it is one thing for the world’s busybodies to engage in the “business of peace”, however, very few pundits talk about the insanity of Israel’s leaders participating in this dangerous and deadly charade. Yes, Israel is not an island onto itself. And, indeed, its leaders are under enormous international pressure (mostly from Washington) to give “peace a chance.” However, one would think – and rightfully so – that being burnt, almost to a crisp (with thousands of Jewish graves, and many more maimed for life due to the “process”, thereby, proving its insanity) would disabuse them of participating any longer in this hideous march of madness. IF only.
So, the million dollar question becomes: Why do Israel’s leaders continually place their citizens in jeopardy, even as their so called “peace partners” continually exhort for their nation’s destruction, concomitantly, preparing generations of children for murderous jihad?
According to pre-eminent political scientist Professor Paul Eidelberg (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Eidelberg, an American-Israeli PhD from the University of Chicago) “It needs to be understood and emphasized that anyone, regardless of his subjective ideas or feelings, who supports the creation of an Arab-Islamic state in Judea and Samaria is OBJECTIVELY advocating Israel’s destruction. This applies even to an Israeli Prime Minister!
In support of this provocative statement, I offer certain demonstrable facts which indicate there is not a stitch of evidence that contradicts the Palestinian Authority’s commitment to destroy Israel.
This commitment, which is rooted in Islamic theology, is proclaimed in the PLO-Palestinian Charter. Any honest or decent human can read in that Charter their murderous hatred of Jews and Israel. This hatred permeates Palestinian propaganda. It is manifested in the education and military training of Arab children. This ghoulish hatred promises a continuation of the 20 years of Oslo terror that has murdered and maimed 15,000 Jewish women, men, and children…….”
Moreover, many of the heretofore inexplicable answers can be found within a recent interview given by this writer at Inquisitr.com. But in the main, the root of Israel’s folly can be found in the incestuous relationship between its political leaders and its civil society elites. According to Dr. Martin Sherman, Founder of Israel Institute For Strategic Studies “Through their un-elected positions of influence and authority, civil society elites shape the political discourse and hence the perceived constraints on decision-makers…a trinity of interacting civil society elites, comprising groups and individuals who dominate the legal establishment, the mainstream media and much of the nation’s academia – particularly, but not exclusively, in the social sciences and humanities, including law.
These elites, through their unelected positions of influence and authority that their professions confer on them, can to a large measure shape the content and the conduct of the political discourse in the country, and hence the constraints that decision makers perceive themselves to be subject to.
This clearly provides them the capacity to have a dominant impact on the formulation of national policy and to impose their overarching worldview on the elected incumbents, no matter what the latter’s political manifesto or electoral pledges to the voters may be…”
Average Israeli citizens (secular and religious Zionists alike) are scratching/banging their heads, hoping to come up with a ‘plan of action’ – to stop the ‘process’ dead in its tracks. A still birth. So, it is only appropriate to offer up to fellow Zionists some ‘marching orders’, not conjured up via this American-Israeli, but by, none other than, her mentor, Professor Louis Rene Beres –
Surrendering Judea and Samaria (“West Bank”) in the context of civil disobedience, Jewish law, and the Middle East Peace Process.…..
Sometimes, tragedy and irony may arrive together. Now that it is reportedly back “on track,” the so-called Middle East Peace Process threatens Israel with additional dismemberment, and eventual disappearance.
Aware of these intolerable prospects, thousands of Israelis who are opposed to any further existential surrenders may soon prepare for an appropriate response to “Palestine.” Whatever its particular shape and expression, this “post-peace” response to a new Arab state, one that would be carved out of Israel’s own still-living body, may take some recognizable form of civil disobedience.
To be sure, the Netanyahu Government, inexplicably confident in Palestinian compliance with pre-state agreements on “demilitarization,” will object strongly to any such tactics. Nonetheless, civil disobedience has a long and distinguished tradition in jurisprudence and democratic theory. In part, as the following argument will make clear, certain roots of this tradition actually lie in Jewish Law.
From its beginnings, Jewish law has been viewed as a manifestation of God’s will. Biblically, the law is referred to as the “word of God,” never of humankind. God, therefore, is the sole authentic legislator, and righteousness necessarily lies in observance of His law. Moreover, for ancient Israel as well as for the ancient Greeks, the absence of righteousness is expected to place at risk the lives and fortunes of the entire community……
YET, many legitimate questions still arise as to why a leader, such as PM Netanyahu, who was groomed within the national Zionist camp, would even advocate for a “two-state solution.” A very incisive analysis was penned by Caroline Glick – Bibi and the true believers. Dr. Martin Sherman’s latest J Post column tops the charts, Resign, just resign! Clearly, these analyses are very depressing, but no less necessary. In fact, Dr. Sherman’s recent interview at Inquistr.com, Confronting Israel’s Precarious Future: An Interview With Dr. Martin Sherman: Part One demonstrates precisely how Israel’s leaders, via the “peace process”, have evinced a grave dereliction of duty, thereby, placing the nation of Israel in a position of mortal peril.
All of the above are must reads, if you truly want to understand how/why Israel’s leadership have brought Israel to the brink of disaster.
Moreover, the answers within some of the questions also lie inside a previous op-ed (written by yours truly) at American Thinker, “The Paradox of Israeli Politics: Vote Right, Get Left.”
Basically, there is a colossal tug of war between Israel’s civil society elites – chiefly hailing from academia, media, legal, cultural and diplomatic circles – and the non-existent electoral responsibility between MK’s (Parlimentarians) and the Zionist public, whose votes actually reflect the will of majority public. In this regard, Israel’s political leadership are held captive to those who have the largest megaphones and pocketbooks. Surely, this does not include the average citizen and their political will, in large part due to Israel’s gravely dysfunctional political system.
To wit, Israel’s President (a figurehead/ceremonial post to begin with, and its office is not endowed with policy making decisions), Shimon Peres, is still trotting around the world (a real feat of magic, being that he is past 90!) and selling “peace dreams.” He infamously intoned that “sacrifices for peace” – alluding to the dead and maimed – are necessary to reach a historic accord! Hmm.
Well, I am not sure about world onlookers, but those who were “sacrificed” – as well as their surviving family members and friends – would beg to differ.
But, then again, President Peres and the perennial “peace chasers” are still open for business! So, they must know better, acutely emblematic within:
State fights for court to uphold prisoner release, despite terror victims’ group petition
At its bare base, Israel’s leadership truly believes that releasing bloody-handed Jew-killers (though their hearts are aching…blah, blah) will IMPROVE the nation’s security! Can you see with whom we are dealing…on the one hand lies our enemies, on the other stands our Oslo-driven mentally besieged leadership. NOTHING good will come of this – at least for Israel’s (and diaspora’s) Zionists.
G-D, SAVE US FROM OUR FANTASISTS!!
Good points. I always wonder, why is the land of Judea and Samaria called “occupied?” From whom is it “occupied?” It’s one thing to kick someone out of his house and build over it (hello, Al Aqsa Mosque?). It’s quite another to build a city on vacant land, which was basically desert. So why would nosy busy bodies assume that desert land is deserved more by Arabs who live by it than by Jews who live by it? Is it because Israel is already so large? One-thousandth the land area of the Middle East? Is it because Jordan controlled that land for 19 years (compared to the centuries Jews lived there)? It couldn’t be because the Brits preceded Jordan, and the Ottoman Empire preceded the Brits. One might as well say the land belongs to the Romans, because they were there, too. The mantra is, the “Palestinians” must have their own state (because over 50 Muslim countries isn’t enough). The truth is, if Israel were a Shiite state and the dispute was thus Shiite versus Sunni, instead of Jewish/Sunni, the world would react with a giant yawn. So I ask again, “Occupied from whom?”
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Let’s add…with malice aforethought to Kerry’s actions….
Kerry is acting intellectually while Israel and the Pals are acting viscerally. What is an intellectual and logical excercise for Kerry is an existential one for Israel and a short term tactic leading toward the destruction of Israel by the Pals.
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