On appeasement: It is quite simple. Feeding wild animals does not make them friendly, it makes them stronger. Howard Newman

למדינה פלסטינית מפורזת, לעולם לא יסכימו הפלסטינים, למדינה פלסטינית מזויינת, לעולם לא תסכים ישראל!  אהוד בן עזר

There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true - Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard 1813-1855



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Suicidal plan for Israel

By Victor Sharpe, CFP

John Forbes Kerry was sworn in as the 68th Secretary of State of the United States on February 1, 2013. Kerry now is set, since assuming office, to embark on his fifth visit to Israel and to the so-called Palestinian Authority to push for a Two-State-Solution.

But this is yet another appalling euphemism which in reality will spell out the eventual destruction of the reconstituted Jewish state and the extermination of its people by a Muslim world that will never accept a non-Muslim nation and will wage eternal war against it – the Dar al-Harb – until it is utterly destroyed. This is what Islam requires of its adherents. Remember that other evil euphemism – the Final Solution? There is no difference in what it portends for the Jews. The Nazi’s “Final Solution” served to usher in the Holocaust. The “Two-State-Solution” ushers in the eventual destruction of the Jewish state.

Of course the morally compromised world opinion would consider that if Israel declared its justified rejection of the Two-State-Solution, such a statement of the truth would be considered inflammatory and guaranteed to provoke another Palestinian Arab outburst of violence and bloodletting (dignified by the Arabic term intifada). But isn’t that what is happening on the roads of Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) with almost daily outrages committed by Arab thugs against Jewish civilians?

The over 3,000 year old Hebrew and biblical names, Yehuda and Shomron, (Judea and Samaria), are given to the heartland of the modern reborn Jewish homeland. But a malevolent world prefers to call the territory the West Bank; the mere 19 year old Jordanian name applied to the land after it and much of Jerusalem was illegally occupied by Jordan from 1948 until 1967.

The Jordanian Arab Legion after invading and occupying the territory immediately began desecrating Jewish graves on the Mount of Olives, using the headstones to build latrines for their troops, destroying 57 ancient synagogues and holy sites, and forcibly expelling Jewish residents from their villages and their ancient homes in Jerusalem’s Old City.

As a good friend, Robert Vincent, has written in an open letter to Israelis: “The world must be told that Jordan – a country named after a river, not a people – is the true Palestinian state, with her Palestinian Arab majority. The world must be told that only through democratic reforms in Jordan can the Palestinian Arabs be true masters of their fate in a home of their own worth living in. The world must be told that if Palestinian Arabs insist on living in Judea/Samaria, that is fine from a human rights perspective, they can do so, but only under Israeli law and sovereignty. If they prefer to live in a “Palestinian state”…then they can move next door.”

In other words, all who know history know that Jordan sits on four fifths of what was until 1922 the entire Palestine Mandate. The Arabs who call themselves Palestinians already possess, de facto, a state on the east bank of the River Jordan, which in size dwarfs tiny Israel. There already has thus been a Two-State-Solution in existence now for some 91 years.

According to Israel National News, “The peace talks between Israel and the PA broke down in 2010, but not because of Israel. The talks broke down because PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas refused to negotiate with Israel even though it agreed to his precondition and froze construction in Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem for 10 months. Instead, he has continued to impose preconditions on talks with Israel, including a demand that Israel release terrorists who were jailed before 1993, freeze construction for a second time and even present a map of the future Palestinian state before any negotiations take place.” But the reality is that Abbas does not want a state side by side with Israel: he wants a state in place of Israel. That is why breathtakingly generous – nay, suicidal Israeli offers – are always rejected.

Kerry has now regurgitated the shameful and deeply unjust demand that “Israel freeze construction east of the 1949 armistice line so the talks can resume.” Prime Minister Netanyahu has not responded to that suggestion, nor should he. After all, the Arabs continuously smother the land with illegal buildings and the world remains deathly quiet. Only when an Israeli family dares to add a room on their tiny home or some new apartments are built within the ancestral homeland or in Israel’s capital city, Jerusalem, does the same world scream bloody murder!

Secretary Kerry even suggests giving an immediate $4 billion of U.S. taxpayer’s money to the Arabs who call themselves Palestinians but as Yoram Ettinger, retired Israeli ambassador and leading demographer, has written:

“Kerry overlooks the impact of the $400 million in annual US aid which has fueled an all-time-high Palestinian corruption (Mahoud Abbas’ nickname is “Mr. 20%), hate education, terrorism, anti-US incitement, oppression, in general, and discrimination against Christians, in particular, and the Palestinian affinity toward America’s enemies and adversaries: Bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, Russia, China, North Korea, Venezuela, Cuba and Iran. The PA follows in the footsteps of previous Arab leaders who sided with the Nazis, the Communist Bloc and Khomeini.

“Why don’t the Arab oil-producing countries provide $4 billion to the PA, which they could easily afford in view of their robust $100 per barrel economy?”

Some time ago I wrote an article titled, Joseph Trumpeldor’s Message. In it I recounted the history of one of the towering figures in the Zionist cause; Zionism being the self-determination of the Jewish people and their national liberation movement.

Born in 1880, Joseph Trumpeldor grew up in the small town of Piatigorsk in the Caucasus region of Russia. Young Joseph’s father was forcibly conscripted into the Czarist army for 25 years. This was the cruel policy implemented by a succession of Czars who hoped that the length of time away from home and family would erase any Jewish identity in the hapless soldiers. But Joseph Trumpeldor’s father remained firm in his faith and love of his Jewish ancestry. This proved to be a major influence on young Joseph.

In 1920, Trumpeldor, whose military prowess and heroism during the Russo-Japanese War in which he lost an arm had made him a legendary figure, arrived at a tiny embattled outpost in upper Galilee. The place was called Tel Hai, which translated from the Hebrew means Hill of Life. Tel Hai had been under severe assault for some time by large numbers of attackers from the nearby Arab settlement of Hulsa. Trumpeldor himself arrived under fire and immediately set about organizing Tel Hai’s defense.

Confronted with a relentless barrage of superior firepower and frequent waves of attacks, the defenders fell one by one. And on a Galilean spring day in early March, Trumpeldor himself fell mortally wounded, fighting to the end.

His dying words were in Hebrew: Ein davar. Tov lamut be’ad artzenu. Translated into English: “Never mind. It is good to die for our country.”

Joseph Trumpeldor’s grave lies near Tel Hai, now a commemorative site adjoining Kfar Giladi. Not long after his heroic death a Jewish village was reborn at the foot of Mount Gilboa where 3,000 years earlier other Jewish military heroes, King Saul and his son, Jonathan, so beloved of his friend David, fell fighting an ancient enemy. That village is named in Trumpeldor’s honor: Tel Yosef.

So what would Trumpeldor’s message be today to the embattled Jewish state? It would probably be this: Fight, fight and fight again. Self-restraint never works in the face of an implacable foe. Build, build and build again throughout the ancestral homeland.

Indulging in self-imposed building freezes to placate enemies, and so-called friends alike, while the Arab enemy constructs thousands of illegal buildings with impunity, is insanity.

Defend Israel, for to lose the precious homeland again and return to the horrors of exile is beyond imagining.

Similarly, Yigal Alon writing in the October, 1976 edition of Foreign Affairs titled, Israel: The case for defensible borders, exposed the critical defects in the armistice lines existing on June 4, 1967 – the same lines with minor adjustments that John Kerry would have the Jewish state shrink to. Such a withdrawal contradicts the very meaning of U.N. Resolution 242. As Alon wrote, …”For Israel, a military defeat would mean the physical extinction of a large part of its population and the elimination of the Jewish state. To lose a single war is to lose everything.”

Without retaining the hill country, that runs like a spine north and south through Judea and Samaria, Israel’s pitifully narrow 9 mile wide coastal plain, which includes Netanya, Ben Gurion airport and Tel Aviv, will be at the mercy of the Palestinian Arab thugocracy just as southern Israeli towns and villages endure relentless aggression from the Hamas occupied Gaza Strip. That is why the Two-State-Solution peddled by the EU, the UN, the Obama Administration and much of the world will usher in a new Final Solution.

John Kerry works at the pleasure of President Barack Hussein Obama whose outreach to the Muslim world has been an unmitigated disaster for the West, the Free World and particularly for the State of Israel. Obama has more than likely prevented Israel for the last five years from effectively nullifying the existential nuclear threat that the genocidal Iranian regime poses to the Jewish state. Kerry’s boss has allowed one red line after another to disappear like invisible ink.

But it is the fraudulent Palestinian narrative that the world has fallen for that is the most pernicious to Israel’s image. It allows an uninformed world to embrace the falsehoods of an Arab people who call themselves Palestinians and creates an atmosphere where the embattled Jewish state is unjustly and grotesquely demonized, allowing such foul anti-Israel movements as the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) organization to continue its dirty work.

That the conflict is not territorial but based upon the Muslim refusal to accept a Jewish state, whatever its borders, in territory once conquered and occupied under the banner of Islam is lost on the functionaries who inhabit the international corridors of power. And sadly too many Israeli leaders refuse to accept the obvious, preferring to believe that the Arabs who call themselves Palestinians can ever be anything but serial Jew haters. Most diplomats, with few exceptions, still harbor the illusion that territorial compromise will satisfy the Arab and Muslim world. So again and again the discredited corpse known as the Two-State-Solution is exhumed and presented as the fall back default plan.

And this is the same suicidal plan for Israel that the current Secretary of State, at the behest of President Obama, is bringing for the fifth time.

It was Albert Einstein who said: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

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